Pitt Jazz Composers Concert

Call For Scores: Pitt Jazz Composers Concert

Scores are due January 31, 2020

Pitt Jazz Composers Concert open to Pitt students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

March 22, 2020, 2 p.m., Bellefield Hall, University of Pittsburgh

The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert provides an opportunity for members of the Pitt community to compose and arrange works for a professional jazz orchestra. For graduate students in the Jazz Studies Program, participation in this concert may be applied to their master’s and doctoral recitals. All members of the Pitt community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—are eligible to submit compositions or arrangements.  Cross-disciplinary collaborations will receive special consideration. The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert will consist of a reading/rehearsal session all day on Saturday 21 March, and the public performance the next afternoon, 22 March.  Both events will be held in Bellefield Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Submissions of full scores due on January 31, 2020. The selected composers will be notified by 15 February 2020.

Submission details:


• Hard copies are required. They should be sent or brought to the

Pitt Jazz Composers Concert
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Music
110 Music Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

• Electronic copies may also be sent to pittjazzcomposers@gmail.com. Electronic copies may be in XML, PDF, Finale v. 26 (or earlier), or Sibelius 2019 or earlier.
• Full scores with a staff for each instrument (the rhythm section can be combined however) are preferred. However, like instruments with the same transposition can be combined.
• Scores should be transposed. (not concert pitch)


The jazz orchestra for the Pitt Jazz Composers Orchestra will have the following instrumentation. Saxophones: Two alto, two tenor, and one baritone saxophone—doubles: soprano sax (lead alto, either tenor), flutes, clarinet, bass clarinet are standard doubles. Trombones: 3 tenor and one bass trombone, tuba is available either as a bass trombone double or as an additional horn. Trumpets: 4 trumpets (flugelhorn doubles). Rhythm section: Acoustic or electric piano, acoustic or electric bass, drums, additional percussionist (vibes, congas, etc.). Any additional performing forces will be considered but those performers (vocalists, dancers, additional percussionists) must be provided by the submitter. The submitting composer/arranger is responsible for supplying all instrumental parts for the rehearsal and performance.

Schedule of Events:

January 31, 2020—Submission Deadline

February 15, 2020—Notification of Selected Pieces

March 21, 2020—Open Rehearsal, Bellefield Hall (all day)

March 22, 2020—Public Performance, Bellefiled Hall (2pm)


University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, the Dietrich School Humanities Center, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Residence Life, The Year of Creativity, and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Selections from the 2018 Pitt Jazz Composers Concert