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Summary:Promotion Opportunity
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Fall Season Call for Works! We will select 30 – 40 pieces to be programmed on our channels from September 2019 through January 2020. This project is not a commissioning contest. FMS19 is an effort to promote and curate many works by living composers. The works will be selected by the score follower team, typical of our normal submission process. We will hold a similar call for submissions twice every year (one in the fall, one in the spring).

• Submissions must be received by: September 15
• Submission is free! There is no fee but we would be incredibly grateful if you spread the word about our project on Patreon or support it directly. Donations will not be considered in the selection process.
• Each composer may submit up to two works. The works should be submitted by filling out using the link to our Google Form. Links to the pieces should be using a non-expiring cloud sharing service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). Scores should be in pdf format.
• Please send a score and audio file for each work submitted. Keep in mind that higher quality recordings are preferred.
• If your work is selected, we will need you to secure permission for posting on our channel from any publisher, recording company, or performer/ensemble involved in the work. If you think this will not be possible, please do not submit. We will also ask for the names of performers in order to credit them in the video description. We will not upload your piece if permissions are not able to be secured.
• Submissions may come from composers of any age, nationality, background.
• Works may be of any duration.
• Submitted material should not be anonymized.
• Works must be completed (no works-in-progress).
• Submissions may include works for instrument(s) and electronics.
• Large ensemble or works with similarly tall systems display poorly on YouTube’s 16:9 landscape frame, because of this, we prefer you submit chamber or solo works.
• We also accept works that include visual footage in addition to or in lieu of a score. In the case that such a work is selected, it would be uploaded to our Mediated Scores channel.
• Composers previously featured on our channels may still apply.
• Members of the score follower team may not apply


 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova»
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Open to composers of any country, age and style, we present the 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova». Compositions for mixed choir “a capella” with religious text in Latin may be presented, for a minimum of 4 voices (SATB) and a maximum of 8 voices (SSAATTBB), and a duration of approximately 4 to 6 minutes.

The best work of the contest will be awarded with its absolute premiere at the Lent concert of the Coral Cármina Nova, and with the publication of the work.

The deadline for submission of works is December 15, 2019.

The competition rules and registration form are available here.

 Theatre or Music Facilitator, Made In Corby
Summary:Teaching job
Deadline: 12 September 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: • Closes: 12th September 2019
• Location: East Midlands
• Type: Part time
• Salary: Paid (£20k-25k pro rata)
• Artform: music, theatre
• Contact: Vicky Frayard

Made in Corby is a programme of new arts activities focussing on working with local communities to ensure that the arts are at the heart of positive change in the town and the borough.

Made in Corby have received a grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for a year-long programme of creative activities for over 65’s, culminating in a weekend-long event at The Core at Corby Cube with performances, exhibitions and workshops.

We are looking for theatre and/or music facilitators to run a block of weekly sessions with older people, to co-create work to be shown at the event on 13th and 14th March 2020. We are open to suggestions of how work is shared and would envisage a mix of performances, films and exhibitions. Facilitators may also be invited to lead an open workshop as part of the weekend.

We are looking for artists in the following art forms to lead sessions:
• Music performance (singing or playing instruments)
• Music composition (to be performed live or pre-recorded)
• Theatre performance

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from facilitators who could create workshops/sessions with wellbeing focused outcomes.
Please visit for further information.

Deadline for Applications: 9am on Thursday 12th September 2019
Made in Corby is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. In support of this, we have an access budget available to disabled artists delivering aspects of our programme. If you require additional support to complete this contract, please outline these in your application. Any such requests will not affect the outcome of our decisions. If you require additional support in making an application, or would like this information in an alternative format, please contact the office on 01536 267895 /

 Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Description:
Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in the Choral Composition Contest. Sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Choral Department. The goals of this program are to support composers of new music and to offer high quality, new literature for high school music education settings.

Entry Fee:
Checks & money orders can be mailed. For your convenience, electronic payment is available

U.S. Dollar (USD)

Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2019

· Mixed choir (SATB) limited division is acceptable
· Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
· Two to five minutes' duration
· Unpublished works only
· Rights to the text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown.
· Choral music suitable for high school ensembles
· Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are not eligible
· Multiple submissions are permissible
· Sound files or links to recordings are encouraged
· First -- $500
· Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
· Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2020

· Finalists will be announced at by February 1, 2020
· The winning submission will be performed multiple times as a part of the repertoire for the 2020 National Tour through Michigan, Ohio & The Western United States.

Submission and Return Guidelines
· Entry fee of $15 per score. Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University Choir.
· Size of the manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2" by 11."
· All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by Eastern Michigan University and all copies destroyed after the concert.
· No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage is provided.

Mail entry to:
Dr. Brandon Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Choral Department
N 101 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Electronic submissions can be made to:
Entry Fee:$15.00

 The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme
Summary:Orchestral composing scheme
Deadline: 16 September 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured to present The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme. This Scheme provides a platform for emerging composers to deepen their experience in orchestral writing and have their works performed by one of Asia’s foremost orchestras in their home city. Between four and six selected composers will have the opportunity to present a new orchestral work of between three and four minutes’ duration with the HK Phil, at a public workshop in March 2020. Each of the selected composers will receive a bursary of HK$5,000.

Each year an outstanding composer will be commissioned to write a new work for the HK Phil.

The selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated potential and composing ability.


- Aged 35 or under (as at 1 March 2020)

- Hong Kong permanent resident

- No prior commission works for a professional orchestra

Application Deadline: 16 SEP 2019 noon

Summary:Choir seeks scores
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: KHORIKOS, one of NYC's premier vocal ensembles, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 4th ORTUS International New Music Competition.

Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! Previously unperformed pieces are welcome, but not required; premieres are not the focus of this competition.


-One submission per composer. No age limits. Only submissions made by the composers themselves will be considered.
-Submission deadline is October 1st, 2019.
-15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome.
-Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details).

-KHORIKOS is a balanced choir of 30 SATB voices.
-Any level of technical difficulty welcome, from the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling—your imagination is the limit.
-Winning compositions will be announced around the new year.
-We will confirm receipt of your submission once the deadline has passed.
-Previous winners are ineligible.

We will select 15-30 finalists from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the singers of KHORIKOS will select the winning compositions from among those finalists.

If selected, your music will be given meaningful aesthetic attention during a thorough rehearsal cycle—not just a clean reading by a group of professionals.

The winning compositions will be performed in our beautiful home space, The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, in New York City’s historic SOHO, on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. We hope to live-stream this performance, making your music accessible worldwide. Previous ORTUS concerts have drawn thousands of online viewers.


Sending an audio file along with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process. This could be a MIDI realization, a rehearsal/performance recording, or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. There’s nothing wrong with using MIDI, and the quality of the recording you send will not reflect on your submission as long as the audio sufficiently represents the score.

Please submit your scores and audio realizations via email to and include "new music for Khorikos" in the subject. Attachments or direct links to downloadable files are preferred, and please make sure any download links remain active until November 1st, 2019. Please do not link to a streaming platform.

Lastly, whether or not you’re submitting, please help us share this post with music communities and composers around the world. Like us on Facebook to receive updates on the competition, profiles of the winning composers, and more.

Thank you for your music!

 Composition Competition for Piano Fidelio
Summary:Piano Composition Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Piano competition. You can participate from home, record your piano work, send it to contest and win your prize.

Welcome to the "Tenth Composition Competition for Piano Fidelio Online

Participate from home, it's simple, sign and send your audio file of your composition or improvisation for piano solo to:

Choose one or more to participate against works of the same style

1. Piano - Tonal Classical, Romantic, Melodic
2. Piano - Jazz, Impressionistic, Ragtime
3. Piano - Minimalist Style, Experimental, New Age
4. Piano - Contemporary Atonal (allowed to have tonal parts)

In this competition the contestants choose the winners through a voting system published on this website.

The Fidelio contests already have participants from more than 40 countries!


Entry Fee:12 euros
Web Site:concursodecomposicionparapiano...

 Artina Call for Scores
Summary:Duo competition
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Flute and accordion duo Artina announces an opportunity for composers of any age to have their works premiered in June 2020 in Gustav Adolf Church in Berlin. The winning compositions will be also recorded on CD.

The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for accordion in chamber music.

The guidelines for the submissions:
1. The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
2. Composers may submit multiple works. The works must be written for flute/piccolo and accordion. For informations about instruments specifications you can send email to
3. The submitted works should not have been premiered in any public performance or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously premiered will not be admitted.
4. Works of any aestethetic and stylistic direction, not longer than 6 minutes may be submitted.
5. Scores must be submitted in PDF format, together with the bio of the composer.
6. Performers will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of works which are going to be chosen.
7. Composers will receive a CD recording and will be invited to premiere in Berlin.

Please submit the following materials to or by 31. December 2019.

• Full score in PDF format
(Please leave your name on score)
• Short CV, resume or bio
• Your contact information (email, phone, address, link to your website, if available)

There is no fee to apply for this call for works and no compensation will be offered to selected composer if his/her piece is selected.
Duo Artina may choose to include any submitted piece on their future concerts without further compensation to the composer.

The selected composers will be notified via email by January 2020.

Deadline: 31. December 2019
Results: January 2020
Entry Fee: 0.0


Summary:Film Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Composition Competition

This year, our competition is a short composition for a string quartet, for a section of Alice in Wonderland (1915).
To enter the competition:
1. See the selection of cuts, and donwload your perefered seletion here.
2. Pay the $25 submisison fee using paypal address or by using the paypal button below
3. Send us your score and MIDI mock-up (or an actual recording of a string quartet performance) to, with the subject line ALICE COMPETITION.
4. The deadline to send the scores is October 1st 2019.
5. Winners (up to 5) will be notified by October 9th. Their compositions will receive a live performance on Nov. 9th Festival 2019 - We're Not Princesses
6. Do not send the part at this time
Film Competition

To submit a film and see the officail rules, go to:

 Conlon Foundation’s Winter Residency - OPEN CALL
Summary:Residency opportunity
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: In the first two weeks of December 2019, the Conlon Foundation is offering a residency program for composers of any age and nationality who are interested in working with the foundation's Yamaha Disklavier Enspire to create an imaginative composition for Disklavier solo with electronics and/or combinations with other media. Using alternative controllers, video, live sampling and/or the 'preparation' of the Disklavier (in consultation with the organisers) are among the possible techniques to be utilized in the realization of the composer's artistic ideas.

In collaboration with the Gaudeamus, Conlon will select four composers from the OPEN CALL who will each have the opportunity to work with the Yamaha Disklavier Enspire studio in the Muziekhuis Utrecht, The Netherlands during the Residency. Aside from the Disklavier, the studio is equipped with a (possibly multichannel) sound system, various microphones and other equipment.

Meetings and interaction between the selected composers will be scheduled to encourage crossfertilization. Also, Conlon composers Boris Bezemer, Ji Youn Kang and Christina V. Oorebeek will be available for appointments for feedback and assistance. The residency should eventually result in a composition to be performed at a concert/presentation organized by Conlon and Gaudeamus at the end of the two week period.

__The residency entails the use of the studio with the Disklavier free of charge.
__The residencies do not include costs for travel, lodging or food, nor costs involved with an optional performer the composer would provide. Conlon and Gaudeamus can assist in looking for affordable lodging.
__To apply, please send an email to info-at-conlon-dot-nl, including a project description and a CV, as well as links to works, samples and other supporting materials. Do not send materials over 10 MB by email.
__The deadline for applications is September 15, 2019. The selection of the four composers will be announced by September 30, 2019.

Conlon plans to schedule the residencies from December 1 through 14, 2019. Exact dates withing the period of the residency can be negotiated, depending on availability of the studios and the composers' schedules.

 NYCGB Young Composer Scheme 2019/20
Summary:Year-long choral composing programme
Deadline: 30 August 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Calling all talented young composers interested in innovative new approaches to choral music to apply for NYCGB Young Composer Scheme 2019/20.

Run in partnership with Digital Partner NMC Recordings.

The NYCGB annual Young Composers Scheme offers four composers aged between 18 and 29 a fully-funded, year-long programme of professional development, including the unique opportunity to write music for NYCGB’s choirs.

Now entering in its second year, it aims to challenge perceptions of, and support the development, innovation and diversity of new choral music.

The scheme is open to composers who demonstrate clear ability, potential, and a passion for creating high-quality, imaginative new music for vocal ensembles. We're looking to attract young people from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, including those who may not have previously considered composing for ensemble voices. It aims to support composers in the early stages of their career, who are committed to developing as professional composers. In order to fully participate in this wide-ranging programme and experience its full benefits, applicants should not be in full-time formal education during the course of the programme.

Running across a whole year, the scheme comprises residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring and performance showcases including a high-profile launch event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Working with the National Youth Choir, the composers will have an unrivalled opportunity to collaborate with 100 of the best young voices and future choral professionals in the UK. Professional mentoring will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director, OUP and Edition Peters composer Ben Parry, and there will be expert advice and tuition from distinguished composers such as Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter and Roxanna Panufnik. Professional training and insights, and a professional recording and release for their work will be facilitated by NMC Recordings, the scheme’s digital partners.

Applications for the NYCGB Young Composer Scheme are open now.
The closing date is on Friday 30 August 2019, 5pm.
The scheme is open to composers aged 18+ on 1 September 2019 and under 30 on 31 August 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to workshops and interviews in London on Saturday 14 September.

Summary:Flute and piano competition
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Jury:
Aaron Alter (USA)
Christos S Anastassiou (Greece)
Louis Sauter (France)
Michail Travlos (Greece/Poland)

Iwona Glinka, flute
Vicky Stylianou, piano

Deadline for entries: November 30th, 2019.
Final Concerts: April 23rd & 24th, 2020, in Kwidzyn, Poland.

Kwidzyn Foundation Phasma-Music proudly announces KWIDZYN CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD 2020.
The International Composers’ Competition KWIDZYN CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time. The composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concerts during the IV Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival.

Terms and Conditions
§ 1. Preliminary provisions
The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
More than one score per composer is permitted.
The competition will be held in two rounds: preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert.

§ 2. Subject of the Competition
Only compositions for flute and piano will be considered.
Use of tape and live electronics is not permitted.
Duration: about 5 minutes.

§ 3. Jury
Christos Anastassiou (Greece)
Aaron Alter (USA)
Louis Sauter (France)
Michail Travlos (Greece/Poland)

§ 4. Awards
Founders of the prizes:
The Mayor of Kwidzyn
The following prizes may be awarded to finalists:
1st prize – 2200 PLN
2nd prize – 1100 PLN
3rd prize – 700 PLN

Distinctions and additional awards will be announced.
Decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to any appeal.

§ 5. Final Concert
The Final Concert of the KWIDZYN CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD International Composers’ Competition will be performed on the 23rd of April, 2020 in Kwidzyn.
At least twelve selected by the Jury compositions will be performed by during the Final Concert. The results of the competition will be announced next day on 24thof April, 2020.
The list of finalists will be announced by 31st of December, 2019.

§ 6. Entries
The score should be submitted anonymously and marked with an ID name.
The score should be attached together with:
a) a filled and signed application form,
b) brief programme note about composition in Polish or English language,
c) biography and current photograph of the composer,
d) proof of payment of the entry fee.
The entries should be sent to the following address:

The deadline for submission of scores is November 30, 2019.

§ 7. Copyrights
By sending in their Submission to the competition the Participants:
a) consent to the use by the Organiser of their image, first name, surname for the
purposes of promotion and advertising of the Organiser of the Competition and any action taken by the Organiser in the fields of operation referred to in section 2 below,
b) represent and warrant that he/she is the sole author of the submitted Work and is in possession of full proprietary and moral copyrights to the Work and has the Work at his/her full disposal of to the extent specified in the Terms and Conditions,
c) agree to indemnify the Organiser from liability to third parties in connection with the use of the Work, and in the case when the Organiser satisfies the claims of third parties arising from the use of the Work by the Organiser, the Participant agrees to reimburse the costs incurred for the satisfaction of such claims and the costs of defending against such claims including the costs of lawsuits and legal assistance.

Once the Participant’s Work is qualified to the second round of the Competition, the Participant grants the Organiser a royalty-free license authorising the use of the Work in all fields of operation. This covers in particular:
a) recording and reproduction in any technology (in any system, format and on any medium), including print, photographic film, magnetic tape, CD, DVD, Blu- ray, digitally,
b) launching on the market,
c) entering into computer memory, computer and / or multimedia networks,
d) providing public access in such a way that everyone can have access to them at
a place and time individually chosen by them (such as sharing them on the Internet, e.g. on any websites or any paid or unpaid services available by downloading, streaming and in any other technology), and as part of any telecommunication services using any of the systems and devices (including landline and / or mobile phones, desktop and / or mobile computers, as well as transfers using all available technologies such as GSM, UMTS, etc., via data telecommunication networks),
e) public performance, public viewing,
f) lending and / or rental,
g) introduction of changes, adaptations, citation,
h) analogue and digital video and / or audio broadcasting (coded or uncoded,
paid or unpaid, in any system, format or technology), wired and wireless, via a ground station, via satellite including via digital platforms, cable networks, telecommunications connections, mobile TV, any computer network (including the Internet), etc.,
i) analogue and digital video and / or audio transmitting and / or rebroadcasting (coded or uncoded, paid or unpaid, in any system, format or technology), including via digital platforms, cable networks, telecommunications connections, mobile TV, any computer network (including the Internet).

The Organiser is also entitled to sublicense, which includes granting the so-called open sub-licence.

The license is granted for a period until 31 December 2020. However, in the event that after this period, the work remains available on the Internet including on the websites which publish music or audiovisual works, the Participant will him/herself take measures to protect his/her rights, in particular the Participant may not claim from the Organiser any action to remove them.

The License to the extent described above includes both the right to use the Work as well as its record in the form of the score.

§ 8. Entry Fee
1. Entry fee for participants is 25 EUR for each Work.
2. The proof of payment must be enclosed with the submitted score.
3. Cheques will not be accepted.
4. The entry fee is not refundable.
5.The amount should be payable to the following bank account (bank charges covered by the sender):

Powiślański Bank Spółdzielczy
ul. Kopernika 28, 82-500 Kwidzyn
ACCOUNT EUR: PL 24 8300 0009 0000 6267 2000 0030
Entry Fee:€25

 Announcing the inaugural PIANO LUNAIRE COMPOSERS’ SYMPOSIUM in 2020
Summary:Piano writing workshop
Deadline: 27 September 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
The Piano Lunaire: Composers’ Symposium 2020
The Piano Lunaire invites composers who self-identify as early career to apply to their inaugural Symposium. Looking for a quick immersion into the craft of solo piano writing? Then consider applying to this workshop! Mentoring with composer Christopher Mayo, pianists Adam Sherkin and Stephanie Chua, participants in this intensive weekend symposium will:

1) improve technical skills for contemporary
piano writing (approx. 3 – 8 minutes in length);
2) support composers’ concepts
and ideas in the development of best practice, and:
3) help realize these ideas through performance.

Minimum age requirement is 18 years and up. The six selected composers
will work with the mentors in three stages:
1. An individual 30-minute video session (Skype call) with Christopher Mayo to take place late October.
2. An individual 30-minute video session with Adam Sherkin or Stephanie Chua to take place in late November.
3. Intensive group sessions (Saturday) and a public performance of all works (Sunday evening), weekend of January 18-19, 2020 in Toronto.*

During the two-day weekend intensive, composers and mentors will participate in group discussions and presentations of all six new works. The world premiere performances will be open to the public and recorded live.

* Please note that we are unable to provide for participants’ travel and
accommodation; however, we would be happy to provide a letter of support
towards application of travel grants and bursaries.

Thank you to The Canadian Music Centre for sponsoring the inaugural Composers’ Symposium

Application Process:
1. Submit a document (PDF format) with approximately 100 – 150 words answering the two following questions: What is your previous experience in writing for the piano? And: How do you feel you would benefit from this workshop at this point in your studies/development/career?
2. Submit two works with scores and sound files/links. (It is not necessary to include the piano but strongly encouraged).
3. Submit a one-page C.V.
4. Application fee: $20 (CAD). This fee solely covers our jurors’ time in assessing the submitted material.

Deadline: Friday, September 27th at 12:00 midnight (EDT). Selected composers for the 2020 Symposium will be notified in early October. An $80 (CAD) workshop fee will be required at this time.
Entry Fee:$20 (CAD)

 2019 SCI Jazz Composition Award
Summary:Jazz Composition Competition
Deadline: 03 September 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: 2019 SCI Jazz Composition Competition

Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce the second annual Jazz Composition Competition. One first prize will be awarded to a composer.

First prize: $500.00

To Qualify

All entrants must be SCI members at the time of submission. Join SCI here:

Submitted works must have been composed in the past 5 years from the submission deadline. Only original works for jazz big band are eligible; arrangements are not eligible. The work submitted must have not received an award in a national or international composition contest.

To Apply

Submit both a score (PDF) and a recording (mp3) of one work composed for standard jazz band instrumentation [5 saxophones (with or without standard doubles), 4 trumpets/flugelhorns, 4 trombones (3 tenor plus bass), piano, guitar, bass, drum set]. The recording submitted can be of a studio session, live performance, or sequenced format. Live or studio recording preferred.

Scores should be free of identifying information, using only a title and pseudonym marked on the score.

Receipt Deadline: September 3, 2019, 11:59pm

For additional information or questions, contact the contest coordinator, Dan Cavanagh, at

Winners will be notified by October 15, 2019

 Derby Cathedral
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 05 March 2020
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Settings of Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for SATB choir and organ.

Closing date Thursday 5th March 2020.

Full details available here:

 Musicworks' 9th annual Electronic Music Composition Contest
Summary:Electronic Music Composition Competition
Deadline: 25 October 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: The Electronic Music Composition Contest is a juried competition that spotlights global musical talent while offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

First prize is $500 (Can.), a composer profile in Musicworks 136, Spring 2020 issue (both in print and online) and the composition released on the Musicworks 136 CD.
Second prize is $200 (Can.) and composer coverage on the website in 2020.
Third prize is $100 (Can.) and composer coverage on the website in 2020.

How to Enter
Interested parties must compose and submit an experimental piece in any electronic-music genre—acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music (IDM), turntable art, or video music.

The contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world and from artists at any stage of their careers. Pieces must be previously unpublished, i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission.

Contest Entry Fee is $25 (Can.). All entrants receive a FREE, one-year subscription to Musicworks. Additional entries are $5 each, unlimited.

Our 2019 EMC Contest closes October 25, 2019.
Entry Fee:$25 (Can.)

 ICEBERG's 2019-20 Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber music call
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019

Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores for one or both of ICEBERG's partner ensembles, Hypercube ( and Unheard-of ( Up to four winning composers (at least one for each ensemble) will be selected to have their works performed as part of our 2019-20 season at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. There are no restrictions on the works submitted – pieces may have been previously performed, recorded, and/or awarded. In keeping with ICEBERG's mission of promoting stylistic diversity, composers are encouraged to submit their music regardless of compositional style – anything from pop songs to works of new complexity are welcome, and will be considered equally.

The winning work(s) for Hypercube will be performed February 15, 2020. The winning work(s) for Unheard-of will be performed April 10, 2020. These performances will take place at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.


Submitted pieces may be no longer than 12 minutes in duration. There is no minimum duration.


Composers may submit:

A) One (1) score for performance by Hypercube

B) One (1) score for performance by Unheard-of


C) Two (2) scores, one suitable for each ensemble.


Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bari - one player)
Guitar (Acoustic, Electric - one player)

(Subsets of this ensemble will be considered. Works involving electronics will be considered.)


Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)

(Subsets of this instrumentation will be considered. Works which involve electronics will be considered).


1. Complete the submission form below. Please make sure that all links to scores/audio remain active until January 15, 2020.
2. Pay the $8 (one score) or $15 (two scores) submission fee by the appropriate PayPal button. Submissions will not be considered unless the fee is paid.

The winning compositions will be selected by a panel which includes ICEBERG composers and performers from our partner ensembles. Winners will be notified by email before January 1, 2020. Winning composers must be prepared to promptly supply parts and other performance materials for their selected compositions. Composers are not required to attend the performance (although we hope they will). ICEBERG New Music can not provide any financial assistance for travel expenses.
Entry Fee:$8–16

 Petrichor Records
Summary:Call for recordings
Deadline: 06 September 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Petrichor Records aims to discover, promote the new generation of contemporary composers and performers who are going to create tomorrow’s music world. We are very excited to announce our new international Call for Recordings to be released on eight albums under the title of New Music by Living Composers. Each volume is dedicated to a separate category: (A) solo piano, (B) solo instrumental, (C) chamber ensemble, (D) chamber orchestra, (E) orchestra, (F) electronic music, (G) improvisation, and (H) choral/vocal. All genres and styles are welcome to submit: From graphic scores, acousmatic, spectral, aleatoric, concrete music, to jazz, romantic, improvisation, fusion etc. Each category has a separate submission deadline.

The Call for Recordings is divided into seven categories with different submission deadlines; winners of each category will be released on an album. Therefore, this album series includes seven albums. Depending on the number and duration of the winning pieces, each volume could be a single, double or triple CD album.

Important note: Every composer can submit up to SIX pieces for EACH CATEGORY. The Artistic Panel may select ALL of the pieces, or SOME of them or NONE of the pieces by each composer for the album release. Therefore, there is no limit on the number of selected pieces per composer.
For example: One composer may submit 3 pieces for Category A, 6 pieces for Category B, 4 pieces for Category F and 1 piece for category E. The panel will review each piece carefully and individually, and may select all, some or none of the submitted pieces by that composer to be released.

Categories still available:

Category E – Call for orchestral recordings. (More than 20 performers, could include fixed or live electronics parts, and voices)

Category F – Call for solely electronic music. (Either fixed media or a recording of live electronic piece)

Category G – Call for improvisation recordings. (Any kind of free or structured improvisation on any classical, traditional, self-made instruments. Could include fixed or live electronics parts, and voices)

Category H – Call for choral/vocal recordings. SATB quartet, male choir, etc., as long as the music is a cappella or only with one accompaniment it fits this category. If the music needs more than one instrument, it should be submitted to other instrumental categories. Pieces for solo voice can be submitted to the solo instrument category B. (This could include fixed or live electronics parts)

Category E – orchestra (+20 performers): July 28, 2019 (Extended to August 8)
Category F – solely electronics: August 10, 2019 (Extended to August 20)
Category G – improvisation: August 25, 2019
Category H – choral/vocal: September 6, 2019

Submission requirement:
1. All aesthetics are welcome; there is no limit to inspiration. The submitted pieces could range graphic scores, acousmatic, spectral, aleatoric, concrete music, to jazz, romantic, improvisation, fusion etc.
2. The submitted pieces could be of any duration and length. Could be part of a bigger work, or a set of short pieces, as the composer wishes.
3. Submissions should be recordings of original compositions.
4. Pieces may have been performed or awarded elsewhere. But the recording version of the submitted piecesfor the call must not have been released before.
5. Recordings of the pieces with graphic scores or non-traditional notation are also welcome to submit.
6. No need for anonymous submissions.
7. Arrangements of other composers’ music are not accepted.
8. The quality of the audio file will be an important evaluation parameter for the final choice of the winning compositions.
9. Recordings may have be done in a studio or a live performance; as long as the recordings are high quality and good for a CD release, they are acceptable.

Submission fee:
For each category, composers can submit up to six pieces. Each piece will be carefully reviewed and may be selected. Therefore, there is no limit on the number of selected pieces per composer per category. However, the submission fee should be paid separately for each piece. The submission fee for the pieces is as follows:
First piece: $35
Second piece: $30
Third piece: $25
Fourth piece: $20
Fifth piece: $15
Sixth piece: $10
For instance, if a composer is submitting three pieces for a specific category, she/he needs to make a payment of $90 ($35+$30+$25).
Submission fees should be paid through PayPal to this address:
Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any payment-related questions or if you need another way for making payment.
Entry Fee:$35

 South Carolina’s Adjudicated Orchestra Festival
Summary:String orchestra sight reading pieces
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Greetings and thank you for your interest in composing music for South Carolina’s Adjudicated Orchestra Festival. The purpose for this project is to provide original compositions annually for young string orchestras to sight read that accurately follow guidelines set for each specific graded level of technical and musical difficulty.

Specific information about string orchestra composition requirements for grade levels .5 - 4 can be found on the subsequent pages. Pieces that do not follow the requirements will be discarded or possibly sent back to the composer for revision.

8 pieces will be selected: 1 of grade .5, 2 of grade 1, 2 of grade 2, 2 of grade3,1of grade 4

When submitting, the composer must designate what grade level(s) the piece is intended for. By entering the piece in multiple grade levels, the judges have flexibility to use the piece where it fits best in the grading scale.

Submissions must be submitted electronically through the following Google Form Link by November 1, 2019. A committee of 3 string educators will review and vote on selections. Selections will be made and winning composers will be notified by Dec. 1. If selected, the composer will be awarded a $500 honorarium. The piece of music will be used by the South Carolina Music Educators Association- Orchestra Division until May 1 of the following year. During that time, the work must remain unpublished or distributed in any way except for use in the State Performance Assessment.

Scores and parts should be included. Composer name CANNOT be visible on any parts or scores. Composers may submit as many compositions as they wish. Compositions may be resubmitted the following year if not chosen.
● Composers should sign the agreement included in this packet and submit with each composition.
● Not required but suggested: an electronic copy of the piece in music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius

Questions and concerns can be to the attention of Rich Harbison, chairperson of the State Performance Assessment Festival Sight Reading Committee.

For full information:

Summary:Works with visual/text references
Deadline: 16 September 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: ***Call for Works: 2019 NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series***

The Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) at Florida International University (FIU) is pleased to announce a call for scores for possible performance as part of the NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series being held November 6 and 20, and December 4 of 2019 featuring the NODUS Ensemble and the Pakk Calloway Duo. The call is open to all composers without restrictions.

For this special edition of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, works submitted should have a relationship to visual art, design, and text/literary references. Please specify this in the online application form.

Works that employ the following instrumentations will be considered:

~ NODUS Ensemble (up to 5 performers in any combination one on a part: flute (picc/alto), clarinet (Bb/bass), piano, percussion, guitar (classical and electric), violin, viola, cello, contrabass, and soprano voice – please note NO string quartets)

~ Pakk Calloway Duo (violin and cello)

~ Electro-Acoustic Works (including the NODUS Ensemble and Pakk Calloway Duo)

~ Fixed Media Works and/or Live-Electronics with or without Video

~ Installations

Due to programming considerations works over 15 minutes will not be considered.

Selected pieces will be announced through the New Music Miami ISCM Festival web site and NMM and NODUS FB pages.

Application Procedure

***Submission Deadline is September 16 (11:59 p.m. EST)***

Application Fee: $22.00 for the submission of one work, and a total of $32.50 for the submission of two works.
Entry Fee:$22

 Ensemble Proton Bern
Summary:Works or found objects
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by ensemble proton bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the upcoming generation of composers early on in their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual protonwerk concerts.

protonwerk was conceived not only to extend the ensemble’s repertoire but also to offer composers the opportunity to create and refine their work in a professional environment. We place a lot of importance on working together closely with composers. The individual musicians offer workshops at all points throughout the compositional process and the ensemble meets to work on drafts and/or sketches in the early stages of the project. In the week leading up to the concert, we rehearse the pieces in the presence of all participating composers. All works are then documented with audio and video recordings and these materials will be made available to the composers.

One of the primary aims of protonwerk is to broaden the ensemble's repertoire. In doing so, the opportunity for further performances in Switzerland and abroad may arise.

protonwerk no. 10 - objets trouvés
Virtuosity and flexibility are hallmarks of our work as instrumentalists and this means that sometimes we have to lay down our regular instruments in order to apply our performing skills to other things, for example every day objects! Sound makers can be found everywhere: at home, on the street, at the hardware or toy store…

For protonwerk no. 10 we will indeed put our regular instruments aside in order to pick up objets trouvés [ found objects ] with hands… Or feet. We want to walk in the footsteps of other composers who sought the unpredictable, theatrical, noisy or (im)practical and commission works for found objects. We will commission 5 composers to write for ensemble proton bern as an octet (8 players), each person playing only found objects. A one-day workshop in Autumn 2020 and an intensive rehearsal period directly prior to the concert in early 2021 will be conducted, in order to guarantee a proper investigation into the rich soundworld of objets trouvés.

• Born on or after 1st January 1984
• Completed undergraduate studies
• If possible, we will award around half of the commissions to composers of Swiss nationality or who live in Switzerland
• Instrumentation: 8 musicians/performers playing found objects (i.e. no ‘regular’ instruments), no conductor
• Duration: ca. 10 minutes
• Obligatory participation in the protonwerk workshop in Autumn 2020 (in special cases via Skype etc.)
• Fee of 2000.00 Swiss Francs, no further expenses covered
• Deadline for submission of the protonwerkcomposition: 31th December 2020

Applying for protonwerk no. 10
• Two (2) existing scores for chamber ensemble (no solo pieces or orchestral works) with audio recording. If possible, one of these works should be written for or employ found objects.

• A concept/composition sketch for a piece using found objects
• CV including the following details:
o Current residential address
o E-mail address
o Date of birth
o Nationality

• Application fee: 20.00 Swiss Francs
Payment with credit card via PayPal.
• Applications will only be accepted in .pdf (CV & scores) and .mp3 (audio recordings) formats (max. size: 20 MB)
• Closing date for applications is 15th October 2019.

The protonwerk no. 10 outcome will be notified late November 2019 and the concert will take place in early 2021, performed by ensemble proton bern.

Please contact Vera Schnider at if you have any questions.


 Six Memos Ensemble
Summary:1-6 performers
Deadline: 07 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: The Six Memos Ensemble, in collaboration with Associazione “Blumen Ensemble”, Vincitore PIN – Iniziativa promossa dalle Politiche Giovanili della Regione Puglia e ARTI e finanziata con risorse del FSE – PO Puglia 2014/2020 Azione 8, is pleased to announce a call for scores in occasion of the 2020 Concert Season.

The call for works is open to all composers without restrictions of age and nationality. The pieces must have the following instrumentation that matches our ensemble, from 1 to 6 performers, among the following:

• Voice (soprano)
• Flute
• Clarinet
• Violin
• Cello
• Piano

Works submitted must last max 15’. Electronic and/or PA system are not allowed.

Application form’s deadline is on September 7th, 2019 and it must be sent to:

Following documents are required:
• Application form
• Composer’s CV
• ID card
• Score
• Recording (audio and/or video or permanent link. OPTIONAL)
• Short description of the work
• Receipt of the application fee of Euro 20,00 as membership and participation fee directed to:
Associazione Culturale Blumen Ensemble
IBAN: IT43T0760104000001041721117
Reason for the payment: membership and participation fee + first name + last name

Max. 5 works will be selected to be performed in the 2020 Concert Season at the incontestable discretion of the commission, made up of the Six Memos Ensemble itself.

Results of the selection will be communicated by email to the concerned composers by January 7th, 2020.

Six Memos Ensemble will be pleased to admit the selected participating in rehearsals of the concert.

Reimbursement is not provided for the performance of selected works and all the travel costs, room and board will depend on concerned people.
Entry Fee:€20

 Synchromy Announces a call for scores for Harp Duo
Summary:Harp duo competition
Deadline: 27 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Synchromy is looking for chamber scores that incude two harps. The winning score will be performed as part of a concert we are planning for Spring 2020 in Southern California.

• Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit their scores and recordings (submissions with recordings are preferred).
• Original compositions written in the last 15 years (unpublished or self-published)
• Length up to approximately 12 minutes
• Instrumentation: Works must include two harps. They can also include up to two other performers. The more unusual the other instrumentation, the more difficult it will be for us to program the work, so we suggest sticking to readily available instruments.
• Composers can submit only one piece for our consideration. The piece may have been previously performed.
• We only accept electronic submissions.
• Any submitted score which does not include two harps will neither be acknowledged nor considered for programming.

Please submit the following materials to by Friday, September 27th, 2019
• Full score in .pdf format. This is not an anonymous call, please leave your name on your score.
• Recording, if available (attach mp3 file) MIDI realization converted to an audio file is acceptable)
• Short CV, resume or bio (pdf file)
• Your contact information (email, phone, physical address, link to your website, if available)
• Performance history for the work, including dates, locations, and performers.

There is no fee to apply for this call for works and no compensation will be offered to selected composer if his/her piece is selected for programming by Synchromy. Synchromy may choose to include any submitted piece on our future concerts without further compensation to the composer.

The selected composer will be notified via email by October 1st. At this point the composer will be asked to provide parts (electronic .pdf files or printed and bound scores) free of charge via email or post by March 1, 2020. The selected composer’s attendance is not required but encouraged. The coverage of travel and other expenses cannot be offered, but a limited number of complimentary tickets for the concert will be provided to the selected composer in attendance.

Email all application materials to To read more about Synchromy, visit Follow us on facebook,


 KHN Artistic Residency
Summary:Artist residency
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Established in 2001, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a renowned Artist Residency program that supports established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from around the world.

Uniquely housed in a residential prairie-style complex, KHN also hosts a public gallery that showcases the work of Nebraska and regional artists, and is home to the Kimmel Permanent Collection.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio.

Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually.
• The March 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following July – December.
• The September 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Upcoming Session Dates:
• 2020 Session 1: January 6 - June 19, 2020 (application deadline September 1, 2019)
• 2020 Session 2: July 6 – December 18, 2020 (application deadline March 1, 2020)

When you indicate preferred dates in your application, be sure they fall within the session for which you are applying. If your schedule is flexible, you may note such in lieu of or in addition to exact dates in the application form. Be sure that your preferred arrival date is a Monday and your departure date, a Friday, as weekends between residents are used for cleaning and laundering of linens.

More info and to apply:

Summary:Competition for 1–5 performers
Deadline: 20 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Comune di Torrita di Siena (Italy), Fondazione Torrita Cultura and Pro Loco Torrita organize an International Call for Scores for selecting compositions to be performed during the Festival Musica Prospettiva 2019-20.


A NEW JURY will select compositions for:
1st Prize:
– accommodation for two nights at Torrita di Siena (Italy)
– € 250
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

2nd Prize:
– € 100
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

DUOroboros Special Prize
(to the best composition for the full DUOroboros’ instrumentation or any subset):
– € 150
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition
– composition added to the DUOroboros repertoire for possible future performances

Composers will keep performing rights.

The call is open to composers of any age and nationality, to music of any genre, style, difficulty.


Compositions for 1 to 5 (any combination):
–Mezzo-soprano (1 performer)
–Cello (same performer)
–Percussion (1 performer*)
–Soprano (1 performer)
–Piano (preparation allowed, 1 performer)
Electronics and amplification are not allowed.

*available percussion instruments: Vibraphone, 2 Snare Drum, 2 Bass Drum, 3 Splash Cymbals, 2 Tambourines, Crash-Ride Cymbal, 2 Crash Cymbals, Small Cymbals, 2 Tam-tams, 2 Toms, Bongos, Claves, Castanets, 2 Triangles, Flexaton, Kou-Xian, Dan Moi, Granite Blocks, Wind Chimes, Jam Block, Vibraslap, Rattles, Caxixi, Groovy Shaker, Bell Chimes, 3 Hand Cymbals, 2 Singing bowls, 2 Cowbells, Toulouhou, Slapstick.

For further details, please contact


November 20th, 2019

Any compositions are allowed, either already performed/published/recorded/awarded or not.
Submissions do not need to be anonymous.

Please send to
– scores in PDF format
– MP3 or link to a live or midi recording (if available)
– contact info
– date of birth (for general stathistics, will not be published, will not affect the selection process)
– (optional) short bio, program notes and/or any useful info

No limits to scores you may send.
A donation (we are a non-profit organization) of € 10 for each composition submitted has to be paid via PayPal
Entry Fee:€10

 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Guitar and piano competion
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Welcome to the Australian Music Composition Competition

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes including $3,000 cash First Place


Performances, Flights, Accommodation, Composer Workshop, ABC Classic Recording and more!

Open age competition to Australian residents with an Under 25 Emerging Artist Award.

Applicants are invited to enter the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 by submitting an original musical composition based on the artwork ‘Outback’ by Sue Needham of between 4 - 6 minutes in duration for a duo ensemble with instrumentation of Piano & Classical Guitar (6-string, nylon, 19 frets) and additional materials according to the Submission Materials on page 5.

The submitted work for Piano & Guitar will be judged on its effectiveness, quality of writing for each individual instrument as well as for the duo ensemble as a whole and the score presentation.

No prepared piano will be accepted but extended techniques are permissible.

Works must be based on the inspiration image but can be in a single or in multiple movements provided the total length of the work is within the time limit of 4 - 6 minutes.

The score must be clearly notated with computer software. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

The Competition is open to any current Australian citizen or resident of Australia.

A playlist of various repertoire previously recorded by Matt Withers & Sally Whitwell (in different ensemble configurations) has been created on Spotify for listening research. Search ‘Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 Inspiration’ or find the link at

Entries close COB Friday 31st January 2020

Entry Fee:40AUD

 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters
Summary:Competition for Young British Composers
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: The 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters, jointly run by the Philip Bates Trust and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is now open for entries.

Young composers from all over the UK are invited to enter the 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style by the entry deadline of Monday 30 September 2019. Finalists will be announced by Monday 11 October.

Shortlisted entries will be given a public performance at the competition final at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Tuesday 26 November, when the winning pieces will be chosen. Shortlisted composers must supply their own pre-rehearsed performers at the final and the chosen winners will receive a cash prize.

This year the rules have been amended in several ways. Purely instrumental pieces are now allowed, as well as those with a vocal element: however the composition must be inspired by a text or texts in some way. Also, the composition can be for any number of performers and the minimum duration requirement has been dropped, although there is still a maximum duration of 12 minutes.

Composition competition prizes
The competition offers three cash prizes:
• £400 awarded by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
• £400 awarded by the Philip Bates Trust
• £200 awarded by the audience.

An opportunity will be given for one of the prize winning works to be performed again at A Touch of Basil in September 2019, a concert organised by the Philip Bates Trust.

In memory of Philip Bates
Philip Bates, a young man from Castle Bromwich with a promising musical future ahead of him, was tragically killed shortly after his nineteenth birthday in March 2000.

To honour his memory, the Philip Bates Trust (founded to encourage young musicians like Philip) and leading music college Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University) jointly run the annual Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters.

Competition Entry Requirements
This exceptionally broad competition has recognised talent in a variety of genres in the past.

It encourages entries in everything from classical, jazz and folk to singer-songwriter ballads, Asian music and rock, as long as the work is suitable for live performance and appealing to a wide range of concert-goers.

Entries should last up to a maximum of 12 minutes and instrumentation is up to the composer. Only one entry may be submitted per composer.

How to Enter
To enter the competition, please download and read the conditions of entry and submissions document below and follow the instructions.


 Vanguard Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber music for 8 players
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Deadline: 1st September 2019
Submission: Existing score plus recording, if available (MIDI accepted) Entry fee: None
Open to: UK residents or students studying in the UK over 18

Vanguard Concert: Week commencing 20th April 2020
By 1st September 2019, please send us an anonymised pdf score of an existing work plus a recording

if available (MIDI files accepted). Guidelines for submission:
• Limit of one entry per composer
• Anonymous submissions only
• Instrumental/vocal works only
• Graphic/non-traditional scores accepted (require recording)
• No minimum/maximum length
• Incomplete submissions will not be considered
• All submission materials must be submitted to by the end of 1st September 2019

The scores will be placed anonymously in front of a panel of composers and performers. The panel will select composers to write new pieces for the concert in April 2020. The theme of this concert is Identity, and we want to hear what ‘identity’ means to you. The concert will keep the identities of the composers anonymous until the end, so the audience will be listening to music without any preconceptions of the composer while listening.

As part of your submission, please fill in this form: Additional information about the composition we will be asking you to write, including the instruments available and more on the concert, is below.

Essential dates:
11:59pm 1st September 2019 – Deadline for existing scores
16th November – Compulsory meet and greet for composers, performers and organisers (in Manchester)
Late January – Workshop (in Manchester)
Late February – Final deadline for new composition March/April - Rehearsals TBC (in Manchester)
W/c 20th April 2020 – Concert (in Manchester)

Additional Information
Your new composition will be up to 8 minutes in duration, for 2-5 players. It will be recorded both in the concert and in rehearsals and will be made available to the successful composers.

Instruments to choose from:
Clarinet in Bb
Soprano saxophone
Tenor trombone
Percussion – vibraphone (3.5 octaves, no motor), snare drum, suspended cymbal(s), djembe

N.B. One player per instrument. Any combination of percussion accepted.

Collaborative element:
We strongly believe in making the compositional process a collaborative experience between performer and composer. As part of this concert, each composer will be paired up with 1 or 2 performers to collaborate on a short “response”. This will be up to 1’30” in duration and will respond to a specific brief/idea given to you by your paired performer(s). More information on this will be provided at the compulsory meet & greet on 16th November. We will also be fostering this collaborative environment by encouraging performers to give feedback on this commentary, as well as your main composition.

Send submissions to:
Form to complete alongside submission:


 2019 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition
Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: For over 50 years, the Hendrix College Choir has been presenting an annual Christmas service of lessons and carols, known as the Candlelight Carol Service. Four performances are held each December in Greene Chapel on the campus of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Additionally, the Choir performs regionally in Methodist churches in Arkansas and neighboring states. In total, over 1,500 audience members attend the performances each year. It is a beloved tradition of the Christmas season throughout the region.

The Choir, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Morgan, is pleased to announce guidelines for the 2019 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition. The winning composition will be performed in all Candlelight services. The composer will receive an award of $1,000.00, up to $300.00 in travel reimbursement to attend a performance, and a recording of their work following the conclusion of the services. The competition is open to composers of any age or nationality. Submitted works must be unpublished and have received no prior performances.

For the 2019 competition, composers must submit an original composition that employs William Blake’s A Cradle Song as the text. The complete poem may be found at the end of this document (and here). Composers may use the entire text or excerpt from it as they see fit. Compositions may be written for either SATB or SSA/SSAA choir. Additionally, works may be a cappella or feature organ accompaniment. Piano accompaniment or other obbligato instrumental parts may not be used. Submitted works must be 5 minutes or less in duration, and appropriate for a collegiate choir performing a Christmas season service.

Compositions are to be submitted electronically as .PDF files in their final version (MIDI files are optional, and may be considered by the judges at their discretion) by September 1, 2019. Submissions will be screened for completeness and compatibility with the Candlelight Service and the contest guidelines. A committee, including Dr. Andrew Morgan, a Hendrix College music student, and additional choral conducting professionals will review finalists and select a winner, who will be notified by October 1, 2019.

Contest Guidelines (continued on p. 2)
• Only one piece per composer may be submitted.
• Submitted works must be unpublished and unperformed. The Hendrix Choir will give the world premiere of the winning composition.
• Works must be complete and in their final version at the time of submission.
• The composer must omit their name from the composition document and file name (title page as well as subsequent pages) in order to ensure anonymity in the evaluation process. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
• Compositions must be written for SATB choir or SSA/SSAA choir. Additional divisi parts are acceptable within reason (there are approximately 35-40 members of the Hendrix Choir). Works may be a cappella or may feature organ accompaniment.
• Maximum duration of 5 minutes.
• If the winning composer chooses to pursue publication of the work, he or she must acknowledge the Hendrix College Choir and the Candlelight Carol Competition in the published version.

Submission Guidelines

Composers must submit the following materials as attachments to a single email message by September 1, 2019, sent to

• Complete score, submitted as a single .PDF document. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
• The composer’s name must not be included on any pages of the composition or in the file name(s).
• The composer’s name must be included only in the text of the email itself, along with email and phone contact information.
• MIDI files of the work (optional, and given the same file name as the score .PDF); judges may use the MIDI files at their discretion in evaluating the works.
• One page of program notes (optional). N.B.: the printed program of the Candlelight Carol Service cannot accommodate a large body of program notes. Therefore, the composer must accept that their remarks will be excerpted and edited by Dr. Morgan for use in the service program.

Send any questions to Dr. Andrew Morgan (

A Cradle Song (from Songs of Innocence) - William Blake
Sweet dreams form a shade,
O'er my lovely infants head.
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams,
By happy silent moony beams

Sweet sleep with soft down.
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep Angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child.

Sweet smiles in the night,
Hover over my delight.
Sweet smiles Mothers smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes,
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Sleep sleep happy child,
All creation slept and smil'd.
Sleep sleep, happy sleep.
While o'er thee thy mother weep

Sweet babe in thy face,
Holy image I can trace.
Sweet babe once like thee.
Thy maker lay and wept for me

Wept for me for thee for all,
When he was an infant small.
Thou his image ever see.
Heavenly face that smiles on thee,

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,
Infant smiles are His own smiles,
Heaven & earth to peace beguiles.


 Riverside Symphony
Summary:Orchestral Workshop
Deadline: 02 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: To address the current dearth of orchestral performance opportunities available to American composers, Riverside Symphony announces an opportunity for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of any age to have their orchestral works performed in an open rehearsal/workshop setting at the DiMenna Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Winning composers will provided with a recording of their work for archival use only.

Up to four works, drawing on the following instrumentation, will be selected:
2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 keyboard, percussion, timpani, strings
• Orchestral works exceeding this instrumentation may be submitted for consideration. However, if selected, such works must be re-scored to meet the specified requirements within the six-week period between notification and the materials deadline (see below for program rollout dates).
• Similarly, chamber works suitable for orchestral adaptation will be considered under the above-stated conditions, i.e. that the composer re-score the work within the allotted six-week period .
• Works requiring soloist(s) will also be considered with the understanding that associated fees and transportation costs will be covered by the composer.
• One submission per composer

Notable dates:
Submission deadline (application received): September 2, 2019
Composer notification: October 15, 2019
Materials deadline: November 26, 2019

• Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful and permanent resident, or full-time student in the United States.
• Composers of all ages and at any stages in their careers are welcome to apply. Scores will be selected solely on the basis of artistic merit.
• Only composers with demonstrable ongoing access to major touring orchestras are discouraged from applying. Those who have been limited to regional orchestral performances are fully eligible. Composers also need not be strangers to Riverside Symphony to apply.

Submission requirements:
Application materials must be submitted electronically as PDFs to with the subject line “Composer Reading Application Submission”. Please include the following:
• Curriculum Vitae
• A brief note introducing the work with performance history (if applicable)
• [For each submitted work,] a PDF score and either a live recording or MIDI realization (must be MP3 file)

N.B. If a MIDI realization is submitted, please ensure the use of up-to-date sound patches.

Incomplete, illegible or late submissions will not be considered.


 KHN Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: KHN Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8-week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually.

The March 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following July – December. The September 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Upcoming Session Dates and Deadlines:

2020 Session 1: January 6 – June 19, 2020 (application deadline September 1, 2019)
2020 Session 2: July 6 – December 18, 2020 (application deadline March 1, 2020)

Kimmel Harding Nelson (KHN) Center for the Arts

Location: 801 Third Corso, Nebraska City, NE, USA
Contact: / 402-874-9600

How to Apply:


 John Kuzma Young Composers Award
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 27 September 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado USA, is pleased to announce the Fourth-Annual John Kuzma Young Composers Award, for Excellence in Choral Composition.

The competition is open to any composer aged thirty or younger (born after December 8, 1988). The winning composer will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well as a $500 travel stipend to attend the premiere of the work at Montview Church in Denver, CO on December 8, 2019.

Named in honor of Montview’s Minister of Music from 1987-2015, the Kuzma Award strives to encourage and support emerging composers of sacred choral music.

The winning piece will receive an in-concert performance by the 85-voice Westminster Choir (SATB) of Montview Church. The winning composer is also encouraged - but not required - to orchestrate an accompaniment for the professional 50 piece Montview Orchestra.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019

Submit materials to See guidelines and instructions below.

Guidelines and Rules
• The work must not have been performed publicly in concert in the United States.
• The work must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length.
• Only one score can be submitted for consideration.
• The work must be suitable for SATB Choir.
• The work may be a cappella or with piano/organ accompaniment. The winning composer will be invited - at his/her discretion - to orchestrate the accompaniment, if so desired.
• A sacred text setting for the work, appropriate to Advent and/or Christmas, is preferred.

Submission Instructions
There is no application fee. Applicants must submit the following materials via email to
• Score, in PDF format
• A brief biography of the composer
• Any applicable program notes
• Date of birth
• All materials must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Four finalists will be chosen, with a winner named by a judging committee, comprised of several Denver-based choral composers and conductors, chaired by Minister of Music Adam Waite. All applicants will receive notification by October 11, 2019. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 (USD) honorarium, as well as a $500 (USD) travel stipend to attend the concert premiere of the selected work at Montview Church on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The winning composer will also receive a professional live concert recording of the piece.

 National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME)
Summary:Sound installations/soundscapes
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Now announcing the call for submissions to the National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME) to be held at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign on February 15th -16th, 2020.

This year’s theme is community! Some of the questions we asked ourselves when choosing a theme were: “What is the state of the electronic music community? What is the state of institutional and non-institutional electronic music? Where do fringe artists fit in?” Guests are encouraged to submit presentation proposals following this theme but submissions outside of this topic will still be considered. (Musical works submitted do not have to follow this theme.)

This is a conference organized and hosted by students, for students. Undergraduate and graduate composers and performers are eligible to apply. Performers are encouraged to submit performance proposals for music written by a current student composer. There is no application fee nor registration fee if accepted. Works up to 15 minutes will be considered. Attendance is required for all selected participants. Only one work may be submitted.

Each concert will include an 8.1 speaker system. Sound installations/soundscapes will be held in our 8.1 listening room as part of an afternoon meet-and-greet social event. Paper presentations and discussions will have stereo audio and video capabilities.

N_SEME seeks the following submissions:

-Up to eight channel works for fixed media
-Instrument(s)/voice(s) for fixed media and/or live electronics (composer/performer to provide performers and electronics)
-Works that include video
-Sound installations and interactive media (composer/performer to provide all non-standard equipment)
-Live laptop works
-Live interactive works
-Presentation proposals (discussion topics/paper topics)

Deadline to apply: September 30th, 2019

 Gnesin Contemporary Music Week
Summary:Chamber music call
Deadline: 23 August 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: The competition for the creation of ensemble plays can take part composers aged 16 to 35 years. In the work you need to use two to five tools.

Composition of tools:
- accordion
- mandolin / domra
- saxophone (4 types)
- flute
- cello

Time limit - up to 10 minutes.

The works of the winners of the competition will be performed at a laboratory concert in October and will be included in the repertoire of the project ensemble.

Applications are accepted until August 23, 2019 (inclusive) by mail:
Attach a score (PDF) and an audio file (mp3) of the composition to the application, as well as a brief biography. The subject of the letter is Call for scores.

write in the text of the letter
Full name


В конкурсе на создание ансамблевых пьес могут принять участие композиторы в возрасте от 16 до 35 лет. В произведении необходимо задействовать от двух до пяти инструментов.

Состав инструментов:
- аккордеон
- мандолина/домра
- саксофон (4-х разновидностей)
- флейта
- виолончель
Временное ограничение – до 10 минут.

Сочинения победителей конкурса будут исполнены на концерте лаборатории в октябре и войдут в репертуар ансамбля проекта.

Заявки принимаются до 23 августа 2019 года (включительно) по почте:
К заявке прикрепить партитуру (PDF) и аудио-файл (mp3) сочинения, а также краткую биографию. Тема письма – Call for scores.

написать в тексте письма



Summary:Works that include harpsichord
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Application deadline:
15 November 2019
There is no age limit and no entrance fee. The competition is for composers from all nationalities. In the composition the harpsichord should have the principal role. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.

1st prize composers competition: t.b.a.
2nd prize composers competition: t.b.a.
Black Pencil prize: t.b.a.
Audience prize: t.b.a.
Additional prizes will be considered

Harpsichord in chamber music settings is the preferred instrumentation. However, solo harpsichord pieces will be also considered.
We encourage the combination of harpsichord with the instruments available in the Orgelpark,
please see:
We encourage composers to use the instruments of the Black Pencil ensemble for their harpsichord compositions: recorder (blockflute), panflute, viola, accordion and percussion.
Please see
The harpsichord may be combined with other instruments, electronics, video and/or theatrical elements. The Annelie de Man Foundation will guarantee a live performance with an ensemble not exceeding more than 6 musicians (harpsichordist included).

Black Pencil – Ensemble in Residence
Black Pencil will be ensemble in residence in the 2020 edition of the Prix. It means that you can count on the expertise of the virtuoso members of Black Pencil for writing new compositions, making use of the instrumentation of the ensemble.
Jorge Isaac – Recorder (blockflute), Artistic Director
Matthijs Koene – Panflute
Esra Pehlivanli – Viola
Marko Kassl – Accordion
Enric Monfort – Percussion
Please check

The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to a new composition written for the instrumentation of the Black Pencil ensemble (recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion), either with or without harpsichord.

Candidates should supply:
- A biography (in English) and recent photo of the composer
- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions
- If possible a recording (aiff, wav or mp3 format), or a video file from a live performance. Midi is also accepted
- Use your real name (pseudonym is not needed)
- A composer can submit more than one composition
Please send your entry to:
Your entry must be both in:
- Pdf
- Mp3

Guus Janssen (
Martijn Padding (
Roderik de Man (
Ere Lievonen (

The jury will choose 3 works to be performed from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary changes.

Please understand that the PRIX receives many applications. Send the information about the compositions as clearly as possible.


Summary:Vocal call
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: In honor and memory of the historic work of American composer/conductor Gregg Smith and the Gregg Smith Singers, the Department of Choral Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music has announced the 2019 Gregg Smith National Choral Composition Contest. This is a biennial event with the specific Setnor School of Music choral ensemble named for each contest.

The award-winning composer will receive a $1,200 prize. The selected composition will be premiered in Spring 2020 on the Syracuse University campus. Travel expenses to the premiere are the responsibility of the prize recipient. The presence of the winning composer at the premiere is welcomed and encouraged but not required.

Composer age limit:
The composer must be 21 to 35 years of age at the time of submission.

Due date:
Scores must be postmarked no later than Sept. 30, 2019.
Choir to present the premiere for Spring 2020:
Setnor Sonority conducted by Dr. José “Peppie” Calvar

Submission criteria:
• 3-4 minutes’ duration
• Unpublished and unperformed works only
• Accessible three- or four-voice work for tenor and bass voice a cappella or accompanied by piano or organ; additional instruments optional
• Setnor Sonority is a new tenor-bass voice ensemble. Students from any major are welcome in this non-auditioned choir. The choir will perform TBB and TTBB repertoire in 2019-20.
• Rights to texts must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown.
• The composer will retain the copyright of the piece.
• May be secular or sacred
• The Setnor School of Music Department of Choral Studies will retain the winning manuscript for future performances.
• The composer must reside in North America.
• The composer must include a biography, list of works and proof of age (copy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) with submission.

Please include your name, email address, postal address and phone number(s) in a sealed envelope together with your score. The size of the manuscript must not exceed 8 ½ x 14”. No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided. The winner will be notified by Oct. 30.

Submit to:
Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest
Department of Choral Studies
208 Crouse College
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

For additional information contact or 315.443.4106.


 "IceCUBE" Young Composer Awards
Summary:Young Composer Award
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: ICEBERG is pleased to announce its second annual Young Composer Awards. These awards are intended to reward composers and music-makers of exceptional ability who hail from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, free private instruction from one or more ICEBERG member composers, and the opportunity to have a work read and recorded by one of ICEBERG's 2019-20 partner ensembles. Awardees may be active in any musical style/genre.


Applicants must be:

• At least 16 years of age
• A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
• Currently enrolled at an accredited high school (or home schooling program)
• Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as being from a traditionally underrepresented community. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants who identify as female, nonwhite, and/or LGBTQ+.
• Applicants may not be related to or dependents of ICEBERG New Music member composers, board members, or administrators.


• June 17, 2019 - Application opens
• October 15, 2019 - Application closes
• December 31, 2019 - Awardees announced
• January-April, 2020 - Awardee collaborative period
• Autumn 2020 - Funds disbursed


Q. Where is ICEBERG located?

A. ICEBERG is based in New York City, but winners do not have to travel (unless they choose to). Instruction from the ICEBERG member composers can take place remotely if necessary, as can exchange of scores, parts, and other performance materials.

Q. Does this award include funding for travel?

A. Last year, this opportunity was open only to residents of the NYC metropolitan area. This year, it's open to young composers nationwide. There is no expectation of travel. If composers and their families do choose to come to New York for their reading/recording session, we are unfortunately not able to supply travel, lodging, or food costs.

Q. What is the nature of the collaborative period from January-April 2020? What is the time commitment?

A. The collaborative period is intended to be the window during which the winning composers will be working on a new piece with guidance from one or more ICEBERG member composers. Winners can work on their own time, and have lessons as frequently or infrequently as they wish. There is no requirement to compose a piece. If the student feels that writing a piece is not possible for them, or if they are active in a genre outside of concert music, then they may opt to only receive the $1,000 scholarship.


 ATM 2019
Summary:Electroacoustic call
Deadline: 25 August 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Audio Trading Manual( is a platform for new music artists in which it offers various contents including performance, exhibition, seminar, and etc. This year ATM 2019 will be more diverse and international festival in collaboration with the KLANG Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival in Denmark. is a performance program for experimental sound(from electronics music to unnamed sound performances in various forms). We would like participation of various artists of the world.

• - ATM Festivals Schedule: November 29 ~ December 1, 3 days
• - ATM Festivals Venue: T2, T6 Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul
• - Performance Schedule: Nov 29th ~ Dec 1st of one day
• - Venue: T6, Oil Tank Culture Park

* There are no application fee and we provides modest artists fee for every selected artists.
* Selected artists will be noticed by e-mail.

1. Category

Category A - Fixed media
music for fixed media(tape music)

Category B - Live-electronics
works using modular, mixer, live coding, etc.
* Instruments, performers are not provided.

Category C - Audio-visual
works for visual and audio

Category D - Instrument development work
electro-acoustic music for developed instrument

Category E - Indistinguishable works in Categories A, B, C, D

* All categories are limited to a maximum of 4 outputs.
* Limitation of length: 12 min.

2. Schedule
Deadline: PM 11:59(GMT +9) 25th August 2019
End of selection and notification: Early September 2019

3. How to Apply: online submission only

contact: Yeabon Jo,

Summary:Compositions for Children's Choir
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: 1.Associazione Emiliano Romagnola Cori (AERCO), in partnership with Fondazione C.G. Andreoli from Unione dei Comuni dell’Area Nord di Modena, announces the Third International Competition for children’s choir composition CORINFESTA with the aim of promoting the creation and the wide distribution of new children’s choir repertoire.

2.Participation is open to musicians from any country and any nationality.

3.The Competition is articulated in two Sections:

Section A: Educational – Pedagogical: Towards Polyphony
• a.two voices (SA), no divisi;
• b.a cappella or with piano accompaniment and eventual small percussions or body percussions;
• c.with a maximum duration of 3 minutes;
• d.the text of the composition must be secular or sacred, in Italian (even dialectal) or in English or in Latin, Italian translation must be attached; if secular, the text must be suitable for the age of the singers (6-16 years old).
• e.the difficulty and general setting of the piece should bear in mind the didactic-pedagogical context of a “school choir”.

Section B: Artistic: Many Voices, a School of Life
• a.three voices (SSA), no divisi;
• b.a cappella or with piano accompaniment and eventual small percussions or body percussions;
• c.with a maximum duration of 4 minutes;
• d.the text of the composition must be secular or sacred, in Italian (even dialectal) or in English or in Latin, Italian translation must be attached; if secular, the text must be suitable for the age of the singers (6-16 years old).

4.A maximum of two works per composer may be submitted (one for each Section or both for only one Section). Entries must arrive by the dedicated online form ( no later than the midnight of 31 August 2019.

5.The entry fee is 25 euro for every submitted work.

6.Every work must be submitted in PDF format. The composer’s name should not appear anywhere on the scores. A.E.R.CO. office will receive the entries, which will be sent to the jury members. The composer’s identity will be released from A.E.R.CO. office only after judging has taken place.
Each participant must include a document in DOC or RTF format with:
•, surname, address, phone number, e-mail address;
• b.curriculum;
• c.a statement declaring that the submitted score(s) is/are unpublished and that it/they has/have never been awarded prizes in previous contests;
• d.source of the text (if existing);
• e.the permission of use and publication for those texts eventually protected by the author, the publisher or whoever owns the rights;
• f.suggestion for the performance (if needed).

7.The competition will be judge by a five-member jury consisting of choral conductors and composers. The judges’ decision is final.

8.The evaluation criteria will be:
• a.relation between text and music (only for Section A);
• artistic impression.
• c.performability: compositional attention to vocal and perceptive needs.

9.The following prizes will be assigned:
First place (one for each Section)
• money prize of 1.000 Euros (one thousand Euros).
• performance by the Choir Aurora (Fondazione C.G. Andreoli) during the tenth edition of CORINFESTA that will take place in Mirandola (MO) in May 2020.
• performance as compulsory piece for the special category CORINFESTA at seventh Choral Competition Città di Riccione, edition 2020 (;
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

Second place (one for each Section)
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

Third place (one for each Section)
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

For all the submitted music scores
• publication, with the authorization of the authors, on the website;

10.The jury reserves the right to report other compositions in addition to the winners. Composers of reported compositions will receive a mention diploma.

11.Participation in the Competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

Artistic direction: Andrea Angelini, Luca Buzzavi, Gianni Guicciardi

For further information: – phone +39 051 0067024 –

Entry Fee:€25

 Composition Competition 2019: Beethoven - back to the future
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Organizer: Association of German Music Schools, Bonn
Sponsor: Hermann Josef Abs Foundation, Bonn

The Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, the youngest top orchestra in Germany, is one of the most successful examples of German reunification. The ensemble founded in 1973 in the former GDR as a radio music school orchestra came in 1991 on the initiative of the then Youth and Family Minister. Angela Merkel as all-German orchestra in the sponsorship of the Association of German Music Schools. Since 2004, the orchestra is known under the current name Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie.

In the year 2020, the highly gifted stringed talents under the direction of their chief conductor Wolfgang Hentrich want to set a clear signal for the unity of thought by giving each of them a concert in all 16 federal states in significant venues. Deutschlandfunk Kultur and WDR have already confirmed their interest in engaging in the project in the interests of intensive media coverage. Among other things, the opening concert will be broadcast on 10 January 2020 in the Dresden Kulturpalast and the final concert on 2 December 2020 in the WDR broadcasting hall in Cologne on the radio.

With Bundestag president dr. Wolfgang Schäuble was able to win an outstanding personality for the patronage of this project. The internationally acclaimed conductor Marek Janowski has been closely associated with the orchestra in rehearsals and concerts for many years and is committed to supporting this project as a musical adviser and supporter right from the start.

In addition to works from the current repertoire of the orchestra, a composition tailored to the young top ensemble is to be played in the concerts of the project year 2020, which the Association of German Music Schools will identify and award with a specialist jury under the entries of the Composition Competition 2019.

The competition is open for a competition

Work for string orchestra and piano under the motto »Beethoven - back to the future«
To be submitted is a work for string orchestra and piano (as a string orchestra version with piano as a solo instrument) of about 10 minutes playing time.
With the inclusion of biographical elements and / or musical motifs, the motto "Beethoven - Back to the Future" aims to bring the composer to life in the 21st century as an advocate of the ideals of freedom, unity and emancipation.
The work should not only be playable by the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie as a top talented junior orchestra, but also be suitable for string orchestra practice at music schools.

Competition and participation conditions
The competition is aimed at composers with main residence in Germany.
Deadline: December 15, 2019 (postmark)
The work is to be submitted in five copies, each in stapled, stapled or bound form, notation in the computer set.
Submission is anonymous. The name of the composer is given in a sealed envelope with the same codename as on the submitted work (example: "Magic Flute").
With the inclusion of the applicant explains that he has made the work itself and this was not yet listed at the time of submission. Furthermore, he agrees that his work may be played during the award ceremony or at other events of the Association of German Music Schools; there is no claim to it. The applicant agrees that information about his name, place of residence and result as well as the photos taken during the award ceremony can be processed and used by the organizer, also on the internet, for the purposes of the press and public relations work associated with the composition contest. By submitting his application, the applicant declares that he has taken note of the privacy policy and the information pursuant to Art. 13 DSGVO filed at .
There is a prize money from the supporting Hermann Josef Abs Foundation of 6,000 euros available.
The performance material may be produced by the VdM at the request of the composer.
The award ceremony and award ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 2, 2020 at the WDR-Funkhaus.
The decision of the jury is unimpeachable. The legal process is excluded.
Further information is available from the Association of German Music Schools under Tel. 0228 / 95706-0 or by e-mail to vdm (at)

The jury will be announced as soon as it is completed.
Please send your composition by 15 December 2019 (postmark) at the latest:
Association of German Music Schools
Composition Competition 2019
Plittersdorfer Strasse 93
53173 Bonn

Bonn, July 22, 2019


Die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie als jüngstes Spitzenorchester Deutschlands ist eines der gelungensten Beispiele der deutschen Wiedervereinigung. Das 1973 in der damaligen DDR als Rundfunk-Musikschulorchester gegründete Ensemble kam 1991 auf Initiative der damaligen Jugend- und Familienministerin Dr. Angela Merkel als gesamtdeutsches Orchester in die Trägerschaft des Verbandes deutscher Musikschulen. Seit 2004 ist das Orchester unter dem heutigen Namen Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie bekannt.

Im Jahr 2020 wollen die 11- bis 20-jährigen hochbegabten Streichertalente unter Leitung ihres Chefdirigenten Wolfgang Hentrich aus Anlass der dann 30 Jahre bestehenden Deutschen Einheit ein deutliches Zeichen für den Einheitsgedanken setzen, indem sie in allen 16 Bundesländern an bedeutsamen Veranstaltungsorten jeweils ein Konzert geben. Deutschlandfunk Kultur und der WDR haben ihr Interesse, sich im Sinne einer intensiven medialen Begleitung für den Erfolg des Projektes zu engagieren, bereits zugesagt. Unter anderem werden das Eröffnungskonzert am 10. Januar 2020 im Dresdner Kulturpalast und das Abschlusskonzert am 2. Dezember 2020 im WDR-Sendesaal in Köln im Rundfunk übertragen.

Mit Bundestagspräsident Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble konnte eine herausragende Persönlichkeit für die Schirmherrschaft dieses Projektes gewonnen werden. Der weltweit gefeierte Dirigent Marek Janowski ist dem Orchester seit vielen Jahren in Proben und Konzerten eng verbunden und steht diesem Vorhaben als musikalischer Ratgeber und Unterstützer von Anfang an engagiert zur Seite.

Neben Werken aus dem aktuellen Repertoire des Orchesters soll in den Konzerten des Projektjahres 2020 auch eine auf das junge Spitzenensemble zugeschnittene Komposition gespielt werden, die der Verband deutscher Musikschulen unter den Einsendungen des Kompositionswettbewerbs 2019 mit einer Fachjury ermitteln und prämieren wird.

Der Wettbewerb ist ausgeschrieben für ein
Werk für Streichorchester und Klavier unter dem Motto »Beethoven – zurück in die Zukunft«

Eingereicht werden soll ein Werk für Streichorchester und Klavier (als Streichorchesterfassung mit Klavier als Soloinstrument) von ca. 10 Minuten Spieldauer.
Das Motto „Beethoven – zurück in die Zukunft“ soll unter Einbindung biografischer Elemente und/oder musikalischer Motive den Komponisten im 21. Jahrhundert als Verfechter der Ideale von Freiheit, Einigkeit und Emanzipation lebendig werden lassen.
Das Werk soll nicht nur von der Deutschen Streicherphilharmonie als Spitzennachwuchsorchester spielbar sein, sondern auch tauglich sein für die Streichorchesterpraxis an Musikschulen.

Wettbewerbs- und Teilnahmebedingungen

Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an Komponierende mit Hauptwohnsitz in Deutschland.
Einsendeschluss: 15. Dezember 2019 (Poststempel)
Werk ist in fünffacher Ausfertigung, jeweils in gehefteter, geklammerter oder gebundener Form einzureichen, Notenschriftform im Computersatz.
Die Einreichung erfolgt anonym. Der Name des Komponisten wird in einem verschlossenen Umschlag mitgereicht, auf dem derselbe Codename steht wie auf dem eingereichten Werk (Beispiel: „Zauberflöte“).
Mit der Einrechnung erklärt der Bewerber, dass er das Werk selbst gefertigt hat und dieses zum Zeitpunkt der Einreichung noch nicht aufgeführt worden ist. Weiterhin erklärt er sich damit einverstanden, dass sein Werk möglicherweise im Rahmen der Preisträgerehrung oder bei anderen Veranstaltungen des Verbands deutscher Musikschulen gespielt wird; ein Anspruch darauf besteht nicht. Der Bewerber erklärt sich damit einverstanden, dass Angaben zu seinem Namen, Wohnort und Ergebnis ebenso wie die im Rahmen der Preisvergabe aufgenommenen Fotos zu Zwecken der mit dem Kompositionswettbewerb verbundenen Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit vom Veranstalter, auch im Internet, verarbeitet und genutzt werden können. Mit seiner Einreichung erklärt der Bewerber, dass er die unter hinterlegte Datenschutzerklärung und die Informationen gemäß Art. 13 DSGVO zur Kenntnis genommen haben.
Es steht ein Preisgeld seitens der unterstützenden Hermann Josef Abs-Stiftung von 6.000 Euro zur Verfügung.
Die Herstellung von Aufführungsmaterial kann auf Wunsch des Komponisten durch den VdM erfolgen.
Die Preisträgerehrung und Preisverleihung findet im Rahmen der Uraufführung voraussichtlich am 2. Dezember 2020 im WDR-Funkhaus statt.
Die Entscheidung der Jury ist unanfechtbar. Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen.
Weitere Auskünfte erhalten Sie beim Verband deutscher Musikschulen unter Tel. 0228/95706-0 oder per E-Mail an vdm( at )

Die Jury wird bekannt gegeben, sobald diese vervollständigt ist.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Komposition bis spätestens 15. Dezember 2019 (Poststempel) an:
Verband deutscher Musikschulen
Kompositionswettbewerb 2019
Plittersdorfer Straße 93
53173 Bonn

Bonn, 22. Juli 2019

 Young Composers Meeting 2020
Summary:Young Composers Programme
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: 26th Young Composers Meeting: February 23 - 28, 2020, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands - APPLY NOW!

Young Composers Meeting is an intiative by orkest de ereprijs to give young professional composers a chance to compose for an ensemble and develop their talents, knowledge and professional network.

During a week in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 16 selected participants will come together to each compose a piece for orkest de ereprijs and singers. The week is filled with rehearsals, lectures and individual coaching by senior composers. This year Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, Andrew Hamilton, Dyane Donck and Seung-Won Oh are the senior composers. Gerda van Zelm and Georgi Sztojanov are the vocal coaches for the singers. At the end of the week, all pieces will be performed during the final concert in Gigant Apeldoorn. After this, a jury of international senior composers will choose three participants with extraordinary talent to receive commissions.

We are open for the YCM 2020-applications!
Requirements for participation in the Young Composers Meeting:
Young composers up to 30 years of age and of any nationality are invited to apply for participation before October 15, 2019.

To apply, please send all the documents below via WeTransfer to
- Application form (PDF)
- Biography (PDF)
- At least one score of a recent composition (PDF)
- Recording of a recent composition (MP3)

We will make a selection of maximum 16 participants. The applicants will be informed about their acceptance November 15 at the latest.

The selected applicants are requested to enter a short work (3 minutes) for de ereprijs. The 3-minute compositions will be rehearsed during the week and performed at the final concert. The 3-minute work should be entered before January 15, 2020. Details concerning the instrumentation of de ereprijs will be communicated after the selection.

- The participation fee is €450,-, this includes accommodation, meals and bike rental.
- The participants will stay in shared rooms in a hotel in Apeldoorn.
- The participants have to take care of their own transport to Apeldoorn.
- At the closing concert, three promising composers will be commissioned to write a new composition.

 New Opera West
Summary:Call for opera scenes
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: New Opera West is currently accepting composer submissions for NOW’s upcoming November 17th, 2019 “pop-up” opera performance in Los Angeles.

• Open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
• Opera scenes of about 5-10 minutes in length.
• The scene may be on any topic.
• Text must be in English.
• Scenes may be excerpted from a longer piece, but they must stand on their own with a complete, coherent dramatic arc.
• 2-3 characters of standard voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone) in any combination. It is best if each character is a distinct voice type, but it’s not required.
• Piano accompaniment.
• Any staging requirements should be minimal. There will be no set, and props should be limited to easily acquired items.
• Selected composers will have their scene performed by professional singers on the November 17 performance in Los Angeles with the possibility of further performances throughout the LA area.

• There is no application fee.
• Score should be in PDF format. Ideally, scores should be notated in Finale, Sibelius, or a similar computer notation program.
• If possible, include an mp3 audio recording (MIDI realization acceptable).
• Deadline is September 15, 2019.
• Selected composers will be notified in early October.
• Unfortunately, NOW cannot provide housing or travel costs.
• PDF scores and audio files should be sent to: with “[LAST NAME, FIRST NAME]: NOW November Pop-up” in the subject line.
o Example: SMITH, EMMA: NOW November Pop-up
Any questions may be submitted to

 RSNO Composers’ Hub
Summary:Composer programme
Deadline: 23 August 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to compose music for orchestra in a range of different contexts, developing skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Now into its fifth year, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join the hub and spend the 2019.20 season with the orchestra. While working with the RSNO, each composer will write a 7-10 minute piece for full symphony orchestra and a 2-3 minute piece for small orchestra. The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2020, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2020.21 Season.

Composer Opportunities
This scheme is not simply about creating new works, but having the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and other Hub members. Those selected will build relationships with the Orchestra, staff and RSNO audiences, whilst receiving guidance in artistic development and career advancement. There will be the opportunity to:
• Have space to collaborate in the development of new works
• Observe rehearsals and concerts
• Spend time with RSNO’s Music Director, assistant conductor, and orchestral musicians
• Be mentored by composer Stuart MacRae, as well as key orchestral musicians
• Participate in a workshop day with an internationally-renowned composer
• Work with smaller groups of RSNO musicians
• Shadow key members of RSNO staff in different departments, including finance and marketing
• Work with the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement department

• There is no restriction on age
• Interviews will be in Glasgow on Friday 13 September 2019 (provisional date)
• Composers must be resident within the UK, and be available to travel to Glasgow for specified periods throughout the season, including:
• Participant induction on the evening of the RSNO’s season concert on Saturday 12 October 2019
• Workshop A: week commencing Monday 27 January 2020 (date tbc)
• Workshop B: Tuesday 14 April 2020
• Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed for each composer on the scheme

Application process
Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter explaining how they will benefit from the scheme, and two examples of their own compositions. Composition examples should be sent with PDF scores (preferably at least one for full orchestra) and sound samples. MIDI files or similar are acceptable where recordings are unavailable. Applications should be emailed to Emma Hunter at

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 August at 5pm. Only applications submitted by email will be accepted.


 Second International “New Vision” Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: The 21st International Chopin and Friends Festival and Four Corners Ensemble proudly announce the Second International “New Vision” Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel of: Jakub Polaczyk (composer and pianist, New Music Director of Festival Chopin and Friends, faculty at the New York Conservatory of Music), Reza Vali (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh), Shuying Li (Artistic Director of Four Corners Ensemble, Research Faculty at Shanghai Conservatory of Music), and members of Four Corners Ensemble (Erika Boysen, flute, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Joshua Anderson, clarinet, Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno; and Annie Jeng, piano, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro).

This year's edition of the festival is focused on the father of polish opera- Stanislaw Moniuszko and compositions should relate to some of the themes used in this music: love, daily life, faith, or related to the any national or folklore syndrome in the music. Two winning works will each receive $300 cash prize as well as a performance by guest singers and the Four Corners Ensemble at the Polish Consulate General-New York City on November 21, 2019.

There will be 2 categories:

1) with voice (mezzo soprano, soprano and/or baritone with ensemble)

2) without voice, instruments only.

Submission Guidelines

Eligible composers are those who are in the early to middle stages of developing an international career and for whom this prize would represent a significant career opportunity. Submitted works may have received premieres or/and performances in the past.

soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone; flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano.
Compositions may be scored for any subsets of the instrumentation listed (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano) from solo to sextet but category with voice must include voice and at least one instrument.

Compositions may not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:
Applications will only be accepted via email to

Composers must include the following materials as email attachments:
• Cover letter (PDF or MS Word format) that includes applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration, and year of the composition entered.
• Artistic resumé or CV
• Full score (PDF format only, do not include parts): composer’s name should not be on the score, as scores will be reviewed anonymously.
• Receipt of application fee submission.

It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:
• Audio recording of the piece (MP3 preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
• Program notes

$20 each composition. Composers may submit up to 3 works each person. Payment accepted online via PayPal paid to as well as the payment link shown below. Please send your receipt to and include "New Vision Competition/applicant’s name" in the subject line.

A panel of judges will choose two winning compositions as First Prizes, to be awarded $300 cash prize each, and to be performed by the Four Corners Ensemble at the “New Vision” concert on November 21st, 2019 at the Polish Consulate General - New York City; additional prizes will also be awarded with certificates, and all winning works will be included in the Four Corners Ensemble’s potential repertoire for future programming.

It is strongly preferred that the first prize winners be presented at the rehearsals and at the performance. However, the committee at this time cannot provide financial support towards airfare and accommodation for travel arrangements occurred.

Submissions must be time-stamped by October 1, 2019, 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced by October 15, 2019.

Please direct all inquiries to


 Tonality is Collecting Composer Submissions
Summary:Choir seeks scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Tonality, a professional choral ensemble that focuses on issues of social justice through diverse lenses, is looking for compositions to present for its 2019-20 season!


Immigration, Migrant Children, Refugees,
LGBTQ Support
Climate Change / Environmentalism
Restorative Justice

Prison Experience
Mental Health
Suicide Prevention

We will be offering three $300 cash prizes for compositions received. Preference will be given to scores that have not yet been performed. Additionally, in our quest to present diverse voices, we hope to receive compositions from composers from underrepresented demographics.

Please fill out the application below with a $15 submission fee. If the fee will cause significant financial hardship, please email for further instructions.
Entry Fee:$15

 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts
Summary:Residency opportunity
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Letters of Reference: 2 required by 8/29/19
Entry Fee (2020 Winter Spring Residencies at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts): $40.00
The artist residency program at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers two sessions per year including three week programs. Awarded residencies are based on overall application, availability, and the applicant’s ranking in jury process. The Winter/Spring artist retreats run from January – May with the application deadline on September 1 of the previous year. The Summer/Fall session runs from June – November with the application deadline on March 1 of the same year. A jury will rank artists based on work samples provided with application. Visual Artists (including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, installation, new media and video) shall provide 10 - 20 images OR a short video. Language Arts (including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplay or script writing, and scientific writing) shall include no more than 20 pages of material. Musicians and composers provide two scores and two music files for listening. Do NOT include your name or website on any work samples. Label with titles only. Any questions or tech issues may be answered by Cafe Help Center which includes Cafe support contact information.

Selected artists will receive housing, most meals, exclusive studio access and use of the library, lounge and kitchen, which are all nestled in a meadow along the riparian corridor of Brush Creek. Residents are responsible for all supplies, and either transportation to Brush Creek Ranch or Laramie Regional Airport. Applicants will provide work samples formatted to Cafe standards; CV or Resume; Artist Statement and description of your project; and two individuals capable of providing a character reference to be submitted with your application. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts is a separate non-profit program, apart from the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. Visit for more information.


Summary:Competition with 13 categories
Deadline: 04 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Email contact: Eunmi Ko,
Online Composition Submission Form:

Winner Notification: November 18, 2019* selected composers will be informed by email individually.
Registration Fee Due Date: December 6, 2019
Festival Dates: April 3-4, 2020

The 4th biennial International New Music Festival will be held April 3-4, 2020 at the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa, Florida. The festival will present four to five concerts programming works by 25-30 composers selected from the call for scores. The festival concerts will feature guest vocalist Thea Lobo, guest violinist Sini Virtanen, and guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor. The final concert will feature the acclaimed McCormick Percussion Group and the world premiere of a concerto for violin and percussion ensemble by Hilary Tann and a concerto for flute and percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon featuring Kenneth Cox.

Participant Eligibility:

1. Composers and scholars of any nationality and age are encouraged to apply.

2. Selected participants are required to attend the festival. However, the USF School of Music cannot provide any travel or lodging funding for selected participants.*

3. If selected, a registration fee of $60 will be due by December 6, 2019 to secure participation in the festival.

4. Students currently enrolled at the University of South Florida are not eligible.

5. A maximum of two USF alumni will be selected for the festival: one in each category of acoustic composition and electronic composition.

6. Requirements and submission procedures for each category are outlined below.

*The NMC will assist with travel arrangements to and from the airport in Tampa if needed and provide lodging discounts through USF where possible. The NMC will provide a formal invitation for those seeking financial assistance from their institution, if needed. The New-Music Consortium will make every effort to provide home stays for student composers and scholars, but this is not guaranteed.

Composition Eligibility:

- All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes in duration.
- Works composed after 2014 are eligible.
- Works integrating video are acceptable for any category.
- Previously performed compositions are eligible.
- Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.
- There is no entry fee to submit a work for consideration.
- Composers may provide their own performers or submit to one of the categories below.
- Selected composers are expected to register and attend the entire festival.

The following submission categories are possible:

1. Solo violin or violin and piano duo
(guest violinist Sini Virtanen and pianist Eunmi Ko)

2. Percussion Ensemble (maximum of 15 players) – McCormick Percussion Group
(produced by Robert McCormick)

3. Mezzo-soprano voice and piano – Songeaters
(guest vocalist Thea Lobo and pianist Eunmi Ko)

4. Solo saxophone (alto or soprano) with piano or fixed media accompaniment
(guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor)

5. Mixed Chamber ensemble works requiring 2-10 players.*
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

6. Works for solo instrument or voice.
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

7. Works for 1-5 performers with fixed or live electronics (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

8. Works for electronic playback only (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

9. Woodwind Quintet
(produced by USF woodwind quintet)

10. Trumpet Ensemble (3-6 players; Bb, C, Eb Trumpets, Bb cornets, flugelhorns, and piccolo trumpets are available).
(produced by Jay Coble, Professor of Trumpet)

11. Trombone Ensemble (6 tenor, 2 bass – or subset)
(produced by Tom Brantley, Professor of Trombone)

12. Flute Ensemble (up to 8 players, no Contrabass Flute available)
(produced by Francesca Arnone, Instructor of Flute)

13. Clarinet Quartet/Choir (any combination of clarinets)
(produced by Calvin Farwell , Instructor of Clarinet)

*Chamber Ensemble Instrumentation (category 5): The instrumentation may be a subset of the following (if the NMC is to provide the performers):

(2) Flutes/Piccolos
(2) Oboe/English Horn
(2) Clarinets (Bb, Eb, or Bass Clarinet)
(2) Bassoon/Contrabassoon
(2) Saxes (Alto, Tenor, and Bari)
(2) Horn
(2) Trumpets
(2) Trombones
(1) Bass Trombone
(1) Tuba
(2) Percussion
(1) Piano
(2) Violins
(1) Viola
(1) Cello
(1) Double Bass
(1) Soprano Voice
(1) Mezzo Soprano Voice
(1) Tenor Voice

If the composer intends to supply his/her own performers, the composer must indicate so on the submission form. If this is the case, the composer may utilize any instrumentation and any amount of players. *

* If a composer would like to provide his/her own percussionist(s) but utilize the percussion instruments available at USF, please provide a clear list of required percussion instruments with the submission.

Composition Submission Guidelines:

- Submissions will only be accepted online. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
- Submission Deadline: October 4, 2019
- Each composer may submit 1 work.
- Submissions should include links to a legible score (unless irrelevant) and recording.
- Recordings are encouraged but not required.
- Scores and recordings should be uploaded to an online file sharing service and remain available until November 18, 2019. The recording link can also be hosted on YouTube, SoundCloud, or a similar streaming service.
- Submissions should include brief program notes.
- Submissions should include a brief biography (100 words maximum).
- Submissions including electronics must include a complete list of technical needs (and if necessary, a routing diagram).


For additional information, please email Dr. Eunmi Ko:

Selected composers will be individually informed no later than November 18, 2019.
The festival registration fee of $60.00 is due by December 6, 2019.

 MTNA Commissioning Mission
Summary:Commission award
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: The Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) is pleased to invite composers who are living or working in the state of Georgia (or who have significant ties to the state of Georgia) to apply for the 2019-2020 GMTA Commissioned Composer Award.

More information about the award, including the guidelines and application, can be found here:

 2nd WBAS Wind Band Composition Contest 2019
Summary:Wind band competition
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Introduction
The main objective of this contest is to encourage composers to write original wind band compositions of high artistic and educational merits. The WBAS Composition Contest has four categories. Each category differs in music difficulty level, performance duration and instrumentation.

FOR CATEGORIES, please visit website (see link, bottom).

The winning entries may be selected as one of the test pieces at the 7th Singapore International Band Festival 2020.

Discover more about the winning works for 2018!

-To promote wind band as a serious and distinctive medium of musical expression and cultural heritage in Singapore and the region;

-To encourage composers to write new compositions of high artistic value with consideration of education merits;

-To connect and enhance the communications and exchanges among composers, performers, band directors and audience;

-To increase the diversity and quality of compositions available for our learning and professional musicians.

Rules & Regulations
• For grading references, please refer to the American Band College Music Grading Chart (Revised) by Dr. Cynthia Hutton.

• Qualifying compositions should be unpublished and original.

• Compositions may be written in multiple movements but it must not exceed the stipulated duration - refer to 'Categories'.

• All submitted compositions must include a synopsis of his/her composition and description that explains his/her work and musical materials used. The word limit of the synopsis is 500 words.

• Compositions for solo instruments will be not be accepted. (For example, concertos, concertinos, etc.)

• The Organiser reserves the right to screen, reallocate the composition to a different category or reject any application. The Organiser reserves the rights not to disclose any reasons for such applications.

• There will be no tie on the finals.

• The Organiser is not responsible for any misprint or mistakes on the score and parts of the selected compositions.

• Participation in this contest means that each participant agrees and accepts to all rules and regulations.

• All decisions made by the Organiser are final. No appeals will be accepted.

1st Prize:$25

 International Call for Proposals for the 2020 Zepick Modern Opera Commission
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Expiration of Opportunity: September 2, 2019

Opera Kansas brings innovative, affordable and accessible opera to communities and schools throughout Kansas, while providing emerging musicians artistic opportunities in a respectful, professional environment. Opera Kansas introduces the art form of opera to thousands. In 2016, Opera Kansas, with the patronage of Dr. Lyle and Debi Zepick, created the Zepick Modern Opera Competition. This competition has yielded exciting new chamber operas in 2016 and 2018. Opera Kansas and the Zepicks believe that the next step for this program is to collaboratively create a work with a composer to be premiered in 2020.



Compensation: $25,000.00

Selected composers will receive a premiere, a professional recording (audio and video) of the live performance, features on our website and social media, and the possibility of future performances. Expenses for attendance at premiere performance September 2020 will be covered. Composer will also have opportunity for lectures at local universities and audience events leading up to the premiere performance.


This call for proposals is open to anyone who defines him/her/themself as a composer of music.


A 1-2 act chamber opera, not to exceed 60 minutes in duration. Music should be thematic, melodic and accessible tonally to the inexperienced ear. Style could range from traditional classical to rock, jazz, R&B, or other. Text must be in English. Strong consideration will be given to compositions/proposals that include definable arias/duets, etc.


The subject matter of the drama should center around the concept that “the unexamined life is not worth living” (James Baldwin). This concept should lead the main character(s) through a life altering experience or crisis of conscience to living a life of service and affecting change in their community and/or the world. Historical events or well known stories from literature that embrace this theme and that have endured through time will allow the composer to “jump into the action” without a lot of backstory to bring the audience up to speed. Examples such as John Newton a British slave trader turned abolitionist minister and author of Amazing Grace or Margaret Dryburgh, missionary to Singapore, interned in a camp in Sumatra during WWII, who created a vocal orchestra by transcribing orchestral works from memory and is the subject of the 1997 film Paradise Road. A contemporary example would be Malala Yousafzai.


September 2, 2019, 11:59PM Central Standard Time


3-5 voices: Voicing choices should be considerate of the limitations that often face small to medium sized companies, i.e. Countertenors are difficult to find. Please be practical in your choices especially considering we hope this work will be reproduced by other companies similar to ours and in university settings.

2-4 Instruments: piano is required. Instrumentations should also be considerate of the limitations that often face small to medium sized companies and university settings, virtuosity should be kept in check. A piano reduction will be required in the final draft for rehearsal purposes.

Content of submission:

Font: Times New Roman Pt. 12

Please include the following in one e-mail:

A 1-page (300 words) bio (PDF), including your most current contact information, website(s), and social media handles.
A Curriculum Vitae (PDF) maximum 3 pages.
A 1 – 3 page (PDF) description of your proposed new work. Possible elements to consider are structure of the work, instrumentation (full or subset), duration (45 minutes minimum 60 minutes maximum). If you have research or bibliographical information to include please provide in a separate document.
Please include, in a SEPARATE DOCUMENT FROM YOUR PROPOSAL, the full text only if the libretto is available, or a synopsis of the story that you would like to use in the proposed work, proof of public domain or permission to use the text or story.
Previous Work Examples: 2 – 3 samples of PDF scores AND audio files of your previous work. (MIDI is not acceptable)
Please provide 2-3 examples of vocal or instrumental motivic ideas (6-8 measures, or 10-15 seconds) that you would feature in this specific opera project. (MIDI recordings are acceptable for these examples only)
Timeline of the project:

Proposals accepted until September 1, 2019, 11:59 Central Standard Time
Proposals will be reviewed and the selected composer will be notified by October 15th, 2019.
February 15, 2020 First Draft due for score review.
April 15, 2020 Second Draft due for score review
Final draft due by July 1, 2020
Rehearsals for a September 2020 performance will begin in July 2020.
Please submit proposals to:

Please use the subject heading: Call for Proposals Zepick Modern Opera 2020: “Your Name”


Please don’t hesitate to ask! Send any inquiries to: and please visit for more information about what we do and who we are. We are looking forward to reviewing your work!

Published date:

1 July 2019

 JUBILATE 25th Anniversary Compostion Compeition
Summary:Christmas Carol Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Jubilate Chamber Choir is pleased to announce details of a new Composition Competition, as part of our 25th anniversary season 2019-20.

The winning entry will receive a prize of £250 and a performance as part of the choir’s Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Friday 13 December 2019, in Keble College Chapel, Oxford. The composition is open to composers of any nationality aged sixteen and over.

Entries will be judged by a panel of choral experts including Dr Stephen Darlington MBE, Organist Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Dr Phillip Cooke, Head of Composition at Aberdeen University, and James Morley Potter, choral director and conductor of Jubilate Chamber Choir.

•Entrants are invited to submit a composition of up to 5 minutes’ duration of one of the following two medieval texts, to be set for unaccompanied voices comprising SATB with divisi and/or solos if desired, as appropriate for a good amateur chamber choir. This must be an original composition, not an arrangement of pre-existing music.

1. I sing of a maiden
That is makeless
King of all kings
To her son she ches.

2. He came all so still
Where His mother was,
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass.

3. He came all so still
To His mother's bower,
As dew in April
That falleth on the flower.

4. He came all so still
Where His mother lay,
As dew in April
That falleth on the spray.

5. Mother and maiden
Was never none but she:
Well may such a lady
God's mother be.

[Anon 15th Century]

1. Rorate, celi, desuper!
Heavens distill your balmy showers, For now is risen the bright day star From the rose Mary, flower of flowers. The clear son whom no cloud devours, Surmounting Phebus in the east
Is coming of His heavenly towers;
Et nobis puer natus est.

2. Archangels, angels, and dominations, Thrones, powers, and martyrs seir [many], And all ye heavenly operations,
Star, planet, firmament, and sphere,
Fire, earth, air, and water clear,
To Him give loving, most and least, That come into so meek manner; Et nobis puer natus est.

3. Sing, heaven imperial, most of height, Regions of air make harmony;
All fish in flood and fowl of flight
Be mirthful and make melody.
All Gloria in excelsis cry –
Heaven, earth, sea, man, bird, and beast – He that is crowned above the sky
Pro nobis puer natus est.

William Dunbar (c.1460-1520), abridged and modernised

• PDF scores should be submitted to the competition administrator, Laura Jones, at , no later than 1 October 2019. Scores should be anonymous and contain no identifying names or markings – composers should simply include on the score a pseudonym of their choice.
• The shortlist and winner will be announced on 1 November 2019. Feedback will be provided to shortlisted entries only.
• There is no fee to enter the competition.
• Entries are limited to one per composer.
• The piece should have received no prior public performances – Jubilate Chamber Choir
reserves the right to give the world premiere. After this, no exclusivity applies.
• The jury reserves the right not to award a winner, or to award multiple winners. The decision
of the jury shall be final and binding.
• Jubilate Chamber Choir waives the right to the first commercial recording of the piece, but may use a recording of the first performance for promotional purposes.

 Call for Works for Schallfeld Ensemble MicroFest Prague 2020
Summary:Microtonal Compositions
Deadline: 08 December 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: We announce that microtonal compositions for ensemble of three or four are sought for a concert in Prague on Thursday 23rd of April, 2020. The music will be performed by members of the Austrian Schallfeld Ensemble in the opening concert of the MicroFest Prague 2020 / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020. Works should be for the whole quartet or a trio subset from the instruments Flute, Accordion, Cello and Double Bass and include microtonality. The instruments are of standard design, and microtonality on the flute and accordion have their usual limitations.

The concert space will be Divadlo Inspirace at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In the concert, Schallfeld Ensemble will also showcase works from recent standard repertoire that include microtonality.
Works containing improvised, meaning not strictly and thoroughly notated, durations and dynamics will also be considered. Microtonal elements can be notated with high precision if desired.

Submission Rules and Guidelines

Please send a finished microtonal composition for the entire quartet or a trio from the instruments fl., acc., vc., cb. (no electronics available). Works between 4 and 10 minutes, and works performable without conductor are given slight preference. There are no limitations as to who may apply. The work may be old or new, previously performed or unperformed.
Your message has to contain the performance material and duration estimate for your finished work, year of composition, and your composer name, telephone number and email address. Other contact or biographical information is not necessary.
No specific preparations, electronics, video, lighting or additional stage objects are allowed.

Information about the ensemble at and about the festival on the festival homepage.

1st Round

You may apply with several works, however, we cannot select more than one work from you for this concert.
All materials for the work must be sent by Sunday 8th of December to as email text and attachments. In the case of sound files, accessible links that allow the download of files for at least three days from the deadline will be accepted.
Only independently performable and finished works will be considered. 2 to 3 works to be played will be selected by a 4-member jury made of Lorenzo Derinni of Schallfeld Ensemble (AT/ITA), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and an internationally established microtonal composer as external member.

Submission Checklist
– finished microtonal score(s) in electronic format, using the allowed instrumentations only
– pdf of a legible electronically notated or scanned hand-written score
– duration estimate and year of composition
– composer’s contact information: name, email, telephone
– send all materials to by Sunday 8th of December, 2019, 23:59 Czech time (UTC+2)
– no substantial changes to the work will be allowed before the performance
– participation is free, there is no entry fee for either round.

2nd Round

The composers of the selected works are announced by the jury and contacted for confirmation. After this your work will be rehearsed and performed by Schallfeld Ensemble in the festival opening concert on Thursday 23rd of April, 2020. Please indicate at this stage if the work has been previously performed and provide a short description text of the work and, if you like, press material for the website and program booklet.

The MicroFest Prague 2020 Concert in downtown Prague

Attendance in Prague on the MicroFest Prague / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020 to present yourself, and hear your work performed is preferred though not absolutely required.

We will provide you at least 90 minutes of rehearsals with the musicians in Prague. Online video meetings with the musicians are possible beforehand, and the ensemble is based in Austria.

You will be given free tickets and access to all official events (two days of lectures, three concerts) of the festival as well as some unofficial events.

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Summary:St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Republic of Ireland seeks new work
Deadline: 29 November 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: This award is for the commission of a new sacred work for the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Organ.

The new work will be premiered at the opening Festival Service of the 150th anniversary year on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 4pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, giving the composer a platform to showcase their talent.

The work will also be recorded by the Cathedral Choir on their new CD,
which will be produced earlier in the year and launched on Friday 25th September, 2020.

• Entry is open to anyone.
• Entrants must set the Evensong Canticles ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc dimittis’ in English and scored for SATB choir (with soprano divisi only, if deemed necessary) and an independent organ part. The texts are included at the end of this document and are in the original Book of Common Prayer translation.
• The work must be original and contain a written guarantee that it is solely the work of the composer.
• The work should not have been performed either in concert or service, or recorded commercially or privately.
• The panel reserves the right not to award the prize.
• In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the panel is final and is not open to appeal.
• Scores are sent at entrants’ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores nor return any material submitted.
• Scores may be submitted by hard copy (three copies of each piece) by post, or as a pdf by email.
• A completed application form must accompany each entry.
• Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 29th November 2019.
• €2,000 will be awarded to the winning composer.
• Only one application per composer will be accepted.
• The winning composer will retain the copyright of the commissioned work.

Questions relating to the 150th Anniversary Composition Competition 2020 can be sent to:

 2019 Festive Call For Scores
Summary:Festive works for voice
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Felicity Mazur-Park is proud to announce her second annual Festive Call For Scores. Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece in 2018. Over 150 entries from composers from 30 different countries were received! Ultimately, the 16 winning pieces for solo piano were performed and recorded at Dallas Public Library's J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium on December 22, 2018.

This year the competition will feature pieces for lyric mezzo-soprano and piano performed by Melissa Piantedosi (lyric mezzo) and Felicity Mazur-Park (piano) and the theme is summer.

The guidelines are:
• Pieces must be for lyric mezzo-soprano and piano.
• Pieces must be summer themed.
• Melissa's range is G3 to C6 and her tessitura (where her voice is most comfortable and effective) is A3 to G5.
• Pieces must be under 10 minutes
• Entry is free
• Please submit a PDF of your composition, a short biography (100-200 words), and a short program note (100-200 words) to
• It is strongly encouraged for participants to submit a recording.

A concert featuring the winning pieces will take place in the summer of 2020.

 ASCAP Composition Competition
Summary:Jazz Orchestra Commission
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: PRIZE: $5,000 commissioning prize to compose a new work for the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (“SJO”).

PURPOSE: To commission a new orchestral score for the SJO, blending the worlds of jazz & classical music – and beyond.

The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2020/21 and entered into the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

Created in 2002, the 67-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director, Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with such leading guest artists as Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, The Yellowjackets, Miguel Zenon, and our former Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke. The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.

The composer agrees to assign the rental administration of commissioned work (the “Composition”) to Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Music (the “Administrator”), the publishing designee of the SJO. Administrator will print all orchestra parts and scores. The composer will retain the copyright of the commissioned work.

All direct composer members of ASCAP. No age or geographic restrictions.

Postmark no later than August 31, 2019.

• Completed application form (Online Submission Is Preferred).
• One entry per composer.
• Representative score of ONE original instrumental work written since 2011. Ideally, this work is scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large ensemble that integrates elements of jazz or other related genres.
• Please submit bound score (copy, not original manuscript). Unbound scores will NOT be accepted.
• Optional CD recording of the work may be submitted or an electronic realization with your submission.
• Digital audio submission (mp3 file) can be made by sending an email to with the attachment. Please include your name and the name of the piece.
• Composer Biography and list of works must be included with the bound score.
• All scores and CDs shall remain the property of the composer. If you wish materials to be returned, the entry must be accompanied by a Self-Addressed Envelope (Mailer) with sufficient return postage (SASE).
• Please note that Post Office rules REQUIRE a POSTAGE METER STAMP for returning all packets weighing over 13 ounces. Regular postage stamps will not be accepted.
• Proper care will be taken to protect all music materials submitted, but each applicant releases all persons connected with the SJO (including the members of the Screening Panel and Selection Committee) and The ASCAP Foundation from any claims resulting from possible loss and/or destruction of works/CDs/materials submitted.

PO Box 1421
Culver City CA 90232
Composers will be notified by Oct. 31, 2019


Summary:Competition with 5 categories
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2020 will start on Thursday 1 August 2019. The Gaudeamus Award is an incentive prize for young composers. To give even more composers the chance to sign up, this year the maximum age has been raised to 35.

Music pioneers up to the age of 35 can register with a minimum of three separate pieces. One of which, the main entry, must fit into one of the five categories:

Large / small Ensemble
Electric Ensemble
Open category

There is also a special extra category: the participants can optionally submit an extra, fourth piece for the Residentie Orkest from The Hague, The Netherlands.

The entries will be judged by an independent jury. For the 2020 Award, the jury consists of Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, Jordanian-German composer Saed Haddad and British composer Oscar Bettison. A maximum of four composers will be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award in 2020. The jury selection will be announced in November.

Of the four nominees, a maximum of three different pieces will be performed during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020. The nominees will also be commissioned to write a brand new piece for one of the two Award Ensembles. In 2020 these are the Dutch Ensemble VONK and the adventurous duo Zöllner-Roche, of the Canadian-British clarinetist Heather Roche and the German accordionist Eva Zöllner.

Age limit
Registration for the Gaudeamus Award is open to composers and music pioneers worldwide. In addition to diversity in ethnic-cultural background, Gaudeamus also strives for an equal gender balance. For this reason, as of 2020 the age limit to apply has been raised from 30 to 35 years. The objective is that from 2020 onwards at least half of the nominees for the Gaudeamus Award will be female. Gaudeamus proactively invites composers to register for the Gaudeamus Award whose work is currently underrepresented in contemporary music.

The Gaudeamus Award has been one of the most prestigious awards for young composers worldwide since 1957. Recent winners of the prize are the Finnish Sebastian Hilli (2018), Aart Strootman from the Netherlands (2017), the American Anthony Vine (2016) and the Russian Alexander Khubeev (2015). The nominees for the Gaudeamus Award 2019 are Nicholas Morrish, Kelley Sheehan, Remy Siu, Stefan Maier and Scott Rubin. The Award will be presented during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019, which will take place from 4 to 8 September at various locations in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble
Summary:Dancers with chamber ensemble
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: For its 2020 open call for scores, Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble is looking for 3 pieces between 5-7 minutes, scored for modern dancers and small mixed chamber ensemble. As in the style of “Pictures At An Exhibition”, the music will reflect and draw inspiration from the paintings of Atlanta artist Krista M. Jones. Click on this link to view the art.

The selected scores which will be performed in Atlanta, GA in April 2020 as part of the SoundNOW music festival, performed by the Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble, professionally choreographed, recorded, and video-taped.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on September 1st 2019. Your application will remain anonymous throughout the adjudication procedure. There is no age limit to apply. Email all applications to

You will need to submit:

1) Resume

2) Score and parts in Finale/Sibelius format WITH YOUR NAME REMOVED OR BLOCKED OUT. One submission per composer. Older or previously performed pieces are welcome. Please no handwritten scores.

3) A recording of the piece (instrumental recording or piano reduction is preferred, midi is acceptable)

Because this is for mixed ensemble, music must be some combination of more than one of the following groups (for example, you could score for clarinet-violin-trap set or viola-cello-flute, but not all strings or all winds):

Strings: Violin, viola, 'cello, bass

Winds: Flute, clarinet, saxophone

Percussion: trap set

Please keep in mind that ACE will have limited rehearsal time with the dancers, so while we want to see your best work, don't send in anything that would require 100 hours of rehearsal time. We look forward to hearing from you!

For any questions please contact

Summary:Catherdral Choir Competition
Deadline: 08 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral invites composers to submit a brand new choral work for unaccompanied SATB choir to mark either the Baptism of Christ or the Wedding at Cana.

SINGLE PRIZE £1,000 and a première performance by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral

1. Entrants are required to submit a setting of a text associated with the Baptism of Christ or the Wedding at Cana. Possible suggestions are included below and you may use these (or portions of these) at your discretion. Composers may also choose their own words but must have permission for the use of any copyright text.
2. The work should be scored for SATB choir without accompaniment. Divisi is not permitted.
3. The work should not last more than four minutes based on a metronome mark given at the head of score.
4. The work should be written with the Choir of St Paul‟s Cathedral in mind, and must be appropriate to performance within the liturgy.
5. Scores must be typeset and performance-ready.
6. The competition is open to composers of any age.

1. Applications should be sent by post to William Fox, Sub-Organist, 5b Amen Court, London EC4M 7BU.
2. Scores must not include the name of the composer or any distinguishing marks thereof. The panel will judge the pieces submitted solely on artistic merit and without prejudice.
3. The deadline for submissions is 8th October 2019. Please send five copies of the score, together with a completed application form.

1. The work must be original and contain a written guarantee that it is solely the work of the composer.
2. The work should not have been performed either in concert or service, or recorded commercially or privately.
3. The three pieces adjudged the most successful from all the applicants will be performed at a recital given by the St Paul‟s Cathedral Consort on the evening of 28th October 2019. The competition will be judged by a specially convened panel, with a winner being chosen during the course of evening.
4. The winner will be notified on the evening of the recital performance or, in the case of inability to attend, as soon as possible after the event.
5. The panel reserves the right to withhold the first prize.
6. In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the panel is final.
7. Scores are sent at entrants‟ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores nor return any material submitted.

If you have any queries, please contact William Fox, Sub-Organist:

Summary:Chamber group with voice
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Night With…

Call for scores for The Hermes Experiment (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass)

Deadline 1st October 2019

Workshop in Scottish Music Centre, 24th November

Concerts week of 25th November

The Night With… announces its third call for scores for emerging composers for works for The Hermes Experiment to be performed at The Night With… The Hermes Experiment concerts in November. The concert will also include works by Matthew Grouse, Josephine Stephenson, Robin Haigh and Meredith Monk.

From the initial submissions up to five works will be chosen for a workshop with The Hermes Experiment on 24th November in the Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow (time tbc). Fewer may be selected at the discretion of the judges. One of the five works will be chosen to feature in The Night With… concerts later in the week. This call for scores is as much about finding and developing interesting new music and composers as finding a new work that will fit within the programme.

Scores will be assessed entirely anonymously and The Night With…, as an inclusive organisation, particularly welcomes applications from emerging female and non-binary composers based in Scotland.

All scores must be submitted under a pseudonym. Any scores with identifying marks will be discarded.

The shortlist will be chosen by a panel consisting of representatives from The Hermes Experiment, Matthew Whiteside (CEO/Artistic Director of The Night With…) and a composer external from the programme.

Works are ideally for the full quartet (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass). Subsets of the ensemble down to duo will be accepted but are not encouraged. Solo pieces will not be accepted.

Instrument specific information:

-Soprano range: middle C (C4) to high C (C6)

-Double bass has a low C extension

-You can write for and/or include the bass clarinet in your piece

Submissions can be between 5 and 10 minutes long.

Pieces must not have been premiered, however they do not necessarily have to be written for this call.

It is the responsibility of the composer to acquire any rights or permissions to text used in the pieces. By submitting to this call for scores the composer confirms that these have been obtained.

It is recognized that composers can begin their career at any age. Therefore ‘emerging’ is defined by the composer themselves though will be at the discretion of judges. Example definitions of emerging include:

Currently in education or recently left
Have worked with an orchestra for a development opportunity (e.g. RSNO Composers Hub, LSO Soundhub) but not received regular commissions orchestral or otherwise
Not have an exclusive agreement with a publisher
These are not exhaustive examples.

It is intended that the workshop will be documented through recording and photography/film. This is so that the composers involved will have a read-through recording and/or video of their work for their own non-commercial use (e.g. Soundcloud).

Attendance at the workshop is required. There is a small bursary available to cover travel and accommodation expenses of those selected.

The workshop will be open to the public and free to attend.

Submission Process

Send all submissions with the subject line ‘The Hermes Experiments call for scores – [pseudonym]’. Within the email include:

an anonymous PDF score with pseudonym. Filename format: ‘[pseudonym]_[piece-name]’
a midi mockup of the piece (optional)
text of the piece
biography, up to 350 words in Word format, of composer (this will not be used for judging the shortlist, only for eligibility and marketing if shortlisted)

 Liturgy Alive: The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Composition Commission Competition
Summary:Choral competition with four categories
Deadline: 05 January 2020
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce Liturgy Alive, a composition competition to foster creative new choral music for the Catholic Mass. In an effort to encourage composers to write music for the Church, four choirs that lead music in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be awarding prizes for winning sacred choral compositions. In addition, the winning composition will be premiered at the Basilica in the Spring. More information and specific rules are available on the university website (see link, bottom).

2020 Competition Details
Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM EST on June 26, 2019 and 11:59 PM EST on January 5, 2020. The winner will be announced by February 17, 2020.

The University of Notre Dame Women's Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000

The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000

The University of Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $300
2nd prize: $150

The University of Notre Dame Basilica Schola Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $1,000

For details on each:

Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 2nd Leeds Philharmonic Society Christmas Carol Competition.

Competition Regulations
1. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and age.

2. The composition should be written for SATB choir a cappella, or with organ accompaniment. Whilst limited divisi will be accepted, special consideration will be given to works that communicate their musical ideas with efficiency, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the practicalities of learning new repertoire at this busy time of year.

3. The nature of the work shall be sacred, on a Christmas theme.

4. The selected text should either be in public domain or else requires the written consent of the author or the copyright holder (to be enclosed with the application). Text can be in any language but works set to languages other than Latin or English need to be accompanied by an English translation and, if applicable, guidelines for pronunciation.

5. The composition must have never been publicly performed, published or recorded before December 19th December 2019.

6. The duration of the work should not exceed 5 minutes.

7. There is a participation fee of £25 sterling for every composer. However, composers may submit more than one work, but in such cases an administrative fee of £10 for every extra work will be charged. Each work must be accompanied by a different application form and nom de plume.

8. Payment of the participation fee/s in £ sterling should be made one of the following methods:

Direct Payment into the Society’s Bank Account:

Bank Name: Yorkshire Bank
Sort Code: 06-04-49
Account Number: 17555174
Account Name: Leeds Philharmonic Society (CIO);

By Cheque: Payable to Leeds Philharmonic Society (CIO);

By Paypal: Go the Leeds Philharmonic Society’s web-site competition page

Click on the button provided and make a payment through Paypal. Keep a copy of your payment confirmation for the application submission.

9. There will be one prize-winner who will receive a prize of £750, and the first performances will be given during the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts in Leeds Town Hall on 19th December 2017.

10. The Jury will consist of the Society’s Musical Director David Hill and Chorus Master Joseph Judge, Simon Lindley, and Tim Ruffer, the editor at the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

11. The results of the competition will be announced on December 3rd 2019

12. The decisions of the Jury are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.

13. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize if it feels that none of the submissions meets the required standard.

14. The copyright of the work belongs to the composer. Nevertheless, whenever the winning work is performed, recorded or printed, the following sentence must be included: “Winner of the 2nd Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition”.

15. The application shall be submitted as follows:
a. 3 copies of the score (2 bound and 1 loose sheets), preferably not handwritten and identifiable only through the title of the work and the nom de plume;
b. written statement by the author or copyright holder of non-public domain texts allowing the use of the text for this competition;
c. copy of payment confirmation or cheque;
d. completed application form and signed declaration in a sealed envelope marked only by the name of the work and the nom de plume; e. translation of text into English and/or guidelines for pronunciation (if applicable).

16. Received scores will not be returned to composers.

17. Competition material must be sent to the following address:
Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition, c/o Philip Ratcliffe, 7 West Royd Villas, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3LS
by no later than 20th October 2019

18. Submitted competition material cannot be returned after the conclusion of this competition.
Entry Fee:£25

Summary:Works using existing sampled material
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: We're asking YOU to create a new piece of music from an archive of samples from the pivotal Polish Radio Experimental Studio, with the winner receiving a hefty cash prize.

Would you like access to an archive of samples from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, and the chance to win 2,000 Euros by creating a piece of music from it? Lucky reader, you now have such an opportunity, with tQ teaming up with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute for a brand-new competition. We’re looking for your compositions, between 180 and 360 seconds long, to be judged by a panel made up of ourselves and the AMI.

You can download the archive of samples here, and submit your composition made from them to before 31 August to be in with a chance of winning. Please make sure to read the full terms and conditions here before you do.

Winners will be selected by the 5-member jury apointed by the organizers of the competition in accordance with the following criteria:

-Originality of the work’s concept and sound
-The relation between the work and aesthetics and history of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio;
-Professionalism of music production.

Your piece does not have to only consist of music from the sample pack, but it does need to make prominent use of it.


Summary:Works for String Quartet
Deadline: 30 August 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: The Gipuzkoa provincial authority together with the Basque-Navarrese composers' association “Musikagileak” is organising the 15th "Pablo Sorozabal" International String Quartet Composition Competition. The aim of the competition is to foster composition for string quartets by encouraging younger composers to write original works.

- The competition is open to composers of any nationality or origin born after 1st January 1984.

- The composition must not last more than twenty minutes.

- The deadline for entering scores expires on 30th August 2019.

- There is a single prize of 3,000 euros net plus an accreditative diploma.

- The winning score will be premiered in the contemporary music series at the 81st Musical Fortnight in San Sebastián and subsequently included in the 11th “Musikagileak” Contemporary Music Circuit.

- Contact and complementary information through the email address

 International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero”
Summary:Works for accordion
Deadline: 05 September 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: Hauspoz, Euskal-Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, calls for the XII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero”, whose prize ceremony will be held on 14 of September 2019.

The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.

The works may be composed for solo accordion or for chamber music with accordion, and their length may not exceed 10 minutes. The works of chamber music must be composed for a maximum of four players in which there is at least one accordion.

The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.

Only pieces written after January 2015 will be admitted.

Works presented may be commissioned, but must never have been previous- ly performed either in public or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously awarded or published will not be admitted.

Scores may be submitted handwritten (with clear spelling, without amendments or rubbing-outs), or computer generated copy. It will be responsibility of the awar- ded composer to procure a printed computer copy as well as the necessary compu- ter files for its execution within 30 days from the publication of the jury's decision.

The composer will hand in three anonymous copies with no visible personal signature in an envelope, which will be identified only by a code or a theme. Works submitted should be enclosed into a sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title or headword of the composition, whereas the following details should be included within the envelope: composer’s name and surname, phone number, address, e-mail and signed formal statement proving that the work submitted is unknown and has never been published or performed before. The address the documentation must be sent to is as follows:

HAUSPOZ Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea Post Office Box 49 20120 Hernani (Gipuzkoa) Spain

The entry fee is 30€. 10€ for ‘Hauspoz’ members. Closing date will be 5th September 2019.

Entry Fee:€10-30

 New Work in Just Intonation: Call For Proposals
Summary:Works for String Quartet
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: Proposal for a new work in Just Intonation for String Quartet

The Del Sol String Quartet has worked extensively with composers whose works explore tuning outside of equal temperament. We believe there is an under-explored world of tonality and expression outside the world of 12 tones within an octave. Composers like Ben Johnston, Terry Riley, Michael Harrison, Lou Harrison, Harry Partch, and Theresa Wong have inspired us - we strongly believe we need more music that taps into this world.

Please see guidelines below.

Early Submission: August 1, 2019, 11:59PM PST ($10 Submission Fee)

Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2019, 11:59PM PST ($20 Submission Fee)

Please submit the following form for your proposal for a new work in just intonation for string quartet.

This is open to composers of all ages who consider themselves “emerging.”


Early submission deadline August 1, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Submission deadline of September 1, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

The winner will be selected by October 1, 2019.

Winning proposal piece us due to the quartet by January 1st, 2020.

Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival February2020

You will be asked to submit:

-a short bio (250 words)

-two work samples (work samples do not have to be in just intonation)

-why you want to write for this project (250 words)

-brief project proposal (50 words)

The selected commission will have:

-a premiere on the second annual Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival in San Francisco in February 2020

-workshop sessions with Del Sol Quartet leading to premiere

-cash prize of $1000.

Submission fee of $10 by August 1; $20 by September 1.

Find the form to to submit HERE.

Need to pay your submission fee? Do it HERE
Entry Fee:$10-20

 Baltimore Composers Forum
Summary:Woodwind quintet competition
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: CALL FOR SCORES for November 24, 2019 concert

Open only to members of the Baltimore Composers Forum.

For woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon) or subset thereof (including solos).

Performers can be added if Patagonia Winds agrees to consider that instrumentation. (Convey that request through If submission is selected for the concert, composer pays the additional musician(s); Patagonia Winds selects them. (NO PIANO)

Maximum duration: 8 minutes

Submit to and/or :
— pdf of score (audio optional)
— pdf of title, name of composer, completion date, duration

Submit program note and bio (maximum combined length 300 words) to

Submission deadline: Saturday, September 15, 2019

Selections announced in early October

Composers whose submissions are accepted contribute $60 for the November 24 performance.

 International Percussion Premiere Night
Summary:Percussion competition
Deadline: 23 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: Composers from around the world are invited to write new music for percussion duo. A committee of experts will select four compositions
which will be premiered and recorded by the Popocatepetl Percussion Duo on February 15th 2020 in the “Casa della Musica” of Trieste, Italy.

One of the four compositions selected will be awarded a first prize of € 1000, donated by the “Fondazione Libero e Zora Polojaz”
Professional recording of the four winning compositions at the “Urban Recording Studio”

To broaden the repertoire for percussion ensemble
To stimulate composers to explore this field
To give composers an opportunity to get their works professionally performed and recorded
To expand the network of participants for further collaborations

The works
-Each work should last between four and fifteen minutes.
-The use of audio and/or video tapes and live electronics is allowed.
-Composers may submit a maximum of three works.
-Only works for percussion duo that have neither been performed professionally nor published as of September 23rd 2019 shall be accepted.

Composers can choose instruments from the following list:
• 2 five octaves marimbas
• 2vibraphones
• 1xylophone
• 1glockenspiel
• 2 timpani
• 2 kick drums
• 2 snare drums
• 8 tom-toms
• several cymbals
• 2 sets of wood blocks
• 1 tam-tam
• 6 small thai gongs (EU notation: c#’, e’, f’, c#”, e”, f”)
• 1 octave of crotales
• 2 tambourines
• 1 wind chimes
• 2 triangles
• junk percussion

For any questions about instrumentation please contact us at

Application form
The application is open to composers of all nationalities with no age limit and with no limit on composition style. Composers whose works are selected will be invited to the concert and hosted for the day of the performance, but they must pay their own travel expenses. The application fee is 50€ and corresponds to the membership fee for the Cultural Association PIROKLASTIKA for the year 2019.

Non EU (European Union) citizens will have to bear any additional costs for the bank transfer.

The application should include:
• The completed application form,
which you can download from the website
• A curriculum vitae with optional catalogue of works
• The scores of all compositions with program notes in PDF format
• 2019 membership application form
for the Kulturno Društvo - Associazione Culturale PIROKLASTIKA
• Theconfirmationofpayment
• A copy of a valid ID/Passport

• Application forms September 23th 2019
• Arrival of scores September 23th 2019
• Announcement of successful works September 30th 2019
Entry Fee:€50

Summary:Competition fo Canadian Composers
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The VBC is pleased to announce the second year of our Choral Composition Competition. The competition was established by a generous private donor to encourage the creation of new choral music by Canadian composers and to honour the organization’s history of engaging local and national composers.

The competition is open to composers who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant. If a citizen, you are not required to be currently residing in Canada. There is no age restriction. Works must be unpublished and not have received any previous public performance.

The winner of the competition will receive:
• A cash prize of $2000 issued after the premiere performance.
• A premiere of the work presented at Christmas with the Bach Choir on December 1st, 2019.
• Access to an archival recording of the premiere.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, and have not received any previous performance in any previous editions or arrangements of the work. You may only submit one composition per year for consideration.

Submissions must be:
• Target length is 4-6 minutes.
• A sacred or secular work for the winter holiday season. Arrangements of already-composed Christmas carols are not eligible. However, text from already composed carols may be used in a newly composed format. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of listeners.
• Scored for SATB, either a cappella or accompanied by organ, brass quintet or organ and brass quintet. Occasional divisi is allowed.
• Composed using a text that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
• Submissions must be written in a computer engraved format such as a PDF and written in open score with a piano reduction underneath. The successful applicant will be asked to provide appropriate instrumental parts if necessary. Please note that e-mail attachments must not exceed 8MB in size. If your manuscript is larger it must be sent via dropbox or other file transfer method.
• Do not include any identifying marks on the manuscript. Please add a cover page with title, composer and text source details.

VBC Music Director’s Leslie Dala and a jury of peers will review all applications. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously. One winner will be contacted by October 18, 2019 with a public announcement being made by November 1st, 2019.

The deadline for submission of all materials is August 31st, 2019. To apply, click here to complete the application form. If you have any questions, please direct them to


 Alumni Composition Competition 2019
Summary:Competition for Cardiff Alumni
Deadline: 14 October 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The School of Music are delighted to once again invite alumni and graduates of the School to enter our alumni composition competition.

The winning composition will be performed by Cardiff University Symphony Winds at a concert in the Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centre on 27 March 2020.

The competition was launched last year to great success, with entries from alumni of the School spanning over 30 years. The winning piece by Cardiff-born composer Gareth Olubunmi Hughes (PhD Music 2016) was performed by Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra in St David’s Hall.

All alumni of the School of Music are invited to enter. Works that have been performed previously, along with previously unperformed works, are both welcome.

Cardiff University School of Music has a distinguished roster of composer alumni from past and present, including Morfydd Owen, Grace Williams, Alun Hoddinott, Hilary Tann and Philip Cashian.

We also have a strong community of current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate composers.

Technical information

Duration: Submissions should be between 7’ and 15’ minutes.

Instrumentation: Works should be scored for standard Symphonic Winds set up:
3(inc. picc).2.3(inc. bc and E flat clarinet)2/ x alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax/Hp.String Bass.Timp.3Perc

Scores will be anonymised and submitted for consideration by a panel which will include the conductor of the University’s Symphonic Winds, as well as members of staff from the School of Music.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the final rehearsals and the performance, and may be asked to make minor changes to the score as needed for rehearsals and final performance.

Please submit a PDF of a full score, along with a 100-word biography and composer’s year of graduation to by 4pm on Monday 14th October 2019.

Summary:Brass piano trio
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
NOVEMBER 15-16, 2019

The South Texas Brass Symposium was created in an effort to promote the performance, education and awareness of brass music in the South Texas region. Bringing world-class musicians and the area’s best professionals together at Del Mar College for masterclasses and performances will create unique learning opportunities for students, musicians and the general public. Please join us as we celebrate a rich and exciting repertoire of music for brass instruments.

Call for Scores: Horn, Trombone, and Piano

Description: The organizing committee of the South Texas Brass Symposium is seeking original, unpublished works for a trio (horn, trombone, and piano) to feature in a recital performance by Del Mar College faculty during the annual South Texas Brass Symposium on November 15-16, 2019. The winning composition will receive an opportunity for a premiere performance at the symposium and a live recording of the work.

Eligibility: Open to anyone

Submission Fee: None

Instrumentation: Must be specifically scored for Horn in F, Tenor or Bass Trombone and Piano.

Composition Guidelines: We are looking for a piece of music of medium length, between 5-10 minutes, of musical worth and substance that will be attractive to audiences and performers alike. The work should be listenable, appeal to general audiences and be written in traditional notation for the specified instruments listed above. The piece should be original and unpublished, although it may have been previously performed. All submissions will be judged anonymously with a third-party organizing the materials. Please make sure your name and contact information is included in the email with your submission.

Submission Requirements: Applications will be submitted via email to Dr. Donald Pinson at, no later than Friday, September 20th, 2019.

Applications must include:
1. Anonymous PDF score and parts. Please hide your name and any other identifying information (for example, in the dedication or program notes.)
2. Recording in mp3 format (live recording or MIDI generated recording is acceptable). Please send as an attachment or direct download link (links to streaming services will not be accepted.) MIDI files will not be accepted; applicants must convert MIDI to mp3.
3. Applicant contact information and title of composition in email body.
4. Please label the subject line of your email as “STBS composition”

The winning submission will be notified by October 20th, 2019. Attendance at the Symposium is not required, but highly encouraged. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Dr. Pinson at the contact information above.

 Call for Chamber Music Recordings 2019
Summary:Call for recordings
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: This project is open to composers and performers of any age and nationality that have recordings (live or studio) of their chamber music compositions.

We hope to discover works that would otherwise remain under the radar, with the aim to promote both the up-and-coming and the more established composers and performers.

With previous projects, we had the honour and pleasure to discover and release music written by composers from different countries, professors of universities or colleges, some of whom have won prizes and awards. Some others are artists working on establishing their career. If you want to discover more about our roster of composers and performers please visit the following page.

The winners will have their works published in a music release produced to showcase and promote contemporary music. Such release will be distributed in all the digital stores, platforms and outlets (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music and many more). The winners will also receive other prizes, please continue reading if you want to discover more.

The three-tier registration fee will be the only cost for the winners - no other hidden costs or charges will be required.

The prize will include:

Professional Production of the Album
including quality design of the cover artwork
(check our catalogue for an overview of our editorial style)
Preparation of the promotional text
Share of the sales of the album
The composer keeps 100% of the rights of the work
Commercial release / worldwide distribution
British Library, Sound and Music Archive registration

Option for synch & licensing opportunities (tv and media)
Option for physical distribution and manufacturing of the album (depending on demand)
Chart registration (USA, UK e Canada)
Promotion, Advertising and Press release coverage
Licensing and Copyright Clearance
Full contracts and agreements with the winning composers
Barcodes and ISRC codes
How to Participate
The application is via the Application Form. If you decide to participate you will be redirected to the application page where you can fill in your details.

ACCEPTED WORKS: Chamber Music Recordings.
Any music written for a minimum of 2 instruments (duo) up to 12 instruments in total. Works that include voice, electronics or percussions can be submitted (max 12 instruments). Works that include choir can’t be submitted.

Both Live and Studio recordings are accepted.

The work should be your original composition.

If your composition has won awards, competitions or other calls can still be submitted.

Please double check with your publisher/performer/or previous call or competition management that you have the rights to enter into other competitions and calls with such work.

There is no maximum duration. We strongly suggest and recommend to submit short and medium length works.

Contemporary music no matter the genre or style. The work can have jazz, pop rock, world or other influences and flavours but should mainly be instrumental contemporary classical.

Participants can submit more than one work.

Multi-movement works can be submitted and will count as 1 work.
A three-movement sonata will count as 1 work.

Collection of works will not count as one work and registration fee should be paid accordingly.
A suite of 3 works will count as 3 applications and fee should be paid 3 times.

AGE / Nationality:
There are no formal restrictions, anyone regardless of age and country of residency can participate (minimum legal age of 18 required - if you are underage please get in touch before applying)

There is no limit to the number of recordings that you can submit. Please note that we will tend to select only one work per composer. In some circumstances, we reserve the right to select more than one work (depending on the quality of works and talent(s) )

EARLY BIRD [Ends August 4, 2019]: £24 - per work submitted
STANDARD [Ends September 8, 2019]: £44 - per work submitted
LATE ENTRY [Ends September 30, 2019]: £64 - per work submitted

The registration fee will be the only cost for the participant and No other fees, or costs will be due if the composer is selected.

You will be asked to share a Link to your folder (Dropbox, box, google drive and similar only. No WeTransfer). Such folder should contain the following material: - Score(s) pdf
- Mp3 recording(s) of submitted scores
- Notes about the work(s) pdf
- Composer's artistic bio pdf
- Names of ensemble/performers and their bio where possible

The composer should be the owner of the master recording and should be able to license the work for the release. Please double check with recording/sound engineer and with performers before submitting the work. If your work is already released by any other entity (record labels, managers, agencies, etc..), we may need permission release from the current entity. We will reserve the right to withdraw your participation and fee would not be refunded if there is any irregularity.
Entry Fee:£24–64

Summary:Piano Trio Call
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The Additive Color Ensemble is proud to announce its inaugural Call for Scores. Participation is open to composers of every kind. Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2019.

• No submission fee
• Works must be written for Flute, Saxophone, and Piano. The following instruments are available:
>Piccolo/C flute/Alto flute
>Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone saxophone
>Piano is just piano.
• Works should not exceed 10 minutes.
• Multiple submissions per composer are accepted.
• Works may be premieres or previously performed.
• Selected composers will be featured in the Additive Color Ensemble 2020 season, and will also receive video recordings of works.

• Deadline is December 31, 2019.
• Selected composers will be notified by January 15, 2020.

 Francis Chagrin Award
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 22 November 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: Want that helping hand in creating your new work?

The Francis Chagrin Award is for composers looking for that quick top-up to get them to the next step in creating a new work. An easy application process could lead to getting awarded on average £100 for costs associated with composing.

Find out more about previous recipients of the Francis Chagrin Awards here.

You may apply for the award at any time of year, completing a simple application form. There are three dates where applications are assessed across the financial year (April - March) in May, November and February.


Friday 22nd November 2019

Francis Chagrin was the founder of the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM).

During his career he composed symphonies, songs, chamber music, and over 200 film scores. His music is collected in Sound and Music's British Music Collection.

Summary:Male Voice & Piano
Deadline: 31 March 2020
Date Posted: 19 June 2019

Male Voice & Piano




To encourage composers
To give their work public performances To further the cause of contemporary music

This competition is open to COMPOSERS of college age or over. This is regardless of any music fraternity affiliation.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS: The composition should be for Male Voice and Piano. The length of time should be from seven to fifteen minutes. Manuscripts should be LEGIBLY written in ink or processed, signed with nom de plume, and free from any marks that would identify the composer to the judges.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, the composition shall not have been previously commissioned, published or publicly performed (except for feedback) prior to the time that judging is completed in the summer of 2020. To be eligible for the award, the winner of the competition must wait to publish her/his work until after the première performance in July 2021. Each entry should be accompanied by an envelope with the pseudonym written on the outside. The envelope should contain the entrant’s name, address, phone number, email address, and entry check. This is only for the use of the Competition Chair and will not be shared with the judges. If more than one composition is entered, each entry should be sent separately and should abide by the rules set for an entry. 

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 31, 2020. An entry fee of $25.00 (American money) should accompany each manuscript. Checks should be made out to Delta Omicron. This fee is to cover postage, insurance and handling cost to and from each of the judges. Please note: once a manuscript is submitted, there will be no refund of the entry fee if the entrant chooses to withdraw from the competition. Entries will not be returned.

Due care will be used in protecting all manuscripts received, but each applicant specifically releases all persons, judges and Delta Omicron from any and all claims and damages arising out of loss or destruction of submitted composition, however caused.

THREE copies of each manuscript with CD recordings should be sent in a FLAT package by first-class mail. Upon receipt of the entry, the composer will receive an acknowledgment. Music should not be spiral bound.

AWARDS: The awards shall be $1,000 and the Première Performance at the 2021 Delta Omicron International Fraternity's Triennial Conference. The monetary award is underwritten in part by the Delta Omicron Foundation, Inc. The composer is encouraged to attend the Première Performance of her/his composition at the 2021 Triennial Conference. All expenses to the Conference are the responsibility of the composer.

The decision of the judges will be FINAL. The prize will be withheld, if in the opinion of the judges, none of the compositions submitted is of a caliber warranting an award.

All of the above rules shall be followed, or the composition will be disqualified.
Address ALL Entries and Inquiries to:
 Matthew Neylon, Chair, Composition Competition
 510 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs GA 30328 Email:

Entry Fee:$25

Summary:Programme for emerging composers
Deadline: 03 December 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – A program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the “Live Music Capital of the World”. ***Now accepting applications for 2020***

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD program provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly written work that is to be rehearsed, recorded in a professional studio and performed at a concert in Austin, TX. In addition, for 5-6 days, each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships with colleagues in the music and arts industry.

The program name draws inspiration from the city of Austin’s motto of “Keep Austin Weird.” Most composers do not have professional studio recordings of their compositions, and most who do, have subpar live recordings. With quality studio recordings there is an opportunity to place compositions in film, commercials, and radio. In Austin, a city rich in music and culture, these visiting composers will also have the opportunity to build relationships and broaden their network.

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD takes place for 8-10 days in Austin, Texas. Participants will be required to compose a work specifically for the program. Each composer will have the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a rehearsal and a recording session at Cacophony Records, recording and engineering done by Grammy winning producer, Erik Wofford. All tracking will be done in Austin, mixing and mastering will be conducted post-program and sent to the composer (composer retains all rights to music). A performance will be booked in advance and promoted to showcase each composer. In addition, conferences, panels, and mixers will be held at various venues around town to provide networking opportunities. Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, backyard, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches.

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day): $1,560 USD (contributes toward recording, musicians, performance)
Application should be sent by email to (cost to apply is $15 USD)
1) Please send the following information:
a. Name
b. Birth date
c. Nationality
d. CV
e. Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e – interests, goals, etc)
f. One letter of recommendation (if possible)

2) PDF files of one – two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $15(USD) fee payable by paypal to

Dec.3.2019: Application deadline
Dec.5. 2019: Announcement of results
Dec.15.2019: Notification to reserve spot in program (via deposit; flexible)
Dec.20. 2019: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
Jan.7.2020: Deadline for sending finished composition
Jan.13/14. 2020: – arrival and accommodation in Austin
Jan.21/22.2020: – departure from Austin
Entry Fee:$15 USD

Summary:International composers’ competition
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019

The Competition is open to all composition students of any European Music Academies.
It consists in an original composition or transcription for the “Orchestra giovanile di Monza e Brianza” (OgMB), which is formed by young musicians from 10 to 16 years old, who are learning a music instrument at an Italian music school.

Aim of the Competion is to create a repertoire of contemporary music especially conceived for this orchestra.

The instrumentation of the work should be similar to that of the OgMB, that is:
- Strings (violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, double basses);
- woodwinds (flutes I and II -ev. piccolo, clarinets I and II -ev. bass clarinet, sax contraltos I and II);
- brasses (horns I and II, trumpets in B I and II, trombones I and II);
- accordions;
- classical guitars (I and II);
- 2 electric pianos (possibly with 4 hands);
- percussions (2 timpani, marimba -ev. 4 hands, glockenspiel, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle etc...).

Technical information
Although there are some students from the musical high school, the difficulty of each part will have to take into account the average degree of instrumental skills that can be achieved after three years in the musical “scuola media”
The parts of the strings must not be divided. There must be the utmost caution when inserting passages in position. Harmonics are only possible if they are natural (up to the third harmonic). It is also possible to use special techniques or extended techniques if they are simple to play.

The parts of the winds can be doubled.
It is possible, however, to include single and circumscribed moments "a solo" or "a due" etc... of a greater difficulty degree.
No section will be amplified (with the exception of a control box for electric piano).
The piece must have a maximum of 15 minutes and can be freely articulated in a single movement, in more movements, suite/collection of more pieces...

The competition is open to all composition students who are attending internationally recognized academies, institutions and music schools.

A pdf copy of the score must be uploaded on the portal "Brianza in Musica", in the section "Concorso di Composizione OgMB". It must not contain any name, signature or reference to the author but only the title of the composition.
Each uploaded score must correspond to an email with the subject "CANDIDATURA CONCORSO COMPOSIZIONE OgMB", sent to the e-mail address, with the attached application form, signed and accompanied by the candidate’s a curriculum vitae.
The closing date for registration is 15th October 2019 h.24.

The jury will be chaired by the composer Alessandro Solbiati and is composed by:
➢ Paolo Casiraghi (composer, musical director of the OgMB, clarinet teacher at the liceo musicale "C. Tenca" in Milan)
➢ Ciro Fiorentino (national referent of COMUSICA, guitar teacher at the liceo musicale "B. Zucchi" in Monza)
➢ Umberto Pedraglio (composer, cellist, cello teacher at the liceo musicale "T. Ciceri" in Como)
➢ Massimo Orlando (flutist, flute teacher at the liceo musicale "C. Tenca" in Milan)

The results will be published by November 15th, 2019 on the website "Brianza in Musica", in the section "Concorso di Composizione OgMB".
The winners have to deliver the detached parts within 15 days from the publication of the results.

1st Prize - €. 1.000,00 and work publication on the website
2nd Prize - €. 600,00 and work publication on the website
3rd Prize - €. 400,00 and work publication on the website
The OgMB will perform the winning works during an event scheduled for the 2019/20 school year.

 Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition 2019
Summary:Chamber music competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: Nuova Consonanza announces the XXI edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition. In partnership with Rai Radio 3, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni – Milano.

Composers of any age and nationality are eligible.

The instrumentation includes:
Flute (also piccolo / one performer)
Clarinet (also bass clarinet / one performer)

The composition may involve the whole ensemble or part of it, starting from a minimum of two players. Length of the composition must not exceed 12 minutes. Any candidate can compete anonymously with one or more works. It is possible to submit compositions that have already been played, as long as they are unpublished and have not been awarded any prize in other contests.

Candidates are requested to submit scores (along with parts for a possible performance), by email only and in pdf format, to

Scores and parts must be anonymous and marked with a motto.

Candidates are also requested to include in the same email:

- completed and signed registration form
- curriculum vitae;
- receipt of payment of the entry fee;
- identity document

Links to audio recordings or computer-generated audio files are welcome, but not required (please, do not attach audio files to email)
The above documents can be written in English, French or
The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019 (23:59, Gmt +2).

A € 50 entry fee for each submitted score can be paid via wire transfer to Associazione Nuova Consonanza IBAN IT44X0200805108000010653285 – BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1719
Entry Fee:€50

Summary:Piano/chamber ensemble
Deadline: 02 December 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: The Organizing Committee of the Young Virtuosos Foundation in collaboration with the Intellectual Legacy of Pancho Vladigerov Foundation are proud to announce the edition of the INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019"in the categories PIANO WORKS and WORKS FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE. The works should be written in particular for the competition and to be associated with the 120th anniversary of the birth of the classic of the Bulgarian music Prof. Pancho Vladigerov. The International Jury sessions will be held in Sofia from 9 to 13 December 2019.

The INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019" takes place within the framework of the annually competition “Young virtuosos”, open to young performers, from throughout the world. The competition provides new opportunities to compete and communicate with their peers, to explore and exchange original ideas, to interpret classical and contemporary music, to present their talent to eminent musicians who have proven themselves on the global music scene. The agenda of the International competition “Young virtuosos” also includes a number of artistic meetings, a workshop, an “Academy of Mastery”, as well as concert performances by renowned musicians.

1. The competition is addressed to young composers from all nationalities, specialties and age groups as specified in point 2 of the General Conditions.
2. The competition is held in the following age groups and categories:
2.1. Categories: Composition
2.2. Age groups
Up to 35 years of age – born after 01.01.1984
2.3. Category
- Category “Piano compositions” with duration up to 6 minutes
- Category “Compositions for Chamber ensemble” with duration up to 10 minutes

1. The registration for participation in the competition is done only by Application Form. The application forms must arrive IN AN ELECTRONIC WAY no later than:
2. The application forms are available on the website of the International Composers Competition “PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019”.
3. The application forms must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a document certifying the age of the participants;
- two artistic photos (.jpg, 800 x 500);
- a short artistic biography of the participant;
- a bank receipt of paid Registration fee of 30 (thirty) EURO for each submitted work;
- PDF file of one or more compositions written in particular for the competition and to be associated with the 120th anniversary of the birth of the classic of the Bulgarian music prof. Pancho Vladigerov. The cover and first page of the work should not contain the author’s name, and only an 8 digits code on the cover page should be specified;
- Application form with the 8 digits code a specified composer’s name and title of the work.
4. The candidates should pay the fee via Bank transfer to the following bank account:

“Young virtuosos” Foundation UNICREDIT BULBANK
Pametnik Levski
Sofia, 1, Yanko Sakazov Blvd.
IBAN: BG23 UNCR 7000 1522 4504 49 BIC: UNCRBGSF
Entry Fee:€30

Summary:Works accessible to Youth Ensemble
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: Calling all composers! The 6th annual World Projects Composition Contest is now open!
Entries are due December 1st, 2019.

Founded in the strong relationships World Projects has forged with renowned composers from across the globe, The World Projects Composition Contest presents a unique opportunity for new connections to be made. Through this contest, World Projects will strive to:

• Promote the composition of great new music
• Promote emerging composers
• Promote the collaboration between composer, conductor, and student performer
• Bring World Premieres to major concert halls
• Provide a platform where these compositions can be published and kept alive through future performances

Rules and Requirements:
1. This contest is open to everyone.
2. Applicants may enter up to one (1) original composition of their own that is a non-published, un-premiered work, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other right of any other work or person. (Arrangements will not be accepted)
3. The submitted work should be written for choral, orchestra, string orchestra, or band instrumentation. It must be between 3-7 minutes in length and is expected to be of a grade III or IV level and accessible to youth ensembles.
4. Entries received after the contest cutoff date of December 1st, 2019 will not be considered for submission.
5. The winner will be selected by the World Projects Composition Board. The composition board consists of World Projects and:

Award (per winning composition):
1. World Premiere of your composition by a selected ensemble at either the Walt Disney Concert Hall during the 2019 Los Angeles “Sounds of Summer” Festival or at Carnegie Hall during the 2020 New York “Sounds of Summer” Festival.
2. Roundtrip airfare (coach class) or Train transportation depending on location of festival.
3. Two (2) nights’ accommodation at the festival hotel.
4. Personal stipend of $200.00
5. Opportunity to lead a 90 minute festival rehearsal with the selected ensemble premiering your winning composition. Responsibilities to include but not limited to:
1. Participation in the application & selection process for ensemble that will perform the winning composition
2. Working directly with the Director of the selected ensemble in preparation of the world premiere
6. Your winning composition will be offered a publishing contract with World Projects Corporation.

Entry Submission Forms:
1. Full score (pdf)
2. Audio recording (live recording or synthesized notation software – MP3 format) MIDI files will NOT be accepted
3. List of any composer(s) and/or piece(s) that influence your work (pdf)
4. Entry form (pdf)

How to enter:
• E-mail your entry to File attachments should not exceed 20 MB in size per E-mail.
• If E-mail is unavailable:
• World Projects Corporation – 601 First Street, Ste. 200, Benicia, CA 94510.

Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 26 August 2019
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: “NIKOS SKALKOTTAS 2019”
Commemorating the 70th anniversary since the death of the prominent Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas, the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek Composers’ Union organize an International Competition for Orchestra.

International Competition Composition
For Orchestra

The members of the Jury will be announced through the Competition’s website after June 2019 and will be chosen for their international reputation in the world of music creation.

The Jury will select one work which will receive the “Nikos Skalkottas” Prize plus 3.500 euros . The awarded work will be performed on the 29th of November 2019 by the Athens State Orchestra at Megaron – the Athens Concert Hall during the first day the International Conference “Skalkottas Today”.

There will also be another Prize of 1.700 euros for the best work by a young Greek composer (born after 1984), which is kindly provided by the Athens State Orchestra. The performance of this work is scheduled for the first semester of 2020.

Nationalities - Age limit - Registration fees
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities with no age limit and without registration fees.

Submitted Works
The submitted works must not have been previously published, performed, broadcasted or submitted at a different competition.

The duration of the work
The contestants will submit one work for symphonic orchestra that must last between 12 and 15 minutes. The duration of the piece must be written on the score.

All strings must be included and at least 12 players of the other groups.
The use of electronics, voice or solo instruments is not permitted.

Legible and Anonymous
The musical score must be perfectly legible and anonymous, marked only with the title of the work and a 6 – digit code. If there is any proof of the candidate’s identity, the work will be automatically eliminated of the process.

The submission deadline is Monday, 26th August 2019,and in order to be considered as final, there must an electronic submission and a postal submission

 New Opportunity for Composers
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: We are seeking new performance music for trio, to be part of our new and exclusive series, Continually Advancing Music (CAM). Submit compositions for trio that have at least one double bass or one cello. All instruments and voice are acceptable. Compositions cannot exceed 22 minutes and must be for professional performance. Composers can be of any age, nationality, gender, or career stage. Composers are limited to five submissions, maximum. Of those reviewed, up to 5 compositions will be accepted for publishing contract. This open call will expire April 2021, or before if five compositions have been identified. As of June 11, 2019, approximately 20 compositions have been submitted (thank you all!). The call is still open.

To submit, send your score as a PDF attachment to or within an email, or send us a link to a cloud folder. No recording is required but an MP3 will be accepted (up to 10mb). Our email is info at

 Flute Duo
Summary:Commission opportunity
Deadline: 24 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 June 2019
Details: Deadline: Ongoing
Details: A new contemporary music flute duo is looking to commission a piece to premiere at their promotional launch concert on 24 October 2019. Looking for a composer who is interested in working with them and willing to shape the piece to their strengths.
Fee: Upon application
Contact: For more information and to express interest, please contact:

Summary:Works for flute
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 06 June 2019
Details: Iwona Glinka (Athens-based flutist) is seeking for new pieces for performance and recording. Submissions must be not yet commercially released on recording. It is acceptable if the music has been disseminated on the Internet via YouTube, Soundcloud, personal web sites, etc., as long as a commercial recording has not yet been produced.

The length should be two minutes. The style is open to the taste of the composer.

The intention for selected submissions is to present them in live performance in programs and then to record them for a CD made up exclusively of submissions from this call to be released on Phasma Music Label Full physical and digital distribution via Naxos.

Four-stages submission process:

First stage until August 31, 2019.

- No works over two minutes will be reviewed
- No hand written score is not accepted
- Provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes in English
- Upload a score as a PDF file to
- Demo recordings are welcome via a link to Dropbox, Soundcloud, or other external hosting site. Please do not email audio files.

Second stage until September 15, 2019.

- All selected composer's works will be subsidised for the performance, recording and distribution of their work.
- Agreement signing
- Fee 180 Euro via PayPal (recording equipment, sound engineer, editing, preparing the master, renting venue, cover and inside design, CD production, distribution)

Third stage until December 31, 2019

- Concert and Recording

Fourth stage until March 31, 2020

- Sending to every composer 8 copies of CD album

Summary:Large chamber ensemble
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 June 2019
Details: The Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its fifth edition of “Call for Scores” (CFS). The theme is “Christmas Concert 2019”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo up to a maximum of 15 instruments:

4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 glockenspiel, 1 piano

For example: 1 viola + 1 flute + 1 trombone, or a string quartet formation. Please note that 4 violins are considered as 4 instruments, 2 violas are considered as 2 instruments and so on.

There is no fixed style. Please use your imagination and creativity to write music so beautiful and pleasant to the ears that the musicians would love to play them over and over again and the audience would love to hear them over and over again.

Selected works will be performed by EBM on Sunday, 1st Dec 2019, in Singapore. Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must be between 3-8 minutes. ONLY melodious and tonal works will be accepted. Atonal and electronics works will NOT be considered. Every work MUST be original, and never performed nor published in any format before. NO transcription nor arrangement of any sort is allowed. Works which have won awards, or which have already been published onto any form of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, iTunes or SoundCloud will not be considered. Submissions will not be returned. Please dedicate new works written specially for this CFS to “Ensemble de la Belle Musique”. For older works written prior to this CFS, no dedication is required.

Video recordings of the concert will be put up on our Youtube channel. Complimentary hotel lodging of 3 days 2 nights (with complimentary breakfast) + free entry to the concert will be provided for selected composers. In addition, selected composers will each be given a full HD video recording of their works.

Submission Guidelines:
There is an entry fee of USD20* for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for USD10* each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. Each entry must be emailed in pdf format (full score + individual parts, if applicable) to with the subject heading: “EBMCFS2019 – Title of work” along with:

a. A completed submission form in pdf format. NO handwritten scores will be accepted. You may use any reliable music notation software as long as the score is clear and legible.
b. A high resolution coloured photo in .jpeg format
c. A receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment. For submissions of up to 3 works, just one receipt or one screenshot of completed Paypal payment will do.
d. An mp3 or midi recording of every work submitted.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59pm, Singapore time, on Friday, 20th September 2019. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. Results will be announced on EBM’s website and social media platforms latest by Monday, 30th September 2019, and selected composers will be notified via email. The decision of EBM is final. No changes are allowed after submission. For enquiries, please email

The submitted works must be free of any rights. Non-selected composers will have full ownership of their works and will be allowed to perform their compositions once the results have been released. In contrast, selected composers are NOT allowed to interpret their selected works in any way before nor on the day of EBM’s “Christmas” concert on Sunday, 1st December 2019.

Selected composers retain full ownership of the copyright for their selected works but they have to grant EBM irrevocable rights limited to using the works for promotional purposes and for performing the works in concerts at any time without further compensation to them.

Deadline: Friday, 20th September 2019, 11.59pm Singapore time

Entry fee: USD20 per submission. USD10 for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer

Currency: US Dollars

*All submission fees go towards the rental of the performance venue, payment of musicians, audio and video recordings of the concert, as well as hotel bookings.
Entry Fee:USD20

 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
Summary:Wind Ensemble Competition
Deadline: 04 November 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Composition Requirements
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s Call for Scores Rules

1. All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and have NOT been previously published or performed. The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the piece will be the “World Premiere Performance”. (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece in April of 2020).

2. Entrants: The Call for Scores contest is open to any age, nationality, or experience level. NO members or family members of the HWE may enter.

3. Scoring is to be for the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble. We have the following instrumentation:

- 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccolos) - 2 Oboes - 2 Bassoons - 1 Eb clarinet - 6 Bb clarinets
- 1 Eb Alto or Eb Contralto Clarinet - 1 Bass Clarinet - 2 Alto Sax - 1 Tenor Sax
- 1 Bari Sax - 5 Cornets/Trumpets - 4 French Horns - 3 Trombones - 2 Euphoniums/Baritones
- 2 Tubas - 1 String Bass - 1 Timpani - 1 Mallet percussionist - 3 percussionists

Do NOT include English Horn, Soprano Sax, Harp, etc. They are NOT available. We have limited technology for electronics. If you include electronics, it should be easily accessible. Vocals are permissible from solo voice and up to 4 part SATB. Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.

4. Duration: Preference is given to works between 4-10 minutes (shorter and longer pieces have won in the past; this is just a preference).

5. Entry Fee(s): The entry fee to the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Click here to pay your fee electronically < > (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.) Your entry fee is tax deductible. Submit the “Tracking Code” from The Center’s Emailed receipt with your score and composer information sheet (detailed below).

6. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players - Grade 3 to 5.

7. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.

8. Deadline for submissions: End of day, November 4th, 2019

9. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.

10. Notification: The winning pieces will be announced in December of 2019. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the HWE artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our spring 2020 concert (late April or May).

11. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2020.

12. Performance Rights: By entering the contest, the winners acknowledge and grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to HWE to perform and record all or a portion of their work created for the HWE Composition Contest. Winning compositions will remain in the HWE music library for future performance beyond the premiere concert date. Recordings, either audio or video, may be placed on YouTube and other social media accounts. The winners retain their copyright of the piece and may publish the piece any time after the HWE world premiere performance date.

13. Awards: There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of $250.00. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2020. A recording of the piece will be available for download.

What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)

A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” or 8.5” by 11” printing. No handwritten scores or parts will be accepted. Judging will be anonymous. Do NOT put your name on the score.

B. Composer Information: We require all of the following information:
1) Composer Name
2) Complete Mailing Address
3) Telephone Number
4) Email address
5) Gender identity

C. Recording: Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only.

D. Entry Fee: The entry fee is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Submit the “Tracking Code” in Email with composer information, score, and recording. Click here to pay your fee electronically. (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.) . Click here to pay your fee electronically.

All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here:
Entry Fee:$20

 Gaetano Amadeo Prize 2019
Summary:Competition for organ plus soloist
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: The Municipality of Corteolona and Genzone, in cooperation with the Associazione I Solisti Laudensi and Iberclassica Artists Agency, announces the first edition of:


The competition is open to all musicians (even amateurs no professionals) of any nationality without age limits. The competition will take place in Genzone from 25 to 28 September 2019.


The eliminatory phases, semifinal and final, will take place from 25 to 28 September 2019 in Genzone.

The final will consist of a public concert to be held in the church of Santa Maria della Neve in Genzone (Italy).


The competition is open to all musicians (even amateurs no professional), of all nationalities and without age limits.

Registration phase:

Applications can be sent from 15 May 2019 to 15 September 2019

Candidates of the CATEGORY D (AMATEURS NO PROFESSIONAL) can submit a video link EVEN BY SMARTPHONE if they cannot participate in the eliminatory rounds (25 and 26 September).


Candidates will be informed by e-mail within 20 September 2019; the names of the candidates will also be published on the website.

The competition is structured as follows:

First eliminatory round: September 25th.

Second eliminatory round: September 26th.

Semifinal: September 27th.

Final: September 28th.

Each competitor / Ensemble will have a maximum time of 10 minutes for the test.

Gaetano Amadeo: Compulsory piece for solo organ
A free choice piece suitable for the Amati organ

A free choice piece suitable for the Amati organ for: organ and voice /organ and instrument / organ and various ensemble

A piece for solo organ / organ and voice or instrument / ensemble (also choir) with organ must be sent in PDF FORMAT by e-mail to:


A short piece for solo organ/organ and voice or instrument/ensemble with organ.

Candidates of the CATEGORY D (AMATEUR) can submit a video link EVEN BY SMARTPHONE if they cannot participate in the eliminatory rounds (25 and 26 September).


The video can contain a repertoire of any historical period, for solo organo or any kind of ensemble with both vocal and instrumental always accompanied by organ. The video must be played in streaming mode (the video must not be downloaded and can also be of a short piece.

The final is open to 3 competitors in category A and B. Competitors must play in the final concert which will take place on the same day and which will be an integral part of the competition.
The winners will be announced at the end of the final concert, with the audience present.
The musicians of category D, chosen by the commission can perform during the final concert at their discretion.

Those who have passed the elimination phase will receive a certificate of participation.

The final rounds of the competition will be open to the public and managers of international artist agencies will be present.

 Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers’ Competition 2019
Summary:Chamber music competition
Deadline: 05 September 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Under the honorary patronage
of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers’Union
and media patronage of Polish Music Information Center

Deadline for entries: September 5th, 2019

Awarded pieces will be performed by
Hashtag Ensemble

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
More than one score per composer is permitted.
It is possible to submit works already performed and/or awarded in other competitions, excluding compositions already published.

Only compositions for chamber ensemble of 3 to 5 instruments (chosen from the list below), without conductor.

Instruments: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 french horn, 1 piano,
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello.
Use live electronics or tape is not permitted.
Duration: from 10 to 16 minutes.

The First Prize – 13.000 PLN
The Second Prize – 8.000 PLN
The Third Prize – 4.000 PLN

PWM Edition’s Special Prize for the Youngest Winner: a set of Polish contemporary music scores.

The Witold Lutosławski Society Awards: the newest publications about Witold Lutosławski (book, album).


Fredrik Österling (Sweden)
Paul Patterson (United Kingdom)
Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)

The decisions of the Jury are final.


The awarded compositions will be performed on 30thof November 2019 in the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, at a special concert organised by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Channel 2. The concert will be broadcasted and offered to all members of the European Broadcasting Union.
The composer of the awarded work must provide all the performance material at their own expense and send them to the ISCM Polish Section until 1st of November 2019
Composers declare that they possess all rights to their pieces, their composition is original and all materials (parts and full score) are available to the Competition’s organiser free of charge.

The score, printed on the paper, should be submitted anonymously and marked with an alphanumeric emblem. Applications should be sent only through the post office – any application sent by courier services (eg. Fedex, TNT, DHL) will not be accepted.

Sealed envelope marked with the same emblem containing the filled and signed

The entries should be sent to the following address:
Iwona Kisiel-Król – ISCM Polish Section
Poste Restante
Ogrodowa 3
05-200 Wołomin
Tel/fax: (+48) 22 827-69-81
Mob. (+48) 535-266-363

The deadline for submission of scores is September 5th, 2019. The postmark is decisive.

Entry fee for participants is 220 PLN (55 EUR) for each score.
Entry Fee:55 EUR

 Ile de créations 2020
Summary:Concerto competition
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Open to composers of any nationality who will be under 33 years old on 1st January 2020 and who are enrolled or have been enrolled in composition and/or orchestration courses between 2015 and 2020 in an organization (conservatory, foundation, academy, etc.) in the European Union.

Entrants shall compose 10 minutes (5 movements - each two minutes long) for cello solo and orchestra (

May 20th 2019 : Opening applications
October 20th 2019 : Closing applications
November 4th 2019: First round results
November 12th-30th 2019: Guillaume Connesson master-class and Victor Julien-Laferrière work session
December 16th 2019 : Supply full score
April 30rd 2020 : Public final round at Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne.

Winner Prizes
€2500 from Musique Nouvelle en Liberté
€1000 from Radio France
Edited by Editions Durand-Salabert-Eschig / UMPC
Recorded in the Studio by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
Brodcasted on France Musique
Performed during a series of concerts before 2022.

Case Scaglione, musical director
Guillaume Connesson, composer and patron
Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello solo
Léo Warynski, conductor
Matteo Franceschini, composer
Composers, in progress
Musicians of Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
Patricia Alia, Éditions Durand-Salabert-Eschig
Benoît Duteurtre, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté
Anne Montaron, France Musique
Bineta John, SACEM

Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: 26th Season of IWC (2019-2020)

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus is pleased to announce its second women's choral composition contest. Composers are invited to submit compositions to Indianapolis Women’s Chorus for performance at a regular IWC concert and a monetary award.


• Young Adult applicants must be ages 18-25 but not yet in graduate school as of October 1, 2019.
• Young Adult applicants must live 75%+ of the year in Indiana (this may include being enrolled in an Indiana college or university).
• Young Adult applicants must be female (including trans women).
• Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2019. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2019.

• Teen applicants must be ages 15-19 but not yet in college as of May 15, 2020.
• Teen applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana.
• Teen applicants must be female (including transwomen).
• Submissions will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.

• Compositions created as the result of a collaborative group effort or high school class project are eligible.
• Age and other requirements as outlined above for the TEEN category apply to this category as well.
• Submission deadline are the same as the TEEN category.

• The winning applicant in each category will receive a $200 award.
• The winning composition in the Young Adult category will be performed by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus at the final concert of the 2019-2020 season. The winning composition in the Teen category will be performed by IWC in a regular season concert in fall 2020. Winning composers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal of their composition.
• Winning composers are required to attend the premiere of their compositions. The winning composer will receive free tickets for themselves and immediate family to attend the performance of their composition.

General Requirements
• All submissions must be original compositions and must be written for women’s voices.
• Text must be in alignment with IWC mission and values (
• For any text not in the public domain, written permission from the publisher or author must be submitted for its use and performance.
• Compositions must be unpublished, and the composer’s own original work.
• No arrangements (folk songs, carols, pop songs, etc.) will be accepted.
• Composers may submit only one composition.

Specific Requirements
• Scored for three or four-part women’s chorus (e.g. SSA, SAA, SSAA) with or without piano accompaniment.
• The choral parts should be written with intermediate, community chorus members in mind.
• Small solo parts can be used.
• A percussion part is optional but must be playable by a single percussionist.
• Choral Range: F3-F5. Brief extensions outside of this range are acceptable.
• Text: Both secular and sacred texts are acceptable. However, sacred texts must be spiritually inclusive or spiritually universal. Texts that support a single religion, advocate for a single religion, or denounce other religions will not be accepted.
• Length: 3-5 minutes with a maximum length of 6 minutes.
• Languages: For languages other than English and Latin, please provide a pronunciation guide or a spoken recording of the text.


Composers retain copyright of music submitted. By submitting a composition in this competition, you (the composer) agree that your composition maybe photocopied for the purposes of adjudication and rehearsal by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. Also, you (the composer) grants Indianapolis Women’s Chorus the right to audio and video record the live performance and/or a studio performance of the composition, to distribute the recording for marketing/PR purposes, and to feature the recording on our YouTube page, website, and social media account.

Piece will be adjudicated via the following categories:
• Interest of musical ideas
• Formal design of composition
• Text setting
• Textures
• Appropriateness for IWC to sing
o Difficulty
o Range
o Text source

Listening Samples

These pieces are representative of the level of difficulty for the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus’s standard repertoire.
• Lineage composed by Andrea Ramsey (Listen Here)
• Still I Rise composed by Rosephanye Powell (Listen Here)
• O Great Spirit composed by Shawn Kirchner (Listen Here)
• Arise My Love composed by Joan Szymko (Listen Here)
• For more listening samples see our Past Performances page at Here you will find PDFs of our past concert programs.

• YOUNG ADULT: Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2019. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2019.
• TEEN: Submission will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.
• GROUP/HIGH SCHOOL CLASS: Submissions will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.

Complete submission documents and information will be available by August 1, 2019.

Questions can be directed to

Web Site:www.indianapoliswomenschorus.o...

 LUIGI NONO Composition Prize
Summary:Competition 1-15 players
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Target of the prize is to promote contemporary chamber music and creating opportunities for composers and performers to meet.


The Call for Scores is open to composers of any nationality up to 40 years old (not completed in the current year). Applicants must send 2 compositions, either for solo instrument or chamber group (max 15 elements); electronic instrumentation is not allowed. Compositions can be either both for one instrument, or both for ensemble, or mixed. The submission of pieces presenting various instrumentation is suggested. The MP3 recording of just one of the pieces is also required. Compositions can be written in any style and aesthetic.

Max time: 15 (fifteen) minutes each.
Pieces can have already been performed. Pieces can have already been awarded a prize.

Subscription fee (non-refundable):
- € 30,00 for payment through bank transfer to Bank account: n° 2613350 UNICREDIT BANCA - “Amici per la Musica” - IBAN: IT81T0200831110000002613350 or through PayPal from Eu zone to address:

€ 33,00 for PayPal from non-Eu zone to address:

Members of the jury will be Alberto E. Colla (Ita), Alissa Firsova (Eng/Rus) and Anna Pidgorna (Ukr/Can). They will choose a single winner, who will receive a prize of € 750,00.

In addition to that, the winner will be asked to compose a piece expressly for the winner of the XX CENTURY PRIZE (either soloist or group), awarded to the best execution of a piece composed after 1950, in the 23rd edition of International Chamber Music Competition LUIGI NONO, which will take place in Settimo (Turin) from October 25th through October 27th, 2019.

The commissioned piece will be premiered by the winner/s of the XX CENTURY PRIZE in a concert within the 2020 concert season organized by Amici per la Musica - Associazione culturale (the concert is part of the prize for the winner/s). The composer will be invited to attend the concert. In that occasion he/she will be given the prize (cheque).

Unfortunately the organizers are not able to cover any accommodation and travelling expenses.

The performance will be professionally recorded. Both the composer and the organisers of the competition will be free to use the record for their activity.
The name of the winner will be posted on the website of the Competition within the beginning of LUIGI NONO Competition (October 27th, 2019). The results will be also announced during the awarding ceremony of LUIGI NONO Competition: Sunday, October 27th 2019. The winner will be informed by e-mail, as well.

The submitted scores will be considered property of Amici per la Musica – Associazione culturale and will not be returned.


Deadline for incoming applications: August 31st, 2019 at midnight (UTC/GMT+1).
Scores must be sent to the following e-mail address within August 31st, 2019, along with the application form duly and fully filled up:

Applications can be sent only by e-mail and must include: - Scores (enclosed to the message, PDF format files)
- 1 mp3 file of JUST ONE SCORE
- Filled up and signed application form

(visit composizione.php)

- Receipt of bank or PayPal transfer of € 30,00
- CV (either in Italian or in English)
Scores must be fully anonymous and without any possible identification sign. If not, the score will be rejected. For any information and clarification please contact following e-mail address:
Entry Fee:€ 30,00

Summary:Acoustic Call
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: TEM - Taukay Edizioni Musicali and Delta Produzioni Associazione Culturale hereby open a call for works for acousmatic music composers dedicated to the sounds of languages and dialects.

The purpose of this call for works is to identify acoustic material related to the sound of words. We are looking for works that contain the specific phonemes of the language spoken by the composers, not necessarily set to music or harmonized, in order to create a tapestry of sound based on the use of words and their elaboration.

A selection of the best material received will be published by TEM - Taukay Edizioni Musicali. We also intend to organise a concert where a selection of the best compositions will be performed.

No participation fee is required.

More info:

 SCSO’s 2020 Composer of the Year Competition
Summary:Competition or U.S. Composers
Deadline: 07 October 2019
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Ryan Haskins are pleased to issue a "Call for Scores" for the SCSO’s 2020 Composer of the Year Competition.

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is committed to the education, development, and promotion of American composers. The SCSO Composer of the Year Competition is designed to annually highlight one, talented composer who is currently in the early stages of their professional career. In addition to a One-Thousand US dollars ($1,000.00) monetary prize, the SCSO’s Composer of the Year will receive a premiere performance by the Sioux City Symphony, press/media coverage, scheduled lectures at selected local colleges and universities, and involvement in a variety of other community-related outreach programs.

1. Applicants must be US Citizens in the early stages of their professional career.
2. Submitted work may not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra. (school/conservatory performances do not count as professional readings/performances)
3. Work should be five (5) to fifteen (15) minutes in length.
4. Not eligible are concertos, choral works, and works for winds/brass only.
(works for strings only will be accepted)
5. Instrumentation must not exceed:
2 fl [1.2/pic] , 2 ob [ 1.2/eh], 2 cl [1.2/bcl], 2 bsn [1.2/cbn], 4 hn, 2 tp, timp +1, pf/cel, str

1. Score must be submitted in PDF format
2. One (1) computer-generated score of a work written within the last five (5) years
3. A recording is required (MIDI is acceptable)
4. One (1) current curriculum vitae that includes applicants current address, telephone number, email address, and proof of US Citizenship
5. A short bio of the composer in PDF format (150 words max)
6. A brief description of the work and notes detailing performance history if any, including all dates and names of performing ensembles.
7. Entry Fee of Twenty-Five US dollars ($25.00) payable via link below

All materials must be submitted via email:

After the selection panel reviews all of the entries, the Composer of the Year will then be chosen and their work will be performed on Saturday, March 14, 2020, by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The Composer of the Year will travel to Sioux City and be a part of the rehearsal process for the premiere of their work in addition to other scheduled community outreach activities.

The selection panel will include Music Director, Ryan Haskins, composer, Clint Needham; and other members of the artistic team.

Finalists will be interviewed (via phone) by the committee and are expected to succinctly speak about their work, their compositional process, and offer any additional concepts that may help an audience engage with their work.

Applicants will be notified of the results no later than Monday, November 4, 2019.

Upon selection, the Composer of the Year must provide the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra with a complete set of parts (at no additional cost to the SCSO) that conform to the American Composers Forum Music Copying Guidelines.

The Sioux City Symphony will provide the Composer of the Year with one (1) round trip flight to Sioux City, IA.

The Sioux City Symphony will provide the Composer of the Year with hotel accommodations and local ground transportation during their residency in Sioux City.

The Sioux City Symphony will award a monetary prize of One-Thousand US dollars ($1,000.00) to the named Composer of the Year (recipient is responsible for all US taxes associated with prize money).

Entry Fee:$25

 2019 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition is a biennial contest for new choral works with categories alternating between pieces for treble voice choirs and pieces for mixed voice adult choirs. The competition exists to provide Canadian composers with an opportunity of contributing to Canada’s rich choral tradition through the writing of original choral works. The winning entry receives a premiere performance with one of the Ontario choirs and a cash award of $2,000.00.

Composition Requirements:

1. The composition must be an original SATB work, 4-6 minutes, a cappella or piano accompaniment
2. A cappella submissions MUST include piano reduction.
3. Texts may be sacred or secular and can be in languages other than English/French. The text must be either original, known to be in public domain or be accompanied by a letter of permission from copyright owner.
4. All submissions must not have been previously commissioned, published or performed and
must have been composed within the last two years. Arrangements of previously composed works are not acceptable. The composer shall retain the copyright of the work.
5. Previous competition finalists reapplying must submit a different piece.

Please submit a PDF copy of your composition without you name anywhere on the body of composition. The PDF copy must be clear, clean and legible. No handwritten scores will be considered. Graphic scores may be a PDF scan of a written score if applicable.

• $40 Application Fee applies and should be sent via e-Transfer to

You will also need a cover letter that includes the following information:
1. Composer’s name
2. Physical Address
3. Phone Number
4. Email Address
5. Composition Title
6. Text Source

Judging criteria includes, but is not limited to:
1. Compositional structure
2. Voice Leading
3. Harmonic language
4. Adherence to concert theme
5. Text selection and setting
6. Piano accompaniment (if applicable)
7. General understanding of choral idiom

All entries must be submitted by November 1, 2019 to be considered. The winner will be notified no later than February 15, 2020. Please send submissions to Choirs Ontario Managing Director at

History of the Composition
The competition was born out of a concert held in November 1992 to honour Ruth’s 60th birthday including Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, Bach Children’s Chorus, Elora Festival Singers, Oriana Women’s Choir, and TMC Youth Chorus. The proceeds of this joint concert were used to establish the RWH competition. The administration of the competition was handed over to Choirs Ontario with Ruth Watson Henderson involved in judging the competition up until 2017.

One of Canada’s foremost musicians, Ruth Watson Henderson is renowned internationally both as a composer and pianist. Her works are acclaimed, performed, and recorded worldwide. The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition was established in 1996 to recognize Ms. Watson Henderson’s invaluable contribution to the art of choral music. Ms. Henderson is very pleased to encourage the contribution to Canadian choral music that the competition provides, and appreciates the work of Choirs Ontario who administers this program.

Entry Fee:$40

 KISS 2019
Summary:Workshop programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: KISS is four intensive days and nights of sound, music, ideas, and interaction. We invite you to join us in Busan as we explore the theme of Resonance through hands-on workshops, presentations, concerts and lively discussions.

In addition to a full program of presentations and concerts by an international roster of presenters and performers, there will be several hands-on workshops open to all participants:

Sounds of Busan I
What do the past 10 years of meteorological data sound like? In this hands-on session, we will take time series data related to the city of Busan and map the data to sound. Can we hear patterns in data that we might not otherwise detect?

The Shape Atlas
How can you get your sound parameters to evolve over time? Participants will work together to compile a Shape Atlas of mathematical functions for controlling sound parameters.

Sounds of Busan II
Starting with a collection of 3D ambisonic recordings from various iconic locations in and around Busan, we will learn how to process, spatialize, mix down for interactive binaural presentation for games and VR.

Hear hot-off-the-press results of cutting edge creative research. Full program

Explore new ways to compose, present, and experience music with an international line-up of live computer music performances. Full program

Discuss the presentations, workshops, and concerts with the presenters and fellow symposiasts over meals and coffee breaks (included with KISS 2019 registration), and join your new-found friends and colleagues on a tour of Busan on the Monday after the conference (also included with your registration).

Whether you are new to Kyma, a Kyma expert, or if you are just curious to learn more about music technology and sound design, you are welcome to join us for four intensive days and nights of sound, music, ideas, and interaction with fellow Kyma practitioners. Learn, share, connect, discuss, and enjoy!

Registration includes access to paper sessions, hands-on workshops, and concerts, and includes an opening reception, 3 lunches, 4 dinners and coffee breaks, plus an after-symposium bus tour of Busan.

Register now in order to take advantage of a substantial early-registration discount!

 Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition ARBORETUM 2019
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: RULES

Terms and Conditions

§ 1. Preliminary provisions
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
2. More than one score per composer is permitted.
3. The competition will be held in two rounds: preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert.
4. Within 14 days of the announcement of the results of the first round, the Participants selected by the Jury for the second round are required to sign a license agreement with the Organisers which will contain information on the scope of the license granted to the Organiser as stated in § 7.

§ 2. Subject of the Competition
1. Only compositions for string orchestra, consisting of maximum 5 vn I, 4 vn II, 3 vl, 3 vc, 1 cb with conductor will be considered.
2. Use of tape and live electronics is not permitted.
3. Duration: from 8 to 15 minutes.

§ 3. Jury
The Jury will comprise persons designated by the Organiser. Chairman of the Jury, Juror of the 2nd round: Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki.

§ 4. Awards
1. Founders of the prizes:
ITM Poland Sp. z o.o., The Mayor of Radom
2. The following prizes may be awarded to finalists: 1st prize – 30000 PLN
2nd prize – 10000 PLN
3rd prize – 5000 PLN
3. The chairman of the Jury has the right to change the arrangement, number and amount of prizes and awards on the stipulation that the total fund for prizes and awards cannot be higher. Decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to any appeal.

 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra/Chamber orchestra competition
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Posted: 15 May 2019
Details: The Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition seeks to recognize emerging composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions. The winning composition will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony at the annual Celebrate Asia concert at Benaroya Hall.

Celebrate Asia originated in 2009 through collaboration with local Asian leaders who were keen to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration, and was brought to life through partnerships with local community groups to honor and celebrate Seattle’s Asian community.


The winning composer will receive a $1,000 award and an opportunity to visit Seattle for the premiere. The winning score will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall at the annual Celebrate Asia concert on March 8, 2020.


All composers born after January 1, 1985 are eligible.


• Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments). We kindly ask that submissions include no more than two Asian traditional instruments.
• Works must be new, original and accessible.
• Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration. (There will be 30 minutes allotted to rehearsing this new work.)
• Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 - 4331 – T+3 – hp – str. Woodwind doublings are allowed.
• The submitted work must have had no prior public performances.
• Interested composers should submit:
• A legible, bound, full score
• A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)
• A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)
• A biography, with current address, email address and phone number
• If selected, professionally prepared parts and two scores will be required 90 days prior to the first rehearsal


There is no entry fee. All entries must arrive no later than September 20, 2019. The Seattle Symphony is not responsible for lost or damaged material. The winning composition will be announced on or before November 22, 2019.

Send submission to:
Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition
ATTN: Paige Gilbert
Seattle Symphony
P.O. Box 21906
Seattle, WA 98111-3669

Please note that we are unable to accept electronic submissions.
Questions and inquiries may be emailed to:

 “Vienna New Year’s Concert“ International Music Competition
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 08 May 2019

(Category H) Composition:

• An Orchestral Piece
• Duration of the work: between 5 and 20 minutes
• Maximum orchestration: 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 4 French Horn, 4 Trumpet, 3 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani set, 2 Percussion player, 1 Harp, 1 Piano, Strings
• Full score (.PDF format) and if available “wav” or “mp3” or “midi” sound file realization of the submitted score
• If selected (winner), professionally prepared parts and two scores will be required 40 days prior to the first rehearsal
• Concertos will not be considered
• An international jury appointed by the organizers of the Competition will make this selection, based on the videos submitted by the candidates. Jury names will announce after deadline (15th October, 2019).
• The jury’s judgment is unquestionable and irrevocable. The judges are not obliged to give any explanation to the candidates for their judgment.#


All documents must be submitted before October 15th, 2019, fill out online form at


Please send e-mail to:

• Full Name
• Date and place of birth
• Full postal address
• Phone number and e-mail address

– A copy of your ID card or passport
– A high-definition colour photograph
– A curriculum vitae (CV) or biography in English
– Video links
– Proof of registration fee payment via bank transfer. (Application Fee: 100 Euro)

€100 (Euro) application fee (plus banking fee) is due in full.
Entry Fee:€100

Summary:Call for Scores by American women composers
Deadline: 05 January 2020
Date Posted: 01 May 2019
Details: Maggie Snyder, Associate Professor of Viola at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, with funding support from the Louisville-based Nora Redman Fund and the University of Georgia Willson Center, is pleased to announce a call-for-scores for solo viola works by American women composers.

1. $2,000USD
2. Performance (world premiere) by Maggie Snyder at the Creative Arts Center of the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Recital Hall in 2020
3. Consideration for inclusion in a 2020 celebration of women composers and recording project at the end of the VIOLA2020 (estimated May 2021 recording) featuring works for solo viola by living American women composers

Work requirement:
1. Solo viola, no electronics or accompaniments
2. Estimated 5-10 minutes in length
3. Must be considered “world premiere performance” and not be included on another professionally released recording. Works written specifically for VIOLA2020 are preferred. No transcriptions or arrangements of previous pieces
4. Composers may send in only one work, not multiple works.

Composer Eligibility:
1. Composer must identify as a woman
2. Composer must be an American citizen

To apply: send the following to, Attn “Call for Scores: [Your Name]” by January 5, 2020, 11:59pm. Late entries will not be considered.
1. Composers resume (1-2 page)
2. Score (PDF)
3. Recording (preferred, not required)
4. Info sheet with composer’s contact information (email, mailing address, phone number), and work information (title, year completed, program notes, duration, performance history)
5. Composer bio and headshot

Additional info: A panel of 3-5 judges (TBA) will determine winner. Entry Fee: $0.00


Summary:Chamber competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 24 April 2019
Details: The 4th International Composition CompetitionGMCL/JorgePeixinho is organized by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon) and its main purposes are the encouragement of musical creation and his divulgation, thus contributing to the increase of the repertoire of chamber music.
Has a biennial periodicity.

Composition of the jury: Ivan Fedele (President), Gerhard Stabler, JoãoMadureira, João Pedro Oliveira, Jaime Reis and Jorge Sá Machado.
The art work and application form must be sent by registered mail, until the 1st October 2019, to the following address:

Concurso de Composição – GMCL
Rua do Varatojo, 50
2790-443 Queijas

There will be two categories within the formation of GMCL (mezzo-soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Percussion and Piano):

A – Music for the Ensemble (complete formation of the group)
B – Chamber Music (minimum of four performers).

In all categories electronics may be included.

Two prizes will be awarded in each category, 1st and 2nd prizes. The winning works will have the edition of the score and parts for AVA publisher and its presentation in concert with broadcast on national radio, Antena 2.

First awards (Categories A and B) will also be assigned € 2.000 prize money.<

Lisbon, April, 2019

Entry Fee:€80.00

 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 18 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Supporting the Arts Since 1954

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (HWF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational and charitable organization committed to supporting the arts.
Founded in 1954, the HWF manages one of the oldest artist residency programs in the USA. The Foundation’s mission is to “Support the artist and the creative process” and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.

Residency Application
To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs below.
Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2020 will be considered for residency grants in 2021. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

 Tampa Bay Symphony 4th Annual CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: The Tampa Bay Symphony is announcing a call for scores competition for living composers. One score will be selected for performance on our Spring 2020 concert series* (performances April 26, 2020, 3:30pm in Clearwater, FL; April 28, 8:00pm in St. Petersburg, FL; May 3, 2:30pm in Tampa, FL). Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2019 and the symphony will read/rehearse the compositions by the finalists at a public event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 8:00pm. There is a cash prize of $1,000 for the winning composer provided the composer attends at least one of the performances in person. (Please review performance dates carefully before submitting.) Up to four finalists will be chosen to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. Each finalist is eligible for up to $250 in travel reimbursement if they are available to attend the reading rehearsal on January 7, 2020.

Deadline for submission of materials: September 30, 2019.
Finalists notified by November 1, 2019
Finalists must submit parts by November 15, 2019
January 7, 2020: reading/rehearsal of finalist compositions followed by announcement of selected composition for the Spring 2020 concerts*

April 26, April 28 and May 3, 2020 Spring Series performance dates (Winning composer must attend at least one of the performances to receive the cash award of $1,000.)

*The Tampa Bay Symphony reserves the right to choose no winning selection. The Music Director will also consider all finalist works and submissions for possible future programming even if not chosen by the orchestra as the winning piece.

• All interested composers at any stage in their career are eligible to apply. There are no age or citizenship restrictions.
• The work must be composed after January 1, 2001.
• Only one submission per composer will be considered at this time. Please do not send multiple
works. No concerti will be considered at this time.
• The work should be between 4 minutes and 12 minutes in length. Works shorter than 4 minutes
or longer than 12 minutes are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the Tampa Bay
• Works that have been chosen as winners or finalists in previous years may not be resubmitted,
however previous winners and finalists are encouraged to submit new works.

No more than 3 flutes (one doubling piccolo or one piccolo/2 flutes OK)
No more than 3 oboes (one doubling English Horn or one English Horn/2 oboes OK)
No more than 3 clarinets (one doubling Bass Clarinet or one Bass Clarinet/2 clarinets OK) No more than 2 bassoons
No more than 5 horns
No more than 3 trumpets
No more than 3 trombones (one is bass)
No more than 1 Tuba
No more than one set of Timpani
No more than 3 percussionists (in addition to Timpani)
Strings (current TBS string numbers are 28 violins, 11 violas, 10 cellos and 6 basses)
The submitted composition should include at least one full string section
WORKS WITH HARP or PIANO parts ARE eligible!

Submission of all materials is electronic. Please send an email to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest, including the following:
• PDF of the score of the submission
• PDF of program notes and performance history for the submission if it has previously been
performed. New works that have not been performed are also welcomed.
• Audio (.mp3) or video (.mov /.mp4) recordings of the work, or links to on-line recordings, if
available (This is not required, MIDI representations are acceptable.)
• A brief bio of the composer submitting the work with contact EMAIL address and phone number
• A $25 USD non-refundable application fee must be received by the Tampa Bay Symphony by
September 30, 2019. This application fee can be paid via PayPal invoice or by mailing a check payable to Tampa Bay Symphony addressed as follows: Tampa Bay Symphony, ATTN: Composition Contest, PO Box 4653, Clearwater, FL 33758. Contact Susan Rhein at email address listed below to receive a PayPal invoice for the entry fee.
Files over 20MB should be submitted using a file-sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Please address questions to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest.

The Tampa Bay Symphony is comprised of 80 + volunteer musicians of high skill level. Most standard orchestral repertoire is well-executed by the TBS. Samples of works performed over the last three years include:

Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto Beethoven Symphony #6 Dvorak Symphony #8
Elgar Enigma Variations

Holst Beni Mora SuiteLiszt Piano Concerto #1 Puccini Highlights from Madama Butterfly Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Shostakovich Symphony #5

Strauss (Richard) Four Last Songs Sibelius Symphony #1 Tchaikovsky Symphony #2

The difficulty level of submitted works will be a consideration in the selection process. While challenging works in the standard repertoire are doable by the Tampa Bay Symphony, due to the limited rehearsal time and the unfamiliar nature of recently written compositions, composers are advised not to send works of exceptional difficulty level.

There are numerous videos on YouTube of the Tampa Bay Symphony performing in recent years.

Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: ◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
ISCM-Chengdu section
Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Zhou Siyuan
President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Peter Swinnen
President of International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)

The competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.

1. All students. (No limitation on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others' name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students' New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mr. Gou Yong
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 20th October 2019
(Entries must be received before 20th October 2019)

◆ Website:

We recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury's decision is final.

◆Additional Directions
1. During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.
2. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
3. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH | Music Composers’ Competition 2019 – 2nd Edition
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 23 August 2019
Date Posted: 04 April 2019
Details: The project ”DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH” was born with the idea of meeting and sharing among composers of various nationalities and age, on the common theme of meeting between the world of the Eastern contemporary music and the Western culture. The Competition will be made possible through one of the most renowned orchestras in Eastern Europe. The high level technique and interpretative of the KLK Ensemble , will be honored by the finalists of this international event.

The Competition is realized by the collaboration between KLKnewmusic and the KLK Ensemble. The project is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the art of our time, on the contemporary music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate in the “DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH COMPOSERS’ MUSIC COMPETITION 2019” from 19 to 23 September 2019 in the city of Lviv, inside the music center of Lviv Philharmonic Society.


Each composer must submit a score with organic from 5 to 11 players as follows:

1 flute (ottavino), 1 oboe (english horn), 1 clarinet (bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 contrabass. The work must not exceed 10 minutes. All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at The selected works will be played on 19 September 2019 by KLK Ensemble. All concerts will be recorded by a sound engineer and video recording.

Deadline: 23 August 2019.
The work must not exceed 9 minutes.

All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, to

Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
– The score and orchestral parts must be in A4 format, (please indicate minutes of the score) as PDF file (Sibelius or Finale program);
– A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV)
and a statement by the composer stating that the submitted work has never before been published, performed in public and/or broadcast before,
nor prized in any composer’s competition. Other file format than PDF are not acceptable and will result in the submission being rejected!
There is no registration form.
The Composition Staff will select the best composers, from all the application submitted, no later than 25 August 2019.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is €590 (euro 590):

€590 + 5% tax to be paid no later than 29 August 2019 by Paypal on email;

The tuition fee includes:

participation at rehearsals and check sound ofthe selected composers during the period 19 > 23 September 2019;
Final concerts in Philharmonia with the works selected and performed by KLK Ensemble;
professional audio/video recording of the final concert;
certificate of participation.
The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH 2019 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


Yuri Lanyuk (UKR) – President

Bogdhana Frolyak (UKR) – Composer

Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer

Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 700 USD, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions
2 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions
3 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions

The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.

 Minute of Music Prize 2019
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Greetings Composers!

Entries for the 2019 Minute of Music Prize are now being accepted. Terms and Conditions are listed below:

Eligibility: All composers aged 18 or older, worldwide.
Entry deadline: Dec 1, 2019
Entry fee: $10 for first score; $5 for subsequent entries. Entry fee goes to pay the winners!
Prize: $100 for first place; $25 each second and third place. Winning entries will be recorded on the MOMP YouTube channel.

Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”
Piece should be for solo B-flat trumpet (no accompaniment of any kind), and no more than 1 minute in length.
Moderate difficulty is preferred.

All decisions are final, and at the sole discretion of Jason Taurins. No appeals or refunds.
Fees are not tax-deductible. However, they do go to prizes for winning composers!
Entries are invalid without fees paid.
Entries must have been written since Jan. 1, 2019, and be entirely original. No arrangements/copyrighted material is allowed.
By submitting your piece, you are allowing Jason to record the piece without rental or other license fees.

Due to the high volume of submissions, I might not be able to respond to all entries.

I look forward to reviewing your music.
Entry Fee:$10

 Balsys Competition
Summary:Competition with 6 categories
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: The aim of the Competition is to encourage the accessibility of contemporary music, to promote the works by young composers and the international cooperation of creators, to evaluate and award the best pieces of music.

The Competition is organised by Lithuanian Musicians’ Union and Public Enterprise Ars&Sonoris.

The Competition partners are the following: Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association LATGA, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius City Municipality, Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

On the initiative of the Organisers, the Organising Committee is formed, the Competition ambassadors are invited, and an international jury is convened.

o Composers from all countries and of all nationalities can participate in the competition;
o The participants of the Junior Group should be born after 23 November 1999;
o The participants of the Main Group should be born after 23 November 1984.

Requirements for works:
o Only new, original works of music that have not been published or presented in any other competition or performed in public can be submitted;
o Works, at the request of an author, can be accompanied by video material. An author of a related piece is held liable for the right to demonstrate such video content during the competition and the related events. The competition organisers bear no responsibility for the permission of a copyright holder to demonstrate video material in public;

o Duration of a piece:
Junior Group from 5 to 10 minutes;

Main Group from 7 to 12 minutes;
o The number of movements in a composition is not limited;
o A printed score of a piece of music and PDF file containing a score and its separate parts as well as a demo recording of the piece (in wav or mp3 format) must be submitted;
o One author can submit only one application for the competition;
o The competition is anonymous. When submitting a score, recordings of a piece of music and other related material, an author must indicate only the name of the piece and their pseudonym.

Instrument composition:
o String quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello);
o Piano trio (violin, cello, piano);
o Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn);
o Brass quintet (trumpet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone);
o String orchestra – only for the main group (7,6,4,4,2);
o Ensembles of mixed composition; comprised of the aforementioned instruments, not exceeding the indicated ensemble/orchestra quantities, with or without electronic instruments in the attached soundtrack.

Entrance fee:
o The entrance fee is not applied for the participants of the Junior Group;
o The entrance fee for the participants of the Main Group is 30 Euros;

o 31 August 2019, 23:59 (GMT+2) for the submission of online competition application form and an attached copy of the paid entrance fee;
o 1 October 2019, for the submission of envelopes with application forms and scores.
Entry Fee:€30 (main group only)

 Periapsis Music and Dance
Summary:Dance collaboration opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Composer List: an ongoing opportunity for composers

Are you interested in seeing your music choreographed and/or developing new collaborations with dance artists? Choreographers are always searching for new music that speaks to them, and Periapsis Music and Dance is developing free resources to facilitate these collaborations:

The first such resource we’re creating is an uncurated list of composers interested in collaborating with dance, with links to the individuals’ websites. Choreographers from around the world will be able to peruse the list (also for free), visit your site, listen to your music, and get in touch if they’re interested. The list is organized by city, and you may enter up to two locations of residence.

To join the Composer List:

Create a free login on our login page.
Visit our Composer List page (also found under Information).
Click the “form” button on the right-hand column and fill out a quick Google form.
That’s it! We’ll verify your link and add you to the list within a few days, often sooner. Choreographers
searching for composers will then be able to easily find you.
The only requirement is that you be a composer with a website, and the site should have examples of your music and a way to contact you (or your representative)—if you have your own standalone site that’s great, but you can also use a SoundCloud page, New Music USA profile, etc. (Note: Please see the FAQ on our information page for some exceptions to this.) We will not post a link to an email address or to any site that appears to compromise the security of visitors.

Participating in no way obligates you to collaborate with anybody or offer your work for free if you don’t want to. It simply gives choreographers an easy way to find you and connect, knowing that you might be interested in hearing from them. Your stuff is already out there—this is just a tool to get you more traffic and more listeners, potentially including some people who would want to set your existing music or collaborate on a new project.

Also, this is not a competition. Aside from making sure the links aren’t spam or otherwise illegitimate, we don’t filter, and composers of all genres are welcome to participate. If you would like to be removed from the list at any point, or need to change your link, just send us a message at (We will also check the list periodically to remove broken links.)

We’re also developing other informational resources for artists working at the intersection of dance and music, with pages for choreographers about working with music and musicians, and for composers about working with dance. So please check in with us over the coming months, and thanks for participating!

More info:

 EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA
Summary:Cal for Works (Students)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Additional Call for Works for composition students only!

EMTA UMA (New Music Ensemble of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT)

fl, cl, trp, vl, vc, pf,
sx (alto or baritone)

All possible combination from 4 to 7 instruments are welcome. With or without conductor.

Length: Up to 10' min.

Deadline:29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.

About: UMA is New Music Ensemble of EAMT. UMA has been part of playing G. Grisey "Les espaces acoustiques" and have working together with K.Penderecki and L.Andriessen.

Supervisors are Taavi Kerikmäe (head of CoPeCo program in EAMT, member of ensemble U:) and Tarmo Johannes (Tarmo: member of ensemble U:).

For any additional information, please contact:

Call for works for EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA Coordinator

Karl Tipp

 Garth Newel Music Center
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Now accepting submissions for the 9th Composition Competition
Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.

The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2020
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality recording of the premiere
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• The opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
• The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of her/his/their other chamber works.
• Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.

• Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
• There is no time limit for works.
• Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
• The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable

Compositions are ineligible if:
• They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
• The work has already received a professional premiere.
• If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
• They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
• The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
• A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
• An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
• A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
• A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

For electronic submission:
• Email the score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to, along with the composer’s info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.
• Recordings that are too big can be sent via Dropbox or google drive. Please label the titles of digital tracks with the composition name as well as the composer’s pseudonym.
For electronic submissions, email your score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to, along with your biographical info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.

All materials must be received by November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2020.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or email

 Shakuhachi Competition
Summary:Write for Japanese Traditional Instrument
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: This is a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). I have been searching for new music to perform but couldn't find a lot of options and had to resort to commission composers to write me new music. After receiving my first commissioned work, I was more than enthralled with the results, and decided to open up my commissioning to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. Please send one or two score(s) of your work(s) that best represents you, emailed to shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email, via PayPal.

Once the decision has been made, the commissioning process will begin; the hope is to commission 15 or more composers. The commission cost will depend on the piece and a variety of other factors. In terms of the commission, there may be other instruments added, if you would like to composer for shakuhachi and ensemble, or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission your will receive a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and provide a private one-on-one lesson, via Skype or Google Hangouts, about shakuhachi and to go over different materials.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing everyone's works, and hopefully performing a new one!
Entry Fee:$10

 International Federation for Choral Music
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: 1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the ‘Fourth
International Competition for Choral Composition’, the chief aim of which is to pro-mote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.

2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality or age.

3. The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced choirs. The text of the composition, sacred or secular, in any language, written for the occasion or preexisting should be in the public domain. If not, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form.

4. There is a 25 USD entry fee payable at the time of submission for each entry.

5. Up to two works per composer may be submitted. Scores must be sent electroni-
cally either in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale fi les or in a similar program. Midi Files, Tapes or CDs may not be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Offi ce will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the ICB and in the IFCM website. Each participant must include a document (.doc or .PDF fi le) with full address, contact details and title of the composition submitted. This document must also contain a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 30 September 2019. Works cannot be revised after submission.

6. The competition will be judged by a five member jury consisting of international
choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.

7. Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and for
the prospect of repeated performances by a medium to advanced SATB (SSAATTBB) choir possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of compositional craft , imagination, ‘sing¬ ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic eff ectiveness and, most importantly a fresh approach to choral writing.

8. The winning works will receive the following:
First Prize:
1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Second Prize:
500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Third Prize:
300 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque

The first winning composition will be performed by one the presenting choir at the
WSCM (World Symposium of Choral Music) in Auckland, 2020. In consultation with the composers, the three winners will be featured in the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composers and the entire scores will be published in print and online. The three winning composers will receive a 20% discount in participation at WSCM activities.

9. The copyright to the three winning works will be transferred to IFCM.

10. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these

Andrea Angelini, ICB Managing Editor & Director of the Competition
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Entry Fee:$25

 Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019
Summary:Duet Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Details: Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019

We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age. Pieces should be written for professionnal duo clarinet Bb and violoncello. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 1 minute

Géraldine Fastré, clarinet & Bruno Ispiola, cello

Participation fee : 20 euros per score (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short recent CV (10 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address :

Deadline : August, 31, 2019

Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September, the concert will take place on November, 15, 2019.


 Gregory Wiest announces his 14th call for scores
Summary:Call for songs
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: For my next song recital project, I am looking for
• groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes)
• written after the year 2010
• with texts in English(preferrably from living poets)
• for any combination of tenor, piano and/or double bass.

My deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.
Music as MusicXML- or PDF-file may be sent to
Please direct all questions and complaints to me at the above address.


Receipt Deadline:December 31, 2018

Fee: No Fees

Name of Organization: Gregory Wiest, Tenor

Description: Gregory Wiest announces his 14th call for scores. Chosen works will be performed on a program tentatively scheduled for the 2019/2020 season. Composers, whose works are chosen, receive a copy of the live recording.

Requirements: Composers of any age or nationality may submit groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes), written after the year 2010, with texts in English(preferrably from living poets), for any combination of tenor, piano and double bass.

Submission: Music as MusicXML- or PDF-File may be sent to Hard-copies can be sent to Gregory Wiest, Tuerkenstsr. 45, 80799 Munich, Germany. International submissions cannot be returned.

Contact information:
Gregory Wiest,
Tuerkenstr. 45,
80799 Munich,


 Arts Letters & Numbers
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived. Since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.

Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

Residency History
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.

Duration of Residency
We are now accepting applications for 2018/2019. Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Due to our annual Summer Workshop, we do not accept any Residencies between July 1st and August 15th.

Residency Fee and Accommodation
Following fees are for 2018/2019:
Shared accommodations sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private accommodation $275/week
Couple accommodation $375/week

You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in one of our nine bedrooms; these vary in size and, we offer both private and shared arrangements. (Although all three of our bathrooms are shared). We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need.

One of our traditions has been the sharing of ideas over a great meal, and this has become a vital part of Arts Letters & Numbers. We will all share one kitchen and though you are individually responsible for your food, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.

Day Residency
Day Residency, no accommodation included $95/week (2018/2019)

The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.

Studio / Workspace
Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time. Currently, the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not to be used for creative work. In addition to the Mill we also have our Barn, located next to the house. This flexible indoor - outdoor space serves as our main studio space, with additional more private spaces to be found in the House as well as space for our 9' grand Baldwin piano.

Expectations Towards the Artist
Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.

Available Weekly Happenings
Monday Evening: T-time; serious casual discussion, linkage making, mounting of enquiries for critical reception and processing with other minds, development of discourse, emergent language to signify thoughts and works and ways of thinking through work, relating experience to abstraction and larger contexts.

Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community

Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast

Other available happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Construction, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)

Disciplines Support and Technical Information
The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed within 14 - 30 days. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at

There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange discount.


 Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
Summary:Open call to submit scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble has begun work on a new system, our Scores Database. Composers are now able to submit works at any time to be considered for future performances, free of charge! Due to the nature of our ever changing instrumentation and desire to work with new, living composers, we have decided replace our original Call for Submissions with something more accessible to composers of all abilities and locations.

Here’s how it works:

Fill out the information form found here:
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to (note that this is not our normal contact email), or you can add files in the form itself.

As for the instrumentation of works, we will be selecting pieces based on the needs of each individual performance. Our core instrumentation is Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet or Baritone Saxophone, and French Horn, so works that include some or all of these instruments are more likely to be performed, but don’t feel limited by this. We often add other performers to our concerts, such as percussionists, vocalists, other woodwinds and brass, and strings. We are also open to works with non Western-traditional instrumentations, electronics, and added media elements. Ensemble size usually ranges from solo instruments to about eight musicians. We do not accept works for large ensembles such as orchestras or wind ensembles, or full operas, but will consider chamber orchestra and chamber opera pieces. We welcome graphic scores, text-based scores, and whatever other type of non-traditional score you might have. Completed works only, please, no drafts. Works may have been performed previously. There is no submission/adjudication fee (AKA, it’s free to submit as many works as you’d like)!

 CoMa Partsong Project
Summary:Call for scores in open scoring
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Deadline: N/A

Details: The Partsong Project is central to CoMA’s aims, responding to a need to create a repertoire of flexible pieces for multiple (but solo) voices. Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc.

Fee: N/A

Contact: For more specifics on the brief and for information on submitting works, please visit:

 The Space City New Music Festival
Summary:New Music Festival Composing and Networking Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) is a one-of-a-kind summer festival in Texas housed in the heart of downtown Houston near the Theater District at the new arts facility: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

SCNMF is a week-long summer festival that brings composers, performers, conductors, and teachers together to collaborate on newly composed works, study contemporary music, build lifelong relationships, and present 3 to 4 concerts for the community of Houston.

The 2018 Space City New Music Festival will be working and collaborating with:

- Guest Composer: Marcus K. Maroney
- Guest Artist: Crystal Chu (solo percussion)
- Guest Chamber Ensemble: 3G Percussion

Festival participants will have the opportunities to:
- Collaborate, promote, and perform newly composed works with guest artists
- Attend masterclasses and full-length concerts showcasing our guest composer, artist, and chamber ensemble
- Take composition lessons with guest composer, Marcus K. Maroney
- Perform for the community of Houston
- Each piece is guaranteed at least one performance by one of our guest artists.

Categories & required materials
I. Composer
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 representative scores for any combination of instruments with a LIVE Recording/MIDI (preferably scored from 1-6 performers)
- A list of works
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

II. Performers
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 recordings (audio and/or video) of you performing in contrasting styles
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

III. Conductors
- Completed 2018 Application
- Up to 2 videos (around 15 minutes total) of you conducting chamber and/or large ensembles (preferably contemporary music)
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

IV. Auditors
- Completed 2018 Application
- A brief resumé

Web Site:www.spacecityperformingarts.or...

 Minute of Music Project
Summary:Call for Scores – Female Composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: Entry Deadline: 12/31/2018 at 11:55 P.M. MST
Entry Fee: None (project is crowdfunded)
Eligibility: All adult (18 or older) composers who self-identify as female (any nationality)
Prize: None, but I will record your piece for posterity!

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must self-identify as a female.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2018.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “change.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins reserves the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins to record your entry free of charge. You will receive a .WAV copy of the recording for your use.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email.
Donations are optional, and will not effect score selection.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

 ICC "The contemporary Guitar 2018"
Summary:Solo guitar competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Description: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc. will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer or PayPal.
EUROBANK GREECE (ERBKGRAA) ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
(In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason). All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31st, 2018 electronically to including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc.) with a printout of the registration payment (fee payment receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee - selection: The committee will consist of distinguished guitarists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) works based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee's decision is final.

The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. Audio & video recording by the distinguished guitarist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou, in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY's production.
3. The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY's YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
4. A page in site will be created for each one of the winning works - composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. A page in site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works - composers.


 Graeme Miles Bursary
Summary:Bursary Opportunity-short deadline!
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: The Graeme Miles Bursary is open to artists or groups based in the North East of England. The aim is to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their career. The £1,200 award is made annually to celebrate the life of Middlesbrough’s Graeme Miles who died in 2013.

A contemporary of Ewan MacColl, Miles wrote his first song, Sea Coal about Hartlepool, at the age of 14, and after hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside, set himself a 20-year task to create a collection for his adopted native Teesside.

The memorial bursary, which is funded and administered by The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and funded by The Unthanks through fundraising concerts, is now in its 3rd year running and will continue to organise events to fund future awards.

The Graeme Miles Bursary scheme is open to any folk artists or groups, aged 18 to 25, in the North East of England, which includes Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley. The bursary is to fund a significant development opportunity, project or programme of activity that could have a lasting impact on their career.

The inaugural winner was Joe Hammill from Thornaby on Tees. The singer songwriter, who fronts the band Cattle & Cane, invested the award in home studio equipment to record his own music. The 2016 recipient was the Rachel Hamer Band, a Newcastle folk band with strong links to Teesside.

The selection panel includes Adrian McNally and Rachel Unthank from The Unthanks.

Application Criteria

1. Artist(s) must be based or have strong links to the North East of England.
2. Individual musicians (including composers) and duos/trios/bands in the early stages of their career and/or final stages of advanced musical training.
3. Artists must have a genuine desire and commitment to building a professional career in folk music.
4. Artists should be able to demonstrate the talent, potential and enthusiasm to make folk music your profession.
5. The funded activity needs to be completed by 30 November 2018.

Timing and deadlines
Closing date for applications Midnight on Sunday 29 October 2017
Bursary Announcement December 2017

 Scottish Awards for New Music 2018
Summary:Composer Awards Nominations Open
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the second annual Scottish Awards for New Music. Created by New Music Scotland with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland, Steinberg, and EVM Marketing, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators and facilitators of new music. The eleven categories, including three new ones for 2018, are listed below. Partnerships with Hands Up for Trad and Jazz from Scotland have enabled the creation of new categories which focus on experimental and ground breaking traditional and jazz music. Nominations are open from Saturday 7 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals. Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found:

An international panel of composers, performers, programmers and music industry experts will meet in January to discuss the nominations, following which a shortlist will be announced. Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the awards evening on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said, “The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of new music in Scotland and further afield, spreading news of the innovative new music scene to potential audiences around the globe. Rarely do you manage to gather so many of the key figures and institutions of new music making in Scotland together in one room. Coupled with the high profile supporters and partnerships involved in making this event a reality, the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 promises to be an exciting event for Scotland’s new music sector.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “Music is an art form that never sits still – it is always pushing back barriers and reshaping the cultural landscape. The Scottish Awards for New Music celebrate such experimentation and throw a spotlight on our most talented composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector both nationally and internationally.”


Composers must have been born in Scotland, or have been ordinarily resident in Scotland for at least two years prior to 1st July 2017. Non Scottish or Scottish based composers can have works nominated as part of the Award for Creative Programming.
Composers may be any age.
Composers do not have to be members of New Music Scotland.
Students are eligible


To qualify, new works must have received their première in a public performance, either live or broadcast/online, between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
The community/education project category: For Projects that may be nominated, they can have started prior to, but must have been concluded between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017.
Recorded works must have been publicly released on any format between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
Works do not have to have been published.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including from the composer, performer, audience or organisation. If self nominating, you must also nominate 2 other works (in any category) that are not by yourself.


The nominator should choose the category which most closely fits the work. NMS reserves the right to move the work to a different category if appropriate.
NMS reserves the right to add, remove or redefine categories if necessary.

Electroacoustic/sound art work
For a new work or installation written and/or performed during 2017 that can be described as either electroacoustic or sound art (or both!)

Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 10 performers or fewer.

Large Scale New Work
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 11 performers or more.

Recorded New Work
A recording of new music for commercial release in 2017 for CD/LP, TV, film, digital/online platforms, or other audio-visual medium. This may include the recording of an existing work released within the calendar year.

The ISM Award for Collaboration
Celebrating collaborative new music in 2017, including projects that are cross-genre, cross-art form, multi-disciplinary, or those that bring together unique combinations of partners. Collaboration should have taken place between two or more active parties to the extent of which the work would not exist without the partnership.

Community/Education project
Music-making, listening, appreciation, participation projects taking new music as their medium, and widening access to those in Scottish communities and/or education settings. This may take the form of a one-off event, or an ongoing project with or without specific outcome over the calendar year of 2017.

Contribution to new music in Scotland
Marking the contribution made by an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland during 2017.

Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performer(s) of the Year
An award to celebrate musicians who perform new music at the highest standard. This could be the best one off performance or a number of performances that adds to a portfolio of work over 2017.

Award for Creative Programming
An award to celebrate Creative Programming. This could be a one off production/commission, a festival programme, a programme series, or an audience development initiative that has been of an exceptional standard and demonstrates genuine imagination in its execution.

Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
Traditional Music plays an important role in Scotland’s musical scene. This award, in partnership with Hands Up for Trad, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both traditional and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland
Scotland’s vibrant jazz sector regularly sees experimentation and creative projects come to fruition . This award, in partnership with Jazz from Scotland, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both jazz and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

All nominations are to be submitted online via the New Music Scotland website
There is no limit to the number of works which may be submitted.
Self-nomination is allowed but must be balanced by the submission of two other nominations (i.e. not self-nominations) in any categories.

Nominators will be asked to provide:
Creator name, work title, performers, when & where heard, reason for nomination (depending on category max 200 words), links to supporting reviews, recordings, articles, online information, nominator name and contact details, demographic information of nominator

Judging will be made by a specially appointed panel, the members of which will be chosen by NMS.
In each category there will be a final shortlist, announced in advance of the award ceremony.
NMS reserves the right not to make an award in any category.
The final decision regarding all aspects of the Scottish Awards for New Music, including the interpretation of these rules, resides with the Board of NMS.


The presentation of the awards will take place at a reception on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Drygate in Glasgow
In each category the winning individual/organisation will be presented with a Scottish Award for New Music

 Opportunity: New Voices, Talent Development Programme
Summary:Register interest for programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Date: Registration closes, noon on Tues 17th Oct
Produced by: Sound and Music
New Voices: a new Talent Development Programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music

Do you create or compose your own music or sound? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Taking the successful models, wonderful partnerships and expertise from our previous Embedded and Portfolio Programmes, as well as our Pathways Programme we are thrilled to announce and introduce you to New Voices, Sound and Music's reimagined Talent Development Programme.

We are looking for composers and artists creating their own original new music and sound to be part of New Voices

New Voices aims to be representative of the diverse range of composers working across the UK today.


Become part of New Voices, an 18 month Talent Development Programme tailored to your needs
Get the benefit of 6 months of bespoke, external and expert coaching and mentoring
Explore and realise your creative ideas and ambitions, in your own style, in your own way
Join a network of your creative peers from across the UK, who will be going through the New Voices programme at the same time as you
Be part of a unique supportive residential weekend with these peers and with Sound and Music staff
Make public facing work for audiences, through your own creative activity and collaborations, and/or through working with other organisations
Receive a bursary of £1,500, travel and accommodation expenses, plus a production grant of up to £6,000 if you are organising the final public outcome yourself
Work with Sound and Music to explore digital as well as live outcomes of your work
Sound good?

Great. At this stage, you only need to register your interest, and then we will get in contact to discuss and to find out if this opportunity is a good fit.

If you need any other support to access this opportunity, or need this information in another format then we’re here to help, so please do contact us: Director of Programmes,

Keep reading to find out more.

 Youth Music Tutor - Lyric writing raps/songs/poems, Aptitude Organisation CIC
Summary:Teaching Post
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Closes: 11th September 2017
Location: West Midlands
Type: Part time
Salary: Paid (£25k-30k pro rata)


Youth Music Skills Tutor - lyric writing £15-£25 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience)1-year Fixed, Term time only (38 weeks), 2 hours per week

Days & Hours: Thursdays 6-8pm. Additional hours may be available on an ad-hoc basis.
Actual salary for 2 hours per week term time: £1140 - £1900
Fixed Term End Date: 30/10/2018 (Initially)
Lead delivery of an accredited young people’s music programme which uses the tool of lyric writing songs and raps to support positive emotional development.

Hold relevant a qualification and/or experience in Music Performance Song/Poem writing, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, DJ Skills, Composition or other relevant music qualification

This post is subject to full enhanced DBS Service Check.
Location: The Crez, Jubilee Crescent Community Centre, Radford, Coventry CV6 3EX

Return Completed Application form to:
Closing date: Monday 11th September 2017
Interview Date Monday 18th September between 4.30pm-8pm (30 minutes time slot)W

ebsite: Tel: 07871 917936

We are also recruiting for:

Youth Programme Casual/Bank Staff £9 - £25 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience) 1 year fixed Term

Contract: Zero hours (bank staff) 1 year fixed
Days & Hours: ad-hoc basis.
Main Purpose of role:
Delivery of a specialist skill that contributes to a new exciting programme to engage young people to be empowered through various activities that are fun, safe, social and educational (team building, developing self-confidence).
Where appropriate you will cover staff annual leave, sickness and when added support is required for trips and events.
• To develop, deliver, facilitate and participate in games, activities and discussions with young people
• To supervise young people and ensure general health & safety and rules of conduct.
• Build positive links with young people and promote active participation in activities such as planning and delivery of group work programmes on health, fitness, smoking, drugs, gangs, violence, relationships and bullying.

Hold relevant a qualification and experience in Music Performance Song/Poem writing, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, DJ Skills, Composition or other relevant music qualification.

 College Light Opera Company
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: New Works Initiative
The College Light Opera Company is seeking submissions for its 2018 New Works Initiative as part of its 50th jubilee celebrations. The winning one-act piece will be selected by a committee of judges. The winner of this competition will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and production of the new work as part of the 2018 festival season. The prize and production are contingent on the composer and librettist agreeing to the terms of the agreement. The CLOC New Works Initiative is intended to support emerging composer-lyricist teams.

Competition Rules
There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to music-theatre works written in the English language.
2. Each composer and lyricist team may submit only one piece.
3. Submissions must be original, unpublished one-act operettas or music-theatre works written in English. Translations, and children’s operas are not accepted.
4. Works that have been professionally produced, published or had a workshop, concert or non-professional production are not eligible.
5. Works may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. Works must be submitted digitally in PDF format as well as using MIDI or equivalent format.
7. Works must utilize the full CLOC orchestra: 1 flute (doubles piccolo), 1 oboe (doubles english horn), 2 clarinets (doubles E-flat and/or bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1percussion (drum set, timpani, etc.), 4 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, possible piano (note: we are an acoustic house and do not normally use synthesizers)
8. Works must utilize the full CLOC ensemble of 16 women and 16 men, include a solid balance of male and female roles and provide a strong and active role for the chorus. All principals must be drawn from this group of performers.
9. Works must not exceed 60 minutes in length and should be an appropriate piece to be used as a curtain-raiser for a Gilbert and Sullivan or other English light operetta.
10. The CLOC New Works Initiative reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Web Site:www.collegelightoperacompany.c...

 Soundfly's new online course with Tim Hansen teaches you the fundamentals of Composition
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 16 November 2016
Details: SOUNDFLY'S NEW COURSE TEACHES YOU THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC COMPOSITION & DEEPENS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYING THEORY code: SOUNDANDMUSIC for 20% off!As a composer, there are many different tools in your tool belt that can bring interest and originality to your music. You can use time signatures to add complexity, tonality to add emotional pull, rhythm to add drive, or something else to create some other unique dynamic. This course will take you through the essential elements of modern composing. Led by Australian composer Tim Hansen, you'll explore the beat, time signatures, rhythm, tonality, timbre, texture, and structure, with key examples to demonstrate along the way. By the end of this course, you'll be able to employee these tools more effectively in your compositions.This one-of-a-kind month-long course combines fun instructional videos, step-by-step guides, downloadable resources, and professional support and feedback to help you unlock your vision for notated music. You'll have the opportunity to get personal mentorship and consulting from an industry expert, as well as access to a revolving-door community of fellow students and advisors. Now who's ready to get composing?

 Andrew S. Way Music Foundation
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.

The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.

 Sorodha Composition Competition 2016: String quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
Details: Sorodha is proud to announce the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

For this festive edition, we welcome compositions for string quartet and have the utmost pleasure to be able to work with the Tana String Quartet on this occasion. Their leader, Antoine Maisonhaute, was one of our judges last year, and this year they all join us as performers.

The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be executed at a public concert on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

The winning piece will be performed by the Tana String Quartet at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016 (details forthcoming).

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello; no electronics, either)?
• was it originally written for string quartet?
• has is not been performed, broadcasted or prized in another competition before?
• is your score anonymous?
• will we be able to tell it apart from the others based on the title only? Ok, then; otherwise please add a motto, code or other distinctive sign.
• is it formatted as PDF file and A4 pages?
• does your second PDF file contain all the necessary data?
• has the entry fee been paid by PayPal (an extra € 1 will be charged to cover the transfer costs)?
• have you checked the time zone if filing on the last day before the deadline from elsewhere than Western Europe?

Please take notice of the fact that we cannot accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!


Summary:Song Writing
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 August 2015
Details: How can I enter?

It’s easy! You can enter online at any of these sponsoring sites: Broadjam or on the DSA website or download an entry form here and print out, and mail your entries to:

Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard #20
Dallas, TX 75219

How much is the entry fee?

$25 each entry. Please note EACH entry must have an accompanying form sheet. If you are a member of DSA or plan to join, you can get a $5 discount off your membership or renewal for each song contest entry. To join DSA or renew your membership, go to We’d love to have you as a member!

Who owns the songs I enter?

You do! You retain all rights.

What has to be on the lyric sheet?

The song Title and Category appear at the top of the sheet. Your lyrics, marked with “Verse” “Chorus” etc., follow the Title. For a sample, click here. Do not write your name on the lyric sheet or on the outside of the CD case -- simply fold your lyric sheet white-side out (so that the back side shows) and legibly write the song Title and Category on the back of the lyric sheet, and place it inside the CD case so that the song Title and Category show through the CD case.

If I don’t write my name on my lyric sheet, how do you know which one is mine?

Song Contest staff keeps track of which name goes with which song – all names are withheld from the judges so that the judges can select the winners with the highest level of fairness possible. Once the judges select the semifinalists and winners, the song contest staff reveals the names of the winning artists.

 CALL FOR SCORES 2015 – Cello and Contrabass
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 May 2015
Details: 1. Call for Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

2. Call for "tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

Composer/performer Rodney Waschka II is looking for works for narrator or actor or speaker and electronic music fixed on two channels. Works will be considered for performance on the Arts NOW Series and elsewhere. You can read a review ( by the Classical Voice of North Carolina of a concert of this type of music performed in February, 2009. Waschka has performed works by Alden Jenks, Pertti Jalava, Mansoor Hosseini, Stephen Pope, Allen Strange, Pauline Oliveros, Mara Helmuth, and others.

If you have composed such a piece or are interested in composing such a work, please contract me.

"Tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Pieces of this type are needed for programming for the Arts NOW Series.

Please contact me if you have a piece that you think might be appropriate.


 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.


-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)


"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera


-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production


-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").


September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production


Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000

 School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music
Summary:High School Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 11 March 2015
Details: This High School Composition Contest is offered jointly by the School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music. It’s intent is to encourage the composition by high school students of high quality music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles and performers. While this is the first year of the Contest, it is intended that it be an annual event.

The prizes for the winning composition in each category are:

1) $1000 cash

2) Public performance and recording by the appropriate Azusa Pacific University music ensemble.

3) Consideration for publication by J.W.Peppers publishing arm, Wingert-Jones Publications.

4) A complimentary subscription for J.W.Pepper’s My Score® self-publishing platform, valued at $99.

There are five categories of music being sought for the Contest. They are listed below, along with the length limitations for each category.

1) Orchestra 5 to 8 minutes

2) Choral 4 to 6 minutes

3) Wind Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

4) Jazz Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

5) Chamber 5 to 8 minutes

Plan to submit a properly notated score and demo recording. The winner in any category will be expected to provide clear, readable parts for the appropriate ensemble. Details are at the “How to Enter” tab above.

The choral composition may be accompanied or unaccompanied. It can be for mixed chorus, women’s choir, or men’s choir. Any accompaniment should be limited to piano and/or no more than two other common instruments.

The chamber composition may be for string quartet, string quintet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, piano trio, piano quintet, guitar ensemble, guitar with bowed strings, or any common solo instrument. Other small groupings may be considered. If you would like to compose for a non-standard chamber group, it is suggested that you send email to with a description of the ensemble to get approval of the ensemble for which you wish to compose.

Instrumentation for the other ensembles follows.


Wind Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (big band):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to

Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.

 Flexible Persona
Summary:Journal seeks compositions
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 August 2014
Details: The Flexible Persona, a literary journal, is looking for the work of minimalist composers for our audio issues. We would feature a 10–20 second clip of your work before the story is read and then a work up to five minutes in length at the end of the broadcast with credit to you and link to your website/work. For questions or to submit links to your work, please e-mail us at: Please do not send audio attachments.


 Duo Scordatura "Call for Scores"
Summary:Violin and Viola Duet Call for Scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 28 May 2014
Details: Want to have your composition performed next year?....
Yeah you do!!!

Through out the the 2014-2015 season WE will be selecting and performing new works for the Duo of violin and viola.

1. There are no guidelines or fees!!
2. Your composition must be awesome. (very very important!!!)
3. You can use scordatura tuning (but not rules #1 and #2)
4. Summit compositions to us through our email address icon at top right corner
4a. include a resume/bio
4b. include PDF of composition....score and individual parts
4c. recommended to also summit any recording or midi of the piece
4d. last but not least your contact info.


 Wild Rumpus New Music Call
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2014
Details: Deadline: Rolling.

Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

electric guitar
double bass

Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

(a) Composers under 40
(b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials
For each piece, submit:

Score (PDF)
Recording (MP3) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program) and resume/CV
There is no fee to apply.

Please note that this call is rolling. We’ll select pieces from the general call as needed, depending both on our interest in the piece and the logistical demands of the concert for which we’re programming.


 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes

 C4 Ensemble
Summary:Call for choral scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 18 September 2012
Details: The C4 ensemble invites composers to submit scores for chorus and electronics for possible future performances. More details can be obtained from the ensemble via the link listed above.