This rejection is from a few months ago, and ironically I kind of wonder if I should be posting it because I just submitted a new application. Oh well.
I knew I was receiving this rejection letter because they hadn’t asked me to fly out to New York City and meet them, so ultimately I decided to fly myself out to Washington D.C. instead for a performance. Totally worth it.
I would like to say this. Failure is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my failures. I would like to thank my parents for not completely comprehending why or how I’m a composer or why I post my rejection letters online, the multiple gatekeepers who took a chance on an unknown composer, and last but not least, the wonderful crews from Blogger (then Medium, and now WordPress) who spend hours coding and creating an easy-to-use platform without which I might never be able to curate my rejections.
So, cheers everyone. I will be celebrating my rejection letters in style, since it took me seven years to accumulate every single one of them.
Here is a quick note to say that I am beyond proud and honored to count so many women as my friends and colleagues. Unfortunately I did not march (it was audition weekend, but then I ended up catching a cold that left me bedridden), but man, what a day.
“Emerging female composers are invited to submit works for unaccompanied upper voices for inclusion in Dulciana Vocal Ensemble’s second ♀concert. Selected works will be performed alongside pieces by Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva, and recordings will be provided to the composers. Successful pieces will show a good understanding of writing for the idiom, and display an original, creative compositional voice.”
So I submitted Prisoner of Conscience.
Since this was a call for female composer scores, I went with a pseudonym that was equally fantastic and amazing as Captain Hammer.