We are pleased to announce the inauguration of Locrian Workshop, a partnership between the Ensemble and a selected composer to develop a new work for an upcoming concert.  Composers are invited to submit proposals for pieces scored for the following instruments or some subset thereof:  flute/piccolo/alto flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano and harp.


This program is designed for composers who are out of school and in the early stages of their careers.  When a composer leaves school, he/she loses the opportunity for experimentation that an academic environment provides.  Furthermore, most commissions in the professional realm do not afford the opportunity to develop new pieces through trial and error.  A composer must wait for a piece to be premiered before learning what works and what doesn’t, a situation that discourages the taking of risks.  Our workshop addresses this problem.

General Info:

The selected composer will be invited to participate in a workshop reading by the ensemble of an unfinished piece.  The reading will take place in the last week of August (exact date to be determined in consultation with the composer) in New York City.  The reading will be recorded.  The composer will then be given six months to complete the work, which will then be programmed on the 2013 Locrian season.

If the selected composer does not live in the New York City area, a travel stipend of up to $500 will be provided.


·All U.S. residents (including noncitizens) who are not enrolled in an academic program for the 2012-2013 year are eligible.

·There is no age restriction, but preference will be given to composers in the early stages of their careers.

·Friends and family of Locrian personnel (David Macdonald, Calvin Wiersma, Conrad Harris, Daniel Panner, Greg Hesselink, Diva Goodfriend-Koven, Jonathan Faiman, Emily Wong and Anna Reinersman) are not eligible.

·Composers whose works have previously been performed by Locrian are not eligible.

Application Materials:

Please submit the following:

  1.  A cover letter providing us with your name, age, e-mail address, street address, phone number and a one paragraph description of the piece you wish to write for the ensemble.  Specify the instrumentation and an estimated duration.
  2. A bound score and (if available) CD of a chamber work that you have written in the past five years.  This work does not have to be for the same instrumentation as your proposed piece.
  3. A resume or CV (maximum 2 pages)
  4. A list of works you have written in the past five years
  5. A processing fee of $15 in the form of a check made out to “The Locrian Chamber Players.”


Send all materials to:

The Locrian Chamber Players

111 Old Albany Post Rd.

Ossining, NY 10562

Be sure to indicate that no signature is required for delivery.


All materials must be postmarked by May 1, 2012.  Results will be announced by May 15.

Attention, Composers:  Because of a mistake in the American Composers’ Forum listing of Locrian Workshop, the deadline for applications has been extended to May 15 (postmark).  Results will be announced by May 25.

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