Every two years, because it takes that long to organize something this fabulous, Denison University’s Department of Music collaborates with musicians, composers, fine artists, dance artists, theatre, and creative people across genres to present the TUTTI Original Works Festival, a days-long celebration of original works.
“TUTTI” is a musical term, taken from the Italian for all together, an apt expression representative of the unusual depth and breadth of the artistic offerings of this event.
TUTTI FESTIVAL, Denison University: Deadline August 23, 2019
Denison University announces the ninth TUTTI Festival will be held from March 3-7, 2020 (with concerts primarily March 5-7, 2020), with festival composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. We are also excited to feature guest ensembles Sybarite5, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, Denison’s Ensemble-in-Residence, ETHEL, artist Miwa Matreyek, and percussionist Cameron Leach. 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:
- CATEGORY I – Works to be considered by Sybarite5. Please submit works not to exceed string quintet (2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass). Please consider the following guidelines from Sybarite 5:
Style: Please be yourselves. We are most interested in the unique artistic voice of you as individual composers and as artists. Please do NOT try to write a piece that you think sounds like what we are looking for or similar to a previous work we’ve commissioned or performed. This never works. Write your music as your own!
Time: We strongly prefer pieces between 3-7 minutes in length.
Technical requirements: More often than not, we get pieces sent to us with impossible transitions from pizz to arco, with impossible double stops, etc. One way to solve this is to have a group of musicians read the music before it gets to us. Our time to prepare as a group is often limited due to our busy performance schedules, so please reconsider if you feel you need to have that section of 7 against 5 in a 12/8 meter hocketed over the bar line with Bartok pizz sotto voce while we also stomp our feet in whole note triplets whilst singing the national anthem. We will give out cookies if music is sight readable!
- CATEGORY II – Works to be considered by Columbus Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. Please submit works for combinations of instruments not to exceed the following: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn.
- CATEGORY III – Works to be considered by ETHEL, Denison’s Ensemble in Residence (2 vn, va, vc). Works may be solo up to string quartet.
- CATEGORY IV - Works to be considered by percussion soloist Cameron Leach.Works for manageably sized setups are highly encouraged (pitched, un-pitched, or a combination of the two), as well as those including a theatrical or spoken element. Electroacoustic works are also accepted, with a preference towards those utilizing fixed media.
- CATEGORY V – 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.
- CATEGORY VI – Woodwind only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
- CATEGORY VII – Brass only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
- CATEGORY VIII – String only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
- CATEGORY IX – Mixed chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
- CATEGORY X – 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.
- CATEGORY XI– 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.
- CATEGORY XII– Bluegrass Ensemble, to be performed by Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble.
- CATEGORY XIII– Jazz Combo or Jazz Ensemble.
Small group submissions: preference given to 2-3 horn compositions (sax and trombone first choice), piano (and/or guitar) acoustic bass and drums. Individually written drum part a plus.
Jazz Ensemble submissions: standard big band instrumentation (5 saxes AATTB no doubles, 3-4 bones, 3-4 trumpets, piano, bass drums). Preference goes to moderate-advanced high school and easy college compositions.
- CATEGORY XIV – Choral. Works for SATB choir, 24 voices, to be performed by the Denison University Chamber Singers.
- CATEGORY XV – 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.
- CATEGORY XVI – 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.
- CATEGORY XVII – Gamelan. Balinese gamelan, angklung. Scores or appropriate materials to teach the music aurally may be submitted.
- CATEGORY XVIII– 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.
- CATEGORY XIX– 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: August 23, 2019. Please submit your submissions online via the link:
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 November 30. 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: email@example.com or HyeKyung Lee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.