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2013 International Composers' Competition

2013 International Composers' Competition

May 28, 2012
National

Boston Metro Opera is now accepting scores of new art songs/cycles, music theater works, and operas for the 2013 International Composers' Competition. Works selected will receive a full concert performance, as part of the 4th Annual Boston Contempo Festival (formerly The Contemporary AmericanaFestival). Some works may also be considered for production, as part of Boston Metro Opera's regular season.

ELIGIBILITY, RULES, & REQUIREMENTS
1.) The competition is open to all living composers. Previous winners are welcome to re-apply but must submit a new composition. Persons affiliated with Boston Metro Opera are not eligible to compete. Any works currently entered in a Massachusetts-based competition are ineligible. Published works are likewise ineligible.
2.) Applicants may enter an unlimited number of compositions per category. A panel of opera professionals and new music specialists will review these submissions and make repertory decisions for each division. As stated in the Standard Release, the panel is not obligated to program selections in every category nor does a submission guarantee a performance. Repertory decisions will be announced via e-mail and posted on this site no later than November 25 (for operatic/music theater works) and December 10 (for art songs/cycles).
3.) Operatic works have no length requirements or restraints and may contain up to ten roles (not including chorus). Operatic works must be scored with piano but may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the festival in May. Select operas may also be considered for the BMO Mainstage Award (fully-staged performances in 2013-2014), the BMO Concert Award (full concert performances in 2013-2014) and/or the Director's Choice Award (fully-staged performances with orchestra in 2013-2014/ 2014-2015). Works selected for one of these Special Awards will be programmed during Boston Metro Opera's regular season, not at the festival.
4.) Music Theater Works have no length requirements or restraints and may contain up to ten roles (not including chorus). Music Theater Works must be scored with piano but may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the Festival in May. Select Music Theater Works may also be considered for the BMO Mainstage Award (fully-staged performance in 2013-2014).
5.) Art Song/Cycle Works should not exceed thirty minutes in length and may contain up to four voices. Vocal works must be scored with piano and may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the festival in May.
6.) Each complete application package should include (i) a completed application form/release (available for submission online or download at http://contempofest.bostonmetroopera.com/downloads.html), (ii) one copy of the score, and (iii) a $10.00 processing fee (non-refundable) made payable to Boston Metro Opera, Inc. These are all mandatory fields in the online application process. Recordings and supplementary biographical materials are encouraged but not required.
7.) Applications may be submitted online at http://contempofest.bostonmetroopera.com/composers-competition.html, as e-mail attachments sent to contempofest@bostonmetroopera.com, or by mail (in hard copy or on a data disc) addressed to:

David Edgar Walther
Festival Director
Boston Metro Opera
126 Newburg St.
Roslindale, MA 02131

8.) Scores submitted online must be sent in PDF format. Other documents may be sent in PDF or DOC format.
9.) Please do not enclose self-addressed, stamped envelopes, as scores and materials will not be returned. Envelopes submitted for this purpose will be discarded.
10.) All packages must be received before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 15, 2012.
11.) Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the panel. Only complete applications will be considered. No exceptions.
12.) After you have submitted your application package, you will receive an e-mail the purpose of which is to a) confirm receipt of your materials and b) inform you whether or not the application is complete. If you do not receive this application within 3-4 days (for online submissions) and 1-2 weeks (for mailed submissions), please contact us for assistance.

ABOUT BOSTON METRO OPERA
Boston Metro Opera was founded in 2008, and already, it has established a reputation for being "...a robust new company with a penchant for trendsetting productions" and New England's premier 'new opera' opera company. Since 2009, Boston Metro has produced seventy-eight new works including twenty-six world premieres, thirteen East Coast premieres, twenty-six New England premieres, and four Boston premieres.

Boston Metro Opera is also home to three major initiatives designed to reinvent and revolutionize modern opera productions.

The first is The Boston Contempo Festival ™ (formerly The Contemporary AmericanaFestival), widely regarded as Boston's dedicated venue for new vocal music. This annual fest features select operas, art songs, musicals, and choral works, submitted by composers worldwide.

The second is Opera on Site ™, the world's first virtual opera house, rich in interactivity. This next-generation pay-per-view service enables you to stream Boston Metro’s live and archived performances, interact with other viewers through integrated chat features, tweet and review your experience, and all without leaving the site.

The third is Opera Puppets ™, a global audience-building program. This division of Boston Metro produces operas from all eras using modern puppetry.

Boston Metro's mission is to (1) enrich the Greater Boston community with high-quality productions in a wide range of styles, (2) provide talented artists with roles, which will help prepare them for careers in music, (3) advocate for new music and contemporary opera, serve as a voice for the music of living composers, and induct new works into the standard repertory, and (4) make opera both accessible and affordable in the hope that we may share it with new audiences, continue to build existing audiences, and instill a life-long love of music in all audiences.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Boston Contempo Festival (formerly The Contemporary AmericanaFestival) is widely regarded as Boston's dedicated venue for new vocal music. The Contempo Festival aims to foster the music of living composers, the artistic talent of today, the mission of the Boston Metro Opera, the genres of new music and contemporary opera, and the innovation in and continuing evolution of these art forms.

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