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 Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Carillon Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: Purpose:
To encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers.

* One cash award of $500.
* Premiere performance of the winning composition at the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.
Upon acceptance of the award, it is understood that the rights for the premiere performance will be granted by the composer to the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.

Composition Requirements:
* The submitted work shall be an original composition for dance, and for four-octave carillon (tenor C to C4), with a two-octave pedal board (tenor C to C2).
* The composition may be a solo, a duet for one carillon or a work for carillon with one or more other instruments or chorus.
* A transcription or arrangement will not be accepted.
* The composition shall be 4 to 7 minutes in length.
* The submitted work shall never have been published, awarded a prize in another competition, or performed publicly.
* A composer may submit more than one work.

• The composer must not have been born before September 15, 1982, and must not have been awarded a prize in the ISU Carillon Composition Competition.

* Luc Rombouts, Jeffrey Prater, and Tin-Shi Tam.
* The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if the submitted compositions are not of a satisfactory level.
* The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:
* Submit three copies of the composition.
* The composition must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017.
* The submitted composition must be legible.
* The composer's name shall not appear on the composition.
* Along with the three copies of the composition, include a small sealed envelope that contains within the composer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and birth date. The title of the composition is to be placed on the outside of the small envelope. The small envelope will be opened only after the judges' decision is made.
* Submitted compositions will be returned only if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided.

Submit materials to:
Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Iowa State University
Department of Music & Theatre
149 Music Hall
2427 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011
For more information, call (515) 294-2911, or e-mail:


 Compose for the Orgelbüchlein Project competition
Summary:Organ Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: The Orgelbüchlein Project and the RCO have teamed up to run an Orgelbüchlein composition competition, to be judged in a public concert.

Two chorales are currently ring-fenced in the Orgelbüchlein Community for possible inclusion in the New Orgelbüchlein, currently in preparation at Peters Edition.

Composers of any age and nationality are invited to take part and submit their own composition, according to the following criteria:

1. Choose one of the two ring-fenced chorales (Nos. 115 and 134), and set it for organ solo with obbligato pedals. You may submit one composition for each of these chorales, but only one composition per composer will be shortlisted.
2. The chorale melody must be featured in the composition, set end to end. This may be achieved using one of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein techniques (melody chorale, decorated chorale, canon), or other more modernistic techniques may be applied to the melody. The melody must be structural to the composition, even if altered and manipulated. Please be aware - the task is ‘paraphrase' not ‘fantasia’.
3. Style is completely open, though density of technique and economy of motif are recommended. The aim of the task is to reflect the ethos of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein for the modern age.

The melody of 115 can be found as BWV 308, or Riemenschneider 27.

The melody of 134 can be found here

Compositions must be submitted by email to, no later than 1 June 2017.

A shortlist of up to ten compositions will be drawn up, and all composers will be notified of this result by 12 June.

The shortlisted compositions will be heard live in a public concert on 8 July 2017 beginning at 18:00hrs, played by Nicholas Morris at St George’s Hanover Square, London W1.

A panel chaired by current RCO President Philip Moore will judge the compositions and two winning compositions will be chosen (one for each chorale). Each will receive a prize of £125, and both will be submitted to the editorial panel at Peters Edition for inclusion in the New Orgelbüchlein publication, for which a small royalty will be payable. Please note that although the intention is to take both pieces, Peters Edition reserves the right not to publish either piece.

 ICOT Solo Music For Accordion
Summary:Accordion Call for Scores
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: Solo Music for Accordion: Call for Scores
Submission Receipt Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) announces its call for scores for the Fall 2017 opening concert in partnership with Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge.
The concert will take place on September 14th, 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Three compositions will be selected and performed as part of this concert.

Additional information and requirements:

• This call for scores is open to all composers (any age and nationality)
• Each composer may submit only one work for consideration
• Works should be 4 to 6 minute in duration, and be written for solo accordion—electroacoustic elements are also accepted.
• Submitted scores must be anonymous.
• The selection will be made by three jury members. Jury members will only access anonymous review materials.
• Results will be announced by July 15th, 2017. Selected composers will be invited to attend rehearsals, taking place during August 2017. Exact date and time TBD
• Selected composers will receive an archival recording for their personal use
• ICOT is not able to provide travel stipends. We can facilitate video conferencing for rehearsals (?).

How to submit:

All materials will be submitted through an online form.

Composers will provide:
• contact information
• PDF copy of their anonymous score
• Optional: artist website
• Optional: composers can provide an audio file of the piece (mp3 only)

Deadline for receipt of materials is July 1st, 2017, 5pm EST.

 Shakuhachi Call
Summary:Write for traditional instrument
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Call for Scores
Hello fellow Composers,

I am opening up 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 work I was more than enthralled with the results and decided that I want to open up my commissions to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. I would like to see one or two scores of your work emailed to me at shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email via Paypal.

Once I have made my decision I will begin the commissioning process, my hope is to commission 15 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 do shakuhachi and ensemble or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission I will send a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and private one on one lesson via skype or google hangouts about shakuhachi and to over different materials.

Above is a link to a work that I wrote for shakuhachi. This will give you an idea of the extended techniques and color capabilities of the flute. 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!

~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Hsin-Jung Tsai (

Wrote me a solo work under 10' and I will be performing in Houston, TX in May and it will receive four additional performances in Japan.

Web Site:shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com

Summary:Solo accordion competition
Deadline: 05 September 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: • Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, calls for the X International Accordion Composition Competition "Francisco Escudero" whose prize ceremony will be held on 16 of September 2017.
• The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.
• The works may be composed for solo accordion or for chamber music with accordion, and their length may not exceed 10 minutes. The works of chamber music must be composed for a maximum of four players in which there is at least one accordion.
• The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
• Pieces written before 2013 will be refused.
• Works presented may be commissioned, but must never have been previously performed either in public or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously awarded or published will not be admitted.
• Only electro-acoustic clips recorded in one of these two formats are admitted: audio CD (no Wav) 44.1 KHz/16 bits; Mp3. CD recordings and scores will be sent by certified mail. MP3 pieces will be sent to
• Awarded works will be published by the organization. The jury may even consider at their discretion the publication of other works that haven't been awarded.
• Scores can be handwritten (legible and without amendments or corrections) or computer-generated. The awarded composer commits to convert the winning composition to electronic format within 30 days after announcement of the prize and submit the winning composition in electronic format to contest organizers.
• The organization reserves the right to propose awarded works for performance at the next editions of the "Arrasate Competition" for accordionists. Therefore the organization will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of awarded works without any economic benefit to the composer, except for those derived from the rights given by law.
• The composer will hand in three anonymous copies with no visible personal signature in an envelope, which will be identified only by a code or a theme. Works submitted should be enclosed into a sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title or headword of the composition, whereas the following details should be included within the envelope: composer's name and surname, phone number, address, e-mail and signed formal statement proving that the work submitted is unknown and has never been published or performed before.
• The entry fee is 30 euros. 10 euros for ‘Hauspoz' members.
• Closing date will be 5th September 2017.
• The organization, together with the jury, reserves the right to declare prizes void, in which case, a personality or an organisation will be awarded in gratitude for the trajectory of their work.
• It is compulsory that the following caption be included in all concert programs, as well as in printed publications and audio media where the awarded work appears or is mentioned: First Prize of the 10th International Composition Competition Francisco Escudero.

The participation will imply that the contestant accepts the terms of the competition

 Works for baritone (voice) and piano or organ for church use
Summary:Voice works required
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: I am the bass section leader at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, FL. I am looking for repertoire to perform as a part of church services as introits or offertories. Works should be at least two minutes long, set a sacred English text (Biblical or a sacred poem, etc.), and be scored for baritone singer with piano or organ. Texts can be general Christian texts or specific to the church calendar (Lent, Advent, etc.). Single movements from larger works are welcome. The Biblical Songs (Op. 99) of Dvorak are a good guide for the type of thing I am looking for in terms of subject matter, but I welcome a variety of harmonic languages (tonal, post-tonal, etc.).

Please send a PDF file of scores and link to recordings (if available) to

I perform at least one solo a month, so I am looking for works continually. If chosen I will provide you with a recording and bulletin from that weeks service. Depending on the season and church schedule, I a may perform the work on 1-3 services in a given weekend.

Summary:Keyboard Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: Rules for Composers

Application deadline: 01 January 2018

There is no age limit and no entrance fee. The competition is for composers from all nationalities.
In the composition the harpsichord should have the principal role. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.


1st prize composers competition: € 2500 2nd prize composers competition: € 1000
Black Pencil prize: t.b.a.
Audience prize: t.b.a.

Additional prizes will be considered


Harpsichord in chamber music settings is the preferred instrumentation. However, solo harpsichord pieces will be also considered.

We encourage the combination of harpsichord with the instruments available in the Orgelpark, please see:

We encourage composers to use the instruments of the Black Pencil ensemble for their harpsichord compositions: recorder (blockflute), panflute, viola, accordion and percussion. Please see

The harpsichord may be combined with other instruments, electronics, video and/or theatrical elements. The Annelie de Man Foundation will guarantee a live performance with an ensemble not exceeding more than 6 musicians (harpsichordist included).

Black Pencil – Ensemble in Residence

Black Pencil will be ensemble in residence in the 2018 edition of the Prix. It means that you can count on the expertise of the virtuoso members of Black Pencil for writing new compositions, making use of the instrumentation of the ensemble.

Jorge Isaac – Recorder (blockflute), Artistic Director Matthijs Koene – Panflute
Esra Pehlivanli – Viola
Marko Kassl – Accordion
Enric Monfort – Percussion
Please check
The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to new compositions making use of the full instrumentation of the ensemble together with harpsichord.


Candidates should supply:
- A biography (in English) and recent photo of the composer
- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions - If possible a recording (aiff, wav or mp3 format), or a video file from a live performance. Midi is also accepted
- Use your real name (pseudonym is not needed)
- A composer can submit more than one composition

Please send your entry to: Your entry must be both in: - Pdf
- Mp3


Guus Janssen ( Wim Hendrickx ( Roderik de Man ( and an organist to be selected by the Orgelpark

The jury will choose 3 works to be performed from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary changes.

Please understand that the PRIX receives many applications. Send the information about the compositions as clearly as possible. Thank you!

 2017 Wilmslow Parish Church Organ Composition Contest
Summary:Organ Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK announces a special Organ Composition Contest for composers of all ages and nationalities to celebrate the renewal and augmentation of the organ (affectionately known as Oscar) by York Pipe Organs. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces performed at the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017. In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm

All submissions must be received via email ( or postal mail (28 Bracadale Drive, Davenport, Stockport, SK3 8RS, UK) by 11:59 pm on 31st July 2017.

Competition Guidelines
1. The contest is open to composers of any age or nationality in any style of music.
2. The piece, for solo organ of 3 manuals and pedals, must be unpublished, never performed, 5-8 minutes in length and of approximately grade 7 standard.
3. The piece must be appropriate for performance in a celebration concert, however a religious theme is not necessary.
4. Submissions will be accepted in one of the following forms: Sibelius 4, Midi file, PDF file or original manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. All submissions will be reviewed without prejudice to style, content or form.
6. Composers must submit a short biography.
7. All submissions must be received via postal mail or email by 11:59pm on 31st July 2017.
8. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces featured in the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017 (3rd December). In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm,these prizes are all inclusive and no other expenses shall be paid to the composers.
9.The church reserves the right to host the world premiere of the pieces.
10.The results will be posted on the church website on 1st September 2017.

Summary:Flute competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 01 February 2017
Details: The Flute New Music Consortium promotes new works by talented composers through an annual composition competition. This year's competition will feature four categories for submission.

Competition Categories:
Solo Flute: Submission deadline: June 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature solo flute.
• Instruments in the flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted.
• Works for flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.
Flute and Accompaniment. Submission deadline: July 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature the flute and either piano or electronics.
Flute Duo. Submission deadline: August 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must include flute and one other instrument.
• Works for flute and piano or flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.
Chamber Works. Submission deadline: September 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category include flute in some capacity.
• Chamber works should utilize between three and six performers.
• All instrumentations will be considered, but works for flute ensemble (flute quartet, flute trio) are strongly encouraged.

• Entries must use the flute in some capacity. There is no age limit, and composers are permitted to submit up to three works per category
• Suggested Length: 5-12 minutes
• Submission of Materials:
• Online application and entry fee ($13 per score). A $1 convenience fee per score will be assessed for payments submitted through the website. Scores should not contain identifying markings. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Multiple Entries: Composers may submit no more than three entries per competition category.
• The winning composer from each competition category will receive a $250 (USD) prize, one or more performances, and a live recording from one or more of the performances.

Entry Information:
All entries must include:
• Scores with no identifying markings in either the file or the file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius, or some other type of music entry software program
• All score submissions must be in PDF file format
• Live or MIDI recordings of each entry, with no identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata.
• All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files.
• Application information: name of composer, contact information, title of piece, instrumentation of piece, composer website (if available)
• Payment confirmation number
• Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single PDF file
• Multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file

An entry confirmation will appear at the time of submission. An email confirmation will not be sent.

Selected winners give FNMC members rights to perform and record their works for up to six years without further compensation. Selected winners consent to one video interview, to be shared with FNMC members and in FNMC marketing materials.

Incomplete applications or applications with identifying markings will be disqualified. Entries submitted without the payment confirmation number will be disqualified. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries which do not include an audio file in mp3 format will be disqualified. Previously winning pieces are not eligible for re-entry.