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NOVA VI: pathways
call for composers

New. Original. Vocal. Art.

Now in its sixth 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. 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 “pathways”. Does it still mean anything to know where we’ve been? Can we ever truly know where we’re going? Is it better to embark on an adventure or to return after a long journey? Questioning our place in the world and our connection to trails, both physical and psychological, this year’s NOVA will be a sonic sojourn for audiences. The world premiere of Alex Berko’s multi-movement work cardinal directions with poetry by Rūta Marija Kuzmickas completes this program in an evening of world-premiere music for tenor and bass voices.

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 19 and 20, 2023 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 January 4, 2023.
Applicants will be notified of the results no later than January 16, 2023.
Scores will be due March 17, 2023.


**Workshop time is dependent on the composer being available during set rehearsal times. No travel stipends are available for those outside of the Chicago area**

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