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 ACF Showcase
Summary:Call for Scores for Showcase Concert
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: In partnership with the acclaimed ensemble Jelloslave (Purple Orange), the American Composers Forum announces a Call for Scores for the fifth annual ACF Showcase concert which will take place at the Open Eye Figure Theatre (Minneapolis, MN).

Three scores from the total applicant pool will be chosen for the performance. The composers of the pieces will each receive hotel stay in Saint Paul, domestic travel to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and $204.00 per-diem to cover meals during the four days of travel/rehearsals/ performance of their work May 31 – June 2, 2018 (Travel Days May 31 & June 3, 2018) in Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, MN. The performance will take place the evening of Saturday June 2, 2018 at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support is provided by the Dr. Fred Noah Gordon Charitable Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.

Jelloslave (Purple Orange), a new music quartet comprised of 2 cellos, tablas and drums, is committed to creating original music, weaving cellos and drums in a multi-genre, cross-cultural and rhythmic fabric. The collective diversity of our individual influences fuels the Jelloslave sound, which draws from the European classical tradition reflected in the cellos, the Hindustani classical rhythms of the tablas, and a continuum of international drumming styles with the drum kit.

The submitted work can be for the complete instrumentation or any subset of the ensemble.

What sets Jelloslave (Purple Orange) apart from other ensembles fusing multi-cultural elements, is our unique instrumentation, our unexpected arrangements, and the organic fluency with which we merge our foundational training with modern extended techniques. And last but really foremost, is our passion for improvisation. Over the 12 years of the band’s trajectory, we have evolved to incorporate improvisation within almost all of our compositions, both free and over chord changes, either as a group or in small combos/solos within the quartet.

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, and geography.

The collaboration with Jelloslave (Purple Orange), provides a rare opportunity to combine their classical foundation with sonic experimentation and outstanding grooves, resulting in an extraordinary and compelling soundscape.

Specific notes on writing for tabla: Indian drumming is an improvisational system and a player never reads sheet music. Tabla notation is written with syllables that sound like the various drum tones, and written not in time signatures but in rhythm cycles. There are infinite themes and variations derived from those rhythm cycles all of which are memorized by the player. Unless the composer is trained in this notation, probably the best way to incorporate tablas into a composition is with verbal instructions, and allow Gary our tabla player to work with this information, and translate it in the context of the band’s interpretation of the music. The tablas can also be thought about in terms of color and tone, not just as rhythm.

Jelloslave (Purple Orange)’s two drummers often meld into a fiercely connected duo. This is probably best achieved through improvisation with direction from the composer about groove and time signature. Also note that the two cellos meld as a tight duo in melodic and harmonic compliment, contrast and counterpoint, functioning also as bass and rhythmic support.

• Applications must be submitted electronically via the following link:
• Each applicant is limited to one submission.
• There is no fee to enter the competition.
• Pieces should be no longer than 25 minutes in length.
• The piece can be newly-composed (a premiere) or it can have received prior performances.
- It should have been written within the last 5 years.
- If the piece has been performed, it can have received any number of performances. Jelloslave (Purple Orange) instrumentation is two cellos, tablas (one performer), and drums (one performer). The submitted work can be for the complete instrumentation or any subset of the ensemble.

-In addition to the demographic information requested, each applicant will be asked to
o A pdf (up to 10 MB) of the full score of the piece.
o One pdf (up to 10 MB) that includes all individual parts for the piece.
o If available, an mp3 recording (up to 30 MB) of the same piece, or video footage
(up to 60 MB).


 Untwelve Call For Works
Summary:Alternative Tuning Call
Deadline: 02 April 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: UnTwelve, an organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and encouragement of microtonal music, announces a call for scores (or project proposals), engaging in microtonal or alternative tuning practices, for a concert at Slate Arts + Performance in Chicago in September 2018. This call is open to composers of any background, age, or nationality, but will prioritize works from composers who are women, non-binary, genderqueer, gender-non-conforming, or agender.

Instrumentation: for this concert we have a core group of performers: flutist Robin Meiksins, clarinetist Emily Mehigh, trombonist Connor Thummel, and bassoonist Annie Lyle Mason, which can be utilized in various combinations (solos for any of these four instruments, duos for any combination of flute, clarinet, and trombone). The use of electronics (stereo-only) is welcome, as is the composer appearing as the performer of their own work.

(Auxiliary Instrumentation: Robin can do flute, alto flute, and piccolo. Emily can do Bb and A clarinet).

Duration: the works should ideally not exceed 10 minutes.

Submission Due Date and Notation Information:

Please complete the following form by April 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Time. The following documents will be asked for:

Permanent links (dropbox/google drive/etc) to score and parts for each instrument (Score includes clear performance notes about all pitch notation)
Permanent link to an mp3 of electroacoustic part (if part of the work)
A short bio (200 word max)
(An example audio or MIDI link is welcome as well but not required)

Note on Stylistic Inclusivity:
As with all of our calls and competitions, we are especially seeking works that engage microtonality in a systematic manner–through the use of Just Intonation, Alternative Equal Temperaments, Spectral Techniques, or similar. We encourage and welcome music from varied aesthetic worlds: folk music, electronica, jazz, classical “new music”, experimental, electronic, etc.

 Call for Works: Developing Young Performers Repertoire within a Contemporary Idiom
Summary:Writing for young players
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The European University Cyprus, as part of the “Interfaces” project, is announcing a call-for-works. The aim of this call is to develop a contemporary idiom repertoire for young performers aged between 6-10 years old.

At least four works will be selected for performance and workshop that will take place in Cyprus during Summer 2018 and Fall 2019.

Theme of the call: “Introducing young performers to the world of New Music”

We particularly welcome works with a pedagogical character that would address young performers aged 6-10 and considered as an introduction to new music. Therefore, composers must include any concept/technique/aesthetic direction which would justify what is universally understood as contemporary idiom in Music.

• Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit up to two works from the following combinations:

1. Bassoon duet(student with teacher part)
2. Classical Guitar Trio(either two students with teacher part)
3. Violin duet(either two students or student with teacher part)

• Works should not exceed five (5) minutes
• Submission deadline, 15 March 2018
• Submit Scores to
• A panel comprised from the instrumental teachers participating into the project and the composers George Christofi and Evis Sammoutis will meet towards the end of March to select at least four works

For any inquiries about this call, please contact


 Black Bayou Composition Award
Summary:Competition with 5 Categories
Deadline: 08 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: Our 2018 Call for Scores is now open! The submission period will run from December 15, 2017, to February 8, 2018. Notifications of acceptance into the festival will be made on March 1, 2018. Below are the 2018 submission guidelines.

A tentative schedule of events is available here. Rehearsal times will be assigned once acceptances are announced. Optional opportunities for tours of local interest are scheduled to allow composers and performers to further engage with our communities should they so desire. This is also a chance to step away from rehearsals and be inspired by the beauty of our area.

Submissions may be made in any of the following categories:
• Due Per Se (Piano and Clarinet)
• Implosion Percussion (Percussion Ensemble [up to 5])
• Trio Melange (Horn, Piano, and Soprano)
• Solo or mixed ensemble
• Digital Media (two-channel only, with or without video)

Performers will be provided. The available instruments are as follows: flute (2), all clarinets/saxophones (3), oboe, trumpet (2), horn, trombone (2), tuba, guitar, piano, soprano (3), percussion (5), cello (2).

Additional Guidelines
• Composers must be present at the concert to have their piece performed.
• Pieces of any length are eligible, but preference will be given to pieces under 15 minutes.
• We encourage electronic media combined with live performance.
• Works composed within the last year are encouraged.
• Composers must be able to provide computer-generated parts for the performers via PDF files.
• For the purposes of impartiality during the judging process for the Black Bayou Composition Award, please do not include your name on your score when submitting.

Two works will be selected to be choreographed by professional choreographers. If you wish your submission to be considered, indicate this in the appropriate box on the application.

Black Bayou Composition Award
The Black Bayou Composition Award will be presented for the piece “that best reflects the connection between music and nature.” This award is sponsored in part by Friends of Black Bayou, and will be adjudicated by composers and performers outside of the festival staff. Read more details about the award.

Travel and Lodging
Recommendations for discounted hotels will be posted as the festival nears. Shuttle to and from Monroe Regional Airport, festival hotels and concert venues, will be offered free of charge to composers and performers.

Professional audio recordings will be provided at no charge to composers after the festival. Professional video recordings will be available at a nominal price. New Music on the Bayou reserves the right to use recordings and images from the festival on our website and promotional materials.

 Gstaad Menuhin Festival
Summary:Duo Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Gstaad Menuhin Festival advertises a contest for duet compositions to be first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello).

Tenders are invited for up to four short works, each of which between one and five minutes playing time for violin and cello (duet).

The winners may expect a prize of CHF 500 to 1000 as well as their work being first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello) on 30 July 2018 at the church of Zweisimmen within the scope of Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (cello) will select one or two (or more?) works to premiere them at Gstaad Menuhin Festival in the Church of Zweisimmen concert of July, 30 2018.

Any decisions will be publicly announced by late April 2018 at the earliest.

Please submit your application and composition(s) by making use of the application form below.
Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.

Only complete applications and compositions submitted asPDF will be processed and forwarded to the artists.

Participants are invited to enter 1 to 4 works, none of which may exceed 5 minutes playing time.
Respective compositions must not yet have been published by any publisher or performed already.

In case they win the contest, all participants agree on being
-available to Menuhin Festival for promotional purposes (press conferences, photos, Facebook, etc.),
-making copies of the score available for the Festival’s archive,
-mentioning Menuhin Festival as supporter in the score.

Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.


 2018 International Commissioning Call for Scores
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018
The Nouveau Classical Project is thrilled to announce its 2018 Commissioning Prize! The selected composer will be commissioned to write a work for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

The score you are submitting is NOT the work we will perform. This score serves as a work sample. The selected composer will be commissioned to write a new work.


- Open to both US and international composers
- Post-secondary and graduate students are also eligible to apply
- Current undergraduate students and high school students are NOT eligible to apply
- Composers who have won our Commissioning Call for Scores within the last 5 years are not eligible
- Please refer to FAQ below to read more about eligibility. We will update with more questions as we receive them.

Requirements for Submission
1) Composers must submit a work written after 2013 and scored for at least 4-8 instruments.

2) Inclusion of a recording is required (MIDI realizations are NOT accepted)

3) Composers must submit a proposal outlining idea/s for a new work for The Nouveau Classical Project (300 words max). Proposals for re-worked pieces or arrangements of previous works will be disqualified. We are seeking proposals for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

4) Composers may only submit one (1) score. Please do not send files larger than 2048 KB. If your file size is larger, visit this page on how to reduce PDF size on a Mac, and this page for PC. Also, this online program will compress the file for you for free!

5) Non-refundable submission fee of $7, paid via the online form

Call for Scores Winner
1) The winner will be paid a $1,000 Commissioning fee, inclusive of commission and copying costs (NCP will print its own parts)

2) Selected composer will be commissioned to write an 8-15 minute piece for flute (dbl. picc/alto/b. fl), clarinet (dbl. bass), violin, cello, and piano) and have the opportunity to work closely with NCP in creating the work (NO subsets; must use complete ensemble)

3) This work will be programmed on a concert during the 2018-19 season

4) Composer will be required to provide a PDF of a score and parts for the ensemble

5) An agreement will be sent to composer that will include deadlines, payment schedule, and the granting of two-year exclusivity to NCP to perform the commissioned work
The winner will be announced by June 1, 2018.

Questions? Please read the FAQs first before contacting us. If your question is not answered below, please contact us at info [at] nouveauclassical dot org. Please do not attach scores, documents, etc. to your e-mail. If you need to reduce your score size, please see directions above.


Summary:Call for bassoon work/horn/piano
Deadline: 05 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts announces a call for works to be considered for performance on the 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival, to be held October 17-20, 2018. The festival will feature the music of guest composer Aaron Jay Kernis and others, performed by BGSU faculty, students and a featured guest ensemble.

This year, we are seeking works for the following instrumentation:

Works for solo bassoon (unaccompanied or with piano), bassoon duo, or bassoon quartet

Works for horn ensemble (6 or more players)

Works for piano solo, piano four hands, or two pianos

1.) Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled at or employed by Bowling Green State University, are eligible to submit scores.

1.) All submissions should be made electronically, and should include the following:
a.) Full score in PDF format
b.) If available, a recording (MP3 or WAV format) or link to a recording (via your own personal web site, SoundCloud,
YouTube, etc) that can be streamed or downloaded online.
c.) Contact information including name, address, email, and a short bio or resume.

Submissions via email ( are preferred. Submissions via DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file-sharing service will also be accepted.

Only one submission per composer will be considered for inclusion on the festival.

Exceptions to the electronic submission rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please forward any questions or concerns to MACCM Director Kurt Doles (

2.) Entries must be received by Monday, March 5, 2018 to be considered for performance.

3.) Composers selected to participate must provide scores, parts and other performance materials at their own expense.

Attendance at the festival is required; a small honorarium of $200 is offered to help offset travel costs.

4.) Composers whose pieces have been selected for performance will be notified via email on May 1, 2018.

Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Culture Meeting Point (since 1995) is pleased to present the 2018 Composition Contest.

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works and works that have not won any competitions in the past may be submitted.

- Participants may submit as many compositions as they want and accompanying mp3 (if available).
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Instruments include piano, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, xylophone, guitar, harp and vocal. The composition may be either for one of these instruments or for a duo combination of these instruments. The composition should not exceed two players.
- The composition must be original, between 3 and 15 minutes.
- There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.

Please attach the following supporting documents to the application form:
- CV
- Current photograph
- Passport copy
- Proof of payment

Missing documents will automatically exclude the candidate from admission. Documents submitted
will not be returned.

- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by March 25, 2018.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on March 30, 2018.
- Winning works will be performed on 27 April 2018 in Vienna.

A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point and Vienna Richard Wagner Conservatory will judge scores.

- Up to three winners will be named.
- Winning compositions will be performed at a Viennese Concert Hall by the members of Vienna Music University on 27 April 2018.
- Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance.
- Winners are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

1st Prize: 1.000, - Euro and Recording
2nd Prize: 500, - Euro and Recording
3rd Prize: 250, - Euro and Recording

There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Bank: Bank Austria
Name: Culture Meeting Point
IBAN: AT96 1200 0006 0177 8103


(Applicants outside European Union may contact us to receive a bank account number in their homeland)

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format to the address:

Be sure to include the following information in the email submission: name, mailing address, e-mail and contact phone number. Sound files(if available) must be in MP3 format and included in the same email as the score. Pay the registration fee through bank transfer or PayPal with your name and the name of your composition.

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Entry Fee: 25.00
Currency: Euro (EUR)

 Call for scores / Appel à partitions – Festival Osmose, Belgium
Summary:Flute/mariba duo call
Deadline: 25 August 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age.

1) Concert of November, 30, 2018 : Pieces should be written for professionnal duo flute/marimba, only one work per composer. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 3 minutes maximum

Participation fee : 20 euros (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short CV (5 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address :

Deadline : August, 25, 2018

Composers will be given a copy of the recording of their work. Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September.

 2018 Washington International Competition for Composition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Prizes
• First Prize—$5,000
• Second Prize—$2,500

Important Dates and Information
• Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
• Winners’ Announcement: April 1, 2018
• Performance of Winning Composition: June 24, 2018, at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC. Professional musicians will perform the winning composition.

• Entrance fee of $45 US; check payable to Friday Morning Music Club Foundation.
• Composition must be a chamber work for three to five players for string trio, string quartet, piano trio, piano quartet, or piano quintet. No electronics.
• Composition must be a maximum of 8 minutes long.
• Composition must not have been commercially published or publicly performed.
• Composer must be between 18 and 35 years old.
• Scores must be accompanied by a cover letter including composer’s name, contact information, and curriculum vitae.
• The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score.
• Winning composers must be prepared to supply a set of performance materials upon notification of their award.

• Online application is through the website. Click here to apply:
• Applicants who are unable to submit their scores electronically may mail them in paper form. Paper scores will be converted into PDF format. Send all paper scores, entrance fee, and materials postmarked by February 15, 2018, to the following address:
Washington International Competition for Composition
1536 Winding Waye Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20902
For additional information about the competition and the application process, please contact Mark Simon at

 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: I'm proud to announce the expansion and launch of the next Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition. Collaborating with the illustrious Acacia Quartet, entries are now open with huge prizes on offer as we help generate the best in new Australian music for the much-loved medium of guitar and string quartet.

Huge prizes for this national competition.
Applicants of all ages are invited to submit an original musical composition based on the set of inspiration artworks Stormy Seashore by Sue Needham for the quintet ensemble of string quartet and classical guitar for a chance to share in:

-$3,250 in cash prizes.
-Works performed around the country by Acacia Quartet and Matt Withers.
-A studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics.
-Emerging Composer (U25) award

Summary:Chamber composition competition
Deadline: 21 March 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: Art.1

The Cultural Association Polifonie announces 2nd International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” for the year 2018.


The competition is open to Italian and foreign composers of any nationality with no restriction on age.
Each composer can participate with more than one piece by enrolling each composition separately and by sending each composition in separate envelope.


The scores must be composed for the following organic (whole organic or any combination from 1 to 5 performers):

Flute (Flute, Alto G Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo)
Clarinet (Bb Clarinet, A Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet)
The composition must have a minimum duration of 7’ and max 15’.
The composition, furthermore, must not have been published, performed in public or been awarded prizes in other contests before.


The application fee is € 35,00 for the first score and € 20,00 for any following ones by the same author.

The payment must be made by bank transfer to the:
Associazione Culturale Polifonie
Banca Prossima – filiale di Milano, p.zza Paolo Ferrari 10 – 20121 (MI)
IBAN: IT68J0335901600100000069721 – BIC: BCITITMX
and specifying the reason for the transfer as:
Application for the International Composing Competition.

or with PayPal

The application fee will not be refundable, except in the case of cancellation of the Contest.
Applicants may contact the Contest secretary’s office for any further information by writing to:


To enroll in the contest, each participant must send an email to containing the following documents to the Contest Organizers:

the application form download
A PDF copy of the score, perfectly readable and completely anonymous;
the first page of the score must bear the title of the work and the approximate length of the composition;
short explanatory notes related to the submitted work in Italian or English (max 1000 characters, including spaces).
photocopy of an identity document or passport;
a short curriculum vitae (in Italian or English);
receipt of payment of application fee (not refundable) of € 35,00
The mail, in order not to be excluded, must be delivered to the Contest secretary’s office no later than 21 March 2018.


A Jury will meet to select the 3 (three) finalist scores, that will be performed on 3rd June 2018 by Appassionato Ensemble in public concert in Como, at the Ancient Church of St. Joseph (sec. XVI).

The Jury will be composed by:

Sonia Bo (Italia), President
Umberto Pedraglio (Italia)
Mehdi Khayami (Iran)
The commission judgment is final and cannot be contested.
The finalist composers will be invited by the organization to send the individual parts of each instrument.
At the end of the concert the Jury will meet to select the winner.
The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the end of the concert.


The winning work will receive a cash prize of 500,00 euros and will be published by EDIZIONI SCONFINARTE.

In the event the composer has an exclusive agreement with other publishers, he/she must give his/her acquittance to the publication when participating in the contest unlimited copies.
The commission has the right not to assign the prize in the event no composition in the final phase is judged worthy.
Any tv or radio recordings are authorized by the author without any further charge on the organization.
The personal details of the contestants will be used only for matters concerning the competition.


All the documents and materials sent will be kept in the archives of the Associazione Culturale Polifonie and nothing will be returned, as the Association will become the owner.
The Association will have the ownership of the materials, it being understood that the author will keep the copyright.
The scores sent for the contest will become an integral part of the Music Archive of Association Organizer.


The contestants accept the present regulations in all parts, unconditionally and integrally.


In case of controversy, the Contest Announcement in Italian is to be considered the official text.

 WITOLD SZALONEK International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 1st Edition
Summary:Wind quartet competition
Deadline: 10 March 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: City: Kwidzyn (Poland)
Date: from 6 to 7 June 2018

The International Composers’ Competition WITOLD SZALONEK was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, dedicated to the memory of the great Polish composer of the 20th century WITOLD SZALONEK (1927-2001).

The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate in the International Composers’ Competition WITOLD SZALONEK from 6 to 7 June 2018 in the city of Kwidzyn (Poland).

The composers’ selected works will be performed in two final concerts during the II Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival.


Article 1 – Object
The Phasma-Music Foundation hereby announces the First Edition of the WITOLD SZALONEK International Composition Competition.

WITOLD SZALONEK - born in 1927 in Czechowice-Dziedzice, died in 2001 in Berlin, Polish composer. In 1949-56 he studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. Following his first successes at international composers' competitions, he received a grant from Kranichsteiner Musikinstitut in Darmstadt (1960). In 1962-63 he continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 1967 he began to teach composition at the Katowice School and in 1970-74 was in charge of the Department of Composition and Theory. In the early 1970s he was invited by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to work as artist in residence at West Berlin's Hochschule der Künste. In 1973 he won the competition to succeed Boris Blacher as Professor of Composition there. He has conducted numerous seminars and courses in composition in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Slovakia. In 1990 he received an honorary doctor's degree from the Wilhelmian University in Münster. In 1963 Szalonek discovered and classified the so-called 'combined sounds' generated by the woodwind instruments. He is also the author of theoretical studies on a wide range of subjects, including combined sounds, sonorism, Chopin and Debussy. (Wikipedia)


Article 2 – Admission requirements
The Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
Each composer can submit multiple scores for the following instruments (from 1 to 4 players):
flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon.

The composition can have been published, performed but not released on professional CD album until the end of 2018.
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.

All score will be sent by email in PDF format, at .

The registration fee is €60,00 for the first work / submission. Other submissions will be registered with the fee of €40,00.

Article 3 – Submission date
The deadline for the submissions is 10 March 2018.

Article 4 – Registration and submission of scores
Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
– The score and parts in A4 format, (please indicate duration);
– A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV) and a self-certification testifying the originality of the composition, which must not have been recorded, as well authorisation for the performance, publication, recording and broadcasting of the work.
Other file formats than PDF will not be accepted!
There is no registration form.
– Receipt of the payment of the registration fee, via PayPal to (+ PayPal fee) or bank transfer (All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants):

Powiślański Bank Spółdzielczy
ul. Kopernika 28, 82-500 Kwidzyn
BANK ACCOUNT EUR: PL 24 8300 0009 0000 6267 2000 0030

The personal details of the composers and their compositions selected for the final will be made known to the public only when the results of the elimination phase of the competition have been decided. Composers who do not reach the final phase will remain anonymous also after the end of the competition.

Article 5 – Phases of the competition
The competition will consist of two phases: the elimination phase and the final. After the elimination phase, a maximum of 16 scores will be selected by the jury for the final, by March 31, 2018.
The final phase of the competition will consist of two evening events open to the public to be held in Kwidzyn on 6 & 7 June 2018, within the concert season of the II Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. In the final concert, the Contemporary Ensemble will perform the selected works. After the performances, the Jury present in the concert hall, will meet and decide on the winner. The winning composition will be announced at the end of the evening.

Article 6 – Jury and voting procedure

After the performance of at least 16 works, the jury will meet to decide on the winner.
Jury members:
Marcel Chyrzyński (Poland)
Mark Hartt-Palmer (United Kingdom)
Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)
Mirosław Pachowicz (Poland)
Michail Travlos (Greece/Poland)

Article 7 – Prizes

The winners of the competition will be awarded the “WITOLD SZALONEK” Prize, which includes:
Prize of 1000 Euros (gross of withholding taxes).
In addition, 7 special mentions (including the winner) will be awarded:
- A professional recording to be released commercially in 2018, by the PHASMA MUSIC – WILLOWHAYNE
(sub-label of Naxos Music Group) as well as a laureate certificate.

The decision of the jury is irrevocable.

Article 8 – Legal terms
Application to participate in the Competition implies the acceptance of the above-stated rules.

 Carl Orff Competition
Summary:Themed competition
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: A composers contest based on a predetermined theme

The Carl Orff Competition will change its theme on an annual basis and invite composers from around the world to create their very own variations. The entries will be published online, on a specified date, and reviewed by the public. The Top-10 compositions will then be performed in concert where a jury selects 3 winners who are presented with cash prizes.

The composition should contain an excerpt from the poem ''Orpheus.Eurydice.Hermes'' by Rainer Maria Rilke. In the poem, Orpheus leads his beloved Eurydice in the company of the God Hermes out of the underworld. The plan can only succeed if he doesn't turn around to her. Otherwise Eurydice will not be permitted to leave the underworld.

The sculptures appearing below by Antje Tesche-Mentzen should serve as a source of inspiration (see website link, below).

It should also be noted that Monteverdi in his opera ''Orfeo'' used a rhythm during the song ''Nehmt mich auf Ihren stillen Wälder'' which corresponds to the initials of Carl Orff ''CO'' in Morse code.

On the occassion of the renaming of the competition this is a fact which could be taken into account but is not obligatory.

The composer may choose freely with regard to the melody and harmony of the composition.

The prerequisites for a competitive entry are as follows:

• The text must be fully completed. It is only a part of the poem ''Orpheus.Eurydice.Hermes'' not the entire poem. It can be in German, English or Spanish (Poem texts have already been provided in PDF format).
• The work must between 4 and 6 minutes in duration.
• The work must be written for solo baritone (alternatively solo soprano), harp (alternatively piano) and a frame drum. The singer should be able to play the frame drum.
• The work must be written in a manner that it is also playable (see harp)
• The work must be written using one of the following music notation programs: Capella, Finale, Sibelius, Primus, MuseScore, Encore, Lilypod or ABCplus


 ​​​​​​International Competition for Women Composers
Summary:Competition for women composers
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 30 August 2017
Details: The Brixworth Music Festival, England, announces an international competition for women composers.
We are looking for a work that is 6-8 minutes long and is scored for voice (soprano and/or baritone) and three to five instruments taken from the wind quintet formation (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn or bassoon) plus voice. The text should have some reference to William Shakespeare. There is no age limit for entrants.

The following prizes will be awarded:

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £500
Honourable Mention

The prize-winning work (1st prize) will be played by the John Clare Wind Quintet at the next Brixworth Music Festival in April 25th 2018. The jury is not obliged to award all prizes.

The jury is made up of the following members:

Vivienne Olive (Composer)
Gwion Thomas (Baritone)
Chloe Thomas (Soprano)
Graham Tear (Flute player, John Clare Wind Quintet))
Peter Dunkley (Clarinettist, John Clare Wind Quintet)
External judge – Judith Weir (Composer)

The committee of the Brixworth Music Festival reserves the right to find a replacement for absent jury members.


 All Score Illinois
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: All Score Illinois is happy to announce TWO calls for works from composers in Illinois (Both with NO fees):

1. For all aspiring composers in Illinois not currently enrolled in a composition program (Due February 1, 2018):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello), sub-groupings of those instruments, or fixed or live electroacoustic works (stereo only) will be selected for a performance at University of Illinois in late February 2018. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes). As part of the performance, Champaign-based Fourth Street Records will record the pieces for the composers.
Email your score and parts (or audio for the electroacoustic works) to and fill out the Statewide Call for Works entry form:

2. For University of Illinois undergraduates, undergraduate alumni and Illinois Youth Summer Music attendees (Due September 15, 2017):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello) or sub-groupings of those four instruments. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes).
Works chosen will be performed during outreach concerts in Fall 2017 and composers will receive a recording of its performance.

Email your score and parts to and fill out the undegraduate/ISYM entry form:

 Duo Scordatura "Call for Scores"
Summary:Violin and Viola Duet Call for Scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 28 May 2014
Details: Want to have your composition performed next year?....
Yeah you do!!!

Through out the the 2014-2015 season WE will be selecting and performing new works for the Duo of violin and viola.

1. There are no guidelines or fees!!
2. Your composition must be awesome. (very very important!!!)
3. You can use scordatura tuning (but not rules #1 and #2)
4. Summit compositions to us through our email address icon at top right corner
4a. include a resume/bio
4b. include PDF of composition....score and individual parts
4c. recommended to also summit any recording or midi of the piece
4d. last but not least your contact info.