iQ Tests

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icarus’ annual iQ Tests program gives two winning Scholars the opportunity to collaborate on a new piece with the Quartet and be featured in their live performances and studio produced music videos. icarus will take you through the detailed collaboration process behind all of our new works and embark on a professional relationship beginning with the cultivation, presentation, and documentation of your new work for pianos and percussion. We can’t wait to hear your music and work with you!



  • Open to composers enrolled in any collegiate degree program during the year of residence with iQ

Submission materials

  • Simple and FREE application

  • 2 scores (pdf) of previously written chamber works (for 2 to 8 players)

    • Score files should be named as: “last name_first name_piece title”

    • Demonstration of percussion and piano writing in one or both pieces is preferred if possible

    • Score submissions are NOT limited to traditional Western notation; other visual representations are acceptable, and questions about this can be emailed to Matt Keown at

  • Link to private Soundcloud playlist of MIDI or recordings (preferred) of submitted scores

  • 1-2 page resume

  • Names and contact info for 2 references

  • A brief (~2 min) “unlisted” YouTube video of the applicant addressing the following:

    • Tell us who you are! What is something about yourself that we won’t find in your other materials?

    • What kinds of music (or what about music) lights you up and has you inspired for your next creation?

    • What in particular excites you about a potential artistic collaboration with icarus Quartet?



  • The two selected composers will each receive the following:

    • Two performances during our 2024-25 season

    • $1,000 honorarium

    • Workshops with iQ (in person if possible)

    • Up to $500 travel reimbursements for workshops and/or performances

    • Professionally produced video recording

      • Watch and listen to past Scholar works HERE

    • Mentorship from Chair of Composition at the Yale School of Music and Composer-in-Residence at the Aspen Music Festival, Christopher Theofanidis

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