Bay Area Composer Opportunity for Intersection 2018 Workshop       

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s INTERSECTION workshop will be entering its 5th season in 2018.  The workshop is designed for adult amateur musicians to experience the thrill of playing new chamber music written especially for them.  We are inviting San Francisco Bay Area composers (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties) to compose for this workshop.

There is no age limit, and no cost to apply. Composers will be required to submit one original chamber music work for judging purposes.  This work will NOT be performed at the workshop.  If you are selected for the workshop, you will compose a short (3-5 minute) piece for an adult amateur chamber ensemble with instrumentation TBA depending on what instruments are in the group. Instrumentation can include strings, winds and piano.  If selected to compose for this workshop, composers will need to tailor their work to the level of the musicians in each group.

We will only accept 25 composer submissions.  Please submit only one composition per composer. When we have reached 25 submissions, the contest will be closed and announced as closed on the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble website, and further submissions will not be acknowledged.

Left Coast will select up to 6 composers to compose for the workshop.  Composers will be paid $250 for each piece composed; composers may be asked to compose two pieces for two different ensembles.

Score: Each composer must submit a legible score of professional quality. No marks identifying the composer must appear anywhere on the score.  We will not accept scores submitted electronically.

Audio: If you have one, live recordings are preferred. MIDI realizations are acceptable.  It is also acceptable to submit your work with no audio.  Your real name should not be on your audio.

Preparing your score: Label your score and audio with a pseudonym (don't use your real name on your score or audio).

Number of entries: Composers may submit ONE work.  Note that this work WILL NOT be performed at the workshop.  There is no cost to apply, materials will not be returned to you.

Send your score and materials to:

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

c/o Phyllis Kamrin

1203 Ward Street

Berkeley, CA 94702


  • Musicians, board members, and composers already affiliated with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble may not enter the competition; likewise, their spouses, domestic partners and relatives may not enter the competition.


For more information or questions, contact Phyllis Kamrin at:

Winners will be announced in May 2017, pieces will be performed in February of 2018.