Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project announces a 


Three student composers will be selected for a reading with ALIA MUSICA PITTSBURGH

on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:00–2:30 pm at BOP STOP at the Music Settlement

Download the information below as a PDF here.



·      Works should not exceed 8 minutes in length

·      Movements of larger works are OK

·      Instrumentation is limited to:

o   Flute

o   Clarinet

o   Violin

o   Cello

o   Piano

o   Percussion (one player): marimba, vibraphone, two cymbals, tam-tam, kick-drum, brake-drum

o   Guitar

o   Composers are encouraged to contact Alia Musica’s director (email listed below) to inquire about extra percussion instruments or instruments not typically in the ensemble (e.g. accordion, harp, saxophone)

·      4-8 players recommended

·      All pieces will be conducted and should be written for a conducted ensemble


·      2 undergraduate students and 1 graduate student from universities and colleges in Northeast Ohio will be selected

·      Engraved score, transposed parts, and recording (midi or live) are due September 1st, applicants will be notified by September 15th

·      Please email submissions to, and include:

o   full name

o   phone number and address

o   name of university/college

o   year in school

o   whether or not the piece has been performed

·      Applicants are encouraged to contact Federico Garcia De-Castro, the ensemble’s Artistic Director, with any questions regarding instrumentation, notation, etc. at

·      Selected composers will be strongly encouraged to attend Alia Musica’s concert at the BOP STOP on October 27 at 7:30pm


ALIA MUSICA’s ensemble has performed throughout Western Pennsylvania, toured six states, and appeared internationally as guest ensemble at the 2015 MusicArte Festival in Panamá City. Its repertory combines monuments of modern music, from Ives and Varèse to Berio and Haas, with the freshest music by living composers. Among its premieres are works by composers of the stature of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Ken Ueno, Marilyn Shrude, and Erin Rogers, and the ensemble has shared stages with legendary artists like Cliff Colnot, Robert Dick, and Tony Arnold.

The organization behind the biennial Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, ALIA MUSICA’s landmark events include performances of Ken Ueno’s concerto for overtone singer and orchestra, Berio’s iconic cantata Laborintus II with Quince Ensemble, a flashmob of Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Surround, a piece for six harps placed around the audience by ALIA MUSICA’s Artistic Director, Federico Garcia-De Castro.