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 Ensemble de la Belle Musique
Summary:Competition for up to 14 instruments
Deadline: 15 April 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: After it's very successful and well-received inaugural "Christmas Concert 2017", the Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its second edition of “Call for Scores”. The theme is “Love & Longing”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to a maximum of 14 instruments:

2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 saxophone, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 1 percussion (xylophone OR vibraphone OR glockenspiel), 1 piano

For example: 1 viola + 1 flute + 1 marimba, or a string quartet formation. Please note that 2 violins are considered as 2 instruments.

There is no fixed style. Please use your imagination and creativity to write music so beautiful and pleasant to the ears that the musicians would love to play them over and over again and the audience would love to hear them over and over again.

The selected works will be performed by EBM in mid-June 2018 in Singapore. Venue will be announced soon. Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must be between 3-8 minutes. ONLY melodious and tonal works will be accepted. Atonal and electronics works will NOT be considered. Every work must be an ORIGINAL world premiere, and specially written for and dedicated to “Ensemble de la Belle Musique”. NO transcriptions nor arrangements of any sort are allowed. Works which have already been uploaded onto social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or iTunes will not be considered. Submitted scores will not be returned and may be kept for future use.

There will be audio and video recordings of the concert, and the recordings will be put up on our website. It is not mandatory to attend the concert in Singapore, but for the selected composers who are able to attend, hotel lodging for 3 days 2 nights will be provided.

Submission Guidelines:

There is an entry fee of USD20 for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for USD10 each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. Each entry must be emailed in pdf format to with the subject heading: “EBMCFS2018 - Title of work” along with:

a. An info sheet in pdf format with the composer’s name, title of the submission, duration of the work, short bio, short write-up of the submitted work and contact information. NO handwritten scores will be accepted. You may use any reliable music notation software as long as the score is clear and legible.

b. Receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment. For submissions of up to 3 works, just one receipt or one screenshot of completed Paypal payment will do.

c. Mp3 or midi recording of every work submitted.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59pm, Singapore time, on 15th April 2018. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. The selected works will be announced latest by 30th April 2018. The decision of EBM is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms. Enquiries can be sent to


The submitted compositions must be free of any rights. Non-selected candidates will have full ownership of their works and will be allowed to perform their compositions once the results have been released. In contrast, selected candidates are NOT allowed to interpret their selected compositions in any way before and on the day of EBM’s "Love & Longing" concert in mid-June 2018.

The selected composers retain their ownership of the copyright for their selected works but they have to grant EBM irrevocable rights limited to using the works for promotional purposes and for performing the works in concerts at any time without further compensation to them.

Deadline: 15th April 2018, 11.59pm Singapore time

Entry fee: USD20 per submission

USD10 for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer

Currency: US Dollars

 Elevate Ensemble Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber Ensemble (up to 15 instruments) call
Deadline: 16 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Elevate Ensemble is announcing its second annual call for scores, seeking chamber works, for up to 15 players, written by US-based composers.

The selected score will be programmed in San Francisco on May 19, 2018, on Elevate’s season-closer concert Transformations. The winning composer will be offered a $500 honorarium, a recording of the performance, and travel expenses to attend the concert. Non-winning pieces may be considered for programming on future concerts.

• Compositions that can be tied to the general concert theme of “Transformations” will receive priority. Feel free to interpret this theme however you wish.
• Submissions are due by 11:59pm PST, Feb 16, 2018, with the winner announced by March 31, 2018.
• The winning composer must attend the performance. If the composer cannot attend, an alternate winner will be chosen.
• Open to any composers physically and legally residing in the USA, with no restrictions on age or citizenship.
• Pieces may be written for any instrumentation up to 15 players. However, pieces that make use of some or all of the instruments from Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no.1 will receive priority. That instrumentation is as follows (one player each unless noted): flute/piccolo, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass.
• Pieces with electronics are welcome as long as the composer can assist in realizing the electronics.
• Previously performed pieces are eligible. Unperformed pieces are also eligible.
• There are no restrictions on the age of the pieces submitted. As long as they represent your best work, we are interested in hearing them!
• Composers may submit as many scores as desired, with a $20 application fee for the first piece and a $10 fee for any subsequent piece.
• To submit a score, fill out the form below, submit payment via PayPal, and email the required support materials to, subject line: Call for Scores, YOUR NAME
• Email the following support materials: PDF score, link to a streaming recording (youtube, soundcloud, etc.), a short biography, and (optionally) how the piece ties into the concert theme.
• Please do NOT include any links to file downloads, as we will not open them.


 From Page to Stage: Emerging Composer Workshop
Summary:Competition for women composers
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: Application Guidelines

Eligible participants:
• Open to women composers
• No age limit
• Composers who are students (college or high school), or at the earlier stages of their composition careers, meaning:
• limited professional performances of works
• not yet published and/or recorded professionally
• those seeking to learn how to enhance their composition career
• Composers who are interested in constructive feedback and support on a current work.

Submitted works should be:
• Written no earlier than January 1, 2014
• Under 8 minutes in length
• Single or multi-movement work
• Scored for one to six players; see available instruments and ensemble types below
• Work may be completed or an in-progress composition, however only completed works will be considered for performance during the festival.

Submissions must include:
• PDF of score. Scores must be created by a standard notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Format as 8½ x 11
• PDF Parts. Include all instrumental parts formatted as 8½ x 11
• MIDI recording of the work
• Short paragraph explaining why you want to participate
• Non-refundable application fee of $10

Submission Guidelines
• All materials must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018, 11:59pm (Central Time)
• Late submissions will not be accepted
• Application fees are non-refundable
• Files must be uploaded through the LunART Festival website during the submission period (application form will be active starting Dec. 15th)

Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2018

Participation in “From Page to Stage” includes:
• Master class with composer-in-residence Jenni Brandon. Submitted works will be discussed in an open-forum setting. Participants will share their submitted work for discussion, delving into the nuances that make a piece successful from “page to stage” – from getting the notes on the paper, to getting it into the performance hall.
• Private composition session with Jenni Brandon during the festival.
• Recording of your work, and rehearsal with LunART Festival musicians. Works will be featured on the “From Page to Stage” festival concert on Saturday June 30th.
• Admission to all LunART events: three days of concerts, reading sessions, and lectures including Jenni’s talks on “Collaboration in the Arts” and “The Independent Composer’s Guide.”

Note: Transportation to and from the festival and housing is the responsibility of the participant. The festival will provide a list of housing options closer to the festival.

Instruments available
• String quartet
• Violin
• Viola
• Cello
• Bass

• Wind quintet
• Flute (piccolo, alto, bass)
• Clarinet (bass clarinet)
• Oboe (English horn, oboe d’amore)
• Bassoon
• Saxophone

• Brass quintet
• Trumpet
• French horn
• Euphonium
• Trombone
• Tuba

If your work includes prepared piano, please contact us before submitting.

If your work includes percussion, please contact us about intended instrumentation. Percussion instruments available for the festival are limited.

Questions may be sent to with the subject line: “From Page to Stage – Emerging Composers”

 Bridges Composition Competition
Summary:Jazz/classical fusion composition competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of RSMI, Ravinia is pleased to announce Bridges: An International Jazz and Classical Fusion Composition Competition. This fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program. Bridges is an exciting venture into the fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program.

Submissions will be judged by a blind jury comprising the directors of RSMI’s Program for Jazz: Grammy award–winning pianist Billy Childs, saxophonist Nathan Davis, and bassist Rufus Reid. Bridges winners will have their compositions performed in Ravinia’s prestigious Martin Theatre during a concert on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Up to three competition winners will be selected, and each will be awarded a prize of $2,500. Entrants must be between ages 18 and 30 and must submit a new piece written for string quartet and jazz rhythm section at a length of 10 minutes. Submissions must include the full score and all instrument parts and will be accepted between November 1, 2017, and February 1, 2018. Complete instructions can be found here. If there are no submissions that meet the application or judges’ requirements, there will be no winners.

More Information:

 Martirano Award
Summary:Works with 1–15 performers
Deadline: 16 April 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: The University of Illinois School of Music and Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community celebrate the 22nd Annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award by announcing the 2018 Award Competition
About Salvatore Martirano

The 2018 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award
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 2018 on the 22nd Annual Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 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. The winning composers are expected to attend the 22nd annual 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.

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.

Click here to submit your entry.
Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 16, 2018 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For questions please contact Prof. Emeritus Zack Browning


Summary:Chamber Call and Summer Festival
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
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 2018 nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores related to the research conference theme of New Asia. The call is open to all composers without restriction, and the connection to the theme may pertain to the music, the instrumentation, the subject matter, or the identity of the composer, and is open to creative interpretation.

We invite submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments:
guitar (acoustic or electric)
double bass
flute (all family)
clarinet (all family)
saxophone (all family)

Composer-performers using instruments not on this list, especially non-Western instruments, may also submit works that include themselves as a performer.

We welcome any of the following: scores requiring two or more of the same instrument (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics, indeterminate notation or 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 five).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018
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 nnSF 2018, 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 not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed.


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).

2) Email to containing the following items:

PDF of the submission(s)
PDF of Program Notes and Performance History for the submission(s)
A brief explanation of the connection of your submission to the conference theme New Asia (see the Research Page for more details). Submissions without this explanation will not be considered.
Audio ( .mp3) recordings of the work(s), or links to on-line recordings, if available (not required, MIDI versions accepted). Video files will not be accepted. If you have a video, post it on-line with a service such as Youtube and send us a link.
A brief bio
Please scan any hand-written materials. For large files, please use a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Questions? Send us a note to




The nnSF Performance, Composition, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals).

Click or continue scrolling to learn how to apply to the 2018 festival.

DECEMBER 15, 2017
Apply to either the Performance, Composition, or Music Technology workshops by the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017) to receive:
• $100 tuition discount for all applications submitted by the Priority Deadline!
• Eligibility for $250 alumni tuition discount.
• Eligibility for travel assistance.
• Eligibility for scholarships.
• Priority consideration for festival admission.
• Decision by January 01, 2018.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Apply by this date to receive:
• Eligibility for festival admission dependent on remaining availability following the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017).
• Decision by February 22, 2018.

Please note: Applications submitted after the December 15th Priority Deadline are not eligible for scholarships and travel assistance. Discounts cannot be combined with one another; only one discount per application (this does not include scholarships and travel assistance). All discounts will be documented through the application process and applied to the final tuition payment.

• Scholarships will be offered to select applicants following successful acceptance to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent, instrumental need, and financial need.
• Travel assistance may be available for fellows with over $600 in travel expenses for those who apply by the priority deadline.

Alumni fellows in good standing from previous nnSF attendance will enjoy a $250 discount for return enrollment.


 Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
Summary:Mandolin and Guitar Call
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is issuing a Call for Scores for its 2017‐2018 season.

FIRST PRIZE: $250 and a Premier Performance by the KMGO

1. Must consist of the following make-up: Mandolin 1 (4), Mandolin 2 (9), Mandola (3), Mandocello (3), Contrabass (1), and Guitar (4). Divisi may be used as much as wanted but may not exceed the numbers listed above. Guitars are classical 6-string standard tuned guitars.
2. There is no restriction on length of the work.
3. The work must NOT make use of any soloists and must use the standard ensemble only as listed above.
4. Mandolas are to be scored in treble clef transposing at the octave.
5. Scores must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018
6. Application must be included with the submission.
7. Please submit one score and one complete set of parts. A CD containing a recording of your work may be included but it is not mandatory. (Midi and mp3 files are acceptable.) Materials will not be returned. DO NOT send originals.
8. There is no fee required to enter this contest.
9. The applicants will be judged by a four member panel of KMGO members and last year’s winner, Chris Acquavella
10. The winner will be notified no later than March 31, 2018
11. Premier performance will take place during the 2018 season of the KMGO schedule.
12. Winning composition will become a permanent part of the KMGO music library.
13. Winning composition will be awarded a prize of $250.
14. Submitted compositions must NOT have been previously performed or published.


Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.