JAVS Fall 2023

AVS 2025 Recording Project

Purpose In an effort to provide opportunities for our members, the American Viola Society (AVS) announces our 2025 Recording Project. This will be the third new full-length recording to be released via the AVS Presents recording label, a vehicle for AVS members to present and produce professional recordings sponsored by the AVS. Call For its third album, the AVS seeks professionally-recorded submissions of works for viola, including solo or with other instruments, as long as the viola is prominent in the ensemble. The theme for this call is Music from the Americas. Works by composers from all demographics are encouraged to be submitted; the AVS Recording Project Selection Committee will consider demographics for a well rounded, diverse program. Priority will be given to pieces that have not been recorded, have few existing professional recordings, or have few high-quality recordings. The call is open to complete works as well as individual movements, and the album will be a compilation of selections. Applicants must be active members of the AVS at the time of submission. Cost There is no fee to submit a recording. Selected applicants will be responsible for all recording and editing costs associated with finalizing a master copy of their composition. The AVS is actively working to fundraise for production costs; participants may be asked to pay up to $65 USD per minute of submitted music. At this time, the AVS is exploring a purely digital release as well as a physical CD release. If a physical CD is created, each violist selected will receive thirty physical copies of the CD and a digital download of the album. Timeline • January 1, 2024 : Initial applications with live video recordings due • March 1, 2024 : Selected applicants and program repertoire announced, and applicants may be invited to perform at the June 2024 AVS Festival

• October 1, 2024 : Professionally recorded, edited, mixed and un-mastered audio tracks due from selected applicants • January 2025 : Anticipated Digital or CD Release Date Selection Criteria Selection will occur by an international committee appointed by the AVS. The committee will make selections to fill an album from a broad range of styles and composer demographics. Criteria for selection will include how well the work fits the theme, performance quality, length of submission, demographic of the composer, and era/style of composition. Videos should be of the highest quality possible. All performer information will be removed to ensure “blind” judging. Priority will be given to pieces that have not been previously recorded, have few existing professional recordings, or have few high-quality recordings. If selected, applicants agree to submit an edited, professional quality recording according to the Technical Guidelines for inclusion in this project (listed below). Submission Procedures All submissions must be accompanied by the application form. Initial submissions will be by live, unedited video posted on YouTube as an unlisted link provided in the application form. The AVS will extract audio from the video submissions and submit audio files to the selection committee for anonymity. There is no application fee to submit, although you must be an active member of the AVS in good standing.


Journal of the American Viola Society / Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2023

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