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 Entre Madeiras Trio - Clotilde Rosa Award
Summary:Internacional Composition Competition
Deadline: 05 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: Details: : As a way to pay homage to the great Portuguese composer Clotilde Rosa (1930-2017), Entre Madeiras Trio announces in 2018 the 1st Competition International Entre Madeiras Trio Composition Competition – Clotilde Rosa Award. Composers of any nationality and age may compete for the Prize. The scores in the contest must be exclusive (never before played in public, recorded or published on a disc/commercial score, or that have won any other award until the end of the contest). The scores must be written for a trio of woodwinds (flute, oboe, alto saxophone *), without using electronic devices, and have a total duration (in one or several movements) between 8 ‘and 15’. * – single folding possible: soprano and tenor saxophone

Prizes: 1000 Euros, the publication of the work, in score, by AVA – Musical Editions and a debut premiere of the score by Entre Madeiras Trio at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) - Lisboa - Portugal

Entry fee: 15 EUR
Contact: For more information and to apply, please visit:

Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 20 March 2019
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Crumb’s Cosmos is a series of events honoring George Crumb’s 90th birthday and celebrating his outstanding legacy. Submitted works must relate to the themes, techniques and/or aesthetics characteristic of George Crumb’s oeuvre.

Crumb’s Cosmos Call for Scores is:
- Open to composers of any age and nationality
- Accepting solo, duo, and small ensemble works (trio, quartet, quintet) for any combination of the following instruments:
Piano, Voice, Percussion, Flute, Saxophone

Notes regarding instrumentation:
- No more than two instruments of the same kind can be used within the same composition (i.e. there can be no more than 2 piano/voice/saxophones/flute parts, with one player per part).
- Works involving percussion must be scored for a maximum of 2 players.
- All works must be scored for no more than 5 performers in total.

Solo works: 5-7 minutes
Duos*: 7-10 minutes
Trios – Quintets*: 10-12 minutes
*any combination of piano, voice, percussion, flute, and saxophone, with no more than 2 players per instrument. See the Notes above for more specific details regarding instrumentation.

- Selected compositions will be performed in Miami (FL) in the fall of 2019, as part of Kaleidoscope MusArt’s Crumb’s Cosmos project | Date, Time & Venue: TBD.
- All works submitted will be considered for future programming.

Selection process:
- The submitted compositions will be screened by a panel of composers and performers to include members of Kaleidoscope MusArt’s artistic committee and University of Miami’s composition faculty.
- The compositions selected to be performed as part of the Crumb’s Cosmos project will be announced on April 28, 2019.

1. Call for Scores is open to composers of any age and nationality.
2. Applicants may submit more than one work for consideration. Please note that there will be an additional administrative fee for each work submitted beyond the first.
3. The submitted work(s) can include extended techniques that do not involve piano preparation (use objects/materials placed inside the instrument or between the strings). Please contact us at for further information, inquiries, and/or concerns.
4. The submitted work(s) can use electronics (fixed media – audio/video). Please contact us at for further information or inquiries/concerns.
5. The submitted work(s) cannot include prepared piano.

- March 20, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
- Results will be announced on April 28, 2019
- Performance of the work: fall 2019 (date: TBD)

1. CV/Resume
2. List of works (please include instrumentation and dates of composition)
3. Work(s) submitted for consideration in Crumb’s Cosmos Call for Scores (PDF, program notes, audio/video recording if available)
4. One additional work sample* (PDF and audio/video recordings, if available);
*The work sample can be of any length or instrumentation. Only one additional work sample is required per applicant, even when submitting more than one piece for consideration in Crumb’s Cosmos Call for Scores.
5. Administrative Fee: $20.
6. If submitting more than one work for consideration in this Call for Scores, please include an additional fee of $10 for each additional submission.

1. Please send all the required materials in one email, either as attachments and/or links to with the subject line “Call for Scores 2019” followed by Your Name.
2. Payment(s) may be submitted through PayPal.
3. All application materials and payment of the Administrative Fee must be received by 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2019.


 String Quartet Commissioning Competition for the Argus Quartet
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2019
Date Posted: 29 November 2018
Details: The Composers Guild of New Jersey announces a commissioning competition for New Jersey composers. One composer will be commissioned to write a new string quartet for the Argus Quartet to be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.


The competition is open to all composers who 1) currently live in the state of New Jersey, or 2) work or study in New Jersey. Composers may be in any stage of their careers. Composers with non-standard career paths are particularly encouraged to apply. There is no age limit.


$3,000 commission to write a new string quartet, 10-15 minutes in length, to be premiered by the Argus Quartet during their ’19-’20 season. The new work must be delivered electronically by July 15, 2019.


Application Deadline: January 1, 2019. There is no application fee.

To apply, send an email to with “Argus Commission” as the subject and attach the following:

A PDF with a brief bio that includes an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements.

Two representative scores (PDF) and links to corresponding recordings (mp3), which can be on a website or deposited in a dropbox. At least one of the two works should show the applicant’s ability to write for string instrument(s). At least one of the two works should be scored for a small chamber ensemble.


The entries will be reviewed by members of CGNJ. One of the 3-4 finalists will be selected by the Argus Quartet. CGNJ and Argus reserve the right not to award a commission. All applicants will be notified by February 15, 2019.

Please direct your questions to

For more information about the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the Argus Quartet, please follow the links:

Composers Guild of New Jersey

Argus Quartet

 Zodiac International Music Competition
Summary:Trio Competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 22 November 2018
Details: The Zodiac International Music Competition aims to discover exceptional musical talent, both in performance and composition, from across the globe, and bring it to the stage of the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the beautiful South of France.

The competition invites artists from all parts of the world to participate via video submission (or score submission for composers). Winning soloist will receive a cash prize and roundtrip airfare and accommodations to give a solo and chamber music recital on the French Riviera in July of 2019.

The winning composer will be offered a commission to write for the internationally-recognized Zodiac Trio (founders of the Festival), or its individual members, as well as a cash prize. The work will be premiered in the South of France during the Festival, and then repeated at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York, in the Fall of 2019 (exact date TBA).

The lack of need to travel makes this opportunity available to artists who might not otherwise have the ability to compete, and opens it to a much wider array of musicians across the globe.

Prizes (Composition)

1st Prize:
$500 Cash Prize
Commission to write a work (up to 10 min) for the Zodiac Trio or its individual members in any combination
World Premiere performance at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in France in July of 2019
Performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York in the Fall of 2019
Audio/Video recording of the performance
Diploma & Trophy


The competition is open to artists of any nationality, without age limit.

Application Process:

Composition applicants are asked to submit two (2) scores in PDF format, along with links to a SoundCloud recording (midi is acceptable).

Selection Process:
The submissions will be judged in two rounds: preliminary and final, and will use a points-based system. 10 soloist and 3 composer finalists will be selected and published on the competition website by Friday, February 22nd. Final winners will be announced on Friday, March 1st via email and will posted on the competition website.

Application Deadline & Entrance Fee:

Applications will be accepted until February 15th with the following non-refundable* Application Fee structure:

December 15 - $35 USD (30 Euro)
January 15 - $45 USD (40 Euro)
February 15 - $55 USD (50 Euro)

You will be taken to a PayPal checkout page at the end of the online application, after you click "submit".

*Application fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the Zodiac International Music Competition..

Winning Composer's Commission.
The winning composer will be invited to write a work (up to 10 minutes) for the Zodiac Trio, or its members, and will be premiered at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival. The festival will not provide airfare for the winning composer, however, should the composer choose to attend the performance, the festival will provide meals and accommodations during the duration of the composer's stay (maximum 3 days). The performance will be repeated in the Fall of 2019 (exact date TBA) at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, NY. No travel expenses will be provided for this performance.

The winning piece will be published on the website in PDF format, along with the videos of the performances.

 Uproar Duo Call for Scores
Summary:Saxophone and Piano Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: The Uproar Duo is excited to announce its first annual Call for Scores! The Uproar Duo is dedicated to performing and recording new works for saxophone and piano, and we are excited to create this opportunity to work with new composers to perform, record, and present their works.

Uproar will be selecting a minimum of three pieces from the pool of submissions. Certain selected works will be performed throughout our 2019-2020 season and will be featured on a future studio-recorded album. Other winning selections will be performed, recorded live, and added to The Uproar Duo's repertoire, though not necessarily recorded as part of an album. Our goal is to include and highlight as many winning selections as possible.

More info:

 Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
Summary:Open call to submit scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble has begun work on a new system, our Scores Database. Composers are now able to submit works at any time to be considered for future performances, free of charge! Due to the nature of our ever changing instrumentation and desire to work with new, living composers, we have decided replace our original Call for Submissions with something more accessible to composers of all abilities and locations.

Here’s how it works:

Fill out the information form found here:
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to (note that this is not our normal contact email), or you can add files in the form itself.

As for the instrumentation of works, we will be selecting pieces based on the needs of each individual performance. Our core instrumentation is Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet or Baritone Saxophone, and French Horn, so works that include some or all of these instruments are more likely to be performed, but don’t feel limited by this. We often add other performers to our concerts, such as percussionists, vocalists, other woodwinds and brass, and strings. We are also open to works with non Western-traditional instrumentations, electronics, and added media elements. Ensemble size usually ranges from solo instruments to about eight musicians. We do not accept works for large ensembles such as orchestras or wind ensembles, or full operas, but will consider chamber orchestra and chamber opera pieces. We welcome graphic scores, text-based scores, and whatever other type of non-traditional score you might have. Completed works only, please, no drafts. Works may have been performed previously. There is no submission/adjudication fee (AKA, it’s free to submit as many works as you’d like)!

Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Eligibility

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.
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Compositions may be for a solo instrument or a duo combination of two instruments among western classical symphonic orchestra instruments with or without electronics. In this case an instruction explaining the use of electronics must be included. The composition should not exceed two players.
- Compositions must be original, between 2 and 15 minutes.
- Each entry must be accompanied by an MP3 audio file.
- Audio recording may be live or computer generated.
- There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition submitted.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point will judge the scores. The Jury’s decisions cannot be appealed. By agreeing to take part in the competition, all competitors undertake to accept and not contest these decisions.

Registration fee

There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition. A composition may have more than one movements. It is possible to participate with more than one composition under one name, in that case an entry fee of
40, - Euros must be paid for each composition. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

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


All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format and the recording in MP3 format to the address:

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria

Deadline: 31st March, 2019
Announcement: 15th April, 2019
Concert: 16th May, 2019
Entry Fee: 40, - (All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.)
Currency: Euro (EUR)


 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.