While we contemplate the safety and nature of our May 2021 Workshop, you can browse our past call for scores here.


NANOWorks Opera 2020 Call for Scores

North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Festival! We are calling emerging composers to submit 20–30 minute chamber operas with 1–6 singers and 1–6 instrumentalists. Selected composers will be invited to participate in our 2020 Festival where their operas will be workshopped, performed and recorded!


Eligibility: Our blind panel will choose works by emerging composers originally from and/or currently based in North America at an early stage in their career with no prior major commissions (over $10,000) or major recordings (commercially released with a third party label). There is no age limit. Prior to the festival the selected composer-participants will have the opportunity to work with our composer mentor (Jennifer Jolley), conductor (Chaowen Ting), and stage director (Stephanie Havey) to help further revise and shape the opera.


One selected work will be premiered during our 2020 Festival. The second selection will be given a workshop reading during our 2020 Festival and  a premiere performance during our 2021 Festival.


Submissions will be anonymously reviewed. NANOWorks especially encourages composers from historically underrepresented groups 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 submit more than one opera, but each work requires a separate application.


The Work:

  • 20-30 minute chamber opera

  • scored for 1-6 singers.

  • scored for 1-6 performers, from the following pool instruments (one each, i.e. no repeated instruments are accepted):

    • 1 Flute (doubling piccolo)

    • 1 Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)

    • Piano

    • 1 Percussion (one player)

    • 1 Violin

    • 1 Viola

    • 1 Cello

To submit your composition, please prepare the following:

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

  • A MIDI or MP3 file (if possible) of your composition
    (Please use “YourPiece_Audio” as file name)

  • An info sheet listing all the roles and their voice types, and the instrumentation.
    (Please use “YourPiece_Info” as file name)

  • A PDF of the synopsis and libretto (text only) of the opera.
    (Please use “YourPiece_Libretto” 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: November 1, 2019



Application Fee: $30 per submission PAYPAL

Festival participation fee: $250

Fees go toward paying our awesome singers, instrumentalists, and conductors, as well as providing necessary staging elements and technical support during the festival. NANOWorks uses proceeds for their principal endeavor of  creating the best space for new operas and giving the composer community the valuable resources and opportunities to help launch their careers.


Results will be announced on December 1, 2019. Selected composers will be invited to participate in the 2020 NANOWorks Festival during the first week of May 2020  in Atlanta, GA where their operatic works will receive coaching, public performances, and recordings.

Travel and lodging are the participants' responsibility. NANOWorks can assist in finding accommodation with donors, but this is not guaranteed.


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