The Cortona Sessions for New Music and the DuoSolo Foundation invite composers age 18 and above (as of June 28, 2015), to submit scores for performance at the 2015 Cortona Sessions for New Music. Multiple works will be chosen by Sessions faculty as Cortona Special Selections which may be performed 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 2015 Cortona Sessions faculty. Composers of selected works will be offered immediate acceptance to the 2015 Cortona Sessions should they wish to participate. One work/composer will receive The Cortona Prize.





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 2015 Cortona Sessions, enjoying all elements of the festival. If they accept the invitation, they will have the opportunity to write a new piece for performance by the Cortona Collective during the 2015-16 concert season and at the 2016 Sessions. Their submitted work will be performed during the 2015 Sessions, and they will have all opportunities afforded to composition participants. If the recipient of the Cortona Prize chooses not to attend the Sessions, they will retain the title of Winner of the Cortona Prize, but will not receive the commission.

*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, 2014 (11:59pm CST)

Notification/Award Date:  January 1, 2015



• Please submit scores by December 1, 2014 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 multiple works as Cortona Special Selections which may be performed at the Sessions. One of these works' composers will be offered the Cortona Prize, guaranteeing performance of their work and the opportunity to compose a new piece for the Cortona Collective.

• Selected composers will be notified by email on January 1, 2015 and results will be posted online.


Instrumentation & 2015 Sessions Performance Faculty

flute:  Mary Fukushima (DuoSolo)

clarinet:  Michael Norsworthy (Boston Conservatory)

saxophone:    h2 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)

percussion:  Ji Hye Jung (University of Kansas)

mezzo-soprano:  Rachel Calloway (Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble)

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

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

- percussion – only works including marimba or vibraphone will be accepted

- 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.



download Call for Scores info as. pdf


submit application fee ($35)