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 13th COMPOSITION COMPETITION of the Fribourg International Festival of Sacred Music, Switzerland
Summary:Competition inspired by art
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: In association with

Espace 2 - RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse)
and the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg (HEMU)

Work for an instrumental ensemble

Since 1985 the organising committee of the “Festival International de Musiques Sacrées, Fribourg” has regularly held a sacred music Composition Competition.
The Competition aims to promote original works which take their inspiration from sacred texts or themes.

1.1 The Competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
1.2 Participation in the Competition is anonymous.
1.3 The work must be completely original and hitherto unpublished. In addition, it must never have been performed publicly or broadcast, either in part or in its entirety.
1.4 Previous prizewinners of the Composition Competition of the Fribourg International Festival of Sacred Music may not enter.
1.5 Composers who have been previously awarded a special mention in one or more of the Composition Competition of the Fribourg International Festival of Sacred Music may enter.
1.6 The composition should be between 10 and 15 minutes long. Performance time must be specified on the first page of the score.
1.7 The submitted scores must be legible, should be no larger than A3 format (42 cm x 29.7 cm), and suitable for use by the musicians.

2.1 The instrumental work should be inspired by the painting “Vanitas - Still life with skull” (Vanitas - Stillleben mit Totenkopf) by Sebastian Stoskopff (1597-1658) which is part of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland) collection; a photo of the painting can be found at the end of this brochure.

3.1 The submitted composition must be exclusively for:
• 1 viola, 1 bassoon, 2 trombones (T + B), 2 timpani, 1 harp ;
for a six-person instrumental ensemble.
3.2 The composition should be accessible to young professional musicians.

4.1 Applicants must submit six paper copies of the score, as well as an audio CD (optional) of the work if they have used musical composition and notation software to write the work. Alternatively, applicants who have used a musical composition software may simply provide a link to an audio file of their work in each of the six copies on paper of their short, written presentation (see Section 4.2).
4.2 Applicants must submit six copies on paper of a short presentation of their work (in French, German or English). This should be no longer than one A4 page, and must be enclosed with six copies of the score.
4.3 The six copies of the score and documents set out in Section 4.1 and 4.2, as well as the audio CD referred to in Section 4.1, should not carry a name or signature. Instead, each enclosure should feature a personal identification number, i.e. a 5-digit number chosen by the applicant.
4.4 Each submission must include the duly completed application form, a detailed CV and two passport photos. All documents should be posted in a sealed envelope bearing the 5-digit identification number chosen by the applicant.
4.5 All entries should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2017 and sent to the follow- ing address:

P.O. Box 540

Summary:Solo voice/chamber call
Deadline: 30 August 2017
Date Posted: 28 June 2017
Details: Deadline: 30th August 2017

The SIMC promotes this project on the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Italian musician.
It is aimed at composers without age restrictions.
Selected scores will be performed in concert, in the SIMC autumn activities.

All composers are eligible without age and nationality limits.
Each composer could send only one work of a maximum duration of 7 minutes.
The works should be in adherence to the theme proposed, which has its centre in the work of the great Italian Renaissance composer, according to the creativity of contemporary composers.
Composers must submit a work for:
• solo voice
• solo viola
• chamber works, from two to six players, featuring the following instruments: voice, flute, violin, viola, cello, only one plucked instrument (guitar, spinet, harp)

All candidates could send the full score in PDF format to: with the following personal data: name and surname, date of birth, residence, email address, phone number.
Candidates must submit a copy of the registration fee receipt, as contribution for the organization.

SUBMISSION FEE : Payment is fixed at € 30 to be sent by bank transfer, using the following
Iban code: IT93C0558401657000000002712
All candidates, which are regularly enrolled in the SIMC for the year 2017, are exempted from paying the registration.

The SIMC will notify the selected works by 10th September, and candidates will be invited to send the parts of the selected compositions and a short biography (up to 200 words).

Performances of the works are planned to take place in the activities within the 2017 with the possibility of further opportunities later.

For information:

Published date:
11 May 2017

Entry Fee:30 euros

 RESONANCES | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition
Summary:Chamber composition competition
Deadline: 27 August 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: City: Pushkinska 32 str. – KIEV (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Union Composers of Ukraine
Date: from 25 to 28 September 2017

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work.

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 25 to 28 September 2017 in the city of Kiev (Ukraine), inside the Union Composers.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 28 September inside the Concert Hall of Union Composers of Ukraine.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.


Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following instruments from 3 to 10 players:
soprano, mezzosoprano, piano, flute (ottavino, flute in G), clarinet ( bass clarinet), trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 percussionists (timpani, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, woodblocks).
Deadline: 27 August 2017.
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.

All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at

Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
– The score and orchestral parts must be in A4 format, (please indicate minutes of the score) as PDF file (Sibelius or Finale program);
– A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV)
and a statement by the composer stating that the submitted work has never before been published, performed in public and/or broadcast before,
nor prized in any composer’s competition.
Other file format than PDF are not acceptable and will result in the submission being rejected!
There is no registration form.
The Composition Staff will select the best composers, from all the application submitted, no later than 29 August 2017.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
€490 (euro 490 + 5% Paypal tax) to be paid no later than 01 September 2017 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of select composers from 25 to 28 September;
– Conference of the composer visitor Jerzy Kornowicz;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the Kiev Contemporary Ensemble;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Composers’ Competition RESONANCES 2017 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


Igor Shcherbakov (UKR) – President of Union Composers Ukraine
Jerzy Kornowicz (POL) – Composer
Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director Aldebaran Editions
Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 600 USD, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions
2 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions
3 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions

The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.


 2017 Composition Competition!!!
Summary:Trombone competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rules
• Original Compositions Only (no arrangements, no old compositions - must be composed for this competition)
• For 2 - 8 Trombones
• 2:30 - 7:30 Duration
• Deadline: September 1, 2017 at 12:00am EST

To Enter
• Fill Out Entry Form
• Send The Following To
• Composition Title
• PDF of Score & Parts
• Recording or MIDI audio as .mp3 file
• Composer Photo

• 1st Place - $200, October 7, 2017 YouTube Performance, Website Feature
• 2nd/3rd Place - YouTube Performance (potential), Website Feature
• Runners Up - Website Feature


Submissions will be ranked by a panel of judges on general quality and potential. The finalists will be announced the third week of September, and the final results will be released October 7th. Judges' sheets will be made available to the finalists, but due to the vast number of submissions, no other feedback should be expected.


Summary:Call for Chamber Works
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: The Ensemble Impronta is pleased to announce a “Call for Scores” for the project “Human Machine”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to whole ensemble:

Disklavier, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello.

No doublings allowed.

We look for a piece that takes into account the mechanical aspect of the Disklavier and the expressive dimension of the human beings, and the possibility to establish a dialogue between these two different features.

The selected work will be performed at the Yamaha Concert Hall in Vienna on 20 October 2017.

Additionally there is also the possibility for the winning composer to publish his/her work with the Edition Impronta.

Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must not be longer than 7 minutes. There is no minimum duration. The submitted pieces can be already performed, but they have to focus on the subject of the concert.

Submission Guidelines
There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Account Holder: Impronta – Ensemble für neue Musik e.V.
IBAN: DE75 7002 2200 0020 0465 62
Bank Name: Fidor Bank AG

OR Paypal (see website link)

Reason for payment: CALL FOR SCORES HUMAN MACHINE 2017

List of documents to be attached:

1) Score in pdf format. Submitted pieces must be anonymous, only the title of the piece should appear on the score.
Handwritten scores will be also accepted, but they should be perfectly readable.

2) Mp3 simulation (NOT compulsory)

3) Short biography of the composer

4) Commentary of the submitted works (NOT compulsory)

5) Receipt or screenshot of entry fee payment.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid within 23:59, Vienna time, of 1 September 2017. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. The winning work will be announced latest by 10 September 2017. The decision of the jury is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms.

The winning composer must provide the parts latest by 20 September 2017. If the score includes the Disklavier, its part must be sent in Sibelius or Finale format.

For further info write to:

The selected composer retains the ownership of the copyright for the selected work but he/she has to grant Impronta Ensemble irrevocable right to use and perform the work at the scheduled concert in Vienna without any further compensation.

Deadline: 1 September 2017, 23:59 (Vienna time)

Entry fee: 25 Euros per submission, 15 Euros for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer.

Application must be sent through the Application Form below.

 Asia Culture Center Contemporary Music and Performing Arts Festival The 2nd ACC International Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 20 August 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Asia Culture Center

Contemporary Music and Performing Arts Festival

The 2nd ACC International Composition Competition

Dates of Festival: September 22-24, 2017 Submissions and Guideline:

1. Works should be related to Asia (subject, material... etc.)
2. Application Form
3. Composer bio and program note (PDF)
4. Score (PDF)
5. Audio file (if applicable, mp3),
6. ZIP all files (labeled LASTNAME_COMPOSITIONTITLE) and send as one zip file to
7. Deadline: August 20, 2017
8. Winning composers of 1st Composition Competition are not allowed to apply.
9. All selected composers need to ATTEND the festival (4 nights accommodation will be provide)
10. All selected composers are requested 2 more Scores for ACC archiving.
11. All selected composers would be contact personally, or announced on the website, ISCM-Korea Section (, ACC (

Composition Competition (age under 35)
- Instrumentation: Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon (3 - 6 any combination)
- Works should be 6 to 10 minutes in duration and written in recent 3 years.
- The submitted work must have had no prior public performances in Korea.
- There is no entry fee.
- Semi-final is set on September 22, 2017
- First Prize ₩3.000.000, Second Prize ₩2.000.000 (Korean Currency)

Works can be submitted here:

Summary:Competition with two categories
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: The 3rd International Composition Competition GMCL / Jorge Peixinho is organized by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon) and its main purposes are the encouragement of musical creation and his divulgation, thus contributing to the increase of the repertoire of chamber music. Has a biennial periodicity.

Composition of the jury: Ivan Fedele (President), Gerhard Stabler, Clotilde Rosa, João Madureira, Pedro Figueiredo, Jaime Reis e Jorge Sá Machado.
The art work and application form must be sent by registered mail, until October 28 2015, to the following address:

Concurso de Composição – GMCL
Rua do Varatojo, 50
2790-443 Queijas

There will be two categories within the formation of GMCL (mezzo-soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Percussion and Piano):

A – Music for the Ensemble (complete formation of the group)
B – Chamber Music (minimum of four performers).

In all categories electronics may be included.

Two prizes will be awarded in each category, 1st and 2nd prizes. The winning works will have the edition of the score and parts for AVA publisher and its presentation in concert with broadcast on national radio, Antena 2.
First awards (Categories A and B) will also be assigned € 2.000 prize money.


 Kazimierz Serocki 15th International Composers’ Competition 2017.
Summary:International Chamber Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 13 March 2017
Details: Under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Mayor of the City of Warsaw


Deadline for entries: August 15th, 2017


The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.

More than one score per composer is permitted.

It is possible to submit works already performed and/or awarded in other competitions, excluding compositions already published.

Only compositions for chamber ensemble of 3 to 5 instruments (chosen from the list below), without conductor.

Instruments: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 french horn, 1 piano, 2 violins,

1 viola, 1 cello.

Use live electronics or tape is not permitted.

Duration: from 10 to 16 minutes.

The First Prize – 16.000 PLN

The Second Prize – 10.000 PLN

The Third Prize – 5.000 PLN

PWM Edition’s Special Prize for the Youngest Winner: a set of Polish contemporary music scores.

Paweł Łukaszewski (Poland)

Paul Patterson (United Kingdom)

Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)

The decisions of the Jury are final.

The prize winners’ concert
The awarded compositions will be performed on 10thof December 2017 in the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, at a special concert organised by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Channel 2. The concert will be broadcasted and offered to all members of the European Broadcasting Union.

The composer of the awarded work must provide all the performance material at their own expense and send them to the ISCM Polish Section until 1st of November 2017.

Composers declare that they possess all rights to their pieces, their composition is original and all materials (parts and full score) are available to the Competition’s organiser free of charge.

The score should be submitted anonymously and marked with an alphanumeric emblem.

Sealed envelope marked with the same emblem containing the following data should be attached:

-composer’s full name: first name (s), surname, gender,

-date and place of birth,


-address, telephone, e-mail address or fax,

-title and duration of the composition,

-brief programme note about composition in English, (or Polish and English)

-biography and current photo of the composer.

The entries should be sent to the following address:

Iwona Kisiel – ISCM Polish Section

Poste Restante

ul. Ogrodowa 3

05-200 Wołomin


Tel/fax: (+48) 22 827-69-81

Mob. (+48) 535-266-363


The deadline for submission of scores is August 15th, 2017. The postmark is decisive.

Entry fee

Entry fee for participants is 220 PLN (50 EUR) for each score.

The amount should be sent in one of the following ways: PAYPAL on the ISCM Polish Section's website: (preferred) or bank transfer (bank charges covered by a sender) to the following account:

ISCM Polish Section

PKO Bank Polski S.A., Warsaw Branch

account number (IBAN): PL 77 1020 1013 0000 0302 0127 1394

Code BIC (Swift): BPKOPLPW

The payment receipt must be enclosed with the submitted score.

Cheques will not be accepted.

The entry fee is not refundable.

Final Provisions

Entry in the Competition is synonymous with acceptance of the Regulations.

Compositions not meeting the requirements stated in the above Regulations will not be admitted to the Competition. In such case the entry fee is not refundable.

Contentious cases will be resolved based on the Polish version of the Regulations of the Competition.

The submitted scores will not be returned.

Director of the Competition – Maciej Żółtowski

Secretary of the Competition – Iwona Kisiel

The Competition is realised with financial support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

 2017 Composition Competition of the Freiburg International Festival of Sacred Music
Summary:Competition inspired by art
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Date Posted: 21 December 2016
Details: The organizing committee of the "Festival International de Musiques Sacrées, Friborg" has organized a composition contest for spiritual music regularly since 1985. The aim of this competition is to promote new independent works inspired by sacred texts or themes.

The 13th edition of the competition is organized in collaboration with the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Friborg (HEMU) and with Espace 2 - RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) and is dedicated to an instrumental ensemble.

The competition participants and - participants have to be submitted by October 15, 2017 composed for an instrumental ensemble work. The submitted work is to be composed exclusively for the following instrumentation:

• 1 viola, 1 bassoon, 2 trombones (T + B), 2 timpani, 1 harp;
For an instrumental ensemble with 6 instrumentalists

The on composing instrumental piece is the painting - inspired by Sebastian Stoskopff (1597-1658), which (Switzerland) is exhibited at the Kunstmuseum Basel "Vanitas Still Life with Skull".

 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
Web Site: