New Work in Just Intonation: Call For Proposals


Proposal for a new work in Just Intonation for String Quartet

The Del Sol String Quartet has worked extensively with composers whose works explore tuning outside of equal temperament. We believe there is an under-explored world of tonality and expression outside the world of 12 tones within an octave. Composers like Ben Johnston, Terry Riley, Michael Harrison, Lou Harrison, Harry Partch, and Theresa Wong have inspired us - we strongly believe we need more music that taps into this world.

Please see guidelines below.

Early Submission: August 1, 2019, 11:59PM PST ($10 Submission Fee)

Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2019, 11:59PM PST ($20 Submission Fee)

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Please submit the following form for your proposal for a new work in just intonation for string quartet.

This is open to composers of all ages who consider themselves “emerging.”


Early submission deadline August 1, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Submission deadline of September 1, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

The winner will be selected by October 1, 2019.

Winning proposal piece us due to the quartet by January 1st, 2020.

Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival March 2020

You will be asked to submit:

-a short bio (250 words)

-two work samples (work samples do not have to be in just intonation)

-why you want to write for this project (250 words)

-brief project proposal (50 words)

The selected commission will have:

-a premiere on the second annual Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival in San Francisco in February 2020

-workshop sessions with Del Sol Quartet leading to premiere

-cash prize of $1000.

Submission fee of $10 by August 1; $20 by September 1.

Need to pay your submission fee? Do it HERE