Annual Composition Competition: Call for Scores
When was the last time you attended a musical performance, classical or otherwise, that featured works by female composers?
Women's Orchestra of Arizona not only regularly performs works by noted and under-the-radar female composers, it also encourages and recognizes new compositions by women through its annual Composition Competition.
In the 2023-2024 season, the orchestra is excited to feature the winning entry in the 2022-2023 WOA Composition Competition — "Resilience," composed by Autumn Maria Reed, who is based in Wisconsin.
The 2023-2024 competition will be accepting scores until May 1, 2024; the winner will be announced before June 1, 2024, and the work will be performed by the Women's Orchestra of Arizona in the 2024-2025 concert season. As noted in the downloadable PDF of competition requirements, applicants should identify as female with a minimum age of 16 years old. Works must be scored for a maximum instrumentation of strings, winds, brass, timpani.
The Women's Orchestra of Arizona Composition Competition provides women composers the opportunity to have their original orchestral work recognized and given a premiere performance by the orchestra.
In making the winning selection, the competition committee looks for creative imagination, stylistic originality, and presence of a personal voice.
Past competition winners include Florence Anna Maunders (the United Kingdom), Roxanne Sacketti (Prescott) and Diane Sullivan (Phoenix), former WOA concertmaster.