CoMA provides opportunities for composers at all levels from first time amateur composers, through student and emerging composers, to established professionals.

Calls for pieces

All our calls for pieces are part of our Open Score project, providing artistically challenging yet technical accessible works for flexible ensembles including amateur players. Submissions are welcome from composers of any age and nationality. Selected works will be available for performance by CoMA ensembles and included in the CoMA Catalogue which will promote them worldwide.

In addition  to calls related to specific events, each year we issue a number of calls for pieces associated with the CoMA Summer School. Works submitted provide material for workshops and composers attending Summer School receive feedback from composition tutors and professional performers.

Current Calls

We invite submission of Partsongs for the 2016 CoMA Summer School. This is part our ongoing Partsong Book project (with previous rounds in 2014 & 2015), under the artistic direction of James Weeks.

Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style Partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc. Open Scoring means that the pieces should be non-specific with regard to voice-part, and therefore suitable for any group of voices available: male/female division is acceptable if necessary, but nothing more specific. Bear in mind that voices may or may not be trained, and reading ability may or may not be strong: successful pieces will cater for the wide range of abilities and experience within CoMA and beyond.

All works by composers attending and selected works  by other composers will be workshopped at CoMA Summer School. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in our next published work, the CoMA Partsong Book.

The closing date for this call is 1 July 2016. Contact for full details and an application form. Examples of successful Open Score vocal ensemble pieces are available on request.

Recent Calls

Selected pieces from recent calls were performed at Kings Place, London on Saturday 5 March 2016 as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music for All. Works for Open Score ensemble were performed by CoMA London Ensemble (conductor Gregory Rose) and Philip Cashian, Head of Composition a Royal Academy of Music, commented on the pieces. Works for flexible trio were performed by a professional ensemble comprised of Rebecca Lenton (flute), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) and Sophie Harris (cello) and Philip Cashian provided a commentary on the compositions.

In 2015 there were five calls for pieces associated with the CoMA Summer School: Percussion duo & Open Score ensemble, Partsongs, Voice & cello, Recorder ensemble and mixed ability cello ensemble.

Writing for CoMA

Works written for Open Score are flexibly-scored which means that the parts are not instrument-specific; instead, the composer specifies the range of the instruments (for example, high, medium and low) and it is up to each ensemble to distribute the parts to suitable players. Instrumental parts are provided in a range of transpositions.

Writing for CoMA - by Diana Burrell, Open Score Astistic Director 2004pdf
Open Score - by Howard Jones, Open Score Artistic Director 2012pdf
Writing for Open Score ensembles - guidelines and requirementspdf


CoMA provides opportunities for composers at all levels to develop their skills at the Summer School and the Midwinter Composers Course.