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 One Quiet Plunge
Summary:Voice and instruments call
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Call for scores: One Quiet Plunge is seeking scores for its Fifth Anniversary Concert, celebrating half a decade of new music organizing in the Hudson Valley. We are seeking vocal music by composers living or studying in the Hudson Valley, to be performed in Poughkeepsie, NY and at the College of St. Rose in August-September 2019, on a program featuring soprano Suna Avci Gunther and Thomas Gunther.

We seek pieces of 5-10 minutes for solo voice and limited instrumental accompaniment (2-3 players). Pieces set for soprano or baritone voice and piano will be performed by musicians provided by One Quiet Plunge; pieces calling for other voice types and instruments are eligible for selection, but the composer must be able to provide the performers. Pieces with a limited electronics component are eligible as well. There is no fee to submit.

Pieces that approach some aspect of life or experience in the Hudson Valley are of particular interest, but works in any aesthetic will receive consideration. Questions and submissions should be sent to Submission should include a score and recording (if available) and should be sent by June 1, 2019. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Composers whose works are selected will be notified by July 1, 2019; selected composers should be able to attend the performance. The performance will be recorded.

 4th Calliope’s Call Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Call for Scores
Summary:Art song competition
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: To open our 2019-2020 season, Calliope’s Call is collaborating with Seattle Art Song Society in their nationwide project “Beyond the Guarded Gate.” This project centers around a new work by Juliana Hall, ‘Through the Guarded Gate’, which features texts on women’s rights by American poet Margaret Widdemer. To show solidarity and support of the brave women that manifest and march to have their voices heard in the US, Seattle Art Song Society is creating a "march" of this song cycle across the country. Calliope’s Call is joining this march in our own program: Sounds of Unity.

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 Fall 2019
• An audio and 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 fall concerts will present art songs that fit the theme Sounds of Unity.
This theme is meant to call attention to current social justice issues. Texts should raise awareness of the issues of gender and racial inequality, the daily struggles of LGBTQ persons, immigrants, and those afflicted with mental health difficulties, and the growing disparity between those with means and those without.
- Submitted works must be for any combination of the following: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, piano, and french horn.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit works for more than one voice if possible.
-Works that feature other instruments besides piano or french horn cannot be considered at this time.
- Works may be a cappella or with piano and/or horn.
- Works must be no longer than 20’ 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 applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
o A 250-word (maximum) biography
o A high-resolution head-shot photograph
o a 200-word (maximum) summary of the work to be used as a program note
o A digital recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable;
o A $20 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 June 1, 2019 and applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than July 1, 2019.
For further information or questions, please email Evan Leontis

Please fill out our application form and upload your documents for consideration!
Entry Fee:$15

 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,


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.