Commissioned Composer

Commissioned Composer

Craig Johnson Richey

MTNA Commissioned Composer Program

MTNA is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers. MTNA annually assists its affiliated state associations in the generation and performance of new music through the National  MTNA Commissioned Composer Program.

CAPMT 2019 Commissioned Composer Program

CAPMT, the California State Affiliate of MTNA, is committed to supporting the careers of California Composers. The chosen recipient of the CAPMT 2019 Commission will write a new work to be premiered at the CAPMT State Conference, which will take place at San Jose State University on October 18–19, 2019 (FRI–SAT).

The amount of the CAPMT 2019 Commission is $2,000, funded by CAPMT with the support of matching funds from MTNA.

To further recognize outstanding contributions to American music, MTNA annually invites state affiliates to submit their commissioned work to a panel of recognized composers for national competitive adjudication. The winning composition is presented in performance at the next MTNA National Conference, and the composer is proclaimed the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year.

For more information and details about the national program, please see the webpage for the MTNA Commissioned Composer Program.

CAPMT Rules & Guidelines

  1. The CAPMT Commissioned Composer Program serves to support the careers of professional composers and is not to be confused with the MTNA Student Composition Competitions. As such, composers currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, or master’s degree programs are NOT eligible to apply. However, submissions from doctoral candidates are accepted.
  2. Composers must be residents of the State of California.

Submission Process
DEADLINE: May 27, 2019 (MON), 11:59 PM PDT (revised extended deadline)
CAPMT Commissioned Composer Application Form

  1. All materials must be uploaded as part of the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Application Form
  2. Composers must submit the following for TWO representative contrasting works (a movement of a multi-movement work is acceptable):
    • PDF of scores
    • Audio recording (MP3) and/or video link
  3. Composers must also submit the following Accompanying Documents:
    • Introductory Cover Letter
    • Résumé and/or Curriculum Vitae
    • List of Complete Works
  4. Composers are also encouraged to submit Supporting Documents, such as:
    • Press clippings
    • Reviews
    • Links to performance videos
    • Composer’s website
    • Any other social media sites that the Composer would like the selection committee to review
  5. A single PDF containing all accompanying and supporting documents and links is acceptable, but not mandatory

Selection Process
The Commissioned Composer will be selected by a committee comprising the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair, CAPMT State President, and a third judge chosen by the Commissioned Composer Chair.

Commissioned Composition & Premiere Performance
The selected Commissioned Composer will write a work 10–15 minutes in length for any performance medium. Since the commissioned composition is typically premiered at the CAPMT State Conference on a chamber music concert, a solo or small chamber work, not to exceed seven players, is preferable. CAPMT will provide a stipend of $150 per performer, maximum of $1,050 (7 performers), to engage musicians for the CAPMT State Conference premiere performance. CAPMT offers no additional financial assistance in this regard and does not offer any additional stipend for travel or lodging. The CAPMT 2019 State Conference will be held at San Jose State University on October 18–19, 2019 (FRI–SAT).

Important Dates & Deadlines

2018 CAPMT Commissioned Composer
D Riley Nicholson

“I immediately sensed in Riley’s music this presence of a thoughtful and deeply conceptual composer, one with a musical, organic, and powerful voice. And upon further discovery, watching interviews on his website, it was clear to me we had chosen a composer with a well-articulated philosophy of music and sense of purpose: an ‘artist-composer.’ We will be most proud to have Riley represent the state of California in the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Program.”

Craig Richey
CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair

2017 CAPMT Commissioned Composer
Alexander Elliot Miller

“Alexander’s music is instantly appealing, creative, sophisticated, and socially relevant. CAPMT is excited and proud to premiere his commissioned work at our October State Conference.”

Craig Richey
CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair

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