Deadline: Rolling. Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that roughly match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • trombone
  • piano
  • percussion
  • electric guitar
  • soprano
  • violin
  • cello
  • double bass
  • (optional) 1-2 additional instruments not included in this list


Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • (a) Composers under 40
  • (b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials

For each piece, submit:

  • Score (PDF)
  • Recording (MP3/video link) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
  • A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program)
  • A resume or CV

There is no fee to apply. Please submit ONE piece per application. (You may submit as many applications as you want.)


  • Please look over our FAQ before applying, and feel free to contact if you still have questions. If you’re relatively new to applying to calls for scores, you may also find this blog post with tips for applicants helpful.
  • For audio recordings, we accept MIDI realizations, but strongly prefer live performances.
  • We accept videos for pieces for which no audio recording is available, or for pieces that contain theatrical, multimedia, or site-specific (etc.) elements that are best documented with video. We accept links to Youtube, Vimeo, or similar sites.
  • We will select at least one winner. We reserve the right to select multiple winners, and/or additional finalists.