Call for
Scores

Throughout the year, PARMA leads initiatives to collect and release new music from a wide variety of today’s composers, for recording with top ensembles and release on a multi-composer album. In addition to being recorded, selected submissions will be considered for live performance. Previously accepted scores have been performed in Russia, Croatia, Austria, the Czech Republic, the United States, and more.

“New music is very much at the heart of what PARMA Recordings is all about.”
– BBC Music Magazine, March 2020

Summer 2020 Call for Scores

We are accepting submissions for:

Category A

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Live Orchestral Performance

Performing Artist

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra
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Category B

clarinet solo

Studio Recording and Release: Works for Soloists, Duos, Trios, Quartets, or Quintets

Recording Artist

TBD
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Category C

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

Studio Recording and Release: Works for Full or Chamber Orchestra

Recording Artist

GRAMMY Award-winning Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
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Guidelines

There is no fee required to submit.

Categories B and C

The submitter will be responsible for securing funds associated with the production of selected works before production work can officially begin. The submitter retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition.

Selected scores will be recorded and commercially released by PARMA Recordings.

GRAMMY Award-winner Brad Michel (PARMA’s Senior Producer, North America) is available to produce approved sessions. Learn more: PARMA Team Welcomes GRAMMY-Winning Producer Brad Michel

How to Apply

Please submit PDF scores and corresponding MIDI renderings or live recordings via our Project Submission form.

Works will ideally be between 5 and 15 minutes in length, but pieces outside of that range will still be considered.

The deadline for all submissions is August 14, 2020.

You will receive a confirmation of receipt for submissions. We will work with the performers and our Sessions, Audio, and A&R Teams to select pieces that could fit these open projects. Should your music be selected, we will reach out to you with more information on pricing, scheduling, and other details.

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Past Experiences

The Composers and Music of PARMA’s Call for Scores: Then and Now

Working with composers in the 21st Century puts one around inspiring places and people. We’ve witnessed this firsthand through the results of our dozens of Calls for Scores initiatives over the years.

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A

Live Orchestral Performance

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra | photo: armsymphony.am

We are now accepting scores for consideration to be performed live, in virtual concert, by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra.

PARMA’s work with the Armenian State Symphony started with the 2020 Khachaturian Competition for violin. Out of this collaboration, among other recording and performance opportunities, PARMA is pleased to offer the chance for one select work to be performed in concert by the orchestra at no cost to the composer.

PARMA and the Armenian State Symphony will review scores, and one composition will be selected for performance from submissions received between now and August 14. The ideal piece will be written for standard symphonic orchestra with a total duration not exceeding ten minutes of music.

One work chosen and approved by PARMA and the Armenian State Symphony will be performed in a live concert to be streamed online via the PARMA Live Stage. Past examples of the Armenian State Symphony’s performances can be found via their YouTube Channel.

Regarding the PARMA Live Stage:

In the past months, PARMA has introduced our Live Stage: a virtual platform presenting your live-stream performances and seminars to online audiences in real time.

We are working together with New Music USA to make select live-stream performances charitable events where listeners will be able to “tip” or donate in real time during the concert. Proceeds have gone to efforts such as New Music USA’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to assist with musicians affected by the current crisis.

“With the new challenges presented by the health crisis across the globe, we felt it was important to make new music and hopefully do some good for the music community at the same time,” says PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord. “I think this program is a wonderful way for performers, composers, and production company to all come together to help New Music USA’s very good cause.”

For more on the PARMA Live Stage, visit our website. For tips on live streaming performances with success, click here.

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B

Studio Recording and Release: Works for Soloists, Duos, Trios, Quartets, or Quintets

clarinet solo

Please note: this opportunity requires composer funding for approved submissions.

We can get your music recorded, right now. In accordance with local mandates, our recording partners in Europe and in the US can now safely gather in small groups for sessions. We want to connect you with these opportunities.

We are accepting scores for arrangements including:

  • Piano

  • Violin

  • Guitar

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Piano Trio

  • String Quartet

  • Woodwind Quintet

  • Brass Quintet

Here are a few examples of our past session work with a few of the performers and ensembles whom we may recommend to record selected works:

“Capricci” for flute and piano by John Bilotta

“Merging Memories” for clarinet and piano by Carl Vollrath

“Rorrim No. 1” for cello and piano by Ovidiu Marinescu

“Record with the Right Ensemble, Anywhere”

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C

Studio Recording and Release: Works for Full or Chamber Orchestra

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Kahchun Wong and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra | Photo: Torsten Hönig

Please note: this opportunity requires composer funding for approved submissions.

Composers have the opportunity at this time to secure the future of their large-scale works. PARMA will be recording works for orchestra with the GRAMMY-Award winning Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra towards an upcoming album. Recording sessions are targeted for early 2021. Approved pieces on this album will also be given a future concert performance by one of PARMA’s partner orchestras.

The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier orchestras in Germany and across Europe. Their mission is to perform all music with the highest caliber of performance, to offer cultural value and enrichment to people’s lives through music, and to present the entire variety of classical music for listeners today and in the future.

Read more about the Nuremberg Orchestra on their website. (Pro tip: Active on social media, the Orchestra’s accounts are worth a follow.)

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Project Submission Form

We look forward to receiving your scores!