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 Call For Scores - 30 Key Toy Piano and Voice
Summary:Toy Piano and Voice
Deadline: 22 April 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: Hello,

I'm Anthony, an experimental vocalist (high baritone) and toy pianist (30-key) looking to expand my repertoire of living composers. Later in the year I'm setting up a variety of concerts for voice and toys and would love to perform modern works to share with the audience. The possible instrumentations I am looking for are:

Unaccompanied Voice (High Baritone)
or with Electronics
Toy Piano (30 key C - F)
Other toys

It would be greatly appreciated if the works could also be for one performer. Works can be emailed to

Possible recordings of the works will also take place at some of the venues I am performing at, so I can give you a recording of your work also.

Thank you for your time,

 Opera Hub
Summary:Aria Contest
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: TRUNK SHOW!
A Fashionable Fantasia of Women on the World Stage

Aria Contest Announcement

OperaHub announces a contest for newly-composed arias for powerful female characters in virtuosic female voices.

One $1000 Grand Prize
Seven $200 Runners Up
All winners will have their aria performed as part of OperaHub’s TRUNK SHOW! fantasy/pastiche/singspiel.

TRUNK SHOW! will be a semi-devised lyric-theatrical fantasy pastiche inspired by the great divas of the ages, the economic significance of their extravagant wardrobes, and their extraordinary contributions to the social and economic emancipation of women. The script, which is in the early stages of development, will position 8-10 historic diva characters in conversation with each other. Each of these characters will sing one aria from that singer’s historic repertoire as well as one new aria featuring a woman character in a position of power or prestige.

▪ Arias that are a marriage of classical vocal technique and structure with modern musical style and dramatic sensibilities, 2-6 minutes in duration.
▪ Each aria should be for a female character who is a recent, current or future woman of great social, economic, or political power or prestige. If you are not sure what this means, we have a non-comprehensive list of suggestions.
▪ The aria should present her in a situation that is primarily fueled by something other than romantic intrigue although that may play a part.

Arias will be evaluated on the strength of their:
• choice of subject matter
• emotional expressiveness
• active, character-driven text
• vocal writing that is grounded in the virtuosic use of the human voice developed through the classical, bel canto, and Romantic vocal literature.
• dramatic arc
• beauty and lyricism
• compositional sophistication

We will also be taking into account the voice type distribution among our performing ensemble when choosing final selections. Our ensemble will likely include voices from the following types: light lyric coloratura soprano, full lyric coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, young zwichenfach, lyric mezzo, coloratura mezzo, dramatic mezzo, contralto

• We encourage composers of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, ages, career status to apply; this is a blind application process and the only information we will use to identify applicants during the evaluation process is their phone number.
• A composer may submit multiple entries but we reserve the right to limit the number of winning entries for any single composer.
• Payment of prize money will be contingent upon winners entering into a rights agreement with OperaHub to cover the use of the composer’s aria in the TRUNK SHOW! stage production.
• Contest is open to United States Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

Notes (updated 29 November, 2016):
• The historical divas we will be portraying created roles for composers such as Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Wagner, Debussy, Massenet, and Verdi and successful arias will make a strong impression in relation to the music of these composers.
• Arias may be dramatic or comic.
• Arias may or may not subvert conventional vocal/character types.
• The character need not be the protagonist of the larger “story” if the composer is thinking of the aria in the context of a larger work.
• The aria can either exist on its own or be part of/grow into a part of a larger work that is its own opus.
• The new arias will generally be used in our show as new showpieces for our historic diva characters, so we are not looking to integrate them fluidly into the show in the same way they would be in a strictly linear-narrative opera. We won't be trying to tie all of them together in one linear story line other than the meta story line of the trajectory of women's place and roles in opera.
• The text of the aria can be in English or a foreign language, but keep in mind that we are looking to perform these arias with a specific ensemble. Each singer in that ensemble will definitely be capable of performing the major singing languages: Italian, German, and French, as well as English. Certain singers will also have experience singing in Spanish, Russian, Czech, and Yiddish. We may have singers who have experience in additional languages or be able to find coaches for them, but these are not guaranteed.
• While we do not wish to prescribe a list of characters, in response to questions from composers we have created a list of suggested subjects.
• Questions should be addressed to

Submitting your application:
• Section 1: Fill out your contact information on the google form linked here:

• Section 2: Submissions should be emailed to should be formatted as either one (preferred) or two PDF documents.
◦ 2A: Information Sheet
▪ Ten-Digit Telephone number
▪ Aria Title
▪ Character Name and Description
▪ Summary of the character’s situation or dilemma
▪ Text of aria (and English translation, if applicable)
2B: Aria sheet music

Submission Deadline:
May 1, 2017

 5th Competition for Young Composers Dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti
Summary:Songwriting Competition
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Date Posted: 07 December 2016
Details: The 5th Competition for Young Composers dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti is a collaboration between the Fondazione Monini and Incontri Musicali to honor the musician, composer, director, and librettist’s passion in helping young and emerging artists. This year’s composition is a song cycle for soprano and piano in Italian, English, German, French or Spanish. The winner will receive €5,000 and will be recognized at the 2017 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The work will then be performed at Incontri Musicali 2017, also in Spoleto.

1) The competition is open to composers of any nationality, who will be no more than 30 years old by the date of April 30, 2017.
2) Only one composition by each composer will be accepted.
3) The work presented must be 15 to 20 minutes long.
4) The composition is to be conceived as a song cycle for soprano and piano. 5) The text of the songs must be either in English, Italian, French, Spanish or German. 6) The composition must have not already been published.
7) The material must be sent to the Monini Foundation by April 30, 2017.

The winner will be invited both to the award presentation and the performance of his/herwork. The foundation will take care of hospitality in Spoleto, while travel expenses will have to be covered by the winner.

1) The winner will receive a prize of 5.000 euros.
2) The prize will be awarded in July, during the 2017
Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto.
3) The winning work will be performed during the
Incontri Musicali chamber music festival held in
Spoleto midsummer 2017.
4) The decision of the jury will be final.

1) Send 3 copies of the score of the work with name, address and anything else that will identify you as the composer.
2) The material must be sent to the following address:
c/o FONDAZIONE MONINI, Via dell’Arringo 06049 Spoleto (PG) Italy

Summary:Song Writing
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 August 2015
Details: How can I enter?

It’s easy! You can enter online at any of these sponsoring sites: Broadjam or on the DSA website or download an entry form here and print out, and mail your entries to:

Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard #20
Dallas, TX 75219

How much is the entry fee?

$25 each entry. Please note EACH entry must have an accompanying form sheet. If you are a member of DSA or plan to join, you can get a $5 discount off your membership or renewal for each song contest entry. To join DSA or renew your membership, go to We’d love to have you as a member!

Who owns the songs I enter?

You do! You retain all rights.

What has to be on the lyric sheet?

The song Title and Category appear at the top of the sheet. Your lyrics, marked with “Verse” “Chorus” etc., follow the Title. For a sample, click here. Do not write your name on the lyric sheet or on the outside of the CD case -- simply fold your lyric sheet white-side out (so that the back side shows) and legibly write the song Title and Category on the back of the lyric sheet, and place it inside the CD case so that the song Title and Category show through the CD case.

If I don’t write my name on my lyric sheet, how do you know which one is mine?

Song Contest staff keeps track of which name goes with which song – all names are withheld from the judges so that the judges can select the winners with the highest level of fairness possible. Once the judges select the semifinalists and winners, the song contest staff reveals the names of the winning artists.
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