NOVA V: humanhood
call for composers

Now in its fifth year, the NOVA concert series was founded on Constellation’s mission of expanding the repertoire for men’s choral music while providing a distinct experience for audiences exploring an evening of new sounds surrounding a theme. NOVA stands for New.Original.Vocal.Art. This program has successfully premiered works by more than a dozen American composers and serves as a growing platform of new music for men’s voices. Many of our premieres now reside in our digital music series NOVA Editions, making scores available online for PDF download.

The theme of this year's NOVA concert is “humanhood”. What does it mean to exist in 21st century America?

This program will feature the world premiere of Robert Maggio’s work “Man Up/Man Down,” commissioned by CME, dissecting the 21st century expectations, shortcomings, and toxicity of masculinity in America. This season’s NOVA new music series will premiere works giving voice to identity, perspective, and understanding all within our collective existence on this earth. 

CME invites all interested composers and artists to apply for their annual New Music Series: NOVA. We seek to commission a handful of works to premiere at our concerts on May 13 and 14, 2022 in Chicago. Invited composers will receive time to workshop their piece with the ensemble, a premiere performance recording, and a small honorarium. 

Composers must either submit a completed work scored for male voices, or one that represents their compositional style in order to be selected. The submission is NOT your entry, rather just a representation of your work in order to be considered for commissioning. Please upload a copy of the score in PDF format. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a recording along with the submitted score, but are not required to do so. Specific questions can be directed to

Deadline to submit is December 15, 2021.
Applicants will be notified of the results no later than January 5, 2022.
Scores will be due March 28, 2022.