Some Useful Information about Composer/Arranger Submissions

The Pittsburgh Camerata welcomes the submission of manuscripts by any composer or arranger, and does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, creed or gender.

Introducing music that is new to both its performers and its listeners is a strong tradition of The Pittsburgh Camerata. Throughout its history the Camerata has presented numerous premières, and considers it part of the organizational mandate to present living composers as part of its programming.  Hence we are always happy to consider the work of new and emerging composers.

However, The Pittsburgh Camerata is also perennially under-staffed and overworked.  As a result, the speed at which your inquiry or submission is responded to is entirely dependent upon the availability of the Artistic Director and how many other things she currently has on her plate. Please be patient! You are welcome to send an occasional follow-up email, but pestering her is probably not a tactic that will result in a high degree of success.


• The Pittsburgh Camerata presents both a cappella and accompanied music. However, budgetary constraints limit the number of instrumentalists that are hired during a season and the number of instrumentalists on a program. A piece that is unaccompanied or requires only keyboard has a much better chance of being seriously considered.

• Currently the Christmas concert uses some flute, oboe and violin in conjuction with keyboard, so Christmas works for chorus and flute (and keyboard) in particular are more likely to be utilized, all other factors being equal.

• Generally speaking, programs are diverse in period, style and scoring. As a consequence, single works lasting more than ten minutes are unlikely to be considered.

• As a rule, a maximum of eight rehearsals for a non-Christmas program and five or six rehearsals for a Christmas program are scheduled. Although good sightreading skills and the capacity for individual preparation are expected of each singer, works whose complexity requires a great deal of rehearsal time are unlikely to be considered.

• Typically, we sing works in their original language. If the given text is not English, then a translation should be provided, and if it is not a standard foreign language (Latin, German, Italian, French, Spanish) then an IPA rendition of the correct pronunciation should also be provided.  And because of the above-mentioned time constraints, the reality is that a work whose text is in a difficult and unfamiliar foreign language has a reduced chance of being considered. This is not a bias so much as pragmatism.

You may mail manuscripts to:

The Pittsburgh Camerata, attn. Rebecca Rollett •PO Box 81546 •Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Compositions can only be returned if a self-addressed envelope with the correct postage is enclosed or subsequently mailed to the Camerata.

PDF files are encouraged, and may be sent to Please note in the subject line "Manuscript: For Rebecca Rollett." The email will be duly forwarded. It is also suggested that you include your website address, particularly if mp3 files are available for some or all of the works you wish us to consider .

As noted above, the review process can take any amount of time, depending upon the current status of the Artistic Director's time. Acknowledgments of receipt are not issued. The Artistic Director is the sole arbiter of whether the work will be programmed or not. Composers are welcome to request feedback. The request will be complied with if time restraints allow.