Young Composers Invited to Submit Works to 11th Annual Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Reading Session

PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for composers to submit new works for its annual Reading Session.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania at the time of submissions and applicants must be in the early stages of their careers. (As part of an ongoing partnership, submissions from the West Virginia University will continue to be accepted.) Past participants may not reapply and submitted works must not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra previously. Only one work per composer will be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated by 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year Mason Bates and read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Resident Conductors Lawrence Loh and Fawzi Haimor on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Heinz Hall. Following the session, which is free and open to the public, composers will receive feedback from a panel including Bates, Loh, Haimor and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.

Since the 2004-2005 season, the PSO has offered an annual reading of works by young composers from area universities as part of its Composer of the Year program. In 2012, the program expanded to include composers statewide. Up to four works will be selected for the reading session, with at least one of the spots reserved for students from the universities that have traditionally participated in the program—Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and West Virginia University.

The submission deadline for the 11th Annual Reading Session is Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. This is not a postmark deadline; materials must be received by this date to be considered. Selected works will be announced Dec. 8.

For complete eligibility details and submission guidelines, visit or call 412-392-4828.

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