Carlos Izcaray



2015-16 ASO Reading Session Call for Submissions



The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will hold a reading of new orchestral works on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 1:30 to 4 pm in the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of Alabama at Birmingham led by ASO Music Director Carlos Izcaray. The session's host will be the ASO's '15-'16 Sound Investment composer-in-residence and 2009 Guggenheim Fellow Paul Desenne. He, along with the conductor and orchestra musicians, will discuss the works with the composers in a separate workshop session immediately following the reading.


    • The ASO Reading Session is open to all composers age 35 and younger.
    • The composition may be no more than six minutes in duration (movements from larger works are acceptable).
    • The formatting and layout of orchestral scores and parts must adhere to the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association Guidelines of Music Preparation, which can be found at Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA)'s Music Preperation Guidelines for Orchestra.
      Under no circumstances will digital copies (PDFs) be accepted as performance materials.
    • The instrumentation of the submitted work should not exceed 2[1/pic.2/pic].2[1.2/Eh].2.2 – – timp+2 – hp – pf – str []. The submitted works may use less than this full complement of instruments, but should still utilize most of the orchestra.
    • Works may not include non-standard or extended range percussion instruments without prior approval. Contact Seth Noble, Artistic Coordinator
    • Submissions must include a cover sheet with the composer's name, postal address, phone number, email address and a concise one-paragraph bio along with three completed, full scores, one complete individual 1st violin part and a percussion part if percussion instruments are used. No recordings or MIDI realizations will be allowed.
    • Composers whose works are selected for the reading must attend the ASO Reading Session and following discussion session. They must submit a complete set of instrumental parts to the ASO Library by February 10th. If a composer whose work is selected cannot attend the reading session on March 30th or submit a complete set of parts by February 10th, the selected work will not be read.
    • No recordings of the reading session will be allowed according to union stricture.
    • Only one submission per composer will be permitted.


Criteria for evaluating the works will be as follows:

    • Does the work show a high level of artistic merit?
    • Are the score and parts clear in notation?
    • Is the orchestration appropriate and decently balanced among the instruments?
    • Are the parts idiomatic and technically playable?


The submission deadline for the ASO Reading Session is Monday, January 4, 2016. A cover sheet, three hard copies of the score, the first violin part and percussion part should be sent to:

Seth Noble, Artistic Coordinator
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
3621 Sixth Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35222


About the ASO: The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is the state's only full-time professional orchestra and its largest arts organization, reaching more than 100,000 people a year in its home city of Birmingham and across the region. With a 40-week season and a core of 53 musicians, the ASO performs 12 subscription Masterworks concerts and 8 Pops concerts, as well as new music through its Classical Edge series. The ASO has won four prestigious ASCAP Awards in the past five years for Adventurous Programming and Dedication to New American Music. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in May 2012 as a part of the Spring for Music Festival.


A PDF version of the 2015-16 ASO Reading Session Call for Submissions is also available.