Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring French horn player Mary Beth Orr

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring French horn player Mary Beth Orr

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Mary Beth Orr. For this Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, we are looking for French horn and/or voice solos specifically written for Mary Beth Orr. (Works may incorporate both French horn and voice; however, composers should be aware there is only a single performer. No works for duet will be considered.)

Mary Beth Orr is a unique performer who incorporates her French horn performances with her folk singing. She incorporates programs with storytelling and/or programmatic narratives. Both folk and classical music are always inspired by 4 things…. love, death, nature, and God / spirituality. All of our stories are about these things.

Selected works will be premiered on November 12th, 2022 at 2:00 PM U.S. East Coast Time (UTC-4) on Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring Mary Beth Orr. This performance will be presented as a live streaming online concert with Virtual Concert Halls broadcasted to multiple streaming platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

Only works one-minute in length for horn and/ or voice will be considered.


-Deadline for works is September 30, 2022

-Works are for horn and/or voice solo only. (no electronics)

-No works over one minute (60 seconds) will be reviewed.

-Works should be composed specifically for this call and performer.

-All pieces must be premieres.

-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!

-Works need to be submitted online at

-You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.

-After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring Mary Beth Orr” and press the “submit” button to start the submission process.

-You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program notes.

-You will be able to upload a score as a PDF file (You are also encouraged to upload an audio realization of the work)

-Must include the dedication to Mary Beth Orr on the score.

-Performance notes should be included in the score.

-Selected works will be broadcasted online to multiple video streaming platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. No performance royalties will be paid. Selected composers will be asked to sign a consent form.

Results will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.

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Mary Beth Orr

Mary Beth Orr is an elite orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber musician, most recently a first prize winner of the Sound Espressivo Competition 2022,Golden Classical International Music Awards 2021, American Protégé International Talent Competition 2021, and the Charleston International Solo Competition 2021, where she was also voted most outstanding performance. As also a first prize winner of the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, she was invited to make her European premier at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany, August 2021. She will be premiering as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in May of 2022.

Her folk horn fusion show, “French Horn Folk Tales”, premiered to a sold out house at Cook Recital Hall in Lansing in November 2017 and has continued grow. This program is unique in that it connects two very unlikely mediums, as well as audiences. Mary Beth sings traditional Appalachian melodies from her childhood to introduce the classical works in the program. So much of classical literature is inspired by, and derived from traditional folk melodies and are far more connected and complimentary to each other than many audiences assume. Both of these genres communicate and elevate the human spirit and her hope is to connect with audiences from as many varied backgrounds as possible, and connect them to each other.

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works written by different composers specifically for a musician or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today’s music scene. The Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame project has featured more than 75 musician/ensembles premiering the works of over 1000 composers.

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is a Vox Novus project.

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