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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...

 The Respighi Prize
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Competition DEADLINE EXTENDED
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 26 June 2018

Objective / Obiettivo
The Respighi Prize has been established to encourage and offer a performance opportunity for young talented composers and soloists from all countries, through the inspiration of Ottorino Respighi’s music. / Il Premio Respighi e’ stato istituito per incoraggiare e offrire un’opportunita’ di esecuzione a giovani compositori e solisti di talento da tutti i paesi, ispirandosi alla figura e all’opera di Ottorino Respighi.

Four Categories / Quattro Categorie

Composition, Soloist, Piano, Conducting*/ Composizione, Solista, Pianoforte, Direzione*

Pianists are considered for both the Piano and Soloist categories. / I pianisti sono considerati sia per le categorie del pianoforte e del solista.

*Conductors applying as “Participants” of our New York Conducting Workshop will be eligible to win The Respighi Prize in Conducting, which offers the opportunity to conduct at our one of Carnegie Hall concerts. / Direttori scrivendosi come “Participants” del nostro New York Conducting Workshop sono eleggibili per vincere il Premio Respighi in Direzione d’Orchestra, che offre l’opportunita’ di dirigere durante uno dei nostri concerti alla Carnegie Hall.

The Competition and Ottorino Respighi / Il Concorso e Ottorino Respighi
The Chamber Orchestra of New York was established for leading young professionals, and to promote the music of renowned composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) alongside the orchestral repertoire. Known for his Roman trilogy (including Pines of Rome), Respighi’s orchestral works are considered the culmination of the Italian symphonic repertoire. Equally important, Respighi embraced the continuity of tradition with a love of the ancient world, a respect for antiquity, and thereby promoted a renaissance of musical ideas within the context of late 19th and 20th century elements. / La Chamber Orchestra of New York e’ stata istituita per giovani musicisti emergenti, e per promuovere, accanto al repertorio tradizionale, la musica del celebre compositore Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Famoso per la sua trilogia romana, con le sue opere orchestrali Respighi si colloca al culmine del repertorio musicale sinfonico Italiano. Allo stesso tempo, Respighi ha rappresentato la continuita’ della tradizione con il costante riferimento al mondo antico, il rispetto per l’antichita’, contribuendo a un rinnovamento delle idee musicali nel contesto del tardo diciannovesimo e ventesimo secolo.

Eligibility / Requisiti di ammissione
The Respighi Prize competition is open to young composers and soloists (instrumental and vocal) under 40 years of age, of all nationalities, currently enrolled in (or recent graduates of) music conservatory or college (including preparatory or post-certificate programs) from all over the world. / Il Premio Respighi e’ aperto ai giovani compositori e solisti (strumento e voce) che non abbiano compiuto 40 anni, di ogni nazionalita’, attualmente iscritti (o diplomati) nei conservatori musicali o altre scuole universitarie di musica (inclusi gli anni pre-corso universitario o post-laurea).

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra of NY and our programs, visit: / Per ulteriori informazioni su la Chamber Orchestra of NY e i nostri programmi, visitate:

Application requirements / Documentazione richiesta
1. A Completed Application Form. / Domanda di ammissione.
2. Fee of $100 US / Tassa €.100 EURO for deadline June 30, 2018 / per scadenza il 30 Giugno 2018

Early Deadline: March 31, 2018. Reduced Fee of $85 US / Tassa Ridotta €.85 EURO

Check made out to / Assegno intestato alla: Chamber Orchestra of New York
OR / O via Wire Transfer / Bonifico Bancario:

For bank wire information, please contact our office at

3. One copy of a resume and/or biography. / Una copia del curriculum e/o biografia.
4. One photo (black & white or color). / Una foto (bianco e nero o colore).

For Composers / Per Compositori:
1. One legible copy of an original score for string orchestra (with few divisi) or chamber orchestra (few winds preferred, should not exceed 2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; strings). / Una copia leggibile di una partitura originale per orchestra d’archi (con pochi divisi) o orchestra da camera (pochi fiati preferito, non deve superare 2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; archi).
2. Short essay explaining their composition, and how their composition may be inspired by the music of Ottorino Respighi. / Breve testo che illustri la composizione e come essa si ispira alla musica di Ottorino Respighi.
3. List of works, and any related premieres. / Lista di composizioni, ed eventuali esecuzioni.
4. One archive CD, mp3 or other recording of the work – Preferred. / Una copia CD audio, mp3 o altra registrazione del brano – Preferito.

Electronic submissions preferred. / Presentazioni elettroniche preferite.
Documents/Documenti pdf via email; Audio files via or mp3; Video files via

Preference will be given to composers & soloists with limited experience with professional orchestras. / Preferenza data a compositori e solisti con poco esperienze con orchestre professioniste.

Deadline / Scadenza
All materials must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2018 (for the 2019 jury). Winners will be featured in the 2020-2021 concert season. / Tutto il materiale deve essere inviato non oltre il 30 Giugno 2018 (per la giuria 2019). I vincitori saranno presentati nella stagione concertistica 2020-2021.

Deadline Extended to August, 31, 2018 due to technical issues with our marketing services.

Early Deadline: March 31, 2018. Reduced Fee of $85 US / Tassa Ridotta €.85 EURO

Mail materials to the address: / Inviate la domanda all’ indirizzo:
The Respighi Prize, Chamber Orchestra of New York, 450 Lexington Avenue, #1514, New York, NY 10163

For further information / Per ulteriori informazioni:

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