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 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

 Kassia Music
Summary:Chamber group commission
Deadline: 22 November 2019
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Kassia Music seeks 1 to 2 new chamber music pieces to perform on the final concert of this year’s season at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in the DC area, April 25, 2020.

Works can be for any subset of the ensemble performing on the April 25 concert (2 violins, viola, cello, and piano). Winner(s) will receive $250 and a professional recording of the performance. We are looking for ongoing collaborations!

To submit a work, please email PDF’s of the score/parts and link (via Google Drive, youtube, etc.) to an audio recording (if available) by November 22, 2019 to and pay the $10 submission fee via PayPal to the same email or through the following link:

You may submit a recording of one additional work (in any instrumentation) to give us a better idea of your compositional style. This additional recording is optional.

​We will notify all entrants by January 31, 2020.

About Kassia Music: We play a range of repertoire, including music by two member-composers. We’ve made appearances at the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art and the National Music Festival and won the Levine/WPA Misbin Chamber Music competition. We like to mix old and new, and our first season in residence at the Church of the Redeemer features concerts of Baroque/neo-Baroque, Classical/neo-Classical and Romantic/neo-Romantic. You can read more about our season at Redeemer here:

Our first album is due out in 2020.

Find out more about us and our music at or

 Intimacy of Creativity
Summary:Works for 2–6 performers
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Eligibility and Guidelines
1. Up to six (6) Composer Fellows will be selected to participate in season events.
2. Applicants MUST be between the ages of 20 and 35 at the time of the festival.
3. Selected Composer Fellows MUST be willing to work with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists to make necessary revisions to their score and parts BEFOREevents begin.
4. Selected Composer Fellows MUST also be comfortable working with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists DURING PUBLIC, OPEN DISCUSSIONS to make additional necessary revisions to score and parts before the final public concert presentations.

Each selected Composer Fellow will be offered:
1. round-trip economy airfare to Hong Kong;
2. accommodation;
3. per diem.

IC2020 Radio Broadcast and Naxos Digital Services Release
1. World Premiere Concerts featuring the works of selected Composer Fellows will be broadcast on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4, the media partner of the Intimacy of Creativity and HKUST.
2. Performance recordings of featured works of selected Composer Fellows may be released on the Naxos Digital Services and related third party digital service providers, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Curtis Institute of Music Collaboration
1. One participating Composer Fellow will be selected via World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their featured work presented at the Curtis Institute of Music during the 2020/21 season.

HKUST Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar
One Composer Fellow may be offered a one-year position at HKUST as Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar in the Division of Humanities for the 2020-2021academic year.

1. Each composer may submit up to 3 instrumental chamber works for 2–6 performers drawn from the following instrumentation: clarinet (no bass-clarinet), 2 violins, viola, violoncello, piano (two hands only).
2. Only ONE work from each selected Composer Fellow will be featured on the IC2020 season.
3. Works incorporating electronic elements will not be accepted.
4. Each work submitted should be no longer than 8 minutes in duration.
5. Past IC Composer Fellows are ineligible to apply.

1. All submissions will be reviewed by a First-Round Selection Panel.
2. Final Round Selection will be made by Artistic Director Bright Sheng, who may request initial revisions prior to confirmation of selection.

Submission Materials
Composers are asked to submit the following via the online submission form below by the receipt deadline:
1. legible, professionally-prepared score(s) AND parts for each work submitted (PDF format only);
2. accompanying performance recordings of the submitted work(s) if available (MP3 format only);
3. CV, including education background and contact information (only) for two (2) professional references (PDF format only);
4. program note in English (and Chinese, if available) for each work submitted – maximum 150 words/100 Chinese characters (PDF format only);
5. biography in English (and Chinese, if available) – maximum 200 words/150 Chinese characters (PDF format only);
6. high-resolution color headshot (at least 1MB in size).

Label submitted files using the following format:
1. Score PDF file(s): IC2020.[Surname].[Name].[work title].SCORE.pdf
2. Part PDF files: IC2020.[Surname].[Name].[work title].[part name].pdf
3. Recording MP3 file(s): IC2020.[Surname].[Name].[work title].RECORDING.mp3
4. CV PDF file: IC2020.[Surname].[Name].CV.pdf


Summary:Competition 2–8 instruments/solo instrument
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: MotoContrario Ensemble is very excited to announce its sixth call for scores.
For this edition we open the call for:
– solo instrument or mixed ensemble (from 2 to 8 instruments)

• clarinet (one performer, including piccolo in Eb, soprano in B, in A, bass clarinet)
• saxophone (one performer, including sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)
• trumpet (one performer, including flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, cornet)
• piano (one performer)
• vibraphone (one performer)
• violin (one performer)
• viola (one performer)
• cello (one performer)

Guidelines for submission:
– Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
– Applicants may submit only one work.
– Submitted works must not exceed 15 minutes of duration.
– Pieces that don’t follow the above mentioned instrumentation will not be considered.
– Pieces that request amplification or that use electronic devices will not be considered.

Deadline: November 30, 2019 (CET 11.59 pm)

Fee: The call is completely free of charge. However, we kindly ask you a free donation for supporting our activity; even a little donation by you could be a big help for us to cover the several costs of our performing activities. The contribution is absolutely not mandatory and it will not affect the selection process, of course!
The submitted pieces will be selected by the members of MotoContrario Ensemble.
The selected pieces will be performed in a dedicated concert at the 7th edition of Festival Contrasti, that will have place in spring 2020, in Trento, Italy; more other pieces could be considered for different occasions.

For submission you should fill in the following form:

with all the required data including a permanent link (Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc) to the following files:
• PDF score;
• MP3 recording (not mandatory – MIDI realizations are acceptable);
• curriculum vitae and contact details;

The parts of the selected pieces must be sent a week after the selection.
For any questions feel free to contact us at
Web site: –

 Boston New Music Initiative
Summary:Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 October 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: Opens: September 15, 2019
Deadline: October 31, 2019

The Boston New Music Initiative is pleased to announce its Sixth Annual Commissioning Competition. The purpose of this competition is to further the mission of The Boston New Music Initiative to maintain an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Incorporated in 2010, the organization aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming.

The 8th Annual Competition will be open to any representative work, however, composers are encouraged if at all possible to show their ability to write for the BNMI core ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc) or a similar instrumentation. This sextet will be the ensemble of the commissioned work.

Any composer is eligible except composers currently or formerly on the staff of The Boston New Music Initiative and past commission winners are ineligible to apply. The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winner(s) being selected by an external panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process. The winner of this competition will be awarded a grand prize of at least $1,000 USD, in addition to being engaged to compose a new 8-12 minute work for performance by The Boston New Music Initiative in a future concert season. Pending available budget, the organization may award up to three (3) additional winners from this competition to compose new works for performance by BNMI or select works for Honorable Mention. At least one winner will be named for this competition, and the winner will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance for the premiere performance.

Previous Winners:
2014 Panayiotis Kokoras - Ghost Notes
2015 Nicola Straffelini - Labyrinth Song
2016 Travis Alford - Altered States
2017 Lonnie Hevia - After the Rain
2018 Charles Peck - Kindling
2019 Alex Berko - Living in Color
2020 Andrew Davis

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

1. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit; however, each work should be submitted as a separate entry. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
2. Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission process below) before submitting. Please make sure no metadata including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. Please do not use a pseudonym or code number, simply remove your name.
3. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
4. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
• For the score: .pdf
• For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
• For video: .mov or .m4v
• All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
5. Questions? Please address any questions to Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity.

Submission Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process.
1. An anonymous PDF file of the score.
2. A recording of the work (not required but encouraged)
3. For works using electronics, a detailed description of technical requirements and processes needed (i.e. a “tech rider”).
4. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is $20 for Associate Members, and $10 for Full Members. Membership information can be found here.
5. An information sheet containing the following:
a. Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
b. Composer biography and program notes for the work (maximum 300 words each), to be used if the work is selected. BNMI reserves the right to truncate the program notes or composer biography if either exceeds the word limit.

To Apply:
Please click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

Helpful Hints:
1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Composers signing up as new members who wish to submit to this competition should be sure to allot enough time for the approval process to complete in order to meet the October 31 deadline.
2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Composers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: in order to create login credentials.
3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to complete your payment in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Full members must have dues paid in full in order to receive full membership benefits, including discounts on Calls for Scores and commissioning competitions. For those composers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.
4. More questions? Please see our submission guide.
Entry Fee:$20

 Young Women's Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber competition for female composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Open to young women ages 12-18 (as of January 1st, 2020) who reside in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, or Minnesota. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply. This call is open to all female-identified and non-binary students. Submissions are due by 5pm on January 31st, 2020.

Level 1: Ages 12-14
Level 2: Ages 15-18

Three cash prizes per level
Level 1
• 1st Prize - $350
• 2nd Prize - $250
• 3rd Prize - $150

Level 2
• 1st Prize - $450
• 2nd Prize - $350
• 3rd Prize - $250

Level 1
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 5’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Level 2
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 6’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Submissions should be in a PDF format with attached sound file or link (streaming sites such as Soundcloud or Youtube are also acceptable) and should be emailed to Rick Ferguson at by the due date. Midi files are also acceptable.

No handwritten or mailed hard copies will be accepted.

Winning submissions will be performed in concert as part of the Musical Offering's Music on Madison series in March of 2020. Winners will receive video recordings of their music.

The submission fee is $15, payable via the Musical Offering's PayPal. Please include your full name and the words "Young Women's Composition Competition" in the notes field of your payment.

Should the submission fee represent a financial hardship, please contact Rick Ferguson at Any other questions about the competition can also be directed to Rick.

Good luck!

Entry Fee:$15

Summary:Competition for 1–5 performers
Deadline: 20 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Comune di Torrita di Siena (Italy), Fondazione Torrita Cultura and Pro Loco Torrita organize an International Call for Scores for selecting compositions to be performed during the Festival Musica Prospettiva 2019-20.


A NEW JURY will select compositions for:
1st Prize:
– accommodation for two nights at Torrita di Siena (Italy)
– € 250
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

2nd Prize:
– € 100
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

DUOroboros Special Prize
(to the best composition for the full DUOroboros’ instrumentation or any subset):
– € 150
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition
– composition added to the DUOroboros repertoire for possible future performances

Composers will keep performing rights.

The call is open to composers of any age and nationality, to music of any genre, style, difficulty.


Compositions for 1 to 5 (any combination):
–Mezzo-soprano (1 performer)
–Cello (same performer)
–Percussion (1 performer*)
–Soprano (1 performer)
–Piano (preparation allowed, 1 performer)
Electronics and amplification are not allowed.

*available percussion instruments: Vibraphone, 2 Snare Drum, 2 Bass Drum, 3 Splash Cymbals, 2 Tambourines, Crash-Ride Cymbal, 2 Crash Cymbals, Small Cymbals, 2 Tam-tams, 2 Toms, Bongos, Claves, Castanets, 2 Triangles, Flexaton, Kou-Xian, Dan Moi, Granite Blocks, Wind Chimes, Jam Block, Vibraslap, Rattles, Caxixi, Groovy Shaker, Bell Chimes, 3 Hand Cymbals, 2 Singing bowls, 2 Cowbells, Toulouhou, Slapstick.

For further details, please contact


November 20th, 2019

Any compositions are allowed, either already performed/published/recorded/awarded or not.
Submissions do not need to be anonymous.

Please send to
– scores in PDF format
– MP3 or link to a live or midi recording (if available)
– contact info
– date of birth (for general stathistics, will not be published, will not affect the selection process)
– (optional) short bio, program notes and/or any useful info

No limits to scores you may send.
A donation (we are a non-profit organization) of € 10 for each composition submitted has to be paid via PayPal
Entry Fee:€10

Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: ◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
ISCM-Chengdu section
Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Zhou Siyuan
President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Peter Swinnen
President of International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)

The competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.

1. All students. (No limitation on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others' name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students' New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mr. Gou Yong
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 20th October 2019
(Entries must be received before 20th October 2019)

◆ Website:

We recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury's decision is final.

◆Additional Directions
1. During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.
2. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
3. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

 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