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2018/19 Call for Scores

The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) is announcing a call for scores, seeking works for chamber orchestra written by US-based composers.

The CCCO, a community orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been vital to the local music community since the 1970’s, and presents performances at several of the East Bay’s finest performance venues including the Lesher Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek) and El Campanil Theatre (Antioch).

The winning composition will receive three performances in the Bay Area in May 2019: May 3rd (Alhambra High School in Martinez), May 4th (El Campanil Theatre in Antioch), and May 5th (Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek) on the CCCO’s program “Voices of the Past, Present, and Future”. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium, a recording of one of the performances, and travel expenses to attend the concerts. Non-winning pieces may still be considered for future programming.


  • Submissions are due by October 31st, 2018, with the winner announced on January 15th, 2019.
  • The winning composer must attend the performances. If the composer cannot attend, an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • Open to any composers currently residing in the USA, with no restrictions on age or citizenship.
  • Preexisting works are acceptable
  • Compositions may make use of any or all of the instruments listed below:  2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboe (1 doubling English Horn), 2 clarinets (1 Doubling Bass Clarinet), 2 Bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, piano, harp, strings.
  • Length of submission must not exceed 15 minutes
  • Composers may submit as many scores as desired, with a $20 application fee for the first piece and a $10 fee for any subsequent piece.
  • To submit a score, fill out the form below, email the required support materials to info@contracostachamberorchestra.org with the subject line: Call for Scores, [Composer’s Name] and submit payment via PayPal (paypal.me/CCCO).
  • Email the following support materials: PDF score, link to a streaming recording (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)
  • Please do NOT include any links to file downloads, as we will not open them.


October 31st, 2018 – Scores and Applications due (submit through our online form)

January 15th, 2019 – Winners announced

March 1st, 2019 – Winning composers submit hard-copy score & parts to Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (Mailing Address as follows):

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
P.O. Box 3087
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-0087

Submit Your Application for CCCO’s Call for Scores

Step 1: Pay Application Fee

Composers may submit as many scores as desired, with a $20 application fee for the first piece and a $10 fee for any subsequent piece. Scores and application are due by October 31st, 2018.  You may also send payment via PayPalMe at paypal.me/CCCO

Application Fee
Your Name

Step 2: Fill out Application Form

Step 3: Email Required Support Materials

Email the required support materials to info@contracostachamberorchestra.org, subject line: Call for Scores, [Composer’s Name]

Support materials shall include:

  1. PDF score
  2. Link to a streaming recording (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)
  3. Please do NOT include any links to file downloads, as we will not open them.

Announcing Our New 2018-2019 Season

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season will be filled with beautiful, striking music. In addition to staples of the repertoire like Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony”, we will feature music from composers of the past, including William Grant Still, Leos Janacek, and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Our 2018-2019 season will also feature the works of several tremendously gifted living composers including Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Nick Benavides, and Jocelyn Hagen.

We look forward to sharing our exciting new program with you!

Maestro Tim Smith Reflects on Eleven Years with CCCO

Music Directory CCCOA weekend of glorious music and heartfelt goodbyes celebrating Maestros Smith’s last set as Conductor begins Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm at Alhambra High School in Martinez and Saturday, May 12, 2:00 pm at El Campanil in Antioch.  His final and farewell performance is Sunday, May 13, 2:00 pm at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.  Mr. Smith bids a fond adieu to the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra after a decade of conducting wonderfully varied and engaging programs, and outstanding collaborations with featured solo artists.  

If Tim Smith were to sum up his life in six words, it would be “Making music always makes me happy,” and this passion is reflected in his work and outlook on his time spent with CCCO. For Tim, it has been a joyous fellowship of musical talent.

His affectionate memories of CCCO’s continued artistic growth included the pleasure of working with new wonderful artists as well as musicians who were there during his entire tenure as conductor.  “It is a true joy to observe the genuine enjoyment of the multi-generational interactions among our musicians, ranging from 17 years old to mid-80s. The group has continued a tradition of excellence, while still maintaining a family feel.”

Maestro Smith has seen the audience demographic grow from a majority of older attendees, friends and family of orchestra members to younger audience members from local high schools.  And the past season attendance from Rossmoor was wildly successful, with the hope for many more performances there. If there was an accomplishment he wished he could have furthered, it would have been to reach a wider, more diverse audience.  “I think CCCO is one of the Bay area’s best kept secrets. I would have liked to share our music with more folks.” That being said, Tim has high hopes for CCCO’s future under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Chad Goodman. Praising Chad’s zeal and uniquely creative entrepreneurial skill, Tim anticipates Chad’s gifts in marketing and business bringing CCCO to tremendous success in the tradition of exemplary music-making and broadening audience attendance.

Reflecting on the variety of programs he has conducted with CCCO through the years makes it difficult for Tim to pick a favorite. Proud to have performed such an incredible repertoire from well-known classics, 20th and 21st century composers, Great American Songbook and film scores, a particular program stands out.  “HERstory” was comprised entirely of works by women composers, including the world premiere of Estafania Webster’s “Tren Del Fin Del Mundo.”  

After retiring from CCCO, Maestro Smith will continue his work as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and professional performer.  In addition, he is Music and Artistic Director of a fine community wind band in Sacramento, northwest of his country estate. Plans to spend more time with his wife, granddaughters and traveling fill the rest of his still-busy schedule. With music in his heart, mind and soul, Tim represents the best amalgam of those four essences.  As Calvin Coolidge once said, “Talent will not…Genius will not…Education alone will not….Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence….persistence and determination.” Heartfelt thanks to Tim Smith for his dedication and professionalism.

Concert Dates

Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm, Alhambra High School, Martinez
Adults, $10; Seniors and Youth, $5

Saturday, May 12, 2:00 pm, El Campanil Theatre, Antioch, 925-757-9500 www.elcampaniltheatre.com Adults $15; Seniors (62 & over) $12; Youth (17 & under) $7

Sunday, May 13, 2:00pm, Lesher Arts Center, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469 www.lesherartscenter.org Adults $30; Seniors $20; Youth (17 & under) $10


Check out some of our upcoming concerts below or browse through our calendar of events.


The CCCO exists through the financial support of generous individuals, businesses and foundations. We thank those of you who have made it possible for us to continue to bring exciting programming to the community at an affordable price!  We would also be delighted to list you or your company as a contributor.

The CCCO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.


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