Taproot Submissions
Instructions and Form

Please upload submission materials—including submission form—to the upload portal at the bottom of this page.

The initial selection round will be anonymized. Please be sure to label all work samples with a pseudonym. All of work sample files you upload should be labeled with the pseudonym. Please use only one pseudonym, and indicate it here on this application form. Work samples must not include any indication of the composer’s real name.

Application deadline: April 30, 2023 

Application fee: none

Who may apply: no restrictions 


Indicate which ensemble(s) you’d like to work with: Splinter Reeds and/or the Empyrean Ensemble.


You’re welcome to submit for both categories. Please note, however, that participating composers will only have one work performed.

  1. reed quintet (Splinter Reeds)
    oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, bassoon
  2. mixed chamber ensemble (Empyrean Ensemble)
    flute, clarinet, percussion, piano/keyboard, violin, viola, cello, double bass, optional electronics. Subsets okay.
Proposal for New Work

Please do not list your real name; this will allow us to anonymize entries for the application review process. Please draft a separate file (marked with your pseudonym) that gives a short description of the piece you’d like to write, if you’re selected to participate. This proposal gives you a chance to think about what sort of project you’ll create, and to describe how it might relate to your previous work.

(Optional) Diversity Statement

You may also include an optional diversity statement (marked with your pseudonym). This statement will be considered alongside the work samples you send us, as the panel selects participating composers. The University of California Board of Regents has published a policy on diversity statements. It states, in part: “Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.” The complete text of the policy is published by the UC Regents.

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