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March 2nd, 7 PM
At the Hillside Club in Berkeley

March 3rd, 3 PM

The Taube Atrium Theater

in San Francisco


"expressive, insinuating, full of enigmatic fervor... Each excerpt includes passages that make one intrigued to hear the work at fuller length"

-Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle

"Somehow, some way, one or more of these works may make it to a full production — at West Edge or somewhere else."


-Steven Winn, SFCV

Collaborating with San Francisco-based Earplay ( as the instrumental ensemble, SNAPSHOT is an opportunity for West Coast Composers and Librettists to put shorter works or excerpts of longer works on their feet with world class vocalists and instrumentalists. The performances are attended by the general public and are profiled and reviewed by high profile publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Classical Voice, KDFC, and KQED.
All participating composers and librettists will also be provided a feedback session with leaders in the new opera field. Previous panelists have included Khori Dastoor (Houston Grand Opera), Bill Gorjance (Peer Music Publishing), Kip Cranna (San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Emeritus), and Joseph Marcheso (Opera San Jose Music Director).
Call for Submissions Opens: August 1st, 2023
Call for Submissions Closes: September 8th, 2023
Selections will be announced by: October 10th, 2023 
Successful submissions will be asked to orchestrate for our ensemble of piano and up to 6 instruments.


We appreciate innovation and will consider the involvement of mediated sound.
The adjudication panel includes:
Earplay Conductor Mary Chun
West Edge Opera Music Director Jonathan Khuner
Artist and SNAPSHOT Co-Founder Brian Rosen

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