Pathos Trio announces a call for scores - commissioning project for 2022-23 season

Fri - December 31, 2021, 12:00 am


Pathos Trio announces a call for scores - commissioning project for 2022-23 season

The Pathos Trio is pleased to announce a Call for Scores to select a composer for commissioning a new work for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

For this Call for Scores, Pathos Trio will select one composer to create a work for the following instrumentation:
2 percussionists
1 piano/or keyboard/or MIDI keyboard
and electronics (live or fixed audio playback),

to be premiered during its 2022-23 season in New York City. Pathos Trio is Marcelina Suchocka and Felix Reyes, percussionists, and Alan Hankers, pianist/composer.

Pathos invites composers from classical contemporary to mainstream electronic music, who are 18 and older in age, and individuals who come from various backgrounds (regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender) to apply.

The commissioned work will be managed for publication by American Composers Alliance (ASCAP or BMI) for a minimum term of 3 years from the premiere date. ACA will publish and distribute the work according to the composer's ACA Grant of Rights agreement.

The selected composer will receive from Pathos Trio:

A commissioning fee of $2,500 to compose a new work of 7-10 minutes for percussion (2) and piano/keyboard/electronics. Audio/Video documentation of the premiere performance will be provided, as well as promotional support.

About Pathos Trio: "Elevated themselves into those elite ranks alongside Yarn/Wire, Tigue, Sō Percussion, Iktus and Ensemble Et Al", as described by the New York Music Daily. Pathos Trio (percussionists Marcelina Suchocka, Felix Reyes, and pianist/composer Alan Hankers) is a two percussion and piano trio committed to engaging classical/contemporary music, while also aiming to bring adventurous music to audiences through collaborations with living composers.

Their current project "When Dark Sounds And Classical Music Collide", the ensemble’s first album, comprises a collection of newly commissioned works written by composers Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Evan Chapman, Alyssa Weinberg, Alan Hankers, and Finola Merivale.

This album is set to release on March 11th, 2022 through New Focus Recordings. It has been graciously supported by New Music USA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artist Relief, and with funds allocated from their Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.

More info about the performers can be found at:

To get a sense of the style and direction Pathos is seeking, here is an example of a work that was recently written for and recorded by Pathos Trio: Fiction of Light by Evan Chapman:


Composers of all nationalities and ages (18+) are welcome to apply.

Composers must be affiliated with ASCAP or BMI.

Composers must either be currently affiliated with American Composers Alliance, or, if selected, grant publishing rights to ACA for the commissioned work.



December 31st, 2021: All applications are due by 11:59pm EST. No late submissions will be accepted
January 2022: Notification of selected composer will be announced.

January - May 31st, 2022: Composer will begin writing commission and spend time with Pathos workshopping piece.

July 1st, 2022: New work must be completed with score/parts to be provided to the ensemble

August-December 2022 – Premiere performance of commission will take place in New York City, venue TBA.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Through the application, we want to get to know you, your previous work, and your ideas for a collaboration with Pathos Trio!

Here are the main application components you’ll need to prepare for submission:


1.         2 Audio and/or Video Samples: Please share either 2 audio samples, 1 audio and 1video sample, or 2 video samples, completely up to you. ***We’re looking to get to know your creative voice and the kinds of ideas you might bring to an ensemble piece for Pathos Trio. Submitting at least one live performance of one of your samples is strongly encouraged.

2.         2 Score Samples: We’ll also ask you to share a score of an ensemble work (preferably something that closely aligns with or includes Pathos’ instrumentation of two percussionists and piano)and any original work of your choice.

3.         Project Statement: In under 300 words, tell us about your ideas for a new work for Pathos Trio and why you are interested in working with us!

4.         Background: CV/resume and 1 page bio

**Applying is free, and all application components need to be emailed to  [email protected]

at the postmark deadline date of December 31st by 11:59pm EST.


PDF version of this call for scores, with FAQ section can be downloaded here.