Erato Ensemble is pleased to announce our composition contest! The winning composer’s composition will be performed on our concert AYRE II, to be held May 26, 2018 at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver. Deadline for submission is February 12th, 2018. Prize is $250. Winner will be announced by February 19. Winning composition to be delivered by April 1, 2018.


AYRE II is a program that features early music works in their original forms in the first half of the program, with modern interpretations/inspirations/remixes of the same pieces on the second half.

Please send one relevant sample of your work and a proposal for the following project:

Re-interpretation of “Cancion del Emperador” by Narvaez (score and YouTube video link)

This piece will be performed on solo guitar on the first half of the program. On the second half, the winning composer’s re-interpretation will be performed by the ensemble. Proposals can be anything from harmonization of the original melody to deconstruction and reassembly of the materials. Creativity is encouraged.

Piece may be scored for any or all of the following instruments:

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, piano, flute (C, alto or bass flute), clarinet (Bb or bass clarinet), violin, cello, guitar (classical or electric) There is no submission fee. Please send a pdf file of a relevant sample of your work, an audio or video link if available, and a proposal for the new piece. No age limit or location restriction. Please send submissions to

Erato Ensemble is Vancouver’s professional art-song ensemble. We have been performing and commissioning new works since 2006! For more info visit our website at