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 Orchestra Composition Contest
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Call for Scores
Application deadline: June 1, 2017

The 51st Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Indiana State University School of Music, proudly announces the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The Festival is scheduled for October 25–27, 2017.

The Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition was established to recognize outstanding music composed for the small orchestra. In addition to a monetary prize, the composer receiving first place will be invited to attend a performance of the winning composition by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as part of the Festival’s activities. The winner also will be invited to speak at the Festival on a topic relating to his or her music. Other guests featured at the three-day Festival include the Principal Guest Composer, Narong Prangcharoen, the guest ensemble, and composers participating in the Music Now concert. Since its beginning, more than 200 established and emerging composers—including eighteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize and five winners of the Grawemeyer Award—have participated in the Festival.

Contest Guidelines

Cash Prizes:
First Place - $1,000


There are no restrictions regarding the age or gender of the applicant. Contestants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Winners of the competition within the last five years are not eligible.


Standard chamber orchestra scoring (2[pic]2[Eh]22, 2210, timpani, 1 percussion, piano, harp, and strings 6–4–4–3–2). Scores that will not be considered include condensed or significantly reduced scores and scores that include soloists or extra instruments.


Compositions may not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:

A composer may send one score with a corresponding recording (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Large, neat, proofread parts must be available upon request. The composer’s name may not appear on the submitted materials. A sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be attached to the score. A summary of the necessary instrumentation and an accurate timing should be included with the entry.


There is a non-returnable entry fee of $20 U.S. currency per entry. Make checks payable to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.


A panel of judges will be chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Each judge will be a performing instrumentalist, conductor, or composer and each will evaluate all scores separately and make a short list of works to be considered further. The judges will then meet with the Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra where the short list of works will be discussed and a final decision made. The judges will not make available any written or verbal commentary.


All scores must be received by June 1, 2017. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2017.

Send Submissions To:

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 36
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Additional Information:

Dr. Kurt Fowler
School of Music
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. While The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will make every effort to protect and return materials, the orchestra assumes no responsibility for loss or destruction of submitted materials.

A PDF of this call can be downloaded HERE.

 New Works Program
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Call
Deadline: 10 June 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: 2017 Composer Program Information
With the generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Five new works will be premiered during the 2017-18 season, with composers receiving compensation ranging between $500 and $6,000 – see below.

Guidelines/Requirements for eligibility:
• The submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra.
• Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota.
• The work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).
• The instrumentation can be no larger than the following: 1 flute (no double to piccolo), 2 oboes (no doubles to English horn), 1 clarinet (A and/or B flat, no bass or e flat), 1 bassoon, 2 French horns, 1 trumpet, 1 timpani player ( 2 drums maximum) which can include ad lib percussion (drum set and a few auxiliary instruments ), violin I and II, viola, cello and bass – no divisis for any of the strings.
• If you include ad lib percussion, it, and the timp must be playable by one person, and the percussion is not needed to give a good rendition of the work.
• The work must include the full string compliment listed above, but does not necessarily have to use all of the winds and timpani.
• The work can be an arrangement of another of the composer’s compositions, but the original piece also must be unpublished, and not have been performed by professional musicians in concert settings.
• The music must be written in a “conservative” style, appropriate for a broad mix of audience members –Avant-garde and/or experimental writing are not acceptable.
• Score must be prepared and submitted in finale 2014 or earlier, or Sibelius 7 or earlier. XML versions of Sibelius files will be required.
• All winning compositions and the individual parts must be formatted in 8.5×11” pages. Formatting instructions will be provided.
• Previous recipients of this grant program within the past five years (2012 until the present) are not eligible to enter again.
• Four composers will be the recipients of this year’s awards. One composer will receive $6,000, and the remaining three composers will share $8,500, the amounts to be determined by the Sinfonia.

Deadline for entries is September 1, 2017
Additionally, $500 will be awarded to a “young composer,” meaning any composer who meets the above guidelines, and is under the age of 19 before January 1, 2017. Deadline for entry is June 10, 2017.
All decisions are made by Minnesota Sinfonia Artistic Director, Jay Fishman, and are final.
Enquiries and submissions should be directed to Jay Fishman, Minnesota Sinfonia at or by telephone at 612.871.1701