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 VIENNA International Isolda Composition Foundation
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Date Posted: 06 June 2019
Details: Applications are now opened for another artistic and professional development workshop for early-career composers of any age in Vienna. The scheme welcomes composers from a wide range of musical approaches and backgrounds.

Opportunity to work with the Viennese Moonlight Symphony Orchestra towards a solo newly composed 4-minute piece for a String Orchestra (3:3:2:2:1) in a 1 day workshop held in Vienna. Every composer involved in the workshop will be given the opportunity to conduct their own piece during the performance.

Professional Development Session and Competition Workshop
Workshops 29th of September 2019 followed by the Traditional Concert series at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Location: Musikeverein Vienna
The workshops will be a supportive environment for developing your work with our Viennese Orchestra made up of young performers of the orchestra.

We strive to develop the creative, technical and stylistic skills for composers through a program of tailored compositional briefs, mentoring from renowned professionals, rehearsals, recordings, and public performance opportunities. The HUB will be led by Prof.Mag. Dirk D’Ase from Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and Isolda Da Costa Soares, Artistic Music Director Moonlight Symphony Orchestra.

Applications are now open with a closing date 31st of July 2019.
• The winning Composers will be offered a commission to write new music for the Symphony Orchestra and to join the newly elected members of the Residency Program with the Orchestra for the season 2019/2020.

To apply please email

For more information visit:

Web Site:www.moonlightsymphonyorchestra...

 The 2019 PRYO Composition Contest
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Date Posted: 01 May 2019
Details: The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2019 composition contest!

This year we are looking for a string quartet to be played by members of the Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra.

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string music and to encourage the creation of new music. The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area.

The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.

The composition must not have been performed publicly.

This year's composition is for String Quartet.

Duration: 3-5 Minutes.
Important Dates:
• July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT: Deadline
• August 2018: Winner announced
• September 1st, 2018: Winner must provide all parts
• December: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:
Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too difficult will not be considered.

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration. By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.

Submission Process:
Applicants should submit:

Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)

Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)

Program Notes
Brief Bio (200 words or less)

Submissions via email only to
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

Entry Fee:$20

Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 19 June 2019
Date Posted: 24 April 2019


1. The Organizer of the Competition is the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia.

2. Competition is aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra.

3. The subject of the Competition is an original piece entitled ‘Jubilee Sinfonietta’ for a string orchestra (max. ensemble formation: 6-5-4-4-1). Duration of the piece must be from 7 to 12 minutes.

4. The submitted composition can be sub-titled.

5. Entry into the Competition is open to all composers under 40 years of age.

6. The submitted composition must be an original composition that has not been yet performed, awarded or published.

7. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions.

8. To enter the Composition Entrants must anonymously submit in a sealed envelope marked with an emblem consisting of words or digits:

• three copies of each composition (including the materials – parts),
• a pendrive containing the electronic transposition of the score (PDF format) and the audio simulation of the composition’s sound represenation.

9. Each entry must also include a secondary sealed envelope bearing the same emblem, containing the Application Form, signed Statements and The RODO Information Clause regarding the processing of personal data enclosed as the Attachments 1, 2 and 3 to the following Terms and Conditions. The above mentioned documents can be downloaded directly from the Organizer’s website:

10. The Organizer reserves the right to use the scores and parts of the awarded compositions free of charge and to record the performances of the awarded composition and those given the honorary mentions for archival, documentary and promotional purposes in accordance with the rules specified in the Attachment 2 (Statements).

11. All entry materials must be submitted by 19 June 2019 (date of recepit) to the following address:

Orkiestra Stołecznego Królewskiego
Miasta Krakowa Sinfonietta Cracovia
ul. Papiernicza 2
31-221 Kraków
with additional information: International Composition Competition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta

12. The Competition’s Jury consists of recognized experts in the field of composition:

• Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa,
• Eugeniusz Knapik,
• Marcel Chyrzyński,
• Jurek Dybał.

13. Information about the winners and prize-awarded compositions will be published at the Organizer’s website: no later than 26 June 2019.

14. The Competition’s Prize consists of the premiere performance of the winning composition ‘Jubilee Sinfonietta’ at the Sinfonietta Festival at Krakow including its professional audio-video recording and other performances of the piece during the 2019/2020 concert season.

15. All prizes, including the possible honourable mentions and special commendations will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.

16. The decisions of the Jury are independent, final and irrevocable.

17. All awarded scores will become the property of the Organizer. All materials related to the non-winning pieces (scores and parts) can be collected at the Organizer’s office no later than end of the September 2019.

18. The winners of the Competition are obliged to include the full name of the awarded composition and information about the circumstances of its creation in future published editions of the piece’s score and other compilations which may refer to the composition (e.g. Wikipedia pages): Composition created for the International Composition Competition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta held dunder the honorary patronage of prof. Krzysztof Penderecki and organized by the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia.

19. By submitting an entry to the Competition the Entrant unequivocally agrees to the Competition’s Terms and Conditions.

20. The Organizer reserves the right to introduce changes to the Competition’s Terms and Conditions and its schedule or to cancel the Competition due to the exceptional occurrences going beyond their control or to force majeure.