For budding composers...

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Know any young composers? See below for a release from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for budding Beethovens to have their works read by the orchestra. What an amazing opportunity!


PITTSBURGH—Calling all Pennsylvanian composers! The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for composers to submit new works for its annual Reading Session.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania at the time of submissions and applicants must be in the early stages of their careers. (As part of an ongoing partnership, submissions from the West Virginia University will continue to be accepted.) Previous participants may not reapply and submitted works must not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra previously. Only one work per composer will be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated by 2013-2014 Year of Pittsburgh Composers adviser David Stock and read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Following the session, which is free and open to the public, composers will receive feedback from a panel including Stock, Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.

Since the 2004-2005 season, the PSO has offered an annual reading of works by young composers from area universities as part of its Composer of the Year program. Last year, the program expanded to include composers statewide. Up to four works will be selected for the reading session, with at least one of the spots reserved for students from the universities that have traditionally participated in the program—Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and West Virginia University.

The submission deadline for the 10th Annual Reading Session is Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. This is not a postmark deadline; materials must be received by this date to be considered. Selected works will be announced Dec. 6. For complete eligibility details and submission guidelines, visit or call 412-392-4828.


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