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 LunART Festival Call for Scores 2018
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Short description: LunART Festival seeks scores from women composers for their 2018 inaugural season.

LunART Festival - June 28-30, 2018

The mission of LunART Festival is to support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration; thus enriching our community and creating a welcoming space for learning and experimentation.
The vision of the LunART Festival is to empower women in the arts by fostering originality, honoring diversity, and strengthening equality.

Application Fee: $20

Submission Period: Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 1, 2018


Eligible participants:
• Open to women composers
• No age limit

Submitted works should be:
• Under 15 minutes in length
• Single or multi-movement work. In the case of multi-movement works, we reserve the right to play selections
• Scored for one to six players; see available instruments and ensemble types below
• Written no earlier than January 1, 2013

Submissions must include:
• PDF of score
• Recording of work (midi, mp3, linked video)
• Bio (250 words or less)
• Program notes (200 words or less)
• Performance history of work (indicate if this would be a world premier)

Submission Guidelines
• All materials must be submitted no later than February 1, 2018, 11:59pm (Central Time)
• Late submissions will not be accepted
• All submitted fees are non-refundable
• Files must be uploaded through the LunART Festival website during the submission period - (application form will be active starting Dec. 1st)
• Applicants may submit multiple scores, but must complete a separate application for each submission
• Up to three compositions will be selected; one work will be performed for each evening concert
• We reserve the right to not program any compositions

Selected works will be announced by March 1, 2018
Selected composers will receive:
• Performance of composition
• Professional live recording of composition
• Live stream of performance through Facebook

If able to attend the festival, composers will receive:
• Free housing
• Free entry into all festival events
• Rehearsal with musicians
• All fees waived to participate in the LunART Emerging Composers Workshop

Instruments available
String quartet

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

Brass quintet
French Horn

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

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

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 03 December 2017
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: neuverBand Ensemble für neue Musik

Composers of any nationality born after 1 January, 1978 are invited to submit:
• one score & recording of a representative work for chamber ensemble (5 to 14 musicians); works with electronics are accepted
• a brief biography (not more than one page)
• scan of ID (passport, identity card etc), clearly showing the applicant's full name, nationality & date of birth

The selected composer will receive a commission from neuverBand Ensemble für neue Musik Basel (see available instruments below) to be premiered in Basel (Switzerland) in the opening concert of the ensemble's 2018-19 season.
• there is no application fee
• the new work may make use of electronics
• only applications received by email will be considered
• submitted scores must be in .PDF format
• submitted recordings must be in .MP3 format (WAV/AIFF files will not be accepted)
• if the total size of all files exceeds 10mb, please use

 Juventas New Music Ensemble
Summary:Chamber composition competition
Deadline: 07 December 2017
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: DEADLINE: DECEMBER 7, 2017

Juventas New Music Ensemble seeks art songs and chamber works by emerging composers related to any of the following themes:

• Community collaboration
• Resilience in hard times
• Hope
• The city of Boston or state of Massachusetts

The selected works will be performed by Juventas New Music Ensemble at our spring concert April 14, 2018.


All composers are eligible to enter.
Preference will be given to composers at an early stage of their careers.

Compositions may be for any subset of the following instruments

• Any solo voice type
• Flute (including piccolo & alto flute)
• Clarinet (including Eb, Bb, and bass clarinet)
• 2 violins
• Viola
• Cello
• Percussion
• Piano

Submission Process:

1. Submit the composition and information using the online form located here.

2. Submit application fee for each composition by visiting making a payment of $10

For more information contact:

Multiple entries are welcome, but please use a different email for each submission. Make sure to keep the subject heading the same. A separate fee is required for each submission.


 Vienna Summer Music Festival Composers Forum
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: The Vienna Summer Music Festival Composers Forum provides developing and emerging composers the chance to develop their compositional skills, and have their music premiered and recorded in Vienna.

Composition students will have the opportunity to bring their in progress compositions for chamber orchestra and mixed chamber ensembles, for further workshopping and development by the Composers Forum faculty. Composition students will take private composition lessons with Viennese composers, attend lectures on contemporary music and advanced theory topics, and will have the opportunity to have their original works coached, and ultimately performed in the culminating Vienna Summer Music Festival Contemporary Music Concert.
Composers will have their pieces performed by PHACE, a professional contemporary music ensemble residing in Vienna. Participants can write for any combination of instruments including: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano.

Students who have works for other instrumentations including voice will be considered for performance and should contact us at

At the end of the festival, there will be the VSMF: Contemporary Music Concert where all Composer Forum participants will receive a performance of their works.

Summary:Chamber ensemble with voice competition
Deadline: 10 January 2018
Date Posted: 02 November 2017

Wolf Durmashkin came from a Jewish-Polish musician family from today’s Vilnius in Lithuania. The music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg or Tchaikovsky was cultivated in his family.

Wolf Durmashkin conducted the Vilnius Symphony Orchestra, was a choirdirector, and also composed.

After the German occupation in 1941 his activities were limited to ghettos and concentration camps. He was separated from the family and died in 1944 one day before the liberation by the Red Army in an Estonian concentration camp, which had been set on fire by the SS.

The sisters of Wolf Durmashkin Henia (singer) and Fania (pianist) were deported to the Dachau-satellite-concentration camps of Kaufering/Landsberg. In April 1945, when the US Army was advancing, they were sent to the so-called “death march of Dachau».

Just four weeks later, a concert took place with other survivors of the Holocaust. It took place in the Monastery of St Ottilien (which had become a Hospital for Displaced Persons). After the founding of the state of Israel in May 1948 and after the emigration of some musicians to America, this extraordinary orchestra was disbanded.

In the Landsberger DP camp on May 10th 1948 the Orchestra, now named “Orchestra Szeerit Hapleitah” (Orchestra of Last Survivors) gave a concert which was a symbolic and significant event, but is almost unknown in the present.

The concert was directed at the expresed wish of the young and aspiring Leonard Bernstein. This event simultaneously symbolizes a historical turning point: the simultaneous end and beginning, desperation and hope, fight and spiritual resistance.

In Landsberg Adolf Hitler had announced the extermination of the Jews during his fortress in the book «Mein Kampf».
In Landsberg am Lech, the Nazis had built the largest sub-camp complex in the final phase of the Third Reich. After 1945, also in Landsberg, one of the largest DP camps in the American zone had been erected.

May 10th 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the concert along with the establishment of the independent State of Israel ((14th of May 1948).
It is with this historical background we call upon young people to consider; the circumstances, moods, feelings, defeats, fighting, and also the rebellion as a framework in their compositions.

To this end, different materials are available to become familiar with these historically unique events and to develop personal experience and interpretation.


As public competition composers of all nationalities, up to 35 years of age (Deadline January 10th 2018) may participate.


We offer independent creative freedom in all other areas. From the multi-faceted historical subject only the following guidelines for instrumentation and occupation should be considered.


Category: Vocal and Instrumental
Cast: Up to five musicians


Compositions are permitted only with the following instruments and musicians, which can be staged without technical / electronic aids:

Solo use of
Vocal (Tenor, Soprano),
String instruments (max. 2 x Violin, 1 x Viola, 1 x Cello, 1 x Bass),
Horn and Trumpet.


From the historical and biographical material, poems, songs or texts are made available. These texts can be edited and used as desired.


An inmate of the concentration camp describes the emotional significance of “The International” (text Eugène Pottier, melody by the Belgian Pierre Degeyter) for the inmates who sang them simultaneously in their own languages.
It became a secret camp anthem so to speak.

Therefore, this text can also be used as the basis for compositions or editing.

All texts and information are available for download on the website.


• One composition per participant can be sent
• The performance may be up to max. 10 minutes
• The works submitted must be compiled for this competition and may not have been published or awarded in any form (performance, online, video or recordings).

An introduction to the DP orchestra, Wolf Durmashkin and the situation in the concentration camps in the Landsberg am Lech region is available as an introduction to the subject and background.
You can find them at the following Link:


 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award
Summary:1-5 performers call
Deadline: 15 January 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: An award of $1,000 will be given for a new chamber work. The winning work will be performed during Composers, Inc.’s 2018-19 concert season in Berkeley. Award winners are expected to attend performances. Composers, Inc. will provide lodging. Works not awarded prizes will also be considered for programming.


All composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to enter. Previous winners of this award are ineligible. Musical works requiring one to five performers are eligible, as are works employing electronic media (including tape alone). Composers may submit more than one work.

Preparing Your Entry

Submit an ANONYMOUS pdf and streaming audio link of each score on the submission form. The submitted pdf’s and audio links must be free of names and identifying marks (including composer, dedicatee, performer, and publisher names). A non-refundable entry fee of $25 USD for one work and $20 USD for each additional work is due on submission. Please proceed to ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS below.


The judges are the artistic directors of Composers, Inc.: Robert Greenberg, Ursula Kwong-Brown, Emma Logan, Frank La Rocca, Ryan Rey, Allen Shearer, and Nick Vasallo.


Entries must be completed by January 15, 2018. The winner will be announced in March, 2018. You may reach us by e-mail at: if you have any questions.

Composers, Inc. reserves the right to use the concert recordings of Award recipients for promotional use.

 3rd Peter Rosser Composition Award 2018
Summary:Quintet competition
Deadline: 02 March 2018
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a contemporary music group from Belfast devoted to the performance of modern and contemporary music.
Greg Caffrey (Artistic Director)
Sinead Hayes (conductor), Joanne Quigley (violin), David McCann (cello), Aisling Agnew (flutes),
Sarah Watts (clarinets), Daniel Browell (Piano)

Hard Rain News:


We're excited to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 3rd Peter Rosser Composition award!

The 1st Peter Rosser Composition Award, in 2016, was jointly established by Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble and the Peter Rosser Foundation in memory of our esteemed colleague and friend. It is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland, Cormac O’Kane of Red Box Recording Studio, Belfast as well as through generous donations made in Peter’s memory by friends and colleagues.

Submission to the award is open to composers born or domicile in N. Ireland and Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to composers regardless of age. However, the award is aimed at emerging composers. The organisers, therefore, welcome submissions from composers at the start of their careers.

1.1 All submitted compositions should not have been performed before, must not be published and should be written speci cally for the 3rd Peter Rosser Composition Award and the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble.
The following statement must appear in a preface page of the score:
“This score was written for submission in the 3rd Peter Rosser Composition Award 2017 and for the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble”.
1.2 Compositions must use all 5 of the following instruments: Violin, Cello, Flute (optional doubling picc & alto), Bb Clarinet (optional doubling bass clarinet) and piano. Scores that differ in any way from this instrumentation will not be admissible. The use of electronics or a tape element is not permitted.
1.3 The composition should be between 5 and 8 minutes duration and should state the exact duration in the preface page.
1.4 Only composers who can attend the workshop and performance in Belfast on Tueday 27th March 2018 will be eligible for the award. A travel bursary for composers traveling to the event from within NI and ROI will be made available through the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.
1.5 The decision of the jury in relation to the shortlisting of works and the bestowing of awards is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.
1.6 The jury reserves the right not to make awards where it feels a minimum required standard has not been met.
1.7 Only one piece may be submitted by a composer.
1.7 Previous winners of the Peter Rosser Composition Award are not eligible to enter the competition. Previous runners up are eligible.

Deadline for submission: 4pm Friday 2nd March 2018

 Commissioning Competition “Project Chanson”
Summary:Piano Quartet Arrangement Call
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: French Chanson for Piano Quartet

The Chamber Music Fest Rheinhessen and the Flex Ensemble are very pleased to announce their second competition to commission a French Chanson “arrangement” for piano quartet to be premiered in May 2018 at the opening concert of CMFR. We welcome proposals for creative arrangements that present a French Chanson in a fresh, modern perspective, as part of our Project Chanson:

Project Chanson
French Chanson has a rich history that dates back to the late Medieval times and Renaissance. Many of us are familiar with the modern chansons sung by Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Édith Piaf. Contemporary artists like Stromae are also recognized for having their own take on the traditional chanson. But how do contemporary composers and arrangers see this music?
“Project Chanson” was initiated in 2017 with the commissioning of five composers and arrangers of different ages and backgrounds to look at French Chanson in a new way and (re)compose a chanson of their choice for piano quartet without voice.
Konstantinos Raptis, Gordon Williamson, Sebastiaan Koolhoven, Johannes Schöllhorn and Gérard Pesson have all written new “arrangements” that will be premiered 21. November 2017 at the NDR concert hall Hannover. We will perform Project Chanson again in Mai 2018 at the fifth edition of the Chamber Music Fest Rheinhessen and we want to add and premiere yours!

The award is a €1000 commissioning fee plus travel expenses of up to €300 to attend the premiere. Accommodation will be provided.

A panel of judges consisting of the four members of Flex Ensemble (Kana Sugimura, Anna Szulc-Kapala, Martha Bijlsma and Endri Nini), Márton Illés (Composer) and Gordon Williamson (Professor of Composition, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) will select the winner, who will be notified by January 1st, 2018.
The winner will compose a chanson of their choice for Flex Ensemble (piano quartet), to be completed by April 1st, 2018. The new work should not exceed 5 minutes in duration.
The winner is required to come to the premiere, work with the ensemble and receive the award in person.
All composers from the EU are eligible. (As well as non EU citizens that are currently living in the EU).
There is an application fee of €10.
Interested composers are asked to submit one recent (non conducted, preferably for strings and piano) from the last 5 years and a proposal (max. half a page in German or English) describing their idea for this particular project.


Composers should submit materials electronically, as explained below, by December 1st 2017 to

– Submit a proposal (max. half a page in German or English) describing your idea for “Project Chanson”. The description doesn´t need to be detailed. You could describe your connection to French Chanson and your idea how you would possibly transform it for piano quartet without voice.
– Submit a chamber music work (score and/or recording) from the last 5 years for piano and strings, representing the composer’s current style or approach.
– Please give the score/recording following titles: Composer´s last name_title of the piece.
– Sending a recording of the submitted score is optional. The recordings should be in mp3 format. MIDI recordings will be accepted, provided that they have been converted to mp3 format.
– Email submissions to, with links to the PDF and mp3 files in the body of the email message. There are a number of online services that allow you to upload PDF and mp3 files and then share links to those files, such as google drive, dropbox,, soundcloud, etc.
– Please do not send the scores and recordings as attachments.
– Please make sure to allow anyone with the link to access the files and that the links do not expire.
-The email should contain the following information:

A current composer’s biography and works list or CV.

Full name:
Street address:
Zip code or Post code:
Email address:
Phone number (with International Code):
Date of birth:

Composition submitted:
Year of composition:

– The application fee of €10 should be transferred to the following bank account by December 1st 2017.

Sparkasse Hannover
IBAN: DE06 2505 01800 910295620

– Please add “ application fee CMFR Commission Competition 2018” and your name in the description.

– For any questions about the competition please send an email to:

Other rules and guidelines

– Only one portfolio will be allowed per composer.
– Incomplete applications or applications that fail to meet the deadline will be neither considered nor returned.
– Application materials will not be returned.
– The Flex Ensemble will have a non-exclusive, worldwide license to perform the commissioned work.
– The Flex Ensemble will retain the right to record the first performance of the commissioned work.
– The Jury reserves the right to not choose a winner in case of insufficient applications

Summary:Chamber repertoire call
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Call for Scores 2018

fivebyfive is excited to announce a call for scores! We are looking for original pieces and arrangements, as well as grant and project proposals with the goal of expanding our available repertoire and being introduced to future collaborators.

Submissions are due by Monday, January 1st, 2018 with selected performances to take place in April 2018 and our following 2018-19 season.

For pieces selected for our April 2018 concert composers will receive a $250 honorarium and a live recording for promotional use.


• Pieces must be for the full instrumentation or nonspecific/open instrumentation
• Instrumentation: Flute (double on Alto), Clarinet (A and bass), Electric guitar (effects available), Double Bass (possibly electric bass, please contact), Piano (limited extended techniques)
• Submitted pieces must be acoustic only, no electronics or computers. However, grant and project proposals are open to anything
• Pieces can include structured improvisation
• April's concert has a loose theme of "Night" but since we hope to be performing more pieces that strike a chord with us the following season it is not necessary to follow the theme


Email PDF score and parts, mp3 of recording or MIDI realization (if available) and contact info to

We look forward to hearing your work, meeting you and the possibility of doing something meaningful together.

Any updates will be made to this page. For questions please contact


 Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Chamber call leading to commission
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Eligibility
The 2018 Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers (GSC) is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are under the age of 35 on the application deadline date (for the 2018 competition that means born after December 1, 1982).
All submitted works must be 100% original.

Competition dates
• Application deadline: December 1, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST
• Finalists selected: By February 15, 2018
• Finalists submit commissioned work (full score and individual parts): August 1, 2018, by 11:59 PM EST
• Finalists arrive in Montreal: September 23, 2018
• Final concert round: September 29, 2018

The commissioned works of all finalists will be premiered at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. The concert will be webcast.
• 1st Prize: $15,000 CAD
• 2nd Prize $10,000 CAD
• 3rd Prize: $5,000 CAD
• 4th Prize: $5,000 CAD
• 5th Prize: $5,000 CAD
• People's Choice Award of $5,000 CAD

Application procedure
All official competition communications will be by email.
You must fill out the online application form and include:
• Proof of age and Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status. The following are acceptable documents: birth certificate, passport, citizenship certificate, or permanent resident card.
• An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a biography of 250-300 words.
• Scores for three (3) original works (in PDF format), each from 3-15 minutes long, with accompanying program notes (in PDF format). Since the final round of competition will be a commission for a piano quintet (piano and string quartet), we strongly recommended that one of your three preliminary submissions be in chamber music formation for strings or strings with piano.
• An audio OR video media file link for one of your submitted works. Aim for the most professional standard possible. Before you send it, check that the link is working and can be read with any standard player. Links for Soundcloud (audio) and YouTube (video) are recommended.
The GSC reserves the right, prior to jury review, to dismiss submissions that do not meet these requirements prior to jury review.

Travel to Montreal
If you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to be in Montreal from September 23 to September 30, 2018 inclusive, to rehearse with the ensemble and to attend the final concert.

Your travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the Competition. You will also receive a per diem. The Competition will not cover any costs for persons accompanying you to Montreal for the Competition.

Commissioned composition for final concert round
• Finalists must compose an original work for piano quintet (piano and string quartet). The work must be 8 to 12 minutes long.
• Use of extended technique, electronics or soundtracks is not permitted.
• The GSC will provide one professional ensemble to perform all of the works at the final concert, which will be webcast.
• The ensemble will have ten (10) hours of rehearsal on a finalist's work prior to the performance.
• You will have two (2) hours to work with the musicians between September 23 and 28, 2018.
• The commissioned work may not be performed in public by another ensemble in advance of the GSC. It must be premiered on September 29, 2018.

 Composition Contest 2018
Summary:Competition for undergraduate composers
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Click below for information about the fifth annual undergraduate composition contest!

Full time undergraduates who are studying in any college, university, or conservatory in northeast Ohio may apply. Compositions must be 15 minutes or less in duration and may be written for any combination of 1-5 acoustic instruments. Multiple prizes. Please follow the following link for more information:


 Southeastern Composers' League
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 29 January 2018
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Arnold Salop Memorial Competition for Undergraduate Students
Philip Slates Memorial Competition for Graduate Students

Arnold Salop and Philip Slates were SCL members from some time in the past. They must have been beloved members, great leaders or highly active composers to have a competition named for them.

1) Submit one chamber music composition for 8 or fewer performers. It may be vocal, instrumental or electronic. Compositions may also combine acoustic and electroacoustic sounds. Works submitted must be original musical compositions which have received no previous award at the time of submission. Only one submission per student is allowed.

2) Composers who submit compositions must either (a) study with a person who is a member in good standing of SCL, or (b) become a student member of SCL. There are no other curricular or age restrictions.

3) A cash prize for First and Second place winners in each competition will be awarded. The judging panel reserves the right to grant no award.

4) Submissions must be received by noon eastern time, on 29 January 2018.

5) All submissions must be done electronically. Please submit one score in PDF format and one audio file, if available, in MP3 format.
a) Complete the online application.
b) Submit score in PDF format.
c) Submit audio in MP3 format (optional)
Web Site:www.southeasterncomposersleagu...

 2018 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: Deadline: March 31, 2018

Earplay sponsors the annual Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, open to composers of any nationality and any age. Earplay performs the prizewinning piece and presents a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning composer. The competition honors the late composer/conductor/Earplay board member Donald Aird, an ardent supporter of the creation and performance of new music. A list of past competition winners, finalists, and honorable mentions is here.

You can submit an Aird competition application electronically or by mail. Please send mail if you have questions or comments.

• Applicants may be of any nationality.
• Applicants may be of any age.

Works are limited to 1 to 6 players (at most 1 of each, e.g., not 2 violins) from Earplay's ensemble:
• flute/piccolo/alto flute
• clarinet/bass clarinet
• piano
• violin
• viola
• cello
Works may include electronics.
Works may be of any duration (8-15 minutes preferred).
Works may have been previously performed.
Each composer may submit any number of pieces.

Cash prize: $1,000.
Performance by Earplay during our next season.
Earplay will announce the winner in fall 2018.
All entries will be considered for future performance.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by March 31, 2018.

Earplay strongly encourages you to use online application, but if you prefer you can print an application form, fill it out, and mail it instead. You can use online application even if you intend to mail some parts of your application (composer bio, score, program note, recording, or payment). Sorry, mailed submission materials cannot be returned.

• Completed online application (preferred) or application form
• Brief composer biography
• Score (all composer identification removed)
• Brief program note
• Recording (not required but strongly recommended)
• Application fee US $26 per score (cash, check payable to Earplay, or PayPal payment)

Mailing address:
2018 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
560 29th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131-2239

Further information:

Summary:Quintet Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 05 October 2017


Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union announces 1st Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. Composers from every country, who will not be over the age of 35 at the moment of its closing, can take part in the Competition.


The subject of the Competition is a composition for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello,
with a duration from 9 to 14 minutes. Flute and clarinet cannot be modified.


One participant can submit no more than two compositions. A composition cannot be earlier performed, published in any form or awarded in any competition.


3 copies of a score together with parts for performance as well as score in pdf format on
a compact disc, marked with an emblem and a title, with duration written, and a sealed envelope marked with the same emblem, containing an application form, a short bio note,
a note about the piece and a photo (in jpg format), should be sent to the address:

Związek Kompozytorów Polskich

Oddział w Krakowie

ul. Dunajewskiego 5

31-133 Kraków

With annotation: 1st Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition

for Young Composers

not later than on 31 January 2018 (the date of submitting the score decides).


The Jury of the Competition: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia) and Wojciech Widłak, grants one Main Prize – 1000 USD. What is more,
the awarded composition will be performed in April 2018 on the concert during
30th International Festival of Krakow Composers.

The Jury may not award the Main Prize. Honorary awards may be granted. The decision of the jury is irrevocable and will be announced not later than on 15 February 2018.


Participating in the Competition, a composer declares that the composition can be recorded for purposes of the Organisers of the concert, without any financial claims from his side.

Copies of the score and parts of compositions will be further the property of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union.


Application for the Competition means that a composer agrees to these Regulations. Compositions not meeting the requirements of the Regulations will not be taken into account during the Competition.


Organisers of the Competition have the right to change the date or to cancel the performance of the awarded composition from independent causes.

Any questions send to the Secretary of the Competition – Aleksandra Patalas, e-mail address:

 Blue Mountain/Forecast International Call for Scores
Summary:Solo and small ensemble works call
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Hosted by Blue Mountain/Forecast
Blue Mountain/Forecast: 2017-18 International Call for Scores

PRIZE: The winners of the Blue Mountain/Forecast 2017 International Call for Scores will be performed on Blue Mountain/ Forecast’s 2018-19 season in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1-3 works may be chosen. A travel stipend of $500 will be awarded to the winning composer(s) in order to help them attend the concert.

ELIGIBILITY: Composers of art music from all genres and of any nationality are invited to submit works to Forecast Music’s 2017-18 International Call for Scores. No preference will be given as to whether or not a work has been previously performed.

INSTRUMENTATION: Solo and small ensemble works using some or all of Forecast Music’s core instrumentation (flute, bassoon, saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and mezzo soprano) are welcomed. Pieces may use electronics, and may include one additional instrument not included in the core ensemble. Works with durations of 12 minutes or less are preferable, although longer compositions may be considered.

DEADLINES: All works must be submitted online by December 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s call.

SUBMISSION FEE: Payment can be made securely via PayPal/credit card or via check. The fee is $10 for the first entry, and $5 for each additional entry made payable to Forecast Music. For PayPal payment please click on the Payments icon at

SEND (checks) TO:
Forecast Music
c/o Eric Schwartz - Artistic Director
2446 Lyndhurst Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
checks payable to "Forecast Music"

SUBMIT SCORES TO: (use this address for e-submission as well as any questions)
Composer’s biographical information (250 words maximum)
PDF score of composition

 Ret Frem Ensemble
Summary:Rolling Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: New contemporary music ensemble Ret Frem are calling for composers of all ages to submit scores for chamber ensemble. We will accept both new scores and pieces that have been performed before. Successful submissions will be added to our repertoire through rehearsal and performance.

We accept scores in two categories:

Category 1: Scores for quartet of flute, clarinet, violin and cello (with standard doublings). Category 2: Scores for any combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano/electric keyboard (with standard doublings).

There is no fee for submission.
Scores can be in any style and of any duration.
Scores for solo instrument are just as valid as a quintet or anything in between, in

Category 2.
We will contact composers whose scores we wish to perform as and when our programme permits. The call is ongoing and there is no deadline: scores will be selected based on the curation of specific concert programmes.

Selected scores may be performed several times during our season.

Please fill in the attached Submission Form and send to: or Ret Frem Ensemble,Top Flat, 79 Brighton Road, London N16 8EQ << N.B. NEW ADDRESS

N.B. Not all our performance venues have pianos.

Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 30 August 2017
Details: Meitar Ensemble announces the 3nd Matan Givol International Composers Competition.

-Composers from all over the world are invited to present works for Meitar Ensemble.
-The competition is an open call for composers of all ages and nationalities.
-The promotion of New Chamber and Ensemble Music was Meitar Ensemble’s goal and ambition for many years. With this competition we take on yet another path to find those hidden jewels of New Music and bring them to the front stage .


2,000 euro and one public performances on June 30th 2018. The piece will be conducted by Ilan Volkov and recorded live.


There are no age limit or nationality restrictions for composers.
-Instruments: The compositions submitted for the competition must use any combination of the following instrumentation, with a minimum of five performers:

flute (doubling on picc and alto flute), clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion: vibraphone, 4 octave marimba, glockenspiel (any other requirements for percussion instruments should be discussed in advance).

-Usage of prepared pianos should be discussed with the ensemble.

-No usage of additional instruments (instruments which are not on the list, live electronics, etc.) is allowed.

-Scores submissions via email only. Scores will not be accepted if they do not meet the conditions for entry.

-The works duration must be between 8 to 15 minutes.

-Pieces that have won awards in other competitions will not be accepted, never the less, pieces subjected to the competition are not obliged to be new compositions.
Deadline for entries: The scores, the registration application and the enclosed documents must be sent no later than April 1st 2018 (23:59 Jerusalem time) to the following email address:


-A full online Application Form (see at bottom of the page)

-Scores (in PDF form) to be under pseudonym (the committee will not receive the participants names) + Short description of the work

-An artistic and academic curriculum

A copy of the Entry Fee payment document

-The jury will consist of Meitar Ensemble members and the ensemble’s composer in residence, Mr. Philippe Leroux and the ensemble’s conductor in residence, Mr. Pierre-Andre Valade

-The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally challenged. Furthermore, the jury reserves the right to award no prize.

-The entry fees are non-refundable.

-The results of the Matan Givol International Composers Competition 2018 will be published on the web site and the social networks no later than May 15th 2018.


 Lake George Music Festival
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: 2018 Guidelines

• an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2012.
• a complete work – no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted.
• work must be in its original form – no arrangements; example: no piece originally intended for string orchestra submitted as a string quintet will be accepted.
• between 7 and 12 minutes in duration.
• scored for 3 to 8 players (not including a conductor, if applicable).
• written for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, b-flat clarinet, A clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, piano, percussion.
• pieces scored for percussion must follow these additional guidelines.
• any combination of the above instruments is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 percussionists, piano four hands, etc; with exceptions being a maximum of one tuba, one bass trombone. Works scored for up to 4 violins are acceptable. Works for two or more pianos are not acceptable.
• instrument doublings must adhere to the instrumentation restrictions, example: no alto flute, no contrabassoon.
• works may be written for amplified instruments, prepared piano, and off stage instruments.
• works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).


The 2018 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

• An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score. The score should be labeled with the title of the work and printed date of composition only. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .pdf file.
• An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. Live instrumental recordings are strongly preferred over MIDI renditions. If submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. Composers submitting a piece for electronics/amplified instruments must submit a live performance or studio recording (not MIDI). Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .mp3 file. Please edit out any tuning/clapping.
• A PayPal receipt proving the application fee has been paid. Please pay application fee at the same time when submitting materials.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: composer name, date of birth, college or university affiliation, composer phone number,

All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until January 31st, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline. Consequently, LGMF urges you to submit immediately.

$10 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal by clicking the button below. PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.
Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to competition administrator Alexander Lombard at


 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes

 North/South Consonance
Summary:call for scores (various combinations)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 April 2011
Details: - All composers are eligible for consideration
- Solo, chamber ensemble and chamber works up to 18 performers will be considered
- Vocalists, percussion and/or electronics are acceptable
- One work will be selected for recording on the North/South label
- $25 non-refundable fee per composition submitted required
(Checks must be negotiable through a US bank)

Complete submission guidelines posted at

Mail submissions to

P.O. Box 698 - Cathedral Station
New York, NY 10025 – 0698