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Summary:Competition featuring piano
Deadline: 20 May 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: The International FEURICH Competition for Piano, Vocal, Chamber Music, and Composition offers young artists from all over the world a platform from which to present their talents in the heart of Vienna - a city renowned the world over for its rich musical heritage. The competition provides an inspirational and communicative atmosphere perfect for making new contacts and networking. A stage where your musical personality can shine - the Feurich Competition offers a professional and fresh approach which will inspire performers and listeners alike.

Round 1: Registration deadline for the competition, including submission of video: May 20th 2018
Round 2: Performances in each age group: June 30th to July 2nd, 2018

Age: from 6 to 99

Age groups:

A: 6-9 years
B: 10-14 years
C: 15-19 years
D: 20+ years

I: Solo piano
II: Solo Instrumental (with piano accompaniment)
III: Solo Voice
IV: Chamber music with piano
V: Composition
VI: Special Category (Elena Cobb-Preis, contemporary music for solo piano)

In category V, compositions will be judged primarily on their creativity, expressiveness and individuality. Other factors include instrumentation, as well as correct and intelligible notation. For the first round, please send the scores for two pieces by email to: – a video is not necessary. The pieces can be played by you in person, but this is not a requirement. The piano must be featured as an instrument in the piece, either as the leading or the accompanying instrument.


 Sir Peter Maxwell Davis Memorial Prize 2018
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 05 April 2018
Details: The 2018 Canterbury Festival Competition is open to entries from all students, at any level of study, in Music programmes at CCCU. Compositions are invited for an ensemble of (or combination from):

Flutes (Piccolo, C flute and Alto): Heledd Francis Wright

Saxophones (Alto and Soprano): Sam Corkin

Viola: Martin Outram

Piano: David Knotts

Pieces of up to 10 minutes’ duration will be considered; shorter works are, of course, acceptable. It is unlikely that electronic elements can be included, but if this is very important to you please speak to Lauren about it.

The deadline for scores is Friday 1st June at 5pm. Please send your full (transposing) score to Lauren Redhead by this date and time. A shortlist of pieces will be drawn up for the concert, by a panel including Visiting Professor in Composition Paul Patterson and Professor Matt Wright.

Shortlisted compositions will be played by the professional players at the lunchtime concert in St Greg’s on Monday 29th October. On the day there will be a rehearsal/workshop from 10am-12pm to prepare. Selected composers must be available to attend both the rehearsal and the concert. The prize will be presented at the end of the concert by Rosie Turner, Director of the Canterbury Festival.

 Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet
Summary:Quartet call
Deadline: 01 November 2018
Date Posted: 29 March 2018
Details: The Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet is pleased to announce its first annual clarinet quartet Composition Competition.

The winning compositions will be performed by the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet at a special concert during the 2018-19 season.

Winning composer will receive public recognition and an MP3 and/or video file of the composition.

• Works must be written for the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet using the following instrumentation:
- 3 Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1Bb Bass Clarinet or
- 2 Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1Eb Alto Clarinet, 1 Bb Bass Clarinet or
- 1 Eb Soprano Clarinet, 2Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1 Bb Bass Clarinet or
- 1 Eb Soprano Clarinet, 1Bb Soprano Clarinet,1 Eb Alto Clarinet, 1Bb Bass Clarinet
• Compositions must be engraved with the dedication “Composed for the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet“
• Compositions written prior to April 1, 2018 are not eligible
• A candidate may submit more than one work, but each work must be submitted separately
• Max length of ten minutes
• Please submit score and parts in PDF file format (please include a midi file if available)
• Classical as well as non-classical styles are eligible
• No electronic devices
• Submit score and parts here:
• Competition Launch: April 1, 2018
• Deadline: November 1, 2018
• Announcement of winners: December 1, 2018
• Entry fee: $10.00 – please login to to pay the entry fee.

 2018 Third Coast Trombone Retreat Call for Scores
Summary:Trombone trio call
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: The Third Coast Trombone Retreat is an annual summer festival welcoming talented trombonists from across the world to the shores of Lake Michigan. Exposing participants to the music of our time is central to the Retreat’s mission. Trombone ensembles have a powerful and moving aesthetic with vast capabilities of dynamic contrast and vocal-like expressiveness. Winning pieces will be performed by:

James Nova, Second Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony
John Sebastian Vera, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera and River City Brass
Nicholas Schwartz, Principal Bass Trombone, New York City Ballet and current acting bass trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

The performance will be live-streamed during the festival occurring June 1-8, 2018, recorded and video taped in high quality and shared via all social media platforms.

Please email the following to with “2018 Scores” as the subject line.
· PDF of the score and parts
· Audio recording of the work (file or link) or midi recording
· Please include name and phone number in email.

-Works accepted for trombone trio. Traditionally in tenor-tenor-bass configuration but also would consider alto-tenor-bass. Tenor-bass-contra bass could also be a fun possibility.
-Single or multi-movement works no longer than 9 minutes.
-Preference given to unperformed works though all submissions welcome.
-Multiple submissions accepted.
-All styles encouraged.

There are no application fees, nationality restrictions or age limits for score submission. Deadline is May 1, 2018.


 One Thirteen Composers' Collective
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: 113 is accepting scores for the 2018-19 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season. Composers who are accepted are encouraged (but not required) to attend the concert(s) featuring their work. Composers of any age or nationality may apply. We are accepting scores in three categories:

1. Works for 1-4 instruments, including any combination of flute, clarinet, double bass, and percussion (1 performer)

2. Works for 1-5 members of TAK Ensemble (, including any combination of flute, clarinet, soprano, violin and percussion (1 performer)

3. Works for Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble ( piano, clarinet/saxophone (1 performer), and percussion (2 performers)

Submissions may include electronics and/or improvisation.

Composers may submit multiple scores, but please note that there is a $ 5.00 fee for each score submission. Scores should be submitted electronically to with the subject heading, “113 Call for Scores.”


1. Your Name
2. Title of the Work
3. Instrumentation
4. Duration
5. PDF of the score
6. Link to an MP3 recording (if available).
7. Paypal Receipt

 Trumpetoon – Call for Scores
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 01 March 2018
Details: Trumpetoon – Call for Scores for B-flat Trumpet and Bassoon Duo
Entry Deadline: December 1, 2018 (winners will be notified by December 31, 2018)
Entry Fee: $5 for each piece submitted (up to 2 pieces, this goes to the prize!)
Eligibility: All adult U.S. citizens (18 or older)
Prize: $75, and a recording on the Minute of Music Project YouTube Channel.
Performers: Jason Taurins (B-flat trumpet) and Quinn O’Donnell (Bassoon)

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

Up to 2 entries per person. Send in your best work!
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must reside in and be a legal citizen of the United States.
Entry must be for B-flat trumpet and bassoon duo (with no other accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2018.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “ditto.”

One winner will be selected, and awarded the monetary prize. Up to 3 honorable mentions may be selected as well.

Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell to record your entry free of charge.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email by December 31.
Your submission will only be complete and recognized when the payment is received.
All payments are non-refundable. Payments are not tax-deductible.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

 One Quiet Plunge
Summary:Chamber work call with electronics
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Commissioned Works

We are seeking landscapes, real and imagined.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is commissioning one to three new works on the theme of place and landscape for premiere in August 2018 on our program country/…/city/…. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

Commissioned works will be for viola, piano, and electronics (or a subset thereof) and will be premiered by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh. The chosen composers will be student or emerging composers of any age living or studying in the Hudson Valley (an emerging composer is defined as someone who does not have a track record of regular performances by professional ensembles). The fee for each commission is $200.

Interested composers are invited to submit any materials that give a sense of the piece you hope to compose, including prose descriptions, sketches, and (especially) recorded soundscapes or viewscapes of the landscape your piece would be reacting to. Composer should also submit 1-2 scores representative of their instrumental writing and music in general. Any aesthetic will be considered. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by April 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Commissioned composers will be notified by May 1, 2018.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Soundscapes/Viewscapes

We are seeking landscapes.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is currently building our program country/…/city/… for presentation in August 2018. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

We are soliciting submissions of recorded soundscapes and viewscapes from around the Valley. Capture a place that is unique, that is special to you, that gives others a new perspective on what life in this area can look, sound, and feel like. Chosen works will be presented in a multimedia production alongside new pieces for viola, piano, and electronics performed by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh.

Anyone with a connection to the Hudson Valley may submit to this call. Although submissions should be of the highest feasible quality, they need not be at a professional level; submissions made with common smartphone apps are encouraged. All video should be shot in landscape format. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by June 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.

 Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018
Summary:Singer with chamber ensemble competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The Alba Rosa Viétor Foundation is pleased to announce the distinguished jurors who will be selecting the 3rd Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition prize winners. Our jury is a truly international group of composers, representing a broad range of styles in contemporary music. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to support the next generation of composers.

Chairman of the Jury is Dutch composer Willem Jeths. He will be assisted by the English composer Tansy Davies, Italian pianist and composer Paolo Marzocchi, German composer Manfred Trojahn and Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition is part of the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival, named after the Italian composer, violinist and pianist Alba Rosa Viëtor.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018 invites composers to submit an original work, not exceeding 9 minutes, for one singer (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone or bass) and piano trio (violin, violoncello and piano).

Inspired by Shostakovich’s wonderful and unique Alexander Blok suite, we would like to encourage young composers to write for this combination of voice and instruments. This does not imply the need for any relationship to the music of Shostakovich.

Composers 35 years of age and under, residing anywhere in the world, are invited to apply.

Five works will be selected to be premiered on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). They will be performed by talented young musicians. Dutch radio presenter Maartje Stokkers will introduce the finalists.
The winning composers will be awarded a First prize of €2,000, a Second Prize of €1,000 or an Audience Prize of €1,000.

• The application deadline is July 1st, 2018
• The composition must be for one singer and piano trio and no longer than 9 minutes
• Only one work may be submitted
• There is a registration fee of €35.
• The registration form below must be completed, together with an e-mail sent to
Each e-mail submission must include:
1 The full score, with separate instrumental parts, as a PDF file, formatted as A4, created in either Sibelius or Finale. The score does not have be anonymous.
2 A (sample or live) recording of the work in MP3 format
3 A second PDF-file containing a copy of the composer’s passport and a short CV
4 A statement by the composer that the submitted work has neither been published, performed in public and/or broadcast previously, nor awarded a prize in any other composition competition

The registration fee of € 35 should be remitted to account number IBAN NL14ABNA0537207163 (BIC ABNANL2A) of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, no later than July 1st, 2018.

One can also use PayPal as a payment method. Please use to send the money.

The Jury will select 5 works from the applications submitted by October 15th, 2018 at the latest. The composers of the works selected for the Finale on December 2nd, 2018 will be notified by email.


 Mizmorim Festival
Summary:Piano four hands competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018

Das Mizmorim Festival freut sich, einen Kompositionswettbewerb für das Festival 2019 anzukündigen. Der Wettbewerb steht allen KomponistInnen die am 01. Januar 2018 seit mindestens fünf Jahren in der Schweiz leben und die am 01. Januar 2018 nicht älter als 36 Jahre sind.

Das Stück muss für Klavier zu vier Händen geschrieben sein und sollte bis zu 10 Minuten dauern. Es muss sich um ein für das Mizmorim Festival 2019 bestimmtes Originalwerk handeln. Das Werk des Preisträgers/der Preisträgerin wird während des fünften Mizmorim Festivals vom 17. bis 20. Januar 2019 aufgeführt. Das Preisgeld beträgt 1.000 CHF plus Reisekosten (innerhalb Europas) und Unterbringung.

Machine translation:


The Mizmorim Festival is pleased to announce a composition competition for the 2019 festival. The competition is open to all composers who live in Switzerland for at least five years on January 01, 2018 and who are not older than the age of 36 on January 1, 2018.

The piece must be written for piano four hands and should take up to 10 minutes. It must be an original work intended for the Mizmorim Festival 2019. The work of the laureate will be performed during the fifth Mizmorim Festival, January 17-20, 2019. The prize money is 1,000 CHF plus travel costs (within Europe) and accommodation.

 Women Composing in Balkans
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: Call for Scores for women composers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania.
MethExis Ensemble, (Artemis Vavatsika - concert accordion,
Alexis Pogrevnois - clarinet, Dora Alexiadou - violin, Iro Menegou - piano)

The non-profit organization “beartive” in collaboration with the Laboratory for Research on Contemporary Music, Composition, Performance and Improvisation (LaReCoM-DMSA) of the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki announces a call for scores addressed to young female composers from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. Five works will be selected and will be performed by the MethExis Ensemble in a concert in September 29th 2018 in Thessaloniki.

The project is funded by the Project Fund of the Cultural Management Academy of the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest.

Deadline 30th April

1. Women Composers must be Bulgarian, Greek or Romanian citizens.
2. The call is open for composers born after 1988.
3. The duration of submitted works is expected to be between 8 and 12 minutes.
4. Works can use either all the instruments mentioned above (concert accordion, clarinet in Bb, A and Eb, violin and piano) or smaller combination (duets & trios); solo works or works which exceed the ensemble (e.g. works including live electronics, recorded material etc.) will not be considered.
5. Any special performing instructions must be in English.
6. Five works will be selected by a jury consisting of beartive and La.Re.Co.M members.
7. The selected works will be performed in public at the 29th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
8. An open workshop including open rehearsals, lectures and round table will also take place in 27th and 28th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
9. Composers must submit a description of the work of maximum 150 words.
10. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions. The composition(s) could have been earlier performed but not published.
11. Transportation (from the country of origin) and accommodation costs for the composers of the selected works will be covered from the organization.


 Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: Eligibility and Awards:
Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition is open to composers who desire to further the repertoire of flute, cello, and guitar with an original 10-15 minute composition. The first prize winner will receive a $1,500 U.S. Dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording. Additional Honorable Mentions may be awarded to an unlimited number of submissions. These submissions will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording but NO CASH AWARD.

The required items listed below must be received by May 1, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time:

Required item #1 is a score – TWO MINUTE SAMPLE OR COMPLETED – of the proposed work. The score must be submitted in PDF format via email to Black Cedar at Separate parts for flute, cello, and guitar are not necessary.

The working title of the proposed work and the composer’s name SHOULD BE INCLUDED on the score.

Required item #2 is a separate PDF document, emailed to, containing the following information:
• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Website
• Email
• Short Bio of 100 words or less
• Title of submitted work or sample

The subject line for all email communications should read “BLACK CEDAR CALL FOR SCORES” followed by the applicant’s full name.

Required item #3 is the application fee of $10 U.S. Dollars, submitted via Paypal to

Perimeters for the Proposed Work:

Applicants may submit either a COMPLETED WORK of 10-15 MINUTES IN LENGTH or a TWO-MINUTE SAMPLE of a working composition in progress.

The instrumentation must be for three performers on flute (which can be regular C flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, or any alternation of these instruments), cello, and six-string classical guitar.

All applicants will be notified via email no later than June 1, 2018.

The first-prize winning composition will receive a $1,500 U.S. dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording.

Honorable Mention award winners will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording.

Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner.

All contestants will accept Black Cedar’s decision as final.

PDF scores and scores printed into hardcopy by Black Cedar will remain the property of Black Cedar. All applicants will retain Copyright to their submissions.

Black Cedar 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.


 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.

 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.