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 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


Web Site:www.carl-orff-competition.com

 Open Space Festival of New Music
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: Call for Scores

SEEKING COMPOSITIONS FEATURING ANY COMBINATION OF VIOLIN (1 PLAYER), PERCUSSION (1 PLAYER), AND/OR ELECTRONICS. (TWO-CHANNEL ELECTRONICS ONLY, PLEASE.)

Requirements & Information
• Open to all composers high school age and above
• Deadline for receipt of all materials is Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
• Winning compositions will be performed on March 9, 2018
• Composers may submit a maximum of two scores and recordings in one of the following divisions:
o Professional, University Student, and High School Student
• The maximum duration for each work is 15 minutes, but shorter pieces are favored.
• A sound recording of the submitted work is strongly encouraged (MIDI OK).
• The winning scores will be chosen by faculty members at the University of Northern Colorado School of Music.
• All submissions must be original compositions. Arrangements will not be considered.
• Winning composers will be asked to speak about their composition at an informal Masterclass on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 2 pm.
• Composers will be expected to be in attendance at the concert. (Unfortunately, while no guaranteed travel funds are available for guest composers, we will try to provide a little bit of support to offset costs). Works will not be performed if composer is not present
• Scores and bio should be in PDF format, recordings should be in MP3 format. Links to SoundCloud for recordings are acceptable in lieu of MP3s.
• Submission fee is $20.
Web Site:arts.unco.edu/music/festivals-...

 ​​​​​​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.

Web Site:www.brixworthmusicfestival.co....

 LONDON EAR festival of contemporary music
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 13 January 2018
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: Composers Competition, 2018

Submissions are invited in two categories:

Pieces for ensemble (see below)
Pieces for a solo instrument: flute or viola or piano

The performers will be:
Ensemble ö! (Switzerland)
Uroboros Ensemble (UK)
Neo String Quartet (Poland)

Roberto Fabriciani: flute / alto flute
Tomoko Akasaka: viola
Jonathan Powell: piano

Subject to the judges decision:

Each of the above six ensembles or soloists will perform one piece at
London Ear 2018: March 21-25

Instrumentation details:

Ensemble pieces may be for any three or more of the instruments in one of the mixed ensembles:

Ensemble ö!: flute/pioccolo/alto flute; clarinet (Bb)/bass clarinet; violin; viola, ‘cello; piano.

Uroboros Ensemble: flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet (Bb)/bass clarinet; oboe/cor anglais; harp; violin; ‘cello; piano; percussion (1 player): marimba and any small, common, hand-held percussion instruments (e.g. triangle, maracas, claves etc – if in doubt email for clarification).

Neo Quartet: only pieces for the full quartet (vn1, vn2, va, vc) may be submitted.

Works for piano (solo or ensemble) should not be for ‘prepared’ piano. However, pieces requiring touching the strings, or using a plectrum, e-bow, etc are acceptable.

Submitted works must not involve electronics.

The competition is in two stages:

Stage 1: The judges will select six pieces: one piece for each of the above ensembles or performers, to be included in their concerts at London Ear 2018. (See also condition 11 below)

Stage 2: After the final concert on March 25th the jury will decide upon and announce the order of the winning works.

The performances will be recorded, as the 1st prize winning work may be released as a download on the Sargasso label (subject to agreement by all parties: composer, performers, and Sargasso).

The names of the members of the jury will be announced in the autumn of 2017

Web Site:www.londonearfestival.co.uk/?p...

 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 allscoreillinois@gmail.com and fill out the Statewide Call for Works entry form:
https://goo.gl/forms/INlSPWcABPiiw33F3

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 allscoreillinois@gmail.com and fill out the undegraduate/ISYM entry form: https://goo.gl/forms/z0ZJSzaprVlRVwv72
Web Site:www.facebook.com/AllScoreIllin...

 8SW Composer Competition
Summary:Chamber trio competition
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: We are very pleased to be holding the first 8SW Composer Competition.

Below you will find a detailed description of the guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements. Please note that applications will not be accepted before September 15, 2017.

Please direct all questions to Ms. Katherine Liu, Program Manager at 8SWcompetition@gmail.com. Please do not direct any questions regarding the competition through our contact link on this website.

8SW Composer Competition General Information

All applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017. All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 12, 2018.

Eligibility and Description: The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the New York Premiere of the winning composer's work in the Fall of 2018. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and mp3’s should be emailed to 8SWcompetition@gmail.com as detailed below. Materials will not be accepted before September 15th.

The winner will be announced in May, 2018.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.

Guidelines

The work may not have already received a professional premiere.

Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

One application fee of $11.00.

Competition Rules

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.

All applicants must submit:

I. Scores: The Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.

Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.

Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants will complete the online application form. (link will be posted here on 9/15/17)

IV. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted. Please submit payment here.

All questions should be directed to Ms. Katherine Liu, Project Manager at 8SWcompetition@gmail.com.
Web Site:eightstringsandawhistle.com/8s...

 2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet
Summary:Quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet quartet (3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2017; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest 2018.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email: antonio.fraioli@libero.it

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers, clarinetists, and musicians who desire to further the repertoire of the clarinet quartet with an original composition.

Application:

1. Items must be received by December 20, 2017.

2. Applicants should email the Competition Coordinator, Antonio Fraioli and ask for a Dropbox “File Request” link. Upon receipt of this link, applicant will upload related files

3. The subject line for all email communication should read “ICA Composition Competition” followed by the applicant’s full name.

4. Scores must be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the score or in the filename. Scores must be submitted to the “File Request” Dropbox link obtained from the coordinator in item 2.

5. In a separate PDF document, include contact information (name, address, phone, website, and email), a short bio (100 words or less) and name of submitted work(s). Include the applicant’s name in document filename. (this information will not be viewed by the jury).

6. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet quartet recording in .mp3 format may be submitted.

Contest Rules

Application fee: $25 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2018 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for 3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet. The submitted work must have no prior performances.
Judging

A committee having no knowledge of the applicant will conduct the judging of scores and parts. Do not include any identification on the scores and on the .mp3 realization. The winner will be notified via email by January 31, 2018. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2018, July 6-11, 2018, in Ostend, Belgium. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2018 will be provided. If the winner is a clarinetist, he/she must be a member of the I.C.A. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetists for the premiere performance.

All scores and parts will become the property of the ICA Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library and will not be returned.

$1,000 Prize

The I.C.A. assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.
Web Site:clarinet.org/competitions/2017...

 Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017 “Asian Corridor”
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 25 November 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017
“Asian Corridor”

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018. *Application Form is at bottom of the page.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
1 Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *one player. Ask for other family

Group C:
1 Left-Hand Piano

Cautions;
*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for Mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique for piano may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)
• Instrumentation: include all instruments from the list. (Guitar and Mandolin/Mandola can be only one player or two. )
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s) & 1 or 2 Guitar(s) & 1 Saxophone & 1 Left-Hand Piano)
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category B (Duo to Quintet)
• Instrumentation: Any combination of instruments from at least 2 different groups from the instrument list.
• YES: 1 Saxophone & any other instrument(s)
YES: 1 L-F piano & any other instrument(s)
NO: Guitar & Mandolin, Guitar Duo, Mandolin Duo (Those are accepted in Category C)
NO: Saxophone ensemble. *We have only one saxophonist.
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category C* (Performer’s Selection)
*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.
• Instrumentation:
Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
• Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
• Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

Rules
• This year’s theme is “Asian Corridor”.
This theme does not require participants to write music related to Asia in any way at all.
It is set to encourage composers to imagine the meaning of presenting their work in not another place, but in Kyoto, in Asia.
(The theme does not apply for Category C)
• Deadline 25th November 2017.
• No entry fee / No age limit
• The Submitted work must not be previously performed or published. (except Category C.)
• You may submit multiple works, however, only one work for one category will be accepted.
• The selection will be made by 10th December 2017. The result will be announced on the website. The result also will be communicated to participants by email individually.
• Approximately 6 pieces (from category A and B) will be chosen to be performed at the concert, by the selection committee including performers of rosetta contemporary ensemble and composers who write commissioned work for the concert.

Selection Committee
Kaito Nakahori (composer)
Moe Ikeda (composer / selected composer of “Call for scores 2016”)
Mami Katsuya (Program Director of Kyoto Art Center)

Rosetta (here is the member list)

The event is hosted by
Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center

Information for Selected Works & Composers

For Category A & B

• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers, except for the performing right ONLY for the concert on 12th February 2018, when the piece will be given the premier.
• There will be no cash prize.
• Rehearsal for composers reside outside of Japan will be done through recording correspondence or on web streaming.
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves. Recording will be supplied to the composers.
• Selected pieces will be internationally released on music download and streaming services (e.g. iTunes, spotify etc.) from LPC Japan
(by agreement with selected composers and LPC Japan.)
• One composer from the selection will be offered to be guest composer for 2019 edition of Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call for Scores. (¥50,000 commission fee for writing a new piece for Rosetta, and to be a member of selection committee of Call for Scores. )(additional information will be announced)

For Category C

• Selected piece will be given premier by member of rosetta, in 2018. The detail will be determined through discussion between the selected composer and the performer.
• There will be no cash prize.
• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers,
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves.
• Recording will be supplied to the composers.


Web Site:rosetta-music.com/call-for-sco...

 Announcing the 2018 Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 28 November 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Previous winners:
2015 - Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 - Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 - Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 - Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia

Prize
The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2018
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video recording
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• NEW! Winner will have the opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
• The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.
• Receive high quality recordings of these reading sessions and performances
• Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.


Guidelines
▪ Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
▪ There is no time limit for works.
▪ Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
▪ The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Restrictions
Compositions are ineligible if:
They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
The work has already received a professional premiere.
If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.


All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

Deadline
All materials must be received by November 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.

Web Site:docs.google.com/document/d/1es...

 CNM call for scores: harpsichord duets
Summary:Keyboard duet competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: Colchester New Music is pleased to announce a call for scores for harpsichord duet, to be performed by the Knights-Tidhar harpsichord duo in Colchester in Spring 2018. All works submitted must be original, and not exceeding 7 minutes in length. There are no stylistic limitations.

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar (http://harpsichordduo.webnode.com/) are the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, giving many performances each year of repertoire which ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. They are actively seeking to expand the small contemporary repertoire for two harpsichords.

For the harpsichords, assume one double-manual instrument of FF-f3 compass with 2 x 8′, 1 x 4’ stops, and one single-manual instrument of GG-d3, 2 x 8′; they will match in tone and volume. Many recordings of modern harpsichord styles can be found on YouTube, and http://www.christopherlewis.net is also worth a visit. For technical queries, please contact calls@colchesternewmusic.com.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by the performers and an external judge; scores must be submitted in pdf format, and the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form.

Composers may submit up to three pieces – Entry fee is £3 for one, £5 for two or £7 for three pieces, or free for CNM members, students and under 25s (note: proof of age/studentship will be required).

Scores and application forms should be e-mailed to calls@colchesternewmusic.com by 1st December 2017. Links to the downloadable application form and payment details are below:
Web Site:colchesternewmusic.com/calls-f...

 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 required...read 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.

Web Site:www.duoscordatura.com/call-for...