[A Little] Further Series: Call for Miniatures

Time: 11:59 pm
Date: 2020 Jul 24

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

[a little] Further Series:
Call for Miniatures


Liam Hockley – Bass Clarinet/Basset Horn



Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to invite all BC composers to submit new bass clarinet and basset horn miniatures for presentation as part of our “(a little) Further Series” featuring renowned clarinettist Liam Hockley. Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 24, 2020. Accepted miniatures will be presented by Liam Hockley as a live stream concert on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

Notes on writing for bass clarinet & basset horn written by Liam Hockley and distributed with his permission are available here.

About Liam Hockley

A versatile musician for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight), clarinetist Liam Hockley is a dynamic performer of classical music and passionate advocate for new and experimental music.

Recent concert engagements include Vancouver New Music, Music on Main’s Modulus Festival (Vancouver), the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium (Victoria), KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf, DE), the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse (Kürten, DE), Quiet City (Vancouver), A Place to Listen (Victoria), the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, NUNC! (Evanston), and the Kuandu Arts Festival (Taipei). Liam’s work in the field has garnered him many accolades and awards, including an interpretation prize at the Stockhausen-Konzert und –Kurse Kürten. He has been featured as an Emerging Artist in Residence with the Music on Main concert series and directed the Ensemble in Residence at the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts during the 2018/19 academic year. Along with composer and tubist Max Murray, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Arbour concert series, based in Victoria BC.

Liam holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of British Columbia, where his research was supported by a prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship. He maintains an active performance and teaching schedule in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.


Application Guidelines

We welcome submissions from BC composers of all styles and genres. Miniatures must be scored for either bass clarinet or basset horn. To submit your miniature, complete the online form at the bottom of this page. Payment may be made through Paypal, or by cheque mailed separately. Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

All submissions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submitted miniatures must be scored for either bass clarinet or basset horn. Works employing the use of electronics will not be considered at this time.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020.
  • Composers may submit up to 2 miniatures for consideration. Fee for each submission is $5. Only one miniature per composer will be selected.
  • Miniatures must have been composed within the past three years.
  • Each miniature must be no more than 3 minutes in length. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced.
  • Miniatures should represent a complete musical work. Excerpts from longer pieces and incomplete sketches will not be accepted.


Submissions must include:

  • The composer’s name, address, and e-mail address.
  • Application fee of $5 per submission. Payment can be made via Paypal or cheque by mail. Please make cheques payable to:
    • Vancouver Pro Musica Society
      PO Box 78077 RPO Grandview
      Vancouver, BC  V5N 5W1
  • Two Copies of each submitted score.
    • One official score with composer’s name and copyright.
    • One anonymous score to be used for adjudication purposes.

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all submitters by Friday, July 31, 2020. While Vancouver Pro Musica wishes to be as inclusive as possible, production costs, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all submitters will have a work selected.

In the event that these considerations do not permit the performance of all submissions, Vancouver Pro Musica will employ a panel of professional composers not associated with Vancouver Pro Musica to guide selection. Decisions of the adjudicators will be final.

Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial purposes.

All composers who submit two miniatures (regardless of whether or not their piece is selected for performance) automatically become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica, exempt from membership dues for one year.

Important Dates

  • 11:59pm on Friday, July 24, 2020: Score submission deadline
  • Friday, July 31, 2020: Submitters notified of selection results
  • 3pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020: Live stream concert


Submission Form