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2nd Annual

call for scores

5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn 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 womxn composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.

Guidelines are below. Click here to submit your proposal. Thank you!


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



This fee will support recording costs and musician compensation. 


April 1st, 2020


The composer who receives "1st Prize" will have their work rehearsed, recorded (audio and video), and premiered on May 29, 2020, at 5th Wave Collective’s season finale concert. Recordings will be distributed by February 2021. Composers who opt to attend the performance and need any supporting documentation to secure funding will receive such documentation in a timely manner.


Chamber Orchestra, 10-15 minutes
Strings -  Up to 6 first violins, 5 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 bass
Woodwinds - Up to 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
Brass - Up to 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone
Percussion - Timpani


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 April 1st, 2020, 11:59PM Central Standard Time

  • All submissions will be reviewed by the Panel 

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

  • All composers will be notified of results within 6 weeks of the submission deadline

  • The "1st Prize" work will be performed on 5th Wave Collective's season finale concert: May 29, 2020, in Chicago, IL

  • All recordings will be distributed to composers by February 2021


Click here to submit your proposal.


Ask away at 5thwavecollective@gmail.com