CAPMT is committed to supporting the careers of California composers. The chosen recipient of the CAPMT 2020 Commission will write a new work to be premiered at the 2020 CAPMT State Conference (date and location TBA). The 2020 CAPMT Commission fund of $2000 is funded with the support of MTNA. The 2020 Commissioned Composer’s composition will be submitted to the MTNA national competition.
Current Commissioned Composer
"I was blown away when I first heard Roman Baranskiy’s string quartet. In my opinion, for a composer to hold his or her own in the string quartet medium really sets them apart. And Roman does just that. I was struck by his intimate understanding of the quartet as instrument. It is written at a high degree of sophistication, harkening back to Ravel and Bartok in terms of the sheer craft and interplay of instruments. I was also struck by how musical the writing is. Roman’s orchestral writing shares the same wonderful trait: understanding and exploiting the orchestra as an instrument in a unique way. I am excited to hear the commissioned work AURA, for Flute, Vibraphone and Jazz Electric Guitar, which uses exciting undulating patterns as the instruments rise and fall in synchronous waves of sound and energy. I am thrilled that Roman will represent the State of California at the national level in the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year competition."
––Craig Richey, CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair
Past Commissioned Composers
2019 CAPMT Commissioned Composer
The CAPMT Commissioned Composer Program serves to support the careers of professional composers and is not to be confused with the MTNA Student Composition Competitions. As such, composers currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, or master’s degree programs are NOT eligible to apply. However, submissions from doctoral candidates are accepted.
Composers must be residents of the State of California.
DEADLINE: May 18, 2020
CAPMT Commissioned Composer Application Form will be available in the Spring
All materials must be uploaded as part of the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Application Form
PDF of scores
Audio recording (MP3) and/or video link
Composers must also submit the following Accompanying Documents:
Introductory Cover Letter
Résumé and/or Curriculum Vitae
List of Complete Works
Composers are also encouraged to submit Supporting Documents, such as:
Links to performance videos
Any other social media sites that the Composer would like the selection committee to review
A single PDF containing all accompanying and supporting documents and links is acceptable, but not mandatory
The Commissioned Composer will be selected by a committee comprising the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair, CAPMT State President, and a third judge chosen by the Commissioned Composer Chair.
The selected Commissioned Composer will write a work 10–15 minutes in length for any performance medium. Since the commissioned composition is typically premiered at the CAPMT State Conference on a chamber music concert, a solo or small chamber work, not to exceed seven players, is preferable. CAPMT will provide a stipend of $150 per performer, maximum of $1,050 (7 performers), to engage musicians for the CAPMT State Conference premiere performance. CAPMT offers no additional financial assistance in this regard and does not offer any additional stipend for travel or lodging. The 2020 CAPMT Conference TBA.
April 20, 2020 (MON)
Composer’s submitted materials must be uploaded as part of the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Application Form
May 4, 2020 (MON)
The Commissioned Composer Selection Committee will notify the winning composer
September 1, 2020 (TUES)
Delivery of commissioned composition: PDF of completed score must be sent via e-mail to the CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2020 (FRI–SAT)
Premiere performance of the commissioned composition at the CAPMT State Conference TBA
December 1, 2020 (TUES)
Deadline for CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair to submit the commissioned composition to the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award Competition
March 21-25, 2020 (SAT–WED)
MTNA National Conference • Chicago, Illinois