Emerging Composers are invited to engage in a unique artistic partnership with the ensemble.

Third Coast Percussion’s annual Emerging Composers Partnership is an extraordinary opportunity for up-and-coming composers to write a new piece for percussion quartet with a focus on process and emphasis on in-person collaboration. Composers attend three rehearsals and receive a world premiere on Third Coast Percussion’s Chicago Concert Season.

The Project

Applications are now closed.

Third Coast Percussion (TCP) will choose a composer to collaborate with in the composition of a new work for percussion quartet.

The winning composer(s) will:

  • Compose a piece for TCP to be premiered at a mutually agreed upon date in May or June of the 2021-22 concert season. The work must not have been performed before in any context.
  • Compose a work limited to 4 percussionists, at a duration not to exceed 15 minutes
  • Receive a high quality live performance recording from the premiere of the new work to be used by the composer upon approval of TCP.
  • Attend three (3) workshop rehearsal sessions with TCP in which the sketches of the new work can be explored with the ensemble
  • Attend the premiere performance of the work on a TCP Chicago Concert Season concert
  • Help TCP in promotion for the premiere performance
  • Receive an honorarium of $1,500. Please note that no travel or housing costs will be provided

Third Coast Percussion will:

  • Workshop the new work with the composer leading up to its Chicago premiere
  • Perform the new work on a concert in Chicago, HOWEVER holds the right to delay the premiere performance for any reason
  • Provide the winning composer(s) with a live performance recording or a recording of the work performed in the Third Coast Percussion studio

Third Coast Percussion is committed to commissioning and presenting music from a diverse range of musical voices and serving as a platform for creators from many backgrounds and different approaches to music-making. To learn more about TCP’s goals for diversity in its programming, click here.

Third Coast Percussion’s Emerging Composers Partnership is made possible by Louise K. Smith and the Sargent Family Foundation.

The
Application

*Applications will only be considered if ALL guidelines are met.

*There is no entry fee.

Applications are closed. The application will re-open on August 1, 2021.

Each composer must submit ALL of the following material in order to be considered:

  • One recording representative of compositional style uploaded to SoundCloud. May be MIDI or live, but a live recording is encouraged when possible.
  • One score representative of compositional style and matching the submitted recording. A score containing writing for percussion is not required, but is encouraged. Please submit scores in pdf format. Do not submit Finale or Sibelius files. Physical scores will not be accepted.
    • TCP’s definition of score includes, but is not limited to: graphic notation, illustration, text/prose score, traditional Western notation. If you have questions about the score requirement, please contact Sean ([email protected]).
  • Completed questionnaire (included in application pdf at top of this page).
  • One page resumé including: education, previous composition experience, highlighted major performances of works, other pertinent information.

…and each composer may submit ANY of the following optional material:

  • One additional representative recording (marked “additional recording”) and/or one additional score (marked “additional score”). (See previous note about scores.)
  • One page artistic statement that outlines your goals as an artist and your compositional style.
  • Letter of recommendation addressing musicality, professionalism, previous compositional experience, and likelihood of success in this project.

All application materials must be submitted electronically and should be e-mailed to: [email protected]

Previous ECP Composers

2013–2014 season: Ben Hjertmann

2014–2015 season: Jonathan Pfeffer

2015–16 season: Danny Clay

2016–17 season: Katie Young, Annika Socolofsky, José Martínez

2017–18 season: Timothy Page, Ayanna Woods

2018–19 season: Hunter Ewen, Amanda Feery

2019–20 season: Robyn Jacob, Andys Skordis

2020–21 season: Elori Saxl Kramer and George Hurd

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digital_TCP: Peace Out, 2020.

4045 N. Rockwell St
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digital_TCP: Peace Out, 2020.

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