Deadline: June 15, 2024

The Five College New Music Festival invites submissions by composers under the age of 35 of instrumental chamber works.  The winning work will receive a cash prize of $1500 and will be played by performance faculty of the Five Colleges during the Festival, September 6-8, 2024 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The winning composer is expected to attend. Instrumentation may any combination of instruments chosen from: flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, bassoon, and piano. (Doublings such as piccolo or bass clarinet will be considered.)  Submissions should be sent as pdf/mp3 attachments or immediately accessible links to Prof. Eric Sawyer at with the subject heading Composition Submissions. Applications should include a score, recording (optional), and the name, address, phone, email, date of birth, and short biography of the composer. The deadline for receipt is June 15, 2024.


Finding the future, reconciling the past

September 6-8, 2024
Bezanson Recital Hall, FREE
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to Five College New Music Festival 2024, the eighth celebration of contemporary music as performed by faculty of the Five Colleges. The festival weekend will feature four programs of new and recent compositions by twenty-three composers. The diversity of the music and creators represents a range of contemporary music being created in our region, the U.S., and around the world. This music speaks not only to the present but to a living history working to reclaim neglected figures and currents from the classical tradition. Thirty-eight performers from the Five Colleges will bring this music to life. We invite you to join us to hear the music of our transformative time.

Festival Coordinators: Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia, Eric Sawyer, Jiayan Sun, Steven Beck

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