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 ICEBERG's 2019-20 Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber music call
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: OVERVIEW

Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores for one or both of ICEBERG's partner ensembles, Hypercube (http://www.hypercubemusic.org/) and Unheard-of (https://www.unheard-ofproject.com/ensemble). Up to four winning composers (at least one for each ensemble) will be selected to have their works performed as part of our 2019-20 season at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. There are no restrictions on the works submitted – pieces may have been previously performed, recorded, and/or awarded. In keeping with ICEBERG's mission of promoting stylistic diversity, composers are encouraged to submit their music regardless of compositional style – anything from pop songs to works of new complexity are welcome, and will be considered equally.

The winning work(s) for Hypercube will be performed February 15, 2020. The winning work(s) for Unheard-of will be performed April 10, 2020. These performances will take place at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.

DURATION GUIDELINES

Submitted pieces may be no longer than 12 minutes in duration. There is no minimum duration.

INSTRUMENTATION GUIDELINES

Composers may submit:

A) One (1) score for performance by Hypercube

B) One (1) score for performance by Unheard-of

Or,

C) Two (2) scores, one suitable for each ensemble.

INSTRUMENTATION (Hypercube)

Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bari - one player)
Guitar (Acoustic, Electric - one player)
Piano
Percussion

(Subsets of this ensemble will be considered. Works involving electronics will be considered.)

INSTRUMENTATION (Unheard-of)

Violin
Cello
Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)
Piano

(Subsets of this instrumentation will be considered. Works which involve electronics will be considered).

HOW TO SUBMIT

1. Complete the submission form below. Please make sure that all links to scores/audio remain active until January 15, 2020.
2. Pay the $8 (one score) or $15 (two scores) submission fee by the appropriate PayPal button. Submissions will not be considered unless the fee is paid.

The winning compositions will be selected by a panel which includes ICEBERG composers and performers from our partner ensembles. Winners will be notified by email before January 1, 2020. Winning composers must be prepared to promptly supply parts and other performance materials for their selected compositions. Composers are not required to attend the performance (although we hope they will). ICEBERG New Music can not provide any financial assistance for travel expenses.
Entry Fee:$8–16
Web Site:www.icebergnewmusic.com/call-f...

 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Guitar and piano competion
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Welcome to the Australian Music Composition Competition

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes including $3,000 cash First Place

*PLUS*

Performances, Flights, Accommodation, Composer Workshop, ABC Classic Recording and more!

Open age competition to Australian residents with an Under 25 Emerging Artist Award.

Applicants are invited to enter the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 by submitting an original musical composition based on the artwork ‘Outback’ by Sue Needham of between 4 - 6 minutes in duration for a duo ensemble with instrumentation of Piano & Classical Guitar (6-string, nylon, 19 frets) and additional materials according to the Submission Materials on page 5.

The submitted work for Piano & Guitar will be judged on its effectiveness, quality of writing for each individual instrument as well as for the duo ensemble as a whole and the score presentation.

No prepared piano will be accepted but extended techniques are permissible.

Works must be based on the inspiration image but can be in a single or in multiple movements provided the total length of the work is within the time limit of 4 - 6 minutes.

The score must be clearly notated with computer software. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

The Competition is open to any current Australian citizen or resident of Australia.

A playlist of various repertoire previously recorded by Matt Withers & Sally Whitwell (in different ensemble configurations) has been created on Spotify for listening research. Search ‘Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 Inspiration’ or find the link at www.MattWithers.com.au/CompositionCompetition

Entries close COB Friday 31st January 2020

Entry Fee:40AUD
Web Site:mattwithers.com.au/Composition...

 THE NIGHT WITH… 2019 CALL FOR SCORE FOR EMERGING COMPOSERS
Summary:Chamber group with voice
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Night With…

Call for scores for The Hermes Experiment (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass)

Deadline 1st October 2019

Workshop in Scottish Music Centre, 24th November

Concerts week of 25th November

The Night With… announces its third call for scores for emerging composers for works for The Hermes Experiment to be performed at The Night With… The Hermes Experiment concerts in November. The concert will also include works by Matthew Grouse, Josephine Stephenson, Robin Haigh and Meredith Monk.


From the initial submissions up to five works will be chosen for a workshop with The Hermes Experiment on 24th November in the Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow (time tbc). Fewer may be selected at the discretion of the judges. One of the five works will be chosen to feature in The Night With… concerts later in the week. This call for scores is as much about finding and developing interesting new music and composers as finding a new work that will fit within the programme.

Scores will be assessed entirely anonymously and The Night With…, as an inclusive organisation, particularly welcomes applications from emerging female and non-binary composers based in Scotland.

All scores must be submitted under a pseudonym. Any scores with identifying marks will be discarded.

The shortlist will be chosen by a panel consisting of representatives from The Hermes Experiment, Matthew Whiteside (CEO/Artistic Director of The Night With…) and a composer external from the programme.

Works are ideally for the full quartet (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass). Subsets of the ensemble down to duo will be accepted but are not encouraged. Solo pieces will not be accepted.

Instrument specific information:

-Soprano range: middle C (C4) to high C (C6)

-Double bass has a low C extension

-You can write for and/or include the bass clarinet in your piece

Submissions can be between 5 and 10 minutes long.

Pieces must not have been premiered, however they do not necessarily have to be written for this call.

It is the responsibility of the composer to acquire any rights or permissions to text used in the pieces. By submitting to this call for scores the composer confirms that these have been obtained.

It is recognized that composers can begin their career at any age. Therefore ‘emerging’ is defined by the composer themselves though will be at the discretion of judges. Example definitions of emerging include:

Currently in education or recently left
Have worked with an orchestra for a development opportunity (e.g. RSNO Composers Hub, LSO Soundhub) but not received regular commissions orchestral or otherwise
Not have an exclusive agreement with a publisher
These are not exhaustive examples.

It is intended that the workshop will be documented through recording and photography/film. This is so that the composers involved will have a read-through recording and/or video of their work for their own non-commercial use (e.g. Soundcloud).

Attendance at the workshop is required. There is a small bursary available to cover travel and accommodation expenses of those selected.

The workshop will be open to the public and free to attend.

Submission Process

Send all submissions matthew@thenightwith.com with the subject line ‘The Hermes Experiments call for scores – [pseudonym]’. Within the email include:

an anonymous PDF score with pseudonym. Filename format: ‘[pseudonym]_[piece-name]’
a midi mockup of the piece (optional)
text of the piece
biography, up to 350 words in Word format, of composer (this will not be used for judging the shortlist, only for eligibility and marketing if shortlisted)
headshot
Web Site:thenightwith.com/2019/06/05/th...

 SOUTH TEXAS BRASS SYMPOSIUM
Summary:Brass piano trio
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: 2019-2020 SOUTH TEXAS BRASS SYMPOSIUM
NOVEMBER 15-16, 2019

The South Texas Brass Symposium was created in an effort to promote the performance, education and awareness of brass music in the South Texas region. Bringing world-class musicians and the area’s best professionals together at Del Mar College for masterclasses and performances will create unique learning opportunities for students, musicians and the general public. Please join us as we celebrate a rich and exciting repertoire of music for brass instruments.

Call for Scores: Horn, Trombone, and Piano

Description: The organizing committee of the South Texas Brass Symposium is seeking original, unpublished works for a trio (horn, trombone, and piano) to feature in a recital performance by Del Mar College faculty during the annual South Texas Brass Symposium on November 15-16, 2019. The winning composition will receive an opportunity for a premiere performance at the symposium and a live recording of the work.

Eligibility: Open to anyone

Submission Fee: None

Instrumentation: Must be specifically scored for Horn in F, Tenor or Bass Trombone and Piano.

Composition Guidelines: We are looking for a piece of music of medium length, between 5-10 minutes, of musical worth and substance that will be attractive to audiences and performers alike. The work should be listenable, appeal to general audiences and be written in traditional notation for the specified instruments listed above. The piece should be original and unpublished, although it may have been previously performed. All submissions will be judged anonymously with a third-party organizing the materials. Please make sure your name and contact information is included in the email with your submission.

Submission Requirements: Applications will be submitted via email to Dr. Donald Pinson at dpinson@delmar.edu, no later than Friday, September 20th, 2019.

Applications must include:
1. Anonymous PDF score and parts. Please hide your name and any other identifying information (for example, in the dedication or program notes.)
2. Recording in mp3 format (live recording or MIDI generated recording is acceptable). Please send as an attachment or direct download link (links to streaming services will not be accepted.) MIDI files will not be accepted; applicants must convert MIDI to mp3.
3. Applicant contact information and title of composition in email body.
4. Please label the subject line of your email as “STBS composition”

The winning submission will be notified by October 20th, 2019. Attendance at the Symposium is not required, but highly encouraged. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Dr. Pinson at the contact information above.
Web Site:delmar.edu/offices/music/sympo...

 ACE CALL FOR SCORES
Summary:Piano Trio Call
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The Additive Color Ensemble is proud to announce its inaugural Call for Scores. Participation is open to composers of every kind. Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2019.

Guidelines
• No submission fee
• Works must be written for Flute, Saxophone, and Piano. The following instruments are available:
>Piccolo/C flute/Alto flute
>Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone saxophone
>Piano is just piano.
• Works should not exceed 10 minutes.
• Multiple submissions per composer are accepted.
• Works may be premieres or previously performed.
• Selected composers will be featured in the Additive Color Ensemble 2020 season, and will also receive video recordings of works.

Deadlines
• Deadline is December 31, 2019.
• Selected composers will be notified by January 15, 2020.
Web Site:additivecolor.org/call-for-sco...

 New Opportunity for Composers
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: We are seeking new performance music for trio, to be part of our new and exclusive series, Continually Advancing Music (CAM). Submit compositions for trio that have at least one double bass or one cello. All instruments and voice are acceptable. Compositions cannot exceed 22 minutes and must be for professional performance. Composers can be of any age, nationality, gender, or career stage. Composers are limited to five submissions, maximum. Of those reviewed, up to 5 compositions will be accepted for publishing contract. This open call will expire April 2021, or before if five compositions have been identified. As of June 11, 2019, approximately 20 compositions have been submitted (thank you all!). The call is still open.

To submit, send your score as a PDF attachment to or within an email, or send us a link to a cloud folder. No recording is required but an MP3 will be accepted (up to 10mb). Our email is info at isgpublications.com.
Web Site:isgpublications.com/ISGBlog/?p...

 Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers’ Competition 2019
Summary:Chamber music competition
Deadline: 05 September 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Under the honorary patronage
of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers’Union
and media patronage of Polish Music Information Center

TOTAL VALUE OF PRIZES: 25.000 PLN
Deadline for entries: September 5th, 2019

Awarded pieces will be performed by
Hashtag Ensemble http://www.hashtag-ensemble.org/


COMPETITION
The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
More than one score per composer is permitted.
It is possible to submit works already performed and/or awarded in other competitions, excluding compositions already published.
GENRE

Only compositions for chamber ensemble of 3 to 5 instruments (chosen from the list below), without conductor.

Instruments: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 french horn, 1 piano,
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello.
Use live electronics or tape is not permitted.
Duration: from 10 to 16 minutes.

PRIZES
The First Prize – 13.000 PLN
The Second Prize – 8.000 PLN
The Third Prize – 4.000 PLN

PWM Edition’s Special Prize for the Youngest Winner: a set of Polish contemporary music scores.

The Witold Lutosławski Society Awards: the newest publications about Witold Lutosławski (book, album).

JURY

Fredrik Österling (Sweden)
Paul Patterson (United Kingdom)
Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)

The decisions of the Jury are final.

THE PRIZE WINNERS’ CONCERT

The awarded compositions will be performed on 30thof November 2019 in the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, at a special concert organised by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Channel 2. The concert will be broadcasted and offered to all members of the European Broadcasting Union.
The composer of the awarded work must provide all the performance material at their own expense and send them to the ISCM Polish Section until 1st of November 2019
Composers declare that they possess all rights to their pieces, their composition is original and all materials (parts and full score) are available to the Competition’s organiser free of charge.

ENTRIES
The score, printed on the paper, should be submitted anonymously and marked with an alphanumeric emblem. Applications should be sent only through the post office – any application sent by courier services (eg. Fedex, TNT, DHL) will not be accepted.

Sealed envelope marked with the same emblem containing the filled and signed

APPLICATION FORM
The entries should be sent to the following address:
Iwona Kisiel-Król – ISCM Polish Section
Poste Restante
Ogrodowa 3
05-200 Wołomin
Poland
Tel/fax: (+48) 22 827-69-81
Mob. (+48) 535-266-363
e-mail: ptmw@epistola.pl

The deadline for submission of scores is September 5th, 2019. The postmark is decisive.

ENTRY FEE
Entry fee for participants is 220 PLN (55 EUR) for each score.
Entry Fee:55 EUR
Web Site:ptmw.art.pl/2018/10/30/kazimie...

 Garth Newel Music Center
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Now accepting submissions for the 9th Composition Competition
Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.

Prizes
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, 2020
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality recording of the premiere
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• 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 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of her/his/their other chamber works.
• 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

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

For electronic submission:
• Email the score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to pianoquartet@garthnewel.org, along with the composer’s info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.
• Recordings that are too big can be sent via Dropbox or google drive. Please label the titles of digital tracks with the composition name as well as the composer’s pseudonym.
For electronic submissions, email your score, instrumental parts, and audio file under a pseudonym to pianoquartet@garthnewel.org, along with your biographical info in a pdf/word document labeled “do not open until after the results are determined”.
Deadline

All materials must be received by November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2020.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or email jeannette@garthnewel.org.
Web Site:www.garthnewel.org/education/c...

 Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019
Summary:Duet Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 10 January 2019
Details: Call for scores - Osmose Intermezzo 2019

We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age. Pieces should be written for professionnal duo clarinet Bb and violoncello. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 1 minute

Géraldine Fastré, clarinet & Bruno Ispiola, cello

Participation fee : 20 euros per score (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short recent CV (10 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address : dan.baas@skynet.be

Deadline : August, 31, 2019

Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September, the concert will take place on November, 15, 2019.


Web Site:danbaas.wordpress.com/2018/12/...
Email:dan.baas@skynet.be

 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: https://goo.gl/forms/7Mu1ZdxMp6f6QWj22
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to BSCESubmissions@gmail.com (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)!
Web Site:www.blacksheepcontemporary.com...

 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...