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 South Tipperary Arts Centre’s Finding a Voice Concert Series 2019
Summary:Competition for Emerging Women Composers in Ireland
Deadline: 04 January 2019
Date Posted: 29 November 2018
Details: South Tipperary Arts Centre is delighted to announce a composition competition for emerging Irish women composers as part of their second concert series of music by women composers, Finding a Voice, set to take place in Clonmel in March 2019.

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Clara Schumann in 2019, Finding a Voice has commissioned a series of variations/reflections on a theme by Clara Schumann from six of Ireland’s notable women composers - Jane O’Leary, Rhona Clarke, Siobhan Cleary, Marian Ingoldsby, Anna Murray, and Amanda Feery.

Each of the commissioned six composers will write a short variation/reflection for solo piano on a theme by Clara Schumann, with the winner of the composition competition making up a seventh variation/reflection. The final piece, Reflections on a Theme by Clara Schumann will be premiered by leading Irish pianist Mary Dullea on Saturday 9thMarch 2019 in Clonmel in a concert that will also include a performance by the Fidelio Trio.

The theme, which has already been selected by the commissioned composers, is the Scherzo theme from Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in g minor Op. 17 (1846). Emerging Irish women or female-identified composers are invited to submit a ‘reflection’ on this theme for solo piano of 1-2 minutes duration. For the purpose of this competition, ‘emerging’ is defined as student composers or composers at an early stage of their compositional career. The winning composition will be selected anonymously by a panel chaired by Dr Rhona Clarke, one of the commissioned composers.

Further information, including full details, terms and conditions, application form and a copy of the Scherzo are available from South Tipperary Arts Centre:+353 52 612 7877, email info@southtippartscentre.ie
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 Composition competition 2018: Piano
Summary:Solo piano competition
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Sorodha is glad to announce the new edition of its annual composition competition.

For this edition, we welcome compositions for piano. The winning piece will serve as compulsory piece for the final round of the International Piano Competition "Emmanuel Durlet" to be held in Antwerp on 12–14 April 2019.

The submission deadline is Friday 11th of January 2019, 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 February 2019, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

You can download the full competition rules here.

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for piano (no electronics)?
• was it originally written for piano?
• is it suitable to serve as compulsory piece for a piano competition? (Can the candidates study it in just a few weeks? Is it interesting from a pianistic and general musical point of view, besides the compositorial point of view?)
• 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 can be charged as "shipping" to cover the transaction costs; please do not switch this option off)?
• 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're sorry to be unable to accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!

Web Site:sorodha.be/EN/contest.php

 London College of Music
Summary:Call for Piano Pieces
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: Call for Piano Pieces
London College of Music: Piano Syllabus 2021–2023
LCM publish a series of eight graded handbooks (Grades 1 to 8), to accompany each piano syllabus. We conduct piano exams around the world, and the pieces in these books will be performed by thousands of pianists during the lifetime of the syllabus. Recordings of the published pieces will also be made available to download from the LCME website.

We will select at least one piece from this call to be published in an LCM piano handbook for the next syllabus (2021–2023). We will pay a royalty to licence the piece during this period, and the copyright for the work will remain with the composer.

Guidelines
• Pieces are to be written for solo piano, and must be suitable for performance on a standard upright piano with no preparation.
• Pieces will be played by a wide range of pianists of any age, but they will primarily be performed by children / young adults and this should be kept in mind when writing the music — for example, consider the hand size and finger strength of young learners.
• Consider the piece’s suitability for pedagogical use; we will be looking for pieces containing good teaching material.
• While it is advised to look at the pieces on the current LCM Piano Syllabus (2018–2020) for guidance as to the standard expected at each grade, submissions should not indicate the intended grade, as we will assess and grade each submitted piece.
• An overview of the technical standard and length of the pieces at each grade is given below.

General conditions
• This call is open to composers of all ages.
• There are no requirements to write in particular styles; we welcome submissions in every style of music.
• Each composer may submit up to three pieces in total.

Submissions
• Composers should supply two copies of each piece (submitted without names on).
• Submissions can be sent by email to: lcm.publications@uwl.ac.uk. Please include your name and contact details in the email.

Information
• The handbooks and recordings will be published worldwide.
• The composers of the submitted scores retain their rights as copyright holders; LCM Examinations will licence selected works for the duration of the 2021–2023 syllabus.
• LCM Examinations retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts and performances held featuring the selected pieces.

Grade descriptions
Grades 1 to 2
The musical material selected for these grades is of an essentially elementary nature. Only the most basic, and hence most common, time signatures and keys are used. Melodic and rhythmic material is simple. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will occur only sporadically in the music, and will be limited to the most basic types. The duration of pieces is generally limited to 1-2 minutes maximum.

Grades 3 to 4
The musical material selected for these grades is of a more demanding nature. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used is increased. Melodic and rhythmic material is more complex. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be a more regular feature of the music, and a wider variety of type will be used. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes.

Grade 5
The musical material selected for Grade 5 is of a significantly more demanding nature than for previous grades. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to all but the most unusual and unlikely examples. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a moderate degree of complexity. Dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be varied and will often demand a degree of subtlety in performance. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes. Musicality is judged to be an important element of assessment, and expectations of communication are higher.

Grades 6 to 7
The musical material selected for these grades may be described as being at the technically less demanding end of the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a significant degree of complexity. The music will include passages where dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation demand considerable dexterity and flexibility. The duration of pieces is approximately 3-4 minutes.

Grade 8
The musical material selected for this grade may be described as being technically some way inside the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities; furthermore, pieces may include variations and changes of key and metre. Melodic and rhythmic material will include a significant degree of complexity. The demands of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be consistent and considerable. The duration of pieces may be as much as 5 minutes or longer.
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