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 5th International Composition Prize SEM 2020
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 30 April 2020
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: Details: Associazione Ensemble Serenissima of Sacile (PN) - Italy, in collaboration
with Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house, announces the fifth edition of the
international competition for orchestral composition "5th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE –
SEM 2020”.

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities with no age limit.

The submitted compositions, for orchestra without soloists, must never have been (either entirely or partially): published, awarded in other competitions, performed in public concerts, distributed via the web, broadcasted by radio and/or television, nor recorded for commercial use.

The submitted compositions must be scored for an orchestra. The instrumentation must consist of not more than the following instruments (which can also be totally or partially used):
2 flutes (one of them can also be a piccolo);
2 oboes (one of them can also be a English horn);
2 clarinets (one of them can also be a bass clarinet);
2 bassoons (one of them can also be a contrabassoon);
2 horns;
2 trumpets;
tympani;
strings;
PA System is not permitted. The duration of the composition must range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) minutes.

Prize Details
The contest winner will receive:
- Euro two thousand five hundred (€ 2.500), gross of taxes (the Prize may be divided
between more than one participants);
- the performance of the score during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd
edition of the FVG International Music Meeting;
- published* by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.

*Those who are bound by an exclusive contract with a publishing house must attach a
special waiver.

The work can also be recorded audio/video and can be included in the Festival’s live CD
and DVD.

The compositions that will not win but that will be considered worthy by the Jury Panel
would be performed during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of
the FVG International Music Meeting. They would also be recorded (audio and video) and
included in the Meeting’s live CD and DVD.

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

Instructions for Submission
The scores and all documents must be sent exclusively by email and must be received no
later than by midnight of Aprile 30th, 2020(computer's time and date will be proof of
dispatch) to the email address:

internationalcompositionprize@gmail.com specifying with regard to “IV International
Composition Prize SEM 2019”.

It can be sent via: wetransfer.com.
Web Site:www.internationalcompositionpr...

 THE GREATER BRIDGEPORT SYMPHONY 2020 EMERGING COMPOSER COMPETITION
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 03 April 2020
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: The Greater Bridgeport Symphony announces a national competition for innovative composers of orchestral music. Because the GBS believes in the future of orchestral music, the winner will premiere his / her composition during a concert conducted by the Symphony’s dynamic maestro, Eric Jacobsen, during the 2020-2021 GBS season at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This competition embraces Maestro Jacobsen’s goal of premiering new works and his vision of bringing orchestral music to a new generation of classical music fans.

Application and Digital Submission Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Finalists: Notified by June 26, 2020

1st Prize: $1000

Opportunity to Premiere Composition at a GBS 2020-2021 Concert

Open to all orchestral composers ages 18 to 30 who are residents of the U.S.A.

Application with digital file deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020.
Web Site:gbs.org/ecc

 ERSO emerging composers’ competition: “A Fanfare for Ernest Read”
Summary:Fanfare competition
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: Win the chance to have your composition performed by the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), one of London’s leading and longest established amateur orchestras, conducted by renowned young conductor Christopher Stark.

For ERSO’s 90th birthday we are looking for an inspiring, contemporary classical Fanfare for full symphony orchestra which celebrates the huge contribution to music made by our founder, Ernest Read.

Composers who are aged 16 – 30 years old on January 15th, 2020 and who are UK residents are invited to submit original works to ERSO’s emerging composers’ competition.

Up to 10 composers will be selected as Finalists and invited to workshop their Fanfare with ERSO. These composers will benefit from feedback by our Panel which includes conductor Christopher Stark, leader John Crawford (a Professor at Trinity Laban) and renowned British composer Emma-Ruth Richards. The workshop will be recorded, and each Finalist will be given a recording of ERSO playing their Fanfare to use as part of their portfolio.

The composer of the winning Fanfare will be awarded a prize of £250. They will also receive a commission of £1,000 to create a piece for soloist and orchestra for the winner of the 2020 ERSO Soloist of the Year competition.

The winning Fanfare and the soloist piece will both be performed in ERSO’s 90th Birthday Gala concert which will be held in the prestigious Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in Spring 2021.

The composer of the winning Fanfare will benefit hugely from the exposure of having two new pieces performed at the Birthday Gala concert in front of a large audience. The concert will be recorded, and the winner will be given copies of the recordings of the Fanfare and soloist piece for their own use.

Entry to the competition is free.

Applications open on 15th September 2019 and close on 15th January 2020
Web Site:erso.london/erso-emerging-comp...

 Call for Works for Schallfeld Ensemble MicroFest Prague 2020
Summary:Microtonal Compositions
Deadline: 08 December 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: We announce that microtonal compositions for ensemble of three or four are sought for a concert in Prague on Thursday 23rd of April, 2020. The music will be performed by members of the Austrian Schallfeld Ensemble in the opening concert of the MicroFest Prague 2020 / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020. Works should be for the whole quartet or a trio subset from the instruments Flute, Accordion, Cello and Double Bass and include microtonality. The instruments are of standard design, and microtonality on the flute and accordion have their usual limitations.

The concert space will be Divadlo Inspirace at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In the concert, Schallfeld Ensemble will also showcase works from recent standard repertoire that include microtonality.
Works containing improvised, meaning not strictly and thoroughly notated, durations and dynamics will also be considered. Microtonal elements can be notated with high precision if desired.


Submission Rules and Guidelines

Please send a finished microtonal composition for the entire quartet or a trio from the instruments fl., acc., vc., cb. (no electronics available). Works between 4 and 10 minutes, and works performable without conductor are given slight preference. There are no limitations as to who may apply. The work may be old or new, previously performed or unperformed.
Your message has to contain the performance material and duration estimate for your finished work, year of composition, and your composer name, telephone number and email address. Other contact or biographical information is not necessary.
No specific preparations, electronics, video, lighting or additional stage objects are allowed.



Information about the ensemble at https://www.schallfeldensemble.com and about the festival on the festival homepage.

1st Round

You may apply with several works, however, we cannot select more than one work from you for this concert.
All materials for the work must be sent by Sunday 8th of December to microintervalinstitute@gmail.com as email text and attachments. In the case of sound files, accessible links that allow the download of files for at least three days from the deadline will be accepted.
Only independently performable and finished works will be considered. 2 to 3 works to be played will be selected by a 4-member jury made of Lorenzo Derinni of Schallfeld Ensemble (AT/ITA), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and an internationally established microtonal composer as external member.

Submission Checklist
– finished microtonal score(s) in electronic format, using the allowed instrumentations only
– pdf of a legible electronically notated or scanned hand-written score
– duration estimate and year of composition
– composer’s contact information: name, email, telephone
– send all materials to microintervalinstitute@gmail.com by Sunday 8th of December, 2019, 23:59 Czech time (UTC+2)
– no substantial changes to the work will be allowed before the performance
– participation is free, there is no entry fee for either round.

2nd Round

The composers of the selected works are announced by the jury and contacted for confirmation. After this your work will be rehearsed and performed by Schallfeld Ensemble in the festival opening concert on Thursday 23rd of April, 2020. Please indicate at this stage if the work has been previously performed and provide a short description text of the work and, if you like, press material for the website and program booklet.

The MicroFest Prague 2020 Concert in downtown Prague

Attendance in Prague on the MicroFest Prague / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020 to present yourself, and hear your work performed is preferred though not absolutely required.

We will provide you at least 90 minutes of rehearsals with the musicians in Prague. Online video meetings with the musicians are possible beforehand, and the ensemble is based in Austria.

You will be given free tickets and access to all official events (two days of lectures, three concerts) of the festival as well as some unofficial events.

The website containing this same information: https://microintervalinstitute.wordpress.com/home/ensemble-call-for-works/


Web Site:microintervalinstitute.wordpre...

 INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019"
Summary:Piano/chamber ensemble
Deadline: 02 December 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: The Organizing Committee of the Young Virtuosos Foundation in collaboration with the Intellectual Legacy of Pancho Vladigerov Foundation are proud to announce the edition of the INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019"in the categories PIANO WORKS and WORKS FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE. The works should be written in particular for the competition and to be associated with the 120th anniversary of the birth of the classic of the Bulgarian music Prof. Pancho Vladigerov. The International Jury sessions will be held in Sofia from 9 to 13 December 2019.

The INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019" takes place within the framework of the annually competition “Young virtuosos”, open to young performers, from throughout the world. The competition provides new opportunities to compete and communicate with their peers, to explore and exchange original ideas, to interpret classical and contemporary music, to present their talent to eminent musicians who have proven themselves on the global music scene. The agenda of the International competition “Young virtuosos” also includes a number of artistic meetings, a workshop, an “Academy of Mastery”, as well as concert performances by renowned musicians.

I. GENERAL CONDITIONS
1. The competition is addressed to young composers from all nationalities, specialties and age groups as specified in point 2 of the General Conditions.
2. The competition is held in the following age groups and categories:
2.1. Categories: Composition
2.2. Age groups
Up to 35 years of age – born after 01.01.1984
2.3. Category
- Category “Piano compositions” with duration up to 6 minutes
- Category “Compositions for Chamber ensemble” with duration up to 10 minutes

II. REGISTRATION
1. The registration for participation in the competition is done only by Application Form. The application forms must arrive IN AN ELECTRONIC WAY no later than:
MONDAY, 2nd DECEMBER 2019
2. The application forms are available on the website of the International Composers Competition “PANCHO VLADIGEROV 2019”.
3. The application forms must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a document certifying the age of the participants;
- two artistic photos (.jpg, 800 x 500);
- a short artistic biography of the participant;
- a bank receipt of paid Registration fee of 30 (thirty) EURO for each submitted work;
- PDF file of one or more compositions written in particular for the competition and to be associated with the 120th anniversary of the birth of the classic of the Bulgarian music prof. Pancho Vladigerov. The cover and first page of the work should not contain the author’s name, and only an 8 digits code on the cover page should be specified;
- Application form with the 8 digits code a specified composer’s name and title of the work.
4. The candidates should pay the fee via Bank transfer to the following bank account:

“Young virtuosos” Foundation UNICREDIT BULBANK
Pametnik Levski
Sofia, 1, Yanko Sakazov Blvd.
IBAN: BG23 UNCR 7000 1522 4504 49 BIC: UNCRBGSF
Entry Fee:€30
Web Site:yvcompetition.org