Conferences

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 23, 2021

The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual International Virtual Conference of the CFAMC, taking place via the conferencing application Zoom on a computer extremely near to you on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 1:00 – 6:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

This program will include a time of worship, prayer, and three concerts of works by CFAMC members, each of which will be briefly discussed after its performance.

Registration is open to the first 200 applicants without fee. To register, please send an email to by Monday, October 18, 2021, 11:59 pm, with:

• Your name
• Address
• Phone numbers
• Best email for correspondence
• Are you a member of CFAMC?
• If not a member of CFAMC, how did you hear about the conference?
• Where do you want the conference Zoom link sent to:

◦ Email
◦ Phone
◦ Both

We will send the Zoom link to your preferred contact above. Composers who have works accepted for the Conference must register as well in this same way.

Please feel free to share this information with your family, friends, students, and teachers. The 2nd Annual International Virtual Conference is CFAMC’s gift to you and those you love. If you or your loved ones would like to join CFAMC or simply desire more information about us, please visit us online at http://cfamc.org.


CALL FOR SCORES FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) will hold its national conference on March 25-26, 2022, at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California. Proposals are solicited in seven categories with separate deadlines for each:

(1) Works intended for traditional concert performance
(2) Original hymns or hymns with original tunes and settings
(3) Recorded works (complete, partial or in progress) that could be shared and discussed during a Peer Feedback Session
(4) Films with original music in DVD or YouTube format
(5) Proposal for Papers
(6) Panel Discussion Topics
(7) Masterclass for Student Composers and recent graduates

Composers are encouraged to submit entries in multiple categories.

(2) Composers interested in having a work performed in concert should submit up to three (3) scores for any of the ensembles below. However, the combined total duration of all works submitted should not exceed 12 minutes.

a. Concert Choir (SATB). The Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir and its director will include four works by Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers members in its 2021-2022 repertoire, which means that these works will receive multiple performances over the entire season. These works will be for:

i. SATB a cappella
ii. SATB with piano or organ accompaniment

Please do not submit any composition longer than 4 minutes for the Concert Choir. DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, FOR SUBMISSIONS

b. Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) or any subset of that ensemble (from solos through quartets). Please do not submit any composition longer than 7 minutes for this ensemble. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

c. Solo piano works. Please do not submit any composition longer than 7 minutes for piano. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

d. Works where composers supply their own performers/tracks. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

Sacred works are encouraged.

(3) Composers may submit one or two hymns for our corporate time of worship. They may be in traditional SATB format or in CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) format. All CCM entries must have at least a complete lead sheet with notated melody and pop chords, although fully notated entries with a piano accompaniment are encouraged. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

(4) Composers may also submit recordings of works that they would be interested in discussing and receiving feedback on during a Peer Feedback Session. If desired, a list of suggested discussion questions may also be submitted. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

(5) Film composers may submit up to two (2) film works in video format. Film content should reflect a Christian worldview in keeping with the nature of the conference, the CFAMC and the host institution, but may be thought-provoking and creative in its methods. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

(6) Composers may submit a proposal or an abstract for one paper. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

(7) Composers may submit a list of up to three (3) topics relevant to Christian composers that they would be interested in discussing as a participant in a Panel Discussion Session. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

(8) CFAMC offers student composers (composers who are currently studying composition privately or in a college/university setting or who graduated within the past 12 months from college or university) an opportunity to participate in a masterclass with the renowned composer Frank La Rocca, professor emeritus of California State University, East Bay, and extensively published by Boosey and Hawkes. Dr. La Rocca will work with selected students and recordings of their work. Students and recent graduates are invited to submit one or two examples of their works. Three or four students will be chosen for this opportunity. If selected, students must attend the conference. The masterclass will be open to all conference registrants to attend. Deadline is November 15, 2021, for submissions

Submission by e-mail checklist:

F. Scores in PDF format only for each submission.
G. Scores may be submitted in full or excerpted from larger works to meet the duration requirements.
H. A separate recording for each submission labeled clearly with the title and composer’s name, either as an e-mail attachment or a weblink. Recordings should be in MP3 or M4A format and may be either a live performance or MIDI.
I. A brief biography.
J. Program notes for each work in a separate attachment with the title of the work and composer’s name clearly labeled.
K. A cover e-mail with a subject line of CFAMC 2022 National Conference Submission that includes a list of the items submitted, durations for each item, the composer’s contact information (email is preferred), and an indication of what performers the composer can supply if needed.

Please do not submit by mail.

Although there is no fee to submit a piece, we require submitters to be members in good standing of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. A list of current members and information about how to join or renew membership in the CFAMC may be found at http://www.cfamc.org. If this presents a financial burden, please contact our treasurer Barbara Holm at  to make alternative arrangements for your membership.

Since a primary purpose of CFAMC events is to foster Christian fellowship among its members, pre-registration and full attendance at the conference is required for all composers selected.

In submitting any work for performance in this conference, each composer attests that the work and its performance are the property of the composer. CFAMC will not be responsible for any fees or costs incurred in the preparation of the score or any production of any recording or video.
Please send materials to: Dr. Walter Saul at . For further information, please contact Walter Saul at that email address or at 559-367-5806.

All submitters for the Conference will be notified via email no later than January 15, 2022.


Past National Conferences