Poetry & Music Project 20/21 Call for Submissions

Students in grades K-12 from Nebraska and Iowa are invited to submit works of poetry on themes of emotion, connection, uncovering history, and becoming un-stuck.
Selected poems will be set to music and premiered during a public concert in May 2021.
From the pool of submissions, composers will select poems to set to music. Composers Matt Browne and Frances Pollock are alumni of The American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice. This is not a contest, as the composers will select poems based on what inspires them. The selected poets will have the opportunity to participate with the composer in a workshop to further develop the piece with the composer and musicians, participating in the behind-the-scenes process. The completed works will be performed in concert by Opera Omaha’s Holland Community Artist Fellows.
Opera Omaha’s Poetry & Music Project is produced in partnership with Nebraska Writers Collective and The American Opera Project.

Project Partners

Themes for Poetry Submissions

Uncovering History
Stuck in Place / Getting Un-Stuck

View Prompts & Full Project Information

Writing Workshops

Opera Omaha and Nebraska Writers Collective are facilitating writing workshops focused on poetry writing for music. All workshops will be virtual and created to meet teacher and classroom needs. Workshops are free and will be scheduled on a first come basis. Teachers can submit interest form to be contacted about scheduling a writing workshop for your students here

Project Timeline

September 2020 - Submissions Open
October & November 2020 - Writing Workshops
November 2020 - Submission Deadline
December 2020 - Composers Select Poems
January 2021 - Poets of Selected Pieces Notified, Composers Writing Time
March 2021 - Music Workshop with Composers and Poets of the Selected Pieces
April 2021 - Composers Submit Final Pieces
May 2021 - Poetry & Music Project Concert Performance

Submission Guidelines

Open to All K-12 Students in Nebraska and Iowa
Poems should be on the themes, but do not need to use suggested prompts
Students may submit up to 2 poems
All work must be original
Poems should be in PDF or Word file format
Poems may be in any structure, but will be more conducive to being set to music if they are under 250 words

Submission Instructions

Email Poem(s) and completed signed submission form to poetry@operaomaha.org
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020

Submission Form

For More Information
Contact: Lauren Medici | Opera Omaha Director of Engagement Programs
Lmedici@operaomaha.org | 402-346-7372

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