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 The Keyboard in the 21st Century
Summary:International conference for composers
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: The Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University is pleased to announce The Keyboard in the 21st Century, an international conference for composers to be held 4-5 April 2019. Featuring performances by outstanding Hong Kong pianists and guest performers, the conference will showcase the breadth of creative voices working with a range of new and historic keyboard instruments. In addition to performances and roundtable discussions by participating composers, we are pleased to feature lectures and performances of music by George Tsontakis, Kennedy Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Music at HKBU and Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Featured Guest Composer and Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.

Call for Scores
We welcome submissions by composers of any age from around the world, which conform to the following guidelines:

• Each composer may submit only 1 score.
• The maximum duration of the work is 10 minutes.
• The work must have been written in the year 2000 or later.
• The work may have already been performed or may be premiered during the conference.
• The work may be scored for a single performer or multiple performers on a solo keyboard or multiple keyboards chosen from the following list:

1. piano (2)
2. French double-manual harpsichord by Andrew Garlick (London, 1992), after Goujon (Paris, 1749), 2 x 8’, 1 x 4, FF to f”’
3. Italian Harpsichord by Carey Beebe, Sydney, 1995, after Grimaldi (Italy, ca. 1700), 2 x 8´, GG-d''', A415/A440
4. Unfretted clavichord by Karin Richter, Lewes 2009, after Hubert, 1771, FF to g”’
5. Fortepiano by Chris Maene, Ruiselede, 2010, after Anton Walter (Vienna, 1795), FF to g”
6. Taylor & Boody Organ, Op. 69, Staunton, Virginia, USA, 2014. Five stops: 8’ Gedackt, 4’ Rohrflöte, 2 2/3’ Nasat (c’), 2’Principal, 8’ Regal, C-d’”, A440
7. Synthesizer
• Works with electronics will be considered. (7.1 channel playback system and audio interfaces available on request.)
• Please note that with the exception of one piano, the other instruments may not be “prepared.” Any preparation must be approved in advance.
• Composers are welcome and encouraged to perform their own work.

For any questions, please e-mail:

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019. The results will be announced by 1 February 2019. All composers whose works are selected for performance must register for and attend the conference. No housing or travel support will be provided.


 NCEM Young Composers Award 2019
Summary:Early music composition competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show the 2019 NCEM Young Composers Award is presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne.

This major national annual award is open to young composers up to the age of 25 and resident in the UK, in two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. The winning works will be premiered by Liam Byrne in a public performance which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

Composers are invited to create a Fantasy, for solo viol or for viol and electronics. The Fantasy is a form that has flourished since the Renaissance and is characterised by the elaborate spinning out of a musical idea; it is music that's all about invention. The Fantasy is also a type of piece where anything can happen and for this year's award we want to encourage composers to think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics. We will also consider compositions for solo viol that do not involve electronics. Please read the Terms and Conditions for the full brief and details of how to apply, along with Liam Byrne's Notes on writing for viol and for electronics, downloadable below.

2019 Award schedule
Closing date for registration Friday 15 February, 11.59pm
Deadline for submission of scores Friday 15 March, 5.00pm
Successful shortlist informed Friday 5 April
Workshops and Award Day in York Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 May

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 11.59pm on Friday 15 February by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at and stating which age group they wish to enter. Completed scores must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 15 March. The Award will be judged in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May.

Composers whose works are shortlisted will be invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, when their compositions will be presented by Liam Byrne in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. At 6.30pm on Thursday 9 May, Liam Byrne will perform each of the pieces in the presence of a panel of judges, after which two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age groups.

The Terms and Conditions and Application Forms, along with Liam Byrne's Notes on writing for the viol and for electronics and some recommended recordings, can be downloaded below.

Email for information, or if you would like to be added to the NCEM Young Composers Award mailing list for the 2019 and future awards.


 Francesco Dillon & Six Memos Ensemble
Summary:Cello Call for works
Deadline: 20 December 2018
Date Posted: 22 November 2018
Details: The Six Memos Ensemble is pleased to announce a call for works for cello solo in occasion of the concert that will take place in March, 2019 in Bari, after the Cello Masterclass by Francesco Dillon inMarch from 12th to 16th, 2019, in collaboration with Associazione “Blumen Ensemble”, Vincitore PIN – Iniziativa promossa dalle Politiche Giovanili della Regione Puglia e ARTI e finanziata con risorse del FSE – PO Puglia 2014/2020 Azione 8.

The call for works is open to all composers without restrictions of age and nationality. Works submitted must last max 7’. Electronic and/or PA system are not allowed.

Application form’s deadline is on December 20th, 2018 and it must be send to:

Following documents are required:
• Application form
• Composer’s CV
• Score
• Recording (audio and/or video or permanent link. OPTIONAL)
• Short description of the work
• Receipt of the application fee of Euro 25,00 as membership and participation fee directed to: Associazione Culturale Blumen Ensemble
IBAN: IT43T0760104000001041721117

Reason for the payment: membership and participation fee + first name + last name
Max. 3 works will be selected at the incontestable discretion of the commission, made up of:

Francesco Dillon, cellist, professor of the masterclass
Nicola Fiorino, cellist of the Six Memos Ensemble
Maurizio Zaccaria, pianist of the Six Memos Ensemble
Roberta Peroni, conductor and artistic director of the Six Memos Ensemble Carmen Fizzarotti, composer and artistic director of the Six Memos Ensemble

Results of the selection will be communicated by email to the concerned composers by January 31, 2019.

Six Memos Ensemble will be pleased to admit the selected composers attending the masterclass by Francesco Dillon and participating in rehearsals of the concert.

 Bassoon Composition Competition announcement
Summary:Solo instrument call
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Everyone who interested in composition for Bassoon Solo or Bassoon with Piano Accompaniment is invited.

Before sending your submissions, please read the terms carefully.

1.No age or nationality limit exist for participants, all composers around the world in any ages can enter the competition.

2.there is No entry fee, you can send your submissions for free.

3.all the submissions must not deliver later than December 21st, 2018.

send your submissions to the following E-mail address:

5.send a completed and signed form+Score and Parts in PDF format +Audio in Midi or Wav or Mp3 Format+ a short biography in PDF or Doc format.

6.all the participants have to compose an original piece for the Bassoon solo or Bassoon with piano accompaniment, so any other combinations will be eliminated, also rearranged or transformed pieces will be not accepted.

7.any entries must not be under copyright by any person or publishers.

8.the pieces must not have performed or published before the competition.

9.all the usual techniques and the extended techniques related to the Bassoon is allowed.

10.any Composition style can be utilized for the announcement; it will depend on the composer interests.

11.if your piece selected, all the rights both financial or non-financial will be given to the producer, this will be non-negotiable.

12.after the introductory reviews, the selected pieces will be announced on the website ( and the selected composers will be informed.the selected pieces will be Record and a qualified copy will be sent to the composer.

if the producer finds that you are not qualified or broke the rules of the competition in any steps, the procedure will be suspended and the participant should be responsible for the proper damages.

14.for any question you can contact via following E-mail or

please DOWNLOAD and sign the form to enter the competition

 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.