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 2018 Third Coast Trombone Retreat Call for Scores
Summary:Trombone trio call
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: The Third Coast Trombone Retreat is an annual summer festival welcoming talented trombonists from across the world to the shores of Lake Michigan. Exposing participants to the music of our time is central to the Retreat’s mission. Trombone ensembles have a powerful and moving aesthetic with vast capabilities of dynamic contrast and vocal-like expressiveness. Winning pieces will be performed by:

James Nova, Second Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony
John Sebastian Vera, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera and River City Brass
Nicholas Schwartz, Principal Bass Trombone, New York City Ballet and current acting bass trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

The performance will be live-streamed during the festival occurring June 1-8, 2018, recorded and video taped in high quality and shared via all social media platforms.

Please email the following to with “2018 Scores” as the subject line.
· PDF of the score and parts
· Audio recording of the work (file or link) or midi recording
· Please include name and phone number in email.

-Works accepted for trombone trio. Traditionally in tenor-tenor-bass configuration but also would consider alto-tenor-bass. Tenor-bass-contra bass could also be a fun possibility.
-Single or multi-movement works no longer than 9 minutes.
-Preference given to unperformed works though all submissions welcome.
-Multiple submissions accepted.
-All styles encouraged.

There are no application fees, nationality restrictions or age limits for score submission. Deadline is May 1, 2018.


 Latino Voices – Anima Vox Open Call for Scores 2018
Summary:Solo instrument/voice duo call
Deadline: 15 April 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: Anima Vox is excited to announce the Latino Voices recording project and call for scores! This project will feature the voices of Latino poets and folk stories in newly composed music for soprano and flute duo and contribute to the dissemination of Latino art and culture. Chosen works will be professionally recorded and produced as well as given live performances. The top four compositions will also receive an honorarium. Guidelines for submissions and application procedures are below.

Anima Vox is an innovative flute and soprano duo specializing in seamless concert experiences and free improvisation. Flutist Tadeu Coelho and soprano Carole Ott blend their voices in ways that are simultaneously striking and ethereal. Always striving to diversify the chamber music field, the duo’s repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant to free improvisation and everything in between. Recent concert projects include Between Two Worlds, Lullabies for Little Ones, and Burning Bright. Please visit for more information.

1. Instrumentation: Pieces must be for flute (possible doubling on piccolo, alto or bass flute) and soprano. Compositions may include computer electronics, small percussion instruments played by the performers, multimedia elements, free improvisation, or other non-traditional ideas. Please email Anima Vox if you have questions (
2. Compositions must be based on texts written by Latino poets (of any generation), explore folklore of Latino countries, or be an original arrangement of a Latino folk song.
3. Text for the works must be in the public domain or be given broad rights to Anima Vox to perform, record, arrange and advertise.
4. Compositions should be a maximum of 15 minutes. Multi-movement works will also be considered.
5. The work must not have been performed, published or recorded (exception: non-public performances in a university context).

• Submissions via the google form below are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 15th, 2018.

Four compositions will be selected for an honorarium. The composers of the selected works will receive:
• at least one public performance of the work
• a professionally produced CD recording of the work
• a $250 honorarium
• advertisement on the Anima Vox webpage
• possible future performances
• other works might be selected for the recording project without honorarium

• Results will be announced on Cinco de Mayo, 2018 via email and the Anima Vox website.

Anima Vox at

To apply, please fill out the online submission form below. Files can be attached to the google form, shared via Dropbox, or sent via email to Anima Vox at Scores should be PDFs and recordings in mp3 format. Finale or Sibelius files might be requested at a later date.

Submission Form

Latino Voices is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program, as well as UNCSA and UNCG.


 One Thirteen Composers' Collective
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: 113 is accepting scores for the 2018-19 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season. Composers who are accepted are encouraged (but not required) to attend the concert(s) featuring their work. Composers of any age or nationality may apply. We are accepting scores in three categories:

1. Works for 1-4 instruments, including any combination of flute, clarinet, double bass, and percussion (1 performer)

2. Works for 1-5 members of TAK Ensemble (, including any combination of flute, clarinet, soprano, violin and percussion (1 performer)

3. Works for Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble ( piano, clarinet/saxophone (1 performer), and percussion (2 performers)

Submissions may include electronics and/or improvisation.

Composers may submit multiple scores, but please note that there is a $ 5.00 fee for each score submission. Scores should be submitted electronically to with the subject heading, “113 Call for Scores.”


1. Your Name
2. Title of the Work
3. Instrumentation
4. Duration
5. PDF of the score
6. Link to an MP3 recording (if available).
7. Paypal Receipt

 Third Annual New Gallery Concert Series Composition Competition
Summary:2-4 instruments call
Deadline: 02 April 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: Deadline: April 2, 2018

$10 entry fee (to cover printing costs) via paypal:
New Gallery Concert Series is now accepting score submissions for its third annual Composition Competition. The winning piece will be performed during the 2018-19 season and the winning composer will receive a recording of the performance. Composers will be notified on April 23, 2018. There is an entry fee of $10 to help cover printing costs. Composers must attend the performance in Cambridge, MA. Housing accommodations will be provided if necessary. The composer will be responsible for supplying parts and score for performance by October 1, 2018.

Founded by Artistic Director Sarah Bob in the fall of 2000, New Gallery Concert Series presents new pieces of music and visual art, along with the composers and artists who create them. In its 18 seasons, the series has hosted over 56 concerts with over 300 musical compositions, 72 world premieres and hundreds of works by over three dozen visual artists from around the world. With works that span the spectrum from classical-contemporary, improvisation, electronic music and the avant-garde to sculpture, painting, indoor installations, photography and film, NGCS’s programs are cohesive, diverse, exciting and intimate.

Composers of any age or nationality or stage of their career. Limit of one piece per composer.

• Scores for 2-4 instruments from the following list:
- Flute
- Clarinet
- Oboe
- English Horn
- Bass Clarinet
- Alto or Tenor Saxophone
- Trumpet
- Trombone
- Violin
- Viola
- Violin cello
- Piano (1 player)
- Percussion (1 player)
- Soprano voice

• Pieces should have a duration of 6-11 minutes.
• Works that include electronics are NOT eligible.
• Recordings are not required, but strongly encouraged. MIDI renderings are acceptable.


Complete the New Gallery Concert Series Call for Scores 2018 application form which, among other things, will ask for:

• PDF of the score with the composer’s name removed.
• Optional mp3 live recording or MIDI rendering of the work. The file must not contain the composer’s name.

Web Site:www.newgalleryconcertseries.or...

 Segnali 2018 | Open Call
Summary:Harpsichord plus electronics
Deadline: 30 March 2018
Date Posted: 01 March 2018
Details: Segnali 2018 | Open Call for audiovisual works, live audio-video performances and harpsicord and electronics (live or fixed media electronics)


Entry proposals are being accepted for audiovisual works, live audio-video performances and harpsichord and electronics (live or fixed media electronics) for the eighth annual international electronic music festival, Segnali – Audiovisual and Performance Arts, which will be held from 2nd to 5th of May.
Works created within the last three years are eligible and welcome to be submitted for consideration. Final pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes in duration for audiovisual work, although proposal documentation regarding live performances may last up to 30 minutes. Selections may be successful this year, or the committee may choose to defer some successful pieces until next year's programme.

Pieces for harpsichord and electronics must be no longer than 10 minutes. Each video submitted for selection must be accompanied by a full technical specification sheet written in English or in Italian, with the following details:
- the creator(s) of the images (only for video works) - the creator(s) of the music and sound - a short biography of the creator(s) (max 500 characters including spaces) - a short synopsis describing the work (max 500 characters including spaces) - country/countries of production - year of production - duration of the work in minutes and seconds - the original digital format - specifications for the video projection of the work - three pictures (JPG 300 dpi) of the work and one of the authors - authorisation to use extracts of the work for promotional purposes only - authorisation for the treatment of personal data used during the selection process. Submission for harpsichord and electronics must include: - title of the work, year and duration - program notes / project description (max 500 characters including spaces) - a short biography (max 500 characters including spaces) - stereo MP3-formatted audio files - performers required (please state if you intend to bring your own) - performance scores, in PDF (if applicable, even if the performer is provided) - technical specifications.

There is no registration fee however shipping expenses are responsibility of participants. The work being submitted for consideration must be received no later than Friday the 30th of March 2018 and may be sent by post, uploaded, or transferred online in high quality video formats (HD, H.264, mpeg4, mpeg2, mpeg, mov, avi).

Please address postal entries to: Prof. Angelo Benedetti - Dipartimento di Nuove Tecnologie e Linguaggi Musicali - Cattedra di Musica Elettronica Conservatorio di Musica “Francesco Morlacchi” - Piazza Annibale Mariotti 2 - 06124 Perugia, Italy. For electronic submissions please contact the organization

Decisions made by the selection committee will be final. Those who are successful will be notified as soon as possible.

Segnali – Audiovisual and Performance Arts international festival is promoted by Francesco Morlacchi Conservatory of Music of Perugia.


 Trumpetoon – Call for Scores
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 01 March 2018
Details: Trumpetoon – Call for Scores for B-flat Trumpet and Bassoon Duo
Entry Deadline: December 1, 2018 (winners will be notified by December 31, 2018)
Entry Fee: $5 for each piece submitted (up to 2 pieces, this goes to the prize!)
Eligibility: All adult U.S. citizens (18 or older)
Prize: $75, and a recording on the Minute of Music Project YouTube Channel.
Performers: Jason Taurins (B-flat trumpet) and Quinn O’Donnell (Bassoon)

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

Up to 2 entries per person. Send in your best work!
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must reside in and be a legal citizen of the United States.
Entry must be for B-flat trumpet and bassoon duo (with no other accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2018.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “ditto.”

One winner will be selected, and awarded the monetary prize. Up to 3 honorable mentions may be selected as well.

Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell to record your entry free of charge.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email by December 31.
Your submission will only be complete and recognized when the payment is received.
All payments are non-refundable. Payments are not tax-deductible.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

Summary:Call for scores
Deadline: 12 April 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: Deadline for application: April 12th 2018
Selected Works will be performed by:

Soloists of Ensemble Platypus;
• Doris Nicoletti: Flute
• Theresia Schmidinger: Clarinet
• Sophia Goidinger-Koch: Violin

• Instrumentation: Flute (soprano, alto, piccolo), Clarinet, (Bb, Bass), Violin.
• The music must employ all musicians; smaller combinations won’t be evaluated.
• Duration of the work must not exceed 4 minutes. Exceeding pieces won’t be evaluated.
• Submitted work must be original, never performed before.
• If the work is selected for performance, it will be presented as a “World Premiere”.
• Works can embrace any kind of aesthetic and stylistic approach.

Applications must include;
a. One copy of each part and score; parts and score; All parts and scores must be submitted in PDF format.
b. Short biography (200 words max.); (in Turkish or English), can be in PDF, RTF, DOC, DOCX or TXT formats. Applicant should include phone number and e-mail for correspondence.
c. All files must be combined in a single compressed file (in either .zip or .rar formats); which is named with name and surname of the applicant. (i.e.: “” or “Jane_Doe.rar”)

10 works will be selected to be performed by the soloists of Ensemble Platypus. Works from composers who hasn’t before been featured in BİLGİ New Music Festival are more likely to be selected over the ones who have participated before. Performed works will be recorded and these will be presented to composers. BİLGİ Music will have the mechanical rights of the recorded works for 1 year.

Selected works will be announced on April 15th 2018. Composers of the selected works will be informed through e-mail.

By submitting their works, composers are considered to have accepted the conditions above.
–In case you have any problems during submitting of your files, please inform us about your problems/questions via

The aim of the New Music series is to bring together the academics, composers, musicians and audience, who are interested in the musical movements of 20th Century and create within this scope. Our activities consist of concerts and seminars.

During the concerts, works of currently active composers will be performed as well as avant-garde composers of the 20th Century. Explication and discussion of the musical concepts that belong to this period will constitute the content of the seminars.


 One Quiet Plunge
Summary:Chamber work call with electronics
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Commissioned Works

We are seeking landscapes, real and imagined.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is commissioning one to three new works on the theme of place and landscape for premiere in August 2018 on our program country/…/city/…. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

Commissioned works will be for viola, piano, and electronics (or a subset thereof) and will be premiered by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh. The chosen composers will be student or emerging composers of any age living or studying in the Hudson Valley (an emerging composer is defined as someone who does not have a track record of regular performances by professional ensembles). The fee for each commission is $200.

Interested composers are invited to submit any materials that give a sense of the piece you hope to compose, including prose descriptions, sketches, and (especially) recorded soundscapes or viewscapes of the landscape your piece would be reacting to. Composer should also submit 1-2 scores representative of their instrumental writing and music in general. Any aesthetic will be considered. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by April 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Commissioned composers will be notified by May 1, 2018.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Soundscapes/Viewscapes

We are seeking landscapes.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is currently building our program country/…/city/… for presentation in August 2018. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

We are soliciting submissions of recorded soundscapes and viewscapes from around the Valley. Capture a place that is unique, that is special to you, that gives others a new perspective on what life in this area can look, sound, and feel like. Chosen works will be presented in a multimedia production alongside new pieces for viola, piano, and electronics performed by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh.

Anyone with a connection to the Hudson Valley may submit to this call. Although submissions should be of the highest feasible quality, they need not be at a professional level; submissions made with common smartphone apps are encouraged. All video should be shot in landscape format. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by June 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.

 Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018
Summary:Singer with chamber ensemble competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The Alba Rosa Viétor Foundation is pleased to announce the distinguished jurors who will be selecting the 3rd Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition prize winners. Our jury is a truly international group of composers, representing a broad range of styles in contemporary music. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to support the next generation of composers.

Chairman of the Jury is Dutch composer Willem Jeths. He will be assisted by the English composer Tansy Davies, Italian pianist and composer Paolo Marzocchi, German composer Manfred Trojahn and Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition is part of the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival, named after the Italian composer, violinist and pianist Alba Rosa Viëtor.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018 invites composers to submit an original work, not exceeding 9 minutes, for one singer (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone or bass) and piano trio (violin, violoncello and piano).

Inspired by Shostakovich’s wonderful and unique Alexander Blok suite, we would like to encourage young composers to write for this combination of voice and instruments. This does not imply the need for any relationship to the music of Shostakovich.

Composers 35 years of age and under, residing anywhere in the world, are invited to apply.

Five works will be selected to be premiered on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). They will be performed by talented young musicians. Dutch radio presenter Maartje Stokkers will introduce the finalists.
The winning composers will be awarded a First prize of €2,000, a Second Prize of €1,000 or an Audience Prize of €1,000.

• The application deadline is July 1st, 2018
• The composition must be for one singer and piano trio and no longer than 9 minutes
• Only one work may be submitted
• There is a registration fee of €35.
• The registration form below must be completed, together with an e-mail sent to
Each e-mail submission must include:
1 The full score, with separate instrumental parts, as a PDF file, formatted as A4, created in either Sibelius or Finale. The score does not have be anonymous.
2 A (sample or live) recording of the work in MP3 format
3 A second PDF-file containing a copy of the composer’s passport and a short CV
4 A statement by the composer that the submitted work has neither been published, performed in public and/or broadcast previously, nor awarded a prize in any other composition competition

The registration fee of € 35 should be remitted to account number IBAN NL14ABNA0537207163 (BIC ABNANL2A) of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, no later than July 1st, 2018.

One can also use PayPal as a payment method. Please use to send the money.

The Jury will select 5 works from the applications submitted by October 15th, 2018 at the latest. The composers of the works selected for the Finale on December 2nd, 2018 will be notified by email.


 Mizmorim Festival
Summary:Piano four hands competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018

Das Mizmorim Festival freut sich, einen Kompositionswettbewerb für das Festival 2019 anzukündigen. Der Wettbewerb steht allen KomponistInnen die am 01. Januar 2018 seit mindestens fünf Jahren in der Schweiz leben und die am 01. Januar 2018 nicht älter als 36 Jahre sind.

Das Stück muss für Klavier zu vier Händen geschrieben sein und sollte bis zu 10 Minuten dauern. Es muss sich um ein für das Mizmorim Festival 2019 bestimmtes Originalwerk handeln. Das Werk des Preisträgers/der Preisträgerin wird während des fünften Mizmorim Festivals vom 17. bis 20. Januar 2019 aufgeführt. Das Preisgeld beträgt 1.000 CHF plus Reisekosten (innerhalb Europas) und Unterbringung.

Machine translation:


The Mizmorim Festival is pleased to announce a composition competition for the 2019 festival. The competition is open to all composers who live in Switzerland for at least five years on January 01, 2018 and who are not older than the age of 36 on January 1, 2018.

The piece must be written for piano four hands and should take up to 10 minutes. It must be an original work intended for the Mizmorim Festival 2019. The work of the laureate will be performed during the fifth Mizmorim Festival, January 17-20, 2019. The prize money is 1,000 CHF plus travel costs (within Europe) and accommodation.

 Women Composing in Balkans
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: Call for Scores for women composers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania.
MethExis Ensemble, (Artemis Vavatsika - concert accordion,
Alexis Pogrevnois - clarinet, Dora Alexiadou - violin, Iro Menegou - piano)

The non-profit organization “beartive” in collaboration with the Laboratory for Research on Contemporary Music, Composition, Performance and Improvisation (LaReCoM-DMSA) of the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki announces a call for scores addressed to young female composers from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. Five works will be selected and will be performed by the MethExis Ensemble in a concert in September 29th 2018 in Thessaloniki.

The project is funded by the Project Fund of the Cultural Management Academy of the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest.

Deadline 30th April

1. Women Composers must be Bulgarian, Greek or Romanian citizens.
2. The call is open for composers born after 1988.
3. The duration of submitted works is expected to be between 8 and 12 minutes.
4. Works can use either all the instruments mentioned above (concert accordion, clarinet in Bb, A and Eb, violin and piano) or smaller combination (duets & trios); solo works or works which exceed the ensemble (e.g. works including live electronics, recorded material etc.) will not be considered.
5. Any special performing instructions must be in English.
6. Five works will be selected by a jury consisting of beartive and La.Re.Co.M members.
7. The selected works will be performed in public at the 29th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
8. An open workshop including open rehearsals, lectures and round table will also take place in 27th and 28th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
9. Composers must submit a description of the work of maximum 150 words.
10. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions. The composition(s) could have been earlier performed but not published.
11. Transportation (from the country of origin) and accommodation costs for the composers of the selected works will be covered from the organization.


 Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: Eligibility and Awards:
Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition is open to composers who desire to further the repertoire of flute, cello, and guitar with an original 10-15 minute composition. The first prize winner will receive a $1,500 U.S. Dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording. Additional Honorable Mentions may be awarded to an unlimited number of submissions. These submissions will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording but NO CASH AWARD.

The required items listed below must be received by May 1, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time:

Required item #1 is a score – TWO MINUTE SAMPLE OR COMPLETED – of the proposed work. The score must be submitted in PDF format via email to Black Cedar at Separate parts for flute, cello, and guitar are not necessary.

The working title of the proposed work and the composer’s name SHOULD BE INCLUDED on the score.

Required item #2 is a separate PDF document, emailed to, containing the following information:
• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Website
• Email
• Short Bio of 100 words or less
• Title of submitted work or sample

The subject line for all email communications should read “BLACK CEDAR CALL FOR SCORES” followed by the applicant’s full name.

Required item #3 is the application fee of $10 U.S. Dollars, submitted via Paypal to

Perimeters for the Proposed Work:

Applicants may submit either a COMPLETED WORK of 10-15 MINUTES IN LENGTH or a TWO-MINUTE SAMPLE of a working composition in progress.

The instrumentation must be for three performers on flute (which can be regular C flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, or any alternation of these instruments), cello, and six-string classical guitar.

All applicants will be notified via email no later than June 1, 2018.

The first-prize winning composition will receive a $1,500 U.S. dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording.

Honorable Mention award winners will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording.

Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner.

All contestants will accept Black Cedar’s decision as final.

PDF scores and scores printed into hardcopy by Black Cedar will remain the property of Black Cedar. All applicants will retain Copyright to their submissions.

Black Cedar assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.


 Untwelve Call For Works
Summary:Alternative Tuning Call
Deadline: 02 April 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: UnTwelve, an organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and encouragement of microtonal music, announces a call for scores (or project proposals), engaging in microtonal or alternative tuning practices, for a concert at Slate Arts + Performance in Chicago in September 2018. This call is open to composers of any background, age, or nationality, but will prioritize works from composers who are women, non-binary, genderqueer, gender-non-conforming, or agender.

Instrumentation: for this concert we have a core group of performers: flutist Robin Meiksins, clarinetist Emily Mehigh, trombonist Connor Thummel, and bassoonist Annie Lyle Mason, which can be utilized in various combinations (solos for any of these four instruments, duos for any combination of flute, clarinet, and trombone). The use of electronics (stereo-only) is welcome, as is the composer appearing as the performer of their own work.

(Auxiliary Instrumentation: Robin can do flute, alto flute, and piccolo. Emily can do Bb and A clarinet).

Duration: the works should ideally not exceed 10 minutes.

Submission Due Date and Notation Information:

Please complete the following form by April 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Time. The following documents will be asked for:

Permanent links (dropbox/google drive/etc) to score and parts for each instrument (Score includes clear performance notes about all pitch notation)
Permanent link to an mp3 of electroacoustic part (if part of the work)
A short bio (200 word max)
(An example audio or MIDI link is welcome as well but not required)

Note on Stylistic Inclusivity:
As with all of our calls and competitions, we are especially seeking works that engage microtonality in a systematic manner–through the use of Just Intonation, Alternative Equal Temperaments, Spectral Techniques, or similar. We encourage and welcome music from varied aesthetic worlds: folk music, electronica, jazz, classical “new music”, experimental, electronic, etc.

 Gstaad Menuhin Festival
Summary:Duo Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Gstaad Menuhin Festival advertises a contest for duet compositions to be first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello).

Tenders are invited for up to four short works, each of which between one and five minutes playing time for violin and cello (duet).

The winners may expect a prize of CHF 500 to 1000 as well as their work being first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello) on 30 July 2018 at the church of Zweisimmen within the scope of Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (cello) will select one or two (or more?) works to premiere them at Gstaad Menuhin Festival in the Church of Zweisimmen concert of July, 30 2018.

Any decisions will be publicly announced by late April 2018 at the earliest.

Please submit your application and composition(s) by making use of the application form below.
Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.

Only complete applications and compositions submitted asPDF will be processed and forwarded to the artists.

Participants are invited to enter 1 to 4 works, none of which may exceed 5 minutes playing time.
Respective compositions must not yet have been published by any publisher or performed already.

In case they win the contest, all participants agree on being
-available to Menuhin Festival for promotional purposes (press conferences, photos, Facebook, etc.),
-making copies of the score available for the Festival’s archive,
-mentioning Menuhin Festival as supporter in the score.

Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.


 2018 International Commissioning Call for Scores
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018
The Nouveau Classical Project is thrilled to announce its 2018 Commissioning Prize! The selected composer will be commissioned to write a work for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

The score you are submitting is NOT the work we will perform. This score serves as a work sample. The selected composer will be commissioned to write a new work.


- Open to both US and international composers
- Post-secondary and graduate students are also eligible to apply
- Current undergraduate students and high school students are NOT eligible to apply
- Composers who have won our Commissioning Call for Scores within the last 5 years are not eligible
- Please refer to FAQ below to read more about eligibility. We will update with more questions as we receive them.

Requirements for Submission
1) Composers must submit a work written after 2013 and scored for at least 4-8 instruments.

2) Inclusion of a recording is required (MIDI realizations are NOT accepted)

3) Composers must submit a proposal outlining idea/s for a new work for The Nouveau Classical Project (300 words max). Proposals for re-worked pieces or arrangements of previous works will be disqualified. We are seeking proposals for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

4) Composers may only submit one (1) score. Please do not send files larger than 2048 KB. If your file size is larger, visit this page on how to reduce PDF size on a Mac, and this page for PC. Also, this online program will compress the file for you for free!

5) Non-refundable submission fee of $7, paid via the online form

Call for Scores Winner
1) The winner will be paid a $1,000 Commissioning fee, inclusive of commission and copying costs (NCP will print its own parts)

2) Selected composer will be commissioned to write an 8-15 minute piece for flute (dbl. picc/alto/b. fl), clarinet (dbl. bass), violin, cello, and piano) and have the opportunity to work closely with NCP in creating the work (NO subsets; must use complete ensemble)

3) This work will be programmed on a concert during the 2018-19 season

4) Composer will be required to provide a PDF of a score and parts for the ensemble

5) An agreement will be sent to composer that will include deadlines, payment schedule, and the granting of two-year exclusivity to NCP to perform the commissioned work
The winner will be announced by June 1, 2018.

Questions? Please read the FAQs first before contacting us. If your question is not answered below, please contact us at info [at] nouveauclassical dot org. Please do not attach scores, documents, etc. to your e-mail. If you need to reduce your score size, please see directions above.


Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Culture Meeting Point (since 1995) is pleased to present the 2018 Composition Contest.

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works and works that have not won any competitions in the past may be submitted.

- Participants may submit as many compositions as they want and accompanying mp3 (if available).
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Instruments include piano, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, xylophone, guitar, harp and vocal. The composition may be either for one of these instruments or for a duo combination of these instruments. The composition should not exceed two players.
- The composition must be original, between 3 and 15 minutes.
- There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.

Please attach the following supporting documents to the application form:
- CV
- Current photograph
- Passport copy
- Proof of payment

Missing documents will automatically exclude the candidate from admission. Documents submitted
will not be returned.

- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by March 25, 2018.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on March 30, 2018.
- Winning works will be performed on 27 April 2018 in Vienna.

A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point and Vienna Richard Wagner Conservatory will judge scores.

- Up to three winners will be named.
- Winning compositions will be performed at a Viennese Concert Hall by the members of Vienna Music University on 27 April 2018.
- Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance.
- Winners are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

1st Prize: 1.000, - Euro and Recording
2nd Prize: 500, - Euro and Recording
3rd Prize: 250, - Euro and Recording

There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Bank: Bank Austria
Name: Culture Meeting Point
IBAN: AT96 1200 0006 0177 8103


(Applicants outside European Union may contact us to receive a bank account number in their homeland)

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format to the address:

Be sure to include the following information in the email submission: name, mailing address, e-mail and contact phone number. Sound files(if available) must be in MP3 format and included in the same email as the score. Pay the registration fee through bank transfer or PayPal with your name and the name of your composition.

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Entry Fee: 25.00
Currency: Euro (EUR)

 Call for scores / Appel à partitions – Festival Osmose, Belgium
Summary:Flute/mariba duo call
Deadline: 25 August 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age.

1) Concert of November, 30, 2018 : Pieces should be written for professionnal duo flute/marimba, only one work per composer. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 3 minutes maximum

Participation fee : 20 euros (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short CV (5 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address :

Deadline : August, 25, 2018

Composers will be given a copy of the recording of their work. Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September.

 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: I'm proud to announce the expansion and launch of the next Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition. Collaborating with the illustrious Acacia Quartet, entries are now open with huge prizes on offer as we help generate the best in new Australian music for the much-loved medium of guitar and string quartet.

Huge prizes for this national competition.
Applicants of all ages are invited to submit an original musical composition based on the set of inspiration artworks Stormy Seashore by Sue Needham for the quintet ensemble of string quartet and classical guitar for a chance to share in:

-$3,250 in cash prizes.
-Works performed around the country by Acacia Quartet and Matt Withers.
-A studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics.
-Emerging Composer (U25) award

 Duo Scordatura "Call for Scores"
Summary:Violin and Viola Duet Call for Scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 28 May 2014
Details: Want to have your composition performed next year?....
Yeah you do!!!

Through out the the 2014-2015 season WE will be selecting and performing new works for the Duo of violin and viola.

1. There are no guidelines or fees!!
2. Your composition must be awesome. (very very important!!!)
3. You can use scordatura tuning (but not rules #1 and #2)
4. Summit compositions to us through our email address icon at top right corner
4a. include a resume/bio
4b. include PDF of composition....score and individual parts
4c. recommended to also summit any recording or midi of the piece
4d. last but not least your contact info.