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 Sonica 2019 Open Call
Summary:Call for Sonic Installations
Deadline: 08 May 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Cryptic is seeking existing audiovisual installations by Scottish-based artists to be presented as part of their biennial visual sonic arts festival, Sonica, which returns to Glasgow from 31 October to 10 November 2019

Sonica is an 11-day biennial festival in Glasgow, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts. Returning to Glasgow for its fifth edition, the award-winning festival will present cutting edge work by international artists alongside emerging UK talent across the city from Thu 31 October – Sun 10 November 2019. Since launching in 2012, the festival has presented over 800 events by 250 artists from six continents reaching audiences of over 160,000 people.

We are looking for innovative and creatively ambitious installations which are already existing and require no further development as this is something we are unable to fund. All Scottish-based artists, regardless of age or stage in their career, are welcome to apply. Artists who are currently in higher or further education are not eligible (this does not apply to PHD students who can apply.)

The selected artists will receive

– A guaranteed fee of £500 to cover time and labour for a one-day install and half-day de-install of their existing work, in line with the Scottish Artist Union’s 2019 rates of pay;

– Travel expenses for artists based out with Glasgow;

– Support in sourcing basic technical equipment where possible;

– Support for install/de-install where possible;

– Venue hire, PR and marketing support;

– Exhibition photography;

– A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;

– An opportunity to participate in an international arts festival;

– An opportunity to build a new audience for your work;

– Valuable opportunities to develop networks alongside exceptional international and emerging artists.

If you would like to apply please download the submission guidelines and equal opportunities monitoring form below. Please consider the eligibility criteria and application content carefully before applying, ensuring you follow the guidelines. Cryptic is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from a broad range of applicants. We will work with all applicants to ensure their access needs are met during the selection process and will ensure that access requirements are not a factor in our decision making.

If you require additional support in completing your application or have any questions please contact Jennifer at or phone 0141 354 0544.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to: The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Sonica Open Call 2019 Application. (e.g. Jim Smith Sonica Open Call 2019 Application.)

Application Deadline: 12 noon Wednesday 8 May 2019

 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.

 Electroacoustic Barn Dance Three Day Festival of Electronic Music & Art
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Call for Scores 2019

The Division of Music at Jacksonville University in partnership with Jacksonville Dance Theatre and Space 42 are pleased to host the Ninth Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art, to be held November 14-16, 2019 on the campus of Jacksonville University and Space 42 in Jacksonville, Florida. This year’s festival will feature Andrea Cheeseman, clarinetist; Thomas Dempster, bassoon; Sarah Jane Young, flutist and Tony Steve, percussionist. Composers are encouraged to submit solo works for all featured artists and duo or trio works for Andrea, Tom, Sarah and Tony.

Music Submissions

Any composer may submit up to two works for tape alone or instrument(s) and tape or electronics up to 8.1 channels, and video for consideration. Applicants are required to bring their own performers when not submitting works for the featured performers. Works in progress will be considered if a substantial part of the piece is completed. You will need to complete a submission form for each work. Accepted composers are required to attend the festival for their work to be performed.

Music Submission Form

Afterhours Submissions

Artists or groups interested in playing an extended set (maximum 20 minutes) during the afterhours should submit with the form below.

Afterhours Submission Form

Paper Submissions

Technical and research papers, lecture demonstrations, and workshop submissions that deal with music/multimedia and new technology are encouraged. Paper sessions are 20 minutes, including Q & A, each. Presenters may submit a maximum of two proposals. You will need to complete a submission form for each paper/presentation. Accepted presenters are required to attend, and (of course) present their work at the festival.

Paper Submission Form

Installation Submissions

We welcome submissions of any standalone or interactive installations with electronic or electroacoustic audio components. Please describe all space requirements and expected needs in the form below, though plan to bring all gear required to setup your installation.

Installation Submission Form

Diversity Statement

All works and papers will be given equal consideration, regardless of the age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality of the composer/presenter. The EABD strives to create a balanced event of contemporary electroacoustic music from the diverse range of composers/presenters who submit.


Andrea Cheeseman is a clarinetist and teacher living in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. Throughout her career, she has been committed to playing good music and collaborating with inspiring people who challenge her.

A versatile performer, Cheeseman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Although she regularly performs traditional repertoire, she is an advocate of new music and is a sought-after performer of electroacoustic music written for clarinet and bass clarinet. Wishing to promote electroacoustic music, she has toured extensively, giving recitals and masterclasses throughout the country. Additionally, Cheeseman has been a featured performer at festivals such as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and has appeared at SEAMUS (Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States) conferences. She has been described as “a skilled performer with an ability to connect to the audience. And comfortable in her own skin, she has the uncanny ability to slide into the soundscape as if she were physically part of it.” Cheeseman has premiered pieces by today’s leading composers and is recording her debut album to be released Fall 2018.

Since 2009, Andrea has served on the faculty at Appalachian State University where she teaches studio lessons and a methods course as well as coaches chamber music. Prior to her appointment at ASU, Cheeseman was on the faculties of Delta State University, Alma College and Hillsdale College. Cheeseman earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and the Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Ithaca College.

When not teaching or performing, Cheeseman spends her time gardening, swimming, practicing ashtanga yoga and perfecting her kimchi recipe.

Thomas Dempster (or Tom) is a bassoonist, composer, and educator living in the hills of central Arkansas. He has performed at previous SEAMUS, College Music Society, and SCI conferences as well as at EABD, the Manchester University New Music Festival, and the University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival. He has previously performed with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Danville Orchestra, the Greensboro Philharmonia, the Florence Symphony Orchestra, and the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. He currently regularly performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock, AR. Tom studied bassoon with Michael Burns at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and had additional instruction with Kristin Wolfe-Jensen, Peter Simpson, and William Winstead.

As a composer, Tom’s works have been performed in 36 states and 15 foreign countries and can be found and/or heard on Navona Records, MusicSpoke, Potenza Publishing, and Quiet Design Records. He has received honors and accolades from ASCAP, BMI, Ithaca College, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, and a consortium of other nice people and institutions. Tom holds degrees in music composition and performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BM) and the University of Texas at Austin (MM, DMA), where his mentors have included Russell Pinkston, Eddie Bass, Kevin Puts, Dan Welcher, and Don Grantham. He has held teaching positions at UNC-Greensboro, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, and the Governor’s School of North Carolina. He is the coordinator of music studies and director of bands at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, a campus of the University of Arkansas, where he teaches world music, music theory, private instruction, Blues and Rock, and folk music and acoustical physics.

When not otherwise occupied, Tom enjoys wrangling his beagle, hiking, and making glass art.

Tony Steve (b.1959) teaches percussion and composition. He has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony (member 13 years), Israeli Festival Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, North Eastern Pennsylvania Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony as a percussionist. He has toured with “A Chorus Line” in Europe, appeared in Korea as marimba soloist with the Brooklyn Percussion Ensemble, and performed as percussionist at Madison Square Garden for “ A Christmas Carol”. In addition, he has worked with Henry Mancini, Lou Rawls, Sheri Lewis and The Xaiver Cugat Orchestra. As a recording artist he has appeared on numerous recordings. The latest is performing the music of Robert Moore with Karen Adair on her solo release. The work “Sonnets from Assisi” is for marimba and soprano soloist in three movements. Other recording include, Release with Free Range, and Midnight Clear with Bob Moore. His works are published by Keyboard Publications. He is a Mike Balter Mallet artist. Professor Steve has also won numerous ASCAP writers awards and his music is performed in America as well as Europe and Asia.

Sarah Jane Young currently on faculty at the University of West Florida and Bethune-Cookman University, Dr. Sarah Jane Young has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony since 2005 and the Pensacola Symphony since 2007 after having begun her orchestral career with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. Afterreceiving her Master’s degree from Florida State University, Sarah Jane was selected as the Professor of Flute at the King Hussein Foundation National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. While there, she served as Principal Flute with the Amman Symphony Orchestra and the Amman Sinfonietta, as well as the National Music Conservatory Woodwind Quintet. She has performed for both Queen Noor (Queen Consort of Jordan) and Princess Muna al-Hussein (Princess consort of Jordan). As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Canada, England, Jordan, Costa Rica, Belgium, Italy, Bolivia, and throughout the United States. Performance venues include Sprague Hall, Woolsey Hall, Jerash South Theater in Jordan, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. She has had the honor to share the stage with such prestigious artists as Gunther Schuller, Christopher O’Riley, J. K. Simmons,and Renée Fleming.

As a chamber musician Sarah Jane currently performs with Bold City Contemporary Ensemble based in Jacksonville, Florida, a featured ensemble at the TEDxJacksonville 2018 Conference. She is a founding member of Traverso Colore, a baroque flute ensemble; founding member of the Coreopsis Wind Quintet winner of the Promising Young Artist Competition; founding member of Duo Velocipede, an adventurous flute and saxophone duo specializing in the music of Neil Anderson- Himmelspach; and founding member of award winning new music ensemble What Is Noise.

She has performed as a guest artist at the National Institute of Music in Costa Rica, Harford Community College in Maryland, Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Ashville and Chapel Hill, James Madison University, University of Missouri, Florida State University, Webster University, the Conservatory of Music in Bolivia, University of Florida, and Troy University. She served on faculty at the FSU Summer Band Camp, Montelione Music Camp, and is currently on faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

While at Florida State she studied with Eva Amsler and completed her treatise: A Survey of Orchestral Excerpt Books for the Flute. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts where she studied with Christopher Krueger.

Aside from the featured artists, EABD is unable to provide performers for submitted works.

Technical Details

Please indicate in your tech requirements your input/output needs, as well as what equipment you will be bringing and what you need from EABD.


EABD takes place on the campus of Jacksonville University. All performance spaces during the day take place on campus. After-hours concerts will occur at Space 42 in the Cork Arts District of Jacksonville.

Dates & Cost

Deadline: Scores/materials must be submitted by June 15, 2019. We will respond by July 15, 2019.
Entry Fee: None
Registration Fee: $50 per work accepted, not per composer/presenter or performer.
For More Information:

 Ceremonial Music Composition Competition
Summary:Call for ceremonial music
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Closing date for submissions: Friday 26 April 2019

The University of Limerick is pleased to announce an international composition competition to find new and original ceremonial music to be performed live at the University’s Conferring Ceremonies. The University invites submission of original music compositions of a celebratory and ceremonial nature that draw cultural and/or spiritual inspiration from its geographical location on the banks of the River Shannon. Composers of all nationalities are invited to submit newly composed musical works for trumpet and theatre pipe organ in four parts. The winning composition will be selected by an international jury and its composer will be awarded a prize of €5,000.

Competition Criteria
• The competition is open to composers of all nationalities. Only one composition will be accepted from each composer.
• Compositions must be newly composed and scored for Trumpet (B flat or E flat/D) and Theatre Pipe Organ (Compton Theatre Organ: 3 manuals, 12 ranks, 2.5 octave pedal board)
• The composition must be in four sections, as follows: – Processional 1* – Entrance of Graduands For organ only
Duration: between and 3 and 6 minutes Form: AB (A: 1.5 minutes, B: 1.5 minutes) with options of ABA and ABAB
– Processional 2 – Entrance of Academic Staff For organ and trumpet
Duration: 2.5 minutes
– Processional 3 – Entrance of President For organ and trumpet
Duration: 1.5 minutes
– Recessional – Exit of President, Academic staff and Graduates
*Same music as Processional 1, scored for organ and trumpet
Duration: between and 3 and 6 minutes
Form: AB (A: 1.5 minutes, B: 1.5 minutes) with options of ABA and ABAB
• Applicants must also submit an arrangement of the composition (all four sections) for theatre pipe organ only.
• Compositions received will be judged by an international jury, whose decisions shall be final.
• The composer of the winning composition will be awarded a prize of €5,000.
• While the copyright of each composition received remains with its composer, the University reserves the right to present performances of the winning composition at all conferring ceremonies, and where the University deems it appropriate, at other UL ceremonial events.

Submission Guidelines
• Only submissions made by post to the following address, received on or before Friday 26 April 2019, will be accepted: UL Ceremonial Music Composition Competition Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
• Compositions must be submitted in the form of a printed full score, accompanied by a set of printed parts. The organ arrangement must also be submitted in the form of a printed score.
• Applicants must also submit an audio recording of the composition (synthesised or performed) and PDF versions of the scores and parts on a memory stick.
• All composition materials must be submitted anonymously and without any abbreviations, initials or other recognisable marks. Composition materials submitted should be marked with a logo or pseudonym.
• The submission must include a sealed envelope bearing the logo or pseudonym on the outside and containing inside the title of the composition, the composer’s name, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address.
• The sealed envelope must also include a short biography of the composer (no more than 150 words) and a short artist’s statement written by the composer about the composition (no more than 150 words).
• The sealed envelope must also include a statement signed at the bottom by the composer, in which he/she declares:
– that he/she is the sole author of the composition submitted;
– that the composition being entered is unpublished, has never been performed and has not received prizes or awards in any other competitions;
– that he/she understands and accepts the submission criteria and guidelines in their entirety;
– that he/she accepts the judgment of the competition jury.

• Submitted materials will not be returned to applicants.
• Enquiries: Professor Mel Mercier

 Echo Vocal Ensemble
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: echo are looking for a new piece for vocal ensemble to be performed as part of our 2019/2020 season. The competition will be judged by guest judges Robert Hollingworth, Judith Weir and members of the group, and the winning entry will receive £500 in prize money and a premiere of the work.

This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over, from anywhere in the world. There is no entrance fee.

- The piece should be between 3 and 6 minutes in duration
- It should be written for no more than eight vocal parts (SSAATTBB), without the need for accompanying instrumentalists.
- The piece should respond in some way to the following quote. The full poem can be accessed here.
“Very small and damaged and quite dry,
a Roman water nymph made of bone
tries to summon a river out of limestone”
Alice Oswald
- “Working” scores will be accepted, for example one minute of music accompanied by a detailed written concept.

How to apply
Please send your materials to by the 30th June 2019 at 1pm. Include a PDF of the score and an audio file.

The winning piece and shortlisted pieces will be announced on 1st September 2019.

 Call for Scores : iN festival
Summary:Compose for 8-player ensemble
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Selected works will be performed and recorded by ensemble iiiiiiiii during iN festival - internationalcontemporarymusicfestival 2019

until April 30. 2019

(The concert will be held in one city among Seoul, Daegu, Tokyo, Basel)

-2 pieces will be selected

-Applicants may be of any nationality and age.

-Pieces may have been previously performed, but not published.

-composed for solo - 8 players . any combinations are possible. (Fl, Cl, Vn I, Vn II, Vla, Vc, DB, Pf)

-duration : ca. 6-10 min will be prefered. However, shorter or longer pieces would be acceptable as well.

-submit the score anonymously (write down own code on the cover page) and this code and name of the composer should be written on the first page of C.V. (include e-mail address, telephone number)

-number of entries: composers may submit as many works as they like. There is no limitation of number of entries.

-Entry fee : non- refundable, 30 euro for only 1 score. However, if you want to submit more than 1 score, you need to pay only 20 euro more for each score. (50 euro for 2 scores. 70 euro for 3 scores, etc)

1. paypal - please use the paypal button ('Donate') below
2. [bank name : Shinhan Bank , account number - 110 425 260352 swift code - SHBKKRSE ]
must be sent until April 30. 2019
- send the receipt (paypal screen shot or of bank) with the score and C.V

-Scores and C.V. must be sent to
(PDF file only)

until April 30. 2019

more info.

 Tampa Bay Symphony 4th Annual CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: The Tampa Bay Symphony is announcing a call for scores competition for living composers. One score will be selected for performance on our Spring 2020 concert series* (performances April 26, 2020, 3:30pm in Clearwater, FL; April 28, 8:00pm in St. Petersburg, FL; May 3, 2:30pm in Tampa, FL). Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2019 and the symphony will read/rehearse the compositions by the finalists at a public event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 8:00pm. There is a cash prize of $1,000 for the winning composer provided the composer attends at least one of the performances in person. (Please review performance dates carefully before submitting.) Up to four finalists will be chosen to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. Each finalist is eligible for up to $250 in travel reimbursement if they are available to attend the reading rehearsal on January 7, 2020.

Deadline for submission of materials: September 30, 2019.
Finalists notified by November 1, 2019
Finalists must submit parts by November 15, 2019
January 7, 2020: reading/rehearsal of finalist compositions followed by announcement of selected composition for the Spring 2020 concerts*

April 26, April 28 and May 3, 2020 Spring Series performance dates (Winning composer must attend at least one of the performances to receive the cash award of $1,000.)

*The Tampa Bay Symphony reserves the right to choose no winning selection. The Music Director will also consider all finalist works and submissions for possible future programming even if not chosen by the orchestra as the winning piece.

• All interested composers at any stage in their career are eligible to apply. There are no age or citizenship restrictions.
• The work must be composed after January 1, 2001.
• Only one submission per composer will be considered at this time. Please do not send multiple
works. No concerti will be considered at this time.
• The work should be between 4 minutes and 12 minutes in length. Works shorter than 4 minutes
or longer than 12 minutes are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the Tampa Bay
• Works that have been chosen as winners or finalists in previous years may not be resubmitted,
however previous winners and finalists are encouraged to submit new works.

No more than 3 flutes (one doubling piccolo or one piccolo/2 flutes OK)
No more than 3 oboes (one doubling English Horn or one English Horn/2 oboes OK)
No more than 3 clarinets (one doubling Bass Clarinet or one Bass Clarinet/2 clarinets OK) No more than 2 bassoons
No more than 5 horns
No more than 3 trumpets
No more than 3 trombones (one is bass)
No more than 1 Tuba
No more than one set of Timpani
No more than 3 percussionists (in addition to Timpani)
Strings (current TBS string numbers are 28 violins, 11 violas, 10 cellos and 6 basses)
The submitted composition should include at least one full string section
WORKS WITH HARP or PIANO parts ARE eligible!

Submission of all materials is electronic. Please send an email to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest, including the following:
• PDF of the score of the submission
• PDF of program notes and performance history for the submission if it has previously been
performed. New works that have not been performed are also welcomed.
• Audio (.mp3) or video (.mov /.mp4) recordings of the work, or links to on-line recordings, if
available (This is not required, MIDI representations are acceptable.)
• A brief bio of the composer submitting the work with contact EMAIL address and phone number
• A $25 USD non-refundable application fee must be received by the Tampa Bay Symphony by
September 30, 2019. This application fee can be paid via PayPal invoice or by mailing a check payable to Tampa Bay Symphony addressed as follows: Tampa Bay Symphony, ATTN: Composition Contest, PO Box 4653, Clearwater, FL 33758. Contact Susan Rhein at email address listed below to receive a PayPal invoice for the entry fee.
Files over 20MB should be submitted using a file-sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Please address questions to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest.

The Tampa Bay Symphony is comprised of 80 + volunteer musicians of high skill level. Most standard orchestral repertoire is well-executed by the TBS. Samples of works performed over the last three years include:

Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto Beethoven Symphony #6 Dvorak Symphony #8
Elgar Enigma Variations

Holst Beni Mora SuiteLiszt Piano Concerto #1 Puccini Highlights from Madama Butterfly Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Shostakovich Symphony #5

Strauss (Richard) Four Last Songs Sibelius Symphony #1 Tchaikovsky Symphony #2

The difficulty level of submitted works will be a consideration in the selection process. While challenging works in the standard repertoire are doable by the Tampa Bay Symphony, due to the limited rehearsal time and the unfamiliar nature of recently written compositions, composers are advised not to send works of exceptional difficulty level.

There are numerous videos on YouTube of the Tampa Bay Symphony performing in recent years.

 1st Shanghai International Chamber Opera Composition Competition 2019 Rules
Deadline: 01 July 2019
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: I. Aims :
Shanghai International Chamber Opera Composition Compitition aims to offer an internatonal platform which encourages young composers involved in the creative process of composing music and promotes outstanding original operas.

II. Institutions
Host: Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Organizers: Shanghai New Music Week,
Shanghai Music Art Development Center for Collaborative Innovation
Supporting programs :
Construction and Research of Chinese Opera Discipline System,
National "Double First-Class" University Project,
Shanghai High-level Local University Construction Project

III. Eligibility requirements
The competition is open to composers and students under the age of 35 (born after Jan.1st 1984) at the time of entry submission. There is no nationality or language restriction. Only one work per entrant will be accepted.
2. Entries must be wholly original works composed by the entrant after 2017 and must be unpublished, and not awarded in any other competition. The work should not have been previously performed in any concert or public event, either wholly or even in part (should it have different parts), nor with the present title or with any other it may have.
3. Instrumentation (for 6-9 instruments & 2-3 singers)
Permitted set of instruments/voice types: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass; Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
4. The work must last about 20 minutes in length.
5. No composer's name or any other identifying marks may appear anywhere on the work.

IV. Materials for Submission (Compositions must be submitted via email.)
All submissions to the competition should include the following:
1. An application form fully completed
2. A scanned copy of your ID Card or Passport
3. The full score of the submitted work
4. A brief description of the work (maximum 200 words each)
5. A resume, curriculum vitae or brief biography in Chinese or English

V. Application Deadline
All submission materials including the general score in PDF format must be submitted via email with attachments to no later than July 1st, 2019.

VI. Competition and Judging Procedure
1. The competition consists of two stages: preliminary and the final.
2. The preliminary
During the preliminary, each eligible submission will be judged by a jury comprised of Mark Andre, Enno Poppe, Peter Swinnen, Deqing Wen, Chengjie Zhang and three entries will be marked for the final of the competition.
3. The final:
The three compositions that qualify for the finale of the competition will be performed by the Shanghai New Music Week Chamber Ensemble conducted by ZHANG Chengjie at the Finals Concert of 1st Shanghai International Chamber Opera Composition Competition to be held on September 18th, 2019 from 15:15 to 17:15, based on which the jury will decide its final verdict on the prizes. The jury will be Mark Andre,Thomas Ades,Enno Poppe,Ivo Josipovic,Tomislav Saban, Peter Swinnen,TAN Dun, XU Shuya, ZHOU Xianglin, YE Guohui, WEN Deqing.
4. Prizes
The following prizes will be awarded in the Chinese currency RMB:
1st Prize: RMB¥30,000 (pre-tax)
2nd Prize: RMB¥20,000 (pre-tax)
3rd Prize: RMB¥10,000 (pre-tax)
5. The organizer provides for the six-day accommodation during the Shanghai New Music Week and the Shanghai New Music Week Pass for the three winners. The winners are responsible for all transport costs.

VII: Other provisions
1. The winner has the full copyright of the work and its neighboring rights.
2. The winners must provide free of charge the exclusive use of the winning works and grant the organizer the following rights within three years from September 18, 2019.
A. The organizer reserves the right to compile the scores of the winning works, record them in audio and /or audiovisual form and the right to the publication and distribution of the above-mentioned in print or in the audio and /or audiovisual form with no extra fee or royalties.
B. The organizer reserves the right to the premiere and subsequent performances of the winning works and their publishing priority. No public performance is allowed prior to the performance give by the organizer without the consent of the organizer.
3. All the winning works must be marked as "one of the winning entries of the 2019 Shanghai International Chamber Opera Competition" on the score cover or in concert program list whenever and wherever they are given a performance.
4. The interpretation of these rules shall fall within the exclusive competence of the organizing committee.
Published by the Shanghai New Music Week


 Capital Hearings' 6th Annual Young Composers Competition
Summary:Choral Competition (North America)
Deadline: 20 May 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: POWER PLAYS - how does power shape your world?

When you’re at the bottom of the ladder, the top seems unreachable. As soon as you feel empowered, though, it’s as if you’re unstoppable. How has our society’s expression of power most affected you?

The Capital Hearings are proud to announce our 6th Annual Young Composers Competition! This year, we’re requesting submissions focused on the subject of “Power Plays” - the contrast between powerful people and those with none, the ways we gain and lose our own power, and any other way that power expresses itself to you.

All U.S. & Canadian residents age 18-40 are welcome to submit a 2-5 minute original composition related to this theme, voiced for mixed a cappella choir. We especially welcome submissions from unique or underrepresented perspectives - and in unique or underrepresented styles. Submissions are due by May 20, 2019, and a prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner. Visit for more information.

We hope to hear from you soon. In the meantime, listen to our CARA award-winning album at, and get to know more about us at!

***Bringing together repertoire from a diverse array of traditions, the Capital Hearings illuminate the commonalities between songs of all styles, from all eras – and the communities that brought them to the fore. Our genre-busting mission unites complex jazz, transcendent global and classical music, and dynamic modern hits into a thought-provoking message, breaking down barriers and prompting our audiences to build new bridges of understanding.***

 Crouch End Festival Chorus ‘From the heart’
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: ‘From the heart – may it return to the heart!’

These are the immortal words of Beethoven, on the title page of his great Missa Solemnis score. Crouch End Festival Chorus is inviting composers of all styles and traditions to submit an original setting of these words for unaccompanied choir. The words may be set in any language and the winning piece will be performed by CEFC as an introduction to Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 5 October 2019.

One of the UK’s leading choirs, boasting an international profile, Crouch End Festival Chorus is also one of the most innovative. Comprising 140 voices it has a commitment to commissioning new works and thrives on an eclectic mix of repertoire.

The competition is open to all UK-resident composers, regardless of experience. Entries must not be longer than five minutes and must not have been previously performed. The closing date for entries is 1 May 2019. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges led by CEFC’s Music Director David Temple MBE and including the renowned composer Debbie Wiseman OBE.

Music Director David Temple says: "I simply cannot wait to see what is created as a result of this competition and I hope the variety of styles is breathtaking!"

Competition Terms and Conditions
The competition is open to composers aged 18 or above but is only open to UK residents.
All entries:
• must be for unaccompanied choir.
• must encompass the full range of the choir’s voices (from soprano through to bass).
• may be no longer than five minutes in duration.
• must be submitted by email to as a choral score in PDF format, notated either electronically or by hand.
• must be submitted with the entrant’s full name and contact details.
• must not have had any prior public performance.
• must use either the original German text: Von Herzen – möge es wieder – zu Herzen gehen! or, in English, From the heart – may it return to the heart! It is also permissible to set a translation of these words in any other language. No other text may be used.
• must have an accompanying audio file.

The deadline for submission of entries is 1 May 2019. There will be a panel of judges led by David Temple MBE (Music Director) whose decision will be final. The winner will be notified and the result published on our website on 1 July 2019. Copyright of the winning piece will remain with the composer. Queries regarding the competition should be addressed to

The winning piece will be premiered in CEFC’s concert on 5 October 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

The programme will be:
Winner of ‘From the heart’ competition
Missa Solemnis: Beethoven
Erica Eloff soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Neal Davies bass

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players

David Temple conductor


 Chicago Philharmonic Society 30th Anniversary Composition Fanfare Competition
Summary:Fanfare Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: Through a community of musicians and community members, the Society wishes to excite, engage, and transform diverse audiences with the beauty and power of great music.

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of nearly 200 of the highest-level classical musicians performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. Governed under a groundbreaking structure of musician leadership, the Society presents concerts at venues throughout the Chicago area that cover the full spectrum of classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and beyond. The Chicago Philharmonic currently serves as the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet, continues its 25-year association with the Ravinia Festival, is a resident company of Harris Theater, and performs at Auditorium Theatre, Symphony Center and all the great concert halls of the Chicago and North Shore area. In 2018, the Illinois Council of Orchestras awarded the Chicago Philharmonic “Orchestra of the Year”.

About: In celebration of its 30th year anniversary, The Chicago Philharmonic Society invites composers to apply for the Composition Fanfare Competition. The winning works will be performed and recorded live by the Chicago Philharmonic in its 2019-2020 season.

The Chicago Philharmonic wishes to commemorate its 30 year anniversary by empowering and celebrating composers around the nation. This competition is a reflection of the Society's three decades providing a platform for performance and promotion of Greater metropolitan Chicago artists.

Categories: The competition has two categories:
• Over 23 years of age: $1,000 prize and performance in the Chicago Philharmonic’s
2019-2020 season. The Over 23 category is open to composers who reside in all 50
United States.
• Under 23 years of age: $500 prize and performance in the Chicago Philharmonic’s
2019-2020 season. The Under 23 category is limited to residents of, people employed in, or people studying in the state of Illinois. Must be 22 years of age or under on August 14th, 2019.

• Applicants may submit a piece previously composed, but it may not have had a previous professional performance. Work submitted must be unpublished by a publishing house. Self published works are allowed.
• Instrumentation up to: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, strings
• Length: Up to 3’:30” in length.
• Composer must be a resident of and reside in the United States.
• Each composer may submit 1 piece.

Application submission requirements
❏ Submit electronic application form, including written artist statement.
❏ Submit score.
❏ Submit an audio recording of your piece.
❏ Submit $10 application fee.
Entry Fee:$10

 Composers Concordance 9th Annual 'Generations' Concert and Composition Competition
Summary:String quartet with electronics
Deadline: 28 April 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: About:
Composers Concordance, a presenting organization for contemporary music with a 35-year history of cutting-edge concert programming in NYC, announces a call for scores. Presented in collaboration with Goddard Riverside Community Arts, the event's theme is ‘Generations: Strings + Electronics.' The program will feature music of Aaron Alter, Dan Cooper, Debra Kaye, Gene Pritsker, Luis Andrei Cobo, Lynn Bechtold, Otto Luening, and Peter Jarvis, as well as two competition winners: one composer age 25 or younger, and another composer age 65 or older. Quartet Metadata: Lynn Bechtold, Hajnal Pivnick - violin, Carrie Frey - viola, and Jisoo Ok - cello, will perform. Competition winners are required to attend the concert, which will be held on May 31st at 8pm at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, (between 91st and 92nd Streets.) New York City.


All application materials must be received by April 28th, 2019 at noon EST;

No entry fee.

Two categories:
a. composers age 25 or younger [ie. as of May 31st, 2019]
b. composers age 65 or older [ie. as of May 31st, 2019]

Music should be written for
String Quartet (or subset) + Electronics
(i.e. solo, duo, trio pieces are welcome, however
all works submitted should include strings + electronics.)
Duration: at most 5 minutes; only 1 entry per applicant please;

To apply: please email the following materials to:

1.) pdf of the score - please note: your name should not appear on the score itself;
2.) mp3 of the audio ('MIDI mock-ups' are ok)
3.) name, contact info, and category: a or b (in the email please, not attached)
4.) bio / resumé (in the email please, not attached)

Note: If you have any questions, please contact us at
Web Site:composersconcordance.wixsite.c...

Summary:Soprano plus ensemble competition
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: Latina, I edition 2019

The Music Academy LUOGO ARTE, with the support of the Councilorship of Culture
of the Municipality of Latina, announces the first International Competition "Musica Nova".

Art. 1 – Purpose
The Musica Nova International Competition is reserved for compositions of original pieces and is finalized to the exploitation of new talent in the field of musical writing.

Art. 2 – Admission requirement
The competition is open to musicians of all ages and nationalities.

The competition is not held anonymously, so all communications and material sent they must contain the name and surname of the competitor.

The compositions presented must be unpublished and not awarded in previous competitions.

Art. 3 - Type of compositions
The stylistic choice of reference for the proposed musical languages should focus on a period between the compositional language of the late nineteenth century and our days, with no distinction on geographic areas, with the exclusion of pop, rock, jazz and similar languages, unless they exist linguistic references relevant to contemporary music.

The group must be composed for the “ensemble” (vocal and / or instrumental) indicated in the following article 6, or for the “Pentarte Ensemble”.

The composition in competition can be written and presented by the soloist or/and by the entire ensemble. About electronic music, few interventions are welcomed with the exclusion of the acusmatic execution

All the musical parts must still be executable live.
Time limit of the piece is 10 minutes and must not exceed.

Art. 4 - How to participate: preliminary phase
Competitors wishing to take part in the competition must send an email by April 16, 2019 to "". All e-mails must contain:

- Registration form
- Artistic curriculum and studies
- Scanning of an identity document attesting to age and nationality - 2 recent photographs

- Receipt of the payment of € 80.00, made no later than April 16, 2019, by bank transfer to "Luogo Arte Accademia Musicale - IBAN IT14 Z087 1639 4400 0001 5080 779 stating "surname, name, participation Nova Nova Music Competition 2019, title and duration of the composition ".

- Statement by the author certifying that the composition presented is unpublished and never publicly performed. If the composers are in possession of publishing exclusive licensing, it is required to place on the score the references: "Opera composed for the International Competition of composition Musica Nova, edition 2019 ".

- Declaration of consent for disclosure of free public execution, sensitive disclaimer of recording audio/video of the composition, its transmission, the archiving of the material made and its use
for a possible record publication; in any case without requesting any compensation with the exception of copyright.

- Declaration of consent for processing of personal data of the participant in the competition according to art. 13 del D.Igs. 196/2003 e s.m.i., especially for the rights of the law ex art.7 D.Lgs. 196/2003.

- Declaration of acceptance of the competition’s rules

Art. 5 - How to participate: eliminatory phase – sending compositions

The compositions must arrive complete (score, detached parts and glossary in case there are any graphic characters or symbols) in paper format by April 16th 2019, by registered letter with signed return receipt, to:
Arte Accademia Musicale-Viale delle Industrie 6 / A, 04013 Latina Scalo (LT); Italy

It’s the competitor’s faculty to send complete compositions by email in the following formats:

- an audio file, in MP3 format, the title of the composition and the execution of the piece –
it can be shorter and purely demonstrative. This execution can be carried out in digital format;

- a score of the piece in digital PDF format;

- explanatory instructions about possible additions to the electronic part scheduled for the day of the award ceremony (in case the composition is performed live).

The examination of the compositions by the commission will take place on May 26th and 27th. The commission will evaluate the compositions presented taking into account the provisions of ARTICLE 2 and will select a maximum number of 5 finalists.

Admission to the final stage of the competition will be communicated to the finalist competitors by mail with the due advance.

Art. 6 - Art. 6 – How to partecipate: final phase

The finalists of the competition will participate in the official award event, which will be held in Latina, Palazzo della Cultura - Saturday 8th June 2019 8.00 p.m., (possible changes in location and date
will be communicated with the due advance).

The pieces of the three competition winners will be performed by the Pentarte Ensemble during the award ceremony.

The Pentarte Ensemble consists of soprano, two violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trombone, percussion.

Art. 7 - Composition and powers of the commission

The Jury, presided by Albino Taggeo, artistic Director of the Prize,
with the honorary presidency of Ennio Morricone is composed of : Ennio Morricone, Franco Piersanti, Lucio Gregoretti, Gianfranco Borrelli, Stefano Cucci, Roberto Giuliani, Alberto Giraldi,
Claudio Paradiso.

The members of the Jury can be replaced if necessary.
The decisions of the Jury are unquestionable and unappealable.

The jury reserves the right not to award prizes, if the quality level standard is not reached.

Art. 8 - Prizes

The winners of the competition will receive:

- 1st place € 1.000,00 - 2nd place € 600,00 - 3rd place € 300,00

No reimbursement of travel and / or stay expenses incurred by competitors will be made.

The recording by the Pentarte Ensemble in a DVD support will be offered to the three finalists of the Competition.

Art. 9 - Acceptance of the rules
Participation in the competition implies unconditional acceptance by the participant of all the rules of the competition.

Art. 10 - Disputes
The Court of Latina is competent for any disputes.
Entry Fee:€ 80.00

 2019 PAS Composition Contest
Summary:Marimba Competition
Deadline: 01 August 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: DEADLINE: August 1st, 2019

To encourage and reward composers who write music for percussion instruments and to increase the number of quality compositions written for percussion.

2019 Competition:
Solo Marimba (Solo Marimba refers to one instrument and one player – NO electronics)

• $3,000 grand prize (up to two honorable mentions – $250.00 each)
• Winning composition and Honorable mention(s) will be listed on the PAS website with composer’s picture and bio.
• Winning composition and Honorable mention(s) will be listed along with review of work(s) in Percussive Notes of March 2020.
• Winning composition and Honorable mention(s) will be further announced at PASIC.
• Winning composition will be performed in the USA during 2020. Other performances around the world may occur based around availability of performers.

The new work will be premiered throughout 2020 by the following performers in no particular order (more performers to be added):

• Brian Blume – Assistant Professor of Percussion
Southeastern University
Lakeland, FL
• Nathaniel Gworek – Instructor of Percussion
Georgia College
Milledgeville College, GA

• Great Plains Percussion Group

• Brad Meyer – Chair, PAS Health and Wellness Committee
Director of Percussion Studies
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

• Michael Varner – Retired Director of Percussion
University of Texas Arlington
Arlington, TX

• Nicholaus Meyers – Chair, PAS Composition Committee
Director of Bands and Percussion
East Central University
Ada, Oklahoma

• Works can not have been premiered and must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
• Duration, level, and instrument range of composition will be left to the composer.
• Composers should take note that any number of mallets may be used in their work(s).
• Works also using new or extended techniques are also encouraged.
• No arrangements of works will be accepted.

1. Submit the following items through the online submission link.
• A pdf file of the submitted composition absent of any composer information.
Label file with title of work.
• An audio file of a computer realization or other recording (non performance) of the submitted composition absent of any composer or performer information. Label file with the title work.

2. All complete applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

3. Contest results will be announced in November 2019.

4. All entry materials become property of PAS. PAS does not claim rights to distribute materials. Materials will be archived for historical purposes only.
5. No limit on the number of submissions, please submit an application for each entry. ($20 entry fee applies to each entry)
6. Application closes 11:59 PM EST August 1, 2019.

Questions? Please email

Entry Fee:$20

Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: ◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
ISCM-Chengdu section
Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Zhou Siyuan
President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Peter Swinnen
President of International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)

The competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.

1. All students. (No limitation on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others' name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students' New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mr. Gou Yong
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 20th October 2019
(Entries must be received before 20th October 2019)

◆ Website:

We recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury's decision is final.

◆Additional Directions
1. During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.
2. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
3. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

 Happy Composer Commission Project
Summary:Choir Composition Opportunity
Deadline: 06 May 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: Happy Composer Commission is an educational project to commission new choral pieces from composers in development.

Through Happy Composer, new composers will have the experience of creating a commissioned piece for choir with the guidance of composer Carlos Cordero.

I am very excited to receive your submission and the possibility of working together to create a new piece. Below, I have included again the rules for the call for Score:
The call for scores is open to composers of any nationality, gender, age, or stage in their career. Preference will be given to those who have not had any choral music published (excludes self published).

The Process

1. Online Call For Scores, allowing more composers to apply from any part of the world!
2. The conductor and I select the 3 composers most likely to write a piece suitable for the chapter’s choir.
3. I work with the selected composers for 2 months. In the process, I share drafts with the conductor before finishing the pieces.
4. Upon delivery, the choir has 1 year to premiere the work in any combination (one per concert or the three in one concert!)

The call for scores is open to composers of any nationality, gender, age, or stage in their career. Preference will be given to those who have not had any choral music published (excludes self publish). Composer Carlos Cordero will help the selected composers to create a new piece for unaccompanied choir (2 to 4 minutes). Upon completion, each composer will be paid $50.

The best part: There is no application fee!

To participate you just need to fill this google form ( where we ask you for:

PDF + Audio (midi) recording
Upload up to 2 pieces

Bio or CV + Photo (headshot preferably)
List of works (PDF or Word)

Why do you want to be part of HCC?
Professional Reference (email)

If you have any question, please review the FAQ or email me to

Deadline: May 6th, 2019.

 Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival / Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra Composition Contest
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 04 April 2019
Details: Application deadline: June 1, 2019

The 53rd Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Indiana State University School of Music, proudly announces the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The Festival is scheduled for October 23–25, 2019.

The Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition was established to recognize outstanding music composed for the small orchestra. In addition to a monetary prize, the composer receiving first place will be invited to attend a performance of the winning composition by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as part of the Festival’s activities. The winner also will be invited to speak at the Festival on a topic relating to his or her music. Other guests featured at the three-day Festival include the Principal Guest Composer, Robert Paterson, the Indianapolis Quartet, and composers participating in the Music Now concert. Since its beginning, more than 200 established and emerging composers—including eighteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize and five winners of the Grawemeyer Award—have participated in the Festival.

Contest Guidelines

Cash Prizes:
First Place - $1,000


There are no restrictions regarding the age or gender of the applicant. Contestants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Winners of the competition within the last five years are not eligible.


Standard chamber orchestra scoring (2[pic]2[Eh]22, 2210, timpani, 1 percussion, piano, harp, and strings 6–4–4–3–2). Scores that will not be considered include condensed or significantly reduced scores and scores that include soloists or extra instruments.


Compositions may not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:

A composer may send one score with a corresponding recording (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Large, neat, proofread parts must be available upon request. The composer’s name may not appear on the submitted materials. A sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be attached to the score. A summary of the necessary instrumentation and an accurate timing should be included with the entry.


There is a non-returnable entry fee of $20 U.S. currency per entry. Make checks payable to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.


A panel of judges will be chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Each judge will be a performing instrumentalist, conductor, or composer and each will evaluate all scores separately and make a short list of works to be considered further. The judges will then meet with the Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra where the short list of works will be discussed and a final decision made. The judges will not make available any written or verbal commentary.


All scores must be received by June 1, 2019. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2019.

Send Submissions To:

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 36
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Additional Information:

Dr. Kurt Fowler
School of Music
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. While The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will make every effort to protect and return materials, the orchestra assumes no responsibility for loss or destruction of submitted materials.

Summary:2-5 Players Competition
Deadline: 17 June 2019
Date Posted: 04 April 2019
Details: The International Composers’ Forum and Competition BRUNO MADERNA 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 italian composer of 20th century Bruno Maderna (1920-1973).

The Competition is realized by the collaboration between KLKnewmusic and the Phoenix Ensemble. The project 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 art of our time, on the contemporary music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate in the “BRUNO MADERNA COMPOSERS’ MUSIC COMPETITION 2019” from 15 to 18 July 2019 in the city of Lviv, inside the music center of Lviv Philharmonic Society.


Each composer must submit a score with organic from two to five players: piano, two violins, viola, cello.

The work must not exceed 10 minutes. All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at The selected works will be played on 18 July 2019 by KLK Ensemble. The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and video recording.

Deadline: 17 June 2019.
The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

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

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 19 June 2019.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is €590 (euro 590):

€590 + 5% tax to be paid no later than 25 June 2019 by Paypal on email;

The tuition fee includes:

participation at rehearsals and check sound ofthe selected composers during the period 15 > 18 July 2019;
Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected and performed by KLK Ensemble;
professional audio/video recording of the final concert;
certificate of participation.
The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition BRUNO MADERNA 2019 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


Paolo Ugoletti (ITA) – President

Bogdhana Frolyak (UKR) – Composer

Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer

Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 600 USD, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions
2 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions
3 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions

The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.

 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH | Music Composers’ Competition 2019 – 2nd Edition
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 23 August 2019
Date Posted: 04 April 2019
Details: The project ”DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH” was born with the idea of meeting and sharing among composers of various nationalities and age, on the common theme of meeting between the world of the Eastern contemporary music and the Western culture. The Competition will be made possible through one of the most renowned orchestras in Eastern Europe. The high level technique and interpretative of the KLK Ensemble , will be honored by the finalists of this international event.

The Competition is realized by the collaboration between KLKnewmusic and the KLK Ensemble. The project 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 art of our time, on the contemporary music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate in the “DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH COMPOSERS’ MUSIC COMPETITION 2019” from 19 to 23 September 2019 in the city of Lviv, inside the music center of Lviv Philharmonic Society.


Each composer must submit a score with organic from 5 to 11 players as follows:

1 flute (ottavino), 1 oboe (english horn), 1 clarinet (bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 contrabass. The work must not exceed 10 minutes. All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at The selected works will be played on 19 September 2019 by KLK Ensemble. All concerts will be recorded by a sound engineer and video recording.

Deadline: 23 August 2019.
The work must not exceed 9 minutes.

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

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 25 August 2019.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is €590 (euro 590):

€590 + 5% tax to be paid no later than 29 August 2019 by Paypal on email;

The tuition fee includes:

participation at rehearsals and check sound ofthe selected composers during the period 19 > 23 September 2019;
Final concerts in Philharmonia with the works selected and performed by KLK Ensemble;
professional audio/video recording of the final concert;
certificate of participation.
The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH 2019 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


Yuri Lanyuk (UKR) – President

Bogdhana Frolyak (UKR) – Composer

Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer

Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 700 USD, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions
2 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions
3 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions

The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.

 New Music for Late Starters: Orchestra Seeks Composer No. 7 (2019-20)
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Date Posted: 03 April 2019
Details: Inspired by the success of YLSS’s previous commissions*, we are now inviting entries for our 2019-20 New Music Commission. Four of the submitted pieces will be chosen for a Workshop with award-winning composer Howard Skempton, and YLSS players, and from these one piece will be selected for performance in 2020. In addition, each shortlisted entrant will be offered a one-to-one tutorial with Howard Skempton.

Our aims for the commission are to:
• Create an original piece of music of high quality, which is inspiring, challenging yet technically accessible for YLSS. This will add to the very limited repertoire specifically written for similar orchestras of adult learners.
• Give YLSS the experience of being part of the creative process and of working with a composer. The process of selecting the composer and working on the piece will be designed to involve all YLSS members who wish to take part. Entrants will be encouraged to share with YLSS the inspiration for their piece and discuss the process of composition, to enhance players’ understanding and performance of the music.
• Broaden YLSS’s musical horizons, giving an impetus to developing more adventurous playing and more confident performance.
• Enable an established or emerging composer to work with YLSS in creating a new piece for performance.

* 2007-8 Winner - Paul Burnell 3 Pieces for Strings, premièred at CoMA Contemporary Music Festival July 2008 and featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Play to the Nation’ October 2008. Guest composer: Philip Cashian.

2009-10 Winner - Laurence Rose a theory of nothing, premièred at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival November 2010. Guest composer: Joe Cutler.
2011-12 Winner - Alison Wrenn Battle of the Winwaed, premièred at Headingley Music Festival June 2012. Guest composer: Sally Beamish.
2013-14 Winner - Elaine Levene Five Snatched Sonnets, premièred at CoMA Leeds Concert at Heart June 2014. Guest composer: Emily Howard.
2015-16 Winner – Phil Taylor I See Faces in Everything, premièred at CoMA Leeds Concert at Heart June 2016. Guest composer: Michael Finnissy.
2017-18 Winner – Mark Browse Five Variations on Pange Lingua, premièred at St Barnabas, Weeton July 2018. Guest composer: Judith Weir.

How we plan to achieve this:
• Stage 1
An open invitation to established or emerging composers to submit a 10-15 minute composition. All entries will be considered anonymously by the Selection Panel and four will be shortlisted for a Workshop.
• Stage 2
A Workshop for four shortlisted composers. Howard Skempton will give feedback and coaching on each piece as it is rehearsed with YLSS and its conductor Stuart Hazelton. Howard will also offer an individual tutorial with each shortlisted composer. The Workshop and tutorials will be held in Leeds and we will meet travel expenses up to £50 each for shortlisted composers. One composition will be selected for the commission.
• Stage 3
A commission worth £500 (plus contribution towards expenses) to the selected composer to work with YLSS to develop and rehearse their piece for a performance in 2020.

• Compositions should be appropriate for YLSS (see below).
• Compositions must not have been previously performed or
• Compositions should be free of any copyright restrictions that
may prevent public performance and copy of parts for use.
• Compositions should last between 10 and 15 minutes.
• Entrants should provide 4 copies of their score for selection and
be prepared to provide at least one full set of parts on request.
• Entrants should provide a brief programme note (100-200
words) and a short biography.
• There is no age limit.
• There is no geographical limit however please note that
shortlisted composers must be able to attend the Workshop in Leeds and be able to work with YLSS to rehearse their piece if selected as winner (see timetable above).
• The score and parts must be easily legible, computer typeset is preferred.
• The winning composition will be premièred by YLSS at a performance of their choosing.
• The four composers shortlisted for the Workshop will be paid actual travel expenses incurred of up to £50 each.
• The prize for the composition which YLSS chooses to commission will be £500. In addition YLSS will pay towards expenses incurred (travel to rehearsals, copying, etc) up to a max of £200.
• The commissioned composer will be expected to attend two rehearsals to work with YLSS.
• Entries should include: Application Form

4 anonymous copies of the Score and Programme Note

• We do not accept entries on-line.
• Compositions will be returned if a suitable pre-paid addressed
envelope is provided.
• If possible please send a sound file (eg MP3) or CD of your entry
- this would be helpful but is not compulsory.

Entries should arrive at the address below by 31 July 2019. Entries received after that date will not be considered. All entries will be acknowledged. We look forward to receiving your entry. Please send to:

YLSS New Music
c/o 1 Meeting House Lane Acomb
York YO26 5FD

 2019 EAMF Call for Submissions
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 03 April 2019
Details: The Washington State University School of Music invites submissions to the third annual WSU ElectroAcousticMiniFest, held October 4-5, 2019 in Pullman, Washington. This year’s featured performer is trombone and euphonium artist Dr. Sarah Miller.

Dr. Miller is an international award-winning artist, appearing regularly as both a soloist and a chamber musician in concerts and festivals around the country. Her low brass chamber ensemble In Motus Quartet recently released their second CD with Emeritus Recordings, and she tours regularly with In Motus and with the Equinox Brass Quintet. Dr. Miller received her DMA in Low Brass Performance from the University of Kansas and MM in Euphonium Performance from University of Arkansas, and has been WSU professor of trombone since 2015.

Up to two submissions per composer are welcome in the following categories:
• Trombone or euphonium and electronics, to be performed by Dr. Sarah Miller;
• Live instrumental/vocal performance with electronics;
• Fixed-media electronics up to 8 channels;
• Live electronics up to 8 channels;
• Any of the above incorporating video;
• Intermedia/interactive installation pieces;
• Paper or lecture presentations about electronic sound research, analysis, techniques, aesthetics, etc. (limited to 50 minutes including discussion; shorter presentations of c.25 minutes are welcome, and will be combined in one session)

Live performers other than the featured performer must be provided by the composer. Our concert hall is equipped with an 8-channel sound system and video projector. Any required non-standard equipment must be provided by the submitter, including computer requirements beyond fixed-media playback (i.e., live electronics in Max/Supercollider/Ableton/etc).

Submissions are due by May 1, 2019. Accepted works will be announced by email and posted online on or before May 31. Accepted composers must attend the festival for their work to be programmed. Submit up to two works for consideration here (please submit multiple works separately):

A small entry fee of $5 per submission is used to cover the cost of paying outside adjudicators, and a registration fee of $20 per selected composer to assist with costs for concert and support staff and print materials. For questions, please email

Entry Fee:$5

 2019 BMIMF_Concerto/Composition Competition
Summary:Free style competition
Deadline: 21 June 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: 06 Jul - 03 Sep, 2019
We are pleased to announce our international competition for 2019 Busan MARU International Music Festival!

* Awards: Grand prize(KRW 2,000,000 and Certificate)/ 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ Busan Mayor's Prize/ Special Prize
* Application Submit: 01 May ~ 21 Jun, 2019
* Final Round : 3 Sep, 2019, Haeundae Cultural Center, Haeun Hall(Busan, Korea)
Final round entries will appear on 2019 Busan MARU International Music Festival Gala Concert with 2019 BMIMF main orchestra.
* Preliminary Round: 06 Jul 2019, Silla University, Recital Hall
* Section: Any instrument that can perform with an Orchestra

* Awards: Grand Prize(KRW2,000,000 and Certificate, Grand Prize will be performed at 2020 BMIMF)/ 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ Special Prize
* Application Period: 01 May ~ 30 Jun, 2019
* Accompaniment & Term : Free Style (About 10 minute composition, no limit to its form or instrumental organization)


Please refer to our web site for further information
closing date: 21 Jun 2019
Entry Fee:$100

 4th Progressive Classical Music Award
Summary:Violin Duet Competition
Deadline: 05 July 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: Inspire the audience with your music and win prize money totaling 11.000€ with your composition – take part in the Progressive Classical Music Award 2019!

Compose new music for two violins that goes under the skin and sweeps audiences off their feet. There is no limit to your imagination. Using virtuosity or simply great emotionality– always remember that the audience has to be touched or carried away!

The style does not matter. Playing technique should be challenging, unconventional, with new effects, nice melodies, extreme sounds or hot rhythms – let your imagination run wild!

Orchestration: 2 violins.

Form: about 5 minute music.

Info: The work has to be composed for this competition. Adaption or arrangements are not permitted. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Closing date for entries: 5. July 2019, 23:59 CET

Finale with LiveStream: September 28, 2019, 20:00 CET, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen D5, 68159 Mannheim UNESCO City of Music, Germany


1. Prize: 5.000€, sponsored by Spiegel Institut Mannheim
2. Prize: 3.000€, attribution pending
3. Prize: 1.000€, sponsored by Ingenieurbüro Bräuer + Späh
4. Prize: 800€, sponsored by Dr. Hans-Oskar Koch
5. Prize: 600€, sponsored by GMS CNC-Technik
6. Prize: 600€, sponsored by GMS CNC-Technik

Additionally, the prizewinner works will be recorded by The Twiolins and added to their concert repertoire.


After a thorough examination by the jury, six works will be selected from all submissions. These will be premiered in the prize winner concert by The Twiolins. Following the concert, the audience will vote on the awards. Additionally the prizewinner works will be recorded professionally on a CD. For details see terms and conditions.


Please read the terms and conditions. Please use the registration form to submit your composition.

If you have questions regarding your submission please use the contact form or email to

If you have any questions please read the FAQ or contact us here.

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Entry Fee:€15

 Azrieli Music Prizes
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 05 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is open to composers worldwide with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the question: ‘What is Jewish Music?’*
*Please see below for the Foundation’s definition of ‘What is Jewish Music’ to ensure that the proposed work complies with this definition.

A commissioning prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially to the composer who proposes a response to this question that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.

The musical work resulting from the Commission will be:
• premiered by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the AMP Gala Concert in October 2020;
• given a subsequent national/international premiere; and
• recorded and released on the Analekta label.
The winning composer is expected to attend the rehearsals, performances and recording of their prize-winning work, and will be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert in Montreal, scheduled for the fall of 2020.

The total prize package for the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is valued at over $200,000 CAD.

All proposed works must meet the following guidelines to be considered by the Jury.
Any work that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified.
• Proposals must be for new works yet-to-be-written (i.e. the work may not be completed at the time of submission.)
• Proposed works are to be a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes and a maximum of twenty-five (25) minutes in duration.
• Proposed works may be scored for fourteen (14) instruments as follows:
• Brass: 1 trumpet, 1 trombone and 1 horn
• Winds: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet and 1 bassoon
• Strings: 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello and 1 double bass
• Piano
• Percussion
• In addition, works may also include:
• Up to two (2) soloists (vocal and/or instrumental); and/or
• pre-recorded digital media.
• Proposed works must not exceed sixteen (16) musicians in total.



The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music is open to all Canadian composers with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the challenges of composing Canadian concert music*.

*Please see below for the Foundation’s reflection on what might constitute Canadian concert music to ensure that the proposed work aligns with its statements.

A commissioning prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially to the composer who offers a response to this challenge that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.

The musical work resulting from the commission will be:
• premiered by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the AMP Gala Concert;
• given a subsequent national or international premiere; and
• recorded for future release on the Analekta label.

The winning composer is expected to attend the rehearsals, performances and the recording of their prize-winning work, and will be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert in Montreal scheduled for the fall of 2020.

Altogether, the total prize package for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music is valued at over $200,000 CAD.

All proposed works must meet the following guidelines to be considered by the Jury.

Any work that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified.

• Proposals must be for new works yet-to-be-written (i.e. the work may not be completed at the time of submission.)
• Proposed works are to be a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes and a maximum of twenty-five (25) minutes in duration.
• Proposed works may be scored for fourteen (14) instruments as follows:
• Brass: 1 trumpet, 1 trombone and 1 horn
• Winds: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet and 1 bassoon
• Strings: 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello and 1 double bass
• Piano
• Percussion
• In addition, works may also include:
• Up to two (2) soloists (vocal and/or instrumental); and/or
• pre-recorded digital media.
• Proposed works must not exceed sixteen (16) musicians in total.


 BANDO “IN VITRØ ~ Sound Art Exhibition | Call For Artists”
Summary:Electronic/sound installation call
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: LOXOSconcept is a non-profit cultural centre, active in the realization of artistic installations and promoting research into the aesthetic, analytical, musicological and scientific aspects of music. LOXOSconcept is project leader for the development of the cultural program for Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 with the project IN VITRØ ~ [ artificial sonification ].

“Matera is a special place, which burns in all of us thoughts and emotions. Since this harmony of life and resist, concrete example of resilience as now, Matera is a candidate in the name of the whole southern Italy, southern Europe and all the southern hemisphere, to express and represent the forgotten cultures, those who have keys and values to unlock a deeper crisis - economic, cultural, social - hence the dominant cultures cannot get out.”

IN VITRØ ~ [ artificial sonification ] is a sound art project aiming at investigate the relationship between sound and silence through artistic works and labs in the city of Matera and in other areas of Basilicata. The project presented by LOXOSconcept is part of one of the main topic of the Matera 2019 cultural program, Ancient Futures. IN VITRØ is perfectly placed within the theme "Ancient Future" as it has the ambition to see the past in the future (a transfigured past, re-elaborated, re-created) and to move in an open future that offers as a welcoming structure of the past (not simply by preserving it, but by offering it to experimentation and creativity). The project, in fact, chooses identitary places of the past such as cisterns, hypogea, castles and abbeys, to field a reflection on silence and sound not only aimed at underlining the theme of modern acoustic bombardment, but also to offer ideas for a new acoustic ecology.

aims and development ~
LOXOSconcept invites artists to submit artistic projects on novel and unexplored paradigms of Sound Art.

The program is open to artists who want to submit sound art works or wish to carry out experimental artworks through an artistic residency in Basilicata. The works proposed may be visual art works, performances, installations.

The call is composed by TWO different categories:

a) Performances that include electronic sounds and other elements (for instance a work with a new interface, laptop, performer and interactive live video, real-time coding, laptop improvisation, etc).

b) Sound Installations. This category covers sound installations/sculptures and audio-visual installations (pre-recorded or generated in real-time, interactive or not).

All entries will be pre-selected by LOXOSconcept organization (artistic direction - IT), evaluated in the arrival order and according to the following criteria: aesthetics, originality, innovation, technology and quality of the presentation. The final selection panel consists in members of all project partners: ZKM (zentrum fur kunst un medientechnologie - DE), Tempo Reale (Florence - IT), CeReNeM (Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield - UK), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht - NL), Spaziomusica (Cagliari - IT).

During the exhibition in Matera (Sept 2019) all partners will be invited to participate in the program and may select artworks to show in their events/venues.

Regarding CeReNeM it would be at the Electric Spring festival 2020 ( Regarding Gaudeamus it would be at Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020 (9-13 September - Regarding Tempo Reale it would be at Tempo Reale Festival 2020 (
Regarding Spaziomusica it would be at Spaziomusica festival 2020 ( Regarding ZKM (zentrum fur kunst un medientechnologie) - Karlsruhe (

A fund “Travel Grant” of 2000€ in total will be available to support the participation of the selected artists to the exhibition. The organization may provide an official invitation letter to the selected artists.

One live performance will be selected to open for Ryoichi Kurokawa’s concert on September 27th 2019, S. Pietro Caveoso square in Matera.

LOXOSconcept will :
a) organize the “IN VITRØ sound art exhibition” co-produced with Foundation Matera-Basilicata 2019;
b) provide the necessary technical equipment and professional support;
c) provide many different venues for performing art;
d) provide Audiovisual recording and photobook for all live performances;
e) publish the “IN VITRØ exhibition and performances” catalogue;
f) promote all selected artworks through partners and Matera 2019 networks;

The call is open to artists of any nationality and age.
- It is possible to submit a maximum of 2 works. The submitted work may have been performed in concert or exhibited previously.
- A non-refundable entry fee of 20,00 € (twenty/00 euros) per submission is required.
Entry Fee:€20

Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: 13 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: The Toronto Messiaen Ensemble (TME), in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, invite submissions of scores to be included in the 2019-2020 season. Up to four composers will be selected. Selected scores will be performed on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the CMC in Toronto. There is no fee to apply.

Deadline: May 13, 2019 (11:59 pm PST)

Criteria: Pieces may have been previously performed.
Maximum duration is 12 minutes
All compositional styles are welcome
Electronics are not permitted

Applicants may submit only one work for consideration

Pieces can be written for the full ensemble, or a subset. Available instrumentation includes:
Flute (doubling Piccolo and/or Alto Flute)
Clarinet (Bb and/or A)

TME Programming: TME concerts are often comprised of classical, contemporary, and popular music to offer a variety to audiences.

Project Timeline:
• Call for scores is issued - March 2019
• Deadline for submissions - May 13, 2019 (11:59 PM PST)
• Results announced, composers contacted - Late June 2019
• Submission of score and parts by composer - September 27, 2019
• Rehearsals - May 20-22, 2020 : 2-3 rehearsals will take place at the Canadian Music Centre(Toronto)
• (Toronto). Composers are welcome to attend on May 22 (remotely, or in person)
• Concert - Saturday, May 23, 2020, 7:30 pm

 Mastersingers Prize for Choral Composition 2019
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 10 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: Prize: $750 and performance
Deadline: 2019-05-10
Fee: None
Open To: Women composers and/or composers of color

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers announces the second annual Sanibel-Captiva Trust Prize for Choral Composition. Women composers and/or composers of color may submit up to two works for SATB choir with or without accompaniment (piano or organ and/or strings up to string orchestra). Works should between six and 12 minutes minutes long and have a limited performance history. Individual movements from longer works are acceptable. One winning work will be performed by the Mastersingers during the 2018-19 season and the winning composer will receive a $750 prize. Please note the following:

• Composers must provide proof of permission to use texts that are not in the public domain (append as a part of the score)
• Composers must provide an English translation for texts in a language other than English (translation must also be in public domain or composer must acquire permission to use the translation)
• The winning composer must allow the Mastersingers to duplicate scores as needed without further cost and parts for works with string orchestra should be immediately available
• The winning composer is required to attend a performance (date TBD). The Mastersingers will provide lodging and local transportation.
• Composers must be citizens or legal residents of the United States
• All entries may be considered for future performances
• There is no entry fee
• The Mastersingers have a variety of performing forces: an 80-voice choir, a 28-voice chamber choir and youth choirs. Submissions may be for any of the groups.
• Persons affiliated with the Mastersingers are prohibited from entering the competition

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers were founded in 2001. This auditioned, 80-voice community choir is composed of doctors, lawyers, homemakers, nurses, businessmen and women, music educators, professional music performers and retirees. Recent repertoire of the Mastersingers include Requiems of Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, and Mozart, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Orff’s Carmina Burana and other standard choral masterworks. The Mastersingers have also championed new music by presenting the works of living composers and premiering new works, including composers Jason Bahr, Daniel Forrest, Nancy Cobb Lippens, Robert Patterson, Z. Randell Stroope, and others.

For questions, contact Jason Bahr: bahrline (at)

Entries are due by May 10, 2018.

 Akron Symphonic Winds
Summary:Two competitions
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
Details: Young Composer's Competition
The Akron Symphonic Winds is sponsoring a Young Composer's Competition to feature the composition of a composer age 21 or younger. We are looking for an original work for our Wind Ensemble with a maximum length of 10 minutes. The composer must submit a pdf of the score and parts sent directly to All submissions are due April 30, 2019. The winning composition will be featured at our Art in the Park - Kent performance on Saturday, Sept. 7, 4:45pm, at Fuller Park, Kent, Ohio.

The composer will be given a video recording of their performance.

Entry Fee is $10 payable below with Paypal

Copley Bicentennial Composition Competition

The Akron Symphonic Winds is sponsoring a Composition Competition seeking an original work celebrating the bicentennial of the Township of Copley, Ohio. We are looking for an original work for our Wind Ensemble with a maximum length of 10 minutes. The composer must submit a pdf of the score and parts sent directly to All submissions are due April 30, 2019. The winning composition will be featured at the Copley Bicentennial Celebration and Fireworks, Friday, August 2, 7:30pm, at Copley High School, Copley, Ohio.

The composer will be given a video recording of their performance.

Entry Fee is $10 payable below with Paypal

Below is a brief history of Copley for a general guideline of your composition:
What was once a rural community on the 1891 Northern Ohio Railway line with a mill, blacksmith and a general store is now a bustling suburban community with many thriving businesses and excellent schools. Copley was named after the founding pioneer’s wife whose maiden name was given as that of the town. The diversity of the community helps to define its culture with many multi-generational families providing a rich heritage and many new, young families looking to its bright future. Township leaders have adopted a purposeful revitalization approach to community and economic development looking to “preserve our past” while “securing our future”. The town’s heart was broken in 2012 as a mass shooting occurred in a quiet neighborhood in Copley Township, killing 7 people, the youngest being a 7 year old boy. Even in one of the darkest moments of this community, the residents pulled together and showed care and comfort, pulling their community back together and helping each other heal. This is truly a beautiful town, with beautiful residents who care deeply for their community.
Entry Fee:$10
Web Site:akronsymphonicwinds.strikingly...

 LIVE! International Call for Scores by mdi ensemble
Summary:Call for scores: 2–6 performers
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Date Posted: 27 March 2019
mdi ensemble, legally represented by Associazione Musicadesso, advertises for an International Call for Scores finalized to a concert performance during Sound of Wander 2019, the annual concert series organized by mdi ensemble in Milan (Italy) in November 2019. The Call for Scores is opened to every composer aged under 35 of any nationality: mdi ensemble will select from four to six works.

Composers may apply following the rules below: Scores (maximum two for each candidate) will have to be written for solo instrument or for ensemble from 2 to 6 instruments selected among:
– Flute (also piccolo in C, alto flute, bass flute)
– Clarinet (also piccolo, in A, in Bb, bass clarinet)
– Violin
– Viola
– Cello
– Piano

Differently to previous editions, the use of electronics (live or tape) and / or amplification is admitted. The reduced amount of technical requests needed for the amplification or the electronics for a single piece will be considered during the process of evaluation.

Should the candidate send two scores, both of them will allow the use of electronics (live or tape) and or/amplification. Nevertheless, one of them will have to be for solo instruments or for chamber ensemble up to 4 musicians.
If the score requires instruments/objects other than the ones listed above (little percussion instruments, gadgets, etc.), composers must provide them to the ensemble in time for rehearsals; otherwise, the ensemble could decide not to perform the piece.
Entry Fee:€25

 VOICES 21C – Second Annual Call for Scores
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 21 July 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Deadline: July 21st 2019

Our mission:
VOICES 21C is a Boston-based chamber choir who seeks to combine high technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. The choir creates personal meaning in performance by connecting their musical messages to social justice issues in the USA and abroad, representing the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized. VOICES 21C Is a welcoming space for LGBTQ, committed to contemporary composers, and improvisational, interdisciplinary modes of performance through their co- creating, egalitarian consensus model.

As an artists collective of 20+ teachers, composers, and conductors, we are looking to strengthen our commitment to today's composers and refine the 21st Century components of our voice through our annual call for scores.

For those Chosen:
Winners of our 2019 Call for Scores will receive a live performance recording and a spot in our 2020 season, with potential performances at ACDA Rochester, throughout Boston, and abroad, depending on the piece’s subject matter and how it will fit into the programs we present in 2020.

(V21C is not able to cover any travel expenses for this opportunity, but attendance is not required).

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of singers from our Artistic Committee, in consultation with director André de Quadros for final decisions.
Workshopping "she took his hands," with Nicholas Cline, the finalist from our 2018 call for scores

What we are looking for:
-Unaccompanied SATB (divisi conscious that we are +-6 on a part)
-A piece no longer than 8 minutes in duration
-Pieces that align with our group mission (note: we are not an overtly political or protest-based organization)
-Preferably pieces able to show, more than instruct/tell our audience about their messages
-Music that could cater well to elements that VOICES 21C showcases in performance:
-Group movement
-Concert programs presenting a constructed narrative
-Improvisation on the individual and collective level
-Potential for an added instrumental solo - please consult with Michael from our leadership team at in order to explore instrumental capabilities, as these options are based upon our roster for the season.

Submission Fee:
Our $20 submission fee goes directly towards defraying the cost of this season’s expenses for our singers. As a non-profit organization, our singers are not compensated for our work in VOICES 21C, which includes purchasing airfare for our season’s performances, performance preparation, rehearsal and venue spaces, singer accommodations, and all that goes into planning each year of our existence. Your submission fee is tax deductible, and greatly appreciated by every single one of us. Composers may send as many pieces as they like, while filling out our form and submitting separate payment for each entry. (Ex: 2 submissions - $40, etc).

Results will be announced via our monthly newsletter in December 2019!

Entry Fee:$20

 Giga-Hertz Award 2019
Summary:Electronic and Acousmatic Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Since 2007, the Giga-Hertz Award for electronic and acousmatic music has been jointly awarded by the ZKM | Hertz-Lab (formerly Institute for Music and Acoustics) and the SWR Experimentalstudio.

The Giga-Hertz Award is endowed with a total of 20,000 € prize money. The main prize for the lifetime achievement, which is €10,000, is proposed by the jury and is not selected from the entries. The two internationally oriented Giga-Hertz Production Prizes, endowed with 5,000 €, serve to initiate and promote new projects. In 2019, the focus will be on »machine learning«. Candidates are judged on the basis of a composition not more than five years old and a proposal for a new projected work. The focus of the Production Awards is to honor a work, and not a person. The competition is advertised publicly each year and is open to composers of all ages.

All compositions submitted should meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Compositions using live electronics
• Composition for fixed media
• Mixed music
• Concert installation
• Transmedial composition
• Experimental sound performance
• Interdisciplinary performance (with relevant music or sound components)

In 2019, the topic area of machine learning should be given particular attention in the selection of the working scholarship. In this context, artists should be motivated to apply in particular with musical works which have been realized through the use of machine learning. Alongside this, other works which have been realized with digital or electronic technology can also be submitted.

Prize Money
The Production Award consists of a project realization grant with which the award winners realize their submitted exposé at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab in Karlsruhe or the SWR Experimentalstudio. This includes technical support and guidance by the studio.

The realization grant covers the costs for travel to and from the location of realization, plus board and accommodation while working there. The scholarship is used to realize a work with electronics in a studio selected by the jury. The decision about where the work will be realized is taken by the jury on the basis of the aesthetic orientation of the composer and the specific details of the submitted project. The working period should not be less than two months at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab or two to four weeks at the SWR Experimentalstudio respectively. It is envisaged that the new work will be premiered at the award ceremony of the Giga-Hertz Award the following year and also broadcast on the radio. However, recipients of the production awards have no legal entitlement to specific services from the ZKM or the SWR Experimentalstudio or to the performance or radio broadcast of their prize-winning works or the new works resulting from the realization grants.

Entry Details
• Beginning of the online applications: March 4, 2019
• Application deadline: May 31, 2019!

Online Application:

Please read the following information carefully before you enter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

The following are required for your application
• biography with details of artistic career (max. number of characters 1000 characters incl. spaces)
• portrait photograph of the artist (min. 300 dpi)
• description of the submitted work (work should not be more than five years old; max. 2000 characters incl. spaces), technical information on this work, and optional, the score and image files of the work
• project exposé about a new, yet to be realized work at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab, as well as technical information about this work
The application is online [Link]

Please note:
• The deadline for sending in the complete application is May 31, 2019.
• The work should not be more than five years old; it should not have already received any awards, or been previously submitted for the Giga-Hertz-Award competition.
• Employees of the organisers, sponsors, prizegivers, and patrons of the Giga-Hertz-Award as well as the members of the jury are excluded from participation.
• Please apply with only one piece regardless of the category!
• Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
• As soon as we have received all necessary documents, entrants will receive an email confirming their participation.
• All submissions are archived, with the participation the applicants accept the archiving.
• In the interest of all participants, the entrant (or a representative chosen by the entrant) should be reachable at the address stated on the application form.
• The prize winners guarantee that they will be present at the award ceremony on 23.11.2019 in order to receive their awards in person.
• If a work wins a prize, the material that was submitted will be used in the catalog, on DVD, CD, and/or the ZKM website. Therefore, we request participants to take great care in preparing the sound, image, and text material.
• The registered work should clearly make use of electronic/technical means. At least the use of electronic means should be documented.
• The awardees obligate themselves to realize the works produced within the framework of the award during a residency at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab or at the SWR Experimentalstudio respectively. The duration of the residency should not fall short of eight weeks at the ZKM or two to four weeks at the SWR Experimentalstudio respectively.
• The project proposal can be modified to match the production resources available at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab or the SWR Experimentalstudio.
• Works that do not comply with the above requirements will be removed from the competition and not presented to the jury!


 Luciano Berio Prize 2019
Summary:Competition (submit two scores)
Deadline: 01 July 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019

AGE LIMIT 40 years

PRIZE EUR 20,000 commission for a piece for symphonic orchestra, to be performed in the concert seasons of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Fondazione Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai
Publication by Universal Edition (UE)

Article 1 - Subject
The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Foundation, in collaboration with the Centro Studi Luciano Berio, is promoting the institution of the “Luciano Berio” International Composition Competition. The Competition will be presented every three years as from the current edition, to which this announcement is referring.
The 2019 Competition is organized in collaboration with SIAE Società Italiana Autori ed Editori, Associazione Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Boris Christoff Foundation.
The Winner of the Competition will receive a commission worth Eur 20,000 for the composition of an original piece for symphonic orchestra to be premiered in Rome in the 2020-21 Subscription Season of the Santa Cecilia National Academy under the baton of Antonio Pappano, as specified below. The piece composed by the Winner of the Competition will be published by Universal Edition (UE) and will be subsequently programmed within the concert seasons of the musical institutions that participate in this contest.

The Santa Cecilia National Academy is grateful to the Berio family for the permission to name the Competition after Luciano Berio.

Article 2 – Eligibility
The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities who are under 40 years of age on December 31st, 2019.

Article 3 – Registration procedures
Contestants are required to present two scores composed for the following instrumentation:

1. symphonic orchestra, with or without soloists and/or voices
2. any instrumentation, starting from 3 instruments.

Works that have already been performed or published are eligible.

Applications must be submitted electronically by no later than:

1st July 2019.

To register, please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM published on the page and submit it according to the procedures indicated. Please attach the following documents:
· the two scores in PDF format. The scores must be anonymous and identified by a distinguishing code name or phrase. They shall not contain any sign or reference that may lead to the identification of the author or the possible publisher. Please use the same code name or phrase to identify both scores, and distinguish them by using the extension “1” on the score for symphonic orchestra and “2” on the one with the other instrumentation;
· artistic curriculum (in English);
· photocopy of identity document;
· declaration of exclusive authorship of the works submitted (please use the form downloadable from this web site);
· receipt of payment of the registration fee of Eur 100 (one hundred/00). The payment can be made in any of the following ways:

• postal payment: account number 30406003, in the name of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Fondazione;
• bank transfer: account number 9872, in the name of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Fondazione;

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) Agenzia n.6340 di Roma, Via del Corso, 471;
IBAN IT31 I010 0503 2400 0000 0009 872;
• Payments can be also made using PayPal directly on the web-site.

Non-compliance with the rules herewith stated, particularly those referred to the anonymity of the submitted scores will be sanctioned with the exclusion from the Competition or with the forfeit of the prize, should the breach be ascertained only after the competition is concluded.

The registration fee is not reimbursable, except in the unlikely event that the Competition does not take place.

Article 4 – International Jury
The Jury of the 2019 edition of the “Lucian Berio” Competition is composed as follows:

Sir Antonio Pappano, President
Ivan Fedele
Unsuk Chin
Tristan Murail
Augusta Read Thomas

The Jury shall be assisted by a Secretary appointed by the Santa Cecilia Academy with administrative functions.

Article 5 – Stages of the competition
The Jury’s works shall be carried out in the following successive stages:
- The preliminary stage will be accomplished by the 30th September 2019 with the aim of short-listing the finalist Composers.
- The final stage will take place in Rome on the 13th and 14th October 2019; in this stage the Jurors will reunite for a joint examination of the finalist scores and will proclaim the Winner. The identity of the Winner will be revealed to the Jurors only after the Jury’s works have been closed and the Winner proclaimed.

Article 6 – Prizes
The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia will commission the Winner of the Competition to compose an original piece for symphonic orchestra with the following features:

Duration: between 12 and 15 minutes

Instrumentation: not to exceed

3 flutes (one also piccolo)
3 oboes (one also English horn)
3 clarinets (one also bass clarinet)
3 bassoons (one also contrabassoon)

4 horns
3 trumpets (in C or B flat)
3 trombones


percussions (up to three performers);


strings (not to exceed

The piece will be premiered in the Santa Cecilia National Academy Subscription Concerts scheduled on March 11th, 12th and 13th, 2021, under the baton of Antonio Pappano. The timing and procedures for the delivery of the music materials will be subsequently agreed with the Winner.

For this commission, the Winner of the Competition will receive the sum of Eur 20.000 (gross) inclusive of the rights of first performance.

Furthermore, the commissioned piece:

· will be published by Universal Edition (UE);
· will be performed, in dates to be subsequently agreed between the parts, in the Concert Seasons of Associazione Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation and RAI National Symphonic Orchestra.

The Jury reserves the right to mention other deserving works, for which a Certificate of Merit will be awarded.

Article 7 – First performance rights
The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Foundation holds the exclusive performance rights of the world premiere of the piece and reserves the right to programme a possible radio or television broadcast of the same performance. The Associazione Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation and the RAI National Symphonic Orchestra will programme the successive performances of the piece in their concert seasons.

Article 8 – Final Dispositions
Participation in the Competition implies the unconditional acceptance of the rules set out herewith and of the final decisions of the international Jury.
Lack of requirements or non-compliance with the rules herewith stated shall be sanctioned with the exclusion from the Competition.
This announcement is published in Italian and English; in case of dispute or discrepancy in the texts, the Italian version shall prevail. In the event of legal dispute or controversy, the competent court shall be the Court of Rome.
Entry Fee:€100

 Minute of Music Prize 2019
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Greetings Composers!

Entries for the 2019 Minute of Music Prize are now being accepted. Terms and Conditions are listed below:

Eligibility: All composers aged 18 or older, worldwide.
Entry deadline: Dec 1, 2019
Entry fee: $10 for first score; $5 for subsequent entries. Entry fee goes to pay the winners!
Prize: $100 for first place; $25 each second and third place. Winning entries will be recorded on the MOMP YouTube channel.

Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”
Piece should be for solo B-flat trumpet (no accompaniment of any kind), and no more than 1 minute in length.
Moderate difficulty is preferred.

All decisions are final, and at the sole discretion of Jason Taurins. No appeals or refunds.
Fees are not tax-deductible. However, they do go to prizes for winning composers!
Entries are invalid without fees paid.
Entries must have been written since Jan. 1, 2019, and be entirely original. No arrangements/copyrighted material is allowed.
By submitting your piece, you are allowing Jason to record the piece without rental or other license fees.

Due to the high volume of submissions, I might not be able to respond to all entries.

I look forward to reviewing your music.
Entry Fee:$10

 IŠ ARTI festival
Summary:Call for Orchestral/Chamber works
Deadline: 22 April 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: 1. General provisions
1.1. The aim of the Competition is to expand the repertoire of symphony and chamber ensembles, to foster the evolution of professional music in different styles.
1.2. The Organizer of the Competition is PI „Iš Arti“ (CC 302299198), within the scope of the festival (2019 11 15 – 2019 11 22).

2. Organizer
2.1. The Organizer is obliged to:
2.1.1. provide the information about the Competition via and IŠ ARTI Facebook page;
2.1.2. inform all the participants and winners about the process of the Competition;
2.1.3. award the winners;
2.1.4. indicate the composers publicly;

3. Conditions
3.1. The Competition entry is available for composers.
3.2. The Competition has no age restrictions.
3.3. By participating in the Competition, the winner grants the Organizer the right to reproduce and distribute the newly arranged composition (publish the work in score, release it on a compact disc (CD), perform publicly, broadcast, share on the Internet, etc.).
3.4. To enter the Competition, the Participant must fill in the form (DOC format) until the 22 th of April, 2019, with the following information:
3.4.1. Name, surname, year of birth, country;
3.4.2. Email and home addresses, mobile phone number;
3.4.3. a short description about the forthcoming composition (up to 300 words), preliminary or exact title of the composition, structure, year, link to the previously created composition and its’ record OR send 2 records of compositions in mp3 format.
3.5. The idea for a new composition is followed by one of the positions: symphony orchestra (position SymphoChance: 2222-4221-2perc-hrp-str (10-8-6-4-2) or instrumental ensemble (ChamberChance: 3vni-vla-2celli-pf).
3.6. The duration of the arranged composition must be 10 - 12 min.
3.7. The winner will be selected in the Competition and announced on the 27th of May, 2019. The winner of the best idea will be offered to create new composition for one of the above-mentioned positions; the prize will be awarded.
The winners of the Competition will be invited to the festival, providing opportunities to partially compensate accommodation and travel expenses (if any).
3.8. The selected participant / winner of the Competition provides the following information via e-mail
3.8.1. The score and parties of the original piece (Portable Document Format (PDF)), mp3 version;
3.9. One participant can participate only in one position (SymphoChanceor ChamberChance).
3.10. The winner of the Competition must submit the score and the required information by 3rd of September, 2019.
3.11. Entry fee – 40 eur (one-time, non-refundable).
3.11.1. The entry fee “For the Competition” is transferred to the account of the organizer, providing the name, surname of the participant, indicating the position SymphoChanceor ChamberChance.
3.11.2. Requisites:
PI „Iš Arti“, Company Code 302299198
Ukmerges str. 10-55, LT – 49407 Kaunas
Bank Account No. LT90 7300 0101 1387 3914, Swedbank LC, bank code 73000
3.12. The Organizer reserves the right to exclude an arranged composition that does not meet, or in any direct or indirect means has violated the entry requirements and regulations of the Competition
3.13. For more information please contact the coordinator of the competition Ms. Andrijana Filinaitė by e-mail

4. Jury, Evaluation Criteria, Awards
4.1. The Competition will be judged by five-member panel.
4.2. The evaluation criteria of the participating pieces are: creative idea and its’ relevance.
4.3. The authors of best compositions will receive the following financial awards:
SymphoChance – 2000 Euro
ChamberChance – 1000 Euro
Extra rewards such as special prizes, diplomas, etc. might also be awarded to the Participants.
4.4. The announcement of winners and award ceremony will take place at Kaunas State Philharmonic, duringIŠ ARTI festival (2019-11-15 – 2019-11-22). The compositions will be performed at the festival.

5. Final Provisions
5.1. By submitting the application, the participant agrees with the terms of the Competition.
5.2. The Organizer reserves the right to make adjustments to these Regulations, replace the members of the Jury, as well as change its number and the award distribution.
5.3. All disputes shall be resolved in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Lithuania and these Regulations.
5.4. For more information about the Competition please visit,https://www.musicalchairs.infoand
Entry Fee:€40

 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: The custom of singing Christmas carols brings joy to the holiday season unlike any other tradition. And every December VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum celebrate this tradition in their own unique way: championing today’s composers, exploring new works, and rediscovering lesser-known works of the past. This year marks the 22nd year of the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest as VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum provide composers with the opportunity to compose a modern-day carol.

Open to composers of all ages, this year’s contest requires writing a carol for SATB chorus and violin. Each year, the contest has produced wonderful new settings of familiar texts and carols based on existing poems and original texts, each year with a different instrument.

The two winners will each receive a prize of $1,000. The winning carols will be premiered at the December 7, 8, 13 and 15, 2019 Welcome Christmas concerts featuring the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers. The performances will be recorded for national broadcast in 2020 via American Public Media. The winners are invited to attend the rehearsals and performances at their own expense, and will have the opportunity for radio interviews as well as other media coverage and promotion.


Under the artistic direction of founder Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence is a champion of choral music: performing past and present repertoire for voices, commissioning new works from today’s composers, and celebrating the human experience through concerts and community engagement. VocalEssence has been recognized by ASCAP with five awards for its adventurous programming of contemporary music and has been honored with the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. VocalEssence is comprised of several ensembles: the fully professional 32 voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, the 125 voice VocalEssence Chorus, and the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, an innovative youth choir for singers throughout the Twin Cities.

2019 Contest Guidelines
• World premiere: No prior performance of submitted work.
• Original carol: No arrangements or new settings of existing tunes.
• Eligibility: Composers of all ages whose permanent residence is North America.
• Form: Carol (defined as a strophic song, which may or may not have refrains, that is associated with Christmas).
• Voicing: SATB chorus with violin (no additional accompanying instruments allowed).
• Duration: 3-4 minutes. Compositions longer than 4 minutes in length will not be reviewed.
• Text: Sacred or secular, medieval to present, appropriate for concert setting; Christmas or seasonal winter themes accepted. Proof of public domain or author’s written permission for use of text is required.

Who May Apply
• Composers of all ages; experience writing for voice and/or choirs is beneficial.
• Applicants do not need to be members of ACF to apply.

Submission Requirements
• Signed and completed application form
• One full score including duration
• One copy of the violin part
• A biography not to exceed one page
• Program notes not to exceed one page (optional)
• Document giving permission or status for use of text
• Optional: If you would like your materials returned, please enclose a check (payable to American Composers Forum) in the amount of $5.00 to cover return postage. Please do not include stamps or SASEs.

Postmarked on or before Saturday, June 15, 2019. Submissions sent by fax or email will not be accepted.

Selection Process
Applications and scores will be screened for completeness by ACF staff. Final selection and programming decisions will be made by VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Note: American Composers Forum and VocalEssence reserve the right not to make an award.

Composers will be notified by late July 2019.


Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 30 July 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Cultural society
CAMIN-ART and MUSLAB ensemble calls for:

Composers and visual artists of any age, gender or nationality to participate by sending in a piece of electroacoustic music, electroacoustic music and video and/or video mapping for the 2019 / 2020 International Electroacoustic Music Exhibition.Composers and visual artists of any age, gender or nationality to participate by sending in a piece of electroacoustic music, electroacoustic music and video and/or video mapping for the 2019 / 2020 International Electroacoustic Music Exhibition.


About the art piece.

• Deadline for applications: March 15 through July 30 of 2019.
• Only pieces composed after January 1 of 2008
• Piece length shall be from 5 to 10 minutes.
• Only one piece per each category defined by the author will be admitted
• Submissions should be signed by the author (authors) and pseudonyms will not be admitted.
• Every art piece, including those previously exhibited, could participate if accompanied by a letter of consent for their presentation and recording at this exhibition.
• There will not be fees for registration.


• Category A (Audio only): Open for compositions of autonomous electroacoustic music (MUSICA DE CINTA), submit just one movement regardless of the full length of the piece.
• Category B (Audio and video): Open for compositions of autonomous electroacoustic music, submit just one movement regardless of the full length of the piece. Compositions intended for electroacoustic and video.
• Category C (Video only): Open for visual art/video-art compositions.

Track numbers: Stereo, 3.0, 4.0, 5.1, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
Permitted file formats: .aif, .wav, .mov, .mp4


All participants must register electronically and attach a ZIP file containing the following:

1. Registration application properly duly completed online.
2. High resolution photography of the artist.
3. Signed consent letter. (Download here).
4. Link to a downloadable full length composition.
5. Attach a stereo copy of the piece .mp3 format.

If any of the previous is missing the submission would not be considered.

IMPORTANT: Do not use storage servers that erase the files sent a while ago (e.g. Wetransfer). Your files must be available for download at any time up until the release of the results. Some options may be: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive.


• Cultural Society CAMIN-ART and MUSLAB Ensamble have invited renowned composer and musicologist, all of them with extensive experience in electroacoustic music to form a Selection Committee that will review the quality of the pieces submitted.
• Compositions will be presented and promoted regardless of the attendance of the author, however for those creators interested in attending the exhibition that confirm their presence, the committee will make an effort to program their piece during their stay in any of the venues. To accommodate you in the best possible conditions, we will be glad to hear about your possible attendance along with your submission and the potential dates for your travel.
• Travel, accommodation, or feeding expenses will not be covered. Nevertheless support will be given to creators available for travel by sending off letters or invitations directed towards entities that could be helping them to cover these expenses.
• By participating on this Exhibition, the author consents and authorizes to the promotion of their work excluding the cultural society CAMIN-ART and MUSLAB of any fee, responsibility to associations, or copyright entities and grants permission to promote their work at the concerts, activities and radio broadcasts of the MUSLAB International Electroacoustic Music Exhibition.
• All pieces that are signed in a record company must state this in a letter along with the permission from the record company to be promoted through MUSLAB International Electroacoustic Music Exhibition.
• If the author decides to participate in the production of a CD-DVD, which will be sent to different audio libraries and libraries around the world, they must send a consent letter for the recording of their work in this CD-DVD edition. The composer remains owner of the copyright but authorizes the promotion of their work.
• The audio recording presented in the exhibition will not be returned to the author and will remain in the archive of the cultural society CAMIN-ART and will be donated to the Mexican National Audio Library.
• MUSLAB International Electroacoustic Music Exhibition is not a contest; it is convocation and an opportunity to promote sound art linked to the creation of visual effects in public spaces, the training in new technologies and an artistic contribution to strengthen social coexistence. It will be held in outdoor spaces and forums in Mexico, Argentina and Brasil
• Selection Committee may decide not to include a piece in the exhibition or to change the program.
• Each participant will be notified regarding your application and selection status.
• Compositions will be programmed for exhibition from February 1 to April 30 2020 in different MUSLAB venues.
• Participating pieces could be broadcasted on the radio and web.

 Call for Scores 2019 “without framing”
Summary:Concert Call for Scores
Deadline: 10 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 March 2019
Details: Call for Scores 2019 “without framing”
Rosetta is internationally calling for new music, for our summer concert 2019 held in Kyoto, Japan.

(Venue and date will be confirmed in April. The provisional date is 10 August 2019)

“without framing”
Beholders in museums or galleries are able to decide the duration they spend in front of their favorite painting or sculpture, to enjoy, to find different aspects from various angles. This is made possible because those visual art work have no time frame, except for the opening hour or period of the exhibition.
How can this flexibility of public be adopted into musical concert?
Musical work itself usually has a time frame of beginning and end.
How can we deframe this tradition?
Rosetta is internationally calling for work responding to those questions from composers, artists or anybody curious about our theme.

Your work must fit one of the conditions below,
1. Musical / sound work without fixed start or end, can be interrupted in the middle, and resumed in any timing.
2. Musical / sound work with long or endless duration, and partial performance can be a complete form of the work.
3. Music of any form, but without strict time frame.Selected work will be given 30 minutes for their performance.
-if the piece is short, it will be played over and over for 30 minutes. (Composer may give the rule for the repetition)
-if the piece has longer duration than 30 minutes, it would be performed partially. But the partial performance should be a complete form of the piece.

General Rules
Instrumentation: (solo to all 6 members are available)
Mandolin(s), (up to 2 players, one mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
guitar(s), (up to 2 players)
left hand piano, (only 1 player)
saxophone* (only 1 player)

• Cautions;
*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique for piano may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.
*No live-electronics / tape available,

The music will be performed in a large open space, thus there will be no stage.
Musicians will be placed in the center of the space.
Audience will be free to walk around the space during the performance.
Deadline 10 May 2019

• No entry fee / No age limit / Open to anybody
• The submitted work must not be previously performed or published.
• We welcome all style of notation. Traditional notation as well as Graphic, Video, Sound or any other media is accepted.
The instruction should be written in either in English or Japanese.
• We only accept one work from one composer / artist.
• The selection will be made by 31 May 2019. The result will be announced on the website. The result also will be communicated to participants by email individually.
• Approximately 2 works will be chosen to be performed at the concert, by the selection committee including performers of rosetta contemporary ensemble and composers who write commissioned work for the concert.

Selection Committee

Akiko Yamane (guest composer)
(one more guest composer and a guest curator will be announced shortly)

How to submit your work
You will find the submission form on the bottom of this page.
You will need..
your score PDF file (sib / mus / word files are not acceptable) of Max. 10MB.
Please name your file as below
e.g.) Chaconne_Bach.pdf
If you do not use traditional notation, you still need to submit PDF file of instruction for your work. The text must be written in Japanese or English.

If you wish to send video scores, please prepare
YouTube or Vimeo link to your Videos.
(We do not accept any direct link to the video files of any format)
For graphic and sound scores, please use Google Drive
If you have difficulty sharing your data with us,
please contact us from our contact form.

Information for selected works and the creators
• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers, except for the performing right ONLY for the concert held in summer 2019, when the piece will be given the premier.
• There will be no cash prize.
• Rehearsal for composers reside outside of Japan will be done through recording correspondence or on web streaming.
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves. Recording will be supplied to the composers.
• One composer from the selection will be offered to be a guest composer for 2020 edition of Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call for Scores. (50,000JPY commission fee for writing a new piece for Rosetta, and to be a member of selection committee of Call for Scores. )

 RNM Call for Piano Works
Summary:Call for Piano Recordings
Deadline: 26 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
we plan to release and promote
new contemporary piano music

Following the successful 2018 call for piano music, we decided to launch the 2019 edition of the Call for Piano Recordings to discover composers or performers that own piano recordings of their own works. With this project, we would like to select tracks that will be featured in a release specifically produced to promote new music, composers and performers, that would otherwise remain under the radar.

We know, sometimes a work gets performed and recorded but doesn’t get published or distributed and ends up in a hard disk inside a closet or drawer. Other times artists have studio recordings of their works and are looking for opportunities to promote themselves and showcase their music and ideas. No matter your situation, if you own a piano recording of your performance or of a work composed by you, this may be a good opportunity to gain exposure.

This call is also open to pianists that own recordings of works from the repertoire or from lesser known composers and that have the rights to release the recording. (Pianists will have to opportunity to participate in the performers category.)

As per our previous projects, the selected works will be featured in a new album produced by RMN Classical and released and published by RMN Music. The release will be distributed on a high-quality edition on various platforms around the world (including but not limited to iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and many others). Optionally and based on demand there will be the possibility for physical distribution. The release and the winning works will be alsoadded to the Sound and Music Archive of the British Library. We constantly try to create more opportunities and once confirmed those will be extended to all the composers and tracks in our catalogue.

To summarise the prize will include:

Production of the release
including 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
The composer keeps the rights of the work and master recording
Commercial release
through worldwide distribution
British Library, Sound and Music Archive registration

In addition, the following will also be included:

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
Application is via the Application Form that you should see when clicking on APPLY NOW button below. We kindly ask you to read the guidelines and prepare the material before applying.

ACCEPTED WORKS: Works for Piano only.
- For this call we can only accept works for piano solo.
- Both Live and Studio recordings are accepted.
- VST/Computer generated tracks are accepted as well.
- If you have works written for Duo, Trio (chamber music) etc… they won’t be accepted.
- Works that include voice or electronics, can’t be accepted. Only works for piano solo, please.

If in doubt please Contact Us.

Maximum duration: OPEN
There is no maximum duration.
We recommend you submit short and medium length tracks.

- Contemporary music for piano solo only.
- Piano duos or 4 (or more) hands are accepted too.
- Other combinations of duo and trio with piano (eg. violin and piano, cello and piano) will not be accepted.

Multi-movement Works:
Multi-movement works can be submitted and will count as 1 work.
A three-movement sonata will count as 1 work. Please note that sometimes to showcase more composers and performers we may select and feature only a single movement from your work.

NOTE: 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 works and application fee should be paid three times or submission will be disqualified.

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)

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 can decide to select more than one work (depending on quality of works and talent(s) )

Deadline and Application Fee:
EARLY BIRD [Ends 28 April 2019 at 11:59pm (BST)]: £44 - per work submitted
FULL PRICE [Ends 26 May 2019 at 11:59pm (BST)]: £65 - per work submitted

The application fee will be the only cost for the participant.
No other fees or costs will be due if the composer is selected.

A Link to a folder containing the following material. The link should stay active for the whole duration of the Call. Accepted systems are Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and similar. No WeTransfer please:
- Recording of your work + Score
- Notes about the work
- Notes about the composer
- Notes about performers

Application is via the Application Form that can be found by clicking on APPLY NOW button below.

Entry Fee:£44-65

 International Music Competition “CittaÌ di Stresa
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 24 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: The Competition includes a section dedicated to the composition, with the theme "Island", linked to the City of Stresa. The composer winner of the first prize will have his/her work premiered at the night of the Awards or in Stresa in 2020 in a public concert. The composition is requested for a chamber group (from solo to a maximum of a quartet) which may include one or more of these freely combined instruments: Pianoforte, Clarinet, Classical Guitar and Trumpet. For the pianoforte max four hands (duo).

Electronic music is not allowed.
Possible combinations are for solo instruments: Pianoforte, Classical Guitar, Clarinet, Strings ( to choose from Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass) and Trumpet.
Duos: Pianoforte and Clarinet, Pianoforte and Classical Guitar, Pianoforte and Trumpet,

Pianoforte and Strings(one instrument), Clarinet and Classical Guitar, Clarinet and Trumpet, Clarinet and Strings(one instrument), Classical Guitar and Strings(one instrument), Classical Guitar and Trumpet, Trumpet and Strings(one instrument).
Trios: Pianoforte-Clarinet-Classical Guitar, Pianoforte-Clarinet-Trumpet, Pianoforte-Classical Guitar-Trumpet, Pianoforte-Classical Guitar-Strings(one instrument), Clarinet-Classical Guitar- Trumpet, Clarinet-Classical Guitar-Strings(one instrument), Clarinet-Trumpet-Strings(one instrument).

Quartet: Pianoforte-Clarinet-Classical Guitar-Trumpet.

String Quartet(2 violins,viola and violoncello), String quintet (2 violins, viola, violoncello with soloist from one of the sections)

Time Limit is 5 minutes
Works must be sent until 23:59 of april 24th 2019 to: Attachments to send:
- Score in .pdf (anonymously. Without name, but with a Motto in order to identify)
- file audio .mp3 or MIDI of the work.
- Copy of the money transfer for the composition’s section of 50€
- copy of Valid ID
- Application filed.
If the application is not filed with the necessary requests the application will not be considered by the Jury of the Competition.

Italian rules:
Il Concorso prevede una sezione dedicata alla Composizione, con la tematica “Isola”, legata alla CittaÌ di Stresa.

Il brano vincitore avraÌ la sua prima esecuzione nella serata di premiazione del concorso oppure in un concerto pubblico offerto dal comune di Stresa nell'anno 2020.

La composizione eÌ destinata ad una formazione cameristica (dallo strumento solo al quintetto) che puoÌ includere uno o piuÌ dei seguenti strumenti liberamente combinati: pianoforte, clarinetto, chitarra, tromba e uno strumento ad arco (a scelta tra violino, viola, violoncello e contrabbasso).

Per il Pianoforte non piuÌ di 2 esecutori, da considerarsi a quattro mani.

Non eÌ previsto l'uso dell'elettronica.

Le formazioni quindi possibili sono: pianoforte solo, clarinetto solo, chitarra sola, strum. ad arco solo e tromba sola. Duo: pianoforte e clarinetto, pianoforte e chitarra, pianoforte e tromba, pianoforte e strum. ad arco, clarinetto e chitarra, clarinetto e tromba, chitarra e tromba, clarinetto e strum. ad arco, chitarra e strum. ad arco, Trii: pianoforte-clarinetto-chitarra, pianoforte- clarinetto-tromba, pianoforte-chitarra-tromba, pianoforte-clarinetto-arco, pianoforte-chitarra- arco, clarinetto-chitarra-arco, clarinetto-chitarra-tromba, chitarra-arco-tromba, clarinetto-arco- tromba. Quartetti: pianoforte-clarinetto-chitarra-tromba, pianoforte-clarinetto-chitarra-arco, pianoforte-clarinetto-tromba-arco, clarinetto-chitarra-arco-tromba. Quintetto: pianoforte- clarinetto-chitarra-tromba-arco. Sono altresiÌ possibili le seguenti formazioni: Quartetto d’Archi (2 violini, viola e violoncello) e Quartetto d'archi piuÌ solista (2 violini, viola, violoncello e strumento solista a scelta tra pianoforte, chitarra, clarinetto o tromba)

La durata massima della composizione eÌ di 5 minuti.

Le domande di partecipazione alla sezione Composizione dovranno pervenire entro le ore 23.59 del giorno 24 aprile 2019

all'indirizzo di posta elettronica Allegati obbligatori:

- partitura in formato .pdf (in forma anonima. Non recante il nome del compositore, ma un motto identificativo)

- file audio in formato .mp3 o MIDI della composizione

- ricevuta del bonifico bancario/postale della quota di partecipazione di 50€

- copia di un documento di identitaÌ valido

- modulo di iscrizione al Concorso per la sezione Composizione.

Qualora le domande non dovessero soddisfare i criteri sopraelencati non saranno prese in considerazione dalla Giuria del Concorso.

 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

 Brian Israel/Sam Pellman PRIZE 2019
Summary:NY State competition
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs seek to encourage promising New York State composers of student age or those just beginning their professional careers.

The competition is open to any composer currently living in New York State (students currently studying in New York State ARE eligible), born on or after May 1, 1989. Composers must submit music that has not previously been performed by the Society for New Music.

To honor the late composer Sam Pellman, who chaired the Israel Prize for so many years, SNM is awarding a $1,000 Israel/Pellman Prize, as well as the $750 New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize, both with a performance during the 2019-2020 season.

Only online submissions are accepted through the link provided below, and must be received no later than

May 1, 2019. There is no submission fee.

1. Anonymous submission – the composer's name is not to appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, nor on any accompanying recording. A composer may submit only one work. Please identify the score by marking it with a pseudonym.
2. Online registration and submission only – go to this online form to provide required information:
3. Works should be concert music for one to seven performers, in any combination of instruments, electronic or digital instruments, and/or solo voices. Choral music will not be considered.
4. Submissions not complying with the rules of the competition will be disqualified, as will scores not meeting minimum professional standards of notation.

A panel of composers, conductors and performers will judge compositions on originality, artistic promise, technical skill and effectiveness in performance. The judges reserve the right to recommend that no award be given. Their decision will be announced in June 2019.

Parts are the responsibility of the winning composers and must be available by September 1, 2019. The winning composers will each be expected to attend one rehearsal and the performance, if possible.

For inquiries, contact: Ryan Carter, Hamilton College. Email:

 Charles Ives Concert Series Third Annual Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: Application Deadline: May 1st, 2019
The Charles Ives Concert Series announces its third annual Call for Scores. The Charles Ives Concert Series regularly features dynamic and unique emerging artists performing the music of Charles Ives, the music of 20th and 21st century American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles of music.

Concerts are performed by Charles Ives Concert Series guest artists and artist-faculty

We are seeking recent works composed for all or any subset of the following: Flute, Clarinet, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos, and Piano by composers of any age and at the early or emerging stages of their careers.
We will choose one work to be performed on the Charles Ives Concert Series concert in Danbury, CT during the week of August 5th on one of our concerts.
Additionally, other works not chosen for this particular performance will be kept in mind for future performances. While we cannot provide funds for housing or transportation, the selected composer is invited to see his or her performed and will receive an archival recording.
**Submissions will be selected by the Artistic Director Paul Frucht, Associate Artistic Director Jon Cziner, and Composer-in-Residence Robert Paterson.

- Any composer residing within the United States, or an American citizen residing abroad, is eligible regardless of age, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status.
- Pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration and must be composed for any combination of Flute, Clarinet, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos, and Piano.
- Pieces with a performance history are welcome, but please list all previous performances or readings and the performing ensemble as directed in the Application Process section below
- Composers may submit as many pieces as they wish for consideration (payment details below)

Application Process:
1. All submissions must be sent to No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
2. The subject of your e-mail should be “(Your name) Charles Ives Concert Series Call for Scores Submission 2019”
3. Attach a PDF of your score and a bio or resume (two pages maximum)
4. In the body of your e-mail, please include the following:
- Your full name
- Telephone number
- A link to an audio or video recording of your work. Live recordings preferred, MIDI recordings accepted. (A recording is not required)
- Performance history of the work if applicable

Entry Fee:$15

Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 04 June 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019

Total value of prizes: 4000 €
Deadline for entries: June 4th 2018.

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities
2. More than one score per composer is permitted
3. All submitted works must have been composed after December 31st 2011. and not awarded a prize in any other competition
4. It is possible to submit works previously performed, but not already published or professionally recorded for commercial use.

1. Composition for Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted.
2. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted
3. Orchestration: (Flute(2), Oboa(2), Clarinet(2), Basoon(2), Horn(2), Trumpet(2),Timpani, Strings
4. Duration: Up to 15 minutes

The First Prize – 2500€ (brutto-including taxes) and the concert performance by Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra on Samobor Music Festival – September 28th 2018.
The Second Prize – 1000 € (bruto-including taxes)
The Third Prize – 500 € (bruto-including taxes)

Chief conductor of Croatian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra, partner of International Composers Competition „New Note”
• NIKŠA GLIGO (Croatia)
• LOJZE LEBIČ (Slovenia)
• SREĆKO BRADIĆ (Croatia) composer and Artistic Director of Samobor Music Festival
The decisions of the Jury are final. If the quality of admitted works does not meet the necessary level, the Jury reserves the right not to award one or more of the prizes.

1. 1. The winning composition will be performed on September 28th 2018 by Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra organized during Samobor Music Festival.
2. 2. The composer of the winning work must provide all the performance materials (parts) at his/her own expense and send them to the Samobor Music Festival by of June 30th 2018.
3. 3. The winner of the Award will be announced after June 20th 2018.
4. 4. Entrants agree that, if the submitted work wins the award, all future performances of the work will be accompanied by the following statement in the printed program: "Winner of the New Note International Composers Competition, Croatia 2018". The same applies for all future published editions and/or recordings of the work.
5. 5. A copy of the finalist scores will be filed in the Samobor Music Festival records.

Entries by email only!!!
The following items are required:
• The subject line should be “Submission – NEW NOTE – your name
Attach all files below to your email:
• Score (PDF format) – with title “duration” and “nom de plume”, but your name must NOT appear on the score!
• Audio realization (only MP3-higly recomended)
• CV: “nom de plume”, full name, address, date and place of birth, e-mail address, phone number
• biography suitable for a concert program, photo, a brief text about composition

If you receive email bounce backs due to large file sizes, you may break items into separate emails. Suggested size is up to 10 MB.
Send your email submission to the following mail:
Deadline for the Application form & all materials is 12:00 PM on June 4th 2018.

1. The Entry fee for participants is 60 € for each score (bank charges covered by the sender).
phone: +385 91 336 0112;

Entry Fee:€60

 5th Wave Collective
Summary:Orchestral Competition for Female Composers
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: 5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, we advance our mission by including performers of all genders who support our cause. We seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.

All female-identifying, nonbinary, and transgender composers are welcome to submit works.


May 1st, 2019

The composer who receives "1st Prize" will have their work rehearsed, recorded (audio and video), and performed at our June 2019 concert. 2 composers who received "Honorable Mention" will have their work rehearsed and recorded (audio and video). Recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019. Composers who opt to attend the performance and need any supporting documentation to secure funding will receive such documentation in a timely manner.

Orchestral, 3-5 minutes
Strings - Up to 12 violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 3 bass
Woodwinds - Up to 3 parts per section; English horn, piccolo, bass clarinet, contrabassoon acceptable
Brass - Up to 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba
Percussion - Up to 3 parts plus harp and piano

Content of submission:
Completed score/parts (PDF)
Recording of piece, if available
Program notes and any other pertinent information

Timeline of the project:
• Materials accepted until May 1st, 2019, 11:59PM Central Standard Time
• All submissions will be reviewed by the Panel and possibly rehearsed by an Orchestra
• The Panel and Orchestra will select top three; Panel will award “1st Prize” and two “Honorable Mention”
• All composers will be notified of results by May 20th, 2019
• The "1st Prize" work will be performed at our June 2019 concert
• All recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019

Submit proposals to:

Ask away at

 Balsys Competition
Summary:Competition with 6 categories
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: The aim of the Competition is to encourage the accessibility of contemporary music, to promote the works by young composers and the international cooperation of creators, to evaluate and award the best pieces of music.

The Competition is organised by Lithuanian Musicians’ Union and Public Enterprise Ars&Sonoris.

The Competition partners are the following: Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association LATGA, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius City Municipality, Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

On the initiative of the Organisers, the Organising Committee is formed, the Competition ambassadors are invited, and an international jury is convened.

o Composers from all countries and of all nationalities can participate in the competition;
o The participants of the Junior Group should be born after 23 November 1999;
o The participants of the Main Group should be born after 23 November 1984.

Requirements for works:
o Only new, original works of music that have not been published or presented in any other competition or performed in public can be submitted;
o Works, at the request of an author, can be accompanied by video material. An author of a related piece is held liable for the right to demonstrate such video content during the competition and the related events. The competition organisers bear no responsibility for the permission of a copyright holder to demonstrate video material in public;

o Duration of a piece:
Junior Group from 5 to 10 minutes;

Main Group from 7 to 12 minutes;
o The number of movements in a composition is not limited;
o A printed score of a piece of music and PDF file containing a score and its separate parts as well as a demo recording of the piece (in wav or mp3 format) must be submitted;
o One author can submit only one application for the competition;
o The competition is anonymous. When submitting a score, recordings of a piece of music and other related material, an author must indicate only the name of the piece and their pseudonym.

Instrument composition:
o String quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello);
o Piano trio (violin, cello, piano);
o Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn);
o Brass quintet (trumpet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone);
o String orchestra – only for the main group (7,6,4,4,2);
o Ensembles of mixed composition; comprised of the aforementioned instruments, not exceeding the indicated ensemble/orchestra quantities, with or without electronic instruments in the attached soundtrack.

Entrance fee:
o The entrance fee is not applied for the participants of the Junior Group;
o The entrance fee for the participants of the Main Group is 30 Euros;

o 31 August 2019, 23:59 (GMT+2) for the submission of online competition application form and an attached copy of the paid entrance fee;
o 1 October 2019, for the submission of envelopes with application forms and scores.
Entry Fee:€30 (main group only)

 38th IAWM Search for New Music Competition
Summary:Competition with multiple categories (female composers)
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: 2019 Competition Guidelines

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) announces its annual “Search for New Music by Women Composers” competition. Membership in IAWM is required, but contestants may join at the time of entry. This call is open to IAWM members who identify as women.


Ruth Anderson Commission Prize ($1,000)

Commission for a new sound installation with electro-acoustic music.

To apply, submit a detailed proposal of the sound installation. The project should be an ongoing installation and not require a performance to be successful. The project must be completed within 12 months of notification of the award. The winner will receive the award money after submitting a report to IAWM following the public showing of the completed installation. Location of the installation may be, but is not restricted to, an IAWM annual concert or congress.

Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize ($500)

Large chamber works (for 9+ instruments) and/or orchestral works; may include works featuring soloist (vocal or instrumental).

Sponsored by Christine Clark of Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc.

Miriam Gideon Prize ($500)

(minimum age - fifty) Works for solo voice with one to five instruments.

Sponsored by Lucille Field Goodman.

Libby Larsen Prize ($300)

(must be currently enrolled in school) Works for any medium.

Sponsored by Dr. Larsen.

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Prize ($300)

Jazz compositions of any duration for small ensemble to big band (4-17 instruments)

PatsyLu Prize ($500)

(for Black women and/or lesbians) Classical art music in any form or instrumentation.

Sponsored by Patsy Rogers and Lucille Field Goodman.

Pauline Oliveros New Genre Prize ($300)

Works for electro-acoustic media or incorporating innovative form or style, such as improvisation, multimedia, use of non-traditional notation. If no score is used, a description of the work and its structure must accompany the audio or video submission.

Sponsored by by Claire Chase.

Alex Shapiro Prize ($500 and mentorship/consultation from Alex Shapiro)

Works of any duration for large ensemble wind band requiring a conductor, with or without soloist, acoustic or electroacoustic, published or as yet unpublished.

Sponsored by Alex Shapiro.

Judith Lang Zaimont Prize ($400)

(minimum age - thirty) Extended instrumental compositions, large solo or chamber works, by a composer whose music has not yet been commercially recorded or published.

Sponsored by Professor Zaimont.

Each prize category has its own monetary award as indicated.


ONE ENTRY: A composer may submit only one (1) piece in any given year in only one (1) chosen category. Please do not send more than one composition total.

Membership: Current membership in IAWM is required for submission. The competition is open to all IAWM Members who identify as women. If your membership is not current at time of submission, the work will be disqualified. Please note that membership is for the calendar year: January 1-December 31, and you may need to renew for 2019. See the IAWM website for membership information and payments:

ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS: Please upload an anonymous PDF file of the score and an anonymous MP3 sound file of the work. If a recording of a performance/reading is not available, MP3 files of MIDI realizations are acceptable. The score may not contain any identifying information. For the Ruth Anderson Prize only, please upload your anonymous proposal as a PDF file in the PROPOSAL upload area. For all categories, please provide a short biography (maximum 200 words).

UNPUBLISHED WORKS: For all categories, except the Alex Shapiro Prize, the work submitted must be unpublished by a major publishing house and must have won no prior awards at the time of entry in the competition. Self-published works are allowed. For the Zaimont Prize, the work must also have no plans to be professionally recorded when it is submitted.

RESTRICTION FOR PREVIOUS WINNERS: Winners of previous SNM Awards cannot apply for two years subsequent to their award. For 2019, this includes winners of the 2017 and 2018 competitions. There is no restriction on submissions from those who received honorable mentions.

IAWM reserves the right to withhold an award, should the judging panel so recommend.

Submission Calendar

The submission period begins March 5, 2019.

Deadline for receipt of materials is 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2019

(Please Note: As this is an international call for scores, the deadline for submission is in your computer’s local time zone. It is always better to submit well before 11:59 pm to avoid last minute issues with your computer or internet access that might cause you to miss the deadline. There are no exceptions to this deadline.)

Winners will be announced no later than August 30, 2019. The IAWM website will have a complete list of winners shortly after the announcement date. A press release with biographical information on all the winners will be distributed.

Questions: Send questions to the chair of the SNM Competition, Ingrid Stolzel, at
Entry Fee:$65 (membership fee)

 Druskomanija Festival of New Music
Summary:Festival Call: chamber music
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Duration: around 15 minutes

Eletric Guitar
Electric violin/electric guitar/ percussion
The use of improvisation is allowed.

Chosen compositions will feature in the 2019 or 2020 festivals

Deadline: April 26th

Application Method: Score (in .pdf format), midi/mp3 audio example, performances notes

Entries must be labelled: CHAMBER MUSIC and sent to
Compositions must be previously unperformed. Works selected by the performer will be performed and recorded at the "Druskomanija" festival May 2019.

 Druskomanija Festival of New Music
Summary:Festival Call: big band
Deadline: 24 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Duration: unspecified

Rhythm section: Drums, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano (and electric piano),
Saxophones: 2 Alto saxophone (one doubling soprano), 2 tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Trombones: 3 tenor trombones, bass trombone
Trumpets: 4 trumpets.

Submission deadline: April 24th

Application Method: Score (in .pdf format), midi/mp3 audio example, performances notes

Entries must be labelled: BIG BAND and sent to
Compositions must be previously unperformed. Works selected by the performer will be performed and recorded at the "Druskomanija" festival May 2019.

 Druskomanija Festival of New Music: Free Music
Summary:Festival Call
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: instruments:
Håkon Berre – Drumkit, Percussion
Liudas Mockūnas – Saxophone (soprano, tenor, and bass)
Arnas Mikalkėnas – Accordion, Piano, and Drums
Length: up to 10 minutes.

Compositions including video, audio, graphics, text and other nontraditional notational methods of scoring, as well as improvisatory elements.

Deadline: April 26th

Application Method: Score and Performance Directions
Entries must be labelled: FREE MUSIC and sent to
Compositions must be previously unperformed. Works selected by the performer will be performed and recorded at the "Druskomanija" festival May 2019.

 UMSL Young Composers Competition
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories (Young Composers)
Deadline: 12 May 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: UMSL Young Composers Competition

The University of Missouri - St. Louis Department of Music is pleased to offer our second annual competition for young composers in the states of Missouri and Illinois. The anonymous submissions will be judged by faculty members of the Department of Music, and the winning pieces will be performed by UMSL student ensembles during the 2019-2020 academic year. Each winning composer will also be given a professional audio recording of the performance.

There are two divisions:
• Division 1: Composers who will be enrolled in high school in Missouri or Illinois (grades 9-12) for the 2019-20 school year
• Division 2: Composers who will be enrolled as college undergraduates in Missouri or Illinois for the 2019-20 school year. Current UMSL students are ineligible.

Performance Area
Applicants may submit an original composition (no arrangements) to one of the following three performance areas:
• Orchestra
Maximum instrumentation: 2222/4221/timp+2 perc/strings
Length: no longer than 10 minutes
• Wind ensemble
Maximum instrumentation: 2 fl, 1 ob, 1 bsn, 3 cl, 1 bass cl, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 bari sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 trbn, 1 euph, 1 tuba, timpani+3 perc
Minimum instrumentation: submitted pieces must involve at least 10 players
Length: no longer than 10 minutes
• A cappella choir
Voicing: SATB (with divisi, 4 to 8 parts total)
Length: no longer than 6 minutes

(1) Submissions should be made online, using the Google form found at:
(2) The form requires the user to log into a Google/Gmail account. If you are unable to log in, please email for alternate submission instructions.
(3) All submissions will be judged anonymously, so each applicant will be asked to create a pseudonym.
(4) There is no entry fee.
(5) Applicants may submit only one work to the UMSL Young Composers Competition.
(6) Applicants must provide a PDF score and an audio recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable.
(7) All submissions must be original works -- no arrangements.
(8) For choral applicants, please make sure that you take care of any copyright issues with the text of your piece. We strongly recommend the use of a public domain text, or a text of your own creation. If you do submit a work with copyrighted text, we will ask you to provide documentation of permission to use that text.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm (CDT) on May 12, 2019

(1) Judges will be composition/theory faculty and ensemble directors of the University of Missouri - St. Louis
(2) Works will be judged on their compositional/musical merit, score presentation, and the artistic potential of the composer. Since the winning works will be performed by student ensembles at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, feasibility of performance by undergraduate music majors will be a factor in the selection of winning pieces.
(3) We reserve the right to select multiple winners or no winners in any category, depending on the quality of the submissions.

Winning Compositions
(1) Winners will be notified by email by July 1, 2019.
(2) The winning compositions will be performed by University of Missouri - St. Louis student ensembles (Symphony Orchestra; Wind Ensemble; Vocal Point) on that ensemble's concert during academic year 2019-2020. Exact dates TBA.
(3) Winning composers are expected to be present at that concert, and will receive a professional audio recording of the performance.
(4) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble winners will be expected to provide a complete set of parts (PDF) by August 1, 2019


If you have questions about the Young Composers Competition, please contact Dr. Zachary Cairns at Thank you!


Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 05 May 2019
Date Posted: 27 February 2019
Details: The artistic collective LOXOSconcept, with the support of Matera - Basilicata 2019 Foundation, KEYHOLE cultural association, BLUE CAT BLUES association, Spaziomusica association, the Arsenale Ensemble promotes the fourth edition of MA/IN 2019 [MAtera INtermedia festival].

The MA/IN 2019 will take place in MATERA 19 - 22 September 2019.
The city of Matera is “European Capital of Culture 2019”, and LOXOSconcept is project leader for the 2019 Sound Art cultural programming.

The MA/IN festival is aimed at the production and promotion of sonic and digital arts at an international level.
DEADLINE: May 5th, 2019 (23:59 - Rome time)

[A] Acousmatic ~
Fixed media music. Multi-channel compositions are accepted.

[B] Mixed Media ~
For instruments and electronics/multimedia (fixed or live).
It is possible submit works written for any kind of instrument and combination except acoustic keyboards (piano, harpsichord, celesta, organs).

Preferred instruments are:
Flute (Alto, C, Bass)
Paetzold flute
Voice (Soprano, Mezzosoprano) Percussion (max #2 percussionists) Violin
Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor) Clarinet (Bb, Bass)
Electric Guitar
Synth and digital Piano

Musicians will be provided by the organisers. The composer can provide their own performers.

[C] AudioVisual ~
Works with pre-prepared video and music. The video part can be of any kind. It must be single-screen, A full HD projector is available.

[D] LivePerformance/SoundArt ~
Works that include electronics and other elements [for instance, a piece with a new interface, laptop, performer and interactive live video, real-time coding, laptop improvisation etc]. Sound Installation are allowed [this category covers audio-visual installations, pre-recorded or generated in real-time, interactive or not].

If your work does not fit into any of above categories, please choose a category anyway.

All entries will be evaluated in the arrival order and according to the following criteria: aesthetics, originality, innovation, technology and quality of the presentation.
Entry Fee:€25

Summary:Works for Percussion Ensemble
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
Details: TorQ Percussion Quartet (Toronto, ON) is once again pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the TorQ Percussion Seminar Composition Competition being run in conjunction with this summer’s TorQ Percussion Seminar (June 22 - 29) in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia as part of TorQ Percussion Quartet’s residency at Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP).

This annual competition was launched in 2013 as an extension of TPS’s mandate to be a leading forum for contemporary percussionists from across Canada and beyond. Its aim is to inspire and promote the creation of fresh, bold, experimental and relevant new works for contemporary percussion ensemble. Over the past 4 years, the competition has elicited numerous submissions from around the world (To date we have received over 150 submissions from 15 different countries!). This year’s competition is open to composers of all ages and countries of residence. Criteria for 2019 includes:

-Works must be written for intermediate/advanced level percussion ensemble (3-8 players preferred).

-Instrumentation is open and may include any combination of standard or non-standard percussion instruments (*feasibility of instrumentation may limit the possibility of the work being performed as part of the seminar; it is strongly encouraged to avoid writing for timpani and/or tubular chimes).

-Works should (ideally) not exceed 10 minutes in duration.

-Works must be original compositions (no arrangements/transcriptions).

-Works must have been completed being written no earlier than January 1st, 2018.

-Composers may submit multiple entries. There is no entry fee.


Grand Prize: $400 CAD and performance of work as part of TPS 2019

Runner-up: Performance of work as part of TPS 2019

(*Compositions will be evaluated and winners chosen by TPS 2019 faculty members. TPS reserves the right to not designate a winner if no composition is deemed worthy of the award(s). Contest results will be announced by June 2019)

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST May 1st, 2019. Entries must include a full score with parts; additionally, composers are encouraged to include links to or copies of audio/video/midi of their submitted work (optional). Entries must be submitted electronically in .pdf format to

 Boston Choral Ensemble's Commission Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
This competition is open to composers regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
The following groups are ineligible to enter the competition:
• current Boston Choral Ensemble singing members;
• current Boston Choral Ensemble board members;
• current members of the Commission Competition Jury;
• spouses, partners, or family members of any of the above groups; and
• those who were members of any of the above groups within one year of entry deadline.

If selected as the competition's winner, the commissioned piece will meet the following criteria:

• For UNACCOMPANIED mixed voices (SATB). NB. This year some tuned or untuned percussion may be permitted providing it can be performed by musicians from within the Ensemble.
• Up to 10 minutes in length.
• Generally no more than 4 parts but may include limited divisi (up to two per voice).
• Limited or no solo vocal material.
• The work must not have been performed in any public setting, recorded, promised to another group for first performance or first recording

This piece will be performed at our 2019 Holiday Concert. Texts may be sacred or secular, and in any language provided it meets the parameters for the new work. If the intended lyrics are not in the public domain, and the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the lyrics, it is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission from the copyright holder before the application deadline. While our holiday concert largely includes sacred and secular music for Christmas we encourage the use of texts that have broad appeal and are inclusive. This might, for example, include texts on the theme of the winter solstice, or of issues of peace and joy that are not religion specific.

A completed online application form including
1. A short proposal idea for the new work outlining the details, at the discretion of the composer including, but not limited to proposed text, compositional technique, etc. (File name: Last Name, Proposal.pdf)
2. A short biography (about 250 words) and (File name: Last Name, Bio.pdf)
3. A works list, PDF files only. (File name: Last Name, Works.pdf)
4. Three (3) work samples that demonstrate current compositional activity. (File name: Last Name, Sample 1.pdf, Last Name, Sample 2.pdf, Last Name, Sample 3.pdf)
o It is recommended that composers include work samples that indicate skills appropriate to write for an unaccompanied choral ensemble.
o PDF files only. Notation files will not be accepted. Please combine ancillary materials—such as notes, texts, instructions—into a single PDF per work.
o Include (within the score PDF) an English translation for any text not in English.
o Include date of composition on the score.
5. Recordings of the submitted work samples (optional but recommended). Although this is optional, audio may assist in the initial assessment. These may be acoustic recordings or MIDI renderings; the quality of performances or MIDI renderings will not be judged. MP3 files only. (File name: Last Name, Audio 1.mp3, Last Name, Audio 2.mp3, Last Name, Audio 3.mp3)
6. An application fee of US $25 submitted via the application form.

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4. If all of these do not work, please email all of your attachments to and we will make sure that your application is submitted.

Thank you so much for your dedication to the competition. We are so excited to review all of this new music!

• Late entries
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

Materials must be submitted on or before May 31, 2019. Questions should be directed to Late applications will not be considered.

The $25 application fee can be paid on the application form.
Application fees are non-refundable and will not be returned to those disqualified for not meeting the requirements herein.

The winner will receive a prize of $1,500. Payment will be in US funds only. Prize monies will be subject to applicable tax laws and it the responsibility of the winner to properly report the prize.
The performance in concert of the newly-composed work will be recorded electronically. One copy of any such recordings will be furnished to the composer.

Entry Fee:$25

 Street Orchestra Live
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
Details: Deadline: 1 May 2019

Details: Seeking a composer to compose an orchestral miniature (3-4 minutes) for Street Orchestra Live. The successful composition would be workshopped with the orchestra during their summer tour in July. The piece will subsequently be performed at least 7 times in a variety of locations.

Fee: N/A

Contact: To apply, please send a CV and expression of interest (approx. 100 words) to Diana Roberts:

 Cantus Composer Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
Details: We are thrilled to announce our young and emerging composer competition in conjunction with our 25th anniversary! Cantus first began with four undergraduate students. They had passion, vision, and a desire to contribute meaningfully to the musical community. In our 2019-20 season, we are celebrating those student roots by providing an exciting opportunity for young and emerging composers.

Winner(s) will receive a $1000 cash prize. Honorable mentions will also be awarded. Winning compositions will be performed and recorded by Cantus and will also be considered for publication as part of a Cantus series. Compositions must be for tenor and bass voices written at a level accessible to collegiate and high school choirs. Special consideration will be given to pieces that relate to the following themes: technology and innovation, journeys, home, identity and self-understanding, finding the divine in all.

Applications must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2019.

Submissions must include the following:
• A cappella composition for tenor and bass (TTBB with limited divisi)
• Midi-file and piano reduction (PDF only)
• Personal statement (PDF only)
• $10 submission fee (details below)

Entry Fee:$10

 III European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion
Summary:Call of works for percussion ensemble
Deadline: 10 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 February 2019
Details: Xàbia, Alicante, España. July 8th - 14th of 2019

This call of works for percussion ensemble (2 to 6 performers) is aimed at national and international composers. A selection of works will be inlcuded in the closing concert of the III Àgora Actual Percussió Festival, to be performed by the resident ensemble of the festival.

Conditions of participation
1. About the composers: This call is open to all composers regardless of their age, nationality and country of residence.

2. About the works: All works for percussion ensemble from two to six performers will be considered, without restrictions regarding instrumentation or length. The works may include any conventional or unconventional percussion instruments, and may involve the use of electronics (live or prerecorded), amplification, theatre/gesture, video, or any other media. There is no limit on the number of pieces that can be proposed by the composers. The works may have been previously performed or not.

3. Electronic media: The next is a non-exhaustive list of equipment to be provided by the organization. However, we are open to receive proposals that may exceed or make use of other equipment not included in the list; every case will be evaluated individually prioritizing its artistic value.

PA with up to six independent channels.
Various analog mixers with up to 16 input channels (10 preamps), and 6 output channels (plus 4 aux sends).
Headphones mixing and distribution amplifier 2 in / 6 out.
Various condenser and dynamic microphones.
Video projector.

4. Submission deadline: This call is permanently open. However, only the works submitted until May 10th of 2019 (this included) will be considered for the III European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion in July of 2019. The works submitted after that date will be considered for the next edition.

5. Submission process: All applications should be submited online following the link at the end of this document. The next information and documents should be included in the ap- plication form:
Composers name, nationality* (for statistical purposes), age*, short bio, and email.
Title of the work, year of creation, duration, status (World premiere, Spanish premiere, previously performed in Spain), and number of performers.
Tech rider (indicate the equipment that can be provided by the composer if this is not included in the previous list)
Link to download the score (PDF)
Links to audio or video recordings (Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud or Bandcamp) if available.

6. Selection: The selection will be conducted by a jury conformed by the artistic and the academic directors of the European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion, with the collaboration of other performers and composers to be determined.

7. The selected works will be performed at the closing concert of the Ágora Actual Percussió Festival, which takes place in parallel to the European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion.

8. The results of this call will be published in the web of the Àgora Actual Percussió - European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion:, on May 30th of 2019, and via email to the selected composers.

9. The organization will not cover the transportation or lodging expenses of the composers of the selected pieces. The organization can provide these services to those composers wiling to attend the festival through a fee to be paid by the composer.

10. All inquiries in regard with this call can be made by email:

11. The official version of this document is the Spanish version.

12. The participation in this call implies the acceptance of these bases.

Application form:

 EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA
Summary:Cal for Works (Students)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Additional Call for Works for composition students only!

EMTA UMA (New Music Ensemble of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT)

fl, cl, trp, vl, vc, pf,
sx (alto or baritone)

All possible combination from 4 to 7 instruments are welcome. With or without conductor.

Length: Up to 10' min.

Deadline:29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.

About: UMA is New Music Ensemble of EAMT. UMA has been part of playing G. Grisey "Les espaces acoustiques" and have working together with K.Penderecki and L.Andriessen.

Supervisors are Taavi Kerikmäe (head of CoPeCo program in EAMT, member of ensemble U:) and Tarmo Johannes (Tarmo: member of ensemble U:).

For any additional information, please contact:

Call for works for EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA Coordinator

Karl Tipp

 Garth Newel Music Center
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Now accepting submissions for the 9th Composition Competition
Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.

The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2020
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality recording of the premiere
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• The opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
• The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of her/his/their other chamber works.
• Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.

• Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
• There is no time limit for works.
• Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
• The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable

Compositions are ineligible if:
• They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
• The work has already received a professional premiere.
• If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
• They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
• The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
• A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
• An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
• A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
• A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

For electronic submission:
• Email the score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to, along with the composer’s info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.
• Recordings that are too big can be sent via Dropbox or google drive. Please label the titles of digital tracks with the composition name as well as the composer’s pseudonym.
For electronic submissions, email your score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to, along with your biographical info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.

All materials must be received by November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2020.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or email

 Filipino American Symphony Orchestra
Summary:Orchestral Folk Music Competition
Deadline: 29 June 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is pleased to announce its second annual International Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music for students. This competition is dedicated to the promotion of Philippine folk music. All participants must submit an original composition for full orchestra (no vocals) that incorporates a theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). The composition must be between 3 and 5 minutes.

A distinguished panel of judges will select a winner, who will be awarded a $1000 prize. The second-place winner will receive a prize of $500. The winning piece will have its world premiere at our August 3 concert in Los Angeles.

Composition scores, demo recordings and application form are due June 29, 2019 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Demo recordings and composition scores should be submitted via email to See below for more details on submission logistics.
The following is a list of composition competition rules and requirements. The application form can found here and at the bottom of this page.

Rules and Requirements
• This international composition competition is open to composers of all nationalities registered in a college, university or film school as of 2019. Students graduating from their respective programs in 2019 are welcome to participate.
• Multiple composers may collaborate on one competition entry as long as each composer satisfies the previous requirement above.
• The composition may not have vocals.
• The composition should not have been commercially released, posted publicly on content-sharing websites (e.g., YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo etc.) or performed in public as of the deadline. A composition will not be accepted if it has won first prize in another competition(s). Compositions that originated as school projects or that have been performed in school recitals may be submitted.
• The composition must use standard symphonic orchestra instrumentation. For your reference, FASO has the following instrumentation: 2+picc, 2d1, 2+bass, 2 – 3, 3, 3, 1, timp, perc, hp, str.* You may include Philippine instruments (e.g., kulintang, angklung, rondalla instruments, etc.), but it is not required.
• The composition must incorporate theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). Clarification on what we mean: Of course, Philippine folk songs with established melodies already exist. The composition component in this competition is the arrangement of those melodies. There are many opportunities to be innovative and creative in the composition process. The composition may be in any style, genre or form. Some examples:
• A straightforward orchestration of a folk song melody
• Medley of themes
• Variations of a theme
• Mashup of multiple themes
• The composition’s score in PDF format and a demo recording in MP3 format must be emailed to on the same day that the online application form is submitted. You may use one or a combination of the following for the demo recording: live instrument performance, MIDI mockup, synthesizer, playback from notation software (e.g., Finale, Sibelius etc.). Keep in mind that the quality of the demo recording will have no impact on the evaluation of the composition. The duration of the recording must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
• The participant must submit an application fee of $15. Fee payments can be made online on the application form. Credit card and PayPal are accepted.

Judging Criteria
A distinguished panel of judges will score and judge competition entries according to criteria provided below.

Creativity (40%)
Creative use of music composition elements including, but not limited to form, genre, groove/feel, melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm, and textures.

Orchestration (40%)
• Instrument parts are in playable range and are readable for college-level and professional musicians
• Lines and harmonies are effectively orchestrated
• Effective use of dynamics and articulation
• Effective utilization of the orchestra families
• Effective focus, balance and separation between multiple layers

Impact (20%)
• The composition is identifiable as Philippine folk music in an orchestral setting
• All audiences can relate to the piece (via subjective assessment by the judges)
Questions? Email


Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 12 July 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: The composition competition “Torre della Quarda” is an international event; it will be a key element of Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona. The principal objective of the competition is to give support to the composition of new musical pieces and to promote the creativity in the musical field. Our hope is to bring the best emerging talent of composition from all over the world to Savona.

The participation will be open to competitors from all the world countries, without limits of age, aesthetical trends and compositional styles. Our aim is to stimulate a dynamical relationship between an active audience and authors sensitive to creative innovation. The winners will receive their awards in a special ceremony during the Festival and their compositions will be played as concerts, parts of the Festival itself.

A further aim of the competition is to act as a significant occasion of cross interaction, overcoming generational and geographical divides. Different generations of composers will have the opportunity to meet and compare their various perspectives. The same will happen between musical schools of different origins, born from different cultures but sharing the universal language of sound.

The Musical Edition Da Vinci Publishing (, with office in Osaka in Japan, will publish the winner musical piece. This support is further confirmation of the international profile of the competition.

For the 2019 edition the jury is as follows:
PHILIPPE HUREL (Composer, President of the Jury Panel – France)
PIER DAMIANO PERETTI (Organist – Composer)

The candidates for the participation in the competition must pay a fee, under title of a donation, as a reimbursement of expenses (not refoundable) of:
15 Euros for section 1 (Chamber music)
20 Euros for section 2 (String quartet)
15 Euros for section 3 (Organ)

Fees can be sent by bank transfer to:
Associazione musicale Ensemble Nuove Musiche
Corso Italia 10 – 9, 17100 Savona
Specifying: Competition Torre della Quarda 2019, on the causal
The IBAN number is: IT78T0760110600001033709542

Entry Fee:€15/20

 Shakuhachi Competition
Summary:Write for Japanese Traditional Instrument
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: This is a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). I have been searching for new music to perform but couldn't find a lot of options and had to resort to commission composers to write me new music. After receiving my first commissioned work, I was more than enthralled with the results, and decided to open up my commissioning to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. Please send one or two score(s) of your work(s) that best represents you, emailed to shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email, via PayPal.

Once the decision has been made, the commissioning process will begin; the hope is to commission 15 or more composers. The commission cost will depend on the piece and a variety of other factors. In terms of the commission, there may be other instruments added, if you would like to composer for shakuhachi and ensemble, or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission your will receive a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and provide a private one-on-one lesson, via Skype or Google Hangouts, about shakuhachi and to go over different materials.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing everyone's works, and hopefully performing a new one!
Entry Fee:$10

 Illinois-ACDA’s annual Choral Composition Contes
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: Illinois composers with a creative voice and clear compositional ability are invited to submit works for SATB or SAB voices to Illinois-ACDA’s annual Choral Composition Contest. The winning composition will be premiered at the Illinois-ACDA Summer Re-Treat, Summer 2019. In addition, winning composers are invited to display their works at our annual Summer ReTreat.

Entries for the 2018 IL-ACDA contest will be accepted from now until April 1st, 2019. Details and forms for submitting your work can found on the following links:
The deadline for the 2019 IL-ACDA Choral Composition Contest will be April 1, 2019. The required voicing for 2019 will be SAB or SATB.

Entry Requirements and Guidelines

All composers with an Illinois connection – i.e. residency, education, employment -
are invited to submit works to Illinois-ACDA’s annual Choral Composition Contest
to earn a $1000 prize!
The winning composition will be premiered at the Illinois-ACDA Retreat
in Summer 2019.

Entry Deadline is April 1, 2019.

a) All composers with an Illinois connection (see above) who are age 18 or older by the entry deadline.
b) Anyone who is not currently an officer of IL-ACDA.

c) Anyone who has not previously won the IL-ACDA composition contest within five
preceding years.

a) A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winning composer. Only one prize will be awarded.
b) The winning composition will be premiered at the IL-ACDA 2019 Summer Convention/Retreat.
c) Composers may submit as many compositions as they wish. Each composition must be treated as a separate entry, accompanied by the required entry materials.

a) Duration: approximately 3-8 minutes.
b) Voicing for 2019 Contest: SAB or SATB voicing, divisi acceptable
c) Accompaniment options: 1. Unaccompanied/a cappella 2. Piano
d) Text may be secular or sacred and may be in any language. An English translation must be provided for any text not in English.
e) If the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the lyrics submitted or the lyrics are not in the public domain, the composer must enclose a written statement of permission signed by the copyright holder.
f) Composers are at liberty to choose the composition’s style and form.

In addition to meeting the composition requirements above, submitted works:
a) Must be original, not an arrangement of another composer’s work.
b) Must not be a commissioned work.
c) Must currently be unpublished and must not be published prior to July 1, 2019, including self-published.
d) Must not be performed publicly prior to July 1, 2019.
e) Must not be recorded or broadcast prior to July 1, 2019.
f) May not have won or placed (second, third, honorable mention, etc.) in any prior composition contest.
g) Must not be entered in other contests between entry to IL-ACDA and July 1, 2019.


a) The following items must be submitted with each composition:
1. Electronic submission in pdf format via e-mail
2. A legibly completed entry form.
3. Additional documentation (if applicable):
a) English translation for any text not in English.
b) Written statement of permission signed by the copyright holder, if the text is under copyright protection. Entries printed using music notation software are encouraged. Legibly handwritten entries are also acceptable. A manuscript size of 8-1/2”x 11” is preferred.
c) The composer’s name and any other identifying information must not anywhere on the music. d) The composer’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address should appear only on the entry form. The judge will not have access to the entry forms until the final decisions have been made. No recordings will be accepted.
e) Compositions must be e-mailed. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
f) Each composer will be notified by e-mail of receipt of the entry.
g) The following will be considered ineligible: 1. Late entries 2. Incomplete entries 3.Illegible copies 4. Any entries with composer identification on the scores 5.Entries which do not follow submission requirements.
h) All decisions of the contest committee are final and may not be discussed with the applicants.


a) Entries will be judged by the Choral Composition Contest Committee of IL-ACDA.
b) If, in the opinion of the judges, no composition meets the expected standards, no award will be given.
c) Criteria for selection include evidence of a unique creative voice and of choral compositional ability, as well as suitability for performance.
d) The decision of the contest committee will be final and no correspondence may be entered into regarding the award.


a) All applicants will be notified of contest results by mail no later than June 1st, 2019.
b) A public announcement of the winning composers will be made at the IL-ACDA Summer Retreat/Conference in June 2019. Winners also will be announced after July 1st, 2019 on the IL-ACDA website.
c) Each winning composer will be contacted by IL-ACDA to follow through on details about:
1. Distribution of prize money. A check will be awarded upon completion of items b and c below, at the IL-ACDA Summer Retreat/Conference. 2. Agreement of rights. The composer will be required to sign a form confirming the items stated in sections 8) and 9) below. 3. Final version of score and parts. The composer must provide a new score bearing the composer’s name and appropriate dedication. (see section 8a)


a) The following dedication must be included in all subsequent manuscript and published editions of the winning compositions:
Winner of the 2019 ACDA Illinois Choral Composition Contest
b) IL-ACDA will have the right to make copies for distribution to the members of the summer 2017 IL- ACDA performing chorus, its conductor, and accompanist. Use of the winning composition will be strictly limited to the Retreat/Conference, unless permission of the composer is granted.
c) The winning composer will be asked to provide biographical information for publicity purposes. IL-ACDA will have the right to use the composer’s name and composition title in the future IL-ACDA communications.
d) The winning composer will be asked to be present for the award in person, if possible, at his/her own expense.


a) Copyright ownership will be retained by the composer.
b) Publication rights will be retained by the composer.
c) The composer will be given the privilege to display/advertise other compositions at the IL-ACDA Retreat.


Phone: (815) 280-2225

Philip Spencer, Chair, Illinois-ACDA Choral Composition Contest
Fine Arts Department
Joliet Junior College


 Opus Ignotum
Summary:Children and Youth Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: International Composition Competition for Children´s and Youth Choirs
The Composer´s Competition is now also open to children´s choirs and is divided into two parts. Each odd year will take place the deadline of the Children’s Choirs Competition, each even year the deadline of the Youth Choirs Competition. The instructions for the Composers’ Competition for Youth Choirs will be officialy announced in January 2019.

National Information and Counsulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS),
Narodni informacni a poradenske stredisko pro kulturu (NIPOS)
Fügnerovo namesti 1866/5, P. O. Box 12
120 21 Praha 2, Czech Republic.

Contact: Michaela Králová,, +420 778 702 491

Competition Goals:
The organizers set themselves the task of initiating and supporting creation of new works which would be distinctive in composition and accessible for interpretation and which would be of benefit to the repertoire of non-professional choirs.

Deadline of composers´ competition for the children’s choirs: 31st May 2019

General Conditions:

Art. 1
The compositions in pdf format should be sent by e-mail to the address: or by post (easy legible manuscript, copy or computer printout) to the address: Michaela Kralova, Narodni informacni a poradenske stredisko pro kulturu (NIPOS), Fügnerovo namesti 1866/5, P. O. Box 12, 120 21 Praha 2, Czech Republic.

Demo recordings are appreciated.

Art. 2
The competition is anonymous. Each composition should be marked by a code-name and by the category for which it is intended (A, B or C). The author should attach to an e-mail with the contest composition a text document with information about the composer (name and address, both mail and e-mail and telephone number)[1]. If sent by mail, a sheet of paper with the information about the composer should be enclosed in a sealed envelope marked by the same code-name.

Art. 3
The manuscripts, copies and printouts shall remain in the possession of the competition organizers. After the competition a selection of the manuscripts will be, with autor´s consent, placed into the Music section of the NIPOS library, where it will be available for borrow.

Art. 4
Any failure to meet any of the requirements mentioned will result in the refusal of the composition from the competition.

Art. 5
Additional information about the competition are available on the website of NIPOS-ARTAMA in the section Amatérské umění (Artama) / Dětský sborový zpěv or Středoškolský sborový zpěv. In case of any doubts or ambiguity of their interpretation, the Czech version is decisive.

Competition Rules:

Art. 1
The composers can send their compositions for children‘s choirs composed on any text primarily in Czech, Slovak or Latin.

Art. 2
A (children approx. until the age of 10)
B (children approx. until the age of 15)
C (children approx. until the age of 18)

The recommended voices for respective categories:
Category A: for one or two voices (SA)
Category B: for two voices (SA), for three voices (S1, S2, A), or for four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2)
Category C: for two voices (SA), for three voices (S1, S2, A), or for four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2)

The recommended voice range in respective categories:
Category A: b flat-e flat2
Category B: a flat-f2
Category C: g-g2

The compositions could be a cappella or with the piano accompaniment, eventually with other commonly available instruments (the accompaniment is recommended particularly for the Category A).

The length of a particular compositions should not exceed:
2 minutes (Category A)
3 minutes (Category B)
4 minutes (Category C)

Art. 3
Each author can enter one piece in each category (i. e. up to 3 pieces). Compositions that were awarded in another competition or published commercially will not be accepted for the competition.

Art. 4
The compositions should be sent to the organizer of competition by 31st May 2019 (if the compositions are sent via mail, the date of the mail stamp is decisive).

Art. 5
The official results of the competition will be published in October 2019. The awarded compositions that receive the required number of points, will be performed within the opening concert of the 13th National Competition of Children’s Choirs Porta Musicae 2020 in Nový Jičín (Czech Republic). They will be published by NIPOS.

Summary:Lute with voice/viol
Deadline: 17 May 2019
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: The organisers of Alwinton Summer Concerts 2019 and its Artistic Director John Casken are pleased to announce their third national Composers’ Competition. Three scores will be selected for a Workshop in Alwinton Church on Saturday 15 June 2019 and one work will be selected for performance in the evening concert to be given by Jacob Heringman, Susanna Pell and John Potter. The winning work will also feature in the York Late Music Festival 2019.

Alwinton Summer Concerts ( take place in the church of St Michael and All Angels, with its fine acoustic and located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in the beautiful and dramatic landscape of Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major music events in the North-East of England.

The Rules and Conditions of the Competition are as follows:
o Instrumentation:
Composers are invited to write for ONE of the following combinations:
o Tenor, Lute, and Viol (Treble or Bass)
o Tenor and Lute
o Viol and Lute

Those wishing to write for tenor are free to choose their own poem or text.
o Duration:
3-4 minutes
o Eligibility:
Composers must be currently resident in, or studying in, the UK.
o Score and parts:
Scores should be marked with a pseudonym and sent as paper copies (three copies) together with contact details by Friday 3 May 2019 to:

Anne Jones, Secretary
Alwinton Summer Concerts,
The Leash, Harbottle
Northumberland, NE65 7DQ

Those composers shortlisted for the Workshop will be asked to produce performance material by Friday 17 May 2019.
o Requirement:
Composers are required to engage in an original way with the traditions from which this ensemble stems.
The piece will be unconducted and must be capable of being rehearsed so that the performers can make an efficient use of the limited time that will be available.
o Information about the instruments and voice:
Information regarding writing for lute will be sent to composers on request by Jacob Heringman (, and for viol by Susanna Pell ( Notation for the lute part is acceptable as modern notation (piano-style score) on two staves.
The range of the tenor is from C an octave below middle C to the F a fourth above.
o Judges:
The jury will consist of John Casken (composer and Artistic Director, Alwinton Summer Concerts), composer Philip Grange (Professor of Composition, The University of Manchester) and the three performers.
o Prize:
In addition to the performances in Alwinton and York, the winning composer will receive a cheque for £250.
o For further information or queries, please contact Anne Jones, Secretary of Alwinton Summer Concerts, by email:

 113 Composers' Collective
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 30 January 2019
Details: 113 is accepting scores for the 2019-20 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season and selected composers may also receive an offer for publishing the work. 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 performers, including any combination of harp, saxophone, and 1-2 actors*
2. Works for 1-2 instruments, for any combination of voice and piano
3. Works for 3 saxophones (trios only)
All submissions may include electronics and/or improvisation.
*The selected work will be on a program built around Mauricio Kagel’s Zwei Akte. Actors will be chosen based on the skills needed for the chosen submission(s).


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 2019”

1. Your Name
2. Category of Submission
3. Title of the Work
4. Instrumentation
5. Duration
6. PDF of the score
7. Link to an MP3 recording (if available).
8. Paypal Receipt Number or Attachment
Entry Fee:$5

 Open Recorder Days Amsterdam 2019
Summary:Recorder competition
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 24 January 2019
Details: Nature of the contest
The ORDA-2019 composition contest is part of the international festival Open Recorder Days Amsterdam 2019. The aim of this competition is to increase the number of high quality ensemble compositions written for the recorder, and to stimulate composers and recorder players to work together by giving a platform to new, challenging and exciting ensemble repertoire.The finalist compositions will be presented during the finals of the ORDA-2019 recorder competition, with an estimated audience of 300 people in the hall.

1. General rules
1.1 The competition is open for students pursuing a professional degree in composition and to professional composers. There is no age limit.
1.2 The composition contest consists of two rounds:
1. Pre-selection: The jury selects a maximum of three finalists by the 1st of September 2019.
2. Finals: public performance of the finalists composition on the 27th of October 2019, afterwards announcement of the winner and possible honorable mentions.

1.3 The deadline for submission is the 1st of June 2019.

1.4 A maximum of three finalists will be announced on the 1 st of September 2019 by personal communication to all participants via e-mail. At the same time, the results of the pre-selection will be made public on the website and on the social media profiles of the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam on Facebook and Twitter.

1.5 The setting for the composition must be: 2, 3 or 4 recorder players plus percussion (1 player, obligatory). Optionally, the setting may include live electronics.
- The choice of type of recorders is free.
- The choice of type of percussion is free.
- For a specification of the contest`s requirements for optional live electronics, please have a look at the appendix below.

1.6 The length of the composition should be minimum 5, maximum 7 minutes.

1.7 Only works which have not yet been premiered by the 15th of January 2019 may be submitted. Arrangements of existing music are not allowed.

1.8 The participant may choose any style of notation.
Entry Fee:€ 31,50

Summary:Call for choral works
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 24 January 2019
Details: Freudig Singers of Western New York, now in its 34th concert season, is an auditioned chorus dedicated to exploring choral music in its many forms, both traditional and non-traditional, and spreading the joy of the choral art to widely diverse audiences. Freudig combines elements from many periods and genres in innovative and unexpected ways to create interesting and exciting programs for its listeners. The chorus encourages and pursues composition of new choral works, artistic collaboration with other groups, and participation of singers of all ages.

Opportunity: Freudig Singers of Western New York seeks original, unpublished works for mixed chorus. One cash prize, honorable mentions, performance(s) and possible recording.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Award Notification: on or before September 1, 2019,

Eligibility: No age restrictions.

Awards: The winner will receive $1000 and have his/her work performed and possibly recorded.

Details: Works should be scored SAB or SATB (little or no divisi) with piano or organ accompaniment, or a cappella. Any work with a copyright-protected text must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, poet, or author. The jury reserves the right to change the number of award winners depending on the quality of the music submitted. The winner retains all rights to his/her work. By submitting your score you authorize Freudig Singers to make copies of your music for rehearsal and performance purposes, and to perform and record your work.

Submissions: Send COPIES ONLY of music. Do not send originals, as no materials will be returned.

One hard copy with the composer's name and identifying information removed.

A letter containing contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address).

The performance history and the composer's program notes for each work submitted.

A brief composer biography.

CD or Mp3 recordings of the music, if available. MIDI realizations and audio files are acceptable.

Administrative Fee: U.S. $25 per piece submitted. Remittances must be in U.S. currency. Pay through PayPal, money order, or certified check drawn on a U.S. bank. Make checks payable to Freudig Singers of Western New York.

Send materials, postmarked by June 1, 2019, to:

Freudig Singers of WNY
c/o 221 Deumant Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14223

Entry Fee:$25

Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2019
Date Posted: 24 January 2019
Details: A composition competition in Regensburg for the present-day theme of the Kulturreferat 2019: "City and Society". The competition is aimed at composers of all ages who compose new works and bring them to world premiere in Regensburg.
In addition to the annual theme, the default is only the cast of the performing ensemble (sextet, SMezATBarB, solo cast), as well as a total length of a maximum of 6 minutes. The composer is thus granted the most creative possible use of freely chosen texts.

The compositions must meet the following criteria
• Content analysis of the motto "City and Society"
• Text basis freely selectable
• Performance duration up to 6 minutes
• Six-part a cappella composition for the StimmGold vocal ensemble (SMezATBarB, solo part)
• Only one composition per composer
• If the composed text is not non-public domain material, the right of use must be available for the performance and publication in a publisher.
• The submitted work may neither be published nor awarded a prize in another competition.
Conditions of participation
The competition will be conducted anonymously. The following documents must be submitted:
• Score in five copies, bound and legible without attribution
• Registration form with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the composer and the title of the composition submitted
• Short biography of the composer with photo
Competitors declare their consent to radio and television recordings as well as recordings on sound and image media (including their duplication) in connection with the Competition. Any rights resulting therefrom shall be transferred to the organizers upon acceptance of the conditions of participation of the Composition Competition.
The organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of the submitted documents. The submitted documents will not be returned.

1st place: 1,500 € (donated by the University for Catholic Church Music and Music Education Regensburg)
2nd place: € 1,000 (donated by REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3rd place: 500 €

Deadline: 01. July 2019 (postmark)
Jury Evaluation: July 2019
Announcement of the winners: end of August 2019
Prize Winners Concert: 19 October 2019

Closing Address
Association for the promotion of contemporary music Regensburg
Lower Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Judging jury
Kunibert Schäfer (Professor of Conducting, HfKM Regensburg)
Kerstin Behnke (Professor for Choir and Ensemble Management, HfM Weimar)
Steven Heelein (composer, Professor i.K. for conducting, HfK Bayreuth)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (vocal gold vocal ensemble)

The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

StimmGold vocal ensemble
As an ensemble for the final concert, the young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was again selected.
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was founded at the beginning of 2014 by students of the Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) and the Faculty of Music Education at the University of Regensburg. The six classically trained singers, in addition to years of ensemble practice and rich choir experience (including in the New Chamber Choir Regensburg), especially the joy of singing together demanding works.
The focus of the ensemble is German romantic vocal music as well as current a cappella literature, including world premieres of contemporary works (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) and modern folk-song arrangements, in which the professional voices convince with expressiveness and harmonious transparency.


Ein in Regensburg stattfindender Kompositionswettbewerb zum gegenwartsbezogenen Jahresthema des Kulturreferats 2019: „Stadt und Gesellschaft“. Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an Komponistinnen und Komponisten jeden Alters, die neue Werke komponieren und nach Regensburg zur Uraufführung bringen.
Neben dem Jahresthema wird als Vorgabe lediglich die Besetzung des ausführenden Ensembles (Sextett, SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt), sowie eine Gesamtwerklänge von maximal 6 Minuten angegeben. Den Komponisten wird somit ein möglichst kreativer Umgang mit frei gewählten Texten eingeräumt.

Die Kompositionen müssen folgende Kriterien erfüllen
• Inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Motto „Stadt und Gesellschaft“
• Textgrundlage frei wählbar
• Aufführungsdauer maximal 6 Minuten
• Sechsstimmige A‐cappella‐Komposition für das StimmGold Vokalensemble (SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt)
• Nur eine Komposition pro Komponist
• Falls es sich beim vertonten Text um nicht gemeinfreies Material handelt, muss das Nutzungsrecht zur Aufführung und Veröffentlichung in einem Verlag vorliegen.
• Das eingesendete Werk darf weder publiziert noch Preisträger bei einem anderen Wettbewerb sein.

Der Wettbewerb wird anonymisiert durchgeführt. Folgende Unterlagen müssen eingereicht werden:
• Partitur in fünffacher Ausfertigung, gebunden und gut leserlich ohne Namensnennung
• Anmeldeformular mit Name, Anschrift, Telefon und E‐Mail‐Adresse des Komponisten/der Komponistin und Angabe des Titels der eingereichten Komposition
• Kurzbiografie des Komponisten/der Komponistin mit Foto

Die WettbewerbsteilnehmerInnen erklären ihr Einverständnis mit Rundfunk‐ und Fernsehaufnahmen sowie mit Aufzeichnungen auf Ton‐ und Bildträgern (einschließlich deren Vervielfältigung) im Zusammenhang mit dem Wettbewerb. Etwa hieraus entstehende Rechte übertragen sie mit der Anerkennung der Teilnahmebedingungen des Kompositionswettbewerbs auf die Veranstalter.
Die Organisatoren sind nicht verantwortlich für Verlust oder Beschädigung der eingereichten Unterlagen. Die eingereichten Unterlagen werden nicht zurückgesandt.

1. Platz: 1.500 € (gestiftet von der Hochschule für kath. Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg)
2. Platz: 1.000 € (gestiftet von der REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3. Platz: 500 €

Einsendeschluss: 01. Juli 2019 (Poststempel)
Jury-Auswertung: Juli 2019
Bekanntgabe der Preisträger: Ende August 2019
Preisträgerkonzert: 19. Oktober 2019

Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Musik Regensburg
Untere Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Bewertende Jury
Kunibert Schäfer (Professor für Dirigieren, HfKM Regensburg)
Kerstin Behnke (Professorin für Chor- und Ensembleleitung, HfM Weimar)
Steven Heelein (Komponist, Professor i.K. für Dirigieren, HfK Bayreuth)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (StimmGold Vokalensemble)

Die Entscheidung der Jury ist endgültig und unanfechtbar.

StimmGold Vokalensemble
Als Ensemble für das Abschlusskonzert wurde erneut das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold ausgewählt.
Das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold wurde Anfang 2014 von Studierenden der Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) und der Fakultät für Musikpädagogik an der Universität Regensburg gegründet. Die sechs klassisch ausgebildeten Sänger verbindet neben jahrelanger Ensemblepraxis und reichhaltiger Chorerfahrung (u.a. im Neuen Kammerchor Regensburg) vor allem die Freude am gemeinsamen Singen anspruchsvoller Werke.
Als Schwerpunkt des Ensembles gilt die deutsche romantische Vokalmusik sowie aktuelle a cappella-Literatur, darunter Uraufführungen zeitgenössischer Werke (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) und moderne Volksliedbearbeitungen, in der die professionellen Stimmen mit Ausdrucksstärke und harmonischer Transparenz überzeugen.


 International Federation for Choral Music
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: 1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the ‘Fourth
International Competition for Choral Composition’, the chief aim of which is to pro-mote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.

2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality or age.

3. The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced choirs. The text of the composition, sacred or secular, in any language, written for the occasion or preexisting should be in the public domain. If not, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form.

4. There is a 25 USD entry fee payable at the time of submission for each entry.

5. Up to two works per composer may be submitted. Scores must be sent electroni-
cally either in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale fi les or in a similar program. Midi Files, Tapes or CDs may not be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Offi ce will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the ICB and in the IFCM website. Each participant must include a document (.doc or .PDF fi le) with full address, contact details and title of the composition submitted. This document must also contain a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 30 September 2019. Works cannot be revised after submission.

6. The competition will be judged by a five member jury consisting of international
choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.

7. Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and for
the prospect of repeated performances by a medium to advanced SATB (SSAATTBB) choir possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of compositional craft , imagination, ‘sing¬ ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic eff ectiveness and, most importantly a fresh approach to choral writing.

8. The winning works will receive the following:
First Prize:
1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Second Prize:
500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Third Prize:
300 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque

The first winning composition will be performed by one the presenting choir at the
WSCM (World Symposium of Choral Music) in Auckland, 2020. In consultation with the composers, the three winners will be featured in the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composers and the entire scores will be published in print and online. The three winning composers will receive a 20% discount in participation at WSCM activities.

9. The copyright to the three winning works will be transferred to IFCM.

10. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these

Andrea Angelini, ICB Managing Editor & Director of the Competition
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Entry Fee:$25

 L+M Duo
Summary:Marimba and Piano Call
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: L+M Duo announces its inaugural Call for Scores for marimba and piano duos by women composers of contemporary classical music. Submissions are welcome from all ages and career points, binary and non-binary women, from anywhere in the world. Winning compositions will be performed by L+M Duo during their 2019-2020 season.

Submission Requirements
- Required instrumentation of marimba and piano duo. Fixed media allowed.
- Work must not have been previously performed
- Any length
- Electronic submission of PDF files strongly preferred with subject line, "L+M Duo Call for Scores 2019 - [your name]" to the following address: Submission may also include sound files and/or program notes.
- Submit any hard copies to the following address:
James Madison University
Music Dept. - Laurel Black
MSC 7310
880 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

Composer/Performer Agreement
- Composer will not charge a licensing fee nor rental fee to L+M Duo for any performance of chosen work
- Composer will engrave chosen work with the text, "Written for L+M Duo: Laurel Black and Marianne Parker"
- L+M Duo will give three performances of chosen works during their 2019-2020 season

Deadline for Submission is May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 15 July 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: Listenpony is looking for composers to work with in 2019.

Selected composers will receive a £500 commission to write a 5-minute piece for one of the ensembles or soloists in our May or September concerts. (Applicants can express a preferred date, details are on our website.) The piece will be premiered at a Listenpony event and professionally recorded and filmed. It may also be released on one of our live EPs.

There are two deadlines – 15 Feb and 15 July, which apply to different performance dates. You may apply to both deadlines in one application.

We look forward to hearing your work!

About Listenpony
Listenpony is a concert production company with a central aim of commissioning and presenting high quality music from young composers and performers.

After 7 years, commissioning over 40 works and working with over 40 performing groups and soloists in that time, Listenpony is one of the core independent organisations for young new music makers in London.
Entry Fee:£3

 Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019
Summary:Duet Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Details: Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019

We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age. Pieces should be written for professionnal duo clarinet Bb and violoncello. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 1 minute

Géraldine Fastré, clarinet & Bruno Ispiola, cello

Participation fee : 20 euros per score (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short recent CV (10 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address :

Deadline : August, 31, 2019

Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September, the concert will take place on November, 15, 2019.


Summary:Competition 1-10 players
Deadline: 21 June 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Members of the International Jury:
Michele Dall’Ongaro
Richard Causton
José Manuel López López
Alessandro Solbiati
Gabrio Taglietti

The composition submitted for the competition must use the following instruments, involving a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10 performers, to be chosen from the following list:

flute (including piccolo, G alto flute and C bass flute: single performer); B-flat clarinet (including A-clarinet, E-flat piccolo clarinet and B-flat bass clarinet: single performer); two violins (two single performers); viola (single performer); cello (single performer); double bass (single performer); piano; harpsichord (Copy of an original French instrument Nicolas and Francois-Etienne Blanchet, 1730). Compass: FF-f3 (61 notes); Disposition: two keyboards, with shove coupler, Three stops (8’8’4′ and lute) disposed on two manuals: I manual: 8’ 4’, II manual: 8’ (nasal, with possibility of lute effect); percussion (a single performer for the following instruments: vibraphone, glockenspiel, three suspended cymbals of different pitches, three tom-toms of different pitches, three wood- blocks of different pitches, three triangles of different sizes, basque drum, maracas, castanets, flexaton, wind chimes, two bongos, claves).

No form of amplification is allowed.
All scores for trios or larger groups will be conducted.

Scores will not be accepted if they differ even minimally from the possibilities listed above.

The length of each work must be: A) between 5 and 12 minutes long for pieces played by 3–10 players; B) between 3 and 7 minutes long for pieces played by 1–2 players. The exact length must be indicated on each score and will be verified.

The composition submitted must be anonymous; unpublished; never been broadcast, recorded for commercial use and/or released on the web; never been awarded a prize in other competitions or performed in full at a public concert. Performances in a didactic context (workshops, masterclasses, courses, etc.) and in private situations are allowed.

Deadline: June 21, 2019
Prize: Euro 5,000.00
Prize giving: December 8, 2019

Registration fee (non-refundable): euro 80.00:
A) bank transfer (from Italy or from a foreign bank linked to Banca Prossima for Euro payments) made out to:
Associazione dèdalo ensemble
trav. X n°25 - Villaggio Prealpino
25136 Brescia - Italy
Banca Prossima, branch 05000 - Milano
- IBAN: IT30 W033 5901 6001 0000 0003 926

N.B.: In case A), if the foreign bank transfer is made through a bank that is not linked to Banca Prossima for Euro payments, ensure that the sum paid is Euro 86.00 and that a proviso is added “without costs to payee”.

B) PayPal to (€ 84.00 5% surcharge for PayPal commission).

Full regulations on the web-site within January 2019

 EL COR CANTA International Composition Competition
Summary:Choral/Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Details: • The association EL COR CANTA (ECC) convenes the first edition of the EL COR CANTA International Composition Competition for Choir and Orchestra, focused on the creation of new choral-symphonic music of a level suitable for amateur choirs.
• El Cor Canta is an amateur choir of 140 singers of different levels and musical experience.
• The competition focuses on the composition of original works on text that will be determined in each edition.
• The composition contest prize will be announced during the spring of 2019.
• The winning work(s) will be premiered in the concerts of the El Cor Canta project scheduled for February and/or March of 2020.

1. Contestants
The EL COR CANTA International Composition Competition for Choir and Orchestra is open to all without age or origin restrictions or entry fees.
There will be two categories.:
• Professionals for those born before 01/01/1984
• Young composers or composition students for those born after 31/12/1983. These participants may choose to participate directly in the professional category, indicating such on the entry form.

2. The works
The submitted works should be compositions of choral-symphonic music for chamber orchestra, soloist and mixed choir (SATB) of an estimated duration of 15 minutes.
• The submitted works must be original, not previously performed nor awarded prizes in any other competition. Adaptations or versions of existing works by the same composers already performed or published will not be accepted.
• The text of the composition will be based this year on the poetic work of a Catalan author, free of copyright. It can be based on a single poem or a collection of poems by the chosen poet, at the discretion of the composer. The style of the new symphonic choral work is also discretionary.

3. The performers of the work
For the professional component of the work you must include:
1. Orchestra:
a. A maximum of 30 members
b. Strings: 6/5/4/3/2
c. Winds: 8 at the most the instrumentation of which will be at the discretion of the composer
d. Percussion: 1
e. Organ or Piano and/or Harp
2. Soloist
For the non-professional component:
1. Choir:
a. The choir that will premiere the winning work is currently made up of about 140 amateur singers divided into SATB, aged between 35 and 75 years old, with varying degrees of choral experience
It is imperative that the submitted works be appropriate to the characteristics of vocal and technical training that we detail below:
1. Tessituras:
a. Sopranos: from do 3 to la 4
b. Contralts: from sol 2 to mi 4
c. Tenors: from do 2 to sol 3
d. Basses: from fa 1 to mi 3
2. Divisi: There may occasionally be divisi of up to two voices for each of the four groups
3. The musical treatment of the voices, voice leading, and reference points that will facilitate the successful rehearsal and execution of the submitted works will be greatly valued. It must be kept in mind that the work should be of an average difficulty. By way of reference, a few examples of the numbers interpreted by the choir in their concerts are attached in a document attached to these bases.

4. Presentation of the works
1. Six (6) printed copies, the pages of which must be numbered, must be submitted. They must be legible, clear, without ambiguities or amendments. The text that has been used must be added separately. The score in PDF format and a MIDI file of the work must also be sent.
2. The title page of each work should include only the title, a pseudonym for the composer and the category in which they participate: Professional or Young composers (only one).
3. Additionally, the entry form must be completed and signed and submitted in a sealed envelope. This envelope must be labeled with the pseudonym of the composer.
4. More than one work may be submitted for consideration.

5. Terms and place of presentation
The deadline for submission of works is May 31, 2019 at midnight CET. The works must be submitted or sent by mail to the following address:
El Cor Canta
International Composition Competition EL COR CANTA for Choir and Orchestra
C/ Freixa, 41 5è 2a

The digital material (PDF and MIDI) can also be submitted by email to the address
In both cases the anonymity of the sender is guaranteed before the jury.

6. Jury
The jury of this Competition Contest will be composed of the following international directors and composers:
• Kazushi Ono, principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC), as president of the jury
• Albert Guinovart, composer
• Elisenda Carrasco, director of the Voxalba Women's Choir
• Pere Lluís Biosca, director of the Francesc Valls Choir of the Cathedral of Barcelona
• Noé Cantú, OBC bassoonist.

7. Winning works
The jury will select a winner for each category of the competition. It may also designate some works as honorable mention. Additionally, the jury could decide not to award any prizes if it considers that none of submitted compositions merit them.

8. Verdict
The jury will issue the verdict in a private act in Barcelona and, later, will make it public on June 30, 2019. The verdict, which will be previously communicated individually to the winners, will be published in the media and specialized magazines. The verdict of the jury will be final.

9. Prizes
The winning work in the professional category will receive:
1. A cash prize of 3,000 euros, subject to current taxation laws
2. The premiere of the work in the framework of the EL COR CANTA project at the end of the 2019/20 season (February/March 2020)
3. The publication of the score by Editorial FICTA
4. The recording of one of the premiere concerts.
The prize of the winning work in the category young composers or composition students will consist of:
1. A cash prize of 2,000 euros, subject to current taxation
2. The possible premiere of the work within the framework of the EL COR CANTA project at the end of the 2019/20 season and at the discretion of the directors of EL COR CANTA.
3. The publication of the score by Editorial FICTA, if the work is premiered at the concerts.

10. Material
The winners will have to provide the necessary material necessary for the execution of the work for free at the mentioned opening concerts.

11. Editorial rights
The ECC association reserves the exclusive right to publish the winning works for a period of three years from the date of issue of the verdict. This will not affect the intellectual property rights, which will be the composers’ for all other effects.

12. Return of the submitted works
Participants may request the return of non-awarded works within a period of two months from the publication of the verdict. The ECC association reserves the right to preserve one of the copies of the works for its own archive. The works not collected may be disseminated by the ECC association, unless expressly requested by the author, who must communicate it in writing attaching it to his works, or later in the term mentioned.


 Ensemble Impronta
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Details: The Ensemble Impronta is pleased to announce its 1st Composition Competition 2019.

Composers of any age and nationality, are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to the whole ensemble:

piano, clarinet, string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)

no doublings allowed

There is no style restriction; we consider the quality of imagination and musical invention.

Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must not be longer than 10 minutes. There is no minimum duration. The submitted pieces can be already performed but not previously published.

Deadline: 15th May 2019 (23:59 Berlin time)


I: 1.000 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance

II: 500 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance

Special Prizes

2 Scholarships of 200 EUR each to take part to the SHE LIVES Master Class in composition in Budapest as active student
Antonio Perilli Prize: 200 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance
Edition Prize: Publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance
The Antonio Perilli Prize will be awarded in memory of Antonio Perilli. Performances of the winning pieces will be part of the concert seasons 2019/2020 of Impronta Ensemble. The Publication on Impronta-Edition is voluntary for the composer.

All candidates taking part to the competition have a 10% discount on the fee as active student of SHE LIVES Master Class in composition in Budapest.


There is an entry fee of 50 EUR for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 25 EUR each. Each composer can submit up to 5 works.

Those who apply within the 15th May 2019 to the SHE LIVES Master Class have the right to access to the competition without paying the competition fee for the first work sent. If the partecipant wishes to send more then one work it should be corresponded 25 EUR per each additional work, up to 5 works maximum (including the score sent for the Master Class). More info at:

Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 01 August 2019
Date Posted: 29 December 2018
Details: The Flute New Music Consortium is an organization with the shared mission of promoting new music for the flute by commissioning works and organizing simultaneous premieres. FNMC hosts its annual Composition Competition to connect members of the flute new music community to new works by talented composers. Semi-finalists are selected by blind-round judges; winners are heard and selected by FNMC member vote.

Winning composers receive a cash prize and many finalists find that their works receive more attention from the greater flute community. FNMC is proud of the performances and commissions it has had the honor to organize – but even more proud of the collaborations that have evolved between its members and its composers.

Check here see a list of recent performances reported by FNMC members.

Competition Categories:
Solo Flute: Submission deadline: June 1, 2019. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature flute alone.
• Instruments in the flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted.
• Works for flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.

Flute Plus One: Submission deadline: July 1, 2019. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature the flute and one other instrument. Works for flute and piano, flute and electronics, or flute and one other acoustic instrument are appropriate for this category.
• Instruments in the flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted.

Flute Chamber Works: Submission deadline: August 1, 2019. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category include flute in some capacity.
• Chamber works should utilize between three and four performers.
• All instrumentations will be considered, but works for flute ensemble (flute quartet, flute trio) are strongly encouraged.
• Works for five or more performers are not appropriate for this category.

• Entries must use the flute in some capacity. There is no age limit, and composers are permitted to submit up to three works per category
• Suggested Length: 5-12 minutes
• Submission of Materials:
Online application and entry fee ($14 per score). A $1 convenience fee per score will be assessed for payments submitted through the website. Scores should not contain identifying markings. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Multiple Entries: Composers may submit no more than three entries per competition category.
• The winning composer from each competition category will receive a $500 (USD) prize, one or more performances, and a live recording from one or more of the performances.
• Winning scores will be provided to current FNMC Commissioning and Performing Level members. FNMC makes every effort to program winning and finalist works at regional flute fairs, and sometimes even the CMS or National Flute Association Conventions.

Entry Information:
All entries must include:
• Scores with no identifying markings in either the file or the file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius, or some other type of music entry software program
• All score submissions must be in PDF file format
• Live or MIDI recordings of each entry, with no identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata.
• All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files.
• Application information: name of composer, contact information, title of piece, instrumentation of piece, composer website (if available)
• Payment confirmation number
• Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single PDF file
• Multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file

An entry confirmation will appear at the time of submission. An email confirmation will not be sent.

Selected winners give FNMC members rights to perform their works for one year and record their works for up to six years without further compensation. Selected winners consent to one video interview, to be shared with FNMC members and in FNMC marketing materials.

Incomplete applications or applications with identifying markings will be disqualified. Entries submitted without the payment confirmation number will be disqualified. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries which do not include an audio file in mp3 format will be disqualified. Previously winning pieces are not eligible for re-entry. All application fees are non-refundable.


Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Date Posted: 20 December 2018
Details: Third Edition 2019

Applications are open for the International Composition Competition for Junior String Quartet dedicated to the memory of Piero Farulli, viola of the legendary Quartetto Italiano and founder of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.

Important news regarding the Jury: Giacomo Manzoni will be the chairman of the Jury whose members include Adriano Guarnieri (I), Joerg Widmann(D), Daniel Herrera (CH) and Chia-Ying Lin, young composer from Taiwan who was the first winner of the first Competition 2015 and now is doing an absolutely brilliant international career.

The third Edition is proud to host, yet again, a Jury of the highest level!
The aim of the competition is to increase and enrich the virtually non-existent repertoire for young and very young players of stringed instruments, who will be encouraged and enabled to play music together using contemporary musical language.

There will be two prizes of €2.000 each.
1. Primary or intermediate level of instrumental difficulty (Level A)
2. Advanced level of instrumental difficulty (Level B).
The competition enjoys the patronage of the President of the Republic and the Municipality of Florence. It is being held in collaboration with the Orchestra della Toscana who will be managing the applications for the Competition from her headquarter c/o Teatro Verdi in Florence where the Jury’s final meeting will be held in September 2017.

Casa Ricordi will publish the two winning compositions, which they will add to the teaching series Piero Farulli per il quartetto d’archi (Piero Farulli for String Quartets). The Utopian philosophy of Piero Farulli was that of bringing music to everyone; he wanted to fill stadiums with concerts of Beethoven’s quartets! This is the perspective of the Competition, which last edition received 60 entries from composers from all over the world.

30th June 2019 deadline for applications .

Application form can be downloaded from website

Please send scores via to or by post to:
Concorso di composizione Piero Farulli C/O Orchestra della Toscana, via Verdi 5, 50122.

Web Site:www.associazionepierofarulli.c...

 IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 12 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: Summary: Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 12 May 2019

Details: Associazione Ensemble Serenissima of Sacile (PN) - Italy, in collaboration with Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house, announces the fourth edition of the International Competition of Composition "IV INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE – SEM 2019”.

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities with no age limit.
The submitted composition, must be unreleased for orchestra without soloists, unpublished and never performed before in public concerts, radio or television nor awarded in any other composition competitions. They must involve the following instruments, that can be totally or partially used:
n° 2 flute (one also piccolo);
n° 2 oboe (one also English horn);
n° 2 clarinet (one also bass clarinet);
n° 2 bassoon (one also contrabassoon);
n° 2 horn;
n° 2 trumpet;
PA System is not permitted. The duration of the composition must range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) minutes

Prize Details
The contest winner will receive:
- Euro two thousand five hundred (€ 2.500), gross of taxes (the Prize may be divided between more than one participants);
- the performance of the score during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting;
- published* by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.
*Those who are bound by an exclusive contract with a publishing house must attach a special waiver.
The work can also be recorded audio/video and can be included in the Festival’s live CD and DVD.
The compositions that will not win but that will be considered worthy by the Jury Panel would be performed during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting. They would also be recorded (audio and video) and included in the Meeting’s live CD and DVD.

Adjudication: The panel, chaired by Maestro Daniele Zanettovich, will be made up of distinguished, international names from the world of music and contemporary composition. The composition of the jury will be announced after the deadline for participation.

Instructions for Submission
The scores and all documents must be sent exclusively by email and must be received no later than by midnight of the 12nd May 2019 (computer's time and date will be proof of dispatch) to the email address:

specifying with regard to “IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019”.
It can be sent via:


 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,


 Busan Choral Festival
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 29 November 2018
Details: Throughout its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work will be premiered at the 2019 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of October 16-19, 2019.

Composer must be born between JUN 30, 1999 and JUN 30, 1979
(exceptions may be considered under the BCFC committee's review.)

Length and Format
1. 3-10 minutes in duration
2. Piece must be for unaccompanied, equal or mixed voices choir.
3. Smaller, portable percussion instruments are allowed. (Xylophone, vibraphone and timpani not allowed).
4. Text can be chosen from Latin, English or Korean. If another language is chosen, a detailed English synopsis and pronunciation must be included in the score.
5. Compositions must not have been previously published or awarded in previous composition competitions and never publicly performed.

Application (May 31, 2019 Deadline / Korea Standard Time)
1. Complete Online Application Form
2. Resume/CV (*.doc / *.docx)
3. Copy of passport or ID Card with date of birth in JPEG format
4. Score in PDF format
5. English synopsis and pronunciation
6. Midi recording (by computer software) in MP3 format
7. 3 original copies of the score mailed to the Busan Choral office by May 31, 2019 (postmark deadline). Submitted original copies of
scores will be used only for judging so there MUST be No Personal Information Included on the score for a fair evaluation.

Scores submitted to the Busan Choral office will not be returned (Address: Busan Choral Festival & Competition / Busan Cultural
Center, UN pyeonghwa-ro 76-1, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea 48534).

Application Fee

1. Winners will be announced on July 18, 2019 on BCFC Website.
2. Composition will be judged by a panel of international jury. The jury's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.


 Second International Composition Competition “Carlo Sanvitale”
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Organised by “Amici della Musica – Guido Albanese”

The –Associazione Amici Della Musica “Guido Albanese”– invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 2nd “Carlo Sanvitale” Composition Competition. The composition should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable by young talented players. The goals of the contest are:
• To offer young composers the possibility to have their works performed live
• The possibility to acquire experience with a chamber ensemble (Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”).

The Competition is open to composers and students of all ages and nationalities. The submitted works must satisfy the following criteria:
• Orchestration (max.): 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, tenor or soprano. Works whose instrumentation includes other instruments will not be taken into account for the competition;
• The length of the composition must be between 3 and 10 minutes;
• All complementary documents (music, bio sketch, program notes) have to be submitted to the jury along with the score;
• Scores have to be sent in PDF format to amicidellamusicaortona@gmail.comThe submission is not deemed successful until a confirmation e-mail has been sent;
• The composition has to be original and never performed before;
• The composer renounces to execution rights for the performance by the Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”;
• The difficulty level of the composition has to correspond to the skills of an advanced amateur chamber ensemble with a conductor;
• Each candidate may submit one composition per year. The same composition can be submitted at most over two non-consequent years.

Shall the composition be selected as winner, the composer has to provide to the secretary of the competition the separated parts by July 30, 2019. Tempo, dynamics, articulation and rehearsal letters for the different instruments must be indicated on both the main score and the separated parts. The winner must agree to the following:
• The selected work will be performed and recorded by Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale” during the Music Day, that will be held on August 12 and 13 in Ortona, Italy.
• The author of the winning composition can participate to the rehearsals and the concert that will be held in Istituto Nazionale Tostiano, Ortona, Italy, on August 12th or 13th. Travel fees will not be refunded. Accommodation will be provided by the Association.
• The author of the selected work has to provide a short description of their work; this will be included in the concert program.
• The author of the selected work agrees to transfer the parts to the performers.

The author of the winning competition will receive a prize of 150 Euros. Composers classified first, second and third will receive a Diploma. The winning composition, together with no more than three other compositions, will be recorded during the Music Day.

Furthermore, the Jury will select, out of the first three classified, a composer that will be appointed “Composer in residence” in the diocese of Agnone-Trivento. This composer will be commissioned to write a composition for the organ of the San Marco church in Agnone (IS, I). This organ dates back from the XVIII century, holds only one keyboard and features the Scavezza octave. The selected composer will have to spend three days, in August 2019, in the city of Agnone, to match the composition to the organ. The resulting composition will be performed by organist Simone Perrotta during the next musical season of “Progetto Culturale della Diocesi di Agnone/Trivento”

How to Participate
All living composers are eligible. The submissions will be received by the Associazione “Amici Della Musica”, made anonymous and then presented to the jury. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2019. The results will be announced on July 1st, 2019. The jury’s decision is non-contestable and all decisions are final. The premiere of the selected piece will take place in August 12th or 13th 2019 in Ortona (I).

If you want to participate, please send us the following:
• One digitized anonymous copy of the score (PDF) (also digital copy of manuscripts are accepted);
• A computer-generated recording (if possible)
• A copy of a bank transfer for the amount of 30 Euros to:

“Amici Della Musica Guido Albanese”
IBAN: IT97Z0311177780000000000139
Subject : “Iscrizione 2019”

Communication will be held in Italian, English or French. The Italian version of this call for submissions should be considered definitive. Translations are without guarantee.

• Celso Mojola, Professor of composition at “Escola Superior de Música da Faculdade Cantareira”, São Paulo (BR)
• Bartomeu Moll Mas, Artistic Director of the Festival « Phona, cicle de noves musiques de Mallorca » (ES)
• Simone Di Felice, Kappelmeister of Opera-Frankfurt (D)
• Marco Reghezza, First Prize of the Competition « Carlo Sanvitale » in 2018 (I)
• 3 members of the Chamber Ensamble “Carlo Sanvitale”, to be selected on June 2019.

 Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
Summary:Open call to submit scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble has begun work on a new system, our Scores Database. Composers are now able to submit works at any time to be considered for future performances, free of charge! Due to the nature of our ever changing instrumentation and desire to work with new, living composers, we have decided replace our original Call for Submissions with something more accessible to composers of all abilities and locations.

Here’s how it works:

Fill out the information form found here:
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to (note that this is not our normal contact email), or you can add files in the form itself.

As for the instrumentation of works, we will be selecting pieces based on the needs of each individual performance. Our core instrumentation is Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet or Baritone Saxophone, and French Horn, so works that include some or all of these instruments are more likely to be performed, but don’t feel limited by this. We often add other performers to our concerts, such as percussionists, vocalists, other woodwinds and brass, and strings. We are also open to works with non Western-traditional instrumentations, electronics, and added media elements. Ensemble size usually ranges from solo instruments to about eight musicians. We do not accept works for large ensembles such as orchestras or wind ensembles, or full operas, but will consider chamber orchestra and chamber opera pieces. We welcome graphic scores, text-based scores, and whatever other type of non-traditional score you might have. Completed works only, please, no drafts. Works may have been performed previously. There is no submission/adjudication fee (AKA, it’s free to submit as many works as you’d like)!

 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

 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:

 Minute of Music Project
Summary:Call for Scores – Female Composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: Entry Deadline: 12/31/2018 at 11:55 P.M. MST
Entry Fee: None (project is crowdfunded)
Eligibility: All adult (18 or older) composers who self-identify as female (any nationality)
Prize: None, but I will record your piece for posterity!

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must self-identify as a female.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no 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 “change.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins reserves the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins to record your entry free of charge. You will receive a .WAV copy of the recording for your use.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email.
Donations are optional, and will not effect score selection.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

 ICC "The contemporary Guitar 2018"
Summary:Solo guitar competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Description: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc. will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer or PayPal.
EUROBANK GREECE (ERBKGRAA) ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
(In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason). All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31st, 2018 electronically to including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc.) with a printout of the registration payment (fee payment receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee - selection: The committee will consist of distinguished guitarists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) works based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee's decision is final.

The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. Audio & video recording by the distinguished guitarist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou, in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY's production.
3. The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY's YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
4. A page in site will be created for each one of the winning works - composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. A page in site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works - composers.


 College Light Opera Company
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: New Works Initiative
The College Light Opera Company is seeking submissions for its 2018 New Works Initiative as part of its 50th jubilee celebrations. The winning one-act piece will be selected by a committee of judges. The winner of this competition will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and production of the new work as part of the 2018 festival season. The prize and production are contingent on the composer and librettist agreeing to the terms of the agreement. The CLOC New Works Initiative is intended to support emerging composer-lyricist teams.

Competition Rules
There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to music-theatre works written in the English language.
2. Each composer and lyricist team may submit only one piece.
3. Submissions must be original, unpublished one-act operettas or music-theatre works written in English. Translations, and children’s operas are not accepted.
4. Works that have been professionally produced, published or had a workshop, concert or non-professional production are not eligible.
5. Works may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. Works must be submitted digitally in PDF format as well as using MIDI or equivalent format.
7. Works must utilize the full CLOC orchestra: 1 flute (doubles piccolo), 1 oboe (doubles english horn), 2 clarinets (doubles E-flat and/or bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1percussion (drum set, timpani, etc.), 4 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, possible piano (note: we are an acoustic house and do not normally use synthesizers)
8. Works must utilize the full CLOC ensemble of 16 women and 16 men, include a solid balance of male and female roles and provide a strong and active role for the chorus. All principals must be drawn from this group of performers.
9. Works must not exceed 60 minutes in length and should be an appropriate piece to be used as a curtain-raiser for a Gilbert and Sullivan or other English light operetta.
10. The CLOC New Works Initiative reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Web Site:www.collegelightoperacompany.c...

 Sorodha Composition Competition 2016: String quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
Details: Sorodha is proud to announce the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

For this festive edition, we welcome compositions for string quartet and have the utmost pleasure to be able to work with the Tana String Quartet on this occasion. Their leader, Antoine Maisonhaute, was one of our judges last year, and this year they all join us as performers.

The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be executed at a public concert on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

The winning piece will be performed by the Tana String Quartet at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016 (details forthcoming).

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello; no electronics, either)?
• was it originally written for string quartet?
• has is not been performed, broadcasted or prized in another competition before?
• is your score anonymous?
• will we be able to tell it apart from the others based on the title only? Ok, then; otherwise please add a motto, code or other distinctive sign.
• is it formatted as PDF file and A4 pages?
• does your second PDF file contain all the necessary data?
• has the entry fee been paid by PayPal (an extra € 1 will be charged to cover the transfer costs)?
• have you checked the time zone if filing on the last day before the deadline from elsewhere than Western Europe?

Please take notice of the fact that we cannot accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!


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.

 CALL FOR SCORES 2015 – Cello and Contrabass
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 May 2015
Details: 1. Call for Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

2. Call for "tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

Composer/performer Rodney Waschka II is looking for works for narrator or actor or speaker and electronic music fixed on two channels. Works will be considered for performance on the Arts NOW Series and elsewhere. You can read a review ( by the Classical Voice of North Carolina of a concert of this type of music performed in February, 2009. Waschka has performed works by Alden Jenks, Pertti Jalava, Mansoor Hosseini, Stephen Pope, Allen Strange, Pauline Oliveros, Mara Helmuth, and others.

If you have composed such a piece or are interested in composing such a work, please contract me.

"Tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Pieces of this type are needed for programming for the Arts NOW Series.

Please contact me if you have a piece that you think might be appropriate.


 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.


-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)


"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera


-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production


-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").


September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production


Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000

 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):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to

Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.

 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.


 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.


 Wild Rumpus New Music Call
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2014
Details: Deadline: Rolling.

Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

electric guitar
double bass

Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

(a) Composers under 40
(b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials
For each piece, submit:

Score (PDF)
Recording (MP3) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program) and resume/CV
There is no fee to apply.

Please note that this call is rolling. We’ll select pieces from the general call as needed, depending both on our interest in the piece and the logistical demands of the concert for which we’re programming.


 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes

 North/South Consonance
Summary:call for scores (various combinations)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 April 2011
Details: - All composers are eligible for consideration
- Solo, chamber ensemble and chamber works up to 18 performers will be considered
- Vocalists, percussion and/or electronics are acceptable
- One work will be selected for recording on the North/South label
- $25 non-refundable fee per composition submitted required
(Checks must be negotiable through a US bank)

Complete submission guidelines posted at

Mail submissions to

P.O. Box 698 - Cathedral Station
New York, NY 10025 – 0698