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 Announcing the 5th Calliope’s Call Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Call for Scores
Summary:Songwriting competition
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Date Posted: 27 August 2019
Details: In May of our 2019-2020 season, Calliope’s Call presents “There is no plan(et) B.” This program celebrates the earth, raising awareness of the urgent need to save our planet. Featuring music from a variety of composers and poets including nature-lover Emily Dickinson, the program illustrates humanity’s essential and timeless connection to Mother Earth.

Calliope's Call is looking for scores that speak to the current and immediate narrative of climate change, as there is a lack of art song texts that address this.

Composers whose work is selected will receive:
• At least 2 performances of the winning work(s) during the Calliope’s Call concerts in Boston, MA in Spring 2020
• An audio and/or video recording of one of the performances
• Advertising on our social media outlets, Calliope’s Call website, and in our newsletter

- The program for the spring concerts will present art songs that fit the theme There is no plan(et) B.

To inspire and empower audience members, we are especially interested in works that speak to the human aspect of the crisis as opposed to that of the natural world, as well as texts and stories that feature tangible, effective work being done to fight the effects of climate change. Examples of the former would be stories about agricultural and [therefore] migrant crises (local and abroad), texts from indigenous people, environmental journalists, activists, politicians, etc.

- Submitted works must be for any combination of the following: soprano, mezzo-soprano, and piano.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit works for more than one voice if possible (SA, SSA).
-Works that feature other instruments besides piano cannot be considered at this time.
- Works may be a cappella or with piano.
- Works must be no longer than 15’ in duration. Longer works may be submitted as long as there is a possibility to excerpt portions or movements of the piece.
- Please only submit original art songs; excerpts of operatic works will not be considered.
- Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
- Compositions may not require electronics of any kind. Our venues are not able to support electronic set-ups;
- Limit 1 work per $15 application fee. Applicants may submit up to 3 applications with the following fee structure:
2 works for $25 application fee
3 works for $30 application fee

Each composer must submit:
o A legible score and parts of professional quality;
o An application form to include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, a 250-word biography, and a 200-word explanation of how their work fits the theme of social justice;
o A digital recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable;
o A $15 application fee via PayPal.
All materials will be submitted online.

Instructions for Submitting Materials:
– All materials (Application form, Score, Recordings, Biography, Paragraph about the work) should be uploaded to the Calliope’s Call website at:
- All uploaded documents, scores, and recordings must be labeled in the following manner:
Last name_First name_Title (i.e. Doe_Jane_Biography)
- Multi-movement works may be submitted as different tracks, with the following titles:
Last name_First name_Title_Movement (i.e. Doe_Jane_ArtSong_1)
- Please only submit files and Paypal payments once: if you experience a problem with your submission, please contact Evan Leontis with your questions.
- All materials (Application form, Score, Recordings, Biography, Paragraph about the work) should be uploaded to Calliope’s Call (below)

All materials must be received by January 15, 2020 and applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than February 15, 2020.

Entry Fee:$15 etc.

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

 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,