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 Martin Read Foundation/Royal College of Music
Summary:Short pieces for solo percussion
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: Calling aspiring young composers, age 14-19, interested in exploring further with expert tuition, leading towards applying for undergraduate study.

Opportunities, through Martin Read Foundation, to join with young composers at Royal College of Music 's Junior Department, London, Spring Term '20, to write a new 2-minute piece for solo percussionist. MRF awarded composers will provided with mentoring from established composers, and composer-performer workshops led by eminent practitioners in the field of percussion.

The final workshop and pubic concert will be led Dame Judith Weir who is
MRF Patron and Master of the Queen's Music.

More information and how to register can be found at:

 International Competition for Women Composers 2020
Summary:Organ competition
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 13 November 2019
Details: The Brixworth Music Festival, England, is delighted to announce a third international competition for women composers.

We are looking for a work for solo organ with a duration of 6-8 minutes. The work should in some way reflect on and celebrate the music of Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), in commemoration of her 400th anniversary. The competition is open to any female composer of any nationality and there is no age limit for entrants. For information and specification of the organ please go to the Friends of All Saints Church website.

The following prizes will be awarded:
First prize: £1,000
Honourable Mention

The prize-winning work will be played by Ian Clarke at the next Brixworth Music Festival during a lunchtime concert on 10th May 2020.

Conditions of entry
• Only one work may be entered.
• The entered work may not have previously been performed or published.
• Performance material must be supplied by the prize-winner.
• Any instructions should be in English.

Closing date: 31st January 2020
Prize winners will be announced at the end of February 2020.

Entry fee: £25.00
Entry Fee:£25.00

 Call for Works for Glissando Flute, MicroFest Prague 2020
Summary:Works for flute
Deadline: 26 January 2020
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: Erik Drescher, glissando flute, atMicroFest Prague 2020 – WorldwideOpen Call for Works #4

We announce that microtonal compositions for glissando flute are sought for a concert in Prague on Friday 24th of April, 2020. The music will be performed by glissando-flutist Erik Drescher (Berlin, DE) in a recital concert of the MicroFest Prague 2020 / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020. Works should be for one performer on the glissando flute and include microtonality. Stereo “tape” electronics is available.

The instrument is a conventional-size flute with an attached sliding headjoint extending the range downwards with smooth sliding, which can be combined with all known techniques on the flute. The concert space is a medium-size hall at the Liechtenstein Palace at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In the concert, Erik Drescher will premiere the selected works as well as shortly present this marvellous instrument and showcase works from its recent microtonal repertoire.

Works containing improvised, meaning not strictly and thoroughly notated, durations and dynamics will also be considered. Theatrical elements can also be included in the composition. Microtonal elements can be notated with high precision if desired.

Submission Rules and Guidelines

Please send a finished microtonal composition for glissando-flute (no live electronics available). Works between 4 and 10 minutes 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, live electronics, electronic samples that need pre-recording with the musician, video, lighting or additional stage objects are allowed.

Information about the glissando mechanism ,
about the glissando-flutist Erik Drescher at
and about the festival at

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 26th of January, 2020 to 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 flute player Erik Drescher (DE), 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 score, electronically notated or scanned hand-written
– duration estimate and year of composition
– composer’s contact information: name, email, telephone
– send all materials to by Sunday 26th of January, 2020, 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 glissando-flutist Erik Drescher in Prague in the festival concert of Friday 24th 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 glissando-flutist in Prague. Online video meetings with the musician are possible beforehand, and the musician is based in Berlin.

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:

Erik Drescher, glissando-flutist
Iva Oplištilová and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher, festival directors

Web Site:microintervalinstitute.wordpre...

 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival and Competition
Summary:Euphonium/Tuba competition
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 27 August 2019
Details: The Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival and Competition has gained worldwide recognition as the premier event of its kind in the tuba-euphonium world. Founded in 1986, the Festival has evolved into a true international event that has offerings to include lessons, ensembles, seminars, and clinics with many of the world's most recognized euphonium and tuba artists.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Festival, we are calling for submission of new unaccompanied compositions for our student level competitions. Two winners will be selected, one in each category. The prize winning works (one in each category) will be awarded $1000 in prize money and appear on the required repertoire list for the 2021 Festival competition with the premiere performances during the 2020 Festival (August 6-10, 2020) by the Festival Artist-Adjudicators in Twin Lake, Michigan. As such, winning compositions will involve partnering with a Festival-approved euphonium-tuba publisher to ensure proper availability for contestants. **

• There are two categories of compositions: Unaccompanied Euphonium and Unaccompanied Tuba.

• Only one submission per category is allowed per composer.

• If submitting a work in each category, separate applications are required.

• $1000 PRIZE for each category (Unaccompanied Euphonium and Unaccompanied Tuba).

• Composers of all experience levels and personal characteristics are eligible.

• The work should be approximately 5-8 minutes in length. Works that are shorter or longer than this duration will be disqualified.

• The work should keep a student level performer in mind (advanced high school/early college-level).
Some examples for euphonium:
• Clinard: Sonata for euphonium
• Falcone: Mazurka
• Israel: Dance Suite
Some examples for tuba:
• Persichetti: Serenade No. 12
• Grant: Ten Blind Dates
• Jager: Diverse Moments

• The work must not employ the use of multiphonics, singing, or other performer-identifying extended techniques.

• No previously published works will be accepted; however, unpublished works for euphonium or tuba are acceptable.

• All compositions must be original to the euphonium-tuba and may not be transcriptions or arrangements of other works for any other instruments.

• A work submitted for the euphonium competition should not be submitted (transcribed down one octave) for the tuba competition as well, or vice versa.

• Winning work(s) will be included in a publishing partnership to allow for the production level and distribution necessary as a required competition piece. If the winner has a previous agreement with a publisher then accommodations can be made provided our terms for quality control, distribution and availability are met.

• Adjudication personnel will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including composition, teaching, and performance in the euphonium-tuba idiom.

• Adjudication is anonymous and therefore ALL identifying information must be removed from scores prior to application submission.

• Timing must be clearly indicated somewhere on the work.

• PDF format is required for scores.

• MP3 format is required for sound files (15MB maximum size).

• Deadline for application submission: MARCH 1, 2020 at 11:59pm

• No entry fee is required.

• Falcone Festival Board Members are not eligible to submit an entry.

For any questions please contact the contest committee chair Chris Combest


Summary:Call for Scores by American women composers
Deadline: 05 January 2020
Date Posted: 01 May 2019
Details: Maggie Snyder, Associate Professor of Viola at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, with funding support from the Louisville-based Nora Redman Fund and the University of Georgia Willson Center, is pleased to announce a call-for-scores for solo viola works by American women composers.

1. $2,000USD
2. Performance (world premiere) by Maggie Snyder at the Creative Arts Center of the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Recital Hall in 2020
3. Consideration for inclusion in a 2020 celebration of women composers and recording project at the end of the VIOLA2020 (estimated May 2021 recording) featuring works for solo viola by living American women composers

Work requirement:
1. Solo viola, no electronics or accompaniments
2. Estimated 5-10 minutes in length
3. Must be considered “world premiere performance” and not be included on another professionally released recording. Works written specifically for VIOLA2020 are preferred. No transcriptions or arrangements of previous pieces
4. Composers may send in only one work, not multiple works.

Composer Eligibility:
1. Composer must identify as a woman
2. Composer must be an American citizen

To apply: send the following to, Attn “Call for Scores: [Your Name]” by January 5, 2020, 11:59pm. Late entries will not be considered.
1. Composers resume (1-2 page)
2. Score (PDF)
3. Recording (preferred, not required)
4. Info sheet with composer’s contact information (email, mailing address, phone number), and work information (title, year completed, program notes, duration, performance history)
5. Composer bio and headshot

Additional info: A panel of 3-5 judges (TBA) will determine winner. Entry Fee: $0.00


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must self-identify as a female.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2018.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “change.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

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