Sonic Boom 2020 Call for Scores

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Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:

Sonic Boom 2020
Information about the Call for Scores 


Ensemble-in-Residence: Pacific Baroque Orchestra

Featured Artist: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, pianist

Composer-in-Residence: Jocelyn Morlock

Vancouver Pro Musica invites any and all BC composers to submit new scores for presentation at the 33nd Annual Sonic Boom Festival.

The Festival will be held March 19-22, 2020 at two venues in downtown Vancouver.

Submission deadline for this Call is:

Friday, December 6, 2019 (11:59 PST)

This year, the Sonic Boom Festival will consist of four evening events celebrating the music and art of BC composers.

  • March 19 & 20, 2020: Two nights dedicated to showcasing new works by BC composers, written for various solo performers small ensembles (maximum of 4 players);
  • March 21, 2020: Concert of new works for solo piano, presented by Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, this year’s Featured Artist;
  • March 22, 2020: Concert of works written for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble-in-Residence for Sonic Boom 2020.

Composers submitting works to this Call for Scores may submit a maximum of two works for consideration across the three categories. Only one work per composer will be selected for performance.

The Call for Scores for our Student Composers’ Masterclass (March 22, 2020) will be announced separately. Please check our website in the near future to submit for this event.

Click here for more information on our featured artists.

How to Submit

Sonic Boom welcomes all BC Composers regardless of style, genre, and levels of experience.

Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

All submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019.
  • Payment of submission fee through PayPal (preferred), or by cash or cheque sent by mail.  Fees for submission are $25 for each piece submitted. 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.

In addition to the above general requirements, submissions will also need to follow the guidelines specific to each category. To submit, click on one of the three categories listed below and complete the corresponding online form:

General Submissions – Solos & Mixed Ensembles (Nights 1 & 2)

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa – Solo Piano (Night 3)

Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Night 4)

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all applicants by late 2019. While Pro Musica wishes to be as inclusive as possible, production costs, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all applicants will have a work selected. Vancouver Pro Musica will employ a panel of experienced composers to guide the selection of all pieces for performance. Decisions of the panel will be final.

Applicants selected for performance must be ready to provide performers all required performance materials including parts as soon as possible after notification of acceptance. Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial demo purposes.

All applicants, regardless of whether or not their work is selected for performance, may attend any Sonic Boom event free of charge and will become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica for the remainder of the season.

Important Dates

General Submissions (Solo and Mixed Ensembles)

  • December 6, 2019: Score submission deadline.
  • Late 2019:Applicants notified of selection results.
  • March 19, 2020: Concert at Pyatt Hall.

Solo Piano Submissions

  • TBA, 10 am—2 pm: Open, free workshop at the Canadian Music Centre.
  • December 6, 2019: Score submission deadline.
  • Late December 2019: Applicants notified of selection results.
  • TBA, 2020:Reading session with Rachel, location TBA.
  • February 14, 2020: Revisions due.
  • March 21, 2020: Concert at Pyatt Hall (7:30 pm).

 Pacific Baroque Orchestra Submissions

  • Sept. 21, 2019 2pm-5pm: Open, free workshop at University of British Columbia Music Department, Room 400C.
  • December 6, 2019: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2019: Submitters notified of preliminary selection results.
  • January 3, 2020: Parts due.
  • TBA, 10 am—3 pm: Reading session with Pacific Baroque Orchestra at TBA.
  • February 14, 2020: Revisions due.
  • March 22, 2020: Concert at the Orpheum Annex (7:30 pm).

Sonic Boom Festival: March 19-22, 2020

  • Mixed Ensemble Concerts: March 19 & 20, 2020 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm
  • Featured Artist Concert: March 21, 2020 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm
  • Ensemble in Residence Concert: March 22, 2020 at the Orpheum Annex at 7:30pm