Call For Scores
1st Annual Call for Scores

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce a new and exciting initiative for composers. This Call for Scores is an effort to continue the expansion of contemporary repertoire for string orchestra and provide an opportunity for composers over the age of 18 to have their work performed and recorded by a professional ensemble.

“The President’s Own” invites composers to contribute a new work of 7-15 minutes in length for string orchestra of nine (9) violins, three (3) violas, three (3) celli, and two (2) basses.

The contest is open to composers 18 years of age and older.


The winner will be notified by September 2022 and will receive:

  • World-première performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in 2023 in the Washington D.C. area

  • $5,000 honorarium from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

  • Travel expenses to a rehearsal and world première performance (originating within the continental United States)

  • Audio and video files of the première performance

Deadline: May 1, 2022

Submission Details

Please send a single PDF document to (File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_COMPOSITION.pdf) containing the following:

  • Link to a PDF containing the complete score and parts

  • Link to a MIDI rendering of the composition

  • Composer contact information (name, address, phone number, and email)

  • Composer Bio (max. 150 words)

  • CV (optional – 1 page only)

Questions may be addressed to:

Additional Information

  • U.S. Marine Band requests a gratis sync license in perpetuity

  • U.S. Marine Band requests gratis permission for future performances

  • U.S. Marine Band requests the right to the first performance

  • U.S. Marine Band requests the right to the first recording within one-year of première

  • No former or current members or immediate family members of “The President’s Own” may apply