The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra: Call for Scores

The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra (MSO) announces its second Call for Scores:

Composers are invited to submit saxophone quartets to be performed by the MANA Quartet during Megalopolis’s 2019-20 season. Four winners will be selected to have their works performed, and all concerts will be recorded.

Of these four winners, one will be awarded the title of Composer-in-Residence for the season; a position that includes a $500 commissioning fee towards the composition of a new work for saxophone orchestra. Additionally, the Composer-in-Residence will lead a pre-concert lecture on their works, receive a live recording of their saxophone quartet, and collaborate closely with Megalopolis while composing a new work for the ensemble.


1. ELIGIBILITY: The MSO’s Call for Scores is open to all composers who are under the age of thirty-five (35) as of July 1st, 2019.


  • Applications must be submitted through the form below

  • Application deadline: July 1st, 2019

  • Application must be submitted with a fee of $10 (a PayPal link will appear upon submission)

  • Multiple submissions are permissible, however each require a separate application fee

  • Scores must be submitted digitally in PDF format

    • All scores should include your name as part of the file (i.e. lastname_title.pdf)

  • Recordings are preferred, but not required (MIDI is acceptable)

  • Applicants will be notified of the results by August 15th, 2018


  • First Prize:

    • Quartet is performed by the MANA Quartet

    • Recording of the composer’s quartet from the above concert is provided

    • Named Composer-in-Residence for the MSO’s 2019-20 season, culminating with a new work for the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra in the Spring of 2020

    • Opportunity to present a pre-concert lecture on their works

    • $500 Commissioning Fee

  • Second, Third, and Fourth Prize:

    • Quartet is performed by the MANA Quartet

    • Recording of the composer’s quartet from the above concert is provided

    • Composers will be asked to submit head shots, professional bios, and recordings to be featured on the MSO’s website and social media channels


  • Total performance time for the composition is limited to no more than fifteen (15) minutes.

  • Works must be scored for four (4) saxophones:

    • (1) Soprano, (1) alto, (1) tenor, and (1) baritone

  • Works must have been written within the last five (5) years as of July 1st, 2019.

  • Works that have been previously published, performed in concert, or commercially recorded are welcome to be submitted.

  • Works incorporating prepared saxophone(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • At this time, we are not able to support works with electronics for the upcoming season.

Name *
If you do not have a link to your score, mark field as N/A and email a PDF to:
Include link (Dropbox/Drive/SoundCloud/etc) to recording of composition. Preferred but not required.