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 Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Call
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) is announcing a call for scores, seeking works for chamber orchestra written by US-based composers.

The CCCO, a community orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been vital to the local music community since the 1970’s, and presents performances at several of the East Bay’s finest performance venues including the Lesher Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek) and El Campanil Theatre (Antioch).

The winning composition will receive three performances in the Bay Area in May 2019: May 3rd (Alhambra High School in Martinez), May 4th (El Campanil Theatre in Antioch), and May 5th (Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek) on the CCCO’s program “Voices of the Past, Present, and Future”. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium, a recording of one of the performances, and travel expenses to attend the concerts. Non-winning pieces may still be considered for future programming.

• Submissions are due by October 31st, 2018, with the winner announced on January 15th, 2019.
• The winning composer must attend the performances. If the composer cannot attend, an alternate winner will be chosen.
• Open to any composers currently residing in the USA, with no restrictions on age or citizenship.
• Preexisting works are acceptable
• Compositions may make use of any or all of the instruments listed below: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboe (1 doubling English Horn), 2 clarinets (1 Doubling Bass Clarinet), 2 Bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, piano, harp, strings.
• Length of submission must not exceed 15 minutes
• Composers may submit as many scores as desired, with a $20 application fee for the first piece and a $10 fee for any subsequent piece.
• To submit a score, fill out the form below, email the required support materials to with the subject line: Call for Scores, [Composer’s Name] and submit payment via PayPal (
• Email the following support materials: PDF score, link to a streaming recording (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)
• Please do NOT include any links to file downloads, as we will not open them.

October 31st, 2018 – Scores and Applications due (submit through our online form)
January 15th, 2019 – Winners announced
March 1st, 2019 – Winning composers submit hard-copy score & parts to Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (Mailing Address as follows):

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
P.O. Box 3087
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-0087

Web Site:contracostachamberorchestra.or...

Summary:Call for works for small orchestra
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition has won itself an established position as one of the world’s foremost composition competitions. Held at intervals of five years, the aim of the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition is to discover and promote contemporary European music and composition under the name of composer Uuno Klami (1900–1961) and to produce good new repertoire for a small orchestra of sinfonietta type. Citizens of any Nordic, EU or closely associated country may take part in the competition. Works entered for the competition should reach the Competition Office by 3 December 2018 at the latest. The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019.


- Compositions must be submitted to the Competition Office 3 December 2018 at the latest.
- The Jury will be Finland’s Kalevi Aho and Magnus Lindberg and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür. The conductor member of the Jury will be Olari Elts (Estonia).
- The following prizes will be awarded: I prize €11,000, II prize €9,000 and III prize €7,000.
- There is no age limit or entry fee.
- The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019. The Jury chooses the winners only after hearing the finals concerts and their rehearsals.

- For more information (rules and entry form) on the competition, please visit the competition website at