Call For Scores

    The Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) is thrilled to announce a Call for Scores. QUO is calling for scores from composers who identify as Transgender, Non-binary and Gender Non-conforming to be featured in our May 7th, 2022 concert.


    QUO’s current composition contest seeks to find and promote the creative talent of composers who identify as Transgender, Gender non-conforming, or Non-binary members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and to provide a performance opportunity for this new work.

    • All composers, who identify as Transgender, Gender non-conforming, or Non-binary are welcome to apply
    • The composition should fall within the range of 5-7 minutes.
    • The Orchestration should encompass the full breadth of the orchestra:
      • 2Fl(2nd dbl picc), 2Ob(2dbl Eh), 2CL, 2Bsn, 4Hn, 3Tpt, 3Tbn, 1Tuba, tmp+2, str
    • Consideration will be given to the relevance to the organization’s mission and the theme of the orchestra’s season. 2021-22 theme: Alive with Spirit.
    • Entries must include a PDF score and midi file or audio recording if available.
    • Files should not contain any identifying information as the selection process will be blind.
    • Entries must be submitted by January 15, 2022. Candidates will be notified by February 15, 2022.
    • The winning composer must supply a printed/bound score and digital copies of all parts by March 1, 2022.
    • Rehearsals will begin March 23 with a concert on May 7, 2022.
    • In addition to the performance(s) of the work, the winning composer will receive a $750 cash award.
    • The Composer is encouraged to interact with the audience on the evening of the premiere. A pre-concert talk may feature a conversation with the composer. This is not required for composers who cannot travel to New York.
    • All travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the composer.
    • A video recording of the performance will be provided
    • Performance will be conducted by QUO’s Assistant Conductor, Laurel Charleston.

    QUO’s search committee reserves the right not to select a winning composition. If you have any questions about the contest, you can email us at [email protected].

    Entry Form

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Title (required)

    PDF of score (required)

    Brief description of work(required)

    Link to audio/midi/video file (you must use this if audio is >5mb)


    Upload audio/midi/video file