YSO Composition Readings

Sponsored by Yale College New Music:

YSO Reading Sessions for 2023: remaining YSO readings:
Monday, September 25th – 5.30 pm-6.30 pm (Woolsey Hall): Cameron Adams
Wednesday, October 4th  – 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm (Orchestra Hall): Noah Stein
Wednesday, November 15th – 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm (Orchestra Hall): Sasha Semina

YSO Reading Sessions for 2024: a review will be held to select the pieces for the 2024 YSO Reading Sessions.

Submission Guidelines: DUE NO LATER than December, 2023.
Yale College composers are invited to submit four to eight minutes of an original orchestral work for consideration, either a Finale, Sibelius, or Dorico file, or a pdf score with a recording, to Prof. Kathryn Alexander by email.

Instrumentation:,, harp, piano, percussion, timpani, strings
Maximum of three percussion players. Choose from the following instruments:

  • Mallets: chimes, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone
  • Metals: finger cymbals, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal (16” and 18”), large tam-tam, triangle (5”, 7” and 10”)
  • Skins: drum kit (5-piece), snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, timpani
  • Woods: castanets, claves, guiro, temple blocks
  • Other: bird call, flexatone, ratchet, slapstick, sleigh bells, vibraslap

Repertoire Examples:
Works by Yale College composers that have been either read or programmed by the YSO:

hatchling – Emil Ernstrom; read by the YSO
Unraveling – Max Vinetz; premiered  Nov. 11th, 2017 with the YSO

Professors Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek will review the submissions.

Meeting with Maestro Boughton:
If chosen for the readings you must be available to meet with Maestro Boughton.

A composer’s piece will not be read if he/she fails to meet the Submission Guidelines with the appropriate professional-quality materials.

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