Call For Scores and Commission Prize

Announcing the winners of the first Spontaneous Combustion Call For Scores

Category 1 (for chamber group)

David Drexler (Fresno CA) - "Forgotten At Dawn" for flute, clarinet, violin and cello

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Wil Pertz (S. Korea)
  2. Nick Norton (Los Angeles CA)
  3. Matjaž Jarc (Slovenia)
  4. Haris Kittos (London UK)

Category 2 (for solo flute).

The winners are (in no particular order):

  1. Roger Briggs (Asheville NC, USA) - Trailblazers
  2. Paolo Geminiani (Italy) - Le memoire silenti, attonite, nostalgiche,
  3. Kyle Rowan (El Cajon, CA, USA) - Komorebi
  4. Mac Waters (Valle Crucis, NC USA) - Tinted
  5. George Christofi (UK / Cypress) Diplophonia 

Honorable mentions:

  1. Yiheng Yvonne Wu (Beloit WI USA) "Carvings"
  2. Erika Skye Andres (? USA) "Whispers in the Trees"
  3. Kevin Kay (Chicago USA) "Motions of Breath and Air"
  4. Heather Gilligan (Boston USA) "Dialogue"
  5. Mirtru Escalona-Mijares (France) "Cinco Transfiguraciones Llanas"


Orlando Cela selected the winners and wanted to say the decision was very difficult, as there were MANY excellent submissions. One criteria was how the works would fit in with the programs he has planned to perform. He also plans to consider the honorable mentioned winners for future performances.

Category 3 Commission Prize

Unfortunately, the judges chose not to award a commission. If the festival is able to do a 2nd year, all submissions for this year will automatically be re-submitted for consideration, no fee. Composers will have the option to update their samples if they choose.

Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival, in conjunction with Boston-based ensemble Hub New Music and Orlando Cela, is offering a Call for Scores and Commission Prize. The selected winning works will receive multiple performances (at least 3) during a tour of the west coast USA in January 2018.

Open to everyone in the world. Scores may have already been performed, premiered, published, won a prize, or brand new. Your presence at the performances is not required.

Besides the multiple performances of your work, winners will receive a recording of at least one performance, and 2 complimentary (will call) tickets to all festival concerts that will perform your work (which you may give to friends if you can't be there).

There are no cash prizes and the festival cannot provide travel stipends if you attend the performance. The festival will do its best to provide lodging and a meal for each performance you can attend.

10 honorable mentions will win a pair of tickets to any festival concert (also transferable to friends in case you do not live in any of the festival cities.)

Entry Fee
$15 per submission. Enter as many works as you like.

Submit your score by midnight Pacific Standard time, on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Winners will be announced by August 30 on this web page and the festival Facebook page.

Category 1: Chamber Work

Works must be under 10 minutes and written for any combination (1-4 players) of
Flute (including piccolo and alto flute)
B-flat Clarinet (including bass clarinet)

Category 2: Works for Solo Flute

Any duration work will be considered. Works can also utilize piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, baroque flute, Chinese Dizi in D, F, G, A, or bass-G or be written only for those instruments.


Category 3: Commission Prize

If you do not have a score ready for this instrumentation (flute, clarinet, violin and cello), and would like to be considered for a commission of a new piece, you may enter 2 score samples. If selected for a commission, you must provide finished score and parts by December 1st.



You can submit to BOTH options (or all categories) if you like (separate entry fee for each).

Option A: Pre-existing Score
1) ANONYMOUS SCORES ONLY!! as a PDF. Saved as "Name-of-Piece-SCORE.PDF"
2) Optional, but preferred, MP3 recording. MIDI is acceptable. No identifying marks on the file!!
3) INFO docoument as a PDF which includes your name, contact info, and name of your piece. Please name this PDF with the name of your piece only. For example "Name-of-Piece-INFO.pdf". Do not include your name in the title of the PDF.

Option B: Commission
1) Up to 2 ANONYMOUS scores of works that represent adequately your style and voice.
2) Optional, but preferred, MP3 recordings of submitted work samples. No identifying marks on the files!!
3) INFO document as a PDF which includes your name, contact info, and a brief description of what you would compose if selected for a commission. Please name this PDF "Your-Name.pdf".



After paying the entry fee, you will receive a receipt by email. FORWARD the email to with your files. You can also include links in the body of the email to your downloadable OR streaming ANONYMOUS audio files if they are too large to be included in the email.

Pay Entry Fee

CLICK HERE to enter through this web site (non Paypal option available)

Alternatively, you can use this Paypal button. Either way will work.


Please remember to forward the receipt to and include your submission files.





Venezuelan-born Orlando Cela is a renowned specialist in contemporary flute performance practices. He has released two CDs of solo flute music featuring the works of living composers, which demonstrate the boundaries of the instrument. He is an active proponent for contemporary music, a tireless advocate for arts education, as well as an award winning conductor for the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts, where he resides.



Hub New Music is a mixed quartet of “young intrepids” (WQXR, New York) exploring a richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, Hub has been praised for "handling tricky ensemble passages with ease" (New Music Box) in performances that are “elegant and exacting” (the Boston Globe) and inspire a “refreshing sense of pure joy.” (New Classic LA)


Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival serves to:

  1. Celebrate contemporary art music and the musicians who specialize in its performance
  2. Raise awareness and cultivate an appreciation for this art form
  3. Create a new model whereby works receive multiple performance


Disclosure Statement

My name is Scott Anthony Shell, and I am the founder of Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival. I am also a composer, and over the recent years I have entered hundreds of call for score competitions, and probably paid well over $1000 in entry fees. I realize the odds of winning are slim, but I willingly pay the fees knowing that the funds will help the organizations and ensembles who are dedicated to presenting new music.

When I decided to move forward with my vision for a new model of presenting contemporary music, I didn't realize that so many grant opportunities require a track record of 1-3 years presenting concerts. As a new organization, the festival is ineligible for many funding opportunities. As an alternate means to help fund the festival, I decided to put together this call for scores, with the collaboration of Hub New Music and Orlando Cela. Please know that the funds raised by this call will help make this festival possible.