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NANOWorks Digital Aria Workshop

While we typically workshop short chamber operas, in light of the ongoing pandemic, 

NANOWorks will be holding a Digital Aria Workshop this fall. 

Considering the present economic difficulties, there are no application or participation fees.


Aria Workshop Fall 2020  Call for Scores

North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera) is now accepting applications through October 4 for a completely digital aria workshop. We are seeking music creators who have been composing for around 1–5 years to submit scores for a 2–5 minute aria for solo light lyric soprano and piano, with dramatic emotional or narrative content. 


We will choose three dramatic arias from emerging North American composers in mid October, and provide online consultation with composer Jennifer Jolley, stage director Stephanie Havey, and conductor Chaowen Ting, and finally hold a digital performance, creating an audio-visual recording for each of our composers.



Our panel will choose works by music creators who have been composing for 1–5 years, originally from and/or currently based in North America. There is no age limit. 


NANOWorks especially encourages composers from historically underrepresented groups, as well as female and non-binary identifying composers to submit their work.



Submissions must be anonymous. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be disqualified. You may only submit one work.


The Work

  • 2-5 minute dramatic aria

  • scored for 1 light lyric soprano with piano

    • Vocal range is A3 to D6

    • Vocal type indicative of Emily’s Aria from Our Town, Marenka’s Aria from Bartered Bride, or typical lyrics sopranos in Handel or Mozart operas


To submit your composition, please prepare the following by 11:59PM on October 4, 2020:

  • A PDF of the piano/vocal score
    (Please use “YourPiece_Score” as file name)

  • An info sheet and the libretto
    (Please use “YourPiece_Info” as file name)

  • A PDF of your CV/resume
    (Please use “LastName_CV” as file name)

  • A PDF of your 250-word Bio
    (Please use “LastName_Bio” as file name)



DEADLINE for Submission: October 4, 2020


Results will be announced on October 10, 2020 Selected composers will be invited to participate in consultations with Jennifer Jolley, Chaowen Ting, and Stephanie Havey, and to have their works virtually performed and recorded.


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