Further Series: The Alan Matheson Septet – Call For Scores

Time: 11:59 pm
Date: 2019 Mar 22

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:

Further Series 2019: Call for Scores


The Alan Matheson Septet

Deadline: March 22, 2019

Submission Requirements
Submission Form

Workshop material


Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to invite all BC composers to submit new works for presentation at our Further Series concert on May 19, 2019 featuring The Alan Matheson Septet. Deadline for submissions is Friday March 22, 2019.

About the Artists

The Alan Matheson Septet has been an important part of the Vancouver jazz scene for over twenty years. Their first CD release Intrada features original compositions by Alan Matheson that reflect a wide range of musical influences from Ellington to Woody Shaw. The septet also plays compositions by band members Rob McKenzie, Dave Branter and Craig Scott as well as jazz classics by Billy Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson and Stan Kenton. Their “little big band” sound has impressed audiences at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and on the air via CBC Radio’s Hot Air and Tonic programs. The personnel of both groups is made up of some of Vancouver’s most versatile musicians, all equally at home in jazz, classical and popular music.

Application Guidelines

We welcome submissions from BC composers of all styles and genres. To submit a piece, 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.


Your submission should include a score and parts (if relevant) for a piece no more than 8 minutes in length for the entire septet (pieces for only part of the ensemble and pieces requiring electronics will not be considered):

  • Alan Matheson on trumpet (doubling flugelhorn and piano)
  • Rob McKenzie on trombone
  • Julia Nolan on alto saxophone (doubling soprano saxophone)
  • David Branter on tenor saxophone (doubling clarinet)
  • Jon Roper on electric guitar
  • Laurence Mollerup on acoustic bass
  • Craig Scott on drums

A workshop with more information about writing for this unique ensemble was held on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Some of the material that was presented at the workshop can be downloaded from the workshop page.

If you have additional questions about the ensemble, you can send an email to Alan Matheson at [email protected]


All submissions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 22, 2019.
  • Submissions must include an application fee of $25. 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
  • Works must have been composed within the past three years.
  • Composers will be expected to attend the reading session and concert for the presentation of their work.
  • Submitted pieces must be less than 8 minutes in length. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced to allow as many pieces as possible to be programmed.
  • Submit Two Copies of the score or chart. One copy should be anonymous for adjudication.

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all the submitters by Saturday, March 30 2019. While Vancouver Pro Musica wishes to include as many pieces as possible, production costs, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all submitters will have their work selected. Vancouver Pro Musica will employ a panel of professional composers not associated with Vancouver Pro Musica to guide selection. Decisions of the panel will be final.

Composers selected for performance must be ready to provide all required performance materials including parts if needed. Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial purposes.

All composers who submit—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

  • January 19, 2019, 1—4 pm: Open workshop at Vancouver Community College.
  • March 22, 2019: Piece submission deadline.
  • March 30, 2019: Submitters notified of selection results.
  • April 6, 2019, 1—4 pm: Reading session for composers at Vancouver Community College.
  • April 20, 2019: Revisions due.
  • May 19, 2019, 7:30 pm: Concert at Pyatt Hall.