Call for Scores

Composition Masterclass with Augusta Read Thomas, presented by the Boulanger Initiative & the Cathedral Choral Society.


Through its nearly 80-year history, the Cathedral Choral Society has regularly commissioned and premiered works by world-renowned composers. Beginning in 2020, CCS turns its attention toward creating a forum for women’s voices in composition through commissions, teaching opportunities, and recording projects.

Boulanger Initiative’s mission is to promote music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions. To work toward greater inclusivity, and to enrich our collective understanding of what music is, has been, and can be.


Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Live! At 10th & G August Read Thomas, composer Artifice Casey Cook, artistic director Katy Hylton & Minji Kim, conductors

In conjunction with the March of the Women Concert, lifting up the musical contributions of women past and present, we also strive to support the next generation of women composers.

On Saturday, March 21, one of the most celebrated composers and teachers of our time, Augusta Read Thomas, will share her knowledge and scholarship in a masterclass setting. Four student composers will have the opportunity to bring their works to life with Artifice under the watchful eye of Dr. Thomas, a University Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago.

A video & audio recording of the masterclass will be made available to each composer who participates in the masterclass.


We invite composers who are in high-school, college, or graduate school to submit one score for consideration. Compositions should be for SATB chorus (with little or no divisi), a cappella or with piano accompaniment, and no more than five minutes in length.

• Scores must be computer-engraved (not handwritten).
• All applicants must identify as women or non-binary.
• Please include a cover page with the following information:
    o Title of piece
    o Name of Composer
    o Composer’s current school & degree program
    o Composer’s email address & phone number
    o The name of any teachers or advisers who helped directly with the preparation of the work
• Please do NOT include the composer’s name anywhere on the score itself.

Scores should be submitted as a single pdf to by January 31, 2020, and applicants will be notified by February 15, 2020. Scores will be reviewed by a panel.


Anna Lipowitz Director of Artistic Operations (202) 537-5527


To learn more about the March of the Women concert, click HERE