Emerging Composers are invited to engage in a unique artistic partnership with the ensemble.

Third Coast Percussion’s annual Emerging Composers Partnership is an extraordinary opportunity for up-and-coming composers to write a new piece for percussion quartet with a focus on process and emphasis on in-person collaboration. Composers attend three rehearsals and receive a world premiere on Third Coast Percussion’s Chicago Concert Season.

The Project

Applications are now closed.

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 2021-22 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 the composer upon approval of TCP.
  • Attend three (3) 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

Third Coast Percussion is committed to commissioning and presenting music from a diverse range of musical voices and serving as a platform for creators from many backgrounds and different approaches to music-making. To learn more about TCP’s goals for diversity in its programming, click here.

Third Coast Percussion’s Emerging Composers Partnership is made possible by Louise K. Smith and the Sargent Family Foundation.


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

*There is no entry fee.

Applications are closed. The application will re-open on August 1, 2021.

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 and matching the submitted recording. 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.
    • TCP’s definition of score includes, but is not limited to: graphic notation, illustration, text/prose score, traditional Western notation. If you have questions about the score requirement, please contact Sean ([email protected]).
  • 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”). (See previous note about scores.)
  • 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

2019–20 season: Robyn Jacob, Andys Skordis

2020–21 season: Elori Saxl and George Hurd

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