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 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.

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 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.

 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:

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.

 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: Rules and Guidelines
The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. This year there are three categories: Category A (Works for Chamber Ensemble), Category B (Works for Wind Ensemble), and Category C (Works for Chorus).

General Guidelines (Applicable to all three categories)
• Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
• Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before the year 2000.
• An entry fee of $25 must be included with the first score submitted, regardless of category. There is an entry fee of $20 for each additional score submitted, regardless of category. For example, a composer who submits one score to Category A and another to Category B must submit a $45 entry fee. Composers may submit as many works as they like in any category.
• Previous winners in any category of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
• Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
• Attendance at the Festival is encouraged but not required.
• In the unlikely event that no entry is worthy of the award in a given category, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money in that category.

Additional Guidelines - Category A (Chamber Ensemble)
• Submitted works may be scored for any combination of up to sixteen instrumentalists and/or vocalists.
• Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by nationally and internationally recognized composers.
• Results will be announced by December 15, 2019.
• The composer of the winning work in Category A will receive a $1000 prize, and the winning work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
• The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 1, 2020, in order to guarantee performance.
• If the instrumentation of the winning work is for some subset of the guest ensembles’ instrumentations, it may instead be considered by NOW Ensemble or Transient Canvas for performance at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

Additional Guidelines - Category B (Wind Ensemble)

For instrumentation see website link (bottom)

• The composer of the winning work in Category B will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Tony Marinello, at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
• Doublings, or additional instrumentation, not listed above may be permissible at the discretion of Tony Marinello, conductor of the ISU Wind Symphony.
• The ISU Wind Symphony is an advanced ensemble which features the School of Music's top performers. However, judges reserve the right to consider playability in their deliberations.
• Works must not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
• Works featuring soloists (e.g., concertos) may be submitted with the understanding that the soloist must be supplied at no expense to the ISU Wind Symphony, and that the soloist must be able to attend at least one full rehearsal with the orchestra in advance of the concert date, as well as the dress rehearsal before the concert.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by Tony Marinello.
• Results will be announced by November 10, 2019.
• The winning composer must agree to provide parts by November 22, 2019, in order to guarantee performance.

Additional Guidelines - Category C (Chorus)
• Submitted works must be scored for mixed choir in 4-6 parts, with moderate divisi.
• Works may be with or without accompaniment.
• Works may be untexted, or set to text of any language.
• Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
• The final round of the Competition will be judged by Karyl Carlson, Director of Choral Activities at Illinois State University.
• The composer of the winning work in Category C will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the ISU Concert Choir at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
• Results will be announced by December 1, 2019.

Entry Fee:$25

Summary:Competition with 5 categories
Deadline: 02 December 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: ensemble mise-en is thrilled to announce the call for scores for the MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020! Since 2014, the festival has featured more than 30 pieces each year. We look forward to your submissions and to presenting even more works this year.

Selected composers are required to attend the festival dates, June 23-28, 2020. Since last year, we offer FREE HOUSING to all participating composers for the duration of the festival! Each will have the chance to collaborate with ensemble mise-en as well as other guest musicians. This is a unique opportunity to share your work not only with a New York City audience but with visiting musicians and composers from around the world.

Deadline: December 2, 2019 (EST 11:59PM)

The guidelines for the submissions:

1. Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
2. Selected composers must be present at the festival (June 23-28, 2020) in New York City. We offer free housing to all participating composers.
3. The submission fee is $25 (USD, non-refundable).
4. Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted as a separate entity.
5. Those composers chosen to write new works (Category #5) will be notified by December 31st, 2019. All other composers chosen to participate in the festival will be notified after February 1st, 2020.


1. Solo instrument with or without electronics
2. Chamber Ensemble (2-6 musicians) with or without electronics
3. Large Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra (7-22 musicians) with or without electronics
4. Tape/Live Electronics/Audiovisual Work
5. Proposal for a new piece (flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin and cello or any subset) with or without electronics*

*This category (#5) is for undeveloped works or works-in-progress. Selected proposals must be completed and submitted by April 15th, 2020 for inclusion in the festival program.

IMPORTANT -- we will NOT accept any hard copies or email submissions. All submissions should be made via the following website:

If you would like to support mise-en music festival 2020, please consider:
- Liking our Facebook page (
- Following us on Twitter (
- Following us on Instagram (@ensemblemiseen)

The previous festival website links:
- Festival 2018 (
- Festival 2019 (

Please direct all inquiries to:
Entry Fee:$25

 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 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

Prizes are -
First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet by Violettes by Becky

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.

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 on the competition page.
Entry Fee:$20

 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.

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.

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:
Online converter for phonetics:
Table for Phonetics:

 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)


(2) Saxophone (any kind, doubling allowed)

Trumpet Bb or C

Horn in F



(2) Percussion





Double Bass


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.

 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 .

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

Bassoon / contrabassoon

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

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.

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.

Inquiries by e-mail are possible to .

Deadline is January 31, 2020 (date of receipt)

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



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 angefordert werden.

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

Fagott / Kontrafagott

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

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.

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.

Rückfragen per E-Mail sind an möglich.

Einsendeschluss ist der 31. Januar 2020 (Eingangsdatum)

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


Summary:Works that include harpsichord
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Application deadline:
15 November 2019
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: t.b.a.
2nd prize composers competition: t.b.a.
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 2020 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 a new composition written for the instrumentation of the Black Pencil ensemble (recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion), either with or without 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 (
Martijn Padding (
Roderik de Man (
Ere Lievonen (

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.


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
Open category

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary:Works accessible to Youth Ensemble
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: Calling all composers! The 6th annual World Projects Composition Contest is now open!
Entries are due December 1st, 2019.

Founded in the strong relationships World Projects has forged with renowned composers from across the globe, The World Projects Composition Contest presents a unique opportunity for new connections to be made. Through this contest, World Projects will strive to:

• Promote the composition of great new music
• Promote emerging composers
• Promote the collaboration between composer, conductor, and student performer
• Bring World Premieres to major concert halls
• Provide a platform where these compositions can be published and kept alive through future performances

Rules and Requirements:
1. This contest is open to everyone.
2. Applicants may enter up to one (1) original composition of their own that is a non-published, un-premiered work, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other right of any other work or person. (Arrangements will not be accepted)
3. The submitted work should be written for choral, orchestra, string orchestra, or band instrumentation. It must be between 3-7 minutes in length and is expected to be of a grade III or IV level and accessible to youth ensembles.
4. Entries received after the contest cutoff date of December 1st, 2019 will not be considered for submission.
5. The winner will be selected by the World Projects Composition Board. The composition board consists of World Projects and:

Award (per winning composition):
1. World Premiere of your composition by a selected ensemble at either the Walt Disney Concert Hall during the 2019 Los Angeles “Sounds of Summer” Festival or at Carnegie Hall during the 2020 New York “Sounds of Summer” Festival.
2. Roundtrip airfare (coach class) or Train transportation depending on location of festival.
3. Two (2) nights’ accommodation at the festival hotel.
4. Personal stipend of $200.00
5. Opportunity to lead a 90 minute festival rehearsal with the selected ensemble premiering your winning composition. Responsibilities to include but not limited to:
1. Participation in the application & selection process for ensemble that will perform the winning composition
2. Working directly with the Director of the selected ensemble in preparation of the world premiere
6. Your winning composition will be offered a publishing contract with World Projects Corporation.

Entry Submission Forms:
1. Full score (pdf)
2. Audio recording (live recording or synthesized notation software – MP3 format) MIDI files will NOT be accepted
3. List of any composer(s) and/or piece(s) that influence your work (pdf)
4. Entry form (pdf)

How to enter:
• E-mail your entry to File attachments should not exceed 20 MB in size per E-mail.
• If E-mail is unavailable:
• World Projects Corporation – 601 First Street, Ste. 200, Benicia, CA 94510.

 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: