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 8SW Composer Competition
Summary:Chamber trio competition
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: We are very pleased to be holding the first 8SW Composer Competition.

Below you will find a detailed description of the guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements. Please note that applications will not be accepted before September 15, 2017.

Please direct all questions to Ms. Katherine Liu, Program Manager at Please do not direct any questions regarding the competition through our contact link on this website.

8SW Composer Competition General Information

All applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017. All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 12, 2018.

Eligibility and Description: The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the New York Premiere of the winning composer's work in the Fall of 2018. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and mp3’s should be emailed to as detailed below. Materials will not be accepted before September 15th.

The winner will be announced in May, 2018.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.


The work may not have already received a professional premiere.

Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

One application fee of $11.00.

Competition Rules

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.

All applicants must submit:

I. Scores: The Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.

Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.

Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants will complete the online application form. (link will be posted here on 9/15/17)

IV. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted. Please submit payment here.

All questions should be directed to Ms. Katherine Liu, Project Manager at

 Short Sounds Film Festival
Summary:Film festival seeks submissions
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The Short Sounds Film Festival is the world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic sound and music.

The world is full of NOISE, loud, raw and unrelenting on our ear drums. Escaping it is nigh on impossible and in time it fades motionless to the background of our lives, HOWEVER…

… in the temple of cinema, the crude ore of NOISE is crafted by unsung masters into sculpted waves designed to wash sensually upon our ears with majesty and wonderment. Rich in resonance, subtle in sentiment and lasting in legacy, this mesmerising process has seen NOISE become SOUND.

The Short Sounds Film Festival is the world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic sound and music. An event to champion the audio wizards that fill our heads with SOUNDS that make our heart race and SCORES that storm our souls. This October, join us in central Bournemouth for a programme of films richly authentic in their use of sound and music and a whole host of uniquely engaging experiential installations designed to challenge your very relationship with cinematic audio.

Come free your ears from the monotony of NOISE and tantalise them with the glory of cinematic SOUND

Submissions open between 1st Feb and 31st Aug

 2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet
Summary:Quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet quartet (3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2017; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest 2018.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email:

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers, clarinetists, and musicians who desire to further the repertoire of the clarinet quartet with an original composition.


1. Items must be received by December 20, 2017.

2. Applicants should email the Competition Coordinator, Antonio Fraioli and ask for a Dropbox “File Request” link. Upon receipt of this link, applicant will upload related files

3. The subject line for all email communication should read “ICA Composition Competition” followed by the applicant’s full name.

4. Scores must be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the score or in the filename. Scores must be submitted to the “File Request” Dropbox link obtained from the coordinator in item 2.

5. In a separate PDF document, include contact information (name, address, phone, website, and email), a short bio (100 words or less) and name of submitted work(s). Include the applicant’s name in document filename. (this information will not be viewed by the jury).

6. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet quartet recording in .mp3 format may be submitted.

Contest Rules

Application fee: $25 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2018 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for 3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet. The submitted work must have no prior performances.

A committee having no knowledge of the applicant will conduct the judging of scores and parts. Do not include any identification on the scores and on the .mp3 realization. The winner will be notified via email by January 31, 2018. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2018, July 6-11, 2018, in Ostend, Belgium. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2018 will be provided. If the winner is a clarinetist, he/she must be a member of the I.C.A. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetists for the premiere performance.

All scores and parts will become the property of the ICA Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library and will not be returned.

$1,000 Prize

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

Summary:Opportunity to write for quintet
Deadline: 10 July 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Association Ensemble Xenia (Turin, Italy) is happy to announce Call for Scores of the 16th EstOvest Festival, open to candidates born after January 1st 1982 from all over the world.

Association Ensemble Xenia (Turin, Italy) is happy to announce Call for Scores of the 16th EstOvest Festival, open to candidates born after January 1st 1982 from all over the world.


The aim of the EstOvest Festival is exchange between different cultures :

The winning composer will be required to write a piece for string quintet (string quartet plus cello). The composer is invited to consider this formation in the schubertian manner, with the addition of a second cello rather than a double bass. The work will be performed in the opening concert of the Festival by Ensemble Xenia and Rohan De Saram (ex Arditti quartet member).

The duration of the piece should be between 5 - 8 minutes.

The competition is for young composers born after 1st January 1982. Candidates are required to send the following :

- a short written project in English (or Italian) about the piece they intend to compose
- CV
- 2 existing scores , of which 1 for chamber formation (with preference for string quartet) - -
- audiofiles,ifpossible.
- a letter of reference if so desired

All material should be sent electronically with PDF attachments to the following address

All emails must be marked “Subject: Call for Scores – EstOvest 2017”.

The deadline is July 10th 2017.
All emails will be duly acknowledged.
The result will be announced online not later than July 17th. The selected composer will be informed by email as soon as the decision has been reached and will be asked to compose the new piece and to deliver it by email in PDF format to the same address not later than 1st September 2017.

The jury comprises
A registration fee is not required and the winner will not receive any monetary award but
EstOvest Festival guarantees full coverage on all publicity material related to the Festival as well as on our web site and social network.
For further information:
Associazione Ensemble Xenia - +39 333 9345085 - +39 3398853428
Giulio Castagnoli, composer, professor at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatoire , Turin
Eilis Cranitch, violinist, member ot the Xenia Ensemble, president Associazione Ensemble Xenia
Rohan De Saram, cellist, ex member of the Arditti Quartet
Claudio Pasceri, cellist, member of the Xenia Ensemble, Artistic Coordinator of the EstOvest Festival
Lungo Po Antonelli 17 – 10153 Torino (Italia) – tel+39 331 4320950 - - P.I. 07923720010


 Call for Works for Solo Recorder
Summary:Solo recorder works
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Kethryn Bennetts is looking for pieces for solo recorder for an ongoing concert series starting Oct 2017. Can involve microtonality, especially quarter-tones and fixed media, preferably for one performer but other instrumental combinations can be considered.


 The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017
Summary:Trio competition for young composers
Deadline: 19 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: In memory of F. Mompou and his wife C. Bravo, who were its Honorary Presidents. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Frederic Mompou’s death.


Any composer who is not over 35 years of age on December 31, 2017 can participate in this competition.
The works must be completely unknown. They must not have been previously performed, published or disseminated in any way or in any computer sound file.
The musical formation this year is for:
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

The style and scoring methods of the work are completely unrestricted. The recommended duration is between 10 and 18 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017 consists of:
The amount of €4.000. This amount will be subject to Spanish taxation.
Publishing and marketing of the winning score by Editorial Boileau publishing house.
The premiere of the work in a concert within the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) in order to create new audiences for contemporary music.
The Frederic Mompou International Award cannot be shared or declared void.
The jury reserves the right to award two honorary mentions.
The 2017 winner cannot compete again until the competition of 2020.

Presentation of the scores

The presentation of the scores must be anonymous: a pseudonym must be used.
No motto or pseudonym can be used that identifies the composer or the work presented.
The score can be written by hand or printed by means of a musical notation programme.
Incomplete scores will not be accepted. All the scores presented must be legible at first sight. A score that is badly written can be refused.
The work has to be sent as a score in DINA4 (21×29,7 cm) or similar size paper and well bound.
Please, send:
Six copies of the score, on which a title for the work and a pseudonym figure.
A sealed envelope with the same pseudonym, which includes:
1. The entry form, correctly filled in.
Entry form
2. A photocopy of an identity card, passport or proof of identity.
3. A brief curriculum vitae.
The six scores and the sealed envelope must be sent to:

Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona Premi Internacional Frederic Mompou
PO Box 5498, 08080 Barcelona-Spain

Presentation deadline: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 (incl.)

The scores that have been sent by registered post before or even on the above date will be accepted.
A copy of the scores that have not been awarded the prize will be kept in the files of the entity. During 2018, the remaining copies will be returned to their composers, if they request them.

Jury and verdict

The jury will be made up of five professionals of international prestige in the world of contemporary music, and they will be made known when the verdict is made public.
The decision of the jury will be taken by absolute majority and the verdict will not be open to appeal.
Once the verdict is determined and it is found that the winning work has not complied with all the rules, the composer will be stripped of the award.
The verdict will be announced before the end of September 2017.

Award-winning work

Once the verdict has been announced, the award will be granted. According to JMB’s concert programme, the award-winning work will be premiered in the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) concert tour, organized by Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya.
The work will be recorded by and broadcasted on the Catalan radio station Catalunya Música.
The intellectual property rights remain in the composer’s possession. In posterior recordings and programmes, the following text must be stated: “Frederic Mompou International Award for the Young Composer Competition of Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona, 2017”.
Once the award is granted, the winner is required to present a copy of the score in the programme Finale or Sibelius.
Editorial Boileau has the publishing and marketing rights to the score.
The winner must accept this point regardless of other publishing commitments.

 RESONANCES | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition
Summary:Chamber composition competition
Deadline: 27 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: City: Pushkinska 32 str. – KIEV (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Union Composers of Ukraine
Date: from 25 to 28 September 2017

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work.

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 25 to 28 September 2017 in the city of Kiev (Ukraine), inside the Union Composers.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 28 September inside the Concert Hall of Union Composers of Ukraine.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.


Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following instruments from 3 to 10 players:
soprano, mezzosoprano, piano, flute (ottavino, flute in G), clarinet ( bass clarinet), trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 percussionists (timpani, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, woodblocks).
Deadline: 27 August 2017.
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.

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

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 29 August 2017.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
€490 (euro 490 + 5% Paypal tax) to be paid no later than 01 September 2017 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of select composers from 25 to 28 September;
– Conference of the composer visitor Jerzy Kornowicz;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the Kiev Contemporary Ensemble;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Composers’ Competition RESONANCES 2017 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


Igor Shcherbakov (UKR) – President of Union Composers Ukraine
Jerzy Kornowicz (POL) – Composer
Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director Aldebaran Editions
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.


 2017 Composition Competition!!!
Summary:Trombone competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rules
• Original Compositions Only (no arrangements, no old compositions - must be composed for this competition)
• For 2 - 8 Trombones
• 2:30 - 7:30 Duration
• Deadline: September 1, 2017 at 12:00am EST

To Enter
• Fill Out Entry Form
• Send The Following To
• Composition Title
• PDF of Score & Parts
• Recording or MIDI audio as .mp3 file
• Composer Photo

• 1st Place - $200, October 7, 2017 YouTube Performance, Website Feature
• 2nd/3rd Place - YouTube Performance (potential), Website Feature
• Runners Up - Website Feature


Submissions will be ranked by a panel of judges on general quality and potential. The finalists will be announced the third week of September, and the final results will be released October 7th. Judges' sheets will be made available to the finalists, but due to the vast number of submissions, no other feedback should be expected.


 Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017 “Asian Corridor”
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 25 November 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017
“Asian Corridor”

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018. *Application Form is at bottom of the page.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
1 Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *one player. Ask for other family

Group C:
1 Left-Hand Piano

*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.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)
• Instrumentation: include all instruments from the list. (Guitar and Mandolin/Mandola can be only one player or two. )
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s) & 1 or 2 Guitar(s) & 1 Saxophone & 1 Left-Hand Piano)
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category B (Duo to Quintet)
• Instrumentation: Any combination of instruments from at least 2 different groups from the instrument list.
• YES: 1 Saxophone & any other instrument(s)
YES: 1 L-F piano & any other instrument(s)
NO: Guitar & Mandolin, Guitar Duo, Mandolin Duo (Those are accepted in Category C)
NO: Saxophone ensemble. *We have only one saxophonist.
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category C* (Performer’s Selection)
*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.
• Instrumentation:
Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
• Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
• Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

• This year’s theme is “Asian Corridor”.
This theme does not require participants to write music related to Asia in any way at all.
It is set to encourage composers to imagine the meaning of presenting their work in not another place, but in Kyoto, in Asia.
(The theme does not apply for Category C)
• Deadline 25th November 2017.
• No entry fee / No age limit
• The Submitted work must not be previously performed or published. (except Category C.)
• You may submit multiple works, however, only one work for one category will be accepted.
• The selection will be made by 10th December 2017. The result will be announced on the website. The result also will be communicated to participants by email individually.
• Approximately 6 pieces (from category A and B) 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
Kaito Nakahori (composer)
Moe Ikeda (composer / selected composer of “Call for scores 2016”)
Mami Katsuya (Program Director of Kyoto Art Center)

Rosetta (here is the member list)

The event is hosted by
Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center

Information for Selected Works & Composers

For Category A & B

• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers, except for the performing right ONLY for the concert on 12th February 2018, 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.
• Selected pieces will be internationally released on music download and streaming services (e.g. iTunes, spotify etc.) from LPC Japan
(by agreement with selected composers and LPC Japan.)
• One composer from the selection will be offered to be guest composer for 2019 edition of Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call for Scores. (¥50,000 commission fee for writing a new piece for Rosetta, and to be a member of selection committee of Call for Scores. )(additional information will be announced)

For Category C

• Selected piece will be given premier by member of rosetta, in 2018. The detail will be determined through discussion between the selected composer and the performer.
• There will be no cash prize.
• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers,
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves.
• Recording will be supplied to the composers.


Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: With VOCES8 and Apollo5 we place great emphasis on supporting the creation of new choral music and bringing new compositions to the world stage.

With that in mind, we are delighted to announce this inaugural VCM Foundation composition competition.

We are excited to receive your compositions, and to prepare the winning entry for a world premiere performance at the Gresham Centre in London in November.

Composers are invited to submit an original composition for SATB divisi a cappella. The composition must not be one that has been performed before.

Four minutes maximum.

Of the composer’s choosing, sacred or secular. The text should be in the Public Domain, of the composer’s own creation, or else be accompanied by documentation clearly con rming that the composer has secured permission to set it to music and to present it in public performance. Any costs related to securing said permission are solely the responsibility of the composer.

Number of entries
No limit per composer. However, each composition must be submitted as a separate entry.

All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page).

Compositions will be evaluated by a panel comprised of:
Jonathan Dove Composer
Barnaby Smith Artistic Director VOCES8
Paul Smith CEO VCM Foundation
Robin Tyson Head of Artist Management Edition Peters Group

Submission Process
1. An anonymous PDF file of the score together with a MIDI or Sibelius le.
2. £25 entry fee for each submission.
3. Completed information sheet:
• Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
• Title and duration of the work
• Scores and Entry Form should be sent to Ann Wright, VCM Foundation

The shortlisted compositions will be sung at a workshop led by Barnaby Smith on Saturday 11 November at the Gresham Centre. Composers may attend. However, there will not be time for them to discuss their works with Barnaby or the singers.
The winning composition will be performed in a concert by VOCES8 and Apollo5 on Tuesday 14 November at the Gresham Centre. The winning composer is encouraged to attend (travel expenses will not be provided).

Friday 15 September 2017


Summary:Guitar chamber music competition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Last year, in the contest of the 33rd International Guitar Festival of Volos, the 1st International Guitar Composition Competition for guitar and one or two other instruments from a list of six instruments, took place. 45 works from 25 countries were submitted and the Commission awarded three prizes and three honorable mentions. You can see the results for this competition at:

After the great success of last year's competition, we have the pleasure to announce the holding of the 2nd International classical guitar composition competition, continuing our contribution to the enrichment and promotion of guitar chamber music.


• The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
• The musical works should be written for one of the following combination of instruments:

1. One voice (soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, bass) and guitar
2. Flute (or/and alto) and guitar
3. Oboe (or/and English Horn) and guitar
4. Violin and guitar.

The work with voice could be a small song cycle.
Flute and the Oboe could be switched to alto, flute and E.H. respectively during the execution of the musical work.

• The duration of the work can vary from 5 to 10 minutes.
• The lyrics or the poem, or the text, etc. of the songs can be written in the following languages: Greek (including Ancient), English, French, German, Spanish and Italian (including Latin).
• In addition, for the songs it is required: to indicate the name of the poet or lyricist, etc. and or obviously no copyright to exist for the text (when e.g. more than 70 years have passed since the death of the author), either ensure the license for using the text and this to be so certified by a relevant document.
• There is no restriction for participation in projects already interpreted publicly, published in any form, or got an award in another contest.
• Each composer may participate with as many projects as he wishes (multiple entries).
• The closing date for the projects submission is that of June 30rd, 2017.

• The Judging Committee for the contest consists of Thodoros Antoniou (Chairman), Costas Cotsiolis, Leonidas Kanaris, Apostolos Paraskevas Dimitris kotronakis and Angeliki Cathariou.

There are three awards:

1st award:
• Interpretation and live recording of the composition in a concert during the 2017-18 artistic period.
• Publication of the composition by the “Papagrigoriou – Nakas” editions.
• A money prize of 300 Euro.

2nd award:
• Interpretation and live recording of the composition in a concert during the 2017-18 artistic period.
• Publication of the composition by the “Papagrigoriou – Nakas” editions.
• A money prize of 200 Euro.

3rd award:
• Interpretation and live recording of the composition in a concert during the 2017-18 artistic period.
• Publication of the composition by the “Papagrigoriou – Nakas” editions.
• A money prize of 150 Euro.

• The participants compete against the high artistic demands of the competition, so the jury reserves the right to withhold (or to divide) one or more of the prizes. And its judgment is final.
• On the contrary, the Jury retains the ability to award honorary mentions to projects whose score will approach that of the laureates.
• The results of the contest will be announced by the end of the Festival, will be posted on the Festival’s website and will be communicated to the winners via e-mail, through which they will also receive a certificate -diploma for this awarding in electronic form.
• All participants will be informed by e-mail about the results and their ranking.
• The organizers guarantee the anonymity of the participants. The only announcement shall include the prized works and their composers. Only with the assent of the composers, participating projects will be shared among interested people seeking relevant repertoire
• Participation fee is € 30 for the first composition. For each additional composition the fee is € 20 (multiple entries).
• The participation fee will be deposited in the account:
• ALPHA BANK: 01 40 3860 3860 02101051 099 GR14-SWIFT/BIC: CRBAGR in the name: KOTSIOLIS KONSTANTINOS or with PAYPAL using the following email adress: (For PAYPAL please include your name and the number of works)
Any bank charges are paid by the participant.

• On the score itself there will be not the name of the composer. A five-digit number (irregular please) of the composers’ choice will be written instead.
• The works will be sent by e-mail in PDF format (including as name of the file: “score” and the five digit number) at the address:

Also, along with the score will be sent in separate files:
• The completed entry form (titled: EF plus the 5-digit number).
• For the songs, the document that ensures the copyright (if this is the case) with file title: (CR plus the 5 digit number)
• Scanned copy (in pdf format) of the deposit slip, entitled file:( DS plus the 5 digit number). The entry form can be downloaded HERE.
• In cases of multi – entering, each project will be submitted with its own five digit number, a separate registration form for each participation and total bank receipt.
• All projects with their accompanying files will be sent with the same e-mail.
• Possible recording of the composition (regular or midi), although optional, is welcome and sent in mp3 format (together with the other accompanying files) with name of the file:( REC plus the 5 digit number)- If the size is too large please send it by “We transfer”.
• Τhe participants declare that, if awarded a prize, they will promptly send separate parts of the instruments and they will allow (without pay) the above mentioned performances and sound or/and video recordings of their work.
• For the execution of the prized songs the voices available in the Festival is tenor and mezzo and with these voices the works for baritone or soprano will be presented respectively (if the composers do not disagree). It is likely though that works for alto or bass might not be performed by the above singers (due to vocal limits).
• The compositions that will get the prizes will be published (if unpublished) under the terms already used by the above publishers for their repertoire productions.
• Participation in the contest implies automatic acceptance of the above terms.
• More details for the above, if needed, can be obtained by Leonidas Kanaris, who is responsible for the composition contest at: or at the telephone number: 0030 69760 68108


 University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival 2017 Call for Scores
Summary:Call with two categories
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017

OCTOBER 18-20, 2017


The School of Music at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville announces its third annual Contemporary Music Festival to be held October 18-20, 2017 at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. We are implementing a call for scores as well as a call for papers/presentations.

We have two concerts planned for our call; one for UTK Players and one for composers who plan to bring their own performers.
Composers may submit up to two scores for consideration for the UTK Players call, and one score for consideration for the Composer/Performer call. There is no time limit, but works under 10 minutes are more likely to be programmed to allow for a wide selection. Only one score per composer may be selected for inclusion at the conference.

Our UTK Players instrumentation includes: Flute, Trumpet, Trombone (2), Tuba, Cello (multiple), and 2-6 percussionists. Scores may utilize as few as two instruments or as many as the entire ensemble. Electroacoustic works (stereo playback) are also welcome. Fixed media electronic works are acceptable provided that they are stereo playback.

The Composer/Performer call includes all acoustic possibilities, fixed media, and electroacoustic with fixed media, stereo playback.

All score submissions should be made via THIS LINK or by pasting the following link into your browser:

Please fill out the form and include a Dropbox link (or similar filesharing link, no attachments will be accepted) to a folder with the following two files:

• FOR THE UTK PLAYERS CALL, please place the following files in a folder named:
UTCMF2017 Players Call - Last Name, First Name
If submitting multiple works, please put all materials into ONE folder.

1. A .pdf file of the score.
Please label as: UTCMF 2017_PlayersCall_lastname_firstname_title
2. An .mp3 recording if available; MIDI realizations are acceptable.
Please label as: UTCMF2017_PlayersCall_lastname_firstname_title

• FOR THE COMPOSER/PERFORMER CALL, please place the following files in a folder named:
UTCMF 2017 Composer/Performer Call - Last Name, First Name

1. A .pdf file of the score.
Please label as: UTCMF2017_ComposerCall_lastname_firstname_title
2. An .mp3 recording if available; MIDI realizations are acceptable.
Please label as: UTCMF2017_ComposerCall_lastname_firstname_title

• FOR THE PAPER/PRESENTATION CALL, please send proposal abstracts to Brendan McConville ( Paper presentations will last approximately 20 minutes with 5-10 minutes for questions. Please limit your abstract to 250 words. Supplemental materials may be sent as .pdfs.

Individuals may submit for the UTK Players Call, the Composer/Performer Call, and the paper presentations, but a separate submission must be completed for each.
The deadline for submission is Saturday, July 15, 2017, and applicants will be notified via email in late August.
There is no fee to apply for these calls. There is a $25 registration for all festival participants. If selected for participation, information for payment will be sent to you via email.

For more information regarding the call for scores, please contact Dr. Andrew Sigler at

For more information regarding the call for papers, please contact Dr. Brendan McConville at

Deadline: 15 Jul 2017

 Young Composers Challenge!
Summary:Pre-notification of competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Young Composers Challenge! The start of this year’s contest is edging nearer and nearer, and we’re super excited to see what this year’s participants will create.

Registrations will open 2nd of August, with the complete details being released on August 20th. In the meanwhile, head over to our ‘About’ page for more information on the competition.

We’ve got some spectacular judges this year, and over $10,000 in prizes. So keep an eye out for the registration form on August 2nd!

 Christopher Brooks Composition Prize
Summary:Competition for Young Composers
Deadline: 14 July 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: We are delighted to announce the third year of the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with the Rushworth Foundation. The prize provides a unique opportunity for a young artist/composer who writes original music to develop their talent and access guidance and support from a wide range of people working in the music profession.

£1,000 will be awarded to the winner of the competition. The prize-winning composer will write a new work for an ensemble from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performance in Autumn 2018, and will be supported with an individual programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from composers, performers, conductors and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.

Previous prize winners have: written new work for Ensemble 10/10 (Liverpool Philharmonic’s new music ensemble) and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir; met with international composers, artists and conductors; attended orchestra rehearsals and masterclasses; have had hands-on experience of orchestra management, recording production, librarianship and education work; have met with Liverpool Philharmonic’s contacts across the music industry.

"The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a young composer with a unique opportunity to absorb themselves in the day to day life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra is the most friendly and welcoming organisation, with everyone I've come into contact with there wanting to do anything and everything they can to help me on my way. I have been able to meet with and pick the brains of many of the players, and develop relationships with musicians and non-musicians alike. I even had the opportunity to meet childhood hero Andrew Manze!

I received two days of rehearsal on the piece I wrote for Ensemble 10/10 (the most I've had on a piece to this date!), and was blown away by the players' enthusiasm and the resulting performance. I will endeavour to maintain my relationship with the orchestra and would strongly recommend this opportunity to others."

Previous Christopher Brooks Composition Prize Winner


You should:
• be between 18 and 30 years of age on 1 October 2017
• live, work, study or have been born in the North West of England (Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria)
• not be represented by a publisher (self-published composers will be eligible)
• previous winners of the Christopher Brooks Prize are not eligible to apply

How to apply

Please submit:
• two scores of examples of original works for orchestral instruments. Scores must be submitted electronically in PDF format only. Recordings of your works can be submitted in addition to, but not instead of, scores.
• A short explanation of why you have chosen to submit these works and how you would describe your personal composition style and approaches
• a CV and list of works
• a letter of application, outlining what you would hope to gain from working with Liverpool Philharmonic.

In your covering letter, you must include the following:
• confirmation that the enclosed works are your own original compositions
• confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria
• declaration of any personal relationship with any members of the panel

Email your application to Please ensure that all your application documents are sent in one email.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted. Liverpool Philharmonic accepts no responsibility for applications not received

 Tampa Bay Symphony
Summary:Orchestra composition competition
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
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 2018 concert series* (performances April 29, 2018, 2:30pm in Clearwater, FL; May 1, 8:00pm in St. Petersburg, FL; May 6, 2:30pm in Tampa, FL). Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2017 and the symphony will read/rehearse the compositions by the finalists at rehearsal on Tuesday evening, January 16, 2018, 7:00pm. 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 three 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 16, 2018.

Deadline for submission of materials: October 1, 2017 Finalists notified by November 1, 2017
Finalists must submit parts by December 1, 2017
January 16, 2018: reading/rehearsal of finalist compositions
February 1, 2018: announcement of selected composition for the Spring 2018 concerts*
April 29, May 1 and May 6, 2018 (Winning composer must attend at least one of the performances in order 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 not exceed 12 minutes in length.
Works that have been chosen as winners or finalists in previous years may not be resubmitted. Previous winners and finalists are encouraged to submit new works.

2017 – Season 30 – winner: Allen Molineux, Trifles
Link to TBS performance of 2017 winning composition:

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, 10 violas, 10 cellos and 6 basses)
The submitted composition should include at least one full string section)
Works with Harp parts will not be considered

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 October 1,
2017. 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.

 NODUS Ensemble
Summary:Visual art themed composition competition
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: ***Call for Works: 2017 NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series***

The Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) at Florida International University (FIU) is pleased to announce a call for scores for possible performance as part of the NODUS Ensemble’s 3 concert Fall Series being held September 6, October 25, and November 29 in the main gallery of the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. Attendance at the concerts by composers whose works are selected is not required. The call is open to all composers without restrictions.

Only works that have a thematic related to visual art and/or architecture and design and that employ the following instrumentations will be considered:

~ NODUS Ensemble works for 1 to 4 performers in any combination 1 on a part for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano with or without electronics and video

~ Fixed Media Works and/or Live-Electronics with or without Video

~ Installations

Due to programming considerations works over 15 minutes will not be considered. Up to two works may be submitted for consideration.

Selected pieces will be announced through the New Music Miami web site and the NODUS Ensemble Facebook page.

Application Procedure

***Submission Deadline is August 1 (12:00 a.m. EST)***

Application Fee: $22.00 for the submission of one work, and a total of $32.50 for the submission of two works.

The application procedure consists of the following steps:

1. Submitting online payment through ticket solutions.
Select 2017 NODUS Ensemble Fall Concert Series Submission. After completing payment, you will be provided an “order number”. This is necessary for the next step. (Please note: because the submissions payment is being handled through an online ticketing system, it may be necessary to “load more events” on the web page.)

2. Filling out the online informational form.
All materials (PDFs of scores and audio files as well as a brief description of the works relation to visual art and/or architecture and design) must be submitted electronically and made available for download by supplying links to download files and/or stream audio files. Please make sure all links stay active through August 31. Please enter the “order number” obtained through the above process at the bottom of the form. This will provide proof of payment.

 2017 - 2018 Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest for Student & Amateur Composers
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 30 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (BSO), located in Lake Jackson, Texas, is sponsoring a competition for student and amateur composers.

The winner of the competition shall receive a cash prize of $500.00. Furthermore, the BSO will feature the winning composition in a public performance.

• Entries shall be original compositions between six and ten minutes duration.
• Each entry shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable payment of $10.00, payable to the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. Payment via Paypal is acceptable.
• Entries must be postmarked, or sent via email, no later than August 30, 2017.
• Each application must include a completed entry form. The entry form is available upon request at :
• The composition shall be orchestrated for performance by a full symphony orchestra.
• The composition shall not have been previously published. Additionally, the composition shall not have been performed at a concert where admission is charged. Previous performance at student recitals, faculty recitals, or other free events will not disqualify the composition.
• The winning composer shall provide a hardcopy of the score of the winning composition and the constituent parts to the BSO following notification of the judges’ decision, but before the actual award is made to the composer. Individual parts should also be sent to the BSO in pdf format.
• The winning composer shall grant a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-expiring royalty-free copyright license to the BSO for use of the winning composition. The BSO reserves the right to use the winning composition to promote the BSO including live and recorded performances.
• For the purposes of this competition:
- A student composer is defined as one currently enrolled in an educational institution.
- An amateur composer is defined as one who is not employed solely as a composer. Music teachers, band or orchestra directors, performers, copyists, etc. are considered amateur composers.
- A symphony orchestra is defined as having the normal complement of strings, with full woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon), full brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), percussion, and others as needed.

Criteria for judging are musicianship and suitability for performance.

• Submit the score in pdf format.
• Submit the recording in mp3 format.
• The composer’s name must not appear on the score. To ensure impartiality, use only a pseudonym.

Send all materials to:
Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Composition Competition
65 Bayberry Court
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

If there are any questions, please contact Philip Walker at:


 MUSLAB 2017 Call For Electroacoustic works
Summary:Electroacoustic Call 3 Categories
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Guidelines for submission of works:
• Deadline for receipt of entries will Date: July 1 2017
• They will participate works composed after January 2008
• The duration of the work will be between 5 and 15 minutes
• Only one work per category defined by composer admitted
• Entries must be signed by the author or authors (no pseudonyms)
• Works that have been previously submitted to competitions and concerts may participate if accompanied by a letter of consent for presentation and recording this show.
• There is no charge for registration

• Category A (Audio only):is open to electroacoustic music compositions of autonomous art (music band), a single independent movement duration.
• Category B (Audio and video): is open to compositions of autonomous electroacoustic music and Video, one independent movement.
• Category C (Video only): is open to compositions of Visual Art - Video Art.

Channels : Stéréo, 3.0, 4.0, 5.1, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
Formats : .aif, .wav, .mov, .mp4


You must online register and attach a file format (ZIP) with the following documents:

1) The application form completed and signed. (fill in Adobe acrobat) ↓Download call for works and application form 2017
2) One picture in good resolution.
3) A short biographical sketch of the composer. ½ page.
4) Notes of the work. ½ page.
5) Signed letter of consent.
6) El peso del archivo comprimido debe ser menor de 10 MB
A link to download your piece compleate version stereo or mutichannel version- formats : .aif, .wav, .mov, .mp4 . (you can use wetransfer or dropbox)
7) Also attach a copy in .mp3 stereo format (with your piece)

If the documentation is not complete it will not be taken into account

 Inter-American Music Awards
Summary:Solo piano competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: SIGMA ALPHA IOTA PHILANTHROPIES, INC. announces the twenty-second Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards (IAMA) competition. Since 1948 the IAMA has been one of Sigma Alpha Iota’s ways of promoting contemporary composers of the Americas and their music.

Compositions are judged by a panel of well-known composers who also compose works as a part of the IAMA composer-judge agreement. The winning composition and the compositions by the composer-judges are premiered at the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention following the competition. The works are then published by C. F. Peters Corporation for Sigma Alpha Iota. The Inter- American Music Awards Series serves a threefold purpose by presenting compositions of high musical merit to the fraternity and the public, by bringing distinction to the winning composers by linking their names to those of composers with well-established reputations, and by offering composers the bene ts that accrue from publication of their prize-winning works by a leading music publisher. Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate and alumnae members promote the IAMA series by performing the compositions and studying the other works of the composers.

The winning composition will be premiered at the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, July 26-30, 2018.

The composer of the winning composition will receive a $2,500 cash award at the convention. Transportation to the convention andlodging for three nights will be provided for the winning composer.

The C. F. Peters Corporation will publish and copyright the winning composition and register it with the Library of Congress. Royalties will be shared equally between the composer and Sigma Alpha Iota.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to any composer residing in North, Central, or South America, regardless of nationality, race, creed, or gender. Prior winners and composers who are, or have ever been, students of the composer-judges are ineligible. The applicant’s previous compositions shall not have been published by nationally/internationally known
music publishers.

COMPOSITION: The composition shall be for Solo Piano. It should be 3-10 minutes in length. The composition shall not have been published, recorded (other than for the purpose of submitting a recording to accompany the application) or performed publicly prior to entry in the IAMA competition. Once submitted, the work shall not be announced, performed, or recorded until the IAMA winner is presented at the National Convention.

ENTRIES: More than one work may be submitted, with each submission sent in a separate mailing. Send two copies of each composition along with the application, to Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc., One Tunnel Rd. Asheville, North Carolina 28805.

DEADLINE: The manuscripts shall be postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2017

PSEUDONYM: The name of the composer shall appear on the entry blank but not on the composition. To ensure anonymity during judging, the composer shall sign both the entry blank and the composition with the same pseudonym in her/his own handwriting. The composer-judges must not know the candidate’s name until the winner of the competition is selected.

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION: The score should be computer engraved, and camera-ready.

DECISION OF THE JUDGES: The decision of the judges is nal. The judges reserve the right to declare no winner, in which case the cash prize will revert to the Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards fund.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER: The winner of the IAMA competition will be of cially announced at the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention in July 2018.

PREMIERE PERFORMANCE: Sigma Alpha Iota will premiere the winning composition at the 2018 Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention. Prior to the formal premiere at convention, the winning composer will attend a rehearsal of the work.

BREACH OF THE RULES: Should a breach in any of the rules governing the competition be revealed after the winner is selected, Sigma Alpha Iota reserves the right to cancel the award and grant the prize to the judges’ second choice.

RETURN OF MANUSCRIPTS: Manuscripts will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with suf cient postage or international reply coupons is provided. The fraternity and the composer-judges will use every care to protect the submitted manuscripts while they are in their possession. However, neither Sigma Alpha Iota nor the judges accept responsibility for any claims arising out of loss, damage, or destruction of the submitted manuscripts. Applicants should retain a copy of the score.


 The TAMU Composition Competition and Symposium
Summary:Compositions for woodwind quintet
Deadline: 17 November 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Special guests Eric Ewazen and the Oregon Wind Quintet

The Texas A&M University Composition Competition and Symposium announces a call for scores to composers born after December 31, 1992 who reside in the United States. Composers are invited to submit new works for woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) of approximately 7–12 minutes in duration. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium, a performance by the Oregon Wind Quintet and travel expenses to attend the performance and symposium in College Station, Texas. The winning composer will be required to attend the symposium and give a brief talk on his or her music.

Rules for Submission
• There is no entry fee.
• Each composer may submit one score.
• The submitted work(s) may have been previously performed but may not have won any previous competition.
• Anonymous submission is not necessary.
• An electronic version of the score is required and a recording is strongly encouraged. MIDI realizations are acceptable. Both must be submitted through Music Avatar.
• Score format should be PDF.
• Recording format should be MP3.

Submitting Work
• Works need to be submitted via Music Avatar.
• You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
• After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named "The Texas A&M University Composition Competition and Symposium" to submit work.
• Follow the prompts to enter your information, upload your materials, and complete your submission.

• November 17, 2017 by 11:59 P.M. CDT (UTC -5:00): Deadline for submissions
• December 8, 2017: Notification of winner
• December 15, 2017: Winner’s score and parts must be delivered in hard copy to the Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies
• February 27–March 1, 2018: Symposium at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX

The preliminary judging panel will include Texas A&M University faculty composers. The Oregon Wind Quintet and guest composer Eric Ewazen will select the winning composition.

More Information
Inquiries should be sent to This event is made possible by the College of Liberal Arts Strategic Development Fund and the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University.


 SIGURD RASCHER | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition
Summary:Saxophone composition competition
Deadline: 25 July 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: City: Tchaikovsky str. 7 – Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Lviv Philhamonic Society
Date: from 28 to 31 August 2017

The International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER 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 american saxophonist of 20th century Sigurd Rascher (1907-2001).
All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work by choosing from 7 to 23 players.

The 1st International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER from 28 to 31 August 2017 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 31 August inside the Concert Hall of Lviv Philharmonic Society.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.


Each composer must submit a music score choosen in 2 following sections with sax soloist from 7 to 23 players:
1) 1 sax soloist (tenor, or alto, or soprano), 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 contrabbass, 1 or 2 percussionists;
2) 1 sax soloist (tenor, or alto, or soprano), string orchestra ( max 6 violins I, 4 violins II, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses), 1 or 2 percussionists.
Deadline: 25 July 2017.
The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

Gianni Alberti – Sax

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

Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
–The score, from 7 to 23 players, 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 28 July 2017.
Each composer selected for the International Music Composers’ Competition 2017 will be notified by email and must send the instrumental parts no later than 03 August 2017.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
– €450 (euro 450) for the category 1;
– €590 (euro 590) for the category 2, to be paid no later than 03 August 2017 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of selected composers from 13 to 17 July;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the Lemberg Contemporary Ensemble Lviv and Lemberg Sinfonietta;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASHER 2017 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
Bogdana 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.


 Solo Harp Music Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Deadline 1st July 2017
this deadline has been extended

Eligibility of Applications:

The Future Blend Project 2017 / 2018 is open to all composers, regardless of age, sex or nationality.
All submitted pieces must be new works, unpublished and unperformed.
Each composer can submit as many compositions as they wish in their application.
Compositions by more than one composer are not eligible for application.
Length: up to 10 minutes (10:00)
Instrumentation: Harp solo only
There is a one off £5 entry fee.

Aims and Objectives of the Competition:

From all entries, ten (10) compositions will be selected for performance, which will be premiered at the 3rd Hidden Gem Concert, in January 2018, in the Competition finals. Among these 10 finalists, a winner will be chosen by the vote of the audience, and the collaboration of composer and harpist of the winning piece will win a cash price of £250. The top five (4) runers up are chosen by this years judges; Dominic Sewell (, Edmund Jolliffe ( and Fran Barsby ( This decision is based on the quality of the composition and their professionalism throughout the project. The winner of the Future Blend Best Collaboration award is awarded by audience votes.


1st prize
The Future Blend Project Best Collaboration 2018 - £250 Cash Prize and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018.
2nd Prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2017 and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018.
​3rd prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018

Selection Procedure:

The competition will be held in two rounds: preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert – Competition Finals.
1) Preliminary selection of the works for the Competition Finals:
A distinguished international jury of harpists will select ten (10) pieces out of the applications received for the Competition. These works shall be the Finalists in the competition.
The decision of the Jury and the list of the pieces shortlisted for the Finals shall be published by August 1st 2017, on the website. Within a week following the publication of the list of Finalists, composers will be paired with the a harpist to work with, throughout the project.
2) Competition Finals:
Ten (10) pieces chosen by the jury will be performed in January 2018.
The winner of the audience vote at the concert will win the Future Blend Project Collaboration Award 2018 and a cash prize of £250.
Five of the finalists will be selected by a jury and have their work published free of charge by PoppyHarp publishing.
All Finalists will have their pieces performed in the Competition Finals - the Hidden Gem Concert 2018 and will be audio and video recorded. These recordings will be used for promotional purposes, including making the recording available on the internet in its entirety.

Submission Procedure:

To submit your entry, please send your piece along with a short biography using the contact form below.

- upload an anonymous of the PDF score
- a short anonymous biography of the composer in English
- a computer simulation or audio file of the piece

Once you have submitted your piece please make sure you pay the £5 years subscription to the Future Blend Project by clicking the button below. If you do not pay your subscription your submission will not be valid.

Judging is blind, therefore composers must remove all identifying labels and printed names from all the above mentioned materials to assure anonymity before the judges.

 Juice Vocal Ensemble: Call for Works
Summary:Vocal trio call
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Juice Vocal Ensemble are excited to announce a call for works as part of the City, University of London's Meredith Monk 75th birthday tribute concert. The call is open to all composers of any nationality and age. It should be no more than 4 minutes in length and should be lucidly inspired by Monk's work.

Instrumentation can be either a cappella SSA or SSA voices plus handheld percussion/found sounds etc. (to be played by the ensemble). The works can include extra-vocal techniques and graphic notation.

We strongly recommend visiting our Writing For Juice guidelines, and also listening to our albums on Spotify, as well as of course, the work of Meredith Monk!

If you have a query about the music you're writing, email:

All submissions should be sent as PDFs; audio files (recommended) should be sent as links to (for example, Dropbox or WeTransfer), or as private links to SoundCloud pages. Please do not email mp3s directly.

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) September 1st 2017

Works selected will be announced in mid-September and performed at City University, London on October 10th.

Send your piece to:

 2017 Ottawa Guitar Society Young Composers Competition
Summary:Guitar Call for Scores
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: The Ottawa Guitar Society welcomes submissions of unpublished new works for solo guitar.

• Participants must be Canadian and currently enrolled as a student and/or under the age of 30.
• Pieces must be for six string guitar with no electronic elements and must be from 5 to 8 minutes in length. Submissions must be composed for this competition.

• Scores will be created using Finale or Sibelius and submitted in PDF format to the following email:
• Scores must contain the title of the piece only with no name. Participant names will only be included in the submission email and will be revealed to the jury after a winner has been selected.
• An audio recording must be included with the score. MIDI is accepted, but not preferred.

Entry Fee:
• $40 by cheque (made out to “Ottawa Guitar Society”), cash, or e-mail transfer to the above submission e-mail.

• October 1st, 2017 (winner announced on October 22nd).

• $400 and a premier performance by a select local guitarist at the 13th annual Guitare Alla Grande Festival in February 2018.
• The jury’s decision will be final.

Additional Stipulations (June 2016)
• All applicants must pay the registration fee prior to the competition deadline.
• The jury reserves the right to declare a no-contest.
• The organization committee reserves the right to cancel the competition should a minimum requirement of entries not be met. In this event, applicants will receive a full refund.
• Any unforeseen circumstances will be referred by the jury to the executive committee of the OGS for a final decision.

2016 Competition
The society is pleased to announce that the winning score for our inaugural 2016 composition competition is ‘Astral Projection’ by Ottawa guitarist and composer Nathan Bredeson. The piece was premiered at the Guitar Alla Grande Festival in February 2017 by Daniel Ramjattan.

The society would like to thank all the young composers who submitted their work and the members of the jury for donating their time and expertise. We’re looking forward to the second edition in 2017!


 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn
Summary:Works for solo performer
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo horn. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn to be premiered on November 15, 2017 at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland. This call for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is looking for solo horn works inspired by specific texts of literature, poetry, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
• Deadline to submit works is September 15, 2017
• Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.
• Works should be for solo horn only.
• All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
• No works over a minute will be reviewed.
• Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
• Composers are encouraged to write works inspired by specific texts of poetry, literature, etc. (Texts should be named in the program notes.)
• Works that utilize the low register of the horn are encouraged
• Works need to be submitted online at

• You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
• After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named "Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn" to submit work.
• You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program notes.
• You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.)
• Please include the dedication to Sam Bessen on the score.
• Performance notes should be included in the score.

Composers will be contacted via email of the results and will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.

Sam Bessen
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Bessen is a horn performer and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Bessen recently completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Denise Tryon. As a performer, Bessen seeks to bring together performer and audience in engaging and innovative recitals often featuring new and obscure works for horn. He recently performed an acclaimed recital at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was subsequently invited to perform on the Museum's ART/SOUND/NOW series on July 27, 2017. He can be heard in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's recordings with Marin Alsop of works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Kernis, as well as in John Steinmetz' "Three Pieces for Ten Winds" with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Examples of Sam Bessen's playing can be heard here:

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene. "...the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. " - Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner

More can be found be found at:

Music Avatar
Music Avatar is an online submission system to upload music online. It creates a hassle free process for the composer to submit, update, and upload a submission with confidence that the opportunity will receive it. Check out Music Avatar for more composer opportunities.

For more information visit:

Vox Novus
Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. The organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public's vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Projects Vox Novus is known for producing are 60x60, Composer’s Voice and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

For More information visit:


 KALEIDOSCOPE - call for scores
Summary:Chamber and orchestral call
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: Kaleidoscope is happy to announce a call for scores for unaccompanied, chamber music, and orchestral works to be premiered in our 4th season (2017-2018).

Over half of the music we performed in our 3rd season was by living composers, which included 16 premieres (12 of which were chosen from last year's call for scores).

Applications are due July 15.

This call is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.

Submitted works need to be a west coast premiere (California and neighboring states), if not also a US or world premiere.

Works with one or more soloists (including voice), focusing on one section (like string orchestra), or less traditional instruments or performance practice are also welcome.

Selected pieces will be professionally recorded and composers will be reimbursed for international travel to and from Los Angeles and be offered 1 week of housing accommodations leading up to performances.

For more info and to apply, go to:

 North Country Electronic Music Festival 2017
Summary:Call for Electronic Music Performances
Deadline: 09 July 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: The North Country Electronic Music Festival (NCEMF) is seeking composers and performers connected to the North Country for our 2017 festival, to be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont. Those selected will be given a 15 minute set on the festival.

NCEMF is presented by TURNmusic in cooperation with the South End Art Hop, and hosted by Kavlos & Damian, who will interview composers and performers live between sets. NCEMF is founded and directed by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Anne Decker, and David Morneau.

NCEMF is both a showcase of electroacoustic art and an opportunity to overcome weather and geography to meet other artists working in the North Country, which we define as the region of the United States and Canada that is north and east of Albany, NY.

Submission guidelines:
1) The North Country Electronic Music Festival is seeking electronic music performances for our festival on September 9, 2017, at Arts Riot in Burlington, Vermont. Performances will begin at 10am and will run through 5pm. We will work out the schedule in advance, but please plan to attend the full day in order to support your fellow north country musicians.

2) Each artist selected must present electronic music that includes a performance element. The electronic element can be fixed playback or can be generated in performance. We strongly prefer music that is electronically developed or augmented, not simply amplified or modified. So, for example, music consisting solely of a guitar plugged into a distortion pedal and amplified is not what we're looking for.

3) Each performance is limited to 15 minutes. The schedule for this event is very tight and we cannot accommodate longer works. If you are planning to perform an open or freely improvised work, please plan to bring a stopwatch or a clock to keep track of your performance. Performances shorter than 15 minutes are welcome.

4) Due to the number of pieces being presented during this event, each performance setup must be self-contained. You will be able to send two audio channels to the house system. Everything else needs to be connected within your own setup. At the event, you will be able to pre-set your gear in a designated staging area. During a break between performances you will have 5 minutes to move your setup into the performance area. Please note that there will not be time for a full sound check, only a line check to be sure that everything is working properly.

 Composition competition - Season of music #3
Summary:Themed Call for Scores
Deadline: 26 June 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: How to participate

1. Compose your own music for FALL!
2. Click “Enter Now” on the Challenge page to upload your sound source!
You must insert tags that will best feature your composition!
(#AutumnMusic #CalmSong #RomanticSong #BreakupSong)

3. Sell the sound source uploaded for the Challenge on Grafolio market

※ Uploaded sound source must be sold on the Grafolio market in order to complete application.
※ Please download the "Detailed Guide" below.


* UTC+09 (Korean Standard Time)
Submission Period May 15, 2017 ~ June 26, 2017
Voting Period May 15, 2017 ~ July 06, 2017
Winner Announcement July 12, 2017


Copyright and the neighboring rights of each entry belongs to the creator.
All entries on Grafolio may be exposed within the limits set in the Grafolio terms of use and if chosen, may be further utilized as directed in this notice.
The following entries will be excluded from the evaluation. Even in the event that such a work wins, the award will be canceled and any support funds will be revoked.
- Works which have already won in either national or overseas competitions.
- Works which have plagiarized other works or are acknowledged to violate the intellectual property right of others.
- Works which disrupt public order or are offensive.
- Any problems including the above related to entries are the legal responsibility of the applicant.
1. Does it have to be music without lyrics?
No. You can submit either instrumental music without lyrics or vocals, or music with vocals.
2. Can I apply with music that I have already published on Grafolio.
Yes, you can. You don’t need to re-upload them. Just click on the uploaded song and click “edit”, and choose the challenge of interest. Your submission will be complete when you sell the song. Please make sure you read carefully the guidelines to enter the challenge!
3. Market Seller Registration is difficult.
Please refer to the “Detailed Guide” at the top of the Challenge.
4. If I do not sell the sound source to market, can I not apply the challenge?
You must complete the sales of music on market to complete application.
5. It is difficult to set price by license.
Please refer to the Detailed Guide item 3-4.
6. Are there any restrictions on the running time (duration, length)
There are no restrictions on the length, but we recommend a length between one to four minutes.
7. Are tags required?
Yes. Please don’t forget to insert tags that best feature your song. With tags, more people can search your song. e.g.) SadSong, BedtimeSong, HealingSong, JoyfulSong, CalmSong.
8. I want to know whether I participated in the challenge properly.
If your work has been properly submitted to the Challenge, a banner of “Entry work of Grafolio BGM Composition Challenge vol. Autumn” will be shown on top of the page.
9. I completed the registration at Market. Am I done participating?
No. After the review is done, you should click ”Start the sale” for a complete participation. Review will take 2-5 days or more. * Product Registration (by you) -> Completion of review (by Grafolio) -> Start the Sale (by you)
10. The challenge ends on June 26th. Does that mean that the sales should start or be registered until then?
Sales can be registered or started by July 6th, the end date for voting. * For more inquiries, please contact
Award and Benefits

Winner : 20 people x 1 million KRW prize money each
Cheer Up award : 5 people x Spectrasonics Keyscape (Product delivery, worth of 560,000 KRW )

※ You will be paid USD by applying the exchange rate on the announcement day (July 12th).

 The Solo and Chamber Timpanist's Initiative
Summary:Compositions featuring timpani
Deadline: 10 September 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: The Solo and Chamber Timpanist's Initiative is thrilled to announce our first-ever call for new solo and chamber timpani music. SCTI recognizes a shortage in timpani repertoire best attributed to the many challenges faced by composers when writing for this instrument.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
$200 cash prize
Live broadcasted performance of composition
Studio recording of composition

Four Runner-Ups will receive:
$200 cash prize
Live broadcasted performance of composition
Studio recording of composition

Submissions MUST …

Feature the timpani in a prominent and soloistic role.
Have been composed in the last ten years.
Utilize no more than six musicians.
Not exceed fifteen minutes. May be apart of a larger work.
Not exceed the use of one grand piano.

Submission Deadline: September 10th, 2017 11:59 PM EST

Submissions may consist of one or more movements from a larger work.
Multi percussion setups are allowed and encouraged, provided that the timpani serve as a primary voice in the ensemble.
Exceeding the typical range of the timpani or using more than four drums renders your piece less accessible for public performance.
Pieces that utilize instruments that are accessible in conservatory setting are preferred. These include but are not limited to: winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano, celeste, and voice.
Please make every effort to use unconventional sounds tastefully. These include preparing the timpani with cymbals, temple bowls, and crotales, striking timpani bowls and rims, and striking the timpani heads with brushes and/or other unconventional beaters.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all relevant materials by emailing If files exceed standard sizes, please share a Google-Drive folder instead. This will require the use of a Google affiliated email account.

Submission files may include:

Program Notes/Concept
Musical Score
Setup Diagram(s)
Synthetic or Acoustic Recording


 Call for Submissions: Chor Leoni’s Canadian Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: (Vancouver, BC) Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce the second annual Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4). Three finalist compositions will be selected by the choir’s Artistic Director, and an independent panel of judges will determine their rankings (first prize $2000, second prize $1000, third prize $500).

In addition to the financial prizes, the composers of the three works will be brought to Vancouver in February 2018, where they will stay in the luxurious Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for three nights. They will collaborate in a rehearsal with Chor Leoni, attend the premiere, participate in a dialogue with the audience at C/4 on Friday, February 23rd at the Orpheum Annex (8pm), and also receive a recording. This competition is generously sponsored by James and Leslie Carter.

• $2000 first prize | $1000 second prize | $500 third prize;
• travel to and accommodation in Vancouver from Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 23, 2018;
• attendance of a workshop/rehearsal with Chor Leoni on their works on Wednesday, February 21st;
• attendance of the premiere at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Orpheum Annex;
• participation in an in-concert conversation with Erick Lichte from the stage at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018;
• a professional recording of Chor Leoni singing the work.

• The composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or landed immigrant.
• The work must be for up to 4-part male choir, TTBB voicing; occasional divisi is allowed.
• The work may be a cappella or include piano accompaniment.
• Target length of work should be 3 – 6 minutes.
• Preference will be given to new works but previously performed compositions may be accepted.
• The composer must secure rights to any non-public domain texts, and verification of secured rights for use of texts must be included with submission;
• Scores must be submitted in computer engraved format as a PDF file;
• Submissions must include an mp3 of the score’s midi file.
• Preference will be given to works newly composed for this competition.

Deadline for submissions: Scores must be received by 6pm PST December 15, 2017.

Send scores for consideration to Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni, at Finalists will be notified the week of Jan 15, 2018.



 Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: Two Emily Dickinson texts have been chosen for the inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition (both should be set for SATB):


In this short Life
that only (merely) lasts an hour
how much—how
little— is
within our


Look back
on Time
with kindly

He doubtless
did his best—
How softly
sinks his
trembling Sun
in Human
Nature’s West—

These Dickinson texts are in the public domain. True Concord thanks The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections as the source of the original.

Submissions will be adjudicated by Dale Warland, composer, founding conductor of Dale Warland Singers, and frequent collaborator with Stephen Paulus; and Dan Asia, professor of composition at University of Arizona.

You can submit your score and MIDI recording by emailing Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.


Summary:Video Game Composition Competition
Deadline: 10 July 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band is pleased to announce its 2017 Video Game Composition Competition. We seek a composer to create an original video game score for symphonic wind band. The winning entry will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert on October 21, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City. Submissions will be accepted from composers under the age of 35.

1. Compose one minute of loop, entry-level play music to underscore new game play footage.
Click here for the full footage.
2. Compose one minute of loop music that builds on top of the entry-level play music for advanced/level-up play.
3. The entry-level play music should still be recognizable in the advanced play section.
4. Entries should be composed for symphonic wind band:

Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe 1 and 2, Bassoon 1 and 2, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Eb Alto Clarinet (optional), Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional), Bb Soprano Saxophone (optional), Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1, 2, 3 and 4, Trombone 1, 2, and 3 (or bass trombone), Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (10 players, including piano and mallets)

Preference will be given to compositions that utilize the full instrumentation.

1. Completed entries will consist of 4 files:
• Full score in PDF format for entry level composition;
• Full score in PDF format for advanced level composition; submit this score with the first thirty seconds of the entry-level play music which then cuts abruptly to the one minute of advanced play music;
• Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of entry-level composition;
• Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of advanced level composition
*Recordings need not be submitted as a synced movie file
2. Please use a pseudonym. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than “pseudonym”_1 for the entry level composition and “pseudonym”_2 for the advanced level composition. Please use the same naming system as the file name for all files.
3. In addition to the 4 files above, please submit a Resume/CV and put [Video Game Composition Competition “YOUR FULL NAME”] in the subject line. Submissions should be sent to: Please do not send hard copies. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.
4. A panel made up of the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Artistic Production Committee and Video Game Creators will judge the submissions.
5. The winner will subsequently compose 3-4 additional short game-play music sections including Game Over and Bonus. The composer will also be consulted on creating the most effective “Pickpocket Successful” or Pickpocket Unsuccessful” sound effects using live instruments.
6. The winning selection will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert at 7:00 PM on October 21st, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City.
7. The winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be considered to continue as composer for the full game development. The game creators will decide this separate from the LGBAC composition competition.
8. Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 10, 2017. There is no fee to enter. The winner will be notified by July 21, 2017.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Henco Espag, Music Director of the Symphonic Band at

Our mission is to provide the LGBTQ community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates, and challenges us to grow.

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps was founded in 1979 as a community band and continued to develop and grow over the past 37 years into a 90-piece marching band and 120-member symphonic ensemble. Symphonic Band members represent a broad range of musical abilities from seasoned musicians and music educators to individuals picking up an instrument for the first time in years. Our community is made up of people from all parts of the LGBTQ community, as well as straight allies.


Summary:Call for Chamber Works
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: The Ensemble Impronta is pleased to announce a “Call for Scores” for the project “Human Machine”.

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

Disklavier, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello.

No doublings allowed.

We look for a piece that takes into account the mechanical aspect of the Disklavier and the expressive dimension of the human beings, and the possibility to establish a dialogue between these two different features.

The selected work will be performed at the Yamaha Concert Hall in Vienna on 20 October 2017.

Additionally there is also the possibility for the winning composer to publish his/her work with the Edition Impronta.

Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must not be longer than 7 minutes. There is no minimum duration. The submitted pieces can be already performed, but they have to focus on the subject of the concert.

Submission Guidelines
There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Account Holder: Impronta – Ensemble für neue Musik e.V.
IBAN: DE75 7002 2200 0020 0465 62
Bank Name: Fidor Bank AG

OR Paypal (see website link)

Reason for payment: CALL FOR SCORES HUMAN MACHINE 2017

List of documents to be attached:

1) Score in pdf format. Submitted pieces must be anonymous, only the title of the piece should appear on the score.
Handwritten scores will be also accepted, but they should be perfectly readable.

2) Mp3 simulation (NOT compulsory)

3) Short biography of the composer

4) Commentary of the submitted works (NOT compulsory)

5) Receipt or screenshot of entry fee payment.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid within 23:59, Vienna time, of 1 September 2017. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. The winning work will be announced latest by 10 September 2017. The decision of the jury is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms.

The winning composer must provide the parts latest by 20 September 2017. If the score includes the Disklavier, its part must be sent in Sibelius or Finale format.

For further info write to:

The selected composer retains the ownership of the copyright for the selected work but he/she has to grant Impronta Ensemble irrevocable right to use and perform the work at the scheduled concert in Vienna without any further compensation.

Deadline: 1 September 2017, 23:59 (Vienna time)

Entry fee: 25 Euros per submission, 15 Euros for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer.

Application must be sent through the Application Form below.

 2018 Female Band Composition Competition Information
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: Call for Compositions
We are excited to announce the call for scores for the 2018 Female Band Composition Competition. We are looking for band works that are approximately Grade Three level. The aim is to support works that appeal to a wide array of abilities and tastes. Please see below for all of the details.

The Composition
1) Submissions must:
· be composed by someone who self-identifies as a female composer
· be an original, unpublished composition for band.
· be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
· be approximately a difficulty level of Grade 3 (based on the 1-6 grade level system).
· have been written within 5 years of the deadline.

2) Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include a .pdf score, a recording (mp3, AAC, .wav, .aiff, etc.) and a completed entry form. While applicants are encouraged to send actual recordings, MIDI realizations will be accepted. PLEASE COMPRESS ALL AUDIO FILES SENT SO AS TO MINIMIZE FILE SIZE.
3) Scores must not include the composer’s name, in order to facilitate blind judging.

4) Composers may re-submit non-winning compositions from this or other competitions. However, once a work has been awarded a prize in any competition, it may not be submitted again.

5) Concertos or solos/ensembles with band accompaniments are not acceptable.

6) The maximum instrumentation is as follows:
· Flute (div. in a maximum of 2) + Piccolo*
· Clarinet (div. in a maximum of 3) + bass clarinet*
· Oboe* (2 parts)
· Saxophone: Alto (div. in a maximum of 2), Tenor, Baritone*
· Bassoon* (1 part)
· Trumpet (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Horn* (div. in a maximum of 2)
· Trombone (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Euphonium (1 part B.C. & transposed for T.C.)
· Tuba
· Double Bass
· Percussion in 4 parts (maximum 2 mallet instruments) + Timpani

* N.B.: Solos written for instruments marked (*) should be cross-cued in other instruments.

The Competition Rules
1) Shannon Shaker (ASU) will oversee the competition.
2) Submissions will be accepted from individuals who self-identify as female.
3) The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017
4) The composer of the winning composition will receive a travel stipend of up to $1,000 to attend a rehearsal and the premiere of the piece.
5) All copyright, mechanical rights, and royalty rights remain with the composer.
6) The winner will be announced by email; notification will be sent to all applicants and panel membership, and results will be posted on the Kappa Kappa Psi - Beta Omicron website:
7) The decision of the jury will be final.
8) Members of the jury will receive a score and set of parts of the winning composition.
9) The piece will be premiered by Arizona State University's Concert Band, conducted by Shannon Shaker on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. It is the hope of the competition that the winning composer will be able to attend a rehearsal and this performance.

To ask questions about the competition, contact Shannon Shaker at:

The Sponsor
Kappa Kappa Psi, Beta Omicron is sponsoring this project. For information on how to be involved, including donating to the project, contact Aliyah Qualls at:
For all additional questions, please contact Shannon Shaker at:
Submission Guidelines
Complete the following google form to submit your entry
2) Email a .pdf of your score (name omitted) and audio file to Shannon Shaker at:
*The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017

 The Tenth Annual Texas Tech Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest
Summary:Trombone competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: The TTU Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest Committee is requesting an original musical work with the following characteristics:

Duration 6 - 8 minutes in length

Instrumentation: Bass Trombone Soloist and Trombone Ensemble. The ensemble may consist of 4 – 8 parts, at the discretion of the composer.

Type of Work: Stand Alone Concert Piece, to be performed at the Fifteenth Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference, January 12 – 14, 2018 at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Charles Vernon, Bass Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, is the scheduled feature artist for the conference.

A $1,000.00 Cash Prize will be awarded to the winning composition.

Additional awards may be granted at the discretion of the contest adjudication panel.


Summary:Wind Ensemble Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Categories
• Undergraduate Composers
o For composers currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music
o Composers should not be over the age of 26

• Post-Graduate and Professional Composers
o This category is geared towards students working toward advanced degrees in music and professional musicians
o All composers over the age of 26 can apply for this category regardless of student or professional status

Guidelines for the compositions are:
• Entries should be original works, not arrangements.
• Entries should be composed for small wind ensemble. Suggested instrumentation is: Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1 and 2, Trombone 1, 2, and 3, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion parts needing no more than 4 players to perform.
o Deviations from this instrumentation may be accommodated. Please contact contest coordinator Chris Dobbins at with specific questions
• Entries should have a music grade level between 3 and 5.
• Works should be no longer than 10 minutes.
• Entries should be new pieces composed within the last five years.
• Pieces entered should be World Premiere performances if selected as a winner.

Entries will be judged as follows:

1. Completed entries will consist of a completed entry form (link below), a score in PDF format, and a recording in MP3 format. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than the name of the piece. Please use the name of the piece as the file name for both files.

2. A panel of Washington and Lee University music faculty members may choose up to one winner in each of the above categories. All entrants in the Undergraduate Composers category will receive feedback from the panel about their compositions. Composers entering the Post-Graduate and Professional category may receive comments upon request.

3. Winning pieces will be premiered by the Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble during the 2017-18 academic year.

4. Winners will receive audio and video recordings of the premier performance, a $300 prize, and help in contacting publishing companies if there is desire on the part of the winning composer to have the piece published.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2017, and parts for winning submissions must be digitally delivered by August 28, 2017.


 Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Competition for German Composers
Deadline: 28 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino ( announces an international composition competition to promote each year the new music of a different European nation.

The 2017 competition will be dedicated to Germany.

The 2017 Competition is open to German composers – officially of German nationality – between 18 and 40 years old (on 28th July 2017).

The compositions should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

The compositions must be compatible with the following orchestral instrumentation:
- strings (maximum
- 1 flute
- 2 oboes (no english horn)
- 2 bassoons (no contrabbassoon)
- 2 french horns
The new pieces could use completely or in part the instrumentation above.

The compositions may be submitted in PDF (full score) by 28th July 2017 to the following e- mail address:

An audio file (mp3), derived from MIDI rendition, can also be submitted together with the score. Do not send MIDI files or other file formats.

The scores may be written using any music notation software and clearly legible. Competitors can take part in only one composition. The compositions must be unpublished, never performed, nor broadcasted by radio, television and/or streaming, nor presented, awarded and/or reported in other competitions.

To ensure your anonymity to the jury, please make sure that your score is NOT marked with your name but with a motto. In the same e-mail, please also provide the following information (which will not be available to the jury):

A) your contact information (name, address, e-mail, phone)
B) a short description of your life, studies and works.
C) copy of a valid identification document (that proves your age and German nationality)
D) receipt of payment of registration fee

Summary:Duo Call for Scores
Deadline: 20 September 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Call for scores, TILT ENSEMBLE (Electric TILT Duo)
TILT Ensemble is pleased to announce a Call For Scores in order to expand his repertoire with new works by contemporary composers. This Call for Scores wants to expand the repertoire of the ELECTRIC TILT DUO (Antonio Bellandi, Electric Piano - Sergio Sorrentino, electric guitar).
The scores must to be write for Electric Piano (Fender Rhodes) and Electric Guitar.
Pieces can involve also electronics or tape. Submitted pieces may be no longer than 12 minutes in duration. There is no minimum duration.

Composers may submit multiple works using a single email. Submissions must be original through compositions, not arrangements. Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores. There are no restrictions on the works submitted, pieces can be composed specifically for this project and Electric TILT Duo, and also pieces may have been previously performed, recorded, and/or awarded.

We will select a maximum of three compositions, which will be performed by the TILT Ensemble before the end of 2017.
The three winner compositions will be performed in the Palace of the Captain of Uzzano (PT), the place where Giacomo Puccini composed the second and third act of Bohème. TILT Ensemble will produce a CD including the three winner compositions. The recording will be published with an historical contemporary music international record label. The first one winner composition will be published by DA VINCI EDITIONS, Osaka.
There is a fee of 20 euro.
Each composer can participate with more works (up to three) paying only one fee.

The fee must to be payed by bank transfer to:
Accademia Musicale Uzzanese “G. Puccini”
IBAN: IT31H0835870550000000760247

The compositions that will be winners will be performed by the TILT Ensemble during the 2017 Concert Season and the firstt one will be published by DA VINCI EDITIONS, Osaka.
TILT Ensemble will make a CD with the three winner compositions. The recording will be published with an historical contemporary music international record label.

The work should be sent, by e-mail to and to
no later than september 20, 2017

The e-mail must contain:
Brief biography of the author (Max 300 characters)
Contact information of composer, in a separated file (e mail address, telephone, etc.)
Score in PDF format (score must to be without name of composer)
Short description of the piece.
A copy of the receipt for the payment of the entry fee.

For informations:

Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: SATB Choir competition as part of Satya Dharma Gita National Choir Festival.

Details available here:


Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 28 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: The Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional del Paraguay- OSIC, the Centro Cultural de la República "El Cabildo" and the Instituto Paraguayo de Musicología dependent on the Casa Bicentenario de la Música "Agustín Barrios", organizes the First International Competition of Symphonic Composition, in homage to the Centennial of the birth of the writer Augusto Roa Bastos and 30 years anniversary of the death of the composer Carlos Lara Bareiro, which will be governed by the followings rules:

1- Paraguayan and foreign composers will be able to participate, without limit of age.

2- The competition will have two categories:
A - Composition category for tenor and orchestra, which should be written on a text by Augusto Roa Bastos.
B - Orchestral composition category.

3- The works presented, in both categories, should not have been performed in public audition nor registered by some media of mechanical reproduction before the jury's decision.

4- Only one composition per participant will be admitted. The same candidate may not participate in both categories. The composition must be presented under a pseudonym that does not allow the identification of the author.

5- At most, the work must be written to the OSIC orchestral workforce for: 3 flutes (1 changes as a piccolo), 3 oboes (one changes as English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 Trombone Tenor, Harp, Timpani (1 timpanist), 4 stands of first violins, 3 stands of second violins, 2 stand of violas, 2 stands of cello, 2 stands of double basses, besides the solo tenor for category A.

6- At least, the work must have an orchestral workforce of 30 musicians.

7- The work must have between 15 and 20 minutes in total duration.

8- Candidates can send the scores by postal mail, by courier or deliver by the candidate during business days from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the following address: Primer Concurso Internacional de Composición Sinfónica del Paraguay. Centro Cultural de la República “El Cabildo”. Avda. República y Chile. Asunción, Paraguay.

9- The jury will be integrated by 5 musicians of national and international recognition and its decision will be indisputable.


10- The period of admission of the compositions will ends on Friday, July 28, 2017.

11- If the composition is sent by mailed the date taken will be the one of postmark, which shall not be after the July 28, 2017.

12- The work must be sent in an envelope labeled with the name of the contest: Primer Concurso Internacional de Composición Sinfónica del Paraguay, with the name of the Composition and with the pseudonym chosen by the candidate. The pseudonym itself must serve as the sender. The envelope must contain the following:
1. A printed copy of the complete score with excellent graphic quality. Such copy will bear the title of the composition and the pseudonym (do not include the name of the composer). In the case of category A, the printed copy of the score must have the full text on the first page.
2. Five compact discs labeled with the title of the composition, with the pseudonym and containing the score of a finished music transcription in a software file in letter-size PDF format.
3. Five compact discs labeled with the title of the composition, with the pseudonym and containing the recording of the audio sequence of it from the musical software with which the score was written.
4. A sealed envelope containing: A. The name, address, telephone numbers, email and copy of the identity document of the candidate. B. Note describing, in a single sheet, the author's technical procedures. C. A written statement, that the information provided is true, that the work is legitimate, of its authorship and unpublished; exempting the organizing institutions of any liability; And expressing that, if it is the winner, it grants its authorization for a non- profit diffusion and recording of the composition which will be made public in accordance with the Copyright Law.
5. Another compact disc labeled with the name of the composition and the pseudonym and containing the score and the orchestral parts in letter-size PDF format.

13- The organizing institutions will not be responsible, in any case, for the loss of the works sent or any damage that they might suffer derived from sending them.

14- The competition will award the following prizes:
- "Augusto Roa Bastos" Prize for composition for tenor and symphony orchestra: 8,000,000 (eight million) guaraníes in cash, world premiere of the composition in the 2017 Season of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional del Paraguay, publication of the score of the composition by the Instituto Paraguayo de Musicología, and commemorative diploma.
- "Carlos Lara Bareiro" Prize for the instrumental composition: 8,000,000 (eight million) guaraníes in cash, world premiere of the work in the 2017 Season of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional del Paraguay, publication of the score of the composition by the Instituto Paraguayo de Musicología, and commemorative diploma.

15- The copyright will remain in the possession of the author of the work, although it will authorize make public the work

16- Each time the composition is played, the following text must be included in the hand program: “Winning composition of the First International Symphonic Composition Competition of Paraguay”.

17- The verdict of the jury will be announced in August 2017 and will be published on the website of the Centro Cultural de la República "El Cabildo", social networks and national media.

18- Contestants may withdraw the material sent up to two months after the results are published; otherwise, they will be destroyed. The return will be done to the contestants personally.

19- Participation in this competition implies the total acceptance of the terms of this rules by the candidates. Any case not contemplated in the same, will be solved by the direction of the OSIC and the general direction of the CCR "El Cabildo".

Deadline: 28 Jul 2017

 Asia Culture Center Contemporary Music and Performing Arts Festival The 2nd ACC International Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 20 August 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Asia Culture Center

Contemporary Music and Performing Arts Festival

The 2nd ACC International Composition Competition

Dates of Festival: September 22-24, 2017 Submissions and Guideline:

1. Works should be related to Asia (subject, material... etc.)
2. Application Form
3. Composer bio and program note (PDF)
4. Score (PDF)
5. Audio file (if applicable, mp3),
6. ZIP all files (labeled LASTNAME_COMPOSITIONTITLE) and send as one zip file to
7. Deadline: August 20, 2017
8. Winning composers of 1st Composition Competition are not allowed to apply.
9. All selected composers need to ATTEND the festival (4 nights accommodation will be provide)
10. All selected composers are requested 2 more Scores for ACC archiving.
11. All selected composers would be contact personally, or announced on the website, ISCM-Korea Section (, ACC (

Composition Competition (age under 35)
- Instrumentation: Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon (3 - 6 any combination)
- Works should be 6 to 10 minutes in duration and written in recent 3 years.
- The submitted work must have had no prior public performances in Korea.
- There is no entry fee.
- Semi-final is set on September 22, 2017
- First Prize ₩3.000.000, Second Prize ₩2.000.000 (Korean Currency)

Works can be submitted here:

 IV Concurso Nacional de Composição Música Hoje
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 03 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: A Universidade Federal do Paraná, em parceria com a Fundação Cultural de Curitiba/Instituto Curitiba de Arte e Cultura/Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba e a Bienal Música Hoje, torna público o Edital do IV Concurso Nacional de Composição Música Hoje, dedicado a fomentar a produção de música orquestral nova no Brasil.

1. Do objeto

O presente edital tem como objeto a quarta edição do concurso nacional de composição Música Hoje, nesta edição realizado em parceria com a Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de Curitiba. As obras finalistas serão executadas pela Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de Curitiba durante a IV Bienal Música Hoje, nos dias 25 e 26 de Agosto de 2017.

Dos candidatos
Estão habilitados a participar do IV Concurso Nacional de Composição Música Hoje compositores brasileiros, natos ou radicados, residentes no Brasil ou no exterior, sem limitação de idade. É vedada a participação a compositores diretamente envolvidos na organização da IV Bienal Música Hoje, a saber: integrantes do Ensemble entreCompositores, do Conselho Artístico da IV Bienal Música Hoje, e da Coordenação Acadêmica do Seminário de Inverno de Música Contemporânea em Curitiba.

2. Das obras
As obras inscritas para o IV Concurso Nacional de Composição Música Hoje não precisam ser inéditas, porém não podem ter sido publicadas oficialmente. Obras premiadas, encomendadas, ou gravadas, serão aceitas nesta edição do concurso. Ademais, as obras devem ter sido compostas há, no máximo, cinco (5) anos; portanto, quaisquer registros ou referências às obras, anteriores a 4 de Maio de 2012, resultarão na desclassificação imediata da referida obra.

a. Formação

As obras deverão ser escritas para a Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de Curitiba, com a seguinte formação máxima:

6 Primeiros Violinos 5 Segundos Violinos 5 Violas
4 Violoncelos

1 Contrabaixo

1 Piano ou Órgão Positivo (4 oitavas [Dó1 – Dó5], Registro único [Flautas]) ou Cravo (1 executante)

b. Duração

As composições deverão ter entre 8 e 15 minutos de duração.

4. Da seleção

A seleção da obra vencedora ocorrerá em duas etapas:

a. Etapa Preliminar:
A Comissão Julgadora, indicada pela direção da IV Bienal Música Hoje, selecionará dentre as obras enviadas no máximo três (3) composições para serem executadas na Etapa Final durante a IV Bienal Música Hoje. A Comissão Julgadora se reserva o direito de aprovar um número menor que o estabelecido, podendo inclusive optar por não aprovar obra alguma, se julgar que as obras concorrentes não têm mérito técnico e artístico condizente com o Concurso.

b. Etapa Final
As obras selecionadas para a Etapa Final serão apresentadas em concerto pela Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de Curitiba, sob regência de Márcio Steuernagel, nos dias 25 e 26 de Agosto de 2017 às 20h e 18h30, respectivamente, na Capela Santa Maria – Espaço Cultural, como parte integrante da IV Bienal Música Hoje, com presença de Banca Julgadora. O concerto será aberto ao público, que terá direito a voto ambos os dias, representando o voto do público o equivalente a um integrante da Banca Julgadora para seleção da obra vencedora. A obra vencedora será anunciada ao final do segundo dia de concerto.

A Banca Julgadora, apontada pela direção da IV Bienal Música Hoje com integrantes diferentes dos da Comissão Julgadora, reserva-se o direito de abster-se da premiação, caso a maioria absoluta de seus integrantes, incluindo o voto representado pelo público, considerar que nenhuma das obras finalistas tem mérito artístico e técnico condizente com o Concurso.

5. Dos critérios de seleção e premiação

a. Qualidade musical da obra;
b. Viabilidade de execução em quatro ensaios.

6. Da premiação

1. Execução em concerto oficial da Temporada 2018 da Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de Curitiba
2. Gravação de registro de ambos os concertos, sendo vedada sua utilização para fins comerciais.
3. Edição de partitura e partes pela Editora UFPR, a partir de edição eletrônica providenciada pelo compositor em prazo estabelecido pela Editora.

7. Do cronograma

1a Etapa

4 de Maio a 3 de Julho de 2017
Envio de inscrições e grades das obras.

10 de Julho de 2017
Anúncio das obras selecionadas para a 2a Etapa

2a Etapa

10 a 24 de Julho de 2017
Envio de documentação e partes orquestrais das obras finalistas.

25 e 26 de Agosto de 2017
Concertos com obras finalistas e votação do público.

26 de Agosto de 2017
Anúncio da obra vencedora do IV Concurso Nacional de Composição Música Hoje.

8. Das inscrições

As inscrições deverão obrigatoriamente ser enviadas pelo correio através de SEDEX (no remetente deverá constar apenas pseudônimo e endereço – estes envelopes serão descartados antes do encaminhamento à Comissão Julgadora da Etapa Preliminar, impossibilitando a identificação do proponente), tendo como destinatário:

Universidade Federal do Paraná
Coordenadoria da Cultura/Orquestra Filarmônica da Universidade Federal do Paraná

Travessa Alfredo Bufren, 130 – 3o Andar (41)

As inscrições serão encerradas no dia 3 de Julho de 2017, sendo desconsideradas as inscrições feitas após a data de encerramento. Obras recebidas entre 3 de Julho e 7 de Julho, mas com data de postagem até 3 de Julho, serão consideradas; obras recebidas após e 7 de Julho, mesmo que com a data de postagem anterior a 3 de Julho, serão desconsideradas. O comprovante de envio por Sedex documentando a entrega da obra ao Instituto Curitiba de Arte e Cultura, servirá de comprovante da inscrição, valendo a data de postagem para fins de prazo de inscrição; A UFPR, a FCC/ICAC e a Bienal Música Hoje não se responsabilizam por projetos extraviados, não entregues no endereço ou fora de prazo determinados neste Edital.

Os proponentes deverão apresentar sua proposta em um só volume contendo dois envelopes, sobrescritos apenas com o pseudônimo do proponente e o título da obra proposta, contendo:

a. um deles, folha informando pseudônimo, nome do proponente e título da obra proposta, acompanhada de ficha de inscrição integralmente preenchida, declaração de liberação de direitos autorais, e demais itens de documentação especificados abaixo.

b. o outro, três cópias impressas de partitura digitalizada em computador, identificadas, exclusivamente, com o título da obra e pseudônimo, e informando a minutagem e o ano de composição.

9. Da documentação

a. cópia legível do RG e CPF.
b. currículo curto (10 a 15 linhas) com fotografia
c. ficha de inscrição integralmente preenchida (em anexo)
d. declaração de liberação de direitos autorais assinada (em anexo)

10. Contato

Universidade Federal do Paraná
– Orquestra Filarmônica da Universidade Federal do Paraná Travessa Alfredo Bufren, 130 – 3o Andar (41)
Casos omissos serão julgados pela comissão organizadora que é, em conjunto com a
Comissão e Banca Julgadora, soberana, não cabendo recurso às suas decisões.

Janete Andrade

Coordenadora de Música Erudita – Fundação Cultural de Curitiba

Márcio Steuernagel

Regente – Orquestra Filarmônica da Universidade Federal do Paraná Quadro de Diretores (Ensemble entre Compositores) – Bienal Música Hoje

Curitiba, 4 de Maio de 2017


 Illumine 2017-2018 Commissioning Prize
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: illumine’s Commissioning Prize is an initiative both to feature the works of emerging composers, and to bolster the repertory for the voice-violin-piano trio. Composers of all ages and nationalities are welcome to apply.


•The winning composer will be awarded a commission, equalling the sum of all application fees combined.

•50% of the prize will be awarded immediately and – upon completion of a new work for voice, violin, and piano – the composer will receive the remaining 50%.

•The commissioned piece will be scored exactly for mezzo-soprano (tessitura, A3 to A5), violin, and piano. Use of electronics is permitted, depending on the complexity of setup and availability of the composer in performance. The work must be between 10-20 minutes in duration.

•Text and subject matter will be determined between illumine and the composer, based on concert themes and programming.

•The composer will sign an agreement, granting illumine unlimited but not exclusive performing/recording rights to the new work.

•Up to two runners up may be awarded. Their application submission pieces will be featured on illumine’s 2018 concert series.

THE APPLICATION – Composers must submit the following (scores and recordings) via email attachment or Google Drive link to (subject: Commissioning Prize Submission):

•Two contrasting scores, one of which must be written for voice, violin, and piano OR a subset of two (ie. voice & piano, violin & piano). We expect that the latter is the more likely option. The second score may be for any instrumentation.

•Recordings of the submitted scores. Live recordings are preferred, but MIDI renditions will be accepted.

•The $40 application fee via PayPal, your “contribution” to the prize pool. As competition grows, so does the reward.

 2018 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition - Call for Scores
Summary:Orchestra Call for Scores
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: March 17, 2017, CALGARY, AB – Emerging Composers with a connection to Canada’s Prairie Region are invited to submit their orchestral works to the 15th edition of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition for Orchestra with a cash prize of $1,500 and performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra during the 2018 edition of the Winnipeg New Music Festival (WNMF).

Emerging composers of any age who are current residents of, were born in, or have completed a substantial portion of their musical education in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, or Nunavut, may enter.

Submissions must be completed no later than September 15, 2017. See below for full submission requirements.

The CMC Prairie Region invites emerging composers to enter this annual competition produced in late January or early February with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at its Winnipeg New Music Festival. Conceived by anonymous donors, the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition prize was first awarded in 2004; 2018 will mark the 15th annual edition of the contest and coincides with the 27th anniversary of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. The winning composition will receive a performance by the WSO during the 2018 edition of the WNMF.

The winner will be invited to participate in the second annual WNMF Composers Institute, giving them the opportunity to experience the entire Winnipeg New Music Festival from behind the scenes, attending WSO rehearsals and concerts, and participating in professional development workshops with Canadian and international guest composers.

A. Eligibility & Guidelines:
• Applicants must either be current residents of, have been born in, or have completed a substantial portion of their musical education in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, or Nunavut. Eligibility should be addressed in a cover letter.
• There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers.
• Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration.
• Past winners are not eligible.
• Only works that will not have been officially premiered prior to the WSO world premiere date are eligible. Works that have been read in an academic context are eligible.
• A recording is not required but highly recommended. Computer mockups are acceptable.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2012, will be considered.
• Maximum duration is 10 minutes.
• Instrumentation should not exceed: winds at *2,*2,2,2; brass at 4,3,3,1; timpani plus 2 percussion; harp; and strings (12, 11, 8, 7, 6). *Available doublings are: Flute 2/Piccolo and Oboe 2/English Horn. Works with instrumentation that exceed the above will not be considered.
• Works requiring soloists or employing electronics, MIDI, digital technology, and/or sound reinforcement in combination with the above instrumental forces will not be considered.
• The winning composer must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association.
• The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criteria. It is therefore in the applicant's best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer's work. The additional background information is for eligibility and documentation purposes, these materials are not considered in the general review of scores.
• Applications that are incomplete, illegible, late, or that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.

B. Instrumentation:
Entries should use the following instrumentation: winds at *2,*2,2,2; brass at 4,3,3,1; timpani plus 2 percussion; harp; and strings (12, 11, 8, 7, 6). *Available doublings are: Flute 2/Piccolo and Oboe 2/English Horn. Works with instrumentation that exceed the above will not be considered.
Please note: There will be one 20-30 minute rehearsal plus the dress rehearsal before the performance of the winning work. The suitability of entries for performance with this amount of rehearsal will be a factor in the jury’s deliberations.

C. Duration:
MAXIMUM of 10 minutes.

D. Prize:
The winner will receive $1,500 and a performance of the winning work during the 2018 edition of the WNMF concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a residency during the entirety of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. This affords the winner the opportunity to meet and receive coaching and mentorship from the Festival’s Canadian and International visiting guest composers. The winning score will be chosen by a jury consisting of representatives of the WSO and a CMC representative.

E. Deadline:
Submissions must be completed no later than September 15, 2017. The winner will be notified by October 15, 2017.

F. Submission
Only digital submissions will be accepted this year.
Create a new Dropbox folder using the following naming format: LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PieceTitle
Inside the folder, include all of the following:
• An info document indicating your name, contact information, composition title, exact instrumentation, duration, and your status in the Prairie Region; use the naming format LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-Info
• A PDF score with all references to your name and professional/academic affiliations omitted; use the naming format PieceTitle.pdf
• An MP3 recording, if available, with any reference to your name and affiliations omitted from the metadata (ID3); use the naming format PieceTitle.mp3
Send an email with the subject header CMC ECC 2018 Submission-LASTNAME, containing a link to your Dropbox folder, by the competition deadline to:
(Do not "share" the folder; only direct links will be accepted.)
The folder and its contents must remain active until December 15, 2017.

G. Send submissions to:

For more information contact:
Emerging Composer Competition
CMC Prairie Region at
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
(403) 220-7403


 Bromley Symphony Orchestra
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 24 March 2018
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: The BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be Professor Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available). Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc. For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website.

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018. Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018. The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event will be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted from our contact form, by email (PDF attachment) to competition (at) or by post to PO Box 1065, Bromley BR1 9QD.

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.


 Indonesia Orchestra & Ensemble Festival
Summary:Work for Youth Orchestra
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
As part of the Indonesia Orchestra & Ensemble Festival, local and international composers are invited to submit their compositions and receive feedbacks from experts. The selected composition will be performed by TRUST Orchestra at the Gala Concert. The winning composer will get the chance to work with the conductor and orchestra during the preparation process and will be able to participate in related workshops

• No age/nationalities restrictions 

• Instrumentation: 2 Flutes (4 Flutes)/2 Clarinets (4 Clarinets)/1 Bassoon, 2 French Horns/2 
Trumpets (4 Trumpets)/2 Trombones (4 Trombones)/2 Alto Saxophones (4 Altos), 2 Tenor Saxophones, 1 Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Rhythm Section (Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drumset: Optional) 

• Must be Full Orchestral Composition. No Chamber/Solo Composition. 

• No Electronics/Playback 

• Duration: 5-7 minutes 

• Style: Tonal 

• Materials and Themes: The piece must be an arrangement that incorporates Indonesian Folk Tunes. 

• Difficulty: Must be suitable for Youth Orchestra. Please avoid extreme registers. Violin 1 should not exceed G6. Violin 2 should not exceed D6. 

• How to Submit: email to ioefestival@gmailcom with the subject Call for scores – (Your Name) along with attachment:
o Score in PDF Format – Full Score and Part Scores
o Programme Notes 
o Transfer Receipt 

Short biography of the composer (200 words)
• Only one work per composer. 

• Registration fee: $30 USD or Rp. 350.000,- 

• All Participants are entitled to join 3 day festival, excluding Gala Concert. 

• Payment can be made through Transfer to 5000.583.733 BCA 
Kcp Taman Sunter Indah a/c Nathania Karina. 
For non-Indonesian composers, please contact us for more info on payment. 

• Deadline: July 1st , 2017 

• One composition will be chosen and will be performed by IOEF Home Orchestra at the 
Gala Concert 

• The winner will be invited to Jakarta to attend the 3-day festival and to work with the orchestra. 
Flight to Jakarta will not be covered, but the accommodation, transportation and meals during the festival will be covered. 


 International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: 1. The Aequalis Foundation announces the first edition of the International Choral Composition Competition "Alberto Grau", as a tribute to the trajectory of this distinguished composer, arranger and Venezuelan choral conductor of Catalan origin, who will turn 80 years old in November 2017.

2. The main objective of the competition is to promote the creation in the field of choral music, encouraging the growth, renewal and diffusion of repertoire written in Spanish for mixed and equal voices in the 21st century from Venezuela, a country recognized by the development of choral art in its different areas.

3. The competition is focused on the creation of new choral music suitable for choirs in the following categories: mixed, female voices, male voices and children. An international jury made up of renowned musicians from different countries in America and Europe: Robert Sund (Sweden), Javier Busto (Spain), Zimfira Poloz (Kazakhstan-Canada), César Alejandro Carrillo (Venezuela), Ana María Raga (Venezuela) will be in charge of the selection of the winning works.

4. Each category will be awarded by a unique prize, as described in the bases. The Competition will award a VoxPopuli mention to the work for mixed choir, composed by a participant from the American continent. The work will be chosen by internet voting. The winner composition will be interpreted by choristers in different parts of the world who will sing in a virtual choir modality. The works to be voted in this category will have been previously selected as finalists by the jury.

5. The Competition will be launched on May 2 and the reception of works will last until August 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm (Venezuela time).

6. The Competition is endorsed by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, in strategic partnership with the Europa Cantat XX Festival, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, 2018.

7. A ceremony to announce the winners will be held within the framework of a gala concert in honor of Alberto Grau between November and December 2017.

8. The works will be premiered in 2018 by recognized choirs from Venezuela and other places of Latin America, in an event that will be announced in due course. The winning composition of the VoxPopuli category will be presented in virtual modality on November, 2018.

9. The International Choral Composition Competition "Alberto Grau" will take place every 3 years.

 7th Harerubeke International Composition Competition (International Composition Competition Harelbeke)
Summary:Wind Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

General provisions

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries.

2. Each composer can enter only two works.

3. The duration of the work must be between 15 and 25 minutes (to be stated on the score).

4. The submitted works must be original in every respect: only unpublished works that have never been performed in public nor broadcast on radio or television and that have never won a prize at any national or international competition will be accepted. Adaptations of existing compositions or rearrangements or re-orchestrations of known tunes or folk songs will be rejected.

5. Only music compositions for wind orchestra will be accepted. Works for brass band or chamber music groups will not be accepted.

6. Compositions using electronics will not be accepted.

7. As the three shortlisted compositions will be performed live during the final, the orchestration of the work must not exceed the following instrumentation:

Piccolo; Flute 1&2; Oboe 1&2; English horn; Clarinet Eb; Clarinet Bb 1,2&3; Bass Clarinet Bb; Contra-Alto Clarinet Eb; Contrabass Clarinet Bb;

Soprano Saxophone; Alto Saxophone 1&2; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Bassoon 1&2; Contrabassoon;

Cornet Bb 1&2; Trumpet Bb 1,2&3; French Horn F 1&2, 3&4; Tenor Trombone 1&2; Bass Trombone; Euphonium Bb; Tuba C;

Double bass;

Timpani; Percussion (max. 6 parts);

Piano; Harp

The works will be performed by an orchestra from Harelbeke with this instrumentation.

8. The score must bear a title and a pseudonym instead of the composer’s name. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:

9. The name of the composer must not appear anywhere on the score. Nor may the score contain any details that might lead to the identification of the composer.

10. The score should meet the following requirements: (1) realized in digital format (music notation software) and (2) submitted in PDF-format by uploading it onto the website

11. The composer must also include a short written preface to explain the work. If the composer has used an alternative music notation system, it must also be explained.

12. The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes if the desired level is not reached.

13. The organization will preserve two copies of the score: (1) to be kept in the archive of the competition in Harelbeke, (2) to be kept in the music library of MATRIX in Leuven (

14. The jury will announce the finalists on Monday 16 April 2018.

15. The finalists will be asked to attend a rehearsal with the orchestra on the day before the final. This rehearsal will take place in the presence of the jury members. Each finalist will have one hour to work with the orchestra. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the organization. Hotel and subsistence expenses however must be borne by the composer.

16. If a prize-winning composer decides to have his work published by a music score publisher, the score must carry the words: with this work the composer was a finalist at the 6th International Composition Competition Harelbeke (Belgium).

17. If one of the finalists is disqualified, another candidate will be selected to take his or her place.

18. The jury’s decisions are final.

19. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted

20. By entering the competition the candidate accepts the competition rules.

Entry to the competition
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries. Each composer can enter only two works.

2. All inscriptions are done using the website

3. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:


 Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Carillon Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: Purpose:
To encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers.

* One cash award of $500.
* Premiere performance of the winning composition at the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.
Upon acceptance of the award, it is understood that the rights for the premiere performance will be granted by the composer to the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.

Composition Requirements:
* The submitted work shall be an original composition for dance, and for four-octave carillon (tenor C to C4), with a two-octave pedal board (tenor C to C2).
* The composition may be a solo, a duet for one carillon or a work for carillon with one or more other instruments or chorus.
* A transcription or arrangement will not be accepted.
* The composition shall be 4 to 7 minutes in length.
* The submitted work shall never have been published, awarded a prize in another competition, or performed publicly.
* A composer may submit more than one work.

• The composer must not have been born before September 15, 1982, and must not have been awarded a prize in the ISU Carillon Composition Competition.

* Luc Rombouts, Jeffrey Prater, and Tin-Shi Tam.
* The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if the submitted compositions are not of a satisfactory level.
* The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:
* Submit three copies of the composition.
* The composition must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017.
* The submitted composition must be legible.
* The composer's name shall not appear on the composition.
* Along with the three copies of the composition, include a small sealed envelope that contains within the composer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and birth date. The title of the composition is to be placed on the outside of the small envelope. The small envelope will be opened only after the judges' decision is made.
* Submitted compositions will be returned only if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided.

Submit materials to:
Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Iowa State University
Department of Music & Theatre
149 Music Hall
2427 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011
For more information, call (515) 294-2911, or e-mail:


Summary:Piano call for scores
Deadline: 30 October 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: OPUS DISSONUS is proud of offer the third edition of a piano composition competition open to composers of any nationality and age. We offer a world première recording of at least 3 works and award fees of (BRL) R$ 1000 +
special designed trophy for first place, R$ 500 for second an R$ 500 for third place and interviews with all award-winnings abut their works.

All the submissions are made by internet, and the deadline for sending the PDF files is October 30th, 2017

 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: About Ruth Watson Henderson and the Competition
One of Canada's foremost musicians, Ruth Watson Henderson is renowned internationally both as a composer and pianist. Her works are acclaimed, performed, and recorded worldwide. The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition was established in 1996 to recognize Ms. Watson Henderson’s invaluable contribution to the art of choral music. Ms. Henderson is very pleased to encourage the contribution to Canadian choral music that the competition provides, and appreciates the work of Choirs Ontario who administers this program.

The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition is a biennial contest for new choral works with categories alternating between pieces for treble voice choirs and pieces for mixed voice adult choirs. The competition exists to provide Canadian composers with the opportunity of contributing to Canada’s rich choral tradition through the writing of original choral works. The winning entry receives a premiere performance with one of the Ontario choirs and a cash award of $2,000.00.

Composition Guidelines for the 2017 Competition (SSA Composition)

• The composition must be an original work for SSA choir 4 – 6 minutes in length. It may be a cappella or accompanied by piano.
• Texts may be sacred or secular and can be in languages other than just English and French (languages that would be familiar to most singers are preferred, especially for SSA compositions). The text must be either original or known to be in public domain, or not currently under copyright but with written permission of the copyright holder. In this case, a copy of the written permission must be submitted with the entry.
• All submissions must not have been previously commissioned, published or performed and must have been composed within the last two years. Arrangements of previously composed works are not acceptable.
• The composer shall retain the copyright of the work.
• Previous award winners are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines:

• Entries should be sent to (electronic submissions are preferred, but if you wish to submit your application by mail, please send it to Choirs Ontario office - 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R1)
• Scores must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2017.
• More than one entry may be submitted, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a fee of $25.00 (CDN).
• Four clearly legible copies of the score must be submitted, preferably in pdf format. Scores will not be returned.
• The composer's name must not appear on any score.
• The Award winner will be announced in December, 2017. The Toronto Children’s Chorus, conducted by Elise Bradley, has been selected to perform the winning composition at the spring of 2018.


Composers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Canada. There is no age limit.


 International Composition Competition for Guitar America 2017
Summary:Guitar Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: Argument:
Write a work for classical guitar (six strings) of a length between 3 and 5 minutes in length (can also be called "studio").

The idea of the contest is to promote compositional creativity in relation to the new tendencies and creations for guitar of the XXI century. Participants will be evaluated based on the presentation of an original and modern work that illustrates compositional skills.

Entries must be made before July 1st to the Organization email of the International Composition Competition for Guitar of America.

Requirements for registration:
- Fill out the registration form in digital form: 5rlJ19bkHKOn_EKjQq_VvcZzmXEwatkzpxw/viewform
- Send to email los siguientes documentos:
A) The work to be entered in PDF format.


 LIVE! International Call for Scores by mdi ensemble - 2017 - 2018 edition
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: mdi ensemble, in collaboration with Associazione MusicAdesso of Milan, in the framework of SoW – Sound of Wander 2017 and 2018, is pleased to announce its second international call for scores. The aim is to select eight to twelve works written by composers aged under 35 to be performed in two concerts that will take place in Milan at the end of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018.

The scores (maximum 2 for each applicant) must be scored for solo instrument or ensemble (2-7
players) for any of the following instruments:

• flute (piccolo, in C, alto flute, bass flute)
• clarinet (piccolo, in A, in Bb, bass clarinet)
• violin
• viola
• cello
• piano
• percussions (1 player)

In case of two scores submitted, one must be for solo (any instrument other than percussion) or chamber ensemble (maximum four players).

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.

Electronics and/or amplification are not allowed.


 ICOT Solo Music For Accordion
Summary:Accordion Call for Scores
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: Solo Music for Accordion: Call for Scores
Submission Receipt Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) announces its call for scores for the Fall 2017 opening concert in partnership with Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge.
The concert will take place on September 14th, 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Three compositions will be selected and performed as part of this concert.

Additional information and requirements:

• This call for scores is open to all composers (any age and nationality)
• Each composer may submit only one work for consideration
• Works should be 4 to 6 minute in duration, and be written for solo accordion—electroacoustic elements are also accepted.
• Submitted scores must be anonymous.
• The selection will be made by three jury members. Jury members will only access anonymous review materials.
• Results will be announced by July 15th, 2017. Selected composers will be invited to attend rehearsals, taking place during August 2017. Exact date and time TBD
• Selected composers will receive an archival recording for their personal use
• ICOT is not able to provide travel stipends. We can facilitate video conferencing for rehearsals (?).

How to submit:

All materials will be submitted through an online form.

Composers will provide:
• contact information
• PDF copy of their anonymous score
• Optional: artist website
• Optional: composers can provide an audio file of the piece (mp3 only)

Deadline for receipt of materials is July 1st, 2017, 5pm EST.

 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra Call for Scores
Deadline: 17 November 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: The Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition seeks to recognize emerging composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions. The winning composition will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony at the annual Celebrate Asia concert at Benaroya Hall.

Celebrate Asia originated in 2009 through collaboration with local Asian leaders who were keen to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration, and was brought to life through partnerships with local community groups to honor and celebrate Seattle’s Asian community.

• Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments).
• Works must be new, original and accessible.
• Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration. (There will be 30 minutes allotted to rehearsing this new work.)
• Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 - 4331 – T+3 – hp – str. Woodwind doublings are allowed.
• The submitted work must have had no prior public performances in the U.S.
• Interested composers should submit:
o A legible, bound, full score
o A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)
o A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)
o A biography, with current address, email address and phone number
o If selected, professionally prepared parts and two scores will be required 90 days prior to the first rehearsal


 Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra
Summary:Student Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: In conjunction with its inaugural Composer-in-Residence Program, the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra announces a call for scores by student composers.

All scores must be submitted by August 15, 2017.

Please see the the link below for the Call for Scores Entry From and Program Information & Submission Requirements.

 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition
Summary:Christmas Competition
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: We are pleased to announce guidelines for the 2017 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition Get Adobe Reader. Now in its third year, the competition welcomes composers of any age or nationality to submit works for consideration. This year, compositions must be a cappella and compatible for programming following the reading of the second lesson in the service (Genesis 22: 1-3, 9-13, 15-18). Texts may be in any language(s), but must reflect upon or relate to these verses in some way; likewise, composers may choose to use the verses themselves as their text. Submissions are due August 1, 2017 via email. A group of finalists will be judged by a review committee including guest judges Dr. Deanna Joseph (Georgia State University) and Dr. Ryan Board (Pepperdine University), Hendrix College music major Noah Adams '19, Dr. Karen Griebling, and Dr. Andrew Morgan. The winner will be announced by October 2, 2017. The winning composer will receive $1,000 plus up to $300 in travel reimbursement to attend a performance. Complete information may be found in the link above.

Please send questions to

Past winners include Gentle Mary Laid Her Child by Alan MacMillan (Connecticut) and A Christmas Lullaby by Edmund Jolliffe. Competition judges in previous years have included Dr. Stephen Caldwell (University of Arkansas), Dr. Dominick DiOrio (Indiana University), and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey (University of Minnesota).

 MAtera INtermedia festival 2017
Summary:Call with two categories
Deadline: 16 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: The artistic collective LOXOSconcept, with the support of the “E.R. Duni” Conservatory in Matera, the MATERELETTRICA collective, KEYHOLE cultural association and BLUE CAT BLUES association promotes the second edition of MA/IN 2017 [MAtera INtermedia festival].

The MA/IN 2017 will take place in MATERA on December 2017, at the E. Duni” Conservatory and at the amazing CASA CAVA concert hall (main venue).

The city of Matera will be “European Capital of Culture 2019”, and we would annually organize an experimental festival.

The MA/IN festival is aimed at the production and promotion of sonic and digital arts at an international level.

The second edition is divided into 2 different sections/calls.
More than one work may be submitted in both calls or in different categories.
Works submitted in the previous edition and not selected are eligible.


With the support of “Spaziomusica” organization of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) the il MA/IN promotes the creation of a new work for Voice and Electronics/Multimedia.

DEADLINE: June 4th, 2017 (23:59 - Rome time)

- Works should be composed specifically for this project.

- Works should be for voice (soprano) and electronics (live or fixed) or multimedia (audio-video/ lights). The performer is ELEONORA CLAPS.

- All pieces must be not previously performed.

- Unfinished works are accepted only if a detailed project description and a recording excerpt are provided.

- Selected works will be performed twice: the world premiere at the 36th Festival Spaziomusica (Cagliari, early October 2017), the second performance during the MA/IN 2017 (Matera early December 2017).

- If selected the work has to be finished by 1st August 2017 (score + electronics/multimedia).

- Pieces should not exceed EIGHT (8) minutes in length.

- The work must be free of any rights of reproduction and distribution
the obvious subject to copyright.

MA/IN 2017~ call for artists
DEADLINE: July 16th, 2017 (23:59 - Rome time)


[A] Acousmatic ~
fixed media music [works of 15 minutes or less are encouraged!]
[B] Mixed Media ~
for instruments and electronics (fixed or live).
[max 2 performers]

It is possible submit works written for any kind of instrument (solo or duo) except keyboards (piano, harpsichord, celesta, organs).

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, and can be high-definition (full HD projector available) or standard definition.

[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.

It is possible to submit one or more works in both calls or in different categories.

Works submitted in the previous edition and not selected are eligible.

 MIGRATION submission for listening
Summary:Site specific call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: A listening room is a place where we listen and talk about what we hear. All submissions should be sent to alisteningroom (at) and be clearly titled MIGRATION SUBMISSION.

Migration is something it seems we have all been forced to think about today. In some ways I feel reluctant to grapple such a hot public topic, and I feel even more reluctant to write about it. Yet the incentive is exactly that, how do we grapple with an issue that is not only in the news but also very important? A topic that is effecting or which more then likely will effect everyone in the world. Migration brings about images of other things too, immigration, and being a refugee are in a sense all different levels of human movement around the globe. But so is the migration of animals and non-human entities. While we often present animal migration as normal, and we understand that human hunter gatherers must migrate, how is it that most humans find it so hard to move that we describe such activities as uprooting, as if we are taken away from the very soil that nourishes and keeps us alive, when in fact looking at animal migration, it is precisely this movement that allows for survival.

These are not neutral movements, but stem from various reasons some good, some bad, some very bad. The reason for movement is often survival. This is not an easy subject, but I wish to deal with it as openly and diversely as possible.

The call is open to everyone. Sessions last a day, and everyone is free to come and go as they please. If you wish to submit sounds or music please email us clearly stating as your subject MIGRATION to alisteningroom (at) if you wish to submit something which is not online please wetransfer it to the same address, again clearly stating the subject and your name in the message box. If you wish to write something about your submission please feel free to so do. All works will be published on our site and the sounds which are online will be linked.

The date and location of the session will be announced soon.

Summary:Three Category call
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Supported by the SCO Foundation and the composers themselves, the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO) proudly presents the Sydney International Composers Concerts 2018.

It consists of three concerts:

Contemporary String Quartets (in April 2018)
Contemporary Chamber Music (in July 2018)
Contemporary Orchestral Music. (in October 2018)
Composers of all nationalities and all ages who wishing their orchestral works to be video recorded in concerts, and willing to contribute sharing fees, may submit their works.

Score Submission Form

6 compositions will be selected for each concert to be video recorded in a magnificent concert hall in Sydney Australia.

For more details please visit Opportunities for Composers

Or contact us:

 Shakuhachi Call
Summary:Write for traditional instrument
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Call for Scores
Hello fellow Composers,

I am opening up 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 work I was more than enthralled with the results and decided that I want to open up my commissions to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. I would like to see one or two scores of your work emailed to me at shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email via Paypal.

Once I have made my decision I will begin the commissioning process, my hope is to commission 15 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 do shakuhachi and ensemble or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission I will send a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and private one on one lesson via skype or google hangouts about shakuhachi and to over different materials.

Above is a link to a work that I wrote for shakuhachi. This will give you an idea of the extended techniques and color capabilities of the flute. 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!

~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Hsin-Jung Tsai (

Wrote me a solo work under 10' and I will be performing in Houston, TX in May and it will receive four additional performances in Japan.

Web Site:shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com

 Call For Scores--Sonic Liberation Players
Summary:Pierrot Call
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Sonic Liberation Players is an expanded Pierrot group in the Boston area that is entering into their second full performance season this coming fall and is looking for new works to consider programming for their upcoming season (and possibly into the future). Recent composers that we have programmed include Cage, Feldman, Saariaho, Julius Eastman, Alvin Lucier, and Pauline Oliveros.

Fl, Cl, Ob, Vln, Vla, Vc, Pf, Perc, Sop (voice). We also have the possibility of a string quartet, as our flutist also plays the violin. You may submit scores for the entire ensemble, or any subset thereof.

We are looking for new works as well as works that have been previously performed.

Please submit scores (.pdf) to

Thank you for your time,

Deadline: 30 Jun 2017

 Two-minute piece for two flutes
Summary:Duet Call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Iwona Glinka (Athens-based flutist) and Ewa Liebchen (Warsaw-based flutist) are seeking for new two-minute pieces for performance and recording. Submissions must be not yet commercially released on recording. It is acceptable if the music has been disseminated on the Internet via YouTube, Soundcloud, personal web sites, etc., as long as a commercial recording has not yet been produced.

Submissions must be two flutes (piccolo, flute, alto, bass) works. The length should be two minutes. The style is open to the taste of the composer.

The intention for selected submissions is to present them in live performance in programs and then to record them for a CD made up exclusively of submissions from this call to be released on Sarton Label Full physical and digital distribution via Warner Music, Naxos Music Library, Linn, Hdtracks, Qobuz, HighResAudio, eClassical,, iTrax, ProStudioMasters, Onkyo, iTunes and more.

Four-stages submission process:

First stage until July 1, 2017.

- No fee in first stage

- No works over two minute will be reviewed.

- Multiple submissions are accepted.

- Provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes in English

- Upload a score as a PDF file to

- Demo recordings are welcome via a link to Dropbox, Soundcloud, or other external hosting site. Please do not email audio files.

Second stage until August 1, 2017.

- All selected composer's works will be subsidised for the performance, recording and distribution of their work.
- Agreement signing

- Fee 200 Euro via PayPal, Western Union, bank transfer (recording equipment, sound engineer, editing, preparing the master, renting venue, cover and inside design, CD production, distribution)

Third stage until January 1, 2018

- Concert and Recording

Fourth stage until May 1, 2018

- Sending to every composer 10 copies of CD album

 Allentown Symphony
Summary:Art Inspired Composer Competition
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017

The Allentown Symphony, in collaboration with the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown PA announces its "Pictures at an Exhibition" composer competition. Applicants are invited to submit a compositions between 1-3 minutes in length based upon a painting or work of art from the permanent collection at the Allentown Art Museum (31 North 5th St, Allentown PA 18101).

Six to eight winning submissions will be combined together by composer Larry Lipkis (Moravian College) with newly composed Promenade music and premiered by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during the March 10 & 11, 2018 classical concerts.

ELIGIBILITY: To apply, you must reside as either a permanent resident or student in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or the Greater New York City Area (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Westchester, Rockland County, & Long Island). The competition is open to composers of all ages.



FIRST PRIZE: Performance of your work by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra at the March 10 & 11 2018 Classical Concerts; up to 4 free tickets to the March performances to see your piece performed


High School
College (up to age 22)
Adult (age 23 and above)

Creativity, imagination, and originality depicting a work of art through music
Selection and use of orchestral instruments; effectiveness in writing for the orchestra
Clarity of notation

1. Orchestration—

Maximum Orchestra:

3 flutes (option for piccolo), 3 oboes (option for english horn), 3 clarinets (option for bass clarinet), 2 bassoons

4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass), 1 tuba

timpani, up to 3 percussion (standard instruments)

harp, piano/celeste

Strings (max—12, 10, 8, 8, 6)

Note: You can write for smaller instrumentation, but not any larger

2. Only one submission per applicant.

3. All submitted scores and parts must adhere to MOLA guidelines.

4. Submissions should be submitted as PDFs. Originals should done in either Sibelius or Finale and if chosen as a winner, applicants must be able to provide a professional level score and set of parts for their composition.

5. Each application must include a Midi sound file.

6. Winning applicants should be available to attend the ASO Concerts on March 10 2018 at 7:30pm & March 11 2018 at 3pm as well as a pre-concert reception on Saturday, March 10, 2018 (time tbd). Travel and lodging is the responsibility of the contestant.

7. Do not include your name on any of the submitted materials, please select a pseudonym to use

8. Applications should include the full title of the piece and the artist's name. Art work must be from the permanent collection at the Allentown Art Museum, 31 North 5th St., Allentown PA 18101;

9. Composers will release the rights for 2 performances of their composition by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and for a MIDI version of their piece to be available for listening at the Allentown Art Museum, as well as for any television or radio broadcast or rebroadcast of the ASO March 10 & 11 concerts.

11. Submitted materials will not be returned.

12. Compositions must not exceed 3 minutes in length.

13. Please print and mail 3 hardcopies of the score to
Attn: Stephanie Kocher
23 N Sixth St.
Allentown PA 18102

 London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 07 July 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: London Music Society was established to find and promote talented composers and soloists from around the world. We aim to provide opportunities for talented musicians through performance opportunities, recordings, and contacts with music agencies.

London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition

• London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition is designed to provide an opportunity for composers to showcase their work.
• The competition is open to all nationalities with no age restriction.
• Interested candidates are required to present a work of maximum 12 min in duration for string orchestra.


• 1st Prize: The highest scoring work among the finalists shall be featured as the winning work in the Autumn 2017 performance by the London City Philharmonic. The 1st prize winner composition may also be included in a recording of works by contemporary composers by the London City Philharmonic.
• 2nd and 3rd Prize winners will be given a performance by the London City Philharmonic at a later date during the 2018/19 season.
• A maximum of six honorary mentions will be given by a distinguished panel from the works submitted. These composers will receive a certificate from the London Music Society and will have their names published on the London Music Society website.


• The work shall not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
• The string section must be no more than 6-4-4-4-2. There should be no more than 3 divisi for the 1st Violins, 2 divisi 2nd Violins, 2 divisi Violas, 2 divisi Cellos, no divisi Double Basses.
• The applicants are welcome to name the submitted work and apply under a pseudonym. Said pseudonym, however, may only be used until the start of the competition. All applicants are requested to submit their scores without featuring their name. The composer’s full name and address should be included in a separate paper/note enclosed with the application, so the Competition Office may process the application correctly.
• The submitted work need not to have been composed exclusively for the London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition.
• The work may have been performed earlier but it may not have been awarded a prize.
• In case the work has already been performed and recorded, a recording of the performance in three copies could follow the application when is possible, or a link to its performance online must be sent to . The composer may also submit a mp3 file of the notation program playback.
• The panel will meet in July and the winners are expected to be announced by the end of July 2017. There will be a limit number of 50 applications, if the number of applicants will be too high, the Competition has the right to close all applications before the deadline. In order to secure a place in the competition, the applicant should pay the participation fee in Euros €50 or British Sterling £50 (payment details below).

Deadline and How to Apply

• Deadline for submissions of the composition and the payment of the registration fee is Friday 7 July 2017. Works submitted after this date, or candidates who have not paid the registration fee shall not be considered.
• The composer’s full name, postal address, email address and telephone number should be included in separate paper/note inside the postal application, so the Competition Office may process the application correctly.
• Composers must submit three hardcopies to: London Music Society 15 Shire Place, The Ham, Brentford, London, UK Post Code: TW8 8HE.
• The date on a postal stamp will suffice as evidence in last minute applications.

• The entry fee for the competition is Euros €50 or British Sterling £50 payable and due by the submission deadline to either one of the following accounts. The application fee will be accepted either in Euros or British Sterling and must to be paid before the deadline 7 July 2017.

Euro fee €50
British Sterling fee £50


 "Listening to China - 2017 Shanghai" Composition Program
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Composition Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (“SHCM”) sincerely invites you to participate in a program titled “Listening to China - 2017 Shanghai”. This is the third time that students from worldwide have been invited to take part in the creation for this program and take a cross-cultural journey in Shanghai.

Specific Requirement:

1.The program is open to composition students ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level, there is no age limit as long as the composer is enrolled in a degree program in any country except China.

2.There is no entry fee.

3.Please adapt an audio (or video) designated by SHCM into a work less than 10 minutes performed by vocal (one or two) and orchestra, or Chinese instrument (one or two) and orchestra. You can also take this as a “ novel orchestration” of existing materials (the audio or video material should be audible and recognizable in the work). As the vocal singer will be a traditional Chinese opera performer, please take into consideration the performer’s singing method and capability. We will provide each finalist with a different audio (or video) and the introduction in English.

4.Instrumentation for the work: 3333/4331/T+4 perc./hp/voice (performer singing a traditional Chinese opera)/ A small number of Chinese instruments may be used in the work.

5.The deadline for application is September 1, 2017. A music score for vocal singing or Chinese instrument playing (a demo may also be provided) is to be submitted by October 15, 2017 (when the work is close to completion or has been completed) so that a traditional Chinese opera or instrument performer can practice the work.

6.The full score and the parts in PDF are to be submitted by October 20, 2017.

7.The selection will be made on a rolling basis, if the programme of the concert is full for year 2017 before the deadline, yet the committee deems the applicant possessing a great talent, he/she will likely to be commissioned for next year’s program “Listening to China - 2018 Shanghai”.

8.When selected as a finalist, you will be invited to attend the concert to be held on a certain day between late November and early December in 2017. The concert will be performed by Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Shanghai Symphony Hall. The attendance of the rehearsal and the concert is mandatory otherwise your work won’t be included in the program.

9.Your accommodation fee and other reception fees in Shanghai for one week will be covered by SHCM, and you will bear the international traveling expenses by yourself.

10.SHCM will pay each finalist Euro 1,000 for his/her work.

11.Further notice of the issues concerning visit to Shanghai will be communicated with each finalist by SHCM.

Materials to be submitted:

1.Your photo, your biography/CV, and a scan of your passport.

2.Score and recording of one recent work that is a good representation of your music (no restriction on the instrumentation).

The link for the programme of previous editions:

Please send your application to the program coordinator Mr. Zhiyi Wang

The program committee will evaluate your materials and select the finalists.


 Young Composers Scheme
Summary:Workshop with Brass Quartet
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 19 April 2017
Details: Are you an aspiring young musician aged 14-18 with a passion for classical music? Do you want to develop your skills in composition, instrumentation and arranging?

In conjunction with the International Concert Series at St David’s Hall, Arts Active is offering an invaluable opportunity to learn from and work alongside professional composers and highly experienced instrumentalists from Wales.

The Young Composers scheme consists of monthly composition workshops in St David’s Hall, in which you will be guided and given tuition in writing for a classical ensemble, and hear your compositions tried out loud by the musicians.

The scheme is FREE and will end in a final showcase of your works-in-progress or final pieces where they will be recorded, edited and sent out to you to keep.

This is an exciting opportunity that will look great on further education applications and will be of particular benefit if you are building a portfolio of work for School or university.

This Summer you will have the oppertunity to work with Brass Quintet. During the course you will discover the sound worlds of the different instruments while discovering their cababilities and limitations in order to create your own composition.

Past courses: Writing for Orchestral Percussion, Wind Quintet, String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Composing for a purpose: Education, Theatre, Film & Game, Trio of Harp, Viola and Flute, Trio of Piano, Double bass and saxophone.

Past Composers: Peter Reynolds, Max Davies, Adrian Hull, James Williams, Helen Woods, Rob Westwood, Harriet Riley, Molly Lopresti Richards, Tess Tyler & Ashley John-Long


 Young Composer-in-Residence (2018-2020)
Summary:Composer in Residence Opportunity
Deadline: 07 July 2017
Date Posted: 16 April 2017
Details: Glyndebourne is currently looking for an emerging composer aged (under 30 years old as of 7 July 2017) for a part-time residency for three years, starting in January 2018. The successful candidate must be based in the UK during this residency.

The Glyndebourne Young Composer-in-Residence will have the opportunity to:
• Immerse themselves in the work of an opera house
• Investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera
• Observe the development of the creation of new work (three commissions in development currently)
• Involve themselves in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of a professional opera company
• Create new work in opera and music theatre through a number of projects, including development workshops and/or performance
• See new work across Europe

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree-level qualification in composition or equivalent professional experience, and should have evidence of engagement with dramatic writing in opera, theatre, or multimedia work, of writing for the voice, and of practical skills as a pianist and/or vocalist/instrumentalist capable of improvising. Applicants should also demonstrate their interest in engaging with the work of the education department, and give examples of self-generated opportunities outside of a formal learning environment.

The successful candidate will receive an annual bursary of £17,000 to cover time, expenses and any work composed for Glyndebourne within the period of the residency.

This will require:

• Contact details
• A personal statement, summarising your aspirations for this role (1000 words)
• Two references in which the referee outlines what they think of your work and what you would bring to the Young Composer-in-Residence position. (We suggest the referees be a teacher, composer, promoter and/or musician of standing who know your recent work).
• CV including list of works
• A small portfolio of scores and recordings of performances (minimum two pieces, at least one being for vocal and/or choral writing). Please note, MIDI / Sibelius recordings will not be accepted. Files should be uploaded to Dropbox and the link shared via our online form.
We request that you also complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. A DBS check will be requested in the event of a successful application in accordance with Glyndebourne’s Safeguarding Policy.

The closing date for applications is at 2.00pm on 7 July 2017. Interviews will be held in late September.

If you have any questions or enquiries about this initiative please contact or 01273 815023


 Indianapolis Christmas Carol Commission Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 16 April 2017
Details: The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its eighth annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition in April 2017 as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.

Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.

Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2017) who are United States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2017. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be e-mailed to There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.

Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, with the following requirements: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry or verse (secular or sacred), hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged.

The winner will be notified by September 30, 2017 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2016, will be awarded to the winning composer.

All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2017.

Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 27 October 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: Compared to the previous editions, many rules have been changed or modified, also in cooperation with our Spanish partners. We believe that many aspects have been improved, thanks to the experience that we have gained over the years. These new rules, in fact, cover any situation and improve the management of the competition, avoiding any error or delay.


“Participation in this contest implies acceptance of these rules”


1 – This Contest is dedicated to the great French composer, but it's open to every musical style, also very far from Ravel's.

2 – This name was chosen because the Contest is organised by the Ravel Association of Novara (Northern Italy). The Association is also responsible for the Ravel Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Academy Maurice Ravel: the choice of the name Ravel, for this Composition Contest, is therefore easily understandable.

3 - The Contest is open to: compositions for symphonic orchestra, bands, jazz orchestras, movie soundtracks, different music styles from everywhere in the world (classic, contemporary, choir and solo singers etc. etc.). The competition is open to any musical expression. From compositions written for a single instrument, to those for large orchestra.

4 - As the contest is open to all forms of musical expression, it is allowed to participate with any kind of compositions. According to latest research, there are at least 1264 music genres all over he world. All genres are admitted, and compositions may be registered for any of the 3 categories of this third edition. Special prizes, in addition to those specified in the rules, will be awarded to the most unusual and interesting music genres, with complete freedom of musical experimentation.

5 – PLEASE NOTE that, unlike the previous editions, only two categories will be judged live, i.e. the compositions of only two categories will be performed directly before the panel of judges by one of our orchestras. The compositions of the third category called "All Existing Instruments" will not be played by the orchestra, but will be rather judged after the reproduction of the audio files and the display of the musical score, by evaluating the files sent by the composers, as happens in the majority of the competitions worldwide. We have added this third category to allow the composers to include any existing instrument, including the ethnic ones and those which are rarely used in Western orchestras. Each orchestra, even the larger ones, has its own limitations from an instrumental point of view, therefore it would be impossible to find musicians able to play any instrument, considering the countless instruments in the world.

6 – Most of the articles included in this regulation provide rules applicable to all the categories, except for some points dealing specifically with one of the three categories, which differ from one another in some aspects, such as the participation fee costs (much lower for the third category).

7 - EACH CATEGORY is an independent international contest, with no connection to other categories. Composers who register in 2-3 different categories are basically participating in 2-3 separate contests.

8 - Each composer can register the same compositions both in one of the first two categories and in the third one, since these competitions are independent and will be judged in a different way.

9 - The experience that we have gained after many competitions has helped us understand that some composers find it difficult to accept the exclusion from the semi-final/ final step of the competition, or from the award ceremony. There is no point in remembering that not everyone can win, or sometimes the compositions of an inexperienced student may be preferred over those of skilled artist. Or stressing that, among hundreds of participants from all over the world, only few composers will be able to achieve the desired goal. Therefore, let us remember that, by taking part in the competition, you will automatically accept every point of this Regulation, being aware that you might be excluded even from the first selection.


10 – All composers of the world may take part in the contest, from any Country of any continent.

11 – No is required a music diploma.

12 - There are no age limits. Young music students as well as elderly composers are admitted. As always, the jury will not know the name or age of composers, so that all musicians may have equal chances, even the youngest. We cannot exclude the possibility that somewhere in the world there may be a child prodigy, composing great music at a very young age, like Mozart did. All composers younger than 18 years must have a written and signed authorisation by their parents, or legal tutor.

13 - Compositions may have been already played in public and may appear on YouTube or other websites; they may also be recorded on CDs/DVDs. Compositions will not be admitted if they won the first prize in other contests, including first-place winners in any category of the first or second edition of this contest. The semifinal first-place winners of every Nation from the last contests may participate with the same compositions, as well as all other finalists who did not win the first prize.

14 – THE NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED to max 30 composers of each registered Nation (for each category), or Independent State. No additional registrations will be accepted from Nations which already reached this number of contestants. This rule aims to allow enough time to evaluate all compositions in the best possible way, which would be impossible to do in the time frame available, if contestants are too many. This way, the Contest will be better manageable and will represent many different Nations. 30 composers of each registered Nation is the maximum number allowed for each category of the contest.

15 – THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO 3 CATEGORIES (three different composition contests)

16 – CATEGORY: “LIVE FULL ORCHESTRA”: Compositions with at least 8 different instrumental or vocal parts, with the possibility to use identical or different instruments for each part. Example: violin 1, violin 2, cello, double bass, flute, horn 1, horn 2, oboe. In this case, the minimum number of 8 instrumental parts is reached, although there are only 6 types of different instruments (violin, cello, double bass, flute, horn, oboe). Of course, composers are free to choose any combination of instruments to reach the minimum number of 8 parts. All vocal, choral and soloist parts are also valid. These 8 (or more) parts may also be played by an orchestra of 100 or more elements, with many instruments or choral voices playing the same part. Example: 18 first violins, 20 second violins, 8 cellos, 30 choristers, several percussion instruments etc.

17 - Compositions of this category may include maximum 50 different instrumental or vocal parts, with all possible mixed combinations. The expression “instrumental parts” especially refers to the number of musicians, considering that the same musician may sometimes play several instruments at the same time, such as percussionists. For example, if the same musician plays 4 different percussion instruments, which alternate during the song, these 4 instruments will count for one (instead of 4 different parts). Similarly, if the same musician plays the flute and the piccolo, and these instruments alternate in the track, they will count for one, instead of two.

18 – CATEGORY: “LIVE SMALL GROUPS”: Compositions from 1 to 7 different instrumental or vocal parts, with the possibility to use identical or different instruments for each part (as in the example of the first category). In this category is possible to partecipate also with the compositions for solo instrument (1 part), for example solo compositions for piano, harp, guitar, violin, cello, accordion etc.

Alto Flute
Bass Flute
Oboe d'Amore
English horn
Clarinet in Bb-Eb-A
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F/Bb
Trumpet in C- Bb-Eb
Trombone in Bb/F
Bass Tuba in Bb
Double Bass
Classical Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Lute (13 stringed)
Organ (32 Pedals)
Bandoneon Timpani
Snare drum
Bass drum
Tubular Bells
Orchestral Bells
Large Gong
Medium Gong
Sleigh Bells
Hand claps
Rain Stick

20 – In case of doubts, or if you wish to add instruments that are not included in the list, please send us an email.

21 - It will be up to conductors to decide how many identical instruments will play the same part together, for example 12 violins – 6 cellos – 4 double basses, etc. Composers may also give their own suggestions about which orchestra formation they consider to be the most suitable.

22 – CATEGORY: “ALL EXISTING INSTRUMENTS”: Compositions of this category may include from 1 to 50 different instrumental or vocal parts, with all possible mixed combinations, from one single instrument or voice up to big orchestra.

23 - This category is extremely different from the other two "LIVE" categories. The main differences are: *The compositions of this category will not be played by our orchestras; *To evaluate the compositions, the judges will listen to the audio files previously sent and examine the musical score; *All the existing musical instruments can be used; *The participation cost is much lower than the other categories, because the orchestra is not included and the single parts must not be printed.

24 - Almost every point included in this Regulation also applies to the third category, except for two important aspects: 1) It is mandatory to send the audio file (which is optional for the first two categories); 2) Only the musical score must be sent, i.e. the one generally used by orchestra conductors, which includes all the instruments on the same page "without sending the single parts" of each instrument (which is, conversely, mandatory for the other categories).

More information:

Summary:Orchestra Seeks Composer
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: New Music Commission 2017-18

Inspired by the success of YLSS’s previous commissions*, we are now inviting entries for our 2017-18 New Music Commission. Four of the submitted pieces will be chosen for a Workshop with eminent composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, and YLSS players, and from these one piece will be selected for performance in 2018.

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.

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. Judith Weir will give feedback and coaching on each piece as it is rehearsed with YLSS and its conductor Stuart Hazelton. Judith 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 2018.


Stage 1 Invite compositions for the Workshop April 2017
Closing date 31 July 2017
Shortlisting August 2017

Stage 2 Workshop Day in Leeds Sunday 29 October 2017
Tutorials (optional) Saturday 28 October 2017

Stage 3 Rehearsals with commissioned composer Jan-June 2018
First performance Date in 2018 to be finalised


· Compositions should be appropriate for YLSS (see below).
· Compositions must not have been previously performed or published.
· 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. Entrants are however reminded 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.
· 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
· 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 2017. 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
York YO26 5FD

Some information about YLSS that may be helpful:

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings is a non-professional string orchestra based in Leeds but with players from as far away as Hull, Manchester and Nottingham. The orchestra takes players of any standard without audition so players cover a wide range of abilities from about Grade 2 upwards to Grade 8. The majority of players are in the middle range. The range of instruments covers violin, viola, cello and double bass, with a typical total of 30-35 players, well spread across the parts. The mix of instruments/ability can vary from week to week so a piece that is flexible enough to cope with this is desirable.

Although, as late starters, some people have not yet reached a high standard technically, players are enthusiastic and committed (see travelling distance above) and willing to tackle a wide variety of music. In the past we have played music from Lawes and Corelli to Hindemith and Pärt, and have held new music workshops. Despite this it would be unwise to depend too much on unusual notations, improvisations, etc – this is a non-professional orchestra playing to learn and for enjoyment and most players feel more comfortable with notes!

What we do want, however, is music that will be inspiring, expressive, adventurous, and yet playable for the wide range of abilities that we encompass. This is where the challenge lies for the composer – to produce a piece that all players can fully participate in and rehearse to a standard fit for performance. It would be worth thinking about different standard parts not only for first and second violin but also for first and second cello, and third parts for newer players. While the first violin and first cello parts can be technically challenging, the piece should not depend on solo players. If the piece is as good, original and exciting as we hope for, there will be opportunities for further performance by similar groups in the UK and USA with which we have links.

The winner will be chosen by the Selection Panel including composer Judith Weir, conductor Stuart Hazelton and two members of YLSS, after consultation with the orchestra.

If you have any queries about the competition please contact


 Echo Chamber: Call for Scores
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: We’re very excited to announce our first Call For Scores, for the 2017 – 2018 season! There is no application fee and no age limitation for this opportunity. Echo Chamber will select one grand prize winner to receive a world premiere of their new work in the spring of 2018 as well as a $250 honorarium.

The submission requirements are as follows:

• 2 – 3 representative scores with recordings that showcase the applicant’s skill and unique voice. The composer’s name must be present on all materials submitted.
• At least 1 score must be for any medium-sized chamber group. Applicants are encouraged to submit a diverse portfolio of works that demonstrate orchestrational skill.
• Live recordings are strongly encouraged; at least one submitted work must be accompanied by a live (or studio) recording, and the others may be MIDI realizations if necessary.
• One 250 word-maximum statement that describes the proposed commissioned work and why it would be suitable for Echo Chamber.

Composers will be judged on the uniqueness of their voice and their orchestrational skill. It goes without saying that submitted scores should be the best representation of the composer; this extends to the appearance of the score itself, which should demonstrate the composer’s professionalism.

The winning composer will write a new work for the group (clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, bass) of between 8 and 16 minutes. The new work will only be written for the entire group to play (no subsets). (Multiple movements using various subsets are allowed—this can be clarified upon announcement of the winner.)

Completed applications are due no later than July 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of results by August 15, 2017. For the selected composer, the complete work will be due in draft format by January 1, 2018, with a workshop with the full group to follow thereafter. The premiere will take place in spring of 2018 in New York City, along with a concert of premieres by Brian Petuch and Conrad Winslow.

The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $250 and a live recording of the premiere of the piece. Composers will be invited to attend a workshop and rehearsals; composers who are unable to attend are encouraged to be present digitally. Unfortunately, Echo Chamber is not able to provide any travel accommodations.

Please send all submissions with the subject line CALL FOR SCORES SUBMISSION to echochambernewmusic (at) gmail (dot) com. Any questions may be directed to the same address.

We can’t wait to hear your music!

Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 11 September 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: The Competition is open to composers of any nationality who will be under 33 years of age on 1 January 2018 and who are enrolled or have been enrolled in composition and/or orchestration courses between 2013 and 2018 at an institution in the European Union. Entrants shall compose a work for orchestra on the theme “Olympic Games”. The work must have five movements, each two minutes long, for a total of ten minutes. Prizes: Prize of €3,500 Played during a series of concerts Broadcasted on France Musique Published by Editions Durand SalabertEschnig / UMPC.

Summary:Competition with two categories
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: The 3rd International Composition Competition GMCL / Jorge Peixinho is organized by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon) and its main purposes are the encouragement of musical creation and his divulgation, thus contributing to the increase of the repertoire of chamber music. Has a biennial periodicity.

Composition of the jury: Ivan Fedele (President), Gerhard Stabler, Clotilde Rosa, João Madureira, Pedro Figueiredo, Jaime Reis e Jorge Sá Machado.
The art work and application form must be sent by registered mail, until October 28 2015, to the following address:

Concurso de Composição – GMCL
Rua do Varatojo, 50
2790-443 Queijas

There will be two categories within the formation of GMCL (mezzo-soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Percussion and Piano):

A – Music for the Ensemble (complete formation of the group)
B – Chamber Music (minimum of four performers).

In all categories electronics may be included.

Two prizes will be awarded in each category, 1st and 2nd prizes. The winning works will have the edition of the score and parts for AVA publisher and its presentation in concert with broadcast on national radio, Antena 2.
First awards (Categories A and B) will also be assigned € 2.000 prize money.


 COSI Opera Composition Program
Summary:Opera Composition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Program Dates: July 11-20

COSI 2017 is pleased to offer its Opera Composition program, directed by Dean Burry, in combination with members of COSI’s magnificent artistic teams.
Apply for the COSI Opera Composition program via COSI’s YAPtracker link.
In receiving your application for the program, you will then be contacted by us to submit two examples of your compositions. Vocal and/or instrumental pieces are welcome, though examples of previous operatic writing are encouraged.
Successful applicants will:

• Submit a vocal composition or opera scene before the program.
• Collaboratively create a scene while at the program.
• Receive a final public presentation and recording.

Get back to your roots! In the last 400 years, opera has evolved into an incredibly rich and varied art form, drawing inspiration from cultures the world over. But it all started in Italy. The Opera Composition program allows both new and experienced opera composers to develop their own contemporary opera skills while drawing inspiration and guidance from the exceptional singers, collaborative pianists, directors and designers of the COSI program, all within the beautiful setting of the two thousand-year-old city of Sulmona. As part of the intensive one-week program, composers will have the opportunity to compose and workshop two complete opera scenes, attend masterclasses in vocal writing, dramaturgy and the libretto, building a career in the opera field. In addition… Enjoy a trip to Rome and a performance of one of Italy’s iconic operatic works at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

The Opera Composition program includes:
• Vocal masterclasses that will inform about writing for the voice, and the particular considerations for each voice type and differences within those voice types (writing for different kinds of sopranos, for example).
• Dramaturgy and the libretto – how to work with a libretto or consider writing one.
• Building a Composing Career in Opera
• Elements of Design
• Private composition lessons with Dean Burry.

Enrollment is limited. To inquire further about submitting your compositions as part of your application to COSI’s Opera Composition program, contact:

Tuition information is on the “Costs” page.


 Toronto Chinese Orchestra 2018 Composition Competition
Summary:Opportunity for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Background
The Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) is proud to announce a composition competition. This competition seeks to connect emerging Canadian composers with Chinese orchestral music in order to produce a new composition. Winning composer(s) will have their work premiered during the TCO’s 2017|2018 concert season, at their 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in June 2018.

The competition is open to emerging Canadian composers (citizens or permanent residents). There are no age restrictions. Jurists, TCO artistic leadership, and TCO board of directors are ineligible to apply.

Application Process
Applicants to submit, by July 15, 2017:

A completed application form (PDF)
A curriculum vitae detailing compositional background and, if applicable, compositions that have been performed, recorded, or published;
PDF of a compositional excerpt, between 2 to 3 minutes long, demonstrating proposed compositional ideas. The excerpt should be written for an ensemble of 7 musicians consisting of all the following instruments: dizi (笛子), pipa (琵琶), zhongruan (中阮), gaohu, (高胡), erhu (二胡), cello, and bass. Please make sure that there are no personally identifying features on the score (e.g., name). Composers seeking information regarding score layout, ranges, notation, and techniques for these instruments can consult the Resources section of this page.

An accompanying recording of the excerpt as MP3, if applicable. MIDI is acceptable.

A jury comprised of TCO artistic leadership and international guests will judge the applicants based on their excerpt. The adjudication will be done blind: a number will be assigned to each application package, and jurists will not have access to applicants’ identifying features until after decisions have been made. Jury decisions are final.

Winner(s) will be announced by September 15, 2017, and will be commissioned to write a work of approximately 10 minutes for the TCO. The final composition will likely be based on the excerpt, although this is not absolute. The TCO will also work with winner(s) to write a commissioning grant, and will provide coaching from the jury throughout the compositional process. Scores and parts should be ready by March 1, 2018.

Commissioned pieces will be premiered at the TCO’s annual concert in June 2018.

Winner(s) will receive:

An archival recording of the performance
An honorarium of $200 (more depending on outcome of commissioning grant)
Completed application packages should be sent electronically to Please include any audio/video as links to streaming sites (e.g., YouTube).

 League of Composers/ISCM 2017 Composers' Competition
Summary:Call for Scores (flexible size ensemble)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Entry fee
$25 per work

Submission Deadline
August 1, 2017

$1000 and a New York City performance*, possible nomination to the next World Music Days


All composers are eligible to enter. Only US composers can be selected to represent ISCM at the World Music Days.

Composition Requirements
Works for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra may be submitted. Works featuring voice, choir, and/or electronic media will also be accepted. Works should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration. There are no stylistic limitations. The instrumentation limit for a guaranteed performance is eight (8) players.

Submission Requirements
Our submission process is entirely electronic. Since judging is done anonymously, all traces of the composer's name should be removed from submitted score and audio. No pseudonym is needed. If the work you wish to submit cannot be submitted through our online submission process, please contact Luke Dahn for assistance at

Adjudication Process
The judging panel will judge the competition during the summer of 2017 and endeavor to complete the process no later than September 1, 2017. If the judges choose more than one winner, the monetary award will be divided evenly among the winners, and each composition will receive a performance in New York. Winners must be willing to provide conductor’s score and parts in a timely manner at his or her cost. Questions should be addressed to

Submission Information and Materials
Name; Email; PDF of score (composer's name removed); MP3 recording, if available (50MB limit; MIDI realizations will be accepted); Bio or CV; Entry fee payment (on subsequent page).

Payment method
Submission will not be complete until entry fee payment is submitted. You may submit payment on the submission form. Alternatively, a check may be mailed to the following address:

League of Composers/ISCM
c/o Friedrich Heinrich Kern
24 Waverly Place RM 268
New York, NY 10003

*The League will make every effort to perform the winning work. In the case of an instrumentation that is not available, the League will perform an alternate work of the composer.

 Call for Solo Clavichord Pieces
Summary:Solo Keyboard Call
Deadline: 30 September 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: The Daniel Blitz Clavichord Project and Vox Novus are calling for solo clavichord pieces. The works should contain 100 notes or less and be specifically written for this project. Due to the nature of the instrument a recording will be made for the selected composers opposed to a public performance.

A native of Wisconsin, David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. His primary composition teachers were Joel Naumann, Yehuda Yannay, and William Brooks. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is organist and choir director St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. His works were heard across the United States, in nine European countries, Israel, Brazil, and Australia. He is President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, Vice President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, and on the board for the Milwaukee Chapter of the Organ Historical Society; he also edits the newsletter for the Wisconsin OHS. Dr. Bohn has previously premiered three different Fifteen Minutes of Fame sets from two different calls.

In January 2017, I was given a clavichord my mother’s cousin, Daniel Blitz, built in the 1960's from a kit purchased from Zuckermann Harpischords. Daniel passed away on March 1st of 2017, seven weeks short of his 94th birthday. In his honor, I am posting a call for solo clavichord pieces. Given the retiring nature of the clavichord, a public performance is not planned. Rather, the pieces will be recorded and made available on Youtube.

• Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017
• Works should be for solo clavichord (unfretted, range of four octaves and a fourth, C-f)
• Electronics/tape accompaniment will not be considered.
• The works should consist of a maximum of 100 notes; the definition of a note is left to the composer.
• Works should be composed specifically for this project.
• All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
• Multiple submissions are not accepted; send your best work!
• Works need to be submitted online at
• You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
• After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named "Call for Solo Clavichord Pieces" to submit work.
• You will need to provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes.
• You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are not required.)
• Works should be inscribed “For the Daniel Blitz Clavichord Project”.
• Selected compositions will be recorded early in 2018, and will be posted on youtube beginning on March 1st of 2018, the first anniversary of his passing.

Vox Novus is organization with bold ideas and several initiatives that it proliferates throughout the globe. Keeping with it mission to empower the new music community, Vox Novus has founded, produced, and presented several creative projects to accomplish its goal. Vox Novus collaborates and fosters endeavors with other new music organizations in order to strengthen the community.


 Silenzio Musica Competition
Summary:Voice composition competition
Deadline: 24 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 April 2017
Details: The Cultural Association DGMA, is pleased to announce the 4th Edition of the Silenzio Musica Competition under the Patronage of: Commissione Europea, Regio- ne Emilia-Romagna, Provincia di Rimini, Comune di Riccione, EUA-UN European Union Association-UN, ASEM-UN Asia Europe NGOs Network, Rosini Gut- man Foundation.

The Silenzio Musica Competition theme of this year is the Lullaby, one of the most ancient musical expressions with a long history of countless outstanding works in music, as well as in poetry and visual art. Lullaby is a high didactic and social value – it is the first natural musical form by which the baby, is introduced to music and to the rhythm of life, as well as the first and fundamental instrument in human learning.

Composers of any nationality, with no age limit, may apply.
There is only one section, and the composers may choose from two instrumentations: Soprano solo / Soprano and piano.
Entries must include a score and an audio recording or a digital simulation.
The lyrics that will be set to music must be chosen from among those specifically proposed by DGMA and published on the site of the association. Composers may also receive them upon written request to DGMA administration office. The composition must be between 3’ (three minutes) and 7’ (seven minutes).


The first place winner will receive a scholarship of € 500,00 (five hundred Euros) and a work of art by an international artist.
The second Classified will receive a work of art by an international artist. The third Classified will receive a work of art by an international artist.
The classified compositions will be published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni, Bologna along with the poems proposed and their authors, and perfor- merd during the evening of the concert “Dal sogno alla rêverie” within the festival Musica d’Arte 2017.

The first three classifieds will be awarded with prizes, the scholarship and the certificates of merit at the award cere- mony on August 26, 2017, during the concert within the festival Musica d’Arte 2017. In case the winners will not be able to attend the award ceremony, the delivery of the scho- larships and prizes to the recipients of the awards, will be arranged by DGMA.


The deadline for sending the scores is Monday, July 24, 2017, (date as postmark or electronic sending date). Scores must arrive at DGMA by July 28, 2017.


The international Jury is formed by: Massimo Botter (com- poser), Uri Brener (composer and performer), Carlo Fiore (music critic), Delilah Gutman (composer and performer), Gaia Maffezzoli (composer). The Jury has the right to accord to other non classified compositions, special mentions and their performance during the award concert; it also has the right, as well, not to award prices. The decisions of the Jury are final. The classified Composers will be notified by telephone and e-mail, and published on web- site by August 20, 2017.


The anonymous envelope or electronic file must include:
a five copies of the proposed score clearly legible. Each copy must bear, in block letters or typed, with black ink, the title and the year of composition, a motto or pseu- donym (no reference that might allow the identification of the author is permitted), the duration of the work and a cd with the instrumental recording or a digital sound simulation of the work (.mp3 format).

b a sealed envelope bearing the same motto or pseudonym chosen for the score, the envelope must contain:
– the herewith enclosed detachable application form completed and signed in all its parts.

– the entrant’s name surname, date and place of birth, photocopy of an identity card or equivalent;
– the title of the submitted composition and date of the composition along with a signed declaration stating that the composition is unpublished and original;

– composer presentation and explicatory notes;
– instrumentation and duration;
– postal address, telephone number (fax, if any) and e-mail address;
– a copy of the entry fee payment receipt.

The envelope or the electronic file must be sent to:

Associazione Culturale DGMA c/o Delilah Gutman
Via Ippolito Nievo 11
47838 Riccione (RN) – Italia
or e-mail address:


The entry fee is € 50,00 (fifty). For Composers who are still students at Music Academies, Conservatory or University - and for each second and third work - the entry fee is 25€ (twenty five). Payment of the fee:

Associazione Culturale DGMA
Banca Carim, Viale Dante - Riccione (Rn): Bank transfer from Italy
IBAN: N 06285 24120 CC0208000370

Bank transfer from abroad
IBAN: IT85 N062 8524 120C C020 8000 370


The submitted Composition must be original, unpublished and never been performed in a public concert. Each Composer may submit from one to a maximum of 3 works. Each additional composition shall be enrolled separately and sent in separate envelope. The cover of the score must bear the title of the composition and the motto or pseudonym. The score must be clearly photocopied in black & white, writ- ten with black ink, or printed out from a computer (with an appropriate notation software). The applicant must keep the original copy of the submitted work and forward five copies of it to DGMA. The materials submitted will not be returned. The entry fee will not be reimbursed. Exception is made in case the Competition 2017 will be suspended by an official communication of DGMA. The registration to Silenzio Musica Competition implies full acceptance of the regulations. Any claim must refer to the text in Italian. Pla- ce of jurisdiction is Foro of Rimini - Italia.


By participating in Silenzio Musica Competition the se- lected composers cede the following rights free of charges to DGMA: the performance rights for the world premiere of the winning work within the music festival Musica d’Arte 2017; the rights to broadcast all the performances of the win- ning works by television or radio or any other means, including broadcasts on the Internet, cable networks, satellite, terrestrial or other broadcasting means, live or prerecorded, in Italy or abroad; the right to record, reproduce and arrange for the reproduction of all performances of the Festival on record cd, cd-dom/cdi, dvd or any other existing or future medium.


Associazione Culturale DGMA c/o Delilah Gutman
Via Ippolito Nievo 11
47838 Riccione (RN) – Italia Sede Legale:

Via Monte Titano 8
47900 Rimini – Italia
tel. +39 347 7717575 / + 39 345 0310255

 Orchestra Composition Contest
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Call for Scores
Application deadline: June 1, 2017

The 51st 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 25–27, 2017.

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, Narong Prangcharoen, the guest ensemble, 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, 2017. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2017.

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.

A PDF of this call can be downloaded HERE.

 South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 25 July 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: Call for Scores – Deadline: July 25, 2017
The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (SD Synod) is sponsoring a Choral Composition Competition in conjunction with the Lutheran Church’s worldwide commemoration of its 500th anniversary. It is intended that the winning compositions will be included in a community commemorative service that will take place on November 1, 2017, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
The South Dakota Synod, ELCA Choral Composition Competition will award two winning compositions from two pools of submissions:

1 Open to all composers with no age restriction. Prize: $1000
2 Open to composers 25 years of age and younger as of July 25, 2017. Prize $500

Eligibility and Guidelines
1 Works to be submitted must be unpublished, and must not have received a prize for a previous competition, but they do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.
2 Works must be 3-6 minutes in length and with a difficulty level that would allow a massed ensemble of church choirs the ability to prepare the work over a six-week period.
3 Works may be entirely original compositions or arrangements of pre-existing hymns or other melodies in the public domain or for which usage permission has been obtained.
4 Works should be scored for SATB choir, either a cappella or including organ and/or other instruments. Works that incorporate congregational singing are encouraged but not required.
5 Works must be composed using a text that relates to the Lutheran Reformation that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
6 A cappella works should be written in open score with a piano reduction underneath.
7 Works must be submitted in a PDF format produced using music notation software.
8 Applicants should submit two PDF copies of the composition—one with the composer’s name on it and one unattributed (without the composer’s name)—to
9 The winners of the competition will give the right to SD Synod to webcast and/or telecast the premiere performance of the winning compositions live and post a video of the performance on YouTube.
10 The winning composers will be invited to attend the commemorative service, however, travel and accommodation to attend the performance will be at the cost of the composers.
11 The panel reserves the right not to name winners if suitable compositions are not found.

The deadline for submissions is July 25, 2017.
Direct questions to Dr. Paul Nesheim at or (605) 274-5402.

 Composition competition LAUDEM 2017
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, organizes a composition competition on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montréal


Every person, regardless of nationality or age, who is not member of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM, is eligible to apply.

Important dates:

Friday, September 15, 2017: Deadline for submitting the works.

Monday, October 9, 2017: finalists and winner(s) are announced during the annual Study Day, organized by LAUDEM, which will take place on October 9.

Sunday, November 12, 2017: concert featuring the works of the finalists and the winner(s), included in the Oasis Musicale concert series at Saint George Anglican Church in Montréal.

Le mercredi 22 novembre 2017, Interprétation de certaines œuvres retenues au Concours LAUDEM à l’occasion d’une messe en l’honneur de Sainte Cécile à l’église montréalaise dont elle est patronne.

Wednesday, November 22 2017: Presentation of certain works during a mass honouring Saint Cecilia at the Montréal Catholic church of which she is the Patron Saint.

Beginning of 2018: publications of the winning compositions (and others, as per discretion of the jury) by LAUDEM Publishing House.

Jury and prizes:

The jury will comprise the members of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM.

The composer will receive a monetary prize of CAN $500

The winning work will be published by LAUDEM Publishing House.

The jury can choose more than one winning work. In this case, the monetary prize will be divided between the composers of the winning works.

The jury can accord more than one prize and can recommend more than one work for publication.

The decisions of the jury are final.


The work must use the text provided, but it does not have to be necessarily composed for the competition.

The work may have been performed before the competition.

Each composer may submit more than one work.

The work will be scored for SATB without divisi, a cappella, or with organ.


There are no fees to participate in the competition.


The following information and documents will be sent to

1) A word of PDF file containing your name, nationality, date of birth, e-mail address and phone number.

2) Score in PDF format, letter size or A4 size.

Text (translation included to facilitate comprehension):

The psalmody is included here as information only. You do NOT have to use it in your composition.

Tubas cum cytharis jam nunc assumite. Now take hold of trumpets and zythers

Triumphum Martyris jam nunc celebrate. Now celebrate the triumph of a martyr.

Angelorum et Virginum agmina. Troops of the Angels and Virgins,

Et cum voce laetitiae dicite. With the voice of gladness say:

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]

Praeclara sitiens illa victoriae Thirsting for a brilliant victory,

In corpus saeviens virtute gratiae. In her body to fury burst the strength of grace,

Tradit furentibus. (Her body) that she delivers to the furious.

Membra mucronibus. Her members (which she delivers)

to their sharp instruments.

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]

Et nos qui gemimus favens nos respice. And we who moan, look at us favorably.

Saepe quem laesimus sta coram judice. Stand before the Judge whom we have often offended:

Liberis det mentibus ad caelum tendere. May He give our souls, when detached from their bodies,

to go to Heaven.

Purgatosque sordibus fac tecum vivere. And purified from their defilements,

make them live in your company.

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]

 III Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Radom City can be proud of its centuries-old music tradition. The most distinguished Polish composer of the Middle Ages, Nicholas of Radom, created his music in this royal city. It emphasises the standing and the importance of the centre, also on the cultural map of the Jagiellonian country. The people of Radom have always felt a strong need to create and exist in a cultural field. It is proved by organisation of the International Composers’ Competition - Certamen Compositorum Internationale ARBORETUM and the commitment of one of the most distinguished composers of our times, Krzysztof Penderecki. The Competition originated from the need to experience art, felt both by creators and the public. The regulations of the competition clearly state that Professor Krzysztof Penderecki is the person who is responsible to decide which of the composers has created a work deserving special recognition. Six compositions will be presented during the competition’s second round, concert for final selection performed by the Radom Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Zoltowski. It will take place in the Krzysztof Penderecki Concert Hall in Radom on the 18th of November 2017. ARBORETUM accepts works scored for a string orchestra, which are not performed nor published before the date of the final concert.

Jury: Piotr Moss, Paul Patterson, Maciej Żółtowski
Chairman of the Jury: Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki

Deadline for entries: August 15th, 2017

Final Concert: November 18th, 2017 Krzysztof Penderecki Concert Hall in Radom

Total value of prizes: 45000 PLN

 Announcing the 2018 Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 28 November 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Previous winners:
2015 - Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 - Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 - Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 - Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia

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, 2018
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video recording
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• NEW! Winner will have 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 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.
• Receive high quality recordings of these reading sessions and performances
• 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
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

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

All materials must be received by November 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.


 Composition Competition for schools
Summary:Schools' Composition Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: We’re excited to launch a Shakespeare-inspired Composition Competition for all registered schools, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a musical maestro to take part!

Pupils can create a soundscape for the Forest of Arden, a lullaby inspired by the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or a magical melody for Macbeth’s witches – in any musical style or genre. Specially commissioned resources from Birmingham Conservatoire will get you started on your musical masterpieces.

Five winning entries will be chosen to work with vocal leader Daniel Galbreath and will have the opportunity to perform a specially arranged version of their composition alongside musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire at a Celebration Concert in June.

For more information:


 Kazimierz Serocki 15th International Composers’ Competition 2017.
Summary:International Chamber Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 13 March 2017
Details: Under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Mayor of the City of Warsaw


Deadline for entries: August 15th, 2017


The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.

More than one score per composer is permitted.

It is possible to submit works already performed and/or awarded in other competitions, excluding compositions already published.

Only compositions for chamber ensemble of 3 to 5 instruments (chosen from the list below), without conductor.

Instruments: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 french horn, 1 piano, 2 violins,

1 viola, 1 cello.

Use live electronics or tape is not permitted.

Duration: from 10 to 16 minutes.

The First Prize – 16.000 PLN

The Second Prize – 10.000 PLN

The Third Prize – 5.000 PLN

PWM Edition’s Special Prize for the Youngest Winner: a set of Polish contemporary music scores.

Paweł Łukaszewski (Poland)

Paul Patterson (United Kingdom)

Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)

The decisions of the Jury are final.

The prize winners’ concert
The awarded compositions will be performed on 10thof December 2017 in the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, at a special concert organised by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Channel 2. The concert will be broadcasted and offered to all members of the European Broadcasting Union.

The composer of the awarded work must provide all the performance material at their own expense and send them to the ISCM Polish Section until 1st of November 2017.

Composers declare that they possess all rights to their pieces, their composition is original and all materials (parts and full score) are available to the Competition’s organiser free of charge.

The score should be submitted anonymously and marked with an alphanumeric emblem.

Sealed envelope marked with the same emblem containing the following data should be attached:

-composer’s full name: first name (s), surname, gender,

-date and place of birth,


-address, telephone, e-mail address or fax,

-title and duration of the composition,

-brief programme note about composition in English, (or Polish and English)

-biography and current photo of the composer.

The entries should be sent to the following address:

Iwona Kisiel – ISCM Polish Section

Poste Restante

ul. Ogrodowa 3

05-200 Wołomin


Tel/fax: (+48) 22 827-69-81

Mob. (+48) 535-266-363


The deadline for submission of scores is August 15th, 2017. The postmark is decisive.

Entry fee

Entry fee for participants is 220 PLN (50 EUR) for each score.

The amount should be sent in one of the following ways: PAYPAL on the ISCM Polish Section's website: (preferred) or bank transfer (bank charges covered by a sender) to the following account:

ISCM Polish Section

PKO Bank Polski S.A., Warsaw Branch

account number (IBAN): PL 77 1020 1013 0000 0302 0127 1394

Code BIC (Swift): BPKOPLPW

The payment receipt must be enclosed with the submitted score.

Cheques will not be accepted.

The entry fee is not refundable.

Final Provisions

Entry in the Competition is synonymous with acceptance of the Regulations.

Compositions not meeting the requirements stated in the above Regulations will not be admitted to the Competition. In such case the entry fee is not refundable.

Contentious cases will be resolved based on the Polish version of the Regulations of the Competition.

The submitted scores will not be returned.

Director of the Competition – Maciej Żółtowski

Secretary of the Competition – Iwona Kisiel

The Competition is realised with financial support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

Summary:Solo accordion competition
Deadline: 05 September 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: • Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, calls for the X International Accordion Composition Competition "Francisco Escudero" whose prize ceremony will be held on 16 of September 2017.
• The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.
• The works may be composed for solo accordion or for chamber music with accordion, and their length may not exceed 10 minutes. The works of chamber music must be composed for a maximum of four players in which there is at least one accordion.
• The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
• Pieces written before 2013 will be refused.
• Works presented may be commissioned, but must never have been previously performed either in public or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously awarded or published will not be admitted.
• Only electro-acoustic clips recorded in one of these two formats are admitted: audio CD (no Wav) 44.1 KHz/16 bits; Mp3. CD recordings and scores will be sent by certified mail. MP3 pieces will be sent to
• Awarded works will be published by the organization. The jury may even consider at their discretion the publication of other works that haven't been awarded.
• Scores can be handwritten (legible and without amendments or corrections) or computer-generated. The awarded composer commits to convert the winning composition to electronic format within 30 days after announcement of the prize and submit the winning composition in electronic format to contest organizers.
• The organization reserves the right to propose awarded works for performance at the next editions of the "Arrasate Competition" for accordionists. Therefore the organization will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of awarded works without any economic benefit to the composer, except for those derived from the rights given by law.
• The composer will hand in three anonymous copies with no visible personal signature in an envelope, which will be identified only by a code or a theme. Works submitted should be enclosed into a sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title or headword of the composition, whereas the following details should be included within the envelope: composer's name and surname, phone number, address, e-mail and signed formal statement proving that the work submitted is unknown and has never been published or performed before.
• The entry fee is 30 euros. 10 euros for ‘Hauspoz' members.
• Closing date will be 5th September 2017.
• The organization, together with the jury, reserves the right to declare prizes void, in which case, a personality or an organisation will be awarded in gratitude for the trajectory of their work.
• It is compulsory that the following caption be included in all concert programs, as well as in printed publications and audio media where the awarded work appears or is mentioned: First Prize of the 10th International Composition Competition Francisco Escudero.

The participation will imply that the contestant accepts the terms of the competition

 Pacific Edge Voices Call for Scores
Summary:Vocal call
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: February 25, 2017
Pacific Edge Voices, Call for Scores 2017

Berkeley CA, 2/20/17 - Pacific Edge Voices announces a call for scores for performance in 2018. This is an opportunity for composers to hear their work performed live and in concert. Scores must be submitted by August 1st, 2017.

This call for scores is open to composers of all ages and of all nationalities. Up to two compositions will be selected.

“Pacific Edge voices is a vocal ensemble with deep experience in rhythmic, innovative work,” explains Director Dr. Lynne Morrow. “We have a fondness for texts that speak to the best of the Human Condition.”

Pacific Edge Voices prides itself on performing cutting-edge music. Works that stand out as genre-bending or out of the ordinary will be given special consideration. Scores do not need to be premieres although never-performed work is encouraged. Pieces should be under 30 minutes in length. Longer works may be considered for performance in 2019. This call is for music written for mixed chorus, SATB, with up to eight parts. Scores can be a cappella arrangements or have piano accompaniment. Mp3 is desired but not required for entry.

Composers will be notified about score selection by October 1st, 2017.

Scores can be submitted in one of two ways. PDF scores can be emailed to Printed scores can be mailed to:

Pacific Edge Voices
PO Box 8568
Berkeley, CA 94707

More information about Pacific Edge Voices is available at

 1st International Electroacoustic and Composition Competition „eviMus“
Summary:Solo plus electronics call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: 1. Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb
für elektroakustische und intermediale Musik „eviMus“

1st International Electroacoustic and Composition Competition „eviMus“

The Festival eviMus (Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustische und visuelle Musik) call for new electroacoustic works for its 1. Internationale Kompositionswettbewerb
für elektroakustische und intermediale Musik.

Work for:

flute (piccolo, C, G Alto or C bass) and electronics,

or saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor or baritone) and electronics.

Electronics: tape, live electronics, with or without video, maximum of eight channels

Duration: between 6 and max. 12 minutes.


The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after 1977 (40 years old), each of whom may submit only one work, which was not commercially published or awarded a prize in any other national or international competition. The works must have been composed between 2012 and 2017. The length can be between 6 and max. 12 minutes.

The jury will award two prizes. It may also declare the deserted category or assign Honorary Mentions. The jury’s decision is final and without appeal. Any situation not covered by the rules will be managed by the jury.

Prize: 1000€ und premiere
Prize: 500€
The jury will announce the results during the 4. Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustische und visuelle Musik – eviMus 2017.

How to apply:

All applications must be sent via DropBox or Google Drive in a single folder to the email: competition[at]evimus[dot]de.

The application must fulfill the following requirements:

-PDF or DOC with contact information, composer’s biography, nationality, date of birth and a description of the idea of your work (program notes).
-Copy of birth certificate/ID/Passport in digital format
-Recent photo in digital format
-Audio file containing a stereo version of the piece
-PDF file with the score for instrument and electronic
-Optional: Electronics (patch, tape, description, audio, etc.)
-Participating in the competition signifies for candidates accepting all the conditions of this rule. Any breach of the rules involves the elimination of the work in the contest.

Start of applications: 1st february 2017
Deadline for applications: 1st July 2017

 Trio Anima Mundi 2017 Composition Prize
Summary:Piano Trio Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: Trio Anima Mundi (Kenji Fujimura – piano, Rochelle Ughetti – violin, Noella Yan – cello) is an international award-winning chamber music ensemble based in Melbourne, Australia. Their annual subscription series has become noted for its eclectic and diverse programming, presented by the ensemble with ‘welcome energy and persuasive authority’. Along with the standard canon of music for piano trio, Trio Anima Mundi has rediscovered many gems from the past, presenting rare performances of works by the likes of Theodore Dubois, Hermann Goetz, and Charles Stanford. Their debut CD recording of piano trios by William Hurlstone, Max d’Ollone, Dag Wiren and Miriam Hyde on the Divine Art label was a 2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year. The seventh Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize will be held in 2017.


Eligibility: The competition is open to living composers of all ages and nationalities. Previous winners of this competition are ineligible. Composers must submit a work for piano trio (piano, violin, cello) of 6-10 minutes duration. It may be a multi-movement work, but the total duration must not exceed the maximum of ten minutes. No electronics or amplification are permitted. The internal workings of the piano (such as string plucking) may not be used.

The submission must consist of:
- completed application form
- copy of the application fee payment receipt
- short biography (approx. 200 words)
- short programme notes about the composition (up to 200 words)
- publicity photograph; and ONE COPY EACH of:
- full score (piano) - violin part - cello part (optional: MIDI recording)

The minimum size for the score will be A4. We strongly encourage you to submit your composition score and parts as Sibelius (.sib) files (or PDF files) on a USB drive, SD card, or CD-ROM, or submit via online file transfer (such as Wetransfer). We will also accept printed submissions via post.

If a recording (e.g. MIDI) is available, it can be submitted in .wav, .mp3 or mp4 format (optional). The submitted work may not have been previously published, performed, commercially recorded or received an award from another competition. Multiple entries are permitted. However, each score must be accompanied by a separate application form and fee. The submission must be made via anonymous entry. A codename must be chosen and indicated on the application form. All scores must be marked with the codename. Scores must not have any marking which may identify the composer.

Deadline for submission: All entries must be received by 5pm Australian Eastern
Standard Time on Friday 1st September. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Application fee: AUD$40 per entry. This must be paid online by going to and following the links to the composition prize.

Selection process: All submitted works will be reviewed by a jury panel, which will include members of Trio Anima Mundi. Any jury member or their students will not be able to participate in this competition.

The jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed. The jury reserve the right not to award a prize, or to share the prize.

Prize: The winning entry will receive a cash prize of AUD$1000 and its world premiere performances during the 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Series. Two performances will be made, on 29th October and 12th November, and may be recorded for future broadcast or CD. All participants must agree for their work to be performed, recorded and broadcast by Trio Anima Mundi.

Participants will not receive any fee for the premiere performances or broadcast of their work. In the event that there is more than one winner, the prize money will be shared at the discretion of Trio Anima Mundi. The prize winner(s) must agree for their name and images (e.g. photographs) to be used for publicity purposes, without remuneration, by Trio Anima Mundi.

The winner(s) of the 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize will be notified via email and announced on the Trio Anima Mundi website ( by Friday 13th October. The winner(s) will be offered a complimentary ticket and invited to attend the premiere performances. Any travel and accommodation-related costs will not be covered by Trio Anima Mundi. After the premiere performances, the composer must agree to indicate clearly in any subsequent (published or unpublished) score, recording or performance of the winning work that the work was ‘winner of 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize’.

Return of scores: After the winner is announced, no scores will be returned unless the initial submission is accompanied by a self-addressed envelope large enough to contain the scores, and with sufficient postage for return receipt. Trio Anima Mundi will not take any responsibility for scores which are unable to be returned due to insufficient postage.

Postal Entries to be sent to:

Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura
c/- Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard,
Monash University, Victoria, AUSTRALIA 3800 Electronic Entries to be sent to:


Applications close: Results announced: Premiere performances:
5pm, Friday 1st September
Friday 13th October
Sunday 29th October and 12th November

 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble 2017/18 Call for Scores
Summary:Wind Ensemble Call
Deadline: 06 November 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: Eligibility
This composition competition is open to all North American composers. Members of the HWE and their families are not eligible. All entries must meet the guidelines below to be considered.

What we’re looking for:
1) Style/Subject Matter: All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and NOT have been previously published or performed in order to be performed as a World Premiere Performance. (No self-published works will be accepted – publish your work after the contest.)

2) Wind Ensemble: score for standard wind ensemble. We have the following instruments:
6 Flutes (up to 3 piccs), 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 1 Eb Clar, 6 Bb Clar, 1 Bass Clar, 1 Alto Clar or Contra Alto Clar, 2 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari Sax, 5 Cornets/Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 2 Euph/Baritones, 2 Tubas, 1 String Bass, 1 Timpani, 1 Mallet, 2 Percussion
Do NOT include English horn, soprano sax, harp, piano, etc. We don’t have those instruments.
We have limited technology for electronics. If your composition includes electronics it should be easily accessible. Vocals are permissible for up to 4 singers, SATB or solo voice.

3) Duration: Preference is given to works between 4 and 10 minutes in length.

4) Entry Fee(s): The entry fee is $20 for each submission. If submitting pieces via E-mail, then checks should be mailed under separate cover to the address below.

5) Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players. Grade 3 to 5.

6) If in the opinion of the judges no entry is deemed worthy of the prize, none shall be awarded.

Deadline for submissions: November 6, 2017 (postmarked or E-mail by 11:59pm).
The winning entries will be notified in December 2017. Parts needed by January 10, 2018.

There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of$250.00. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2018.

What to submit
1) Score: professional quality score which is bound or a PDF file E-mailed.

2) Composer information: Information sheet with your name, address, telephone number and E-mail.

3) Recording: Live or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be WAV or MP3 format. If we can’t listen to it, we won’t consider it. CDs should be labeled. E-mailed files should be MP3, 6MB max.

4) Entry fee(s): a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 in the form of a check must be included with each submission. All checks must be made payable to "The Center - HWE", with “HWE Composition” noted in the memo. US funds only. Entry fees are tax deductible.

Email PDF score and MP3 file (no larger than 6mb) to
Entry fee can be mailed separately, but must be postmarked no later than November 6, 2017.

You may alternatively mail hardcopies and recording (WAV or MP3 file) to:

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
PO Box 3606
Chula Vista, CA 91909

For questions E-mail:

 Works for baritone (voice) and piano or organ for church use
Summary:Voice works required
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: I am the bass section leader at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, FL. I am looking for repertoire to perform as a part of church services as introits or offertories. Works should be at least two minutes long, set a sacred English text (Biblical or a sacred poem, etc.), and be scored for baritone singer with piano or organ. Texts can be general Christian texts or specific to the church calendar (Lent, Advent, etc.). Single movements from larger works are welcome. The Biblical Songs (Op. 99) of Dvorak are a good guide for the type of thing I am looking for in terms of subject matter, but I welcome a variety of harmonic languages (tonal, post-tonal, etc.).

Please send a PDF file of scores and link to recordings (if available) to

I perform at least one solo a month, so I am looking for works continually. If chosen I will provide you with a recording and bulletin from that weeks service. Depending on the season and church schedule, I a may perform the work on 1-3 services in a given weekend.

 360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico.
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 30 July 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer's Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and five gourmet meals a week, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.*
CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply for the competitive residency. We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.
Alice Fogel, Juror for Writers and Musicians
Alice is the State Poet Laureate of New Hampshire (USA) 2014 – 2019 and recent winner of the Nicholas Shaffner Award for Music in Literature for her book Interval. Alice is the author of three poetry collections, including, Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). She is also author of Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader (Hobblebush Books, 2009). Alice teaches creative writing and poetry at Keene State College, Keene, NH and Landmark College, Putney, Vermont.
Justin Lytle, Juror for Musicians
Justin R. Lytle is an artist, com, and designer based in Northern California. Justin holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and his work is found in various public and private collections. Justin is a classically trained pianist, and uses the medium of sound design as a foundational tool for his contemporary sculpture practice. He is the owner of Studio Arno, a small design studio, and he composes for the Seattle based music project Holy Cities. Justin was the second Resident at 360 Xochi Quetzel and has now joined us as the music juror.
Deborah Kruger, Juror for Visual Artists
Deborah is the founder of 360 Xochi Quetzal and a mixed media artist who exhibits internationally. Her work in mixed fibers and screen printing is in private collections throughout North America. View her work at
Winter residency: December 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018
Additional residencies will be announced to our mailing list. To add your name, please click on the box at the top of our webpage:
You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at
WINTER DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: The deadline for the Winter 2017 Residency is Midnight Mountain Time on Sunday July 30, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Sunday September 10, 2017.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES: You must submit your application through the CAFE website: Applications without work samples will not be considered (3 images for Visual Artists, 1 - 2 videos for Musicians, 5-page double-spaced writing sample for Writers, 10-page double-spaced sample for Playwrights, 5-page single-spaced sample for poets). Please familiarize yourself with CAFE which is a great website with many other artist listings and opportunities (see specifications below for more details). We do not accept email entries.
ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE AND DISCOUNT: The application fee for the competitive one-month residency is $39.00. Take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount for applications received before June 25, 2017. Artists who are re-applying for one-month qualify for a $9 discount using our Coupon Codes. Only one discount will apply. You can download more information about Fees and Discounts from our website:
APPLICATION SPECIFICATIONS: You may download more information about how to apply a Discount Code, How to Check Out and file specifications for video and writing submissions on our website:
*RESIDENCY AWARD: Winners of the competitive residency receive a free live/work space for one-month. Two writing residents will reside in the main residency house, which is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. We have several live/work spaces a few doors away that each have a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and are geared towards musicians and visual artists.
Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on the premises, weekly maid service and a 27-page Residency Handbook.
Our new Guest Chef Program: Winter 2017 residents will be able to eat communally five evenings a week at the main residency house and enjoy gourmet meals (and leftovers!) prepared by our Resident Culinary Artist, who will consider your special dietary restrictions. If you know someone who would like to apply for this position, have them write to us at
COSTS: You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which will cost $400 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment and some additional food. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from IUSAcell (ATT affiliate). Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 - 10 US.
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: For both personal and competitive residencies, we provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers. There is a professional easel for painters. Our Lower Casita has a Cress sample kiln for ceramic artists, which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. There is a 33” floor loom in our Middle Casita for weavers.
NEW RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our competitive residency dates do not work for your schedule or if you do not win this year, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1 - 6 months. You do not have to apply through CAFE, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, plan your next body of work. Read of some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.
Email us at and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will start the reservation process. We take reservations on a first come first serve basis and we are usually booking 6 months in advance. Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter!
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 22,000. You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our four-month rainy season (June - Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream.Read more about Chapala on our website:
FUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.
COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes, galleries, cultural centers, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live, work and the residency houses are secure.
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores, restaurants and buses.
HOUSE RULES: Competitive residents may be able to invite your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations; check with us before making plans. If there is space, we charge a $200/month surcharge per guest prorated for the length of their visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.
NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
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 The Claremont Chorale
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 February 2017
Details: The Claremont Chorale, a volunteer, independent community chorus based in Claremont, California, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the 2017-2018 season. As a part of a year-long celebration, the Chorale is sponsoring a choral composition competition. The winning composition will be performed by the Chorale in a Spring 2018 concert that will conclude the anniversary year.

Difficulty level: The winning composition must be at a technical level that makes its performance possible by a volunteer adult choir of 60 voices: SATB with occasional divisi, moderate vocal ranges and harmonic language. Due to the intention of performing the winning work, this criteria will be very important in the judging process.

Text: of the composer’s choosing, sacred or secular. The text should be in the Public Domain, of the composer’s own creation, or else be accompanied by documentation clearly confirming that the composer has secured permission to set it to music and to present it in public performance. [Any costs related to securing said permission are solely the responsibility of the composer.] Texts that somehow relate to themes of singing or the anniversary occasion are particularly encouraged. English is preferred, but pieces that use other languages will be considered.

Accompaniment: a cappella or with piano accompaniment Length: less than 10 minutes

Submission Process:
Submissions must be received by September 1, 2017

• Compositions need not be newly created for this competition; however all submissions must not have been previously performed in public.
• Electronic submissions (PDF) are strongly preferred, using the email address below. Scores submitted in hard copy will only be returned if they are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
• Scores must be clear and ready for duplication and performance, using one of the standard music printing programs (Sibelius, Finale, etc.).
• A completed copy of the form below must accompany each submission (see p. 3). Please remove all identifying marks from submitted scores as the judging will be conducted anonymously.
• The names of all participants will be held in confidence. No more than two compositions will be accepted from a single composer.

Evaluation: A panel comprised of two guest judges and the Chorale’s Music Director will review all submissions and select the winning composition. This evaluation will take into account the quality of the piece and its suitability for a successful performance by the Chorale. The winning piece and composer will be announced before December 31, 2017. The decision of the judging panel is final; the Claremont Chorale reserves the right to make no award.

Summary:Keyboard Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: Rules for Composers

Application deadline: 01 January 2018

There is no age limit and no entrance fee. The competition is for composers from all nationalities.
In the composition the harpsichord should have the principal role. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.


1st prize composers competition: € 2500 2nd prize composers competition: € 1000
Black Pencil prize: t.b.a.
Audience prize: t.b.a.

Additional prizes will be considered


Harpsichord in chamber music settings is the preferred instrumentation. However, solo harpsichord pieces will be also considered.

We encourage the combination of harpsichord with the instruments available in the Orgelpark, please see:

We encourage composers to use the instruments of the Black Pencil ensemble for their harpsichord compositions: recorder (blockflute), panflute, viola, accordion and percussion. Please see

The harpsichord may be combined with other instruments, electronics, video and/or theatrical elements. The Annelie de Man Foundation will guarantee a live performance with an ensemble not exceeding more than 6 musicians (harpsichordist included).

Black Pencil – Ensemble in Residence

Black Pencil will be ensemble in residence in the 2018 edition of the Prix. It means that you can count on the expertise of the virtuoso members of Black Pencil for writing new compositions, making use of the instrumentation of the ensemble.

Jorge Isaac – Recorder (blockflute), Artistic Director Matthijs Koene – Panflute
Esra Pehlivanli – Viola
Marko Kassl – Accordion
Enric Monfort – Percussion
Please check
The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to new compositions making use of the full instrumentation of the ensemble together with harpsichord.


Candidates should supply:
- A biography (in English) and recent photo of the composer
- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions - If possible a recording (aiff, wav or mp3 format), or a video file from a live performance. Midi is also accepted
- Use your real name (pseudonym is not needed)
- A composer can submit more than one composition

Please send your entry to: Your entry must be both in: - Pdf
- Mp3


Guus Janssen ( Wim Hendrickx ( Roderik de Man ( and an organist to be selected by the Orgelpark

The jury will choose 3 works to be performed from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary changes.

Please understand that the PRIX receives many applications. Send the information about the compositions as clearly as possible. Thank you!

 2017 Wilmslow Parish Church Organ Composition Contest
Summary:Organ Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK announces a special Organ Composition Contest for composers of all ages and nationalities to celebrate the renewal and augmentation of the organ (affectionately known as Oscar) by York Pipe Organs. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces performed at the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017. In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm

All submissions must be received via email ( or postal mail (28 Bracadale Drive, Davenport, Stockport, SK3 8RS, UK) by 11:59 pm on 31st July 2017.

Competition Guidelines
1. The contest is open to composers of any age or nationality in any style of music.
2. The piece, for solo organ of 3 manuals and pedals, must be unpublished, never performed, 5-8 minutes in length and of approximately grade 7 standard.
3. The piece must be appropriate for performance in a celebration concert, however a religious theme is not necessary.
4. Submissions will be accepted in one of the following forms: Sibelius 4, Midi file, PDF file or original manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. All submissions will be reviewed without prejudice to style, content or form.
6. Composers must submit a short biography.
7. All submissions must be received via postal mail or email by 11:59pm on 31st July 2017.
8. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces featured in the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017 (3rd December). In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm,these prizes are all inclusive and no other expenses shall be paid to the composers.
9.The church reserves the right to host the world premiere of the pieces.
10.The results will be posted on the church website on 1st September 2017.

 Leith Hill Musical Festival Competition for Composers
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: This renowned Choral Festival now in its one hundred and twelfth year provides a wonderful opportunity for hundreds of amateur singers. Each year twelve local choirs join together over three days to sing in competition and then perform concerts of music by some of the great composers of yesteryear and always some living composers. The Festival is very keen to support new music and to this end is launching this competition.

Entries are invited from UK resident composers of any age. The music must be written for TBB voices and piano and the text must be in English. Three prizes will be awarded and the winner will have his or her work performed in the Leith Hill Musical Festival. The entries will be judged by Jonathan Willcocks, Festival Conductor and another member of the LHMF Music Committee.

Full details of the competition can be found on the LHMF website:


 Ensemble de la Belle Musique Call for Scores 2017
Summary:Themed Call for Scores
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 25 January 2017
Details: The Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its inaugural “Call for Scores”. The theme is “Christmas”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to a maximum of 15 instruments:

4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 saxophone, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 1 percussion (marimba OR vibraphone OR glockenspiel), 1 piano

For example: 1 viola + 1 flute + 1 marimba, or a string quartet formation.

The selected works will be performed by EBM on Monday, 18th December 2017, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore. Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must not be more than 10 minutes. There is no minimum duration. ONLY melodious and tonal works will be accepted. Atonal and electronics works will NOT be considered. Every work must be a world premiere, and specially written for and dedicated to “Ensemble de la Belle Musique”. Works which have already been uploaded onto social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or iTunes will not be considered. Submitted scores will not be returned and may be kept for future use.

There is no fixed style. Please use your imagination and creativity to write music so beautiful and pleasant to the ears that the musicians would love to play them over and over again and the audience would love to hear them over and over again.

There will be audio and video recordings of the concert, and the recordings will be put up on our website. We strongly encourage composers of the selected works to travel to Singapore for the performance. Hotel lodging for 3 days 2 nights will be provided.

Submission Guidelines:

There is an entry fee of USD20 for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for USD10 each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. Each entry must be emailed in pdf format to with the subject heading: “EBMCFS2017 - Title of work” along with:

a. An info sheet in pdf format with the composer’s name, title of the submission, duration of the work, short bio, short write-up of the submitted work and contact information. NO handwritten scores will be accepted. Please use either Sibelius or Finale software.

b. Receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment. For submissions of up to 3 works, just one receipt or one screenshot of completed Paypal payment will do.

c. Mp3 or midi recording of every work submitted.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59pm, Singapore time, on 30th June 2017. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. The winning works will be announced latest by 30th July 2017. The decision of EBM is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms. Enquiries can be sent to


The submitted compositions must be free of any rights. Non-selected candidates will have full ownership of their works and will be allowed to perform their compositions once the results have been released. In contrast, selected candidates are NOT allowed to interpret their selected compositions in any way before and on the day of EBM’s Christmas concert on 18th December 2017.

The selected composers retain their ownership of the copyright for their selected works but they have to grant EBM irrevocable right to use and perform the works at any time without further compensation to them.

Deadline: 30th June 2017, 11.59pm Singapore time

Entry fee: USD20 per submission

USD10 for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer

Currency: US Dollars

 An Opportunity for New Music
Summary:Performance Opportunity
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: This year I am starting a new project geared toward promoting new repertoire for trumpet. My plan is to produce a video of one brand new piece for trumpet and piano each month, making digital downloads of the sheet music available for sale through my website as each video is released. What I'm looking for is classical works for trumpet and piano. These can be any length, any style, any difficulty level, whatever inspires you most, but I'm looking specifically for works that have never been performed or recorded before!

I have the first 3 months worth of pieces chosen already but if I'm going to be able to carry this on in the future obviously I will need many more pieces!

Submitting a piece does not guarantee that I will select it for performance, but if I do select your piece I will let you know which month the video will be premiering and 50% of any sales of the music will go to you!

Thanks for considering being a part of this. I know this is a lofty goal but I'm really looking forward to this project and hopefully with your help it will work to bring more attention to new music and create a broad library of new repertoire for the trumpet over the coming years!

If you have questions or would like to submit a work you can reach me at


 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: Next Residency Deadline March 1, 2017
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with private bedroom, private bathroom, their own studio space, fully equipped kitchen and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Two application deadlines per year. September 1 and March 1.
Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal:

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

For more info visit or call 402-874-9600, email info{at}khncenterforthearts{dot}org

The Center offers a letterpress studio with a Vandercook Sp15 press and a standard proof press. The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio also features a variety of furniture and fonts, an inventory of tools and inks, as well as a boxcar base for resident use.

 2017 Composition Competition of the Freiburg International Festival of Sacred Music
Summary:Competition inspired by art
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Date Posted: 21 December 2016
Details: The organizing committee of the "Festival International de Musiques Sacrées, Friborg" has organized a composition contest for spiritual music regularly since 1985. The aim of this competition is to promote new independent works inspired by sacred texts or themes.

The 13th edition of the competition is organized in collaboration with the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Friborg (HEMU) and with Espace 2 - RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) and is dedicated to an instrumental ensemble.

The competition participants and - participants have to be submitted by October 15, 2017 composed for an instrumental ensemble work. The submitted work is to be composed exclusively for the following instrumentation:

• 1 viola, 1 bassoon, 2 trombones (T + B), 2 timpani, 1 harp;
For an instrumental ensemble with 6 instrumentalists

The on composing instrumental piece is the painting - inspired by Sebastian Stoskopff (1597-1658), which (Switzerland) is exhibited at the Kunstmuseum Basel "Vanitas Still Life with Skull".

 Call for Works – Electroacoustic
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 23 November 2016
Details: How to submit

Elektramusic is always looking for new electroacoustic musics for the Radioshow, concerts, CD compilation, and for music+videos for the TV show and for video live performances, festival and much more. You can submit you electroacoustic music works, and-or your electroacoustic music and video art work as follows :

Musics : on Audio-CD (cd tracks) or Data-CD (with audio files : SDII, Wave, AIFF,…). Multiphonic works must be submitted in stereophonic version.

VideoArt and music : on DVD-DATA (high quality QuickTime or DV file), Video-DVD-vidéo, or mini-DV tape.

Please join to your submission a biography and work notice. For video works, please also include producer or video artist biography. Please print and fill in the submission form to complete your submission.

Submission by postal mail : Please send all your material by snail mail (please no registered mail) to : Elektramusic – 10 rue du Hohwald – 67000 Strasbourg France

Submission by web : You can send by web your audio/video files, with the submission form (filled and scanned), your bio and notice as pdf to our email (elektra at by using a file transfer service or cloud such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

 New York Composers Circle
Summary:Call wth no deadline
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: New York Composers Circle’s Monthly Salon Call for New Works No Deadline, No Fee

Invitation to NYCC Salons

The New York Composers Circle (NYCC) invites composers in the New York metropolitan area to its monthly salons to audition either completed works or works-in-progress for constructive commentary and attentive listening. This opportunity to share your works and commingle with your peers is especially valuable for composers recently out of school, working outside the music field and those simply hungry for a fresh perspective given in a warm, welcoming environment.

Guests are invited to bring their works, complete or not, to monthly salons. However, space and time are limited, so only those first five respondents who can arrange either a live performance or provide a recording (live performance preferable though a “good” MIDI realization is acceptable) and score (traditional, graphic, etc.) will be invited to one of the monthly salons. If invited, prepare a few introductory remarks and short commentary about your work to the assembled gathering. The remarks need only to be a quick summation of the impetus for the work or a short summary of its technical aspects. Guests who have presented at salons may be invited to join NYCC and have their works performed at one of its concerts.

Duration of presented works should not exceed 15 minutes and commentary on your work no longer than 5 minutes. We welcome printed handouts if you wish to share more about your work process and inspiration which members and guests can read at their leisure.

About Us
NYCC is a New York City composers’ collective founded in 2002 with over 60 members consisting of composers and performers. Members come from many walks of life and share a passion and deep knowledge about the complex process of composing a work and having it performed publicly. All are devoted to the core mission of promoting public awareness and appreciation of contemporary music through concerts, salons, and other events in the New York metropolitan area. As part of its fulfillment of this mission, the collective produces four concerts every year featuring its members' chamber works at such venues as Symphony Space, St. Peter’s Church and Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater.

Submission Information
If you are interested, please write to Hubert Howe at the email
listed below with a description of the piece you will be bringing - its
title, instrumentation, duration, and the particulars of its
performance, and include some information about your musical background.

For general information about the New York Composers Circle, please
visit the website below.
Contact: Hubert Howe

 CNM call for scores: harpsichord duets
Summary:Keyboard duet competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: Colchester New Music is pleased to announce a call for scores for harpsichord duet, to be performed by the Knights-Tidhar harpsichord duo in Colchester in Spring 2018. All works submitted must be original, and not exceeding 7 minutes in length. There are no stylistic limitations.

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar ( are the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, giving many performances each year of repertoire which ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. They are actively seeking to expand the small contemporary repertoire for two harpsichords.

For the harpsichords, assume one double-manual instrument of FF-f3 compass with 2 x 8′, 1 x 4’ stops, and one single-manual instrument of GG-d3, 2 x 8′; they will match in tone and volume. Many recordings of modern harpsichord styles can be found on YouTube, and is also worth a visit. For technical queries, please contact

Submissions will be judged anonymously by the performers and an external judge; scores must be submitted in pdf format, and the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form.

Composers may submit up to three pieces – Entry fee is £3 for one, £5 for two or £7 for three pieces, or free for CNM members, students and under 25s (note: proof of age/studentship will be required).

Scores and application forms should be e-mailed to by 1st December 2017. Links to the downloadable application form and payment details are below:

 NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest
Summary:Jazz Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2016
Details: The contest seeks to recognize and encourage young jazz composers to submit their works for the prize. Composers must be 39 years of age or younger by July 1 of each year. In addition, the work submitted must be for jazz ensemble with no restrictions as to style, form or length.

Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017. For additional information, visit

 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!

Web Site:

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.
Web Site:

 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.

Web Site:

 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
Web Site:

 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
Web Site:

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.
Web Site:

 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.

Web Site:

 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.

Web Site:

 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

 Queen Elisabeth Competition
Summary:Prize for concerti
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 August 2012
Details: Composers are invited to submit scores for piano and symphony orchestra with a maximum duration of ten minutes. The winning composition will be performed by winners of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. More details on the competition and how to apply can be found on the organiser's website listed above.

 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
Web Site: