Composition Department

Orchestra Readings


November 28, 29, and December 1 (4:00–6:00 p.m.) = Dates of Reading Sessions (2 hours each day)
  October 26 = Deadline for Scores (proofread, bound on 11 x 17 paper with coil binder) available at PED
  November 9 = Deadline for Parts (proofread, bound with tape or stapled in the center; no accordion binds)

IU Composers are encouraged to submit work(s) for the Fall 2016 Orchestra Reading. Masters theses and short works are preferred. Any selected master thesis will receive one full hour of reading (actual 50 minutes rehearsal time) when the time frame is permissible. Other pieces will receive between 15 and 40 minutes, depending on length (not more than 7 or 8 minutes, if possible), difficulty, and time slot availability.. Please contact Prof. Travers for any further questions (

Entries may be submitted to Prof. Travers via the School of Music mailroom or in person at his office (JS 433).

Available Instrumentation:

Participating composers are responsible for providing instrumentalists exceeding the above instrumentation.

Submissions must guarantee available parts when selected. Submissions must include:

• One full score

• Indicate the duration of the composition and complete instrumentation of the composition, including percussion instruments.

Contact information: email address

Selected composers must provide appropriate parts (one for each individual wind, harp, and percussion player, and specified number of copies for strings by desk*) by Apr. 8, directly to PED.

*Exact string numbers change from year to year. Please check with either Prof. Travers or the PED Office for exact numbers by desk. In the past, it is been unusually weighted toward celli.


1. Legible, transposed or non-transposed PROOF-READ full scores are accepted. Scores must be double-sided, with information on instrumentation and duration, and performance notes where appropriate. No single-sided score(s) will be accepted. Scores must be bound. Loose binding will help to turn pages easily (spiral binds ONLY—no comb binds). Full score size in 8.5 X 11 format is no allowed (too small to read). Scores with proper size of measure numbers plus rehearsal letters (or numbers) will be very helpful.

2. Page size for parts must not be smaller than 8.5 x 11 or larger than 11 x 14 (both in portrait format). The Major Orchestra Librarian Association (MOLA) officially recommends 10 X 13 for parts. Parts must be bound when requiring a multi-page setting. Tape binding (usually paper tape or cloth tape) is the only acceptable format (no spiral binds, combs or staples). Parts require reasonable rest(s) for page turns. Parts must include related necessary elements such as measure numbers (large enough to read), rehearsal letters or numbers, cue(s) after a long rests (usually 10 bars or more), etc. Each page must have around 8 systems, which allows space for noting rehearsal comments and easy reading. If you must leave blank space or a blank page to facilitate a page turn, please indicate on that page:


Do not use shared parts among wind instruments. Percussion parts, however, are generally written in “shared” format (all percussion parts on the same page) as per MOLA guidelines. Parts must be delivered in score order (fl, ob, cl, etc.).