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Summary:Call for Submissions and Proposals
Deadline: 24 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
November 15-18, 2018

The theme, Signal, will be explored by exhibiting works contextualised by the following subthemes:

Signs of change
Signalling new forms of expression in music and the arts; cultural trends

Communication and protest
New methods of communication and collaboration in the face of adversity

Analog and digital signals
Developments in technology and their integration into practice and research

Sound Thought draws artists, researchers, and practitioners from across the UK and internationally, and is particularly concerned with establishing dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions and broader arts communities.

Call for Submissions and Proposals
The Sound Thought committee welcomes submissions from postgraduate researchers, academics, professionals, and practitioners of music, sound art, and electronic and audiovisual media, as well as from artists in other fields.

Submission of installations, performances, and fixed-media works are welcome. If you have an additional form or idea, please feel free to contact us to discuss your idea. We also welcome the submission of works currently in progress.

Please complete an application and send to

ST18 Submission Form

ST18 Call for Submissions

The deadline for submissions of proposals is October 24, 2018.

Submission Guidelines
Please complete a submission form in order to provide us an idea of your work and how it relates to this year’s theme. Proposals should include:

– an excerpt from, or the complete work you are proposing
– an example of your previous work

Please include a link to a website where the work can be streamed or sent as an attachment via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Please submit for consideration proposals for any of the following:

This year, Sound Thought has the unprecedented opportunity to utilise the Centre for Contemporary Art’s main exhibition space. We are looking to programme installations which take full advantage of this opportunity. You will have access to a multichannel sound system and equipment for projecting visual elements. Please let us know in your submission of any additional requirements.

Live performances of works of any style (acoustic, audiovisual, acousmatic, etc.) are encouraged, especially those which will exploit the gallery spaces. Performances should not exceed approximately thirty minutes (multiple shorter works are also welcomed).

Acousmatic/electroacoustic works, audiovisual works, and field recordings of up to 15 minutes’ duration are welcomed. A variable sound diffusion system is available for electroacoustic works, as is equipment for presenting audiovisual work. Additionally, we will able to present works which can be looped on individual monitors with headphones.

Venue Technical Specifications
Please feel free to get in touch regarding the CCA’s technical specifications. Sound Thought 2018 will take place in Galleries 2 and 3. There are opportunities for installations to be placed throughout the building; please get in touch to discuss this with the committee. Any questions can be sent to

 International Composition Contest New Music For Harpsichord
Summary:Harpsichord composition competition
Deadline: 21 April 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano, with the collaboration of the Department of Culture of the City of Milan, Società italiana Musica Contemporanea and of Rugginenti-Volonté Edizioni, is now organizing the third edition of the International Composition Contest, SIMM 2019 - 4th Edition" New Music for Harpsichord". The following compositions will be accepted: harpsichord solo, harpsichord for four hands, harpsichord and an instrument (except piano), harpsichord and voice. Application should be submitted by 21/4/19.

 CALL FOR ENTRIES: Aberdeen Youth Jazz Celebration Composition Competition
Summary:Jazz Band Call
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Call for scores to be performed at the Aberdeen Youth Jazz Festival.

Participants must be UK resident and no older than 25.

For full details:

 ISA Music Composition Competition
Summary:School-aged competition, various categories
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The ISA Music Composition Competition – new for 2019 – is designed to celebrate the art of music composition, and to encourage musical pupils to think of themselves as composers, even from a young age.

Accessible to all
Any combination of voices/instruments, solo voice or solo instrument
Any method of submission – video, audio recording, or written score
Individual or Group work

Your music may be selected to be used at ISA events such as conferences and sporting events. We look forward to receiving your entries.

This competition is open to anyone who enjoys creating their own music. We hope this new ISA competition will encourage more pupils to develop their music composition skills at a younger age. (Composition can be the aspect of external exams which is unfamiliar to many performers and uncomfortable for them).

We suggest that many schools will run an internal competition first, then submit their selected best ones to the national competition.
• School are invited to submit their entries via the Online form – Deadline Friday, 22 March 2019 (details on how to enter on page 3).
• Schools may submit a maximum of three entries per age group.
• Categories: Band, Solo voice, Solo instrument, Vocal group, Instrumental group
• Age groups
A: Year 5 and 6 B: Year 7-9
C: Year 10 & 11 D: Sixth Form
• Style: Any style of music is welcome – classical, jazz, pop, rock, electro...
• Instruments: the composition can be for any combination of performers.
• Length: maximum length of composition is 5 mins. (no minimum).
• Practicalities:
- YouTube recordings (if used) must be complete at the time of entry, uploaded to YouTube and
available for public view. They must not be amended or edited after submission.
- Audio recordings must be in an mp3 format.
- Any computer generated score should be sent in a visual/readable format – eg PDF.
- Manuscripts (handwritten or computer generated) should be sent as full score (there is no need
to generate individual playing parts) in a visual/readable format – eg PDF.
• Group Work: paired or group compositions may be submitted to any age class. A brief written log (maximum one side of A4) explaining the process, roles taken by pupils, and any adult input should be sent to ISA.


Summary:Competition with 5 Categories
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: ensemble mise-en is thrilled to announce the call for scores for the MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019! Since 2014, the festival has featured more than 30 pieces each year. We look forward to your submissions and to presenting even more works this year.

Selected composers are required to attend the festival dates, June 26-30, 2019. Each will have the chance to collaborate with ensemble mise-en as well as other guest musicians. This is a unique opportunity to share your work not only with a New York City audience but with visiting musicians and composers from around the world.

This year, we are especially excited to offer FREE HOUSING to all participating composers for the duration of the festival (June 26-30, 2019)! We are proud to be able to support our composers in this way.

Deadline: December 15, 2018 (EST 11:59PM)

Submission Fee: $27 (USD, non-refundable)

The guidelines for the submissions:

1. Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
2. Selected composers must be present at the festival (June 26-30, 2019) in New York City.
3. Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted as a separate entity.
4. Those composers chosen to write new works (Category #5) will be notified by January 1st, 2019. All other composers chosen to participate in the festival will be notified after February 1st, 2019.


1. Solo instrument with or without electronics
2. Chamber Ensemble (2-8 musicians including a conductor) with or without electronics
3. Large Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra (up to 24-piece ensemble) with or without electronics
4. Tape/Live Electronics/Video Work
5. Proposal for a new piece (1-25 musicians including a conductor) with or without electronics*

*This category (#5) is for undeveloped works or works-in-progress. Selected proposals must be completed and submitted by April 15th, 2019 for inclusion in the festival program.

IMPORTANT -- we will NOT accept any hard copies or email submissions. All submissions should be made via the following website:

If you would like to support mise-en music festival 2019, please consider:
- Liking our Facebook page (
- Following us on Twitter (
- Following us on Instagram (@ensemblemiseen)

Please direct all inquiries to:

 ***Call for Works: 2019 New Music Miami ISCM Festival***
Summary:Call for works with 7 categories
Deadline: 07 November 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: 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 at the New Music Miami ISCM Festival being held in the Spring of 2019 featuring the NODUS Ensemble among other soloists and guests. The call is open to all composers without restrictions.

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, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, classical guitar, soprano and/or tenor voice, may incorporate electronics and/or video – please note NO string quartets)

~ Electro-Acoustic Works (including with the NODUS Ensemble)

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

~ Installations

~Works for the Pakk-Calloway violin cello duo

~Works for the Calloway-Sudol (cello and electronics duo)

~Works for the Misty Shore Duo (piano and electronics duo)

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

Selected pieces will be announced through the conference web site.

Application Procedure

***Submission Deadline is November 7 (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.

The application procedure consists of the following steps:

Submitting online payment through ticket solutions.
Select 2019 NMM ISCM Festival Submission. After completing payment, you will be provided an “order number”. This is necessary for the next step. (Please note: because the submissions payment is being handled through an online ticketing system, it may be necessary to “load more events” on the web page.)

Filling out the online informational form.
All materials must be submitted electronically and made available for download by supplying links to download files and/or stream audio files. Please make sure all links stay active through December 15. Please enter the “order number” obtained through the above process at the bottom of the form. This will provide proof of payment.

For answers to any questions, please email

 ICEBERG New Music's 2018-19 Call for Scores
Summary:Competition with to categories
Deadline: 01 January 2019
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: ICEBERG New Music's 2018-19 Call for Scores is now open!
Fill out the form below to submit your work. Submissions are due no later than January 1, 2019.


Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores for one or both of ICEBERG's partner ensembles, Ekmeles ( and Contemporaneous ( Up to four winning composers (at least one for each ensemble) will be selected to have their works performed as part of our 2018-19 season at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music 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 Ekmeles will be performed March 9, 2018. The winning work(s) for Contemporaneous will be performed April 26, 2018. These performances will take place at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music 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 Ekmeles

B) One (1) score for performance by Contemporaneous


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


Mezzo Soprano
Mezzo Soprano

Subsets of this ensemble will be considered. Works involving electronics WILL be considered.

INSTRUMENTATION (Contemporaneous)


Subsets of this instrumentation will be considered. Works which involve electronics will NOT be considered.

 Juventas New Music Ensemble
Summary:Chamber music/art song call
Deadline: 12 November 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 12, 2018
Application Fee: $10

Juventas New Music Ensemble seeks chamber music and art songs responding to current affairs.

The selected works will be performed by Juventas New Music Ensemble at our concert The Freedom of Speech, February 9, 2019 at First Church Boston. The concert will celebrate the First Amendment with music that engages with freedom of speech, current affairs, political discourse and/or activism.


Any composer who identifies as both an emerging composer at the early stages of their career

We believe that diversity of experience contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a more fulfilling musical and artistic experience. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our programs and encourage all races and genders to submit.

Compositions may be for any subset of the following instruments:
• Soprano singer
• Flute (including piccolo & alto flute)
• Clarinet (including Eb, Bb, and bass clarinet)
• Horn in F - especially encouraged!
• 2 Violins
• Viola
• Cello
• Piano
• Percussion

For more information contact:

 74th Concours de Genève – Geneva international music competition
Summary:Oboe and ensemble
Deadline: 02 May 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018

The 74th Geneva International Music Competition will be presenting composition. This discipline pursues the tradition of the Queen Marie José Prize and aims at encouraging and promoting contemporary creation and supporting a high-quality performance.


The Geneva Competition's Composition Prize will be awarded in November 2019. Its objective is to distinguish a new work that has been composed at the earliest after May 2016
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after May 1st, 1979 (40 years old). Composers who have already won the Queen Marie Jose International Music Composition Prize or the Geneva International Music Competition's Composition Prize are not eligible to take part in this competition.


The subject of the Composition Prize 2019 is a Work for Oboe and ensemble, composed after following specifities:
• The work must last between 15 and 20 minutes.
• The work must be written for solo oboe, with the possibility to use the Cor anglais (English horn) as well.
• The work must not use any electronic device.
• The ensemble set must imperatively be comprised within the following frame:
o 1*.1*.1*.1*-–harp–keyboards(1)–perc(2)–Strings :
o One musician may play several keyboard instruments (piano, celesta, etc.)
o Concerning percussion, please insert the detailed list of required instruments.

The prize-winning work will then be performed during the final round of the 2020 Oboe competition. The jury will therefore be asked to take into account the playability of the work and the presence of the solo instrument.
The musical score may be hand-written or in electronic form, but must be perfectly legible.

The registration deadline is May 2, 2019. Candidates may register directly on our website

Registration will not be considered as final until the following documents have been received (to be uploaded via registration page, or sent by post or by email) :

• One musical score, with a title or a motto, all completely readable and original, without the least mention of the composer, since the candidate must remain anonymous for the Jury.
• As well as the following documents:
• - Official proof of the candidate's age (birth certificate or passport photocopy)
• - Your résumé (studies taken, institutions, teachers, professional activities)
• - Two different and recent high-quality photos in color
• - Proof of payment of the registration fee
• - A commentary on the work presented
• - Authorization for its performance and broadcast

 III international competition of choral composition
Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: For the third time, this call is carried out together with the Awards of composition called by Orfeó Català, through the Revista Musical Catalana: "III international competition of choral composition - Festival of choral music", and which will culminate with the third edition of the Festival of choral music on February 23rd, 2020, in the Palau de la Música Catalana, where the winning works of the two competitions will be presented and performed.

The deadline for submission of works is January 31st, 2019. The verdict will be announced in summer 2019.

You can look at the Bases and get the participation forms at:


1. Participation
The International Prizes “Catalunya” for Choral Compositions is opened to everyone, with no age limit and without any registration fees.

2. Categories and Contest Regulations
There are four categories of participation:
A1: CHORAL COMPOSITION “a cappella”, upon a text in Catalan language, for mixed voices (SATB or SAB). Medium level of difficulty.
A2: CHORAL COMPOSITION “a cappella”, upon a text in Catalan language, for equal voices. Medium level of difficulty.
B1: HARMONIZATION and ARRANGEMENT "a cappella" of “Catalan Countries traditional songs”, for mixed voices (SATB or SAB). Medium level of difficulty.
B2: HARMONIZATION and ARRANGEMENT "a cappella" of “Catalan Countries traditional songs”, for equal voices. Medium performing level.
-In the harmonization of traditional songs (categories B1 & B2) it must be stated from which publication the original melody is taken, as well as the publisher and year of publication.
-Works must be original, not premiered and not previously awarded at any other competition. The maximum duration of each work is around four minutes. The jury will evaluate the level of difficulty of each work, which cannot exceed the difficulty level established in the regulations.

3. Presentation of the works
1) Each composition must be submitted in six copies with numbered pages. They must be legible, clear, without mistakes or amendments.
2) The front page of each work will show only the “Title”, a “Pseudonym” (which will replace the real name of the author), and the category in which the work fits in.
3) In addition, it is necessary to present a sealed envelope which will show the “Pseudonym” of the author. Please insert in the envelope the registration form signed and filled with all the required information.
4) Composers can register for both competitions and can submit up to two works per category. Nevertheless, submitting duplicates of the same work in different
categories or in both competitions won’t be accepted. If duplicates are spotted by the jury, the works in question will be eliminated from all competitions.

4. Deadline and Address
Works and application forms must be handed or sent by mail before January 31, 2019
to the following address:
International Prizes “Catalunya” for Choral Compositions. Eighth Edition – 2019 FEDERACIÓ CATALANA D'ENTITATS CORALS.
Via Laietana, 54, 2. despatx 213.


 Mozart and Orff for organ
Summary:Organ competition
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: For the fourth time we can again announce a contest that promises to be particularly attractive to composers. The next Carl Orff Festival, and thus the composition competition, are under the sign Carl Orff and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Orff described namely in his last years Mozart as his favorite composers. Now if you still know that Carl Orff began his musical career on the church organ in the municipality Unteralting already found the rough framework for the next competition.

Competing 2018-19 is a piece for organ. It should be processed two musical themes. Firstly, the first two bars to be included in the C-minor Fantasy (KV 475) of Mozart and on the other a 9-töniger chord "De temporum fine comoedia" by Carl Orff. The length of the piece should be 5-7 minutes. The composition must be playable on a symphonic organ with three manuals and swell.

They are invited to take part, without limitation, all composers. The winners (ranked 1-3) from the previous competitions are not eligible.

10 compositions will be nominated for the final concert. The composer received from Carl Orff Competition eV to and from the final concert, 2 nights, a rehearsal and performance with good organist and an attractive program for two days. The prize money amounts to 5,000 euros for 1st place, 3.000 € for second place and 1,000 euros for the 3rd place.

The deadline is February 28, 2019. start of the public vote will be March 15, 2019. The world premiere of the final works is planned as part of the Carl Orff Festival in August of 2019.

 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:

 Flute Choir Composition Competition
Summary:Flute Choir Competition
Deadline: 19 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: The Flute Choir Composition Competition is for composers who write original works for flute choir/flute orchestra. Compositions may be a maximum of twelve minutes and must include a minimum of six parts, including any combination of instrumentation of piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. At a minimum, the composition must include parts for C flute, alto flute and bass flute.

This annual competition requires one work each year to be premiered by the Professional Flute Choir, High School Flute Choir, and Collegiate Flute Choir in rotation. The winning composer will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize and their composition will be performed by the Collegiate Flute Choir during the 2019 NFA Convention. The winning publication will also be displayed in the exhibit hall during the convention and deposited in the NFA Music Library at the University of Arizona.

By submitting an entry to this competition, you are attesting that the work has not yet been premiered. The NFA reserves the right to disqualify any submission that, in its judgment, fails to reflect the spirit of these rules of eligibility. Submissions are judged anonymously. Remove any identifying composer or copyright information from submitted scores, parts, and sound files.

Entrants must provide an electronic sound file (MP3 or WAV) or a “reading” recording of the submitted work. Entrants waive all rights to the convention premiere performance, including broadcasting and recording. The composition remains property of the composer who may enter into a contract with a publisher in advance of the convention but may not sell or distribute this work until after it has received its premiere at the convention.

Competition Requirements*
• NFA membership - all flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted (; membership is not required for non-flutist composers
Flutists chosen to perform or present at the convention must renew their membership (for the membership year beginning August 1, 2019) and register for the convention by July 1, 2019. Membership and convention registration is not required for non-flutist composers.
• Completed entry – one copy of the score and parts, without any identifying composer or copyright information; short essay explaining composition; electronic sound files (MP3 or WAV) of your work (Link will be available December 1, 2018.)
• $20 entry fee (paid during submission process)

All entrants must submit their entry, upload recordings/supplemental materials, and pay competition and membership fees by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

* Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the 2019 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.

Debbie Gilbert


 Missouri Composers Project
Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia Chamber Choir seek works written by Missouri composers for the 2019 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition. Works can be submitted in one of four categories:

Open Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
Open Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)
High School Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
High School Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)

The open categories include any composer, of any age, who is either a resident of Missouri or whose submitted work was written while the composer was living in Missouri. The high school categories include any composer enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Missouri high school. Instrumentation for orchestral submissions should not exceed: 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.Cl, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, Timp+2 perc, strings. Choral works must be scored for standard SATB.

One winner will be chosen from each of the four categories. The composers of the selected works will receive a performance and professional recording of their winning work by the Columbia Civic Orchestra (directed by Stefan Freund) or Columbia Chamber Choir (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews), as well as a $500 honorarium.

To apply for the 2019 competition, please click on the link to the right. This will take you to a form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2019 competition are due by Monday, December 3, 2018.

The 2019 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2019. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

 The David P ‘60 and Susan W Wohlhueter Jazz Composition Contest at Ithaca College
Summary:Jazz Composition Contest
Deadline: 01 February 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: About the contest
The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for the jazz ensemble and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students will participate in the judging of the contest. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $1,000 plus a concert recording of their piece with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble. This year our guest artist at the culminating concert on May 2, 2019, will be world-renowned trombonist Vincent Gardner, who will perform the winning piece with the Jazz Ensemble.

Judges will use five criteria to assess submissions:
1. QUALITY: The overall musical quality of the piece.
2. TRADITION: Compositions should be steeped in the traditions of jazz.
3. ACCESSIBILITY: Compositions should be musically accessible to both the audience and the performers.
4. DIFFICULTY: The difficulty level of the compositions should be such that they are playable by high school honor jazz bands, college bands, and professionals alike. Brass range should be considered in terms of the related aspects of (1) not being too high, and (2) allowing enough time for players to rest. Both aspects should be considered for brass playability.
5. NOTATION: Compositions must be professionally notated and clear. Clarity includes (but is not limited to) aspects such as:
o Scores should be bound properly and parts bound/taped with well-considered page turns.
o Clear roadmap (repeats, D.S., D.C, coda, etc. should be easy for everyone to follow)
o Commonly known/used chord symbols.
o Well-considered spacing, bars per system, etc.
o Sufficient rehearsal letters/numbers.
o Page orientation and how it relates to page turns (scores should not turn vertically, for example).
o Clear style, with sufficient articulations and dynamics.

Winning pieces, composers and guest artists from previous years are listed at

Submission deadline
All submissions must be received by February 1, 2019, to be eligible for the contest. Pieces received after that date will be ineligible.

Contest rules
Please read this complete set of rules before submitting your piece. (Instructions for submission are found below, in the section "How to enter the contest.")
1. Entries must be original, unpublished compositions for instrumental jazz ensemble, utilizing the following instrumentation:
1. 5 saxophones, AATTB. Soprano sax can be written in alto 1 or tenor 1 part(s). Other woodwind doubling may be possible, but any/all woodwind doubling parts must be optional, and the chart must be playable without the doubles. If the winning piece contains woodwind doubles, the winning composer may be asked to re-send sax parts with a different configuration, depending on the strengths of the section this year.
2. 4 trombones (3 tenor + 1 bass trombone). Common mutes are usable. Tuba may also be added with an additional part. Mr. Gardner’s solo part may be a separate/additional part, or it can be included in one of the existing trombone parts, but in that case the section(s) intended as his solo must be clearly identified.
3. 4 Bb trumpets. Common mutes (plunger, straight, cup, harmon, or bucket) are usable. The range and endurance of college and high school honor band trumpeters should be considered thoughtfully. Flugelhorns are also possible.
4. Rhythm section of piano, guitar, double bass and drum set. A part for vibes or auxiliary percussion is also possible.
2. Compositions should feature trombone, or at least contain a significant portion of trombone solo, since Mr. Gardner will be the featured guest artist for the concert. In addition, other members of the jazz ensemble may also be given solos, and there can be open solo sections for the ensemble to determine soloists.
3. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible, except arrangements or re-workings of the composer's own pieces.
4. The contest is open to composers of any age, race, religion, country of residence, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. However, current Ithaca College students, faculty or staff are not eligible to enter the contest. Students, faculty and staff composers are encouraged to submit pieces/arrangements to Mr. Titlebaum for consideration for performance at any time (including for this concert) but not to enter the contest itself. This rule is in place to ensure that the judges do not know the identities of the composers.
5. The composition may already have been performed, but should have been written recently (in the past several years). The purpose of this contest is to encourage the creation of new music, but no exact time period is mandated.
6. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature for a wide range of experience levels. Therefore, the composition should be conceived and constructed for effective performance by high school honors jazz, university and professional ensembles alike.
7. Entries should be no longer than 8 minutes in length.
8. Compositions must be submitted with a full score and full set of parts. Compositions without a full score or complete set parts will not be considered.
9. An audio recording of the piece must be submitted along with the online entry form. High-quality computer renditions or MIDI-based audio recordings are acceptable, but a recording of a live reading, rehearsal or performance is preferable.
10. The submissions must be completely anonymous. Therefore, the composer’s name must not appear in any form on the score, parts, nor be audible on the audio file. If the composer's name is announced at a recorded performance, that portion should be edited out. The envelope containing the printed entry form confirmation email (see "How to enter the contest" below for the link to the online entry form) and a check or money order for $25 made out to "Ithaca College" should be included in the envelope. The date of composition must appear on the title page. Entry fees will not be returned for any reason.
11. Composers may submit as many pieces as they like, but each piece must be submitted separately with a separate entry fee, printed entry form and outer/inner envelopes for each.
12. The winning composer will receive $1,000 (US). Winner will also receive a concert recording of their piece with guest artist Vincent Gardner, from the performance which is scheduled to occur on Thursday May 2, 2019, in Ford Hall at the Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College. In the unlikely event that an unforeseen situation prevents Mr. Gardner from performing, the piece will still be recorded, but only with the IC Jazz Ensemble. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the performance. Travel/lodging is at the composer’s own expense.
13. The Ithaca College School of Music has the option of withholding the award if no entry is found to be suitable.
14. Composers must not attempt to contact any of the members of the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble or guest artist to exert influence over the outcome of the contest. Any attempt to do so will immediately disqualify the composer and all their submissions from the contest. See the section below “QUESTIONS” for instructions on how to handle inquiries about the contest.

How to enter the contest
1. Read the complete set of rules (above).
2. Completely fill out an online entry form at the address and print the confirmation message or email you receive after submission.
3. Enclose the printed confirmation message and $25 (US) entry fee in a sealed envelope. Write your name and the name of your piece on envelope.
4. Enclose the sealed envelope (containing the printed submission form and entry fee) with the fully anonymous score and parts into a single envelope/package.
5. Send the envelope/package to be received at Ithaca College no later than February 1, 2019 to:

Jazz Composition Contest
Ithaca College School of Music
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Questions can be addressed to Mike Titlebaum, Director of Jazz Studies, at In any communication, do not name your piece or mention any specific aspects that would identify your piece to ensure that anonymity of all the entries is maintained. Please send questions before January 15th, 2019. Questions received after that date may not be answered before the contest deadline.

I'm looking forward to hearing your music!



 RED NOTE New Music Festival
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 01 November 2018
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. This year there are three categories: Category A (Works for Chamber Ensemble), Category B (Works for Full Orchestra), and Category C (Works for Chorus).

General Guidelines
• Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
• Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before the year 2000.
• An entry fee of $25 must be included with the first score submitted, regardless of category. There is an entry fee of $20 for each additional score submitted, regardless of category. For example, a composer who submits one score to Category A and another to Category B must submit a $45 entry fee. Composers may submit as many works as they like in any category.
• Previous winners in any category of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
• Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
• Attendance at the Festival is encouraged but not required.
• In the unlikely event that no entry is worthy of the award in a given category, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money in that category.


Additional Guidelines- Category A (Chamber Ensemble)

• Submitted works may be scored for any combination of up to sixteen instrumentalists and/or vocalists.
• Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by nationally and internationally recognized composers.
• Results will be announced by December 15, 2018.
• The composer of the winning work in Category A will receive a $1000 prize, and the winning work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 11, 2019.
• The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 1, 2019, in order to guarantee performance.
• If the instrumentation of the winning work is for some subset of the guest ensembles’ instrumentations, it may instead be considered by Fifth House Ensemble or Iridium Saxophone Quartet for performance at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

Additional Guidelines - Category B (Full Orchestra)

Submitted works should be scored for orchestra (visit website for full details)

• Doublings not listed above may be permissible, at the discretion of Glenn Block, conductor of the ISU Symphony Orchestra.
• Works must not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
• The ISU Symphony Orchestra is an advanced ensemble which features the School of Music’s top performers. However, judges reserve the right to consider playability in their deliberations.
• Works featuring soloists (e.g., concertos) may be submitted with the understanding that the soloist must be supplied at no expense to the ISU Symphony Orchestra, and that the soloist must be able to attend at least one full rehearsal with the orchestra in advance of the concert date, as well as the dress rehearsal before the concert.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by Glenn Block.
• Results will be announced by November 15, 2018.
• The composer of the winning work in Category B will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Block, at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 10, 2019. The winning composer must agree to provide parts by December 1, 2018, in order to guarantee performance.

Additional Guidelines - Category C (Chorus)

• Submitted works must be scored for mixed choir in 4-6 parts, with moderate divisi.
• Works may be with or without accompaniment
• Works may be untexted, or set to text of any language.
• Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by Karyl Carlson, Director of Choral Activities at Illinois State University.
• The composer of the winning work in Category C will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the ISU Concert Choir at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 10, 2019.
• Results will be announced by December 1, 2018.


Summary:Competition with several categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: FEBRUARY 5, 2019
7:30 PM

2019 Categories

Solo Trumpet with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn
• May use any combination of mutes
• Please stay within standard range of chosen instruments (F#3 to C6)

Solo Mallet Keyboard with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May be written for Xylophone, up to 5.0 Octave Marimba, or 3-Octave Vibraphone
• May be written for 2 or 4-mallet technique
• Additional instruments may be used, but work must mainly feature one mallet keyboard instrument

Solo Flute with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of flute, piccolo, and alto flute
• Full range of each instrument allowed
• May utilize contemporary techniques with detailed descriptions of each provided in score notes

Solo Oboe with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of Oboe and English horn
• Minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Please stay within standard range of chosen instruments (B3-G6)

Solo Voice (soprano) with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• Text may be English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French
• Should be tonal and written in a classical style
• Text must be suitable for a family audience, i.e., no suggestive subject matter or profane language
• Must promote healthy singing, i.e., no yelling, growling, or other unhealthy vocal techniques
• Please stay within standard range of soprano voice (C4 - C6)

Chamber Work for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Percussion, and Piano with optional Voice (soprano)
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• Voice is optional and can be sung or narrated
• Text may be English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French
• Text must be suitable for a family audience, i.e., no suggestive subject matter or profane language

Instrument Specific Guidelines:

• Flute: any combination of flute, piccolo, and alto flute; full range of each instrument allowed; minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Oboe: any combination of Oboe and English horn; stay within standard range of chosen instruments (B3-G6); minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Trumpet: any combination of B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn; stay within standard range of chosen instruments (F#3 to C6); any combination of mutes; minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Percussion: standard orchestral percussion instruments may be used; found items such as flower pots, pipes, etc... may be used, but no specific pitches must be needed; multiple mallet keyboard instruments may be used, standard sizes only
• Piano: no limiting guidelines
• Voice (optional): may be sung or narrated; standard range of soprano voice (C4 - C6); must promote healthy singing, i.e., no yelling, growling, or other unhealthy vocal techniques


All materials must be received via email by 12:00 AM on December 1, 2018. Entries are to include the following:
- Full Score (PDF format)
- Individual Parts (PDF format)
- Sound File (MIDI preferred)
- Composer Bio
- Description of Composition

Please submit all materials to Confirmation of materials received will be sent within 72 hours of composer submission. Only complete submissions will be evaluated.

The Music Department at McMurry University is dedicated to being on the forefront of musical innovation and supporting the development of new repertoire by established and emerging composers. The McMurry New Music Project seeks to engage the worldwide musical community in premiering new works and promoting projects to be added to the active repertoire. The McMurry New Music Project will actively promote the winning composers via the competition website and will include a link to the composer’s personal website. Utilization of social media resources will include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with details about the winning submissions and professional quality recordings of winning works.

Please direct all communications to Correspondence will be made in a timely manner.


 RMN Classical
Summary:Call for Chamber Music Recordings - Composers
Deadline: 28 October 2018
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: We continue our series of Calls with the launch of the
Call for Chamber Music Recordings - Composers
to discover ideas, compositions & music that would otherwise remain unheard.
RMN Classical is on a mission to promote and nurture the contemporary music scene. After having already discovered many talented composers and performers, RMN hopes to discover new music that rightly deserves to be listened more.

This opportunity is open to composers that own recordings (both live or studio) of their own chamber music works and would like to get the opportunity to see the works published in a contemporary music album produced to showcase and promote contemporary music.

[ If you are a performer or ensemble and own recordings of Chamber Music (not only contemporary), we’ll open a specific call for works for you soon ]

The best works will be featured in a top quality album that will be produced by RMN Classical and released worldwide through RMN Music. This release will be distributed on a high-quality edition on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, and many other stores and platforms. Please check our catalogue to see our previous and upcoming releases. Optionally and based on demand there will be the possibility for physical distribution too. The release and the winning works will also be added to the Sound and Music Archive of the prestigious British Library (London, UK) and more prizes will be offered.

The Prize
Professional Production of the Album
Commercial release through worldwide distribution
High-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
British Library, Sound and Music Archive registration
The composer keeps the rights of the work and master recording

All of the following will be also part of the prize:

Option for synchronisation and licensing opportunities (tv and media)
Option for physical distribution and manufacturing of the album (depending on demand)
Licensing and Copyright Clearance
Full contracts and agreements with the winning composers and artists
Barcodes and ISRC codes
Chart registration (US, UK e Canada)
Promotion, Advertising and Press release coverage

How to Participate
ACCEPTED WORKS: Chamber Music Recordings.
Any music written for a minimum of 2 instruments (duo) up to 12 instruments with or without singer, electronics, percussions can be submitted (max 12 instruments). Works that include choir can’t be submitted.

Both Live and Studio recordings are accepted.

If in doubt please Contact Us.

The quality of the track submitted should be of a good standard standard

Maximum duration: OPEN
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 (no jazz, pop, rock etc..). Works with jazz, pop, rock, world or other influences and flavours can be submitted but the composition should fit into the contemporary acoustic instrumental category.
Original works only. Cover will not be admitted.

Multi-movement Works:
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 application fee should be paid accordingly.
For, e.g. a collection of 3 works will count as 3 applications and fee should be paid 3 times

Age / Nationality:
There are no formal restrictions, and 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)

Other Limits:
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) )

October 28, 2018 (BST 11.59pm)

Application fee:
EARLY BIRD [Ends 30 September 2018]: £34 - per work submitted
FULL PRICE: £65 - per work submitted

Link (dropbox, box, google drive and similar only. No wetransfer) to a folder containing the following material:
- recording(s) mp3
- Score(s) pdf
- Notes about the work(s) pdf
- Notes about the composer (bio) pdf
- Names of ensemble/performers
- Info about ensemble/performers (optional)

The application is via the Application Form.

 Composition Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Composition competition (open in style)
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Competition Composition of Les Musicales du Centre

This category is for composers. It will reward the most talented of them. President of the compétition can propose to the first prize to be played by a musician confirmed and recognized during the season of "Musicales du Center" 2019/2020. Results will be announced 21th January 2019.


1st Prize: 1000 € + a concert proposal + diploma


Please send your score (number, duration and style are your choice) with, if possible, a recording of interpretation by mail.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay the registration fees of 100 € on the site
3: Send by email or by post the requested documents (biography, high definition photo, audio sheet music, proof of payment or check).

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois FRANCE

 Improvisation Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Improvising competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Improvisation Competition
This competition is intended for musicians and singers in training from one to 12 artists without age limit. It will reward the most talented of them.

Honorary Award: The President of the Jury will be able to propose a recital as part of the Musicales du Center season to his favorite candidate.
1st Prize: 500 € + diploma
2nd prize: 200 € + diploma
3rd prize: 100 € + diploma

1- Improvisation from a theme (partition available 15 minutes before the passage). The improvisation will not exceed 5 minutes and will highlight its harmonic abilities.
2- Improvisation from a tone requested by the jury during the audition.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay registration fees 100€ here
3: Send by email or mail the requested documents (biography, high definition picture, proof of payment or check)

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois, FRANCE

 ALFRED SCHNITTKE | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 3rd Edition
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 11 November 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: ALFRED SCHNITTKE | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 3rd Edition
City: Tchaikovsky str. 7 – Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Lviv Philhamonic Society
Date: from 03 > 06 December 2018

The International Composers’ Competition ALFRED SCHNITTKE was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, dedicated to the memory of the great russian composer of 20th century Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998).
All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work.

The 3rd International Composers’ Competition ALFRED SCHNITTKE is open to all composers of any age and nationality. The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition ALFRED SCHNITTKE from 03 to 06 December 2018 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 06 December inside the Concert Hall of Lviv Philharmonic Society.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.

Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following section :
• chamber orchestra ( 5 violin I, 4 vl II, 3 viola, 2 cello,1 contrabbass);
• piano and chamber orchestra;
• piano, percussions ( max 2 players) and chamber orchestra.

Deadline: 09 November 2018.
The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at

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 11 November 2018..

The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
€590 (euro 590 + 5% Paypal tax), to be paid no later than 15 November 2018 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of select composers from 03 to 06 December 2018;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the KLK Chamber Orchestra;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

 National Association of Composers / USA
Summary:Young Composers’ Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: (NACUSA)
40th Annual Young Composers’ Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2018

All entrants must be NACUSA members. Music by non-members will not be considered. Previous First Prize winners will not be eligible.
All previous winners are listed on the NACUSA website address above.

1. The competition is open to all NACUSA members who are American citizens or
residents, who have reached their 18th birthday but have not yet reached their 32nd birthday by the submission deadline. 

2. Compositions submitted should not exceed 10 – 12 minutes in length. 

3. This year composers can submit works in the following categories: A. Brass Quintet B. Any solo acoustic instrument (except percussion, harp and celesta) C. 1-3 instruments with optional electronics/playback. If percussion is used, it should involve only one performer. No harp or celesta is permitted. Different categories will fluctuate over the course of future NACUSA competitions. 

4. Compositions submitted must not be published and must not have won any other competitions. Each composer may submit up to two works. 

5. Recordings (mp3 format) of the entire composition are highly recommended, but not mandatory. 

6. Compositions will be judged, in part, on legibility and clearness of music score. 

7. All scores must be submitted anonymously under clear pseudonym in PDF format, using NACUSA website (see the guideline under NACUSA 2018 Composition Contest). All mp3 files must also be submitted anonymously, using the same pseudonym. Scores that do not adhere to the Contest rules will be disqualified. 

8. The winners will be announced by February 1, 2019. 

9. All prizes come with a possible performance during a NACUSA National Conference or during the Contemporary Music Festival Musica Moderna in Lodz, Poland. 
First Prize is $500, Second Prize is $400, Third Prize is $300. 

10. Questions regarding the Contest can be sent to Dr. Wieslaw Rentowski, NACUSA 2018 Young Composers’ Competition Coordinator (NACUSA Vice President and Texas Chapter President) at 


 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize
Summary:Voice with ensemble
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 July 2018
Details: Title: 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize.

Fee: None

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Winners notified by: December 3, 2018

Prize: 1,750 USD

Contact person: Jonathan Rainous,

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2018 Heckscher Foundation–Ithaca College International Composition Prize. This year the competition will award the best work for Mezzo Soprano and ensemble. The ensemble shall consist of minimum two instruments to the maximum instrumentation below:





2 Violins



1 Percussionist


Works with electronics are not acceptable at this time, and the work’s duration must be a maximum 25 minutes. Pieces submitted to the competition may have been previously performed or awarded other prizes.

The composer of the winning work will receive a cash award of $1,750, and a performance by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. The composer of the winning work is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College on April 17, 2019.
Please note:

The Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize will not provide travel/accommodation allowance.

Submission deadline is October 31, 2018. The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by December 3, 2018. The winner will be contacted via e-mail.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Submissions must be anonymous. 

2. Only ONE submission per composer will be accepted. 

3. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the 
composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be 

4. For submitting materials electronically, please use the online entry form found on 
this link. To submit your materials, you will need to provide direct URLs to the following: 

• Score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)

• Recording, audio or video (if available). For audio, mp3 is preferred.

• Text or PDF document containing your full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. This document should be labeled with the title of your piece plus the words “contact info”, example: "Mypiece-contactinfo.pdf"

• PDF, audio, video and text files should be uploaded to platforms such as Dropbox, Megaupload, or any hosting space, making sure that no part of the URL or linked page reveals the identity of the composer. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least December 30, 2018.

• Electronic submissions or links sent via e-mail or any other method aside from the specified above will not be accepted.

5. If you are submitting materials in hard copy:
• Bound, anonymous score

• Recording (audio CD only)

• Sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (Write only the title of the musical work on the envelope.)
• Please send all materials to:

Ithaca College
School of Music

Attn: Composition Area/Heckscher Prize
953 Danby Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850

Please note that online submission via the form below or mail-in submissions are the only valid forms of electronic submission. Do NOT send materials or links via e-mail. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

To access the online form, follow this link or copy and paste the URL below into your web browser's address bar: rjLihccL82iKppLNIH_1DKghspNYyZ7FsTb2dg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Jonathan Rainous at


Summary:Bandoneón Call
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: The competition is reserved for original compositions for bandoneón solo or bandoneón within chamber ensembles. The competition purpose is to extend and modernise the original bandoneón concert repertoire with innovative works.

Scores may be forwarded according to the following mode:

- Digital PDF format copy, to be sent in attachment to the following address: Should the file size be larger than 1 MegaByte, the system shall be used to send the documents.

The competition categories are configured as follows:
1. Works for bandoneón and string orchestra or chamber orchestra (A Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 12, maximum 25 minutes 

2. Works for trio (Bandoneón, Piano, Double Bass), quartet (Bandoneón, Violin, Piano, Double Bass), quintet (Bandoneón, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Double Bass); or works for bandoneón and string quartet (B Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes 

3. Works for Bandoneón solo or Bandoneón and other instrument among the following: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute (C Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes

More information:

 SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
Summary:Voice and orchestra competition
Deadline: 27 October 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018

SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time

Lviv Chamber Choir – KLK Symphony Orchestra

International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
City: Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by : Lviv Philharmonic Society
Date: 21 > 24 November 2018

The International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, with the writing of sacred music who combines musical genres associated with a sacred or religious theme.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 must write an original work for mixed chamber choir and string orchestra, associated with a religious theme, or tied to a specific liturgical function or must write a music inspired to elevate our souls to God, even without being embedded in a context of religious practice.

The 5th International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 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 sacred art of our time, on the contemporary sacred music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select 12 composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 from 21 to 24 November in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The 12 composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concert of the forum by Lviv Symphony Orchestra and Lviv Chamber Choir inside the Roman Catholic church of St. Peter and Paul in Lviv.

The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer with the selected works. A movie director will make a video of the concert.

The International Music Composers’ Competitions is open to a maximun of 12 composers of whatever age or nationality.

Each composer must submit – deadline: 27 October 2018 – a music score choosen in the following categories:

a) strings orchestra (8,6,4,4,3);
b) chamber choir (16 elements) and strings orchestra;
c) soprano and strings orchestra;
d) symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).
e) soprano and/or choir, and symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).

The sacred text can be chosen from the Old and New Testament in latin or english.

The work must not exceed 15 minutes.

 impuls International Composition Competition
Summary:Commission Opportunity for Young Composers
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition.

impuls commissions up to 6 new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers´ works beyond that through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.

For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2016 please have a look at Composers for 2019.

For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Archives.

NEXT CALL: May 31st to October 31st, 2018.

Apart from commissions coming along with the competition impuls commissions other young composers in the framework of projects such as Text im Klang and Ulysses or in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found at Archives as well.

 2018 BGSU Graduate Conference in Music
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH

February 9-10, 2018

Our call for works extends to all current graduate students (master’s and doctoral) from any institution. Senior undergraduates with exceptional standing are welcome to submit with the guidance of a faculty member.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current BGSU student, any scores you submit must be anonymous and should not include any information that could personally identify the composer. If any personal information (composer name, bio, logo, etc.) is found on the score, the composer will be disqualified.

Applicants may submit up to two works for consideration. Each work should be no longer than twelve minutes. The instrumentation is open to solo and chamber works of any instrumental/vocal combination and works involving electronics (up to four channels).

Each work may fit into one category:

A) Works for any instrumentation for which the composer can provide ALL of the required performers

B) Works for 1-5 performers for which the composer cannot provide ALL of the required number of performers

• Works involving flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion and soprano are more likely to be programmed in category B.

C) Works involving electronics may use up to 4 channels.

• Works submitted in categories A and B may also involve electronics (fixed media and/or interactive). Works involving video are also permitted.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 15, 2017. The composer’s attendance at the conference, dress rehearsal, and paper presentations is required. Do not submit if you cannot attend the conference.

Composers interested in submitting works should fill out the Call for Works Form.

For questions regarding the submission, please email Adam Kennaugh at Please include “BGSU Graduate Student Conference” in the subject.
Web Site:bgsumuctgraduatestudentforum.w...

 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):

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 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.