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 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 AWARD
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.

RULES OF THE COMPETITION
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.

Web Site:www.sai-national.org/home/Philanthropies/OutreachProjects/IAMA/tabid/641/Default.aspx

 3rd OPUS DISSONUS COMPOSITION COMPETITION
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
Web Site:www.opusdissonus.com.br/competition/

 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 http://www.musicavatar.org/categories/Call-for-Solo-Clavichord-Pieces/index.html
• 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.

Web Site:www.musicavatar.org/categories/Call-for-Solo-Clavichord-Pieces/index.html