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 TRIBUTE TO BRUNO MADERNA
Summary:Competition with 6 categories
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: The Italian Contemporary Music Society (SIMC), on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Bruno Maderna (1920 - 1973), promotes a Call in order to define a program of executive activities, conferences, record and publishing for 2020. The initiatives will develop in agreement with SIMC partner organizations and associations on the national territory

Guidelines

Composers can participate without limits of age and nationality, members and non-members of SIMC.

Each composer can send one or more works of a maximum duration of 7 minutes. Works may be presented in the following categories:

1. A) Aria for female Voice with free choice text
2. B) Tribute to " Musica su due dimensioni, per flauto e registrazione stereofonica " by Maderna: composition for the same staff, with audio file produced by the composer
3. C) Divertimento for harp and / or small percussion (1 performer): Tibetan bells, small bass drum, hanging plate, cymbals, 4 toms, gong, Glockenspiel, triangle, melodic, suspended plate, bell tree, maracas and similar easy to find and transportability
4. D) Serenata for instrumental ensemble from three to six instruments chosen from the following: flute, oboe, trumpet, violin, cello and piano
5. E) Madrigale to three female voices (soprano, mezzosoprano and contralto) or four mixed voices (soprano, contralto, tenor and bass) with free choice text. There are no subdivisions.

F) Special section reserved for students of Composition and Electronic Music of Italian Conservatories for a Radiodramma on free text and subject of the maximum duration of 15 minutes (electronic support by the candidates).
Entry Fee:€40
Web Site:simc-italia.com/wp-content/upl...

 Promising Young Composers' Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: Warren County Summer Music School Warren, Pennsylvania www.wcsms.org is pleased to announce its seventh annual competition, 2020.


DEADLINE: entries must be received by March 1, 2020
• E-mail application plus a PDF copy of your composition and an MP3 recording, with composer’s name removed from score and recording, to: wcsms.pyc@gmail.com
• First prize: $1,000 USD; each age group prize, $250

ELIGIBILITY
• Composer may be: ages 15-18, 19-23, or 24-30 as of March 1, 2020
• The composition must be an unpublished, original work
• Before the Award is conferred, winners will be required to submit a current photo and full resume

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
• The composition must be appropriate for performance by students in grades 7-12
• The composition should be written for one of the following:
1. instrumental -- solo, chamber, or large ensemble
2. vocal -- art song, small vocal ensemble or chorus (any combination of voices)
• Recommended duration: vocal--two to five minutes, instrumental—less than 9 minutes
• Winners agree that the Warren County Summer Music School may perform the winning works without fee or royalty in perpetuity
• WCSMS will accept one composition per composer in each category

Web Site:www.wcsms.org

 American Beethoven Society
Summary:Pieces inspired by Beethoven
Deadline: 16 March 2020
Date Posted: 27 November 2019
Details: We invite composers of new works “inspired by Beethoven” to participate in the convention of the American Beethoven Society on 10-12 September, 2020 in San Jose, in celebration of Beethoven@250, the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Among other events, the Convention will include a session on compositions inspired by Beethoven. Composers who wish to give presentations of 10-30 minutes should apply by submitting a proposal on this form, or by contacting Brian Holmes by March 16, 2020.

Further information:
Web Site:americanbeethovensociety.org/f...

 MA/IN 2020
Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 12 January 2020
Date Posted: 27 November 2019
Details: CALL FOR ARTISTS +

The LOXOSconcept organization promotes the FIFTH edition of the MA/IN 2020 [MAtera INtermedia festival].

The MA/IN 2020 will take place in MATERA at the beginning of JUNE 2020.

The city of Matera has been the “European Capital of Culture 2019”, and LOXOSconcept was project leader for the 2019 Sound Art cultural programming.

LOXOSconcept wants to focus the attention on the electro-acoustic culture and to offer an important stimulus for the composers and multimedia artists, giving visibility to the electroacoustic genre.

Every year LOXOS tries to create a musical flux through partnerships with international organization in order to provide performative opportunities.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
DEADLINE: Jan 12th, 2020 (23:59 - Rome time)

C A T EG O R IE S
[A] Acousmatic ~ fixed media music. Multi-channel compositions are accepted.

[B] Mixed Media ~ for instruments and electronics/ multimedia (fixed or live).
This year the [B] category is focused on:

1. the QUARTETTO MAURICE (string quartet)
[please consider submissions just for the whole quartet - no solo/duo/trio]

Georgia Privitera, violin Laura Bertolino, violin Francesco Vernero, viola Aline Privitera, cello

2. the L’ARSENALE ENSEMBLE 4) [submitted work may use the whole ensemble as well as part of it | e.g. solo + elelctronics]

Livia Rado, soprano
Ilario Morciano, sax
Igor Zobin, accordion
Lorenzo Tomio, guitars
Roberto Durante, piano and synth Filippo Perocco, conductor

3. THAUMA TRIO (percussion trio)

[proposals for percussion duo, solo or combinations with other instruments are accepted]

Fabio Macchia : percussion Giulio Cintoni : percussion Simone Buttà : percussion

Instruments not included in the list above are available in any combination anyway. As usual the organization will provide other musicians. The composer can provide their own performers.

[C] AudioVisual ~ works with pre-prepared video and music. The video part can be of any kind. It must be single-screen (up to full HD).

[D] LivePerformance/SoundArt ~ works that include electronics and other elements [for instance, a piece with a new interface, laptop, performer and interactive live video, real-time coding, laptop improvisation etc]. Sound Installation are allowed [this category covers audio-visual installations, pre-recorded or generated in real-time, interactive or not].

If your work does not fit into any of above categories, please choose a category anyway.

All entries will be evaluated in the arrival order and according to the following criteria: aesthetics, originality, innovation, technology and quality of the presentation.

More information:
Web Site:www.materaintermedia.it/wp-con...

 DOT THE LINE
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 15 February 2020
Date Posted: 20 November 2019
Details: New Music Festival DOT THE LINE bridges composers and performers in Korea and other countries; advocates contemporary composers and their scores; and presents the highest level of performance and innovative program to general audience.

International New Music Festival DOT THE LINE announces its second call for scores. 2020 DOT THE LINE: heart will take place in Recital Hall at Ewha Womans University and Ilshin Hall, Seoul, Korea http://ilshinhall.com/

Submission form: http://bit.ly/2WU36bV

Festival Dates and Locations:

May 28-29, 2020 *subject to change

Ewha Womans University and Ilshin Hall *subject to change

Participant Eligibility:

– Composers of any nationality and age are encouraged to apply.

Composition Eligibility:

– All submissions should be no longer than1 5 minutes in duration.

– Works composed after 2014 are eligible.

– Previously performed compositions are eligible.

– Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation and electro-acoustics (fixed media and live electronics) will be accepted.

– Selected composers are expected to register and pay the registration fee $70

Composition Submission Guidelines:

– Submissions will only be accepted online:http://bit.ly/2WU36bV

– Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020

– Each composer may submit 1 work.

– Submissions should include links to a legible score and recording. MIDI is acceptable.

– If selected, a registration fee of $70 will be due by March 31, 2020

Instrumentation Category with or without electronics: *Use listed percussion instruments ONLY

Solo

– percussion (list of percussion instruments: http://bit.ly/2NhODDw)

– saxophone

– violin

– cello


Duo

– percussion, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass, piano (any combination)


Trio or larger ensemble

– percussion, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass, piano (any combination)

Performers

Robert McCormick (percussion) Doug O’Connor (saxophone), Eunmi Ko (piano), Yu-fang Chen (violin), Yeil Park (cello), Emily Koh (double bass)

Selected composers will be notified individually via email by March 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact Eunmi Ko ko.eunmi@gmail.com
Entry Fee:$70 (if selected?)
Web Site:bit.ly/2WU36bV

 Call for works/ BabelScores® Reading Panel 2019-2020
Summary:Call for Scores for Online Catalogue
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 20 November 2019
Details: After the success of the last five Reading Panels BabelScores® is launching the Call for Works for the Sixth BabelScores® Reading Panel 2019-2020. BabelScores® continue looking for the most creative and innovative composers from all over the world to strengthen a global quality catalog with important contemporary music works.


We strongly encourage composers of any age or nationality to submit two works of any instrumentation or for electronics or mixed media to the BabelScores® Reading Pannel 2019-2020. If the submitted pieces are accepted then BabelScores® will invite you to join its catalog and to include more works. We will promote your music, promote your scores and you will be able to take advantage of the BabelScores tools and structure like managing and renting your execution materials, if you agree to do so.

As composer, you will get the major part of your scores sales and rentals.

The strong web traffic and the Institutional Subscriptions (conservatories, universities, etc. from all over the world) allows BabelScores® to diffuse its music massively.


The BabelScores catalog offers a lot of advantages to composers:

- To be part of BabelScores® catalog is completely free.

- BabelScores® is a web platform which allows people to buy, rent and consult scores all over the world.
- BabelScores® do not retain any copyright from composers

- BabelScores® do not ask for exclusivity ( at the same time you can offer or sell your scores by other means)

- BabelScores® creates cooperation agreements with different cultural institutions such as ensembles, festivals, soloists, radio programs, universities, etc. in France and abroad for playing the music of our catalog.



How to submit your work:

It is very easy and quick.
Via internet, in our website at www.babelscores.com/submit ,then click make submission.

Please complete the online form and send it. You will need to upload two pieces in PDF format plus mp3 recordings. BabelScores® guarantees not to use or diffuse your submitted work in anyway or by any media without your agreement.

Deadline for submitting your materials: 15 March 2020

We are acting intensively to diffuse the music of our time because we really care about music. And we constantly work to satisfy composers professional needs. We encourage you to submit your work to BabelScores® to take part in the structure that is challenging the present of contemporary music.

We invite you to visit our site www.babelscores.com .

Should you have any questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to write to us at contact@babelscores.com
Web Site:www.babelscores.com/
Email:contact@babelscores.com

 FARNBOROUGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Summary:Two competitions
Deadline: 06 January 2020
Date Posted: 13 November 2019
Details: The FSO is very excited to announce two composition competions for young, local composers - the winnning pieces will be performed at one of our concerts in 2020! The winners will feature in our publicity and be guests at the concerts along with some family and friends.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who are developing your composing skills; your piece could be performed by one of the top amateur orchestras in the south east under the baton of our Artistic Director Bill Carslake, himself a composer who is passionate about mentoring and encouraging young talent.

Fanfare Competition - deadline 1st December 2019

We are looking for a short fanfare to announce the start of the second half of our January Family Concert at Princes Hall, Aldershot. It should be solely your own work, no longer than 2 minutes, and precise scoring details are given in the application form here. This is open to anyone who was 19 or under on 1st September 2019. Full terms and conditions and how to apply are all in the application form. Under 18s need to get a parent or guardian to fill in the application form on their behalf.

Young Composer Competition - deadline 6th January 2020

We are looking for an original orchestral piece, no longer than 5 minutes, which may be something that you have already written, or you may write it just for this competition; in either case it must be solely your work. This is open to anyone who was between 13 and 25 on 1st October 2019, and who lives locally (or has a base locally, if they are currently away studying).

You can download an application form here, which includes contact details if you have any queries, as well as all the entry requirements and terms and conditions. Please check that you meet the entry requirements and fill in all parts of the form before you send it in.

Before you apply
Please make sure you have read our privacy policy so you know how we will store and use your personal data. Please take care to fill in all the details that we need - the two forms are slightly different because of data protection requirements for younger people. You are welcome to enter either competition or both as long as you meet the entry requirements.

Good luck!
Web Site:www.farnboroughsymphony.org.uk...

 Please Yourself Composition Competition
Summary:Free form composition competition
Deadline: 30 September 2020
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: Compose or submit an original work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo piece to chamber orchestra*

First prize £1000
The Mullord Award £500

Closing date September 30th 2020

For the tenth occasion, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (ÁCO) is inviting composers of any age and nationality to submit works for an annual composition competition.
• There is no specification as to the length or nature of the work.
• If electronics are used, if not notated conventionally and fully in the score, a CD or mp3 should be supplied.
• A recording of the work should also be submitted if the score is notated graphically or in any other unconventional format.
• There is no restriction on the number of works submitted by each composer but each piece will incur the same entry fee of £26.
• The work may be a new piece or may have been written at any time in the composer’s career.
• Each piece should have only its title printed on the cover: the identity of the composer, including address, email, phone number, biography, photograph and programme notes should be placed in a separate sealed envelope also marked with the same title.
• All scores must be submitted electronically as pdf files to the address of the competition administrator, Trevor Huntley: trevor.huntley@btinternet.com The electronic version of the score should have only its title displayed on the front page and there should be no mention of the composer's name or include any markings by which the composer could be identified.
• A second and separate email should be sent at the same time as the score submission and this should include the identity of the composer, their address, email, contact telephone number, short biography, photograph and programme notes. No hard copies of scores will be accepted.
• Composers submitting their scores via a link on a file sharing site such as Dropbox should ensure the files remain uploaded until receipt of the written adjudication following the conclusion of the competition. All entries that the ACO receives will be acknowledged prior to adjudication. Composers will be notified if any files of an electronic submission are corrupt or missing. It is the responsibility of the composer to provide the ACO with pdf files that can be opened. If the composer is unable to supply the requested downloadable and readable files within the time limits detailed above, the entry will be deemed disqualified.
• Please contact the adminstrator, Tevor Huntly for further clarification.

The maximum* size of the orchestra is as follows:

2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
2 bassoons (2nd doublng contrabassoon)
2 horns
trumpet
trombone
tuba
timpani (doubling second percussionist)
percussion (one player)
harp
guitar
any keyboard
8 violins
4 violas
4 cellos
2 double bass.

Minimum specification is a single performer

In addition to the prizes, there is the possibility of a performance
by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a future season.
Web Site:www.fiveseasonsmusic.co.uk/ple...

 Carl Orff Competition
Summary:Works for children including Orff instruments
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: In the Carl Orff Composition Competition 2019/20 we celebrate the 125th birthday of Carl Orff. In addition to the Carmina Burana is probably the "Orff-Schulwerk" known worldwide. On this occasion, we want to take up this pedagogical concept for the next competition.

The basis of the Orff Schulwerk is the creative interaction of the elements of music, language and movement as elementary forms of expression of humans and the awareness that to a child, language, dance and music are not yet differentiated areas of activity. Therefore, from the beginning singing is accompanied by the playing of instruments. To reproduce music that has been heard or written down or performing dance in traditional forms also includes the attributes of self-invention and self-design. The Orff Schulwerk activates elemental music and dance pedagogy which is a potential for expression that exists in every human being as well as cross-cultural musical behavior patterns.

With this in mind, the compositions of this competition are intended to provide an insight and encourage a better understanding for other cultures. Therefore, the theme of the composition should be a freely selectable folk song taken from the native language of the composer. Essentially, the works sung by the children should be able to be played along with a selection of Orff instruments.

Instrumentation

1) Children up to 12 years of age

Children's choir
Soprano recorder
Alto xylophone (c1-a2)
Bass xylophone (c-a1)
Frame drum
Small percussion instruments (e.g. Maracas, Claves, Triangle, Tambourine)
All instruments should be used in composition and each monophonic. Each instrument group can have its own accompaniment melody. The children's choir may have a maximum of 2 voices. The goal is that this part of the composition can later be practiced in school classes.

2) Accompaniment by a professional string quintet (2 VI, 1 Vla, 1 Vc, 1 Kb).

The exterior form of the composition:

Theme – Singing in a capella, one voice, no instruments, solely the folk song (1st stanza)
Variation with emphasis on rhythm (if nec. 2nd stanza)
Variation with harmonic components (if nec. 3rd stanza)
Variation ad libitum (if nec. 4th stanza)


Preludes, interludes and postludes are possible which will be played by the string quintet.

Total length is a maximum of 4 minutes without repetition. For pedagogical reasons, repeats or other stanzas might be recommended for execution in schools.

The interior form of the composition:

The singing by the children's choir conforms to the principles of the cantus firmus. The singing is reproduced in the original language for all movements without variation. The composer will provide a phonetic spelling according to the international phonetic alphabet which corresponds to the lyrics of the song as well as an analogous translation into one of the following languages for comprehension: german, english, french or spanish. These can be added as a separate document. The instruments of the children's group have a diatonic voice leading (possible keys are C-major/a- minor, G-major/e-minor, F-major/d-minor). Their interaction with tonal and harmonic structures begins with a basic sound. Rhythm and melody provide a basic structure in the ''rhythmic-melodic exercise'' which is supported by a monotone. An attempt should be made to extend the sound as functional harmony, parallelism and layering.

The accompanying string quintet can be used completely at will. It offers the composer extended compositional possibilities. However, it should be arranged in such a way that an execution of the work could be performed without this element. This should ensure that the composition can be played in normal schools as well as in high quality concert performances.


Required file formats:

Original music notation file, xml, pdf, midi and alternatively mp3 or YouTube video

Conditions of participation:

All composers are invited to participate without any limitations. The winners from previous competitions (only 1st-3rd place) are not eligible to participate.

Prizes:

10 compositions will be nominated for the final concert. The Carl Orff Competition e.V. will provide the selected composers paid round trip expenses to the final concert in Germany, 2 overnight stays, a dress rehearsal and guided tour with good musicians and an attractive supporting program for two days. The prize money amounts awarded to the 1st , 2nd , 3rd places will be 5,000.00, 3,000.00 and 1,000,00 Euros respectively.

Time table:

The closing date for entries is February 29, 2020.

The public evaluation will take place between March 15, 2020, and April 30, 2020. The premiere of the final works is planned for the Carl Orff Festival at the end of July 2020.

Recommended working aids:

Information on Orff Schulwerk: https://www.orff.de/en/orff-schulwerk/
Online converter for phonetics: https://tophonetics.com/
Table for Phonetics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabe
Web Site:www.carl-orff-competition.com/...

 EUBB Composition Competition 2020
Summary:Brass Band Compeition
Deadline: 20 January 2020
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: Have you ever thought of composing for a brass band? Do you have any compositions that you would love to hear played live? Show off your talent by taking part in Edinburgh University Brass Band's annual composition competition this year!

We will be playing the winning composition in our Spring concert, as well as having a rehearsal dedicated to playing through all the submissions (which composers can come and watch!)

Main Information
We would like you to write us a chorale or hymn-like piece for us to play at our Spring Concert.

The deadline for the submission is MONDAY 20th JANUARY 2020 at NOON.

Two bound paper copies of the score and 1 set of printed separate parts should be dropped off before this deadline, at the front desk of the EUSA Activities Office at Potterrow. If you are unable to get to the dropbox in person please post your entry to:

EU Brass Band,
c/o EUSA,
5/2 Bristo Square,
Edinburgh
EH8 9AL

Please fill in and attach a copy of the submission form that you can find at the end of this document.

Please send a digital recording via email to eubrassband@gmail.com, or drop one off with the scores, clearly labelled. If either of these is impossible for some reason, get in touch with us (via email or facebook).

The anonymity of the composer/arranger will be maintained throughout the selection process.

The pieces should be
· composed specifically for Brass Band
· playable by a medium level amateur band
· enjoyable to play and listen to
· between 3 and 5 minutes ideally but no more than 5 minutes long

Judging criteria
· idiomatic writing for brass band
· successful application of compositional techniques/devices
· successful motif (melodic, harmonic or rhythmic, etc.)
· originality
· clarity in communication of the piece's ideas

All eligible entries will be played in a rehearsal before the final decision is made. Composers will be invited to listen to their pieces played at this rehearsal.

The Winner will get two free tickets to see their composition performed live at EUBB’s Spring Concert 2020.

Please do not hesitate if you have any questions, get in touch via our social media (@eubrassband) or by emailing eubrassband@gmail.com.

Web Site:eubrassband.wixsite.com/eubb/c...

 JAM Call for Music
Summary:Choir, brass and organ competition
Deadline: 19 December 2019
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: Successful submissions will be performed in JAM’s 2020 launch concert at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London on 19th March 2020. Performers include The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Onyx Brass, Simon Hogan (organ) and Michael Bawtree (conductor). Submissions will be joined by previous JAM commissions by Paul Mealor (2010) Julian Philips (2012) and Daniel Saleeb (2018, London Premiere) for a showcase of outstanding new music, reflecting the vibrancy of music writing in the UK today. The concert will be professionally recorded to help you promote your work.

2020 marks JAM’s 20th anniversary of commissioning music and inviting composers to submit music to it. Annually JAM has commissioned significant works by inspirational UK composers and received submissions well into the thousands, committed to nurturing the future of new music in this country. JAM continues to be committed to nurturing talent through its annual Call for Music, resulting in publisher signings, commissions, repeat performances and media coverage.

Submit music for choir, brass quintet and organ, or any combination of these forces.

Anyone aged 18 or over may submit music if they are born, living or studying in the UK.

A maximum time limit of 10 minutes is stipulated. There is no minimum limit – a short fanfare is as relevant as a large piece for all the forces.

All scores must be submitted on paper.

All music must be accompanied by a recording, preferably MP3.
The audio version does not have to be of great quality – a sequenced / Sibelius version is acceptable. The recording will only be used as a ‘reference’ during the selection process.

If setting words, any text is encouraged – not just liturgical.

Please have the appropriate copyright for any words that are set. JAM cannot perform pieces that don’t have this copyright.

Please do not submit more than 3 pieces. Ideally send us your best piece; the one you really want us to see and perform.

JAM cannot return music that is submitted. Always keep a copy!

Successful submissions will be performed in JAM’s 2020 launch concert.
St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London – 19th March 2020
Performers include:
The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Onyx Brass,
Simon Hogan (organ) & Michael Bawtree (conductor).

Submissions will be joined by previous JAM commissions by:
Paul Mealor (2010) Julian Philips (2012) and Daniel Saleeb (2018, London Premiere).

The concert will be professionally recorded for you to use help promote your work.

Submissions should be anonymous.

Please submit music with a covering letter so that we can contact you!
Submit music to:
55 Kempshott Road, London SW16 5LJ.

Deadline: Thursday 19th December 2019, 5pm.

Sign-up for the JAM Newsletter – Get the latest news, scheduled events, chances to win tickets to a JAM event, discount codes and much more.
Web Site:www.jamconcert.org/405-2/

 Universal Marimba Competition
Summary:Percussion Competition
Deadline: 01 June 2020
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Preliminary rules & regulations

- Maximum one work of each category: Marimba Solo, Duo, Chamber Music, Ensemble and Concerto can enter the competition.
- The composer can choose to send in one work for each category!
You can send a work for one single category or for more categories.

-The duration:
Solo: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes
Duo: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes
Chamber music: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes
Ensemble: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes
Concerto: minimum 15 minutes / maximum 25 minutes

- It is allowed to add extra tape!
- Scores has to be send in before June 1st, 2020 (post mark to be received by 01/06/2020).
- The works are composed for 5 octaves ranged marimbas performed with 2 to 4 mallets (each player).
- Works which are awarded a prize in any other competitions, or have been published and performed before or are scheduled to be published in the near future cannot enter the competition.
- The competitor agree that the winning compositions will be worldwide promoted and published by Splendid Arts Edition.
- * If the competitor is bound exclusively to another publisher, he/she shall be responsible for obtaining an exemption (clearance) to participate the competition with this work and to agree to inform clearly the title of obtained Prize and the website of the Universal Marimba Competition Belgium 2020 on further publishing's.
- It can appear that publishing is offered to non-winning compositions. In that case the composers will be contacted by the organization after August 1st, 2020.
- The music score has to be finalized ( Sibelius, Encore or Finale sheet music) for publication review. Handwritten manuscripts are not accepted.
- Only the title, the year and date of the composition and the duration of the work may be included in the score. The composer's name may not appear in/on the score so that the selection committee can judge the scores anonymously. The organization will handle to identify a registration number on the received scores.
- The composer's name, his/her correspondence address, and the title of the work must be clearly written in the application form.
- After the application the competitor will receive a registration number to be used for all communication and identification.

- The competitor will send before June 1st, 2020 in an enclosed envelop following:
• A) a biography of the composer ( in English, max 150 words, on CD-R with one extra printed sample)
• B) a commentary on the work ( in English, max 100 words, on CD-R with one extra printed sample)
• C) a CD-R with all finalized scores ( finale, encore or Sibelius sheet music)
• D) 3 printed copies of each score.
• E) a signed declaration dated by the competitor stating that the work has been written specially for this Competition, that it has not been published and performed before.

- Further and future performances during the Universal Marimba Competition may not result in charges such as rental fees.
- All entered works will be deleted. Only the selected winning compositions will be kept in the library of the UCCB and Internationally promoted.
- The participation fee is nonrefundable.
- All works received within the deadline on the address of Marimba-Projects vzw, will be judged and selected for the UCCB Prizes by an International selected jury committee.
- The jury reserves the right not to award a prize by non-appearing required level and its decisions are final.
- By entering his/her work, the competitor indicates his/her acceptance of the conditions and the decisions of the selection committee on the entry forms.
- Works by composers who do not submit to the requirements above will be disqualified.
Web Site:www.marimbacompetition.com/nl/...

 London Consorts of Winds
Summary:Wind competition competition
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: The competition is open to all composers without restriction and there is no application fee. Pieces submitted do not need to be newly written, but they must be unperformed. Please email us first to obtain the full details and to register your interest. Contact: alan.taylor@dpmail.co.uk

You are invited to write for one of our two wind ensembles, based in London, UK; a Clarinet Choir or Wind Nonet. You can express a preference but may be allocated a group by the moderator to ensure a balance of entries. Each ensemble is formed of good amateur players and has their own conductor.

SUBMISSION Pieces should be no longer than 7 minutes and must follow the instrumentation specified upon registration. Scores and parts must be received by midnight on 31st December 2019.

SHORTLISTING Our ensembles will play through all the pieces received and a shortlist of six pieces (three for each ensemble) will be chosen by the members of each group.

THE FINAL This will take place during our concert in March 2020 and all successful shortlisted composers are invited to attend. The six shortlisted pieces will be performed by their respective ensembles and the audience will vote to select the winner.

THE PRIZE The composer of the winning piece will receive a certificate and announced across our social media platforms.
Web Site:www.londonconsortsofwinds.org....

 Violettes by Becky 7th Annual Youth Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for Young Composers
Deadline: 14 February 2020
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: The Violettes by Becky Youth Music Composition Competition is for ages 10 thru 18 (students still in high school). Sign up now, but submit your compositions by February 14, 2020. The compositions should be submitted via email to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com in both written form and on MP-3 or MP-4…
The cost is $20, but if you can not afford this, we can waive the fee.

Volunteer judges will provide constructive feedback for the students’ works and decide the winners.
Judges are Professors of Composition Laura Elise Schwendinger and Andrew Lloyd Sigler of University of Wisconsin-Madison and of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville respectively. Learn more about judges at ViolettesbyBecky.com.

Prizes are -
First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet by Violettes by Becky
(or MusicTeacherGifts.com).

Second Place: $50 gift Certificate from Performers Music

Third Place: $25 Gift certificate from Performers Music

Should there be at tie, or at least 3 entries under age 15, an age
division will be made for judging and prize purposes, and more gift
certificate prizes will be added from Sheet Music Plus.

Rules:
1. Entries must be amateur composers who are ages 10 thru 19 on Feb. 14, 2020. (Students must still be in High School).
2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.

See complete set of rules on-line at ViolettesbyBecky.com on the competition page.
Entry Fee:$20
Web Site:mailchi.mp/8bc4d3c849ce/7th-an...

 Carl Orff Composition Competition 2019/20
Summary:Works for children, two categories
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: The Orff Schulwerk as a role model
In the Carl Orff Composition Competition 2019/20 we celebrate the 125th birthday of Carl Orff. In addition to the Carmina Burana is probably the "Orff-Schulwerk" known worldwide. On this occasion, we want to take up this pedagogical concept for the next competition.

The basis of the Orff Schulwerk is the creative interaction of the elements of music, language and movement as elementary forms of expression of humans and the awareness that to a child, language, dance and music are not yet differentiated areas of activity. Therefore, from the beginning singing is accompanied by the playing of instruments. To reproduce music that has been heard or written down or performing dance in traditional forms also includes the attributes of self-invention and self-design. The Orff Schulwerk activates elemental music and dance pedagogy which is a potential for expression that exists in every human being as well as cross-cultural musical behavior patterns.

With this in mind, the compositions of this competition are intended to provide an insight and encourage a better understanding for other cultures. Therefore, the theme of the composition should be a freely selectable folk song taken from the native language of the composer. Essentially, the works sung by the children should be able to be played along with a selection of Orff instruments.

Instrumentation
1) Children up to 12 years of age
• Children's choir
• Soprano recorder
• Alto xylophone (c1-a2)
• Bass xylophone (c-a1)
• Frame drum
• Small percussion instruments (e.g. Maracas, Claves, Triangle, Tambourine)

All instruments should be played and each in unison. Each instrument group can have its own accompaniment melody. The children's choir may have a maximum of 2 voices. The goal is that this part of the composition can later be practiced in school classes.

2) Accompaniment by a professional string quintet (2 VI, 1 Vla, 1 Vc, 1 Kb).

The exterior form of the composition:
1. Theme – Singing in a capella, one voice, no instruments, solely the folk song (1st stanza)
2. Variation with emphasis on rhythm (if nec. 2nd stanza)
3. Variation with harmonic components (if nec. 3rd stanza)
4. Variation ad libitum (if nec. 4th stanza)

Preludes, interludes and postludes are possible which will be played by the string quintet.

Total length is a maximum of 4 minutes without repetition. For pedagogical reasons, repeats or other stanzas might be recommended for execution in schools.

The interior form of the composition:
The singing by the children's choir conforms to the principles of the cantus firmus. The singing is reproduced in the original language for all movements without variation. The composer will provide a phonetic spelling according to the international phonetic alphabet which corresponds to the lyrics of the song as well as an analogous translation into one of the following languages for comprehension: german, english, french or spanish. The instruments of the children's group have a diatonic voice leading (possible keys are C-major/a- minor, G-major/e-minor, F-major/d-minor). Their interaction with tonal and harmonic structures begins with a basic sound. Rhythm and melody provide a basic structure in the ''rhythmic-melodic exercise'' which is supported by a monotone. An attempt should be made to extend the sound as step harmony, parallelism and layering.

The accompanying string quintet can be used completely at will. It offers the composer extended compositional possibilities. However, it should be arranged in such a way that an execution of the work could be performed without this element. This should ensure that the composition can be played in normal schools as well as in high quality concert performances.

Required file formats:
Original music notation file, xml, pdf, midi and alternatively mp3 or YouTube video

Conditions of participation:
All composers are invited to participate without any limitations. The winners from previous competitions (only 1st-3rd place) are not eligible to participate.

Prizes:
10 compositions will be nominated for the final concert. The Carl Orff Competition e.V. will provide the selected composers paid round trip expenses to the final concert in Germany, 2 overnight stays, a dress rehearsal and guided tour with good musicians and an attractive supporting program for two days. The prize money amounts awarded to the 1st , 2nd , 3rd places will be 5,000.00, 3,000.00 and 1,000,00 Euros respectively.

Time table:
The closing date for entries is February 29, 2020.
The public evaluation will take place between March 15, 2020, and April 30, 2020. The premiere of the final works is planned for the Carl Orff Festival at the end of July 2020.

Recommended working aids:
Information on Orff Schulwerk: https://www.orff.de/en/orff-schulwerk/
Online converter for phonetics: https://tophonetics.com/
Table for Phonetics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet
Web Site:www.carl-orff-competition.com/...

 Praecepta International Call for Scores
Summary:Competition with acoustic/electronic categories
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: Rules and Guidelines

Individuals may submit only one (1) work per category (acoustic composition, electronic composition).


Acoustic Composition:

The submitted work should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.


The number of performers must be between 2-6 players. The instrumentation may be a subset of the following instruments. Works that require a conductor are acceptable.


Flute (C, Piccolo, Alto, and Bass, doubling allowed)

Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)

Oboe

(2) Saxophone (any kind, doubling allowed)

Trumpet Bb or C

Horn in F

Trombone

Tuba

(2) Percussion

Piano

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Electronic:

The submitted work should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.


Submissions of electronic works may be composed for audio playback up to a quadrophonic speaker array with or without a live performer(s). Works that include a video component are eligible.


Full Guidelines:

-Works should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.

-Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.

-The work must not exceed twelve minutes in duration

-For the electronic category, works that include a video component are eligible but video is not required.

-Only one entry per composer.

-A jointly written work will be considered a single entry.

-Submissions may have been performed previously, but pieces that have been played and/or recorded by a professional ensemble should not be submitted.

-No information that indicates or suggests the name or affiliation of the composer can appear anywhere on the entry work score or recording.

-Scores and recordings (mp3) should be uploaded to the submission portal.

-For electronic works, in lieu of a score, the composer should provide a technical rider that includes spatialisation, video, live-processing, and equipment requirements.
Web Site:form.jotform.com/9225835673816...

 GEDOK Composers Competition 2020
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: The Federal Association of the GEDOK, Association of Communities of Artists e. V., for the first time awards the GEDOK Music Prize to female composers without age restrictions. Every composer can submit a work. The work is not yet listed and has not been awarded at another competition.

In 2020, the GEDOK commemorates in particular its founder, the art advocate and women's rights activist Ida Dehmel (1870-1942), and her 150th birthday. The compositions submitted for the competition are intended to be related to works by female composers of the time in which Ida Dehmel lived, especially to works by composers from 1926, the founding year of the GEDOK.

A selection list with names of composers from the beginning of the 20th century and corresponding links can be requested at gedok@gedok.de .

The competition is advertised for the following ensembles with musicians from different GEDOK groups in Germany:

Solo:
clarinet
Bassoon / contrabassoon
accordion
piano
guitar

Duo:
Oboe and accordion
Soprano and bassoon / contrabassoon
Saxophone (soprano / alto) and bassoon
Violin and piano
Piano four hands
Soprano and guitar

Trio:
Soprano saxophone (soprano / alto) and bassoon / contrabassoon
Soprano, clarinet and piano

The inclusion of electro-acoustic means is permitted, but must be organized by the composers for the performance itself. The use of visual interdisciplinary means such as video projection or the inclusion of scenic elements is not provided. We ask for an indication of the work (title, composer), to which the composition refers.

duration:
The submitted works should not exceed a duration of 10 minutes.

There will be a total of three prizes:
1st prize 2500 €
2nd prize 1500 €
3rd prize 1000 €

Award ceremony and performance:
The awards ceremony and performance of the works of the three prize-winners will take place in the Stadtmuseum in Munich on 12 September 2020 as part of the GEDOK Federal Concert.

The selection meets an expert jury. The jury's decision can not be challenged by legal means.

To be submitted only by digital means:

Score in pdf format
Artistic Vita
Short catalog of works
Declaration that the submitting composer has all rights to the submitted material and in no way violates the rights of others.

The documents must be submitted to:
Federal Association GEDOK e. V.
gedok@gedok.de
www.GEDOK.de

Inquiries by e-mail are possible to gedok@gedok.de .

Deadline:
Deadline is January 31, 2020 (date of receipt)

The Composers Competition is a project of the GEDOK Federal Association.
Bonn, June 2019


GERMAN (ORIGINAL):

AUSSCHREIBUNG

Der Bundesverband der GEDOK, Verband der Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Kunstfördernden e. V., vergibt im Rahmen eines Wettbewerbs erstmalig den GEDOK Musikpreis an Komponistinnen ohne Altersbeschränkung. Jede Komponistin kann ein Werk einreichen. Das Werk soll noch nicht aufgeführt und auch nicht bei einem anderen Wettbewerb prämiert worden sein.

Im Jahr 2020 gedenkt die GEDOK besonders ihrer Gründerin, der Kunstförderin und Frauenrechtlerin Ida Dehmel (1870-1942), und ihres 150. Geburtstags. Die für den Wettbewerb eingereichten Kompositionen sollen einen Bezug zu Werken von Komponistinnen der Zeit haben, in der Ida Dehmel lebte, besonders zu Werken von Komponistinnen der Zeit ab 1926, dem Gründungsjahr der GEDOK.

Eine Auswahl-Liste mit Namen von Komponistinnen vom Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts und entsprechende Links kann unter gedok@gedok.de angefordert werden.

Der Wettbewerb ist für folgende Besetzungen mit Musikerinnen verschiedener GEDOK-Gruppen in Deutschland ausgeschrieben:

Solo:
Klarinette
Fagott / Kontrafagott
Akkordeon
Klavier
Gitarre

Duo:
Oboe und Akkordeon
Sopran und Fagott / Kontrafagott
Saxofon (Sopran/Alt) und Fagott
Violine und Klavier
Klavier vierhändig
Sopran und Gitarre

Trio:
Sopran Saxofon (Sopran/Alt) und Fagott / Kontrafagott
Sopran, Klarinette und Klavier

Die Einbeziehung elektroakustischer Mittel ist gestattet, muss aber von den Komponistinnen für die Aufführung selbst organisiert werden. Die Verwendung von visuellen interdisziplinären Mitteln wie zum Beispiel Videoprojektion oder die Einbeziehung szenischer Elemente ist nicht vorgesehen. Wir bitten um Angabe des Werkes (Titel, Komponistin), worauf sich die Komposition bezieht.

Dauer:
Die eingereichten Werke sollen eine Dauer von 10 Minuten nicht überschreiten.

Es werden insgesamt drei Preise vergeben:
1. Preis 2500 €
2. Preis 1500 €
3. Preis 1000 €

Preisverleihung und Aufführung:
Die Preisverleihung und Aufführung der Werke der drei Preisträgerinnen finden im Rahmen des GEDOK Bundeskonzertes im Stadtmuseum in München am 12. September 2020 statt.

Die Auswahl trifft eine fachkundige Jury. Die Entscheidung der Jury kann nicht mit rechtlichen Mitteln angefochten werden.

Einzureichen sind ausschließlich auf digitalem Weg:

Partitur in pdf-Format
Künstlerische Vita
Kurzes Werkverzeichnis
Erklärung, dass die einreichende Komponistin über alle Rechte am eingereichten Material verfügt und in keiner Weise die Rechte anderer Personen verletzt.

Die Unterlagen sind einzureichen an:
Bundesverband GEDOK e. V.
gedok@gedok.de
www.GEDOK.de

Rückfragen per E-Mail sind an gedok@gedok.de möglich.

Einsendeschluss:
Einsendeschluss ist der 31. Januar 2020 (Eingangsdatum)

Der Komponistinnen Wettbewerb ist ein Projekt des GEDOK Bundesverbandes.
Bonn, im Juni 2019

Web Site:gedok.de/aktuell/?fbclid=IwAR2...

 REGISTRATION FOR GAUDEAMUS AWARD 2020 OPENS ON 1 AUGUST WITH RAISED AGE LIMIT
Summary:Competition with 5 categories
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2020 will start on Thursday 1 August 2019. The Gaudeamus Award is an incentive prize for young composers. To give even more composers the chance to sign up, this year the maximum age has been raised to 35.

Music pioneers up to the age of 35 can register with a minimum of three separate pieces. One of which, the main entry, must fit into one of the five categories:

Large / small Ensemble
Electric Ensemble
Installations
Open category
Organ

There is also a special extra category: the participants can optionally submit an extra, fourth piece for the Residentie Orkest from The Hague, The Netherlands.

Jury
The entries will be judged by an independent jury. For the 2020 Award, the jury consists of Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, Jordanian-German composer Saed Haddad and British composer Oscar Bettison. A maximum of four composers will be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award in 2020. The jury selection will be announced in November.

Muziekweek
Of the four nominees, a maximum of three different pieces will be performed during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020. The nominees will also be commissioned to write a brand new piece for one of the two Award Ensembles. In 2020 these are the Dutch Ensemble VONK and the adventurous duo Zöllner-Roche, of the Canadian-British clarinetist Heather Roche and the German accordionist Eva Zöllner.

Age limit
Registration for the Gaudeamus Award is open to composers and music pioneers worldwide. In addition to diversity in ethnic-cultural background, Gaudeamus also strives for an equal gender balance. For this reason, as of 2020 the age limit to apply has been raised from 30 to 35 years. The objective is that from 2020 onwards at least half of the nominees for the Gaudeamus Award will be female. Gaudeamus proactively invites composers to register for the Gaudeamus Award whose work is currently underrepresented in contemporary music.

Award
The Gaudeamus Award has been one of the most prestigious awards for young composers worldwide since 1957. Recent winners of the prize are the Finnish Sebastian Hilli (2018), Aart Strootman from the Netherlands (2017), the American Anthony Vine (2016) and the Russian Alexander Khubeev (2015). The nominees for the Gaudeamus Award 2019 are Nicholas Morrish, Kelley Sheehan, Remy Siu, Stefan Maier and Scott Rubin. The Award will be presented during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019, which will take place from 4 to 8 September at various locations in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Web Site:gaudeamus.nl/en/nieuws/registr...

 CoMa Partsong Project
Summary:Call for scores in open scoring
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Deadline: N/A

Details: The Partsong Project is central to CoMA’s aims, responding to a need to create a repertoire of flexible pieces for multiple (but solo) voices. Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc.

Fee: N/A

Contact: For more specifics on the brief and for information on submitting works, please visit:
Web Site:www.coma.org/our-music/compose...