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Emissary Quartet seeks new repertoire for four flutes

(please see specific instrumentation guidelines below).

Three winning works will be performed and recorded by Emissary Quartet in Fall 2017.

This project is part of our mission to foster the creation of new music for flute quartet and advocate for the expansion of the flute quartet repertoire. We hope to establish a mutually beneficial partnership between composers and flutists in exploration of new artistic directions for the flute quartet.


  • All three winning compositions will be performed at a public concert in the fall of 2017

  • All three compositions will be professionally studio recorded and released on our YouTube Channel, in addition to live recording of the Fall 2017 performance

  • One grand prize-winning work selected from these three will be featured throughout our 2017-2018 season (at least three performances across the US)

Application Materials

  • Full Score (PDF format, please save as “LastName_FirstName_TitleofPiece”)

  • Audio rendering or recording, if available (please send as a Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud shareable link)

  • Completed Composer Information Sheet (scan to PDF, please save as “LastName_FirstName_Info”)

  • There is no application fee


  • Submissions must be original compositions for flute quartet (four flutes)

  • Available instruments: 4 C flutes, 4 piccolos, 1 alto flute, 1 bass flute (all members play all instrments)

  • Electronics are welcome, but please keep in mind that these works may be difficult to program after the Fall 2017 performance, as we frequently perform in venues without electronics capabilities

  • Compositions should be 3-12 minutes in length

  • Multi-movement works should be submitted as a single entry

  • There is no limit on the number of works submitted, but each work should be submitted as a separate entry

Our submission deadline has passed and we are carefully reviewing all of the music we've received!


Results will be announced in August 2017.


Questions? Please contact Colleen McElroy at

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