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Festival of New American Music

About the Festival

October 27-November 1, 2024

The Festival of New American Music brings extraordinary musicians to Sacramento, California, each year to present high-quality performances of a broad body of recently composed or improvised music by some of America’s most exciting artists. 2024 marks the 47th annual Festival!

Through public concerts, educational events, and outreach, the Festival serves three principal communities: those of the Sacramento State School of Music; the California State University, Sacramento; and the greater Sacramento region.

Committed to making music accessible to all, the Festival offers all of its concerts free of charge to the public. Waived-fee parking for the Festival concerts will be available from a link on the Calendar listing for each event. If you have any disability-related access needs to participate in our events, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will work with the Office for Disability Justice on arranging and meeting those needs.

The Festival concerts will be live-streamed on our Facebook page:


Driving/Parking Directions


Email Co-Director Shuying Li or Co-Director Jordan Shippy.

Parking Info

Sac State uses virtual parking permits. To reserve a waived-fee permit during the Festival, use this link:

Parking Permit

Select the Guest Login

  1. If you don't have an account, click here to create a guest account. Once you finish, click the visitor parking link provided above and use the Guest Login
  2. If you have an account already but forgot your password, click here to reset your password.

Complete the permit checkout process, making sure to select the correct valid date, to activate your visitor permit. Permits are valid for the whole day, up till 11:59pm.

Call for Scores 2024

The 2nd Annual Call for Scores is open to composers of any age. Applicants must reside in the United States, Mexico, or Canada. The competition is judged by composition faculty and ensemble directors at the California State University, Sacramento School of Music as well as by nationally and internationally recognized festival guest composers. The winning pieces in each category will receive a performance at the 2024 Festival of New American Music. The submission deadline is July 15. The application fee is $15 for each work submitted.

This year's categories are:

  • Category A (chamber): Submitted works may be scored for flute (doubles piccolo and alto flute), clarinet (doubles Bb, A, Eb, bass clarinet), violin, and cello. One work will be selected and performed by resident ensemble, Hub New Music.
  • Category B (percussion): Submitted works must be scored for two percussionists using a small to medium-sized percussion set-up and may include electronic elements such as digital playback, live processing, and video accompaniment. Potential instrumentation could include mallet keyboard duo, multi percussion duo, or a combination of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. One winning work will be selected and performed by Metaphor Percussion.
  • Category C (choral): Submitted works must be scored for mixed choir in 4-6 parts, with moderate divisi, with keyboard accompaniment. One winning work will be performed by Sacramento State University Chorale with director Brett Judson.
  • Category D (orchestral): Submitted works must be scored for no more than the following: - - timp +2 - strings. Chamber orchestra works are not accepted at this time. One winning work will be performed by Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra with director Ryan Murray.

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