Call for Scores

Since 1985, the New England Philharmonic has been one of few orchestras of its size in the country with a Composer-in-Residence program that holds an annual Call for Scores competition, receiving dozens of submissions from around the world. Winning scores are performed on one of our season’s programs. By presenting these new works in the context of pieces by established composers— including classics of the symphonic repertory—the New England Philharmonic demonstrates that orchestral music is not a finished collection of museum pieces, but a living, evolving tradition. This approach has won the orchestra excellent reviews and wide recognition, including nine national awards for programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and one of the first grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for new music.


Scores will be accepted from emerging composers. The application fee of $40 per score must accompany each submission. The performance of the submitted score will be no longer than a 15-minute duration.

 Instrumentation may include up to the following:

3 flutes (1 doubling piccolo)
3 oboe (1 doubling English horn)
3 clarinet (1 doubling bass clarinet)
3 bassoon (1 doubling contrabassoon)
4 horns, 3 trumpets
3 trombones (3rd is bass trombone)
1 tuba
1 timpanist
3 percussion

Concertos, vocal works, and works for string orchestra, woodwind- or brass ensemble are not eligible for application.

Application Deadline:


How to Apply:

Please upload the following on the online application:

  • Composer biography
  • Program notes, including the work’s performance history
  • Electronic score file in PDF format
  • Audio file of work in mp3, aiff, or wav format (if available)
  • Payment for the correct processing fee in US Dollars through PayPal. (The fee will be auto-calculated at $40 for each score)