American Modern Orchestra:
Orchestra Readings Guidelines

Orchestral readings are optional. Up to 20 composers will be selected for the readings. During the application process, composers will need to attach a PDF of at least 3 minutes of an orchestral score, 7 minutes maximum. PDFs only, no Sibelius, Finale, Dorico or other types of files. Excerpts from longer works are acceptable. Composers will need to indicate the specific excerpt if it's from a longer work. Works or excerpts can be in-progress, and do not need to be finished works. Excerpts submitted during the application process must be for the same work that will be read. Performance history must be indicated during the application process.

IMPORTANT: please refer to MMF's Music Preparation Guidelines for Composers as well as Policy on Edits before submitting works.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

Submit Final Orchestral Score and Sample Part PDFs: May 1
Orchestral Reading Physical Materials Due: May 15

Works not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered or read.

Instrumentation

Works that exceed this instrumentation or call for instruments not listed here will not be accepted. We recommend that composers score for winds in threes, or less. i.e., scoring for double winds and brass is perfectly fine. Winds in fours may be available, but we won't know that until early spring.

3 Flutes (Flute 3 doubling Piccolo and/or Alto Flute)
3 Oboes (Oboe 3 doubling English Horn)
3 Clarinets (Clarinet 3 doubling Bass Clarinet)
2 Bassoons
4 French Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba
1 Timpani (4 Pedal Timpani [23”, 26” or 25”, 29” or 28”, 32”], not doubling percussion)
3 Percussionists
 1 Keyboard (piano, may double synthesizer, provided by the festival)
1 Harp
22 Violins
10 Violas
8 Cellos
6 Basses

Available Percussion Instruments

It is strongly recommended that percussion scoring be economical and not use every single instrument, and if possible, not every keyboard percussion instrument (so not marimba, xylophone and vibraphone in one piece, for example).

Tubular Chimes (with 2 chime mallets)
Crash cymbals (Medium and Large)
4 1/3 Octave Marimba
Vibraphone (with working motor)
Xylophone
Orchestra Bells
2 Sets Crotales (high and low)
Snare Drum with concert snare drum stand (for playing while standing up)
Field Drum with stand
Bongos (2) with stand
Congas (2) with stand
Large Concert Bass Drum with stand
Drumset Bass Drum with Pedal
Large Tam Tam on stand
4 Concert Tom Toms (single-headed) with concert tom tom stands
Temple Blocks (5) with stand
Small Suspended Cymbal with stand
Medium Suspended Cymbal with stand
Large Suspended Cymbal with stand
Large Chine Cymbal
Sizzle Cymbal with stand
High, Medium and Low Woodblocks
Medium Triangle (or 3 Triangles if possible, Small, Medium and Large)
Tambourine (with head, if possible)
Mountable Tambourine
Finger Cymbals
Ratchet (with working bass drum mount)
Claves
Castanets (on Castanet Machine, if possible)
Anvil (percussion sound effect)
Cow Bell (Latin Cow Bell, not Almglocken)
Bell Tree
Mark Tree (Bar Wind Chimes) with stand
Police Whistle
3-4 Trap Tables