The South African Society for Research in Music is pleased to announce its first Big Band Workshop and Festival, taking place from 4-6 September 2019 at Stellenbosch University. Over three days, workshops on Big Band arranging, conducting, composition and performance will be facilitated by an expert faculty, including Felicia Lesch, Amanda Tiffin and Natalie Rungan. The workshops will culminate in a performance of new and existing Big Band compositions on Friday 6 September in the Endler Hall.

Scores should be submitted by 15 July 2019. Musicians (including conductors and performers) interested in participating in the workshops should complete the entry form available here and send it to before 31 July 2019. Financial assistance may be available for interested parties living outside of the Western Cape.

SASRIM also invites submissions of scores from South African composers for the 2019 Big Band Festival. Composers may enter original works OR arrangements of existing compositions. Works will be selected by the faculty for performance on 6 September.

Call for Scores

Composers and arrangers are invited to submit compositions or arrangements for Big Band (AATTB Sax, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Bass, Guitar). It is the responsibility of the applicant to gain permission to use existing works. The use of singers and /or indigenous instruments may be added, but the composer/arranger is responsible for sourcing the latter instrument and player (SASRIM may be able to provide logistical assistance).

Submission date: 15 July 2019

Duration: None specified, but preference will be given to shorter works (3 – 8 mins).

Submission Format:  PDF of a transposed score, with individual parts.

Mp3 mock-up of the piece.

Submissions must be made to

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