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 2020 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award
Summary:1-15 performers competition
Deadline: 13 April 2020
Date Posted: 13 November 2019
Details: Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in the fall of 2020 on the 24th Annual Martirano Award Concert on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions.


1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.

2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum.

3. Limit: One entry per composer.

4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.

5. Anonymous Submission: The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

6. The winning composers are expected to attend the award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 13, 2020 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For more information and to submit scores go to:

For questions:
Zack Browning
Entry Fee:$20

Summary:Competition for 12 musician ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: N.E.O. SOUND is pleased to present a new call for scores for it's 2019 - 2020 season. Composers submitting to this call will have the chance to have their works either recorded, engaged in a collaboration, and/or shared with the North East Ohio community in a public performance. We are excited to announce that we will accept over 20 works.

This call is open to composers of all ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, nationalities, and styles. We ask that interested composers please submit works which have been completed in the last 10 years. Composers who are selected for a performance are not required to attend the performance however are strongly encouraged. N.E.O. SOUND currently does not have funding to provide travel/lodging stipends.

N.E.O. SOUND is comprised of 12 musicians; a brass quintet, a woodwind quintet, a pianist, and a string bass. Unfortunately due to logistical issues we do not have access to percussion. Please use at least 5 performers from the following instrumentation:
Flute 2 Horns
Oboe 2 Trumpets
Clarinet Trombone
Bassoon Tuba
Keyboard String Bass/Guitar

Works which exceed 10 minutes in length will not be considered.

N.E.O. SOUND's judging process is anonymous, thorough, and rigorous.
The panel will be comprised of seven (7) adjudicators, consisting of four (4) internal N.E.O. SOUND musicians and three (3) external professional composers.
Composers will receive a reference number when all materials have been submitted and payment has been received.
The judging process consists of THREE (3) rounds.

Currently a recognized non-profit in the state of Ohio, we are still in need of additional support to obtain our federal 501(c) tax exemption status. In addition to this process, we do ask for a small submission fee to help offset costs pertaining to the written feedback process and operational expenses.
$20 - Submission Fee
$10 - Student Fee
Entry Fee:$10/20

Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: Each year the nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.


The nnSF20 Call for Scores invites submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments.



clarinet (all family)

double bass

electronics (requiring a separate performer)

flute (all family)

guitar (acoustic or electric)





piano / keyboard

saxophone (all family)







The call is open to all composers without restriction. We welcome any of the following: scores requiring multiples of any of the above instruments (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics (including audio or video fixed media), indeterminate notation or open instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to three).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2020

Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the nnSF20, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed. Selected composers are expected provided performance materials for their work.


Applicants should submit:

1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee). Please note the submission form will call for:

Your bio

Title of each submission

Program note for each submission.

Link to audio or video of the work, if available.

2) Email to containing a PDF of the score for each submission.

Please scan any hand-written materials. Please do not email audio or video files; these will not be accepted. Please post audio or video on a streaming service such as Youtube, Soundcloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive and include the link on the submission form.

Questions? Send us a note to
Entry Fee:$15

Summary:Chamber music call
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: The 1st international composition competition

In conjunction with its June 2020 Concert tour of Japan

Supported by the US Embassy in Tokyo

Applications accepted sept 1, 2019 – Jan 31, 2020

About the competition
The Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI) announces its inaugural composition competition, to coincide with the organization’s 2020 concert tour of Japan, Passing the Torch. The winner will join AANMI on an all-expenses-paid concert tour of Japan featuring their piece on multiple concerts throughout the country.

Music is a critical and meaningful component of the Olympic Games. Since 1924, the national anthem of the winner of each event has been played at the medal ceremonies in recognition of their victory.

These songs are not just sonic statements of patriotism; they are historical affirmations of national pride and finely crafted musical compositions in their own rights. Much about a country can be gleaned from its canon of songs, whether they be historical anthems, traditional folk tunes, or hymns of religious significance. Yet, in an age when the velocity of cultural change outpaces the ability of institutions to adapt, some may feel that these pieces of music no longer represent the character of their country faithfully. Furthermore, even if each song is unique in its own right, in toto they share many common musical characteristics: chorale-based melodies, military march figurations, etc.

AANMI’s tour program, Passing the Torch, aims to revitalize the inspirational force of this body of songs in transnational contexts. 6 composers representing 6 different cultural traditions, as well as the winner of the inaugural AANMI composition competition, will present world-premiere pieces based on songs of historical significance of their choosing. These compositions can use the original song as inspiration in any way whatsoever - in some cases, as a thematic premise through the quotation of melody; in others, only as a theoretical underpinning. Passing the Torch highlights the work of some of the most talented young composers in the world who have taken on the mantle of cultural diplomacy. Through this concert, we will hear both the unique musical evolution that these composers have given rise to in their cultures through music, as well as the uniting musical structures in these compositions that bring us together.

The submitted piece must conform to the guidelines below.

• 5 - 10 minutes in length.
• Instrumentation: 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 horn, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 percussionist (snare drum, cymbal, woodblocks, shakers, tambourine, triangle, glockenspiel), conductor.
• Based in some way on a historical / traditional piece of music significant to the composer. Examples of such pieces include:
o A national anthem (e.g. “Kimigayo” of Japan)
o A folk tune (e.g. “Arirang” of Korea)
o A patriotic song (e.g. “Bayan Ko” of the Philippines)
• The submitted piece need not be a world premiere, and can be an arrangement of a pre-existing piece, so long as it conforms to the guidelines above. However, preference will be given to world premiere pieces.

Please submit the following via by January 31, 2020


• $25 application fee (payment details on website)
• Copy of passport
• Completed application form
• 1-page résumé / CV
• Full score of the composition (PDF)
• 1 - 2 page statement addressing the following:
o How AANMI’s mission resonates with the composer
o How the historical / traditional piece of music is significant to the composer
o How the historical / traditional piece of music is used in the submission
o What the composer hopes to gain from Passing the Torch
• [Optional] Audio recording of the piece. Well-rendered MIDIs are perfectly acceptable.

Applicants will be notified of results by March 1, 2020. The winner will be a featured composer on AANMI’s 2020 concert tour of Japan, Passing the Torch. The tour runs from June 18 - 30, 2020 consisting of performances in some of Japan’s most prominent cultural sites and concert halls. All travel, lodging, and per diem will be paid for.
Entry Fee:$25