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Call for Scores

S.E.M. Ensemble Readings - Workshop - Concert

of New Scores February 14 - 18, 2023

 

 

S.E.M. Ensemble performing at the Emerging Composers Workshop in February 2022

 

Emerging and young composers are encouraged to 

submit score(s) for S.E.M. Ensemble's annual reading - workshop - concert.

 

Composers are expected to attend the workshop to work on their composition alongside the musicians. The workshop will conclude with a public performance at Willow Place Auditorium, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights. 

 

As much as we would like to consider compositions for larger ensembles, due to the budget restraints, we presently can only consider scores for ensembles of up to 7, 8 musicians. The use of electronics is possible. Selected scores will be read, rehearsed, critiqued, perhaps adjusted by composers themselves. Preference will be given to works that have not been performed and have no scheduled premiere.

 

MISSION GUIDELINES:

Please email or mail:

1. One performance-ready copy of your score (recording not necessary)
2. A short statement about your music.

3. Short biography (include date of birth and the city / country you are based in)
4. $30 processing fee (cash, check payable to S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc., or PayPal [pksem@semensemble.org] is acceptable)
 

To:

pksem@semensemble.org

OR

S.E.M. Ensemble
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Materials should be sent, postmarked or hand-delivered NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, January 20, 2022.

 

Composers and Musicians who participated in the 2022 Emerging Composers Workshop pictured with Petr Kotik

 

Petr Kotik receives 2022 John Cage Award

 

On January 27th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2022 awards, with 20 artists recognized in the fields of dance, music & sound art, performance art & theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Among the grantees is Petr Kotik, who receives the 2022 John Cage Award.

Since 1992, the John Cage Award has been given biannually to a composer, musician, or performance artist who has contributed to challenging cultural horizons in the spirit of John Cage. Past awardees include Toshi Ichiyanagi, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Ashley, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, Takehisa Kosugi, and David Tudor.

Kotik had previously been awarded a Grant to Artists by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 1996.  

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns with the support of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. More information on the FCA's history can be found here.
 

SEM congratulates Petr and the other grantees on this achievement.

 

Recent News

On February 17th, SEM held the 2022 Emerging Composers Workshop and Concert  – See our Instagram for photos.


Petr Kotik has received the 2022 John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Learn more here.


New York Classical Review published a review of our recent holiday concert. Read it here!


The Brooklyn Rail published a review of Ostrava Days. Check it out here!


Ostrava Days 2021 took place from August 9 - 28. For more information about the Institute and Festival, click here.


SEM's 2020-21 season concluded in June. Explore it here.


SEM's New Music Outdoors I concert is now available to watch on YouTube.


OCNM has published a video of SEM's performance John Cage's "Song Books I, II" at the NODO 2018 Festival. Watch it here.


Check out the first two segments of "Unfolding the Past" on SEM's history here! More soon.



Contact Us

 S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc.
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 488-7659
info@semensemble.org

Contact Emma Minges, coordinator,
at pksem@semensemble.org

S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2021-22 season has been made possible with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Amphion Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, The Fromm Music Foundation, The Low Road Foundation, Sheldon Berlow, Stephen J. Deutsch, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Philip Foster, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Beth Greenberg and Jim Wright, Charlotta Kotik, Raymond Learsy, Julian Lethbridge, Rotraut Moquay, and Noni Pratt. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Lincoln Restler.