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 Amaranth Quartet Call for Scores
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amaranth Quartet, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeks compositions for performance in April 2019. All submitted works must be 4-10 minutes in length. Composers must be ages 18-24. All submitted works must use the full string quartet; no subsets will be accepted. Works using electronics will not be considered for this call.

Four finalists will be announced by Amaranth Quartet and D. Riley Nicholson by January 15, 2018.

Four finalists will receive: 2 workshop sessions with Amaranth Quartet in April 2019, a recording of the final session, and one private composition coaching with composer D. Riley Nicholson. After the workshop sessions, one composer will be chosen to have their piece premiered on the Bend, Bent, Break concert in Amaranth's spring season, alongside the premiere of D. Riley Nicholson's latest string quartet, commissioned by Amaranth Quartet. The chosen composer will be awarded $500.

Workshop sessions will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Composers outside of the Bay Area may apply; however, selected composers must arrange their own travel and lodging.

Please submit the following to

• scores and parts in PDF format

• MP3s (midi or recordings) are encouraged but not required

• contact information (name, pronouns, email address, phone number)

• a brief biography (up to 150 words)

• short program notes (up to 100 words)

Scores must be received by Wednesday, December 15, 2018 at 11:59pm PST for full consideration. Scores arriving after this deadline will be retained for possible future consideration.

Please direct submissions and any questions to

 Sorodha Composition Competition 2016: String quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
Details: Sorodha is proud to announce the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

For this festive edition, we welcome compositions for string quartet and have the utmost pleasure to be able to work with the Tana String Quartet on this occasion. Their leader, Antoine Maisonhaute, was one of our judges last year, and this year they all join us as performers.

The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be executed at a public concert on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

The winning piece will be performed by the Tana String Quartet at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016 (details forthcoming).

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello; no electronics, either)?
• was it originally written for string quartet?
• has is not been performed, broadcasted or prized in another competition before?
• is your score anonymous?
• will we be able to tell it apart from the others based on the title only? Ok, then; otherwise please add a motto, code or other distinctive sign.
• is it formatted as PDF file and A4 pages?
• does your second PDF file contain all the necessary data?
• has the entry fee been paid by PayPal (an extra € 1 will be charged to cover the transfer costs)?
• have you checked the time zone if filing on the last day before the deadline from elsewhere than Western Europe?

Please take notice of the fact that we cannot accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!