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Summary:Composition Academy
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
12 Fully Active Participants will be selected
CATEGORY A: Mixed Media (6) | CATEGORY B: Acoustic (6)

All Fully Active participants get:
• 3 rehearsals of 1-hour each + dress rehearsal of the new work
• premiere of the new work in one of the two final concerts
• recording and video of both the dress rehearsal and concert performance of the new work (by the end of August 2020)
• 1.5-hour private lesson with each one of the tutors
• 1-hour presentation of their compositional work
• attendance in all the events of the academy

Details of the new works:
-Score and parts must be submitted via email by May 15, 2020.
-The duration should strictly not exceed 8'.
-Upon acceptance, the selected composers will be asked to send three different instrumental line-ups, for which they would be interested in writing.

Course Fee:

The fee should be paid in two portions:
- €250, after the notification of acceptance.
(further instructions will be provided via email)
- €150, with the submission of the new work, on May 15, 2020.

* Course Fees do not go towards the coverage of any accommodation, board, or travel expenses of the participant.
** All fees are non-refundable.

3 Partially Active Participants will be selected

After the selection of the 12 Fully Active participants, the selection committee will give the opportunity to three composers to attend the academy as Partially Active participants, who will be asked to write a 2-to-3 minute piece to be read by ensemble Suono Giallo.

All Partially Active participants get:
• 1-hour reading session of a 2-to-3 minute piece by Suono Giallo
• zoom recording of the reading session
• 1.5-hour private lesson with each one of the tutors
• attendance in all the events of the academy

Details of the new works to be read:
-Score and parts must be submitted via email by June 25, 2020.
-The duration should be strictly 2'-3'.
-Upon acceptance, the selected composers will be asked to send the instrumental line-up, for which they would be interested in writing.

Course Fee:

The fee should be fully paid after the notification of acceptance.
(further instructions will be provided via email)

* Course Fees do not go towards the coverage of any accommodation, board, or travel expenses of the participant.
** All fees are non-refundable.

How To Apply

Any composer is eligible to apply regardless of age.

December 1, 2019
(by 11:59pm, Eastern European Time)

Through the online application form, composers should submit a permanent link
to one (preferably Dropbox or Google Drive) folder, which should contain the following:

1. CV and BIO (max 200 words) (.pdf) in English, combined in one file
2. HQ ARTISTIC PHOTO (.jpeg) to be used in case of acceptance
3. TWO RECENT WORKS [scores (.pdf) and recordings (.mp3)]

In the application form, the applicant will be asked to choose the category
[CATEGORY A: Mixed Media or CATEGORY B: Acoustic]
to which s/he is applying.

Notes on the application submission:
• At least one recording is required.
• Midi recordings will not be acceptable.
• All recordings should strictly be in MP3 format.
• Submitted works could be of any instrumentation.
• For Category A applicants: At least one work with electronics is required.
• Make sure the link to your folder is permanent. Applications with expired or non-functional links will be automatically rejected.

An application fee of 12€ should be payable through Paypal to

In case the applicant cannot proceed to and/or complete the payment of the application fee through Paypal,
an alternative payment option would be through bank transfer.

Chaya Czernowin | 2020 resident composer
Rand Steiger | 2020 resident composer
ensemble Suono Giallo | resident ensemble
Giacomo Piermatti | guest performer
Theocharis Papatrechas | artistic director

Selected applicants will be notified by the end of December 2019.
Entry Fee:€12

 Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Summary:Composition course
Deadline: 04 November 2019
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors led by high-profile musicians

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme was founded over 40 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians.

Residential projects and masterclasses take place throughout the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast where Britten lived and worked. Participants benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios, which has grown around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The BPYAP hosts some of the premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances.

Courses at the BPYAP are free for all participants, and additionally we cover accommodation and most travel costs. There is no upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be at least 18 years old and either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.

2020/21 Courses

Applications open for the following courses on Friday 4 October 2019.

Application deadline for all courses in 2020: 4pm Monday 4 November 2019

Application deadline for Chamber Music in Residence & Chamber Music Lab: 4pm Monday 6 April 2020

Composition, Alternative Performance & Performance Art (CAPPA)
13 – 24 September 2020

Larry Goves composer & course director • Lori Freedman clarinettist, improvisor & composer • Trond Reinholdtsen composer • Aside: Meriel Price saxophonist, visual artist, composer, director & Johann Michael Schneider actor, director • Kathryn Williams flautist & composer • Jessica Aszodi singer & composer • Members of The House of Bedlam: Tom McKinney guitars, Carl Raven saxophones & clarinets, Stephanie Tress cello

Led by leading figures in contemporary music with interest and practice overlapping with experimental performance art, this course broadens the perspectives of open-minded composers and performers. Rather than dividing participants into categories, it seeks only to encourage the creation of new works.

Larry Goves, course director, shares these thoughts with potential applicants:

Composition, Alternative Performance, and Performance Art (CAPPA) is intended to be primarily a creative practice course focussing on musical making (broadly defined). In other words, if you’re a composer, instrumentalist, singer or other practitioner who is interested in making new work then this could well be the course for you. New work might be acoustic and/or electronic composition, sound art, improvisation, creative interpretation, interdisciplinary practice, and so on. Although there has been some focus on interdisciplinary work on the course itself, this is by no means inevitable or a necessity for applicants.

If you’re thinking about applying therefore, CAPPA is a place where practitioners working in different areas can come together for a shared appreciation of contemporary creative practice without having to adhere to a particular convention within it. Whether you’re a composer working with pencil on paper or a multi-instrumentalist performance artist making films, creative interests may overlap where technical approaches may not; all approaches are potentially welcome here.

The focus for the course is twofold. The unifying interest is one of experimental and exploratory music-making, free from genre, broadly contextualised, and sincerely attempting to delve, as far as this is possible, into the currently unknown. The second focus is the participants themselves; the course is designed to adapt around the interests and interactions of the artists involved and the artists working on the project.

The plan is to frame the start of the course around some thoughts of contemporary and historical performance art, in particular where it overlaps with music. The staff involved will reflect on their own practice and there will be some performances and interactive sessions. However, the course is dominated by the participants making new work and discussing and sharing their approaches.

If you have any questions, then you can ask me directly through Snape Maltings.

Good luck with your application.



 Thinking unorthodox with ableton
Summary:Software workshop
Deadline: 10 November 2019
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Festival DME - Dias de Música Electroacústica - is very pleased to announce the workshop ‘Thinking unorthodox with ableton’ with composer Mehmet Can Özer in Lisbon, Portugal

Participants will have the opportunity to explore not only the basics but anything possible to create with this software. The course will start from the concept of Ableton Live, basics (recording, editing, routing the signals, etc) and then explore its own instruments in a non popular fashion. The students are free to choose what to do with the techniques given at the course. Main thing will be to think out of the box.

Dates, schedule & location
1st weekend: November 23-24
2nd weekend: November 30-December 1
from 10am to 5pm
at Lisboa Incomum

Personal computer with Ableton live installed.
Basic knowledge of audio software is recommended, but not mandatory.

Participation fee

The masterclass will be held in English.
The participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs.

To submit an application please fill the form below:

Deadline for application: November 10th, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact us at


 Barcelona Modern International Composition Course
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: 21 October 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: The Barcelona Modern Ensemble, together with the Institut Français-Barcelona, open the call for dossiers for the "Barcelona Modern International Composition Course", 6th Edition.

The course is aimed primarily at young composers (selected by open call), which will be headed by a renowned guest composer.

Structured in three meetings of three days each (intensive working days: from 10 to 14 and 16 to 20 hours), selected composers as ACTIVE Participants will develop a composition project supervised by the guest composer, with the BARCELONA MODERN ENSEMBLE -Fl, Sx, Vl, Vc, Pno and director- as permanent resident ensemble, the ENSEMBLE SILLAGES -trio formation: Flute, Viola and harp- and the QUATOUR AEOLINA -Accordions quartet- as resident guests ensembles,, at the disposal of students for reading sessions, workshops, rehearsals and concerts.

Selected composers from among the LISTENERS Participants will have a reading session with one of the ensembles or soloists of the course, also supervised by the guest composer as well as unlimited access to all course activities.

Course activities include individual and collective masterclasses given by the guest composer, lectures by the participants, guest speakers, instrumental workshops by the musicians of the ensembles, guest ensembles and soloists, reading sessions, open rehearsals and concerts.

The activity finishes with the premiere, in a public concert, of the works composed by the selected composers –as Active Participants- throughout the course.

The course will take place at the Institut Français-Barcelona (Carrer de Moià nº 8, 08006 Barcelona) between November 2019 and June 2020.

• First meeting: January 15th, 16th, 17th 2020.
• Second meeting: March 11th, 12th, 13th 2020.
• Third meeting: June 17th, 18th, 19th 2020.
-June 18th, final concert QUATOUR AEOLINA.
-June 19th, final concert ENSEMBLE SILLAGES.
-June 20th, final concert BARCELONA MODERN ENSEMBLE.

The guest composer for this edition is ALBERTO POSADAS.

Guidelines (pdf) (french versionpdf):
• All composers may attend this call, regardless of age or nationality.
• Composers interested in participating should send, before October 21st 2019, the following documentation:
-Application form duly completed (pdf) (french versionpdf).
-Curriculum Vitae
-Copy of national identity card or passport.
-Two scores in PDF format.
-Recordings (mp3) of the submitted works, if possible.

• 12 composers will be selected as Active Participants (composers not selected as Active Participants have the opportunity to attend as Listeners)
• 9 composers from among the Listeners Participants will be selected for reading session. (The number of places available for composers who wish to attend as Listeners is30. Listeners Participants have unlimited access to all the course activities).

On November 1st 2019 the results of the call will be communicated via e-mail and posted on the course website and Facebook.

The registration period for selected composers as Active or Listeners Participants, ends on November 10th 2019.

On November 20th 2019 we will communicate the assigned instrumentation (from the possible proposals) to each Active Participant, and the ensemble or soloist to work with.

Same with the Listeners Participant selected for reading sessions.

-The assistance to the three meetings, in the stipulated course schedule, is mandatory for composers selected as Active Participants.

-Before February 15th 2020, active participants should send by email, in PDF format, 60% of the work in progress.

-Before May 1st 2020, active participants shouldsend by email, in PDF format, the work already completed (score and parts).

-The piece worked during the course must be a new creation, created for and during the work in the course, and to be premiered in the final concert. No adaptations or instrumentations of preexisting works are accepted.

-The languages used for the course are French and English.

[[[Registration for the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course implies the acceptance of these rules]]]

Registration fee:
Active Participants: 450 €.
Listeners Participants with reading session: 220 €.
Listeners Participants: 160 €.

All documentation must be submitted by email (before October 21st) to:

The registration fee must be paid (until November 10th) by income or bank transfer to the following bank account number:

Associació Musica Actual – Curs Composició BMP
Count number (IBAN): ES11 0081 0523 1300 0132 8633

The Course organization can give to the participants detailed information about Barcelona: accommodation, transport, addresses and any additional information.

For any questions direct your inquiry via email to:


Summary:Composition Programme
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: Program Overview and Summary
• Performance: Each participant will be invited to submit one work of up to five (5) minutes in length for the resident ensemble, the Borromeo String Quartet. All works will be premiered on an Alba Music Festival Wet Ink concert. Furthermore, the quartet will choose one composer to receive a commission to compose a new work as part of a future concert season. Participants will also be considered for reprise performances of their music by the quartet.
• Professional Recording: Each participant will receive a professional, edited recording of their work as part of a dedicated recording session.
• Private lessons: Participants receive one-on-one private composition lessons with our resident faculty who include Mary Ellen Childs, J Anthony Allen, and the 2020 Composer-In-Residence, Derek Bermel. Additional lessons may also be available, time permitting, with any of our visiting composers.
• Masterclasses & Workshops: Daily workshops and masterclasses are led by the composition faculty, the Composer-In-Residence, visiting composers, and performers. These sessions focus on variety of topics, ranging from issues of craft, to professional career planning.
• VIP Access: Participants will have complimentary, reserved seating at the evening festival concerts, as well as invitations to select, special events. We also include a complimentary tour of an area winery, complete with a wine tasting hosted by a local sommelier.
• Future Opportunities: All alumni of the Alba Composition Program are eligible to receive a paid commission to compose a new work for a premiere as part of a future Alba Festival . In 2017, the first Alba Alumni Commission was awarded to 2016 alumnus, Jonathan Posthuma. Awards have since been given to Jesse Edwards and Nicky Sohn, both 2017 program alumni.

A Typical Day in Alba
Each day in Alba is filled with music and fellowship. Mornings consist of rehearsals and/or private composition lessons with the faculty. Typically we break for lunch at noon, followed by an afternoon composition masterclass/workshop held in the Alba Campus Center. Afterward there is time for private lessons, afternoon rehearsals, or simply rest. Alba Festival afternoon concerts are usually scheduled at 5:30 pm, followed by a break for an evening meal. At 9:00 pm, the Alba Festival evening concert usually takes place, often followed by socializing over wine and/or a late dinner, and, of course, gelato!

Your Music: A Concert Performance
Program participants will be invited to submit one work, either pre-existing or newly composed, in any compositional style, of up to five (5) minutes for the resident ensemble. Works may be composed for the entire group, or for a subset of the group's instrumentation. Performance materials, professionally prepared, will be due for electronic delivery (PDF format) no later than March 1, 2019. All works will performed on one of the Alba Festival concerts dedicated to the work of living composers.

Your Music: A Professional Recording
One of the most valuable things for a composer is a high-quality recording. Thus, as part of the program, each participant will have his/her work professionally recorded in a dedicated session. These sessions will be coordinated in consultation with the program participants, the musicians, resident faculty, and the Composer-in-Residence. Each participant will receive an edited, twenty-four (24) bit stereo master of their music approximately one month after the completion of the festival. In addition, the unedited ProTools session files may be made available on request.

Private Composition Lessons
All participants will receive private, one-on-one, lessons with each member of the resident composition faculty and the Composer-in-Residence. Time permitting, additional lessons may also be available with any of the guest and visiting composers.

Daily Masterclasses and Workshops
Masterclasses and workshops, hosted by the resident composition faculty, the Composer-in-Residence, and guest composers, will be held each day in the music classroom of the Alba Campus Center. All classes and workshops will be topic based, ranging from elements of compositional craft to career issues. Example topics include contemporary counterpoint, orchestration, electronic and electroacoustic music, spectralism, performance practice, improvisation, promotion, publishing, copyright, recording, music industry, and academic career advice.

Electronic and Electroacoustic Music Production Day Camp (new for 2020)
We partnered with Slam Academy and faculty member J Anthony Allen to offer a one-day intensive electronic and electroacoustic music production course. featuring creative production tools Ableton Live, Max4Live, and Max/MSP. This is an optional add-on for accepted composition fellows at a substantially discounted rate or may be elected as a standalone package for anyone. Seats, however, are limited.

Housing, Meals, and Transportation
Due to the wide range of circumstances and needs of our applicants, the program is able to offer a discounted housing and meal package as an option. Participants are not required to enroll in this plan. We are also happy to assist those who wish to make their own accommodation arrangements. We are also happy to arrange a discounted private car/van shuttle service from major city airports and railway stations. Torino (Turin) is the most often used gateway for arriving and departing by air or rail. Turin is located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Alba by car. However, both Milan and Genova are also possible points of arrival and departure, each about two and a half hours drive from Alba.

Participants who take advantage of the housing/meal package will have one round-trip transfer provided (to/from Turin).

Facilities: The Alba Campus, Music School, and Beppe Fenoglio Hall
Composition masterclasses and workshops are held in a remodeled classroom located in an important historical building. This building, known as the Alba Campus Center, also houses the administrative offices of the festival. During the day, participants will have access to this building, which contains several practice rooms with pianos, computers, and free high-speed WiFi. Private lessons are held in the campus center, or in one of the practice rooms or rehearsal spaces of the local music school which, houses a recently remodeled multipurpose hall named after Beppe Fenoglio, a famous 20th century Italian author and native of the region.

2020 Tuition and Fees
Tuition: €2395

​​This fee includes all elements of the program except travel, meals, and accommodation. An inclusive meal and accommodation plan is available (see below).

The tuition will be payable in three installments:
Refundable Deposit: €500 (due on acceptance to the program)
January 1, 2020: First Installment: €1250
February 1, 2019: Final Installment: €645 (less any financial aid)

For more information:


Summary:Programme for emerging composers
Deadline: 03 December 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – A program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the “Live Music Capital of the World”. ***Now accepting applications for 2020***

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD program provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly written work that is to be rehearsed, recorded in a professional studio and performed at a concert in Austin, TX. In addition, for 5-6 days, each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships with colleagues in the music and arts industry.

The program name draws inspiration from the city of Austin’s motto of “Keep Austin Weird.” Most composers do not have professional studio recordings of their compositions, and most who do, have subpar live recordings. With quality studio recordings there is an opportunity to place compositions in film, commercials, and radio. In Austin, a city rich in music and culture, these visiting composers will also have the opportunity to build relationships and broaden their network.

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD takes place for 8-10 days in Austin, Texas. Participants will be required to compose a work specifically for the program. Each composer will have the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a rehearsal and a recording session at Cacophony Records, recording and engineering done by Grammy winning producer, Erik Wofford. All tracking will be done in Austin, mixing and mastering will be conducted post-program and sent to the composer (composer retains all rights to music). A performance will be booked in advance and promoted to showcase each composer. In addition, conferences, panels, and mixers will be held at various venues around town to provide networking opportunities. Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, backyard, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches.

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day): $1,560 USD (contributes toward recording, musicians, performance)
Application should be sent by email to (cost to apply is $15 USD)
1) Please send the following information:
a. Name
b. Birth date
c. Nationality
d. CV
e. Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e – interests, goals, etc)
f. One letter of recommendation (if possible)

2) PDF files of one – two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $15(USD) fee payable by paypal to

Dec.3.2019: Application deadline
Dec.5. 2019: Announcement of results
Dec.15.2019: Notification to reserve spot in program (via deposit; flexible)
Dec.20. 2019: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
Jan.7.2020: Deadline for sending finished composition
Jan.13/14. 2020: – arrival and accommodation in Austin
Jan.21/22.2020: – departure from Austin
Entry Fee:$15 USD