Classical Evolve: Earshot for 23/24

As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov’s vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is the proud home of IPO Classical Evolve, aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations.

Beginning in 2023/24, IPO has partnered with Earshot, a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking composers with works for orchestra (1111/2110/timp+1/harp/strings[43321]) to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded in the Chicago metro area on April 15-16, 2024, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with mentors consisting of both established orchestral composers and industry leaders. This call for scores is a part of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s ongoing work to connect programming with local stories and perspectives; composers with works that offer a thematic/programmatic connection to Chicago or the surrounding areas are especially encouraged to apply.

Application instructions are as listed below:

  • A completed online submission form.
  • A PDF of the full score clearly labeled with the composer’s name and title of the work on the cover page.
  • Applicants may submit one work for this opportunity. Applicants may not submit multiple scores.
  • Compositions must be less than 15 minutes in length. A portion or movement from a longer work will be considered.
  • Submitted works must not exceed the instrumentation parameters outlined by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra: 1111/2110/timp+1/harp/strings(43321).
  • Works must include at least 11 players from the listed instrumentation.
  • Compositions that include MIDI, digital technology, amplification, and/or sound reinforcement will not be considered.
  • Concertos and vocal works are not eligible.
  • Do not submit recordings.
  • Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.

    Application Receipt Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023



Classical Evolve made possible by Jerri E. Greer

2022 Winner and 2023/24 Composer-in-Residence: Oswald Huynh
2021 Winner and 2022/23 Composer-in-Residence: Jonathan Cziner
2019 Winner and 2019/20 Composer-in-Residence: Martha Horst
2018 Winner and 2018/19 Composer-in-Residence: Ben Ash

Oswald Huỳnh,
2023/24 IPO Composer-in-Residence
Winner of the 2022
Classical Evolve Composer Competition
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