Commissioning Competition for the Palisades Virtuosi

The Composers Guild of New Jersey announces a commissioning competition for New Jersey composers. One composer will be commissioned to write a new piece for the Palisades Virtuosi.


The competition is open to all composers who 1) currently live in the state of New Jersey, or 2) work or study in New Jersey. Composers may be in any stage of their careers. Composers with non-standard career paths are particularly encouraged to apply. There is no age limit.


$1500 commission to write a new piece for the Palisades Virtuosi (piano, flute and/or piccolo and/or alto flute, and clarinet and/or e♭clarinet and/or bass clarinet), 7-10 minutes in length, to be premiered in the fall of 2020. The new work must be delivered electronically by August 1, 2020.


Application Deadline: January 1, 2020. There is no application fee.

To apply, send an email to with “Palisades Virtuosi Commission” as the subject and attach the following:

  • A PDF with a brief bio that includes an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements.

  • Two representative scores (PDF) and links to corresponding recordings (mp3), which can be on a website or deposited in a dropbox. At least one of the two works should show the applicant’s ability to write for flute, clarinet and piano.


The entries will be reviewed by members of CGNJ. CGNJ and Palisades Virtuosi reserve the right not to award a commission. All applicants will be notified by March 5, 2020.

Please direct your questions to

For more information about the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the Palisades Virtuosi, please follow these links:

Composers Guild of New Jersey

Palisades Virtuosi


Evan Schwartzman