YSO Composition Readings

Sponsored by Yale College New Music:

YSO Reading Sessions:

Monday, Jan. 30th @ 4 pm, YSO rehearsal room, Formosa, by Andy Wong
Wednesday, Feb. 30th @ 4 pm, YSO rehearsal room, All Manner of Things, by Nathan Moran
Wednesday, Mar. 30th @ 4 pm, YSO rehearsal room, TBA, by Sasha Semina
Fall 2023, TBA @ 4 pm, YSO rehearsal room, TBA, Cameron Adams and Noah Stein

For 2023, a review was held to select the pieces for the next YSO Reading Sessions.

Submission Guidelines: DUE NO LATER than December, 2022.
Yale College composers are invited to submit three to five minutes of an original orchestral work for consideration,  either a Finale or Sibelius file, 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 reviewed 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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