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Medium chamber ensemble Competitions & Call for pieces

Summary:3–6 instrument call
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 24 December 2019
Details: 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 winning piece will be performed and live recorded in a concert on May 9th 2020 in the Israel Conservatory, Tel Aviv.
Two prizes will be awarded: 1st prize, 1,500 Euros and 2nd prize, 500 Euros (gross sums).

• There are no age limit or nationality restrictions for composers.
• Instruments: The compositions submitted for the competition must be written for 3-6 instruments from the following: Flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello & piano. Usage of prepared piano 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.
• The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally challenged. Furthermore, the jury reserves the right to award no prize.
• The results of the Competition will be announced on the web site and the social networks no later than April 10th 2020.
• Deadline for entries: The scores, the registration application and the enclosed documents must be sent no later than March 15th 2020 (23:59 Jerusalem time) to the following email address:

1. A full online Application Form (see at bottom of the page)
2. Scores (in PDF format) to be under pseudonym (the committee will not receive the participants names) + Short description of the work
3. An artistic and academic curriculum
4. A copy of the entry fee payment document (see below)


 Luna Nova 2020 Student Composition Contest
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 24 December 2019
Details: The Luna Nova 2020 Student Composition Contest is offered in conjunction with the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival to be held June 17-20, 2020 at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The festival is sponsored by Luna Nova Music ( and the Beethoven Club.

The contest is open to music composition students of any nationality who are 18 years or older. Recent graduates are also eligible provided that they graduated on or after May 1, 2018. They must give the name and contact information of their current or most recent theory/composition professor.

Participants may submit one score and accompanying mp3. The work may be for violin, flute, clarinet, cello, guitar, and piano. Entries may be solos or works for any combination of these instruments. Works should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should have no electronic requirements.

Contest Announcement and Guidelines:


Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 11:45 p.m. CST, March 1, 2020. (Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.) Winners will be posted at by April 1, 2020. Composers of winning entries must provide full score and parts by May 1, 2020.

A panel assembled by the Luna Nova Music board will judge scores. The panel will take logistical issues into consideration. Their decision will be final.

Up to three winners will be named. Winning compositions will be performed by members of the Luna Nova Ensemble at the 2020 Belvedere Festival in Memphis. Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance. Room and board will be provided free for the winners. Winners are responsible for their own transportation to Memphis.

Former contest winners are not eligible to enter.

Recordings of the Luna Nova Ensemble are available here.
Questions may be sent to Patricia Gray, Luna Nova Music President at or 901-493-0958.

 Third International Composition Competition “Carlo Sanvitale”
Summary:Chamber works with voice
Deadline: 15 June 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: The –Associazione Amici Della Musica “Guido Albanese”– invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 3rd “Carlo Sanvitale” Composition Competition. The composition should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable by young talented players. The goals of the contest are:
• The possibility to acquire experience with a chamber ensemble (Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”).
• To offer young composers the possibility to have their works performed live

The Competition is open to composers and students of all ages and nationalities. The submitted works must satisfy the following criteria:

• Orchestration (max.): 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, tenor or soprano. Works whose instrumentation includes other instruments will not be taken into account for the competition;
• The length of the composition must be between 3 and 10 minutes;
• All complementary documents (music, bio sketch, program notes) have to be submitted to the jury along with the score;
• Scores have to be sent in PDF format to amicidellamusicaortona@gmail.comThe submission is not deemed successful until a confirmation e-mail has been sent;
• The composition has to be original and never published before;
• The composer renounces to execution rights for the performance by the Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”;
• The difficulty level of the composition has to correspond to the skills of an advanced amateur chamber ensemble with a conductor;
• Each candidate may submit one composition per year. The same composition can be submitted at most over two non-consequent years.

Shall the composition be selected as winner, the composer has to provide to the secretary of the competition ( the separated parts by July 30, 2020. Tempo, dynamics, articulation and rehearsal letters for the different instruments must be indicated on both the main score and the separated parts. The winner must agree to the following:

• The selected work will be performed and recorded by Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale” during the Music Day, that will be held on August 12 and 13, 2020, in Ortona, Italy.
• The author of the winning composition can participate to the rehearsals and the concert that will be held in Istituto Nazionale Tostiano, Ortona, Italy, on August 12th or 13th. Travel fees will not be refunded. Accommodation will be provided by the Association.
• The author of the selected work has to provide a short description of their work; this will be included in the concert program.
• The author of the selected work agrees to transfer the parts to the performers.

The author of the winning competition will receive a prize of 150 Euros. Composers classified first, second and third will receive a Diploma. The winning composition, together with no more than three other compositions, will be recorded during the Music Day.

A special prize will be granted to a composition inspired to the “Risorgimento” period in Italy.

How to Participate

All living composers are eligible. The submissions will be received by the Associazione “Amici Della Musica”, made anonymous and then presented to the jury. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2020. The results will be announced on July 1st, 2020. The jury’s decision is non-contestable and all decisions are final. The premiere of the selected piece will take place in August 12th or 13th 2020 in Ortona (I).

If you want to participate, please send us the following:
• One digitized anonymous copy of the score (PDF) (also digital copy of manuscripts are accepted);
• A computer-generated recording (if possible)
• A copy of a bank transfer for the amount of 30 Euros to

“Amici Della Musica Guido Albanese”
IBAN: IT97Z0311177780000000000139
Subject : “Iscrizione 2020”

Paypal transfer are also possible to the address

Communication will be held in Italian, English or French. The Italian version of this call for submissions should be considered definitive. Translations are without guarantee.

• Roberto Tagliamacco, Director of the Conservatorio “Niccolò Paganini”, Genova (I),
• Gerhard Praesent, Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and President of “Steirischen Tonkünstlerbundes” (AT)
• Luigi Verdi, full professor of Composition at Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia”, Roma (I)
• Giacomo Danese, full professor of Harmony and Analysis at Conservatorio “Luisa D’Annunzio”, Pescara (I)
• Pierpaolo Turetta, titular organist at San Marco Cathedral, Venezia (I)
• Hafedh Makni, Musical Chief Director of Carthage Symphony Orchestra (TN)
• 3 members of the Chamber Ensemble “Carlo Sanvitale”, to be selected on June 2020.
Entry Fee:30 Euros

 EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA
Summary:Cal for Works (Students)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Additional Call for Works for composition students only!

EMTA UMA (New Music Ensemble of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT)

fl, cl, trp, vl, vc, pf,
sx (alto or baritone)

All possible combination from 4 to 7 instruments are welcome. With or without conductor.

Length: Up to 10' min.

Deadline:29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.

About: UMA is New Music Ensemble of EAMT. UMA has been part of playing G. Grisey "Les espaces acoustiques" and have working together with K.Penderecki and L.Andriessen.

Supervisors are Taavi Kerikmäe (head of CoPeCo program in EAMT, member of ensemble U:) and Tarmo Johannes (Tarmo: member of ensemble U:).

For any additional information, please contact:

Call for works for EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA Coordinator

Karl Tipp