Call for Scores for Performance

Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference
Acadia University — Wolfville, Nova Scotia
May 31st – June 2nd, 2022

Deadline extended:  January 31, 2022

The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) is pleased to announce a call for scores to be performed at its next annual conference, May 31 – June 2, 2022.  The conference will be hosted by the School of Music at Acadia University. Acadia University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This land is governed by the treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed by the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkatiyik, and the British Crown in 1726. These treaties recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey title and set the rules for what was to be a long-standing relationship between nations. Acadia University also recognizes the 400+ year history of communities of African descent and the 50 African Nova Scotian communities throughout the region today.

Compositions in any contemporary musical style or aesthetic are welcome.

Instrumentation: Any combination of the following instruments and/or voices are available:  saxophones (2 players) (any combination of soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone); electric guitar (solid or hollow body) or acoustic guitar; pianos (2 players); double bass/electric bass; percussion (2 players)**; conductor (optional); Singer (mezzo-soprano)

**Available percussion instruments:

  • Percussionist A – Western Percussion- vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba, chimes, timpani (4 standard drums), snare drum, concert bass drum, drum set, auxiliary percussion
  • Percussionist B – Western Percussion (no marimba, crotales or chimes)- vibraphone, glockenspiel, timpani (4 standard drums), snare drum, concert bass drum, drum set, auxiliary percussion; Middle-Eastern percussion—darbuka, riq, frame drums; Indian percussion—kanjira, morsing (pitched in D, F, G or C), tabla (pitched in D or C); African percussion—djembe, udu (pitched in A), nyunga-nyunga mbira (in standard F tuning)

Compositions that include an electro-acoustic component will be also considered. Please submit compositions with fixed electroacoustic playback only (no live electronics). NOTE: playback will be available in stereo only (multi-channel playback is not available).

Performance Faculty of the Acadia University School of Music will perform the selected works as part of a concert of contemporary music to be presented on June 1, 2022.  As many submissions as possible will be performed in this concert. Eligible students who submit scores will automatically be considered for the MusCan Composition Competition (see information on 2022 Student Composition Competition).

The new music concert will only be available to in-person conference attendees. Composers whose scores have been selected for performance are strongly encouraged to attend the concert, including a rehearsal and, in the case of works that include electronics, technical rehearsals. They will also participate in a Composers Round-Table during the conference, either in person or via electronic means. NOTE—see the remarks regarding MusCan membership and Conference registration, below.

Conditions for submitting scores:

  1. Submission of a score to the competition denotes willingness to become a member of MusCan and willingness to register and attend the 2022 MusCan Composers whose scores are selected for performance must be members of MusCan before their submissions can be accepted for inclusion for the program and must register for the MusCan 2022 conference by March 31, 2022.  Annual MusCan membership dues for 2021-22 are $95 for regular members, and $50 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons. MusCan membership information is available through its web site PLEASE NOTE— The MusCan website is currently undergoing significant changes as we transition to a new membership services provider; we anticipate that the new website will be functional by mid-November, and will announce its launch through our listserv and social media accounts.
  2. Plan to submit scores online no later than 11:59 pm EST on January 31, 2022. The submission portal will be tied to our new website; we expect it to be available to accept submissions by November 25, 2021. Include one copy of each score as a pdf file, a recording as an mp3 file and a biography of no more than 100 words.  NOTE—uploaded scores should not give any indication of the composer’s name or affiliation(s).  Works that include electronics must also include a detailed list of technical requirements and, where possible, a stereo recording of the work.
  3. Each composer may submit up to two scores. Scores must have a duration between 6 and 14 minutes.

Scores chosen for performance will be announced by March 182022.  A composer whose work is selected for performance must submit (a) a set of parts for the selected work, and (b) proof of paid, up-to-date MusCan membership for 2022, and (c) proof of MusCan 2022 conference registration.  All of these conditions must be met by April 1, 2022.

For further information, please contact or Dr. Mark Hopkins (, co-coordinator for the concert.

 Compostion Committeee Co-Chairs: Tristan De Borba and Mark Hopkins
Local Arrangements Committeee Co-Chairs: Krissy Keech and Paula Rockwell