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Composers: Be part of the 2023 Hear Now Festival

  • September 01, 2022 10:11 PM
    Message # 12904288
    Lister Administrator (Administrator)

    A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers

    Hugh Levick, Artistic Director


    Deadline: October 15, 2022

    Festival dates: April 13, 14, 15, 16, 2023

    Open to Los Angeles area-based composers. If you are writing innovative, contemporary, classical concert music, and you live and work primarily in Los Angeles, you are eligible to submit a work in 

    one of the following categories:

    Larger chamber ensemble

    In 2023, for the first time in our history, the Hear Now Music Festival will include two pieces for a conducted chamber ensemble of up to17 musicians:

    • 1 singer
    • 1 each of flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (each with relevant doublings)
    • 1 each of horn, trumpet, trombone and/or tuba (each with relevant doublings)
    • 1 percussion
    • 1 keyboard (multiple keyboard instruments possible)
    • 1 harp
    • 2 violins
    • 1 viola
    • 1 cello
    • 1 double bass

    Different instrumentation combinations from the above list are of course acceptable. Please keep in mind, however, that no more than two pieces in this category will be presented in the festival.

    Acoustic chamber music

    • For 1 to 8 players (fewer if possible)
    • No more than 15 minutes in length.
    • All combinations of voice, strings, woodwinds and brass will be available. We will have a piano.
    • Percussion ( if not too large a setup).

    Electroacoustic music

    • In addition to the electronic element, 1-6 players can be used. The core ensemble for this concert consists of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, though other instruments can be included as well.
    • Electronics can be live or fixed media. In addition to other materials, a detailed description of technical requirements must be provided with the application.
    • No more than 15 minutes in length
    • Brightwork Ensemble will provide the musicians.

    Please make sure that score and sound files are ANONYMOUSNon-anonymous submissions cannot be considered.

    Please send the following NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15, 2022 to

    Please use the subject line: HEAR NOW 2023 SUBMISSION

    • ANONYMOUS Score in PDF format
    • ANONYMOUS mp3 audio samples (MIDI acceptable). Please send files which do not show composer/performer/album info when opened in iTunes. Mp3 files without watermarks help us maintain anonymity. Please do not send links to recordings on websites such as SoundCloud, YouTube or your personal website. Please DO include the title of your piece.

    If your sound files are too large to be attached to an email please send them via Hightail or Dropbox, or a comparable email service.

    FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS please also send the following confidential information in a separate email to: with the subject

    line HEAR NOW 2023 SUBMISSION INFO. (Please send this information as regular email and not part of your Hightail, Dropbox, Yousendit, Wetransfer, etc. -- large file services, and from your usual email address.)

    • The title of your piece
    • Your contact info, including home address
    • Instrumentation
    • Duration
    • Any other (brief) information about the piece you would like to share (Will it be a premiere of any kind? Are there stand-alone movements? Recommended local musicians for difficult or thorny parts, etc.)
    • Please include the statement: I agree to request and receive permission from all musicians performing my work for the Hear Now Music Festival before posting the recording publicly in any form.*
    • (Optional) Do you identify as a part of an historically underrepresented group (also including women, LGBTQ, etc.)? Please specify.

    Submissions may have been performed before, and multi-movement works are acceptable. If you have any questions, please contact Hugh Levick or General Manager Heidi Lesemann at the above email address.


    The 2023 Hear Now Music Festival will be held April 13,14,15, and 16. Performing ensembles include Lyris Quartet (founding ensemble of Hear Now) and Brightwork Ensemble (ensemble-in-residence for the electroacoustic concert), HEX vocal ensemble (up to 12 singers), Trio CĂ©leste (piano trio), plus other first-rate musicians in the Los Angeles area.

    The review process is detailed on our website:

    We are very much looking forward to hearing your music!

    *The HEAR NOW Music Festival is audio and video recorded, and, if your work is selected for the festival, the recordings are made available to you. By submitting your musical materials, you are agreeing to get a media release from all musicians who perform your work in the festival before posting it publicly in any form (YouTube, your website, etc.). You may submit a recording or video from the Hear Now Music Festival performance as documentation for a grant proposal, or to provide a sample to other musicians or organizations for future performances, which is for private use only, without having such permissions. You also understand that Hear Now may use your Festival recording for artistic documentation for grant proposals and in short (30-60

    second) excerpts for promotional purposes without requiring your permission.

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