Emerging Composers Partnership

TCP Emerging Composers Application

The goal of this project is to connect composers at an early stage in their career with professional performers in a meaningful collaborative experience. Hands-on collaboration is essential for the success of a composer writing for percussion because of the vast array of instruments and endless range of possible techniques employed to play them.

With the demand from soloists, chamber groups, large ensembles, and educational institutions for new and artistically meaningful works for percussion ever increasing, we believe that composing for percussion is vital to the success of a contemporary composer.

This project will expand the repertoire for percussion quartets, allow composers to gain exposure through the highest quality performance, provide the Chicago contemporary music scene with premieres of works from the brightest rising stars in the composing community, and strengthen Third Coast’s dedication to inclusive commissioning of new music.

Emerging Composers Partnership

Applications are currently closed and will open on August 1, 2019.

The next deadline for applications will be October 31, 2019.

Click to download: TCP Emerging Composers Application

The Project

Third Coast Percussion (TCP) will choose a composer to collaborate with in the composition of a new work for percussion quartet.

The winning composer(s) will:

  • Compose a piece for TCP to be premiered at a mutually agreed upon date in May or June of the 2020-21 concert season. The work must not have been performed before in any context.
  • Compose a work limited to 4 percussionists, at a duration not to exceed 15 minutes
  • Receive a high quality live performance recording from the premiere of the new work to be used by him/her upon approval of TCP.
  • Attend (3) three workshop rehearsal sessions with TCP in which the sketches of the new work can be explored with the ensemble
  • Attend the premiere performance of the work on a TCP Chicago Concert Season concert
  • Help TCP in promotion for the premiere performance
  • Receive an honorarium of $1,500. Please note that no travel or housing costs will be provided

Third Coast Percussion will:

  • Workshop the new work with the composer leading up to its Chicago premiere
  • Perform the new work on a concert in Chicago, HOWEVER holds the right to delay the premiere performance for any reason
  • Provide the winning composer(s) with a live performance recording or a recording of the work performed in the Third Coast Percussion studio


TCP Emerging Composers Application

The next deadline for applications will be October 31, 2019

*Applications will be available on August 1st each year.

*Applications will only be considered if ALL guidelines are met.

*There is no entry fee.

Each composer must submit ALL of the following material in order to be considered:

  • One recording representative of compositional style uploaded to SoundCloud. May be MIDI or live, but a live recording is encouraged when possible.
  • One score representative of compositional style. A score containing writing for percussion is not required, but is encouraged. Please submit scores in pdf format. Do not submit Finale or Sibelius files. Physical scores will not be accepted.
  • Completed questionnaire (included in application pdf at top of this page).
  • One page resumé including: education, previous composition experience, highlighted major performances of works, other pertinent information.

…and each composer may submit ANY of the following optional material:

  • One additional representative recording (marked “additional recording”) and/or one additional score (marked “additional score”).
  • One page artistic statement that outlines your goals as an artist and your compositional style.
  • Letter of recommendation addressing musicality, professionalism, previous compositional experience, and likelihood of success in this project.

All application materials must be submitted electronically and should be e-mailed to: [email protected]

Previous ECP Composers
2013-2014 season: Ben Hjertmann
2014-2015 season: Jonathan Pfeffer
2015-16 season: Danny Clay
2016-17 season: Katie Young, Annika Socolofsky, José Martínez
2017-18 season: Timothy Page, Ayanna Woods

2018-19 season: Hunter Ewen, Amanda Feery