Composition Competition Call For Scores

WOA Women’s Orchestra of Arizona Composition Competition Guidelines 2019
(PDF version of the following information.)

The Women’s Orchestra of Arizona’s (WOA) second Composition Competition provides women composers the opportunity to have an original orchestral work performed by an all-female string orchestra. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage Arizonian women composers. The winner receives a premier of her work by WOA at our performance on April 14th, 2019, as well as a recording.

Applicants should be Arizonians who identify themselves as females with a minimum age of 16 years old. The selection committee will be looking for creative imagination, stylistic originality, and a personal voice.

Works must be scored for a maximum instrumentation of:

Strings: violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass [6/5/4/4/1]

Works have to fall between 6 and 8 minutes. Works with soloists, instruments in addition to those listed above, or electronics will not be considered. The composition has to be brand new and cannot be previously published or publicly performed.


Applications must be submitted by mail or electronically. The application should include:

  1. Full orchestral score
  2. Performance Parts: 1 for each section
  3. Sound recording (MIDI or live recording)
  4. Cover Letter including contact information and a brief description of the work

Any incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

For questions and/or electronic submission:

Women’s Orchestra of Arizona
Attn: Scores
PO Box 44262
Phoenix, AZ 85064

Applications should be submitted no later than 4:00PM on Friday, December 14th, 2018. Winner will be notified by January 31st, 2019