The 2019 Call for Scores has ended. The following information is available for reference purposes.


The Tesla Quartet is pleased to announce its third annual Call for Scores. Composers are encouraged to submit completed works for string quartet for consideration, with the winning quartet being programmed regularly for the 2019-20 concert season. The composition must be written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) and must have a duration between 5 and 15 minutes. The work must also have been composed within the last 10 years.

New to this year’s Call for Scores, we are asking composers to submit works that fall under the theme of “Variations.” Composers are free to interpret the theme as they see fit. The winning work will be included in our “Variations on a Russian Theme” program, which includes works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Pavel Karmanov, and a set of variations by a group of Russian masters including Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Scriabin and more.

The selection will be made using a blind evaluation process. All submissions will go to a dedicated email address,, which will be monitored by an assistant who will transfer all the anonymous scores to the members of Tesla Quartet for review. An anonymous call prevents against any bias while selecting the work. Our decision will be made purely on the music and not personal connections we may have with composers.

The composer of the winning work will receive:

  • multiple performances of the work during the Tesla Quartet’s 2019-20 concert season

  • a professionally produced live recording of the performance

  • a $500 honorarium

We strongly encourage the composer of the winning work to travel to a performance of the work, and the Tesla Quartet will gladly provide a one-time travel stipend of up to $400 towards their travel expenses.


1. Any composer is eligible regardless of age, nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status.

2. Previous applicants are eligible to apply.

3. Winners and finalists from previous Calls for Scores are eligible to apply, provided their submissions are not the same works as previous years’.


1. Application Deadline: All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59 pm EST on May 1, 2019. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

2. The submitted work must have been written after February 1, 2009. Works written before this date will not be considered.

3. Composers may submit as many scores as they wish, but each work should be submitted as a separate entry and will require a separate fee of $15.

4. No name or any personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted scores or recordings; this includes performer or ensemble names. Please also be sure to remove any identifying metadata on the audio files. Any submission with identifying information will be disqualified from the selection. The entry fee is not refundable.

5. Every submission must include both score and individual instrument parts.

6. Works that include electronics will not be considered at this time. We hope to expand the Call for Scores to include electronic or amplified works in the future.

7. The winning composition will be announced in early June, 2019.

8. The decision of the Tesla Quartet is not open to appeal. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms.

9. Please see the FAQ below for the most commonly asked questions. Any additional questions may be sent to teslacallforscores@gmail.comNote: Please do NOT send submission materials or any questions to the Tesla Quartet through our contact page, general email address, our social media portals or contact any of the members personally, as this will violate this Call for Scores' strict anonymity requirements and will result in removal from consideration.

10. Submission fees are not refundable.


Q: Can the piece be longer than 15 minutes? 
A: No. Every submission must have a duration between 5 and 15 minutes.

Q: Can I submit a work for trombone and string quartet?
A: No. Please submit works for two violins, viola and cello only. 

Q: I originally wrote a quartet before 2009 but made significant revisions in 2013. Can I submit this work?
A: Yes, you may submit a quartet that was revised after 2009 as long as the original work was composed after 2000.

Q: My quartet has already received its premiere and has been performed a few times. Am I still eligible to submit it?
A: Yes! We're accepting scores regardless of whether they are hot off the press or collecting dust on the shelf.

Q: I'm still working on my string quartet, and I'm not sure when it will be finished. Can I send you what I have?
A: Please only send completed works. Incomplete works will not be considered.