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call for scores

5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, we advance our mission by including performers of all genders who support our cause. We seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.



All female-identifying, non-binary, and transgender composers are welcome to submit works.




May 1st, 2019


The composer who receives "1st Prize" will have their work rehearsed, recorded (audio and video), and performed at our June 2019 concert. 2 composers who received "Honorable Mention" will have their work rehearsed and recorded (audio and video). Recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019. Composers who opt to attend the performance and need any supporting documentation to secure funding will receive such documentation in a timely manner.


Orchestral, 3-5 minutes
Strings -  Up to 12 violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 3 bass
Woodwinds - Up to 3 parts per section; English horn, piccolo, bass clarinet, contrabassoon acceptable
Brass - Up to 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba
Percussion - Up to 3 parts plus harp and piano


Content of submission:


Completed score/parts (PDF)

Recording of piece, if available

Program notes and any other pertinent information


Timeline of the project:​

  • Materials accepted until May 1st, 2019, 11:59PM Central Standard Time

  • All submissions will be reviewed by the Panel and possibly rehearsed by an Orchestra

  • The Panel and Orchestra will select top three; Panel will award “1st Prize” and two “Honorable Mention”

  • All composers will be notified of results by May 20th, 2019

  • The "1st Prize" work will be performed at our June 2019 concert

  • All recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019


Submit proposals to:



Ask away at 5thwavecollective@gmail.com