Amaranth Quartet Call for Scores – composers ages 16-24

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amaranth Quartet, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeks compositions for performance in April 2019. All submitted works must be 4-10 minutes in length. Composers must be ages 16-24. All submitted works must use the full string quartet; no subsets will be accepted. Works using electronics will not be considered for this call.

Four finalists will be announced by Amaranth Quartet and D. Riley Nicholson by January 15, 2019. 

Four finalists will receive: 2 workshop sessions with Amaranth Quartet in April 2019, a recording of the final session, and one private composition coaching with composer D. Riley Nicholson. After the workshop sessions, one composer will be chosen to have their piece premiered on the Bend, Bent, Break concert in Amaranth's spring season, alongside the premiere of D. Riley Nicholson's latest string quartet, commissioned by Amaranth Quartet. The chosen composer will be awarded $500. 

Workshop sessions will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Composers outside of the Bay Area may apply; however, selected composers must arrange their own travel and lodging.

Please submit the following to

• scores and parts in PDF format

• MP3s (midi or recordings) are encouraged but not required

• contact information (name, pronouns, email address, phone number)

• a brief biography (up to 150 words)

• short program notes (up to 100 words)

Scores must be received by Wednesday, December 15, 2018 at 11:59pm PST for full consideration. Scores arriving after this deadline will be retained for possible future consideration.

Please direct submissions and any questions to