Ball State Symphony Band Call for Commission Proposals

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Commission:

Stay tuned for the Female Composers Concert in Fall 2019. This concert and the commission awards made possible by the ASPiRE Junior Faculty Creative Arts Award. For more information about the commission awards and the upcoming concert, contact Caroline Hand.

Additional submissions of note


Resume Highlights

Pieces submitted
*indicates work for winds

Ingrid Stölzel

Numerous awards; composition
faculty at University of Kansas

Panta Rhei* and 
Soul Journey
Meg Okura

Grammy award nominee;
numerous grants

Kinderspeil and 
Birth of Shakyamuni
Kathryn Salfelder Numerous commissions;
Lecturer at MIT
Shadows Ablazeand Disciples
Shuying Li Winner Fred Fennell prize; commissioned
by Orpheus Chamber ensemble;
Best Chamber Work -
International Dvorak Competition
Out Came the Sun  and 
Matilda's Dream
Jessica Hunt

Numerous commissions,
fellowships, residencies

Thurso's Landing and
The Eagle Tree
Hilary Purrington

2018 Commission by
Philadelphia Orchestra;
numerous festival residencies

Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky 
and Orbit is Falling
Caroline KyungA Ahn

Numerous awards and commissions;
finalist for Respeghi competition

Around Us and 
Summer Sketches

HyeKung Lee

Numerous commissions;
faculty at Dennison University

Climbing Tomorrow and 
Sonatina for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble*

Robin Holcomb

Commissions from Portland Symphony
and Philadelphia Orchestra;
numerous international performances

All the While and Carry Over
Rachel Whelan

Numerous festivals and awards

Street Hawker* and god
Emma Wilde

Numerous commissions
and awards

Tijax and Teotihuacan
Erika Svanoe

Winner NBA Young Band
Composition Contest; performance by
US Marine Band

Steampunk Suite* and 
Haunted Carousel*
Nicole Piunno

Numerous commissions;
winner ASU Female Band
Composition Competition

Through Wind and Whispers* 
and I will lament and love*
Elena Specht Numerous commissions Embers to Ash* and 
Rip Van Winkle*
Amy Dunker Clarke University faculty;
numerous international performances
Imagine Dragons and 
Keep Calm
Ashlee Busch Grand Valley State and
Michigan State Composition
Contest Winner
Apotheosis* and Harm Estimate
JoAnne Harris

Original scores and orchestrator
for several feature length films

The Lighthouse  and To Be Free
Cassie Wieland

Numerous festivals and commissions

Halo and Inside*
Kyong Mee Choi

Innumerable awards; commissions

Im Nebel  and No Opposite*
Gaby Kapps

International radio broadcasts
of several compositions

Obsessive Fantasy and 
Give Peace This Day
Kelly-Marie Murphy

Innumerable awards and prizes

The Reanimation of Forster's Corpse* and 
Through the Unknown, Unremembered Gate
Soo Yeon Lyuh Extensive collaboration with
Kronos quartet
Yessori and Sujecheon

Ball State Symphony Band Call for Commission Proposals

Ball State University is accepting proposals for a commission by the Ball State Symphony Band for a concert featuring composers who are female. One composer will be commissioned to compose a new work for the Ball State University Symphony Band. The Ball State Symphony Band will give the world premiere of the piece by the selected composer in the Fall 2019 semester, during a residency of the selected composer. 

Commission proposals are being accepted through August 30, 2018. The selected composer will receive a $4,750 commissioning fee to create a work for the Ball State Symphony Band and $1,000 travel stipend to attend the dress rehearsal and premier performance in Fall 2019. The selected composer will be notified of the commission by September 30, 2018 and will have until June 30, 2019 to deliver score and parts of the commissioned work to Ball State. The selected composer is expected to consult with the conductor and the Symphony Band during the rehearsal process via written comments and video conference sessions. 


August 30, 2018 by 12:00 AM (midnight) U.S. Eastern Standard Time

All proposals received before the date above will be considered. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Requirements for Entry

  • Applicants must be female or female-identifying
  • Applicants cannot be employed by Ball State University
  • No entry fee

Entry Process

Please submit all files below to Caroline Hand with the subject line “Ball State Commission Proposal”

1. PDF document titled "(Composer’s Last Name Here) Information Sheet” including the following information: 

  • Section 1
    • Composer’s name
    • Composer’s email address
    • Composer’s phone number
    • Composer’s website: link to works list (or list of works sorted by ensemble type if website is unavailable)
  • Section 2
    • Title of 2 works submitted (see #2 below), under each title include:
      • Instrumentation (at least one work must be for 8 or more instruments)
      • Duration
      • Program Note
      • Name of performers/ensemble on recording
  • Section 3
    • Proposal for new composition for the Ball State Symphony Band (see instrumentation list below)
  • Section 4
    • Brief Resume including commissions, prizes, and awards for previous compositions

2. PDF of two scores representing the composer’s highest level of writing (these can be of any duration for any ensemble or instrumentation); at least one score must be written for 8 or more instruments

3. A recording of each score submitted (live performances preferred; studio and MIDI performances accepted) clearly labeled with your last name followed by the title of the piece in .mp3, .wav, or .aif format.

Additional Details

  • Entries will be judged in two rounds: first by Ball State faculty and in a final round by a committee of composers and conductors; applicants’ names will not accompany the final round
  • The final committee will choose one applicant to compose a new work for the Ball State Symphony Band
  • Notification by September 20, 2018 via email
  • The duration of the new work must be 7-12 minutes
  • The new work (score and parts) must be submitted by June 30, 2019
  • The commission fee is $4,750
  • The new work will be performed by the Ball State Symphony Band during the Fall 2019 semester, during a residency by the composer
  • The composer will receive a stipend of $1,000 for travel, lodging, meal, and all other expenses related to the residency
  • The composer will receive a professional quality audio recording of the performance
  • Composers will retain copyright and all rights to publication of the music. Ball State will retain premiere performance rights.
  • Questions may be directed to Caroline Hand, concert organizer and Associate Director of Bands

Instrumentation List

Ball State Symphony Band (Proposals may use any combination of the following instruments):

Flute (up to 3 parts)
Oboe (up to 2 parts)
English Horn
Bassoon (up to 2 parts)
Bb Clarinet (up to 4 parts)
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone (up to 2 parts)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone (optional in place of an alto saxophone)
Horn (up to 4 parts)
Trumpet (up to 4 parts)
Trombone (up to 3 parts)
Bass Trombone (optional in place of trombone 3)
Percussion (up to 6 players)
Piano (optional)
Harp (optional)