CNM & Beo String Quartet Competition


The Charlotte New Music Festival (CNMF) and Beo String Quartet are happy to announce our second annual composition contest. This is a call for scores by emerging and mid-career American composers aged 35 years and older.


Beo String Quartet will perform the selected work at the Charlotte New Music Festival in June 2017. The winning composer will receive a $200 travel stipend and accommodations for two nights at the festival in Charlotte, NC. Beo will also perform the piece during their regular 2017-18 concert season.


Submissions — due October 29, 2016 by 11:59 EDT to


  • Submit ONE score AND parts for a string quartet composition (2 violins, viola, cello).
  • Maximum duration is 20 minutes.
  • The work may have been previously performed.
  • Recordings are optional but highly encouraged.
  • Please also submit a bio with birth year and your mailing address.
  • $5 submission fee payable here. The fees from the submissions will be used to defray the costs of the transportation and lodging for the winner.


Eligibility — composer applicants must:


  • Currently reside in the continental United States.
  • Be born before January 1, 1982.
  • Be willing to give a presentation on their music and attend the performance on Wednesday, June 28 at the 6th annual Charlotte New Music Festival.


CNMF current/former staff and guest composers are ineligible for this opportunity.


We will announce the winner on Monday, December 5.


Winner from CNM & Beo 2015 String Quartet Composition Competition:

Andrew List, String Quartet No. 5 “Time Cycles”. Link to score, Link to audio (live concert recording; studio recording coming soon).

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