Open Call for Scores
Foris Choir seeks original works from emerging choral composers for concert performances in the Portland area.
Foris Choir seeks a cappella pieces by emerging Portland-area composers for our summer 2019 concerts.
Composers from underrepresented communities, especially composers of color, LGBTQIA composers, and composers with disabilities, and youth, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Works must be a cappella. They can be any combination of voices (e.g., SATB, SSAA). Works should be under 10 minutes in length.
Choral composers/song writers working in any genre are encouraged to apply.
Ideally, works will be submitted in PDF format using standard notation, accompanied by an audio recording, but we’re flexible and happy to work with you to get your piece practice-ready.
Past composers have ranged from those with advanced degrees and extensive expertise to self-taught musicians with little formal training.
Composers can meet with the choir to provide direction and info regarding their vision for the piece and to get feedback from and exchange ideas with the choir to aide composers in developing their craft. Composers may also receive some mentoring support in refining their pieces if desired.
This is a great opportunity for new and aspiring composers to hear their choral work performed for the first time. If you’re considering submitting a piece that’s still in progress, feel free to reach out and let us know what you have planned.
About Foris Choir
We're a nonprofessional choir who've mostly sung classical music together but have a range of musical interests and backgrounds. (We also have a few singer slots available, if you'd like to sing with us as well!) We've come together with the goals of producing interesting and beautiful performances, fostering singer-composer collaborations, and spotlighting emerging local composers.
To Submit Your Work
If interested, please email us with:
A description of your experience composing choral music and any opportunities, if any, you’ve had to hear your music performed.
Your original work in PDF format, along with a MIDI or live audio recording if you have one.
Works submitted for consideration will not be shared with anyone outside of the choir. Everyone who submits a work will be notified whether or not their work will be performed by Foris. (If a work is selected for performance by Foris, the composer will be notified of the venue and date, and be promoted in promotional materials and at the performance.)
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