Call for Collaborators

Thank You!

We’re excited to announce the results from our call for collaborators — thank you to everyone who contributed their time, effort and creativity!

Meet the Composers


Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce our call for collaborators! But here’s the thing…

We believe in advocating for our colleagues and promoting their music. Yet most calls for scores are a winner-take-all scenario. Usually the fees, ranging from $5 to $25 or more, cover the prize with the rest of the money going into the ensemble’s general fund.

We’re doing things a little differently.

First, there is no application fee. If we can’t provide a prize, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. But that doesn’t mean that the music shouldn’t be performed.

(You should know we are all volunteers. We donate our time, skills and money because we believe that now, more than ever, new voices need to be heard.)

Second, composers will apply in teams. The applicant will propose a new piece they want to write (we’ll premiere it) and two existing works by their colleagues. We’ll play all three pieces together in Portland and Seattle during our 2017–2018 season.

Finally, the selected team will be announced by June 30, 2017. Even if your proposal is not selected this year, we will keep your music in mind for future concerts.

Questions? Please read the guidelines and the frequently asked questions carefully. If your question isn’t answered, please send us an email at

Thanks for your interest in collaborating with Sound of Late! We look forward to listening to your music.

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  • Submit a representative work scored for 2-8 instruments.
  • Provide a link to a recording of the work. MIDI realizations will not be accepted.
  • Write a brief proposal (300 words max) outlining a proposal for a new work.
  • The instrumentation of the proposed work must use 3-7 instruments drawn from the following: flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • Provide scores and recordings to two existing pieces by two of your colleagues using our primary instrumentation in any combination: flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • Write a brief description (150 words max) outlining why you selected the two pieces by your colleagues. Your focus should be on the program you are proposing (premiere and two existing piece). What makes this program unique or compelling?


  • Open to US and international composers.
  • All composers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Postsecondary, undergraduate students third year and above, and graduate students may also apply.
  • First or second year undergraduate students and high school students are not eligible to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic quality of the submitted scores and recordings.
  • Overall strength of the proposed program.

Selected Team

  • The selected composer will write a 5-12 minute piece for 3-7 instruments from the following — flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • The selected team will receive performances in Portland and Seattle during Sound of Late’s 2017–2018 season.
  • The selected team will be required to provide PDF scores and parts for the ensemble.
  • An agreement will be sent to the selected team outlining deadlines and granting a two-year exclusivity to Sound of Late to perform the new work.

Questions? Please read the guidelines and the frequently asked questions carefully. If your question isn’t answered, please send us an email at Thanks!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a college degree to apply?

No, as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements and provide the required materials.

Do I have to be a student to apply?

No, you do not have to be a current student to apply. High school students and first or second year undergraduates, however, are not eligible to apply.

The score I am submitting does not match your instrumentation. Can I still apply?

Yes! It is only for us to see an example of your work, not for us to perform.

We encourage you to submit a score that includes at least 1-2 instruments from our instrumentation. A percussion quartet, for example, might be awesome but it won’t tell us how you handle writing for winds and/or strings.

Can I include electronics in my application?

Yes. Amplification is limited to four (4) instruments in a stereo configuration. Tape playback or live processing using Max and/or Ableton Live is possible. Please contact us if you have questions.

What if everyone in our team wants to write a new piece for Sound of Late?

You may submit multiple applications with a different proposal from each composer, but only one composer will be selected to write a new piece.

Do I need permission to list my colleagues?

Yes. In addition to scores and recordings, you will be asked to provide their email and phone numbers in the application. Each composer will receive a confirmation email after the application is submitted.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Sound of Late does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

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