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STring quartet smackdown IV

String Quartet Smackdown is a bracketed, NCAA March Madness style competition which brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience.

Smackdown IV is set for February 2018, and we're calling on all composers & musicians worldwide to submit pieces for a chance at the champion's prize. 

Guidelines for Submissions
Due December 1, 2017

Young Composer Concert

Our 3rd annual Young Composer Concert invites Austin- area youth ages 12-18 to create original pieces of music for a live concert under the guidance of seasoned mentors. A professional ensemble performs their pieces, and the event is produced by the collective team of students.

For 2018, we are collaborating with the Austin Symphony and 250 other artists to celebrate the great Leonard Bernstein through Bernstein 100 Austin. The concert will take place in March 2018.

Call for Proposals
Due November 6, 2017

The Sound of Science

The Sound of Science will consist of eight pieces of music written by world-renowned composers from around the globe. Paired with scientists of their own choosing, composers create music inspired by and reflective of the individual's scientific practice. 

Each piece, written for amplified cello and electronics, will be performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. The unique collaboration will premiere in New York City Fall of 2018.

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Donate to Golden Hornet

Golden Hornet is currently raising funds for our 2017-2018 season. You can aide this effort and help support new music and new projects with a tax deductible contribution. To make a donation, please click the button below. Thank you in advance for your contribution!