Further Series: Tiresias Duo Call for Scores

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2017 Mar 03

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

Further Series 2017 Call for Scores

Featuring the Tiresias Duo  

(Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano)


Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to invite all BC composers to submit new works for presentation at our Further Series concert on May 27, 2017, featuring the Tiresias Duo. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 3, 2017. Additionally there will be a workshop with the ensemble on January 29 from 10am-2pm at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC), and an open reading session for pieces chosen for the concert on April 1 from 10am -2pm at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC).

About the Artists

Hailed by the Globe and Mail for their “tremendous flair and intensity,” Tiresias Duo was formed by Mark Takeshi McGregor and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in 2002. A blind seer from Greek mythology, Tiresias was transformed from man to woman and back again by supernatural means. S/he symbolizes what Iwaasa and McGregor have set out to accomplish: to speak from two very different perspectives with a single voice, to provide fresh insight into conventional chamber music programmes, and to anticipate the future trajectories of the chamber music genre through working with composers and artists from various disciplines. Tiresias Duo has performed extensively throughout Western Canada; they have been featured at the Western Canadian Music Awards (Edmonton, 2008 and Kelowna, 2010), New Works Calgary, Powell Street Festival (Vancouver), the University of Victoria’s Adaskin Series, Sonic Boom, the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where they were honoured with a command performance for the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

Tiresias Duo has commissioned numerous works by a diverse roster of Canadian composers, including Jennifer Butler, Annette Brosin, Justin Christensen, Brian Harman, Simon Martin, Jared Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, Jeffrey Ryan, and Rodney Sharman. Their first CD, Delicate Fires, was released in 2007 and includes the commissioned works by Butler, Morlock, and Sharman, as well as music by “first generation” Canadian composers Barbara Pentland and Murray Adaskin. Delicate Fires was nominated for “Outstanding Classical Album” at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2013 Tiresias Duo released their second album, Trade Winds, a double disc set featuring the music of Canadian and Japanese composers, including Toru Takemitsu, Derek Charke, Anthony Genge, Jean Coulthard, Hiroki Tsurumoto, Elliot Weisgarber, Jo Kondo, Kara Gibbs, and Christopher Kovarik. In January 2016 the Duo’s recording of Coulthard’s Lyric Sonatina was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of their “Composer of the Week” series — the first ever to feature a Canadian composer.


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 for a piece no more than 8 minutes in length for the following instruments (Solo pieces and pieces requiring electronics will not be considered):

  • Flute (Doubling on alto flute (in G) or bass flute (in C))
  • Piano

All submissions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.
  • Accompanied by cash or cheque sent by mail. Fee for submission is $25.
  • Works must have been composed within the past three years.
  • Composers will be expected to attend the reading session and concert for 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.


Applications must include:

  • The composer’s name, address, and e-mail address.
  • 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
  • One Copy of all performers’ parts.
  • Two Copies of the score. One copy of the score should be anonymous, in the event that a jury is required to adjudicate submissions.

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all the submitters by Friday, March 10. 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 panel will be final.

Composers selected for performance must be ready to provide all required performance materials including parts. 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 29, 2017, 10am–2pm: Open workshop at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC)
  • Friday, March 3, 2017: Score submission deadline.
  • Friday, March 10, 2017: Submitters notified of selection results.
  • April 1, 2017, 10am–2pm: Open reading session at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC)
  • May 27, 2017, 7:30pm: Concert at Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC)