Call for Scores

Update (2017-18 Call for Scores): We are so happy to announce the fruits of a new collaboration with Mallarme Chamber Players in Durham, a second winner of our new Mallarme Prize, Andrew Sigler. Andrew will also receive a $500 stipend, and his extraordinary Jacana will be performed in both Durham and Winston-Salem this November.
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Andrew Sigler’s music has been commissioned, performed, and awarded by the Wellesley Composers Conference, Composer’s Inc. Suzanne and Lee Ettelson award, Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, SCI National Festival, NACUSA National Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Seasons Festival, International Brass Symposium, TUTTI Festival, University of Texas New Music Ensemble, University of Tennessee Faculty Brass Quintet, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Hear No Evil, Compositum Musicae Novae, New Music, Conflagration, Simple Measures, Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, and, Fast>>Forward>>Austin, and his writing has been featured in Opera News and NewMusicBox. His music is published by Editions Musica-Ferrum and he serves as a board member of NACUSA. Andrew is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Tennessee. Do you want to know more? Go to


We had a fantastic assortment of submissions, and are pleased to announce the winning piece, Carl Schimmel’s  wonderful piece Alarums and Excursions for bassoon and piano.
This work will be performed on BMF’s fall election spectacular program in North Carolina, with the composer present to introduce his work. Congrats Carl, and to everyone who submitted!
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Carl Schimmel is a composer based in Iowa and Illinois.  Praised by The New York Times as “vivid and dramatic,” his recent music is dense with literary and musical references, often humorous, and combines intensity of expression with a structural rigor which draws upon his mathematics background.  In infusing his music with extra-musical influences such as poetry, art, and even unusual words, he strives to construct nexuses of experience which reflect both the inner life of emotions and the outer physical world which shapes us and is shaped by us.

Winner of Columbia University’s Joseph Bearns Prize, the Lee Ettelson Award, and the 2017 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Schimmel has received honors and awards from many organizations, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, New Music USA, and ASCAP.  His works have been performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and at other venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  He has received performances and commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, California EAR Unit, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, North/South Consonance, Quintet Attacca, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, and many others.  A graduate of Duke University (Ph.D.), the Yale School of Music (M.M.), and Case Western Reserve University (B.A. Mathematics and Music), he is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

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The 2017-18 Call for Scores is now live. Don’t forget to submit the google doc application!
Blue Mountain/Forecast International Call for Scores
Hosted by Blue Mountain/Forecast
http://www.bluemountainensemble.orgBlue Mountain/Forecast: 2017-18 International Call for ScoresPRIZE: The winners of the Blue Mountain/Forecast 2017 International Call for Scores will be performed on Blue Mountain/ Forecast’s 2018-19 season in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1-3 works may be chosen. A travel stipend of $500 will be awarded to the winning composer(s) in order to help them attend the concert.ELIGIBILITY: Composers of art music from all genres and of any nationality are invited to submit works to Forecast Music’s 2017-18 International Call for Scores. No preference will be given as to whether or not a work has been previously performed.

INSTRUMENTATION: Solo and small ensemble works using some or all of Forecast Music’s core instrumentation (flute, bassoon, saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and mezzo soprano) are welcomed. Pieces may use electronics, and may include one additional instrument not included in the core ensemble. Works with durations of 12 minutes or less are preferable, although longer compositions may be considered.

DEADLINES: All works must be submitted online by December 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s call.

SUBMISSION FEE: Payment can be made securely via PayPal/credit card or via check. The fee is $10 for the first entry, and $5 for each additional entry made payable to Forecast Music. For PayPal payment please click on the Payments icon at

SEND (checks) TO:

Forecast Music
c/o Eric Schwartz – Artistic Director
2446 Lyndhurst Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

checks payable to “Forecast Music”

SUBMIT SCORES TO: (use this address for e-submission as well as any questions)


Composer’s biographical information (250 words maximum)

PDF score of composition

Last year:
We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2016 call for scores, composer Saad Haddad’s fantastic Kaman Fantasy for violin and piano. This work will be performed by violinist Jacqui Carrasco and pianist James Douglass on our 5/24 program at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Additionally, honorable mention has been awarded to composer Nicholas Hubbell’s septet Night Parade of 100 Demons. We will be performing Hubbell’s work Mosaic on the 5/24 program, and will program the septet on a future Forecast Music concert.
Thanks so much to all who entered. There were many extraordinary pieces, and the choice was a difficult one!

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Saad Haddad (b. 1992) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. His music delves into that relationship by transferring the performance techniques of traditional Arabic instruments to Western symphonic instruments, while extending their capabilities through the advancement of technology.

The 2016–17 season features the premiere of a new work for the Albany Symphony, the premiere of Dohree by the Debussy Trio, the west coast premiere performances of Takht by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, as well as subscription performances of Manarah by the Princeton Symphony and Columbus Symphony, among others. During the season, Haddad will be in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Studios of Key West, the Soundstreams Composer Workshop, and the Luzerne Music Center.Highlights of the 2015–16 season included the premiere performances of three orchestral works: Manarah by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kaman Fantasy by the Milwaukee Symphony and Columbus Symphony, and Takht by the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall. Other premieres included Nekavim, for two digitally processed percussionists and dance, Thulathi, for piano trio, and Shifting Sands (version for trumpet and electronics). Recent distinctions include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the S&R Foundation Washington Award Grand Prize, the Jerome Fund for New Music grant from the American Composers Forum, the Palmer Dixon Award from the Juilliard School, the Aaron Copland Residency Award, and multiple awards from ASCAP, BMI, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. His orchestral works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Columbus Symphony,Albany Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Born in Georgia and raised in California, Haddad holds degrees in composition from the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California, where his principal teachers included John Corigliano, Mari Kimura, Bruce Broughton, Frank Ticheli, Stephen Hartke, and Donald Crockett. His music is published exclusively by Dib Press.
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Nicholas Hubbell

Mr.Hubbell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oberlin Conservatory, studying composition with Randolph Coleman, and electronic and computer music with Gary Lee Nelson. He was involved in some of the earliest computer generated music on the now iconic IBM 360. After college, he immersed himself in the jazz fusion and experimental music scene in the New York City area, writing and performing in a number of ensembles, and was active in studio session work.

Mr. Hubbell established Just Music, a music production facility, where he produced hundreds of soundtracks for film, TV and radio including: the best selling Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Series for Random House; The Men who Brought the Dawn (Documentary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), featured in The Smithsonian Museum; Pitching Man (biography of the great black baseball pitcher, Satchel Page, hosted by Billy Dee Williams, featured in the Baseball Hall of Fame and nominated for an Emmy; Anne of Green Gables (12 CD Set for Disney). Mr. Hubbell’s soundtrack for Adlertag, the Battle of Britain, received the Gold Cine for best soundtrack; Nick’s solo piano work, Spontaneous
Fugue was presented top award at the New Sounds New Haven festival. His music is licensed to a variety of television programs in the U. S. and abroad.

For the last several years Mr. Hubbell has focused on composing music from “what I feel inside and not dictated by an outside program or assignment”. These pieces include orchestral, chamber and electronic works.

Mr. Hubbell resides in Vermont, U.S.A., with his wife, Dona and their elderly dog, Coda.


Forecast Music: 2015 International Call for Scores- Results
Thanks so very much to all who submitted. The call brought in an assortment of truly fantastic pieces this year. We are so very happy to be able to announce the winner of our 2015 International Call for Scores, Thomas Kotcheff, and his extraordinary quintet bang Z, which we will be programming on our Spring Concert. Thomas will be attending the performance and introducing his work, and will receive a $500 travel stipend to help make that happen!
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A native of Los Angeles, Thomas Kotcheff (b. 1988) has been establishing himself in Southern California as a successful composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” ( and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine). He has received commissions from The Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee, The Argus Quartet, Peabody Camerata, Trio Appassionata, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and Sandbox Percussion amongst others.

Thomas was won numerous awards and honors including Aspen Summer Music Festival’s Hermitage Prize, a BMI Student Composer Award, multiple awards from the National Association of Composers USA, RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition, a selected winner of the J. Dorfman International Memorial Competition in Germany, recipient of a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum, and his Piano Concerto was selected as a winner of The University of Southern California’s New Music for Orchestra competition and was premiered with Thomas at the keyboard.

Thomas holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and The University of Southern California where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in music composition.

As a new music pianist, Thomas has dedicated himself to commissioning and premiering new piano works. He is currently the pianist in Southern California’s USC Thornton Edge, What’s Next? Ensemble, and the piano duo HOCKET.

Additionally, we are proud to announce the winner of this year’s honorable mention, composer Chia-Yu Hsu, and her fabulous Urban Sketches for clarinet, cello, piano and electronics. We will be performing this work on a forthcoming Forecast Music show.

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Born in Banciao, Taiwan, Chiayu is an active composer of contemporary concert music. Chiayu has been interested in deriving inspirations from different materials, such as poems, myths, and images. Particularly, however, it is the combination of Chinese elements and western techniques that is a hallmark of her music. Chiayu’s music has been recognized with awards from the Copland House, IAWM, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards, KH Tan Competition, Lynn University, music+culture (2009 International Competition), the Sorel Organization (2nd International Medallion Choral Composition Competition and recording grant), the International Harp Society (7th USA International Harp Composition Competition), ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Awards), the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, and the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, among others. Her orchestral works have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit, the San Francisco, the Spokane, the Toledo Symphony Orchestras, the Nashville Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. Chamber works have appeared on programs of the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Prism Quartet and Ciompi Quartet.

Chiayu received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University and Ph.D. at Duke University. She has also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Fontainebleau Schools, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also attended residency at the Copland House, the Dora Maar House, the Camargo Foundation, Wildacres Retreat, and Yaddo. Her teachers included Jennifer Higdon, David Loeb, Roberto Sierra, Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe.

More information on her music is available at


We are thrilled to announce the winner of our 2014 National Call for Scores, Loren Loiacono with her wonderful piece, Albatross. This work will be performed during Forecast Music’s 2014-15 season, and Loren will be awarded a $500 stipend  to attend the performance and introduce her work to the audience.

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Loren Loiacono (b. 1989), a native of Stony Brook, New York, is currently pursuing her Doctorate in composition at Cornell University, where she is a student of Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra and Kevin Ernste. She previously received her M.M. and B.A. from Yale University, where her teachers included Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ezra Laderman, Christopher Theofanidis, Kathryn Alexander, and Michael Klingbeil. Her works have been performed by such ensembles as the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony Orchestra, 5th House Ensemble, and the Argento Ensemble, and her music has been featured on NPR. She has received awards from ASCAP’s Morton Gould Awards (2013, 2005), Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute (2013), and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (2006), and was an alternate for the American Composers Orchestra Underwood Readings (2012). In 2013, she was selected for one of New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Commissions, culminating in the premiere of a new work at Carnegie Hall in spring 2014. She has been a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Copland House’s CULTIVATE, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East. She was also the recipient of the 2010 Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Loiacono is a founding member and current development director of Kettle Corn New Music .

We have also awarded two honorable mention winners whose piece will also be performed on the 2014-15 Forecast Music season:

Paul Leary for his excellent piece Perfume,

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and Carl Schimmel for his fantastic Roadshow for Otto.

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Gallery of prior winners:

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George Heathco


Honorable mention, Amelia Kaplan


Honorable mention, Patrick Castillo



Kyong Mee Choi

Brian Baxter

Honorable mention, Aaron Gervais


Jeff Meyer

Clifton Callender


Peter Lane

Paul Leary

Mark Kilstofe


Karim Al-Zand

Mike McFerron


Daniel Asia

Peter Lieuwen

Daniel Kessner

Arthur Gottschalk

Jason Eckardt

Zack Browning