The Cortona Sessions for New Music and the DuoSolo Foundation invite composers age 18 and above (as of June 18, 2014), to submit scores for performance at the 2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music. At least 3 works will be chosen by Sessions faculty who will perform them during evening concerts throughout the Sessions. Works may be up to 15 minutes in length (if a longer multi-movement work is submitted, select movements may be performed), and may be composed for any instrument or combination of instruments represented by the Cortona Sessions faculty. Composers of selected works will be offered immediate acceptance to the 2014 Cortona Sessions should they wish to participate.


Instrumentation & 2014 Sessions Performance Faculty

flute:  Mary Fukushima (DuoSolo)

saxophone:    h2 Saxophone Quartet (Award-Winning Quartet)

            Jeffrey Loeffert, Geoffrey Deibel, 

            Jonathan Nichol, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert

violin:  Ari Streisfeld (JACK Quartet)

cello:  Kivie Cahn-Lipman (International Contemporary Ensemble)

piano:  Michael Kirkendoll (DuoSolo, Oklahoma State University)

 Amir Khosrowpour (NYC)

voice:  Rachel Calloway (mezzo soprano, concert artist)

- any combinations of the above are welcome, including piano 4 hands. 

- for saxophone quartet – possible combinations:  satb; sstb; ssat.

- works for solo instruments are welcome.

- Pierrot pieces may use saxophone with optional clarinet for additional performance possibilities.

- minimal electronic complements are available. please contact us if you wish to submit works with tape or electronic parts.




The Cortona Prize will be awarded to one composer whose work demonstrates particular skill and innovation. This composer will be offered a tuition-waiver* to attend the 2014 Cortona Sessions, enjoying all elements of the festival. If they accept the invitation, they will have the opportunity to write a new piece for premiere by a faculty instrumentation of their choice, in addition to the work submitted, and a second work for premiere by participant performers. The piece will be rehearsed and premiered during the Sessions. If the recipient of the Cortona Prize chooses not to attend the Sessions, they will retain the title of Winner of the Cortona Prize.

*cortona prize winner must still pay for lodging for the duration of the Sessions, but all additional tuition costs will be waived




Application Fee:  $35 - submit using PayPal button on left 

Submission Deadline:  December 1, 2013 (11:59pm CST)

Notification/Award Date:  January 1, 2014



• Please submit scores by December 1, 2013 in electronic format (.pdf preferred) via email to:


    Please put ‘Call For Scores’ in the subject field.

    Include:  Your Name / Date of Birth / Phone / Email

• Recordings may be submitted, but are not required (dropbox links are acceptable).

• Scores will be distributed to all Cortona Sessions faculty members who will select at least 3 scores to be performed at the Sessions, one of whom will be offered the Cortona Prize. 

• Selected composers will be notified by email on January 1, 2014 and results will be posted online.

download Call for Scores info as. pdf


submit application fee ($35)