Applications for the TUTTI festival are due November 1, 2021 via New Music Engine.

Overview: Denison University announces the tenth TUTTI Festival will be held from March 22-26, 2022 (with concerts primarily March 24-26, 2022), with festival composer Julia Wolfe. We are also excited to feature guest ensembles Fifth House Ensemble, Denison’s Ensemble-in-Residence, ETHEL, percussionist Cameron Leach, and actor Michael Lockwood Crouch. In addition, Denison faculty, students, and ensembles will be available for performances. Composers may submit a maximum of two works, for the featured ensembles or for any combination of the following: fl, ob, cl, bn, sax, hn, tp, tbn, pf, perc, SATB voices, vn, va, vc, db, SATB chamber choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, bluegrass ensemble, jazz combo, jazz ensemble, and Balinese gamelan, angklung.

There is no established limit on duration but feasibility of performance will be a consideration. Preference will be given to works under 12 minutes in duration. Additional specifications found within each category. Composers may provide their own performers and should indicate such with their submission. Attendance at the conference is required of all composers whose works will be performed.

Submit works in the following categories:


Works to be considered by Fifth House Ensemble. Please submit works not to exceed the following dectet (Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano). Works chosen will be part of Fifth House’s WE ARE GOOD program, and as such, please submit works that deal with any of the following questions:

  • How do we define our community?
  • How do past events shape us, both those we celebrate and those that we do not talk about?
  • Whose truth do we believe?
  • What responsibility do we have for what happened before we were alive?
  • How can a community navigate conflict and calls for change?
  • How do we want future generations to remember us?


Works to be considered to accompany Michael Lockwood Crouch and members of string quartet ETHEL in the selections of the following books. Please submit works that could accompany or reflect these stories. New compositions created for this opportunity are welcomed here, and those that are aleatoric / improvisatory / graphic or open score based are especially encouraged (Please make sure to indicate in the score which story you wish to reflect). These works could be stand alone works or performed during the narration of these excerpts.


Works to be considered by ETHEL, Denison’s Ensemble in Residence (2 vn, va, vc). Works may be solo up to string quartet.


Works to be considered by percussion soloist Cameron Leach. Works for manageably sized multi-percussion setups are highly encouraged, with a preference towards pieces which utilize mostly or entirely unpitched instruments. Works with electroacoustic, theatrical, and/or body percussion elements are also accepted.


Instrumental works for up to two musicians. Works for solo instrument with or without accompanied to be performed by faculty or students. All standard orchestral instruments are available.


Woodwind only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).


Brass only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).


String only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).


Mixed chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).


Chamber instrumental ensembles for 7 or more musicians. Works for flute ensemble, fiddle ensemble, and mixed chamber ensembles to be performed by faculty and student performers.


Vocal music. Works for solo voice or voices with instrumental accompaniment. Works for soprano or tenor are particularly encouraged, although all voice types are available.


Bluegrass Ensemble, to be performed by Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble.


Small Jazz Ensemble. Works for 2-4 horns (trumpet/trombone/alto/tenor sax) plus rhythm section. 4 horns preferred, 5th horn (baritone saxophone) possible. Individually written drum part a plus.


Choral. Works for SATB choir, 36 voices, to be performed by the Denison University Chamber Singers.


Wind Ensemble. Non-concerto works for wind ensemble, grade levels 3-5, with instrumentation of no more than 2(+pic)13(+bass)1-4 saxes (SATB or AATB) -4331(+euph) —timp-2 perc-harp-piano. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Wind Ensemble.


Orchestra. Non-concerto works for orchestra with instrumentation of no more than 2222-4331-timp-2 perc-strings. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Symphony Orchestra. Preference will be given for works with single winds / brass works as well as works for string orchestra.


Gamelan. Balinese gamelan, angklung. Scores or appropriate materials to teach the music aurally may be submitted.


Electronic/Electro-Acoustic/Multi-media. Five-channel playback and video projection is available. Composers may need to supply other equipment. Submissions for live electronics, acoustic soloist or ensemble with electronics are also welcomed.


Composer-provided performers. Works for which the composer can provide performers will be considered. Please submit a recording of the intended performer(s) performing the submitted works (if possible). Unfortunately, Denison cannot provide funds associated with composer-provided performers.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2021

Please submit up to two compositions for consideration. Submissions will only be accepted electronically through New Music Engine. Please verify all submitted links to scores and sound files. Materials sent by email or post will not be considered and will not be returned.

All composers whose compositions have been selected will be notified by December 15. Selected composers must provide all performance materials. Denison University will not pay rental costs or other fees relating to performance materials, performers, or instruments. For further information or any questions, please contact Ching-chu Hu at: or HyeKyung Lee at:

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