Site Search

Other Resources
News Archive

Wind band Competitions & Call for pieces

 Kaplan Commissioning Project Saint Mary’s University Concert Band
Summary:Concert Band Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 28 June 2017
Details: Kaplan Commissioning Project
Saint Mary’s University Concert Band

The ninth Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new Concert Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage is outlined below. Any questions prior to application submission should be directed to Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Director of Bands, at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Amount of Commission:

• $7,000.00 plus travel/expense allowance for a campus residency at the premier of the composition.

Description of the Composition:

• The work will be scored for standard full Concert Band instrumentation, appropriate difficulty level for advanced high school bands and small college ensembles.

• Length of composition: approximately 5-8 minutes in length.

• The composition must be based on Jewish melodic or thematic material, either folk or religious sources.

Expectations of the composer:

• The selected composer will interact with SMU band students regarding the composition during the composition process. He/she will attend the premier and present a lecture/seminar on the commissioned work and music composition in general. Past commissioned composers have spent 4-6 days in residency in Winona surrounding the premiere.

• The composer will provide SMU a full score and one set of parts or appropriate pdf files. Additional duplication of parts as needed for the ensemble will be the responsibility of the university.

• The composer retains all copyrights and will acknowledge SMU’s role in the commission of the composition upon future publication and/or distribution.

• The SMU Concert Band will present the premier performance at a mutually agreed upon concert date during the 2018-19 academic year. The composer will have the opportunity to conduct the premier performance if desired.

Application process and deadline:

Interested Jewish composers must send the following:

• Letter of introduction and intent
• Resume/Vitae
• Scores and recordings of three representative compositions, either electronically (pdf score files, mp3 recordings, sound cloud links, etc.) or hard copies.

If you wish to have printed materials returned send a SASE for return of materials.

Application deadline for the 2017 Commission is October 1st, 2017.
Performance date will be negotiated with the selected composer.

Email application documents to

Any printed scores/media should be sent to:

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven
Kaplan Commission Project Chair
Saint Mary’s University Music Department
700 Terrace Heights #58
Winona, MN 55987-1399

Scores submitted for consideration need not be band compositions, but must demonstrate wind and percussion writing. Composers who have applied for the Kaplan/SMU Commission in the past are encouraged to re-apply, except for the most recently commissioned composer.

Application materials (unless return requested) will be kept in the Kaplan Commission Project Archives for study by SMU music majors.

For additional information please contact Dr. Heukeshoven at 507-457-1675 (office), 507-429-5148 (cell) or email:

Past Commissioned Composers:

2000: Steven Barnett: Halleil: O Praise the Lord, for concert band
2002: Lee Kesselman: Let Peace Descend, for choir and wind ensemble
2004: Philip Rothman: Departure Point, for solo piano and wind ensemble
2006: Judith Lang-Zaimont: Israeli Rhapsody, for concert band
2008: Marc Kibrick Bernstein: Ashkenazi Fathers, for jazz combo (with soloist or soloists) and concert band
2010 Paul Richards: If You Could Only See the Frog, for concert band
2012 Larry Bitensky: Katanya, for concert band and narrator
2015 Steven Rosenhaus: Ayshet Chayil, for concert band and baritone voice

Deadline: 1 Oct 2017

Summary:Video Game Composition Competition
Deadline: 10 July 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band is pleased to announce its 2017 Video Game Composition Competition. We seek a composer to create an original video game score for symphonic wind band. The winning entry will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert on October 21, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City. Submissions will be accepted from composers under the age of 35.

1. Compose one minute of loop, entry-level play music to underscore new game play footage.
Click here for the full footage.
2. Compose one minute of loop music that builds on top of the entry-level play music for advanced/level-up play.
3. The entry-level play music should still be recognizable in the advanced play section.
4. Entries should be composed for symphonic wind band:

Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe 1 and 2, Bassoon 1 and 2, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Eb Alto Clarinet (optional), Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional), Bb Soprano Saxophone (optional), Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1, 2, 3 and 4, Trombone 1, 2, and 3 (or bass trombone), Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (10 players, including piano and mallets)

Preference will be given to compositions that utilize the full instrumentation.

1. Completed entries will consist of 4 files:
• Full score in PDF format for entry level composition;
• Full score in PDF format for advanced level composition; submit this score with the first thirty seconds of the entry-level play music which then cuts abruptly to the one minute of advanced play music;
• Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of entry-level composition;
• Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of advanced level composition
*Recordings need not be submitted as a synced movie file
2. Please use a pseudonym. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than “pseudonym”_1 for the entry level composition and “pseudonym”_2 for the advanced level composition. Please use the same naming system as the file name for all files.
3. In addition to the 4 files above, please submit a Resume/CV and put [Video Game Composition Competition “YOUR FULL NAME”] in the subject line. Submissions should be sent to: Please do not send hard copies. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.
4. A panel made up of the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Artistic Production Committee and Video Game Creators will judge the submissions.
5. The winner will subsequently compose 3-4 additional short game-play music sections including Game Over and Bonus. The composer will also be consulted on creating the most effective “Pickpocket Successful” or Pickpocket Unsuccessful” sound effects using live instruments.
6. The winning selection will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert at 7:00 PM on October 21st, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City.
7. The winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be considered to continue as composer for the full game development. The game creators will decide this separate from the LGBAC composition competition.
8. Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 10, 2017. There is no fee to enter. The winner will be notified by July 21, 2017.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Henco Espag, Music Director of the Symphonic Band at

Our mission is to provide the LGBTQ community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates, and challenges us to grow.

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps was founded in 1979 as a community band and continued to develop and grow over the past 37 years into a 90-piece marching band and 120-member symphonic ensemble. Symphonic Band members represent a broad range of musical abilities from seasoned musicians and music educators to individuals picking up an instrument for the first time in years. Our community is made up of people from all parts of the LGBTQ community, as well as straight allies.


 2018 Female Band Composition Competition Information
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: Call for Compositions
We are excited to announce the call for scores for the 2018 Female Band Composition Competition. We are looking for band works that are approximately Grade Three level. The aim is to support works that appeal to a wide array of abilities and tastes. Please see below for all of the details.

The Composition
1) Submissions must:
· be composed by someone who self-identifies as a female composer
· be an original, unpublished composition for band.
· be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
· be approximately a difficulty level of Grade 3 (based on the 1-6 grade level system).
· have been written within 5 years of the deadline.

2) Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include a .pdf score, a recording (mp3, AAC, .wav, .aiff, etc.) and a completed entry form. While applicants are encouraged to send actual recordings, MIDI realizations will be accepted. PLEASE COMPRESS ALL AUDIO FILES SENT SO AS TO MINIMIZE FILE SIZE.
3) Scores must not include the composer’s name, in order to facilitate blind judging.

4) Composers may re-submit non-winning compositions from this or other competitions. However, once a work has been awarded a prize in any competition, it may not be submitted again.

5) Concertos or solos/ensembles with band accompaniments are not acceptable.

6) The maximum instrumentation is as follows:
· Flute (div. in a maximum of 2) + Piccolo*
· Clarinet (div. in a maximum of 3) + bass clarinet*
· Oboe* (2 parts)
· Saxophone: Alto (div. in a maximum of 2), Tenor, Baritone*
· Bassoon* (1 part)
· Trumpet (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Horn* (div. in a maximum of 2)
· Trombone (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Euphonium (1 part B.C. & transposed for T.C.)
· Tuba
· Double Bass
· Percussion in 4 parts (maximum 2 mallet instruments) + Timpani

* N.B.: Solos written for instruments marked (*) should be cross-cued in other instruments.

The Competition Rules
1) Shannon Shaker (ASU) will oversee the competition.
2) Submissions will be accepted from individuals who self-identify as female.
3) The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017
4) The composer of the winning composition will receive a travel stipend of up to $1,000 to attend a rehearsal and the premiere of the piece.
5) All copyright, mechanical rights, and royalty rights remain with the composer.
6) The winner will be announced by email; notification will be sent to all applicants and panel membership, and results will be posted on the Kappa Kappa Psi - Beta Omicron website:
7) The decision of the jury will be final.
8) Members of the jury will receive a score and set of parts of the winning composition.
9) The piece will be premiered by Arizona State University's Concert Band, conducted by Shannon Shaker on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. It is the hope of the competition that the winning composer will be able to attend a rehearsal and this performance.

To ask questions about the competition, contact Shannon Shaker at:

The Sponsor
Kappa Kappa Psi, Beta Omicron is sponsoring this project. For information on how to be involved, including donating to the project, contact Aliyah Qualls at:
For all additional questions, please contact Shannon Shaker at:
Submission Guidelines
Complete the following google form to submit your entry
2) Email a .pdf of your score (name omitted) and audio file to Shannon Shaker at:
*The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017

Summary:Wind Ensemble Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Categories
• Undergraduate Composers
o For composers currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music
o Composers should not be over the age of 26

• Post-Graduate and Professional Composers
o This category is geared towards students working toward advanced degrees in music and professional musicians
o All composers over the age of 26 can apply for this category regardless of student or professional status

Guidelines for the compositions are:
• Entries should be original works, not arrangements.
• Entries should be composed for small wind ensemble. Suggested instrumentation is: Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1 and 2, Trombone 1, 2, and 3, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion parts needing no more than 4 players to perform.
o Deviations from this instrumentation may be accommodated. Please contact contest coordinator Chris Dobbins at with specific questions
• Entries should have a music grade level between 3 and 5.
• Works should be no longer than 10 minutes.
• Entries should be new pieces composed within the last five years.
• Pieces entered should be World Premiere performances if selected as a winner.

Entries will be judged as follows:

1. Completed entries will consist of a completed entry form (link below), a score in PDF format, and a recording in MP3 format. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than the name of the piece. Please use the name of the piece as the file name for both files.

2. A panel of Washington and Lee University music faculty members may choose up to one winner in each of the above categories. All entrants in the Undergraduate Composers category will receive feedback from the panel about their compositions. Composers entering the Post-Graduate and Professional category may receive comments upon request.

3. Winning pieces will be premiered by the Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble during the 2017-18 academic year.

4. Winners will receive audio and video recordings of the premier performance, a $300 prize, and help in contacting publishing companies if there is desire on the part of the winning composer to have the piece published.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2017, and parts for winning submissions must be digitally delivered by August 28, 2017.


 7th Harerubeke International Composition Competition (International Composition Competition Harelbeke)
Summary:Wind Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

General provisions

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries.

2. Each composer can enter only two works.

3. The duration of the work must be between 15 and 25 minutes (to be stated on the score).

4. The submitted works must be original in every respect: only unpublished works that have never been performed in public nor broadcast on radio or television and that have never won a prize at any national or international competition will be accepted. Adaptations of existing compositions or rearrangements or re-orchestrations of known tunes or folk songs will be rejected.

5. Only music compositions for wind orchestra will be accepted. Works for brass band or chamber music groups will not be accepted.

6. Compositions using electronics will not be accepted.

7. As the three shortlisted compositions will be performed live during the final, the orchestration of the work must not exceed the following instrumentation:

Piccolo; Flute 1&2; Oboe 1&2; English horn; Clarinet Eb; Clarinet Bb 1,2&3; Bass Clarinet Bb; Contra-Alto Clarinet Eb; Contrabass Clarinet Bb;

Soprano Saxophone; Alto Saxophone 1&2; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Bassoon 1&2; Contrabassoon;

Cornet Bb 1&2; Trumpet Bb 1,2&3; French Horn F 1&2, 3&4; Tenor Trombone 1&2; Bass Trombone; Euphonium Bb; Tuba C;

Double bass;

Timpani; Percussion (max. 6 parts);

Piano; Harp

The works will be performed by an orchestra from Harelbeke with this instrumentation.

8. The score must bear a title and a pseudonym instead of the composer’s name. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:

9. The name of the composer must not appear anywhere on the score. Nor may the score contain any details that might lead to the identification of the composer.

10. The score should meet the following requirements: (1) realized in digital format (music notation software) and (2) submitted in PDF-format by uploading it onto the website

11. The composer must also include a short written preface to explain the work. If the composer has used an alternative music notation system, it must also be explained.

12. The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes if the desired level is not reached.

13. The organization will preserve two copies of the score: (1) to be kept in the archive of the competition in Harelbeke, (2) to be kept in the music library of MATRIX in Leuven (

14. The jury will announce the finalists on Monday 16 April 2018.

15. The finalists will be asked to attend a rehearsal with the orchestra on the day before the final. This rehearsal will take place in the presence of the jury members. Each finalist will have one hour to work with the orchestra. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the organization. Hotel and subsistence expenses however must be borne by the composer.

16. If a prize-winning composer decides to have his work published by a music score publisher, the score must carry the words: with this work the composer was a finalist at the 6th International Composition Competition Harelbeke (Belgium).

17. If one of the finalists is disqualified, another candidate will be selected to take his or her place.

18. The jury’s decisions are final.

19. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted

20. By entering the competition the candidate accepts the competition rules.

Entry to the competition
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries. Each composer can enter only two works.

2. All inscriptions are done using the website

3. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:


 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble 2017/18 Call for Scores
Summary:Wind Ensemble Call
Deadline: 06 November 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: Eligibility
This composition competition is open to all North American composers. Members of the HWE and their families are not eligible. All entries must meet the guidelines below to be considered.

What we’re looking for:
1) Style/Subject Matter: All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and NOT have been previously published or performed in order to be performed as a World Premiere Performance. (No self-published works will be accepted – publish your work after the contest.)

2) Wind Ensemble: score for standard wind ensemble. We have the following instruments:
6 Flutes (up to 3 piccs), 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 1 Eb Clar, 6 Bb Clar, 1 Bass Clar, 1 Alto Clar or Contra Alto Clar, 2 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari Sax, 5 Cornets/Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 2 Euph/Baritones, 2 Tubas, 1 String Bass, 1 Timpani, 1 Mallet, 2 Percussion
Do NOT include English horn, soprano sax, harp, piano, etc. We don’t have those instruments.
We have limited technology for electronics. If your composition includes electronics it should be easily accessible. Vocals are permissible for up to 4 singers, SATB or solo voice.

3) Duration: Preference is given to works between 4 and 10 minutes in length.

4) Entry Fee(s): The entry fee is $20 for each submission. If submitting pieces via E-mail, then checks should be mailed under separate cover to the address below.

5) Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players. Grade 3 to 5.

6) If in the opinion of the judges no entry is deemed worthy of the prize, none shall be awarded.

Deadline for submissions: November 6, 2017 (postmarked or E-mail by 11:59pm).
The winning entries will be notified in December 2017. Parts needed by January 10, 2018.

There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of$250.00. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2018.

What to submit
1) Score: professional quality score which is bound or a PDF file E-mailed.

2) Composer information: Information sheet with your name, address, telephone number and E-mail.

3) Recording: Live or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be WAV or MP3 format. If we can’t listen to it, we won’t consider it. CDs should be labeled. E-mailed files should be MP3, 6MB max.

4) Entry fee(s): a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 in the form of a check must be included with each submission. All checks must be made payable to "The Center - HWE", with “HWE Composition” noted in the memo. US funds only. Entry fees are tax deductible.

Email PDF score and MP3 file (no larger than 6mb) to
Entry fee can be mailed separately, but must be postmarked no later than November 6, 2017.

You may alternatively mail hardcopies and recording (WAV or MP3 file) to:

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
PO Box 3606
Chula Vista, CA 91909

For questions E-mail: