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 UPBEAT International Summer Music School – Brac, Croatia
Summary:Composition Summer School
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Deadline: 31 January 2019

Details: Seeking composers for the16th annual composition course as part of the UPBEAT International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. This composition course is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals, but is open to composer-performers of all ages. The dates of the course are Thursday 18 July through Monday 29 July, 2019.

Application Fee: 600 EUR

Contact: For more details, please visit:

 Second International Composition Competition “Carlo Sanvitale”
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Organised by “Amici della Musica – Guido Albanese”

The –Associazione Amici Della Musica “Guido Albanese”– invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 2nd “Carlo Sanvitale” Composition Competition. The composition should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable by young talented players. The goals of the contest are:
• To offer young composers the possibility to have their works performed live
• The possibility to acquire experience with a chamber ensemble (Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”).

The Competition is open to composers and students of all ages and nationalities. The submitted works must satisfy the following criteria:
• Orchestration (max.): 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, tenor or soprano. Works whose instrumentation includes other instruments will not be taken into account for the competition;
• The length of the composition must be between 3 and 10 minutes;
• All complementary documents (music, bio sketch, program notes) have to be submitted to the jury along with the score;
• Scores have to be sent in PDF format to amicidellamusicaortona@gmail.comThe submission is not deemed successful until a confirmation e-mail has been sent;
• The composition has to be original and never performed before;
• The composer renounces to execution rights for the performance by the Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale”;
• The difficulty level of the composition has to correspond to the skills of an advanced amateur chamber ensemble with a conductor;
• Each candidate may submit one composition per year. The same composition can be submitted at most over two non-consequent years.

Shall the composition be selected as winner, the composer has to provide to the secretary of the competition the separated parts by July 30, 2019. Tempo, dynamics, articulation and rehearsal letters for the different instruments must be indicated on both the main score and the separated parts. The winner must agree to the following:
• The selected work will be performed and recorded by Complesso da Camera “Carlo Sanvitale” during the Music Day, that will be held on August 12 and 13 in Ortona, Italy.
• The author of the winning composition can participate to the rehearsals and the concert that will be held in Istituto Nazionale Tostiano, Ortona, Italy, on August 12th or 13th. Travel fees will not be refunded. Accommodation will be provided by the Association.
• The author of the selected work has to provide a short description of their work; this will be included in the concert program.
• The author of the selected work agrees to transfer the parts to the performers.

The author of the winning competition will receive a prize of 150 Euros. Composers classified first, second and third will receive a Diploma. The winning composition, together with no more than three other compositions, will be recorded during the Music Day.

Furthermore, the Jury will select, out of the first three classified, a composer that will be appointed “Composer in residence” in the diocese of Agnone-Trivento. This composer will be commissioned to write a composition for the organ of the San Marco church in Agnone (IS, I). This organ dates back from the XVIII century, holds only one keyboard and features the Scavezza octave. The selected composer will have to spend three days, in August 2019, in the city of Agnone, to match the composition to the organ. The resulting composition will be performed by organist Simone Perrotta during the next musical season of “Progetto Culturale della Diocesi di Agnone/Trivento”

How to Participate
All living composers are eligible. The submissions will be received by the Associazione “Amici Della Musica”, made anonymous and then presented to the jury. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2019. The results will be announced on July 1st, 2019. The jury’s decision is non-contestable and all decisions are final. The premiere of the selected piece will take place in August 12th or 13th 2019 in Ortona (I).

If you want to participate, please send us the following:
• One digitized anonymous copy of the score (PDF) (also digital copy of manuscripts are accepted);
• A computer-generated recording (if possible)
• A copy of a bank transfer for the amount of 30 Euros to:

“Amici Della Musica Guido Albanese”
IBAN: IT97Z0311177780000000000139
Subject : “Iscrizione 2019”

Communication will be held in Italian, English or French. The Italian version of this call for submissions should be considered definitive. Translations are without guarantee.

• Celso Mojola, Professor of composition at “Escola Superior de Música da Faculdade Cantareira”, São Paulo (BR)
• Bartomeu Moll Mas, Artistic Director of the Festival « Phona, cicle de noves musiques de Mallorca » (ES)
• Simone Di Felice, Kappelmeister of Opera-Frankfurt (D)
• Marco Reghezza, First Prize of the Competition « Carlo Sanvitale » in 2018 (I)
• 3 members of the Chamber Ensamble “Carlo Sanvitale”, to be selected on June 2019.

Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 13 January 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: "Breaking new ground"
Composers have the opportunity to submit previously unpublished scores on this year’s theme of "Breaking new ground". Two pieces selected by a jury will be premiered at the Gala concert on April 26th and will be presented optionally at another concert on April 27th. The composition prize is endowed with a total of 1,700 Euros. The two first-placed works are endowed as follows:

1st Prize: 1000 Euros
2nd Prize: 700 Euros

The jury reserves the right to propose optionally a third work without payment of prize money for the premiere.

Deadline for submission: 13th January 2019
Announcement of the results: 18th February 2019

Breaking new ground
The festival 2019 centers on “Breaking new ground”. Whether it involves an adventure or a new stage in one’s life or whether it is a matter of social changes, the spirit of optimism is one of anticipation, enthusiasm and confidence, but also of doubts and nervousness which must be overcome. It is precisely within this emotional area of tension that the attraction and enchantment of breaking new ground lies. Creative minds are invited to explore this topic and submit their works.

Criteria for submission:
- Instrumentation:
• Mixed choir (SATB) (mandatory)
• String quintet (optional)
• Piano (optional)
• Vocal solos (optional)

- Genre: Choir music (classical), Gospel, World music
- Length: max. 3–5 minutes
- Language: German or English
- Level of difficulty: medium
- Only unpublished, non-premiered and not printed compositions to date
- The submitted composition must be an original work. Arrangements and transcriptions are excluded from participation.

The following is required:

Fully edited performance material (score and parts) as a PDF file. The vocal parts have to be made available as a piano score. The entire composition may contain absolutely no clues as to the identity of the composer.
- If the score was written with a notation program, we also ask you to submit the audio file in MP3 format.
- A short description of the work (min. 400, max. 4000 characters incl. spaces)
A short biography; in case of teams, a short description of the team including complete mention of names of all involved, (min. 400, max. 4000 characters incl. spaces)

All scores will be submitted anonymously to the jury for evaluation.
The composers of selected works will be personally informed and the decision will be announced on
The decision of the jury is final.
In addition, she or he is invited to the Gala concert as a guest of the festival and will be presented to the audience. Accommodation and meals in Murau are also included at the invitation of the festival organizers.
A submission is no grounds for a legal claim.

Please submit contributions online only using the online form provided via Any further questions can be addressed to Marko Zeiler by email at:

Kindly note that further information and any possible changes as well as details about the festival program are posted on a regular basis on

We are looking forward to your submissions!

 2nd WASBE International Composition Contest
Summary:Wind Band Competition with Four Categories
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Introduction
The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble (WASBE) International Composition Contest is an initiative sponsored by WASBE that is open to composers from around the world. The concept is to encourage both young and experienced composers to write original compositions of high artistic merit for the school/educational band, as well as works for community bands. WASBE has a vast, world-wide network, and the organization has been promoting the participating and winning compositions and composers of the 1st WASBE International Compositions Contest, organizing performances world-wide with WASBE members, band directors, and ensembles. With the International Composition Contest, WASBE’s aim is to connect composers, band directors, and concert performances. Additionally, WASBE aims to promote the works and performances of the works on the internet and to connect the works with publishers interested in the new repertoire. In short, WASBE is dedicated to completing the musical cycle of the works: creation/composition, performance, and the promotion to all WASBE members of the works and composers, and the events involved.

Competition categories:

Category 1: Works for Band Grades 2 and 3; Duration: 6-10 min.
Category 2: Works for Band Grades 4 and 5; Duration: 8-14 min.
Category 3: Works for Symphonic Winds; Duration: 8 to 14 min.; Difficulty: Grade 5 and 6
Category 4: Works for Solo Instrument with Wind Band Accompaniment; Duration: 8-14 min. Solo Difficulty: Grade 5; Ensemble Difficulty: Grade 3-4


For more information:

Summary:Competition for Harpsichord
Deadline: 21 April 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano, with the collaboration of the Department of Culture of the City of Milan , Società Italiana Musica Contemporanea and Rugginenti-Volonté Edizioni, is now organizing the third edition of the International Composition Contest, “SIMM 2019 - New Music for Harpsichord".

The contest aims to promote contemporary music, a renewal of the harpsichord tradition, and artistic exchange among composers of various backgrounds.

1. The contest is open to composers of all nationalities, with no age restrictions. Each composer is expected to participate with one or more pieces. Registration fee is € 80,00 for each piece submitted.

2. The following compositions will be accepted: harpsichord solo, harpsichord for four hands, harpsichord and an instrument (except piano), harpsichord and voice.
a) Compositions of any genre and style may be submitted. Applicants are allowed to submit compositions that have already received awards in other contests. The maximum length for each composition is seven minutes.
b) No adjusting or untuning or manipulating in any way the harpsichord before or during the performance will be allowed, lest the sequence of performances in the final evening may be impaired.
c) The compositions should be written for a French two-keyboard harpsichord, compass mi0-fa5 (EE-f’’’), registers: 2x8’, 1x4’, “peau de buffle”, lute. Pitch a’= 415 Hz. For the final concert, the Museum of musical instruments of Castello Sforze- sco in Milan will kindly lend a two-keyboard harpsichord Taskin dating from 1788.

3. Compositions must be sent to the Contest Board by email:
by 21/04/2019, along with the application form fully comple- ted.

4. The email must contain:
- the scores (attached as a pdf file) transcribed with a word processing music program;
- the registration form fully completed and signed;
- a brief curriculum vitae in English or Italian;
- a recent photograph;
- a brief description of the piece;

- sending a MIDI file is desirable but not compulsory
- the authorization for the performance, publishing, recording, and dissemination of the work;
- copy of the proof of payment of the registration fee.

5. The scores should not have on them any marks for identifica- tion (the PDF file of the score must not be signed or marked in any way) under penalty of exclusion from the contest. The Contest Board will mark the scores in order to identify them, while maintaining anonymity.

6. The registration fee is € 80,00 for each composition submit- ted and should be paid by 21/04/2019 by money transfer to the following bank account:

Beneficiary: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano IBAN IT30K 03111 01665 000000016516
UBI Banca - Via Manzoni, 7 Milan -

Reason for payment: Composition Contest SIMM


7. Six compositions will be selected for a public concert in the final evening. The Contest Board will send an official email notifying the results of the selection to all applicants. The six finalist compositions will be performed on 18 May 2019 at 15.30, in the prestigious Sala della Balla of Castello Sforzesco, Milan. The concert will be open to the public and the Evaluation Committee will attend.

a) The names of the participants will be disclosed to the Evalua- tion Committee after the selection of the finalist compositions. b) It is desirable – although not compulsory – that a short presentation of each piece be given before the performance at the final concert.

c) The prize-winning compositions will be chosen from among the six compositions selected for the final evening and will be awarded a prize at the end of the concert.


8. First Prize: € 1.000,00 and a Diploma.

9. Second Prize: € 500,00 and a Diploma.

10. Third Prize: € 300,00 and a Diploma.

11. Special Prize Rugginenti-Volonté (an independent prize to be awarded to the most pedagogical composition, which must not necessarily be one of the six selected for the final evening): Publication by the press Rugginenti-Volonté.

12. The winner will be invited to talk on RADIO CLASSICA. The Contest Board may find further opportunities for one or more of the winning pieces to be performed in other public concerts. 13. The other finalists, who get none of the three top prizes, will receive a certificate stating their ranking in the final selection.

14. The Evaluation Committee is made up of: Sonia Bo, president, composer
Carlo Ballarini, composer
Luisella Donato, harpsichordist

Corrado Pasquotti, composer Andrea Talmelli, composer
a) The six compositions with the highest score will be admitted to a public performance in the final evening after which the Evaluation Committee will assign the first three prizes and the Special Prize for publication by Rugginenti-Volonté.

b) If the candidate is or has been in the past 2 years in any profes- sional relationship with a member of the Evaluation Committee, this member will not take part in the discussion for the awarding of the prize.

c) The decision of the Evaluation Committee is not open to appeal. They have the liberty to award ex-aequo prizes or not to award any prize at all or to select fewer than 6 finalist composi- tions.

d) After the awards ceremony, the members of the Evaluation Committee will be available to give the composers some feedback on each finalist piece.

14. The composers can either perform their compositions in person or have them performed by musicians of their own choice without the organizers having to pay any money for this. The Contest Board will provide a harpsichordist at the cost of 80 euros per piece. Composers can avail themselves of this service only by ticking the appropriate box on the application form and by paying the required amount if one of their compositions is selected for the final evening. The Contest Board will provide no instrumentalist other than a harpsichordist.

15. For further information, please contact the Contest Board
tel. +39 0283635275

 Composer Competition: IPO Classical Evolve
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov's vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce IPO Classical Evolve- our second annual composition competition aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations. In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists will be chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer-in-Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three works for IPO’s 2018-19 Season. The 2018 Winner and current Composer-in-Residence is Ben Ash.

• Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• Must be an emerging composer with no more than two compositions performed by a professional orchestra.

Winner Prize:
• One Winner will be chosen by Jury
• Composer in Residence title for IPO 2019-20 Season
• Opportunity to compose three works for IPO classical series during the 2019-20 Season
• Opportunity to compose two chamber music pieces for IPO at Ravisloe Summer Series
• Prize of $3,000 payable in three installments throughout the 2019-20 Season upon completion of each work for classical series
• Archival recording of each classical series concert performed during the 2019-20 Season (to be used only for promotional purposes in accordance with Chicago Federation of Musicians Local No. 10-208, A.F.M.)
• Visibility and publicity as IPO’s Composer-in-Residence in all press materials, on IPO website and in the wider Chicago area
Application fee: $20. Payable to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466. Checks must be postmarked by December 10, 2018. Alternatively, payment may be made over the phone at 708.481.7774 by December 14, 2018, 3 PM CST.

Please see the Composer Competition PDF for full details and application instructions.


IPO PATRONS: Help shape the future of classical music. Attend the workshop session of the three composer finalists and vote for your favorite composition. The audience vote will give add one collective favorite vote to the judging panel! Event starts at 6:30PM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Ozinga Chapel. Seating is general admission.

 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference Composition Competition
Summary:Women composers' opportunity
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2018

Prize: $1,500

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018 Winner announced by March 15, 2019

The International Women’s Brass Conference commissions works from women composers for its biannual conference. For the 2019 conference, the committee has decided to make the solo category into a competition. Submitted works should be for solo tuba (unaccompanied or with piano and/or electronics) and be programmable for an undergraduate college-level recital.

Solo tuba - with or without piano and/or electronics

The competition is free and open to women composers of all ages and all nationalities.

The piece should be written for solo tuba, and be either unaccompanied or have piano accompaniment and/or electronics only.

The piece should have a minimum playing time of five minutes.

The piece should be accessible to the college student, reasonably programmable within an undergraduate-level recital, and understandable by the average recital goer. No more than one compositional entry per composer is allowed.

The piece should not have won a national or international competition. The piece should have been written after January 1, 2016.

The winner will be required to attend the International Women’s Brass Conference at Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) held May 22-25, 2019 and to participate in a composers’ panel. Travel and conference expenses up to $1000 will be provided and the winner will be responsible for costs above this amount. Travel and hotel arrangements will be booked by the IWBC.

Application Rules
Applications will accepted beginning September 1.

Each applicant must send us her contact information and bio (full name, address, phone number, and email address), program notes, a PDF copy of the score, and a recording (either electronic or live recording) of the piece to None of the contact information or bio will be forwarded to the judges, but will be held so that we can contact the winner and publish her bio on the website if she wins.

Scores must be in PDF Format. Personal name must be removed from the score.

Personal information (such as embedded composer’s name) should be removed from the sound file. Files that are too large for email may be sent through a file sharing service for download.

Composer’s name and address and any copyright information revealing a publisher must not appear on the scores or recording file. All works are assigned a number to guarantee anonymity during judging.

The competition will be opened September 1st and entries must be received no later than December 1, 2018. Incomplete entries or entries submitted in an incorrect format will not be considered. Each composer is responsible for checking her own contact information to make sure it is correct. If there is any doubt, feel free to leave alternate phone numbers or email addresses for contact.

Files will not be returned and will become the property of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Intellectual rights remain the property of the composer.

The IWBC retains the right to broadcast the winning composition live on a local radio station, or as part of a national or internationally syndicated delayed broadcast program, subject to ASCAP or BMI blanket license; the right to use any audio/video excerpt of IWBC’s performance; the right to rehearse and/or perform the Composition as a part of future conferences and/or competitions, and the right to live stream the Conference Performance or any subsequent performance of the piece.

The panel of judges may withhold the awards if the works submitted are deemed unqualified to receive such distinction. Judges may assign Honorable Mention status to compositions not selected for a monetary award.

Contestants may expect to receive the results of the contest by March 15, 2019. Results of the contest, including a description of the winning composition and composer’s biography will appear on the International Women’s Brass Conference website.

Prize: $1,500

If you have any questions about any of the rules, write for clarification to:
Please submit materials to
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Winners announced: by March 15, 2019
Winners will be announced on

 Choreographers and Composers Lab, Phoenix Dance Theatre
Summary:Dance collaboration opportunity
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: • Closes: 11th January 2019
• Location: Yorkshire
• Type: Part time
• Salary: Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
• Artform: combined arts, dance, music
• Contact: Sharon Watson

Phoenix Dance Theatre is hosting its second Choreographers and Composers Lab between Tuesday 2 July – Saturday 13 July 2019 at its studios in Leeds, thanks to funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Leeds Dance Partnership. The two-week intensive led by choreographer and Artistic Director Sharon Watson – provides the opportunity for the next generation of artists to work collaboratively, innovate, and develop new ways of working in music and dance.

The Choreographers and Composers Lab will bring together four choreographers and four composers at a pivotal point in their careers, to participate in an immersive two-week programme. The participating artists will work with 12 professional dancers and four musicians, who will bring their artistic explorations to life, as well as have guest lectures and workshops with industry professionals while being mentored by Watson and a Musical Director that is yet to be announced. The first CC Lab Musical Director was internationally recognised composer, Kenneth Hesketh.

Participants will receive a bursary for their time on the two-week intensive.

To find more information and to apply:

 Freelance Composer, The Berry Theatre
Summary:Composing Job
Deadline: 07 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: • Closes: 7th December 2018
• Location: South West
• Type: Part time
• Salary: Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
• Artform: music, theatre
• Contact:

Paid freelance opportunity to compose the music for The Berry Youth Theatre’s spring production, The Jungle Book adapted for stage by Neil Duffield.
Fee: £1,100 - £1,500 (dependant on experience)

We are looking for a composer to join the creative team for The Berry Youth Theatre’s next senior production of The Jungle Book. This would be a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience working with young people in a theatre/arts context. The role will include attending regular rehearsals at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End. You will be working closely with youth theatre members and the youth theatre director to create music for the production, with the option to operate sound during the shows.

Application Process
• A CV that includes relevant experience (paid or unpaid)
• A covering letter
• Examples of previous work (optional but encouraged)

Applications must be submitted by Friday 7th December 2018.

For more detail about the project, key dates and further information, download our accompanying document here

To apply, please e-mail

 Foreign Premiere Project
Summary:Opportunity for Belgium-based composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: British Composer based in Leuven, Belgium seeks other composers and performers for composition exchange project.

Who am I?

A British composer currently seeking to make links and contacts here in Belgium, especially in the Leuven/Brussels area. You can learn more about me here.

What am I proposing?

The idea is to find a way to get pieces by emerging Belgian composers performed in the UK and, conversely, to get compositions performed by British composers performed here in Belgium.

Essentially I can put in place a group of musicians to perform works in the UK, giving you that important ‘foreign performance’ to add to your CV.

But in return I need your local knowledge to help me and some of my British friends get their music performed here in Belgium.

In essence, everyone can be a winner if we help each other out….

I am interested in hearing from composers, composer/performers and performers.

If you are interested, just drop me an email with a line or two about yourself and how you would be able to contribute. A link to a website or soundcloud would also be helpful.

We plan this to be an expanding project, incorporating other countries soon. So this is a great opportunity for those who get involved at an early stage.

There is no age restriction on those wishing to apply.

Contact: Christian Morris
Email address to contact:

 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: Mrs. Louise Zemlinsky endowed the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition at the University of Cincinnati in 1990 to promote the music of young composers from around the world.

The Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition serves three purposes:
• to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky.
• to discover new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience.
• to promote and encourage young composers from around the world.

Prize Details
Three prizes will be given as follows:
• First Prize: $30,000 cash prize, plus the world premiere performance by CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra in its 2019-2020 season of a newly commissioned work for orchestra (instrumentation TBD) and ballet, plus a commercially produced recording by the CCM Philharmonia.
• Second Prize: $20,000 cash prize.
• Third Prize: $10,000 cash prize.

Terms of the Awards: For the first prizewinner, 50% of the cash prize will be awarded upon announcement of the prizewinners; the remaining 50% will be awarded upon the receipt of scores and parts. For the second and third prizewinners, the entire prize will be awarded upon the announcement of the prizewinners.

Adjudication: Judges for the competition will be selected by the Dean of CCM, the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund in Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York City. Adjudication will be completed in March 2019, and prizewinners will be notified in April 2019.

Eligibility and Instructions for Submission
• Composers of any nationality born after April 1, 1984 may apply.
• Applications will be accepted between November 5, 2018 and January 31, 2019. An external link for submitting materials will be available during this window of time.
• Eligible composers will submit one score of 10-15 minutes for orchestra of any size (either published or unpublished). Recordings of this work, while not necessary, are encouraged. A MIDI recording is acceptable in lieu of a live performance.

 RNCM John Golland Award 2019
Summary:Call for Brass Band Works
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: Call for works: composers are invited to submit works for the RNCM John Golland Award 2019.

Composers aged 18 – 30 are invited to submit new, or previously unperformed, works for brass band for public performance on the morning of Sunday 27 January 2019, as part of the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

Selected works should be a maximum of eight minutes in duration, and up to four will be selected, depending on length and complexity. The works will be performed by a leading brass band. Following the performances, a jury chaired by the festival’s Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh, will select one composer as the recipient of the fourth John Golland Award. This will take the form of a £500 sum.

The Award is funded from the estate of Manchester born composer John Golland, and was instituted by the John Golland Trust to encourage young composers to write for the brass band medium which meant so much to him. Past recipients have included composers Lucy Pankhurst and Daniel Hall.

The RNCM’s Brass Band Festival aims to provide a unique opportunity for world renowned brass bands and soloists to perform the finest and original brass compositions from the past 100 years. The 2019 festival will be marking the centenary of the birth of distinguished composer of brass band music, Wilfred Heaton, the 80th anniversary of John McCabe and will also be celebrating the 60th birthday year of Sir James MacMillan. In addition to the RNCM’s own ensembles, the festival will also welcome regulars Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Cory, Foden’s and Tredegar Town bands, plus distinguished guests, the International Staff Band of The Salvation Army.


To be eligible to apply for this competition you must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Applications will be accepted from those born on or after 1 December 1988 AND on or before 30 November 2000.

Applicants must be free to attend the performance in Manchester on the morning of Sunday 27 January 2019, should their work be chosen. Finalists must be able to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Submission Instrumentation

British style brass band

Soprano cornet in E flat, four Solo cornets in B flat, Repiano (1st) cornet in B flat, two 2nd cornets in B flat, two 3rd cornets in B flat
Flugel horn in B flat, Solo tenor horn in E flat, 1st tenor horn in E flat, 2nd tenor horn in B flat,
1st baritone horn in B flat (treble clef), 2nd baritone horn in B flat (treble clef), two Euphoniums in B flat (treble clef)
Solo trombone in B flat (treble clef), 2nd trombone in B flat (treble clef), Bass trombone (bass clef, in concert pitch)
Two E flat tubas (treble clef), two B flat tubas (treble clef)
Percussion (two players only)


Three copies of the full score and a complete set of performing materials should be submitted as hard-copies, preferably in Sibelius format. The score and parts should be laid out with the conventional transpositions and clefs and sent, together with a completed Application Form.

Please send to:

Harriet Lane
Festivals Co-ordinator
Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD


Closing date for entries: Friday 30 November 2018 (submissions must arrive by this date)
Workshop/Performance: Sunday 27 January 2019 at the RNCM Brass Band Festival, Manchester, UK


Harriet Lane
T +44(0)161 907 5271


Summary:Brass Band Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: Write a march for brass band.

More details available here:

 Cincinnati Youth Choir Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: What:
The Cincinnati Youth Choir Composition Competition is a contest promoting outstanding repertoire for treble choirs from children’s through youth ensembles. CYC serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and regularly performs with the regions most celebrated professional and amateur ensembles. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of CCM faculty and CYC artistic staff. The winning entry will be contacted and announced in Spring 2019.

The Award:
The cash prize for the winning composition will be $1,000.00. The Cincinnati Youth Choir, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Robyn Lana, will premiere the work in March 2019 with the winning composer’s possible attendance at the premiere. Publication possible and may be discussed. The panel reserves the right to void selection if no winning selection is submitted.

1. Suggested length: 3 to 6 minutes
2. Voicing: treble voices, unison to multiple parts
3. Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate or advanced
4. Accompaniment instrumentation: a capella or piano accompaniment, opt 30 sec. solo voice, opt solo or duet obligato instruments (ie: violin, cello, flute, recorder, clarinet)
5. Lyrics and arrangements must be available for use and not protected by copyright laws or permission must be secured and demonstrated by the composer
6. Composer will retain the copyright
7. CYC may retain winning manuscript for future performance
8. Composition must be composed/arranged within the past three years and never performed
9. The composer must be an emerging composer.
10. The composer must presently reside in North America.
11. $25 application fee per composition

Completed submission must include:
1. One rehearsal ready copy which will include all necessary markings and composer sited.
2. 5 unsigned, clearly legible copies with no identifying marks to insure anonymity during the selection process.
3. Complete biography of the composer.
4. $25 registration fee payable to Cincinnati Youth Choir
5. One completed application form (page 2 of this document) or by writing to:

Robyn Lana, Artistic Director
Cincinnati Youth Choir
UC- College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0236

6. Contest deadline is December 31, 2018. All materials must arrive on or before the posted deadline.


 The 2019 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition for Irish Composers
Deadline: 07 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: What is the Seán Ó Riada Competition?
The Seán Ó Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers. The competition is a collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland. The winning composition will be selected by a panel, comprising of composers and choral experts, and will be a featured work at the Seminar on New Choral Music, organised as part of the Festival’s Choral Symposium. This Seminar will feature Chamber Choir Ireland and its internationally renowned conductor, Paul Hillier, as artists in residence. The selected composition will receive its premiere performance during the Festival at a Gala Concert given by Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier. The composer of the work will be invited to attend the Festival as its guest and play an active part in the Choral Symposium.

What composers are eligible?
Composers born, or resident, in Ireland are eligible to apply. Applications are welcomed from both established and emerging composers.

What general compositional parameters apply?
The performance in which the winning entry will be premiered will be a programme entitled ‘Before Bach and After’ as part of a series of programmes by Chamber Choir Ireland in which the motet will be explored in all its forms from the earliest medieval representations of the early motets through to contemporary interpretations – full details of the programmes can be viewed at With this in mind, we ask that applicants consider the motet as a form in writing for the competition and write their interpretation of a motet, or write in response to the rest of the programme being performed. An essay by Paul Hillier on the motet and this series of concerts by Chamber Choir Ireland can be downloaded directly here.

While Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI)—a chamber choir of 16 voices—will give the premiere performance of the work, it should have the potential to be accessible for performance by a wider range of high standard amateur Irish choirs.

The following parameters apply:
• An original work
• Written for a cappella choir
• Up to 5 minutes in duration
• 4 parts (SATB with no divisi)
• The selected text may be original or existing, in the English, or Irish, language. If in Irish, it is requested that the applicants provide a pronunciation guide/phonetic guide to account for dialect.
• Texts should be non-liturgical.
• Any rights related to the use of existing/copyright texts are a matter for the composer to clarify, and receive permission for their use.

Presentation format of score?
The work must be presented in computerised notation A4 format (Sibelius or other). The text utilised, including its writer and source, should be detailed on a separate page and form part of the score presentation.

Application Process?
In keeping with best practice, and to ensure the anonymity of composers’ identities in the application, assessment, and selection process the method of application will be as follows.

• All applications will be in hard copy and forwarded by registered post to the Cork International Choral Festival, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork.
• The composer should use a pseudonym on the printed score.
• Five (5) unbound copies of the score should be provided.
• The composer should retain the original manuscript.
• Each entry should be accompanied by a sealed envelope (one), enclosing the attached form, detailing the name and contact details of the composer. The pseudonym of the composer should be clearly detailed on the exterior of this envelope.
• Should the composer require confirmation of receipt, a pre addressed envelope to an address of the composer’s choice (utilising your pseudonym) or an independent email address, should be included with the application. Festival staff will confirm receipt.
• Subsequent to the decision of the Assessment Board, the sealed envelope will be opened and the composer will be informed of the success or otherwise of their application.
• Confidentiality will be maintained by Festival staff about composers’ identities in relation to any specific queries received from the composer.


 Luna Nova 2019 Student Composition Contest
Summary:Chamber Competition for Student Composers
Deadline: 01 March 2019
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: 2019 Student Composition Contest

Sponsored by

Luna Nova Music
The Beethoven Club of Memphis

The Luna Nova 2019 Student Composition Contest is offered in conjunction with the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival ( to be held June 19-22, 2019 at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church ( in Memphis, Tennessee. The festival is sponsored by Luna Nova Music ( and the Beethoven Club (

The contest is open to music composition students of any nationality who are 18 years or older. Recent graduates are also eligible provided that they graduated on or after May 1, 2017. They must give the name and contact information of their current or most recent theory/composition professor.

Participants may submit one score and accompanying mp3. The work may be for violin, flute, clarinet, cello, guitar, and piano. Entries may be solos or works for any combination of these instruments. Works should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Contest Announcement and Guidelines:


Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by March 1, 2019. (Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.) Winners will be posted at by April 1, 2018. Composers of winning entries must provide full score and parts by May 1, 2019.

A panel assembled by the Luna Nova Music board will judge scores. The panel will take logistical issues into consideration. Their decision will be final.

Up to three winners will be named. Winning compositions will be performed by members of the Luna Nova New- Music Ensemble ( at the 2019 Belvedere Festival in Memphis. Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance. Room and board will be provided free for the winners. Winners are responsible for their own transportation to Memphis.

Former contest winners are not eligible to enter.

Recordings of the Luna Nova Ensemble are available at
Questions may be sent to Patricia Gray, Luna Nova Music President at or 901-493-0958.

 Brown University
Summary:Funded Composition PhD
Deadline: 01 January 2019
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: Program Overview

Students in the Ph.D. program in Music and Multimedia Composition produce, analyze, and perform original works that may include the use of electronic music, acoustic composition and sound in combination with video, performance, installation and text. They conduct advanced inquiry into the cultural, theoretical, technical, and aesthetic issues surrounding music and multimedia production in close collaboration with faculty researchers strongly invested in real-time, interactive sonic and visual media, sound art, instrument design, and acoustic composition. The program welcomes students working from diverse influences and methods, expanding their creative practices and underlying technical knowledge to spur artistic innovation. In addition to faculty mentorship, students can collaborate with a broad array of professional performing ensembles and visiting artists presented on the Brown University campus.

The graduate program in Music and Multimedia Composition offers an array of resources unique to Brown. Students have access to the department’s Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME) studios, and the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. These specialized research facilities house recording studios, electronics shops, project studios, exhibition and performance spaces. Regular opportunities exist to interface with the larger arts and digital media communities at Brown, at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence and the New England region. Music and Multimedia Composition students also partake in the many scholarly offerings of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology PhD program, with faculty specialties in technoculture, sound studies, copyright, improvisation and organology. A Brown doctoral degree in Music and Multimedia Composition leads to a career in college and university teaching, or to a position in applied work outside the academy.

All PhD students receive full funding for 5 years, including costs for tuition and health insurance, plus stipends for fellowships and teaching assistantships. For information about applying to the program see the FAQ or contact Ed Osborn, Director of Graduate Studies.

Summary:Competition with orchestral and vocal categories
Deadline: 19 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: 2018-2019 Emerging Composers Competition
MYO is hosting an Emerging Composers Competition, open to all unpublished composers under the age of 25 as of July 1, 2019. This national competition has a Choral Division and an Orchestral Division and MYO Members and Alumni are actively encouraged to apply.

Competition Divisions
• SATB Youth Choir (Advanced High School level)
• Symphony Orchestra (Advanced High School level)

Competition Application
The online application form is now open.

Application Materials
1. Full score and complete set of parts (PDF files only)
2. A private YouTube or audio file (digital or live) rendition of the composition
3. Age Verification – Please provide proof of age. A copy of your birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license is acceptable
4. $25 Application Fee (payable online through PayPal)
5. A short written description of the composition outlining inspirations and important features (250 word maximum)

Application Deadline
Completed applications and scores in PDF form must be returned to the MYO office by Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Finalists in each Division will receive a cash award and may have their composition performed by one of our MYO ensembles in the 2019-2020 season.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

The winning compositions will be announced by Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
The judges reserve the right not to award a prize in either Division.


 Composition Competition “RUMORE BIANCO”
Summary:Saxophone Quartet Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: The Furano saxophone Quartet, in collaboration with cultural association “Note a Sud”, is proud to announce a composition competition seeking submissions of new scores for saxophone quartet to be included in its repertoire with compositions belonging to any musical genre, without aesthetic or expressive restrictions, but which are the result of a profound sound research that highlights the great potential of the instrument

Art. 1 - Conditions
The competition is open to composers of any nationalities, without age limits.
In the case of multiple submissions, a registration fee must be paid for each score according to the instructions specified in article 5: Submission of compositions.
Compositions already published or awarded in other competitions are allowed.
The length of composition must be between 5 to 10 minutes.

Art. 2 - Competition Schedule
31 March 2019: application deadline
15 April 2019: publication of the result of the competition

Art. 3 – Jury
The international jury is composed by (in alphabetical order):

Daniele Bravi (composer - Italy)
Fernando Garnero (composer- Argentina)
Eero Hämeenniemi (composer- Finland)
Marie- Chantal Leclair (saxophonist-Canada)
Lara Morciano (composer-Italy)
Leonardo Sbaffi (saxophonist- Italy)
Marcu Weisss (saxophonist-Switzerland)
The judgment of the commission is unquestionable, moreover it reserves the right not to award the prize.

Art. 4 – Prize
The winner will receive a prize of 400 euros.
The winning composition will also be performed as part of the contemporary music festival "RUMORE BIANCO" that will take place in Foggia (Italy) between April and May 2019. The date will be communicated as soon as possible.
The results of the competition will be published on the quartet's website on April 15th, 2019:

Art. 5 – Submission of compositions
The scores must be sent , by the 31st March 2019, in PDF digital format using the following mail adress:, it must be specified in the object of the mail the name of the composer and the title of the composition.
Each participant must to attach:

1) the registration form, available on the web site;
2) a detailed curriculum vitae;
3) the receipt of the registration fee;
4) the declaration of full and unconditional acceptance; of all the terms and conditions of the announcement;

5) A copy of a valid Identity card.
It will be possible to send the scores with the relative documentation in paper format to the address: Associazione culturale Note a Sud
Via M. Tizzano n° 2 71122- Foggia
The date of the postmark will be valid.
- For works that contain unknown symbols or marks, the composer must provide explanatory notes in order that the work can be understood correctly.
- For the score selected for performance, the composer must supply separate parts (without rental) for individual instruments.

Art. 6 - Registration fee
The registration fee of € 30.00 must be pay to the following bank account headed:

Associazione Culturale Note a Sud IBAN: IT98Y0335901600100000146406 Banca Prossima BIC: BCITITMX
Art.7 – Further Information

Any information concerning the competition can be requested by email or by telephone at:

Cell. +39329-9854445 or +393208177467

Art. 8 – Final provisions
Registration for the competition involves the unconditional approval of this regulation. The scores sent will not be returned and will remain in the "Notes a Sud" association archive.
For any dispute the court of Foggia will be competent.

 A4 Brass Quartet Launch 2019 Composition Competition
Summary:Brass Quartet Competition
Deadline: 08 March 2019
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: Following the success of the inaugural competition, A4 Brass is delighted to announce the launch of their 2nd composition competition. The ensemble has had an exciting 2018, winning the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, working with City Music Foundation and becoming Honorary Artists in Association at the Royal Northern College of Music. The group has also appeared at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, coupled with European tours to Finland, Lithuania and Switzerland and a brace of appearances on primetime BBC Radio 3.

Last year’s competition attracted a high number of entries from around the world, with first prize being awarded to the talented Cardiff based composer Daniel Hall for his work, ‘The Black Dahlia’. This, alongside runner-up Jared McCunnie’s ‘Just Cause’ and Under 24 category winner Toby Carswell’s ‘Fantasy’ have been recorded and performed by the quartet throughout various projects in 2018.

This year A4 Brass are looking for a concert work inspired by one of the following landmark events which will be taking place in 2019:
• 500 years since death of Leonardo da Vinci
• 200 years since birth of Queen Victoria
• 150 years since birth of Mahatma Gandhi
• 50th anniversary of the moon landing

The brief for the compositions is very free, but the following must apply to each entry:
• Compositions must be of 4-8 minutes in duration.
• Works must never have been performed before.
• Instrumentation of: Bb Cornet (doubling Flugel), Tenor Horn in Eb, Baritone Horn in Bb (treble clef) and Euphonium in Bb (treble clef).
• Mutes are available if required for all instruments.
• Anonymous scores are NOT required.
• Please consider presentation, practicality and suitability for concert performance for the entry

Once again, A4 are delighted to be able to offer a healthy £650 prize fund, and also aim to encourage a new generation of student composers with a special Under 24 award (if both 1st and 2nd prize fall into this category, the next highest U24 entry will receive this award).
1st Prize - £400, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet’s concert series’ in 2019/2020.
2nd Prize - £150, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet’s concert series’ in 2019/2020.
Under 24 Prize - £100 and a professional recording of the work.

Scores can be submitted as either a Sibelius 7 (or earlier) file or as PDF files accompanied by an mp3/m4a file, and need to be emailed to with ‘A4 COMPOSITION’ in the subject line.

The closing date for entries is FRIDAY 8TH MARCH, 2019, with award winners being announced and notified in early April.

 Noosa ISAM Festival: Piano Solo Composition Competition
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: We have just received addition sponsorship to include a piano concert by the esteemed Ukrainian concert pianist Roman Lopatynskyi. He will be performing in the 2019 Noosa ISAM festival and will be programming 21st Century works in his concert. Therefore we are seeking works written since 2000 for his program.

• composers of any age are welcome.
• composers of any nationality are welcome.
• solo piano music of any genre, style is welcome.
• prepared piano/electronics are welcome.
• works must have been written after 2000.
• works that have already been performed or not performed can be entered.
• composition should be between 2 – 15 minutes in duration.
• composers many enter as many works as they like, each work requires a new entry form.
• staff and faculty of ISAM, Noosa ISAM or Colorado College may not enter.
• judging will be by Noosa ISAM faculty.
• the judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• entry Fee of €12.50 must be paid at time of entry and the fee is non refundable.

• a performance fee of € 200 will be awarded to the winner.
• two to five pieces will be programmed for Roman’s concert (depending on duration of works) and played in the festival concert.
• all additional works performed will be awarded a € 50 performance fee.
• the concert will be recorded by a professional recording engineer and a copy provided to those selected.

• submission Deadline: 30 November 2018.
• judges Meeting: 01 December 2018.
• result Notification: 03 December 2018.
• piano performance 09 March 2019.


 OSSIA 2018-2019 International Call for Scores
Summary:Competition 3–20 players
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: OSSIA New Music:
2018–19 International Call for Scores

DECEMBER 1st, 2018 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time

OSSIA New Music, the student-run new music organization at the Eastman School of Music, is pleased to announce a call for scores for our 2018–2019 International Composition Prize. The prize-winning work will be presented by Eastman student performers on the final concert of OSSIA New Music’s 2018–2019 season, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Composers age 35 and under, as of July 1st, 2019, of all nationalities, are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee, and works may have been previously performed (detailed guidelines below). Current Eastman students, alumni of Eastman’s Composition Program, and composers who have been full-time composition faculty at a college or university for more than three years are ineligible to apply.

The submitted compositions should be scored for a chamber ensemble (detailed guidelines below). OSSIA invites the submission of works involving unusual performative demands; composers are encouraged to view our current season program (

A panel consisting of members of OSSIA New Music will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entry. All applications must be completed and received by DECEMBER 1st, 2018. The winning entry will be announced by FEBRUARY 1st, 2018.

The submitted work should be 5–12 minutes in duration.

The number of performers should be 3–20 players. The use of electronics (i.e. audio playback or live processing) with instruments is acceptable. If submitting a work with electronics, please provide documentation describing how processing and diffusion needs to be done.

The following instruments are available:

Flute (Piccolo, C, Alto, Bass) (2)
Oboe/English horn (2)
Clarinet [E-flat, B-flat, A, Bass, Contrabass] (2)
Saxophone [Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone] (4)
Bassoon/Contrabassoon (2)
Horn (2)
Trumpet (2)
Tenor/Bass Trombone (1)

Euphonium (1)

Tuba (1)
Percussion; please see appendix for available instruments (up to 4 percussionists)

Harp (1)

Guitar (1)

Piano [2 players, 1-2 pianos]

Keyboard synthesizer/Harpsichord/Celesta (1)
Voice [Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass] (2)
Violin (2)
Viola (2)
Cello (2)
Contrabass (4 string, 5 string) (2)


–Works should be between 5–12 minutes in duration.
–Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be considered.
–Only one entry per composer.
–Submissions may have been performed previously, but pieces that have been performed and/or recorded by a professional ensemble should not be submitted.
–Previous winners of the OSSIA Call for Scores are ineligible.
–No information that indicates or suggests the name or affiliation of the composer can appear anywhere on the score or recording of submitted work.
–Scores and recordings should be uploaded to a cloud sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive and links should be provided on the entry form.
–The composer of the winning entry is strongly encouraged to attend the performance of their piece on May 1, 2019, but attendance is not required.
–A travel stipend of up to $500 will be provided, in addition to a $500 honorarium.

The submission process is entirely online. Please follow the directions below to ensure that your application is successfully received. If you have any questions about the submission process or our rules and guidelines please email

1) Prepare an anonymous PDF score (with filename format TITLE_OSSIA.pdf) and, optionally, an anonymous MP3 recording (with matching filename format TITLE_OSSIA.mp3) of your work. All indications of the composer’s identity, affiliation, or performing ensemble must be removed. Recordings are strongly encouraged, though submissions without recordings will be accepted.
2) Upload the score and recording to an online file sharing service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)
3) Prepare a 200-word biography to be pasted into submission form. (Biographies will be used when announcing the winning composer and will not be visible to the selection committee).
4) Submissions will be handled by a third party to ensure anonymity. For questions and information, please write to
5) Submit your information and materials here:

Percussion instruments available:
1 Vibraphone
1 Marimba (5.0, 4.3)
2 Glockenspiel
Timpani (32, 29, 26, 23)
4 Snare drum
1 Bass drum
4 Cymbals
3 Wood blocks
4 Triangle
Bongo (2 sets)
3 Congas
4 Tambourine
1 Xylophone
2 Shakers
Claves (2 sets)
4 Maracas (2 pairs)
1 Guiro
1 Rain stick
1 Ratchet
2 Anvil
3 Glass bottles
Crotales (2 octaves)
2 Cowbell
1 Chimes
1 Tam-tam
3 Thai gongs


 The Composers Forum
Summary:Several Opportunities
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: The Composers Forum is geared towards individuals who are pursuing the craft of composition and receiving professional performances of their works, attending masterclasses, and immersing themselves in the compositional world of Vienna, Austria and all that it has to offer. Interested participants can apply to one of three categories: Instrumental Composition, Opera Composition, and Choral Composition. Each admitted composers will receive a performance of their new work.

Visiting Guest Artist Irvine Arditti:
The VSMF is proud to have Irvine Arditti, founder of the contemporary string quartet Arditti Quartet join the faculty. Mr. Arditti will perform and record works for solo violin. Participants of the Instrumental Composition Program will have access to this opportunity.

Instrumental Composition Premieres with PHACE:
Participants of the Instrumental Composition Program will have their music performed by PHACE. PHACE is a premiere contemporary music ensemble who performs around the world and regularly commissions leading composers.

Opera Composition Premieres:
The VSMF is excited to announce that we are accepting four composers for our Opera Composition program. Accepted individuals for this program will have a one act opera performed in conjunction with the vocal arts program. Composers must submit a piano score by December 1st and completed orchestration by April 15th. Instrumentation will be discussed after the admittance of a participant. There are stylistic restrictions.

Choral Composition Premieres:
Accepted participants to the Choral Composition Program will have their new choral works premiered by one of Vienna's leading professional choirs. Works can be accompanied with piano or for unaccompanied Choir. Performances will take place in one of Vienna's premiere concert facilities.

More information available here:

 Ivan Juritz Prize
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 29 March 2019
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: We are delighted to announce that the 2019 prize is now open. The prize has expanded so now there will be a winner for each category: text, image, sound. The three winners will each receive £1000 and a residency at Cove Park.

This year’s deadline is 29 March 2019 and the prize is judged by Rachel Cusk, Jeremy Harding, Gillian Wearing and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Entrants must be postgraduate students currently enrolled on a course or programme of study in a European country.

Entries must be accompanied by a statement (up to 150 words).

The prize is intended for artists who have yet to establish themselves, but work that has already been published or performed can be submitted.

Entrants are welcome to submit their work to multiple categories. If you chose to do this, please give the titles of all submissions clearly in your statements.

The winners will be both of their time and aware of debts to the past. Pound, calling on the modern artist to ‘make it new’, was, after all, creatively translating the ancient Chinese King Cheng Tang. In the accompanying 150 word statement you should analyse the role of experiment in your work and, if appropriate, relate your work, whether sympathetically or antagonistically, to the creative experimentation of the modernist era.

How to enter
Entries should be received by March 29 2019 and sent to or by post to Dr Lara Feigel, Director of the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, English Department, 22 Kingsway, London WC2B 6LE

Eligible entries

Up to 2000 words; if entering in a language other than English, please include a translation.

Up to 8.

Films or excerpts of moving image work
Up to 15 minutes; if in a language other than English, please include subtitles. Films should be submitted as MP4 files or as a link to an online recording.

Sound recordings
Up to 15 minutes. Sound recordings should be sent in MP3 format or as a link to an online recording.

Proposals or documentation of installation and performance
Can include text (up to 2000 words), images (up to 8), sound recordings (up to 15 minutes) and film (up to 15 minutes). All of these can be submitted together.

Musical compositions
Up to 15 minutes for any number of instruments or for electronics; please submit a score and a recording, which can be an electronic recording and should be sent in MP3 format or as a link to an online recording.

 Youth Music Theatre UK
Summary:Music Theatre Award
Deadline: 04 December 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: I am delighted to be able to let you know that we have funded a very special commissioning award which is now open for submissions with a deadline of 4th December. The award is open to bookwriters/lyricists/librettists/composers who are 30 years of age or under on the submission date. I know you are not all writers or composers (or indeed 30 and under) so please forward to anyone you know who fits the bill.

The award is to commemorate the life and work of a theatre director who became one of the first Associate Directors of Youth Music Theatre UK, Vernon Mound. Vernon was a much loved director of musical theatre and opera and a friend over many years who made his mark mostly in Scandinavia and Europe. But he was also instrumental in helping us set up the company in 2003. Sadly, he died of cancer in 2010; but typical of the man, he kept working to the very end, reviewing rehearsals of his production of Sunset Boulevard at Gothenburg Opera House on his last day. So we are delighted to be able to make this award to celebrate Vernon’s life-long love of theatre. It is supported by his then wife Anthoula and all his friends. Moreover, the deadline for submissions is the exact 15th anniversary of the day Youth Music Theatre UK was founded with Vernon’s help, so it is a fitting tribute to his energy in helping establish the company.

We are looking for a submissions from writers and composers who have something to say and a distinctive way of saying it, both musically and verbally. We are not looking for complete scripts, more for concepts and ideas and musical intent.

The award is for £6,000 to the successful writing/composing team. The full details can be found on the company website:

The winning individual or team will receive mentoring over the first months of 2019 and the successful work will receive a YMT production at a major regional repertory theatre. Full details and application forms can be downloaded from the website.


 The 2019 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award
Summary:1-15 performers call
Deadline: 15 April 2019
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in the fall of 2019 on the 23rd Annual Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions.


1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.

2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum

3. Limit: One entry per composer

4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.

5. Anonymous Submission: The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

6. The winning composers are expected to attend the award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 15, 2019 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For more information and to submit scores go to:

For questions:

 Blue Mountain/Forecast: 2018-19 International Call for Scores
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: PRIZE: The winners of the Blue Mountain/Forecast 2018 International Call for Scores will be performed on Blue Mountain/Forecast’s 2019-20 season in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1-3 works may be chosen. A travel stipend of $500 will be awarded to the winning composer(s) in order to help them attend the concert.

ELIGIBILITY: Composers of art music from all genres and of any nationality are invited to submit works to Forecast Music’s 2018-19 International Call for Scores. No preference will be given as to whether or not a work has been previously performed.

INSTRUMENTATION: Solo and small ensemble works using some or all of Forecast Music’s core instrumentation (flute, bassoon, saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and mezzo soprano) are welcomed. Pieces may use electronics, and may include one additional instrument not included in the core ensemble. Works with durations of 12 minutes or less are preferable, although longer compositions may be considered.

DEADLINES: All works must be submitted online by December 15, 2018 to be eligible for this year’s call.

SUBMISSION FEE: Payment can be made securely via PayPal/credit card or via check. The fee is $10 for the first entry, and $5 for each additional entry made payable to Forecast Music. For PayPal payment please click on the Payments icon at

SEND (checks) TO:
Forecast Music
c/o Eric Schwartz - Artistic Director
2446 Lyndhurst Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

checks payable to "Forecast Music"

SUBMIT SCORES TO: (use this address for e-submission as well as any questions)


Composer’s biographical information (250 words maximum)

PDF score of composition

 San Francisco Choral Artist's Call for Scores
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: New Voices Project

First Prize: $500*

SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL ARTISTS, a 20-voice chamber choir, announces its 15th annual New Voices Project competition for composers under age 30.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: We seek an unperformed work, 4 minutes or less in length, for SATB a cappella choir, on a nature theme. It may include simple body percussion; divisi to 8 parts or fewer. Composers must be under 30 years of age as of June 1, 2018 and USA residents. For full requirements, please visit our website:

Incomplete submissions, or those not meeting the stated requirements, will be eliminated.

THEME: For our March concert entitled “Out of the Garden, Into the Woods: from Paradise to Scary” we seek a new and creative work based on themes of nature. Note: The composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.

COMPOSER BENEFITS: The selected work(s) will be premiered by the SF Choral Artists at three concerts in March 2019, in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto, CA. Up to three winners will be selected. The first-prize winner will receive $500*, and all winners will receive a professional-level recording from a live concert.

SUBMISSIONS: must be mailed by Dec 1, 2018 as a PDF file with covering email to [with composer’s name in the subject line], or two, unbound copies via USPS to: SFCA, New Voices Project, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3619

* the committee reserves the right to divide the prize money between 2 winners in the case of a tie

Summary:Percussion Quartet Call
Deadline: 04 January 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium Call for Scores: Percussion Quartet. We invite works for percussion quartet referencing the beginning of the genre, current trends, and projection of the future, addressing the following theme and perspectives:

The Art of Noise
In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century.
With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.
—Luigi Russolo5

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.”6
Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for musical noise.”7

Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.”8

In keeping with the theme of the CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, we are asking composers to submit scores for percussion quartet that are reflective of early percussion ensemble works, current in regards to present trends in percussion ensemble writing/style/genre/size, and that project a way forward according to their view of the future of the medium.

• Composers should consider referencing the early styles and instrumentation of works written by the following composers: Ionisation by Edgard Varése; Ritmica No. 5 & No. 6 by Amadeo Roldán; Toccata by Carlos Chavez; October Mountain by Alan Hovhaness; Trio for Percussion by Warren Benson; Quartet for Percussion by John Cage; and Constructions by John Cage (First, Second, or Third). The general list of percussion ensemble works by these composers is meant to serve as a guide for instrumentation and inspiration for your composition. However, submissions are not limited to the instruments these composers used.

• The composers and works mentioned, have helped the percussion ensemble medium evolve into what could essentially be viewed as the “string quartet” of the 21st century; the percussion quartet. To keep with this trend, we ask that all submissions be written for four (4) percussionists.

• How do you see the percussion ensemble/quartet evolving? Portray this in your composition sonically by exploring the instruments used in your piece, in new ways. If electronics are used, please include detailed explanations and directions for performance.

We welcome submissions by composers of all ages.

Entry Fee
• $35.00 per submission
• Composers are welcome to submit multiple works for consideration.
• Pay here:

Deadline and Guidelines
• Submit scores and audio files January 4, 2019 to Chris Whyte at
• Audio renderings or recordings of submissions are optional but highly encouraged.
• Acceptable audio formats include midi, WAV, and MP3 files, not to exceed 25mb. WAV and MP3 are preferred.
• Submissions must not exceed 12 minutes in length.
• Submissions are considered incomplete until all guidelines have been followed (i.e., PDFs sent and entry fee remitted).
• Submitted works must be unpublished. Previously published works will not be considered.
• Those whose works have been selected will be notified via email by January 21, 2019.
• CHRÓNOS reserves the right not to award a winning composition based on the consensus of the panel.

Winning Composition – $500 honorarium, premiere of your work by the UTRGV
Percussion Ensemble live at CHRÓNOS, a live recording of the work from the performance, a video release of the piece via the CHRÓNOS YouTube channel by the UTRGV Percussion
Ensemble, the opportunity to present your process and workshop of the piece with the premiering ensemble at CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of
Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus

Second Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music-Brownsville Campus.

Third Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus.

*Composers who plan to attend must assume responsibility for their own travel and lodging

For more information visit:

 Spark Composition Competition
Summary:SATB Call
Deadline: 01 February 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: We hope our program theme, combined with the opportunity to have your new composition premiered by a professional chamber choir, will light a spark of inspiration to compose a new work!


Our final concert this 2018-19 season will coincide with Rhode Island Pride and will feature music by, about, and for LGBTQIA* individuals and communities. We are seeking choral scores featuring texts that may be directly relevant to LGBTQIA* experiences, but may also deal with broader intersecting themes, such as the general theme of PRIDE, celebrating diversity & inclusion, empowering marginalized voices, etc.

Entrants are encouraged to submit a brief explanation of why they chose their text and explain its connection to the theme of our concert. Collegium Ancora will perform the world premiere of the winning entry during our June 2019 performance.


February 1, 2019 All submissions and entry fees must be received by 11:59pm EST
March 1, 2019 Announcement of the winning composition
June 2019 Premiere performance of the winning composition by Collegium Ancora


All submissions must:
- be original and not previously performed in a public performance*
- fit within the thematic criteria outlined under “Contest Details” above
- adhere to the additional specific criteria outlined below
* public performance is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family.

Difficulty Level
Any level of technical difficulty is welcomed. We are mainly interested in pieces that provide both the ensemble and the audience with a rewarding musical experience.

SATB, with possible divisi

- Text must be related to the theme of the concert program, as described above.
- Any language will be considered; however, please include a transliteration of non-English texts.
- Text must originate from one of the following options:
1. In the Public Domain
2. Of the composer’s own creation
3. Accompanied by documentation clearly confirming the composer has secured permission to set the text to music and to present it in public performance.*
* any and all costs related to securing said copyright permission is solely the responsibility of the person submitting the composition entry.

- a cappella
- Piano

Duration (Length of Composition)
- Minimum: 2 minutes
- Maximum: 8 minutes

- There are no restrictions regarding who may enter.
- There is no limit to how many compositions any one composer can submit; however, an entry fee is required per composition.


All submissions will be initially reviewed by the Artistic Director of Collegium Ancora to ensure each submission meets the specified criteria.

A panel comprised of three judges will review the contending entries and will choose the winning composition. This evaluation will take into account the quality of the piece, the relationship to the thematic content, and its suitability for a successful performance by Collegium Ancora.

In the event that the panel decides to perform more submissions in addition to the winning composition, those composers will be notified and permission to perform their composition requested.

Scores that are not selected for performance will be deleted.


First Prize: $500 (US) plus a world premiere performance by Collegium Ancora
Runner(s) up: $50 (US) plus a world premiere performance by Collegium Ancora

The winning composer and composition will be announced on March 1, 2019. Winners are welcome to attend the premiere performance, but will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

Collegium Ancora reserves the right not to award a prize.


Scores must be submitted via our website. Click the "Submit Score" button below to complete the entry form (Google account required, please contact us if this is a problem) and upload your PDF, then click the "Submit Entry Fee" button to provide the entry fee via our secure PayPal account.

Submission Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2019, 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time

Application/Entry Fee:
$35 entry fee per submission is required for consideration

Criteria for submitting scores:
- Scores must be in American Letter-size (8.5 X 11 inches) portrait format
- Scores must be clear and ready for performance, using standard music printing notation and readable text size.
- Entry scores must have no composer/arranger information on it so that evaluation and judging of each composition can be conducted anonymously.
- All scores must be submitted electronically as a PDF.

Supporting material (encouraged, but not required):
- A narrative about the piece indicating the choice of text and how it relates to the theme, as well as information relating to the composer and/or compositional process, if desired.
- Some type of recording of the piece (e.g. synthesized, keyboard, multitrack, etc.); it is of course understood that a full choral recording will not be available.

 Uproar Duo Call for Scores
Summary:Saxophone and Piano Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: The Uproar Duo is excited to announce its first annual Call for Scores! The Uproar Duo is dedicated to performing and recording new works for saxophone and piano, and we are excited to create this opportunity to work with new composers to perform, record, and present their works.

Uproar will be selecting a minimum of three pieces from the pool of submissions. Certain selected works will be performed throughout our 2019-2020 season and will be featured on a future studio-recorded album. Other winning selections will be performed, recorded live, and added to The Uproar Duo's repertoire, though not necessarily recorded as part of an album. Our goal is to include and highlight as many winning selections as possible.

More info:

 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:
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to (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)!

Summary:Choral work call
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Boston-based Analog Chorale is developing an album of world-premiere recordings for production in January, 2019. The album will include original unrecorded works by David Lang, Krishan Oberoi, and other contemporary composers. We’re currently searching for 2-3 additional pieces, not previously recorded, to be featured on the album.

Submissions must be original works that have not been previously recorded.
The entry fee is $25 per score.

1. Our Call for Scores is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality.
2. Composers may submit as many scores as they like.
3. Scores may be in any language.
4. Scores should be 2-7 minutes in length.
5. Multi-movement works cannot be accepted; however, single movements from larger works will be considered.
6. Scores may be for SATB, up to SSAATTBB divisi.
7. Preference will be given to avant-garde works, and/or works displaying a unique style. Extended techniques and non-traditional notation are permitted.
8. Submissions will only be accepted until 12:00am EST on December 9th, 2018.
9. One to three submissions will be recorded by Analog Chorale on our Album [1] in January 2019, to be released Summer 2019.

• Fill out the form below.
• Upload PDF file of the submission to the form.
• Pay $25 Entry Fee (per score) using the PayPal link once the form is submitted.

 Nief-Norf Summer Workshop
Summary:Workshop Opportunity
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: The nnSF Composition Workshop offers an intensive experience in chamber music composition, and currently invites applications from composers age 18 and over (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). Offered concurrently with the Performance Workshop, Music Technology Workshop, and Research Summit, the Composition Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and artists, as well as opportunities for hands-on exploration of the large variety of percussion instruments available during the festival.

Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2019 guest composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and Alexandre Lunsqui, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Composers will write for chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble or percussion in combination with other instruments, based on availability. Close interaction with performers will be invaluable for those seeking to gain experience in writing for specific instruments, while more experienced composers will benefit from the relationships built with dedicated performers of contemporary music. The workshop will admit up to ten composition fellows who will be present for the entire festival.

This year we are introducing a new Composer-Performer option for composer applicants, open to composer-instrumentalists and composer-vocalists. Composer-Performer fellows will be expected to include themselves as a performer in their composition and will fully participate in the rehearsal process and performance of their work. In addition, Composer-Performer fellows will be assigned 2-3 additional chamber works to be performed with Performance Fellows during the festival. We are committed to providing individual meetings with all composition faculty, however rehearsal scheduling may prevent Composer-Performer fellows from participating in some other activities of the Composition Workshop. Composers who wish to perform in their own piece but not perform any additional repertoire should apply only as a Composer.

Composition Fellows will benefit from the following activities:
• Admission to all festival activities, including rehearsals, coachings, presentations by guest artists and guest composers, and concerts.
• Private composition lessons with composition faculty.
• Seminars on composition for percussion and other instruments, and other special topics on contemporary music, by the festival faculty
• Opportunity to present to the composition workshop.
• Opportunities for small-group or individual interaction with guest composers and winners of the international Call for Scores competition.
• Access to piano practice rooms.
• Access to percussion instruments for exploration, and frequent opportunities to informally engage with Performance Fellows.
• Working with Performance Fellows and faculty in the preparation of one original composition (for 2-6 players with instrumentation coordinated with festival faculty based on enrollment, and approximately five minutes in duration, depending on the difficulty).
• Composition fellows' works are programmed on concerts presented by the Performance fellows during the second week of the festival, and thereby receive ample workshop and rehearsal time on par with all other repertoire presented during the festival.
• One recorded performance of a completed composition on a public festival concert, and recording of dress rehearsals.

Applications for nnSF19 open on October 8, 2018 || Priority deadline: Dec 15, 2018

 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

 International Composition Contest New Music For Harpsichord
Summary:Harpsichord composition competition
Deadline: 21 April 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano, with the collaboration of the Department of Culture of the City of Milan, Società italiana Musica Contemporanea and of Rugginenti-Volonté Edizioni, is now organizing the third edition of the International Composition Contest, SIMM 2019 - 4th Edition" New Music for Harpsichord". The following compositions will be accepted: harpsichord solo, harpsichord for four hands, harpsichord and an instrument (except piano), harpsichord and voice. Application should be submitted by 21/4/19.

 CALL FOR ENTRIES: Aberdeen Youth Jazz Celebration Composition Competition
Summary:Jazz Band Call
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Call for scores to be performed at the Aberdeen Youth Jazz Festival.

Participants must be UK resident and no older than 25.

For full details:

 ISA Music Composition Competition
Summary:School-aged competition, various categories
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The ISA Music Composition Competition – new for 2019 – is designed to celebrate the art of music composition, and to encourage musical pupils to think of themselves as composers, even from a young age.

Accessible to all
Any combination of voices/instruments, solo voice or solo instrument
Any method of submission – video, audio recording, or written score
Individual or Group work

Your music may be selected to be used at ISA events such as conferences and sporting events. We look forward to receiving your entries.

This competition is open to anyone who enjoys creating their own music. We hope this new ISA competition will encourage more pupils to develop their music composition skills at a younger age. (Composition can be the aspect of external exams which is unfamiliar to many performers and uncomfortable for them).

We suggest that many schools will run an internal competition first, then submit their selected best ones to the national competition.
• School are invited to submit their entries via the Online form – Deadline Friday, 22 March 2019 (details on how to enter on page 3).
• Schools may submit a maximum of three entries per age group.
• Categories: Band, Solo voice, Solo instrument, Vocal group, Instrumental group
• Age groups
A: Year 5 and 6 B: Year 7-9
C: Year 10 & 11 D: Sixth Form
• Style: Any style of music is welcome – classical, jazz, pop, rock, electro...
• Instruments: the composition can be for any combination of performers.
• Length: maximum length of composition is 5 mins. (no minimum).
• Practicalities:
- YouTube recordings (if used) must be complete at the time of entry, uploaded to YouTube and
available for public view. They must not be amended or edited after submission.
- Audio recordings must be in an mp3 format.
- Any computer generated score should be sent in a visual/readable format – eg PDF.
- Manuscripts (handwritten or computer generated) should be sent as full score (there is no need
to generate individual playing parts) in a visual/readable format – eg PDF.
• Group Work: paired or group compositions may be submitted to any age class. A brief written log (maximum one side of A4) explaining the process, roles taken by pupils, and any adult input should be sent to ISA.


Summary:Solo guitar Competition
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The MIGF composition competition will be presided by the extraordinary composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia (FIU) and joined by two other distinguished judges: the Emmy award-winning composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (University of Miami) and the Fulbright scholar/composer Jacob Sudol (FIU). The competition welcomes composers to submit new guitar compositions for solo guitar (with or without electronics).

General Guidelines
• Open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
• Compositions submitted must be written for solo guitar.
• Compositions must be written for the six-stringed classical guitar.
• Alternate tunings are acceptable.
• Fixed media and/or live electronics may be included.
• Compositions submitted must be in a duration of no more than 15 minutes (10 minutes or less preferred).
• Composers may submit multiple works.
• Compositions submitted must be unpublished and should not have been previously awarded.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019.
Application Fee: $15 for each work. Multiple works may be submitted.
Application and Fees must be submitted and paid online no later than January 15, 2019 by 11:59 pm EST.

Summary:Solo to 15 players instrumental call
Deadline: 15 March 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its fourth edition of “Call for Scores” (CFS). The theme is “Beauty”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo up to a maximum of 15 instruments:

4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 percussion (xylophone OR vibraphone OR glockenspiel), 1 piano

For example: 1 viola + 1 flute + 1 xylophone, or a string quartet formation. Please note that 4 violins are considered as 4 instruments, 2 violas are considered as 2 instruments and so on.

There is no fixed style. Please use your imagination and creativity to write music so beautiful and pleasant to the ears that the musicians would love to play them over and over again and the audience would love to hear them over and over again.

Selected works will be performed by EBM on Thursday, 30th May 2019 in Singapore. Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must be between 3-8 minutes. ONLY melodious and tonal works will be accepted. Atonal and electronics works will NOT be considered. Every work MUST be original, and never performed nor published in any format before. NO transcription nor arrangement of any sort is allowed. Works which have won awards, or which have already been uploaded onto any form of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, iTunes or SoundCloud will not be considered. Submissions will not be returned. Please dedicate new works written specially for this CFS to “Ensemble de la Belle Musique”. For older works written prior to this CFS, no dedication is required.

Video recordings of the concert will be put up on our Youtube channel. Complimentary hotel lodging of 3 days 2 nights (with complimentary breakfast) + free entry to the concert will be provided for selected composers. There is also an opportunity for selected composers to have their selected works put up onto a few music platforms in China for publicity. In addition, selected composers will each be given a full HD video recording of their works.

Submission Guidelines:

There is an entry fee of USD20 for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for USD10 each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. Each entry must be emailed in pdf format (full score + individual parts, if applicable) to with the subject heading: “EBMCFS2019 – Title of work” along with:

a. An info sheet in pdf format with the composer’s name, title of the submission, duration of the work, year work was written, short bio (maximum 150 words), short write-up of the submitted work (maximum 150 words), and contact information (including website, if any). NO handwritten scores will be accepted. You may use any reliable music notation software as long as the score is clear and legible.

b. Photo in .jpeg format

c. Receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment. For submissions of up to 3 works, just one receipt or one screenshot of completed Paypal payment will do.

d. Mp3 or midi recording of every work submitted.

e. A declaration that the submitted work has never been (i) published, (ii) performed, nor (iii) awarded any prize in any competition.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59pm, Singapore time, on Friday, 15th March 2019. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. Results will be announced on EBM’s website and social media platforms latest by Saturday, 30th March 2019, and selected composers will be notified via email. The decision of EBM is final. For enquiries, please email


The submitted works must be free of any rights. Non-selected composers will have full ownership of their works and will be allowed to perform their compositions once the results have been released. In contrast, selected composers are NOT allowed to interpret their selected works in any way before nor on the day of EBM’s “Beauty” concert on Thursday, 30th May 2019.

Selected composers retain full ownership of the copyright for their selected works but they have to grant EBM irrevocable rights limited to using the works for promotional purposes and for performing the works in concerts at any time without further compensation to them.

Deadline: 15th March 2019, 11.59pm Singapore time

Entry fee: USD20 per submission. USD10 for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer

Currency: US Dollars

 Siena College Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The Siena College Creative Arts Department announces a call for score submissions for the inaugural annual Siena College Choral Composition Competition. The winning work will be premiered by the Clare Ensemble Singers, a professional chamber choir in residence, on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A prize stipend of $450 will be available to the winning work.

The Siena College Choral Composition Award recognizes the creative talents of an artist whose work produces an innovative piece of choral music inspired in some way by The Saint John’s Bible (, an illuminated manuscript bible created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson.

Submissions must be accompanied by an explanation of the work’s relevance to the Saint John’s Bible, as well as the theme, “Songs of Experience.” Composers are encouraged to spend time with The Saint John’s Bible in person, by visiting a Heritage Edition site such as Siena College. A complete site listing may be found at:

Works will be judged through a blind process by a panel consisting of Dr. Timothy Reno, Associate Professor of Creative Arts, members of the Clare Ensemble Singers, and local professionals.

The competition is open to all composers within the United States of America, regardless of background, origin, level of training, or experience. The deadline for submission completion is December 31, 2018.

Scores may be submitted via Google Forms:
Questions? Email

Summary:Competition with 5 Categories
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: ensemble mise-en is thrilled to announce the call for scores for the MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019! Since 2014, the festival has featured more than 30 pieces each year. We look forward to your submissions and to presenting even more works this year.

Selected composers are required to attend the festival dates, June 26-30, 2019. Each will have the chance to collaborate with ensemble mise-en as well as other guest musicians. This is a unique opportunity to share your work not only with a New York City audience but with visiting musicians and composers from around the world.

This year, we are especially excited to offer FREE HOUSING to all participating composers for the duration of the festival (June 26-30, 2019)! We are proud to be able to support our composers in this way.

Deadline: December 15, 2018 (EST 11:59PM)

Submission Fee: $27 (USD, non-refundable)

The guidelines for the submissions:

1. Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
2. Selected composers must be present at the festival (June 26-30, 2019) in New York City.
3. Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted as a separate entity.
4. Those composers chosen to write new works (Category #5) will be notified by January 1st, 2019. All other composers chosen to participate in the festival will be notified after February 1st, 2019.


1. Solo instrument with or without electronics
2. Chamber Ensemble (2-8 musicians including a conductor) with or without electronics
3. Large Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra (up to 24-piece ensemble) with or without electronics
4. Tape/Live Electronics/Video Work
5. Proposal for a new piece (1-25 musicians including a conductor) with or without electronics*

*This category (#5) is for undeveloped works or works-in-progress. Selected proposals must be completed and submitted by April 15th, 2019 for inclusion in the festival program.

IMPORTANT -- we will NOT accept any hard copies or email submissions. All submissions should be made via the following website:

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- Following us on Instagram (@ensemblemiseen)

Please direct all inquiries to:

 NNSF Call for Scores
Summary:3-12 players call
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Each year the NNSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

The 2019 NNSF Call for Scores invites submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments.
• guitar (acoustic or electric)
• violin
• viola
• cello
• double bass
• voice
• electronics (separate performer)
• flute (all family)
• clarinet (all family)
• oboe
• bassoon
• saxophone (all family)
• trumpet
• horn
• trombone
• tuba
• piano / keyboard
• harp
• percussion

The call is open to all composers without restriction. We welcome any of the following: scores requiring multiples of any of the above instruments (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics (including audio or video), indeterminate notation or instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

We are especially interested in submissions that tie into the theme of this year’s Research Summit, which is to interrogate the notion of genre in music. For example: works that embrace or defy genre categories, works that challenge the individuality of “the composer’s voice” by their genre associations, works in which genre references are an essential component, etc.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to three).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the NNSF 2019, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed.


Applicants should submit:
1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee). Please note the submission form will call for:
• Your bio
• Title of each submission
• Program note for each submission. If your submission ties into the theme of the Research Summit, please explain how so in the program note.
• Link to audio or video of the work, if available.

2) Email to containing a PDF of the score for each submission.

Please scan any hand-written materials. Please do not email audio or video files; these will not be accepted. Please post audio or video on a streaming service such as Youtube, Soundcloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive and include the link on the submission form.

Questions? Send us a note to


 2019 Oklahoma Youth Winds
Summary:Wind competition
Deadline: 10 December 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: The Oklahoma Youth Winds is comprised of many of the most talented and dedicated wind, brass, and percussion students in the state of Oklahoma. The group has received numerous distinctions for their superior level of performance, including their most recent accolade as the choice Community Ensemble at the 2017 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention. The group’s primary conductor is Dr. Matthew Mailman, and he is assisted by Ms. Sarah Neely and Mr. Christopher Hall.

• $100 prize
• Premier performance by Oklahoma Youth Winds in Spring 2018
• Recording of live performance

Deadline for Entries
• Submitted by December 10, 2018
• NEW THIS YEAR: No entry fees, still no limit to number of entries

• One (1) composition per entry
• Composition must be written for wind ensemble at a Grade 4 level
• Composition must be unpublished, unawarded, and have never been publicly performed nor professionally recorded for commercial release
• Composer must submit a PDF of the score as well as a MIDI or live recording for each entry.
• Incomplete submissions will not be accepted
• The decisions of the jury are final

How to Enter (all steps must be completed for each entry):
1. Complete the entry form online
2. Submit your composition and midi/recording using the built in upload mechanism.

 ICEBERG New Music's 2018-19 Call for Scores
Summary:Competition with to categories
Deadline: 01 January 2019
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: ICEBERG New Music's 2018-19 Call for Scores is now open!
Fill out the form below to submit your work. Submissions are due no later than January 1, 2019.


Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores for one or both of ICEBERG's partner ensembles, Ekmeles ( and Contemporaneous ( Up to four winning composers (at least one for each ensemble) will be selected to have their works performed as part of our 2018-19 season at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music 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 Ekmeles will be performed March 9, 2018. The winning work(s) for Contemporaneous will be performed April 26, 2018. These performances will take place at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City.


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


Composers may submit:

A) One (1) score for performance by Ekmeles

B) One (1) score for performance by Contemporaneous


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


Mezzo Soprano
Mezzo Soprano

Subsets of this ensemble will be considered. Works involving electronics WILL be considered.

INSTRUMENTATION (Contemporaneous)


Subsets of this instrumentation will be considered. Works which involve electronics will NOT be considered.

 El Coro universitario Sant Yago de Valencia
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 28 December 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: El Coro universitario Sant Yago de Valencia convoca, con motivo de su 50 aniversario, un concurso de composición coral que tiene como objetivo fomentar la creación de nuevo repertorio por parte de compositores jóvenes e incipientes, nacionales e internacionales.

Como bases del concurso se establecen las siguientes:
1. El concurso va dirigido a compositores de cualquier nacionalidad con una edad no superior a 35 años en la fecha de finalización del plazo de entrega.
2. Las obras presentadas serán originales e inéditas, quedando excluidas las armonizaciones y los arreglos. Han de estar escritas para una plantilla habitual de coro mixto de SATB “a capella”, siendo aceptado un razonable número de “divisi”. El nivel de dificultad será el de un coro “amateur”, y la duración no será superior a 5 minutos.
3. El texto, de temática libre, deberá estar escrito en una de las siguientes lenguas: valenciano, castellano, latín o inglés. Cada compositor será responsable del libre uso de los textos utilizados, y en todo caso se respetarán los derechos de autoría recogidos en el Real decreto Legislativo 1/1996, de 12 de abril, de Propiedad Intelectual. En el encabezamiento de la partitura figurará únicamente el título de la obra y un pseudónimo del autor.
4. Cada compositor podrá presentar un número ilimitado de obras inéditas y no interpretadas nunca en público. La/s enviará, en grafía clara y formato pdf, por correo electrónico a la dirección, desde una dirección de e-mail que evite revelar datos sobre su identidad. Esta forma de proceder obedece al aseguramiento de la imparcialidad y transparencia necesarias. Cualquier incumplimiento de esta condición significará la eliminación de la obra afectada.

Los concursantes deberán enviar una única obra en cada correo electrónico, pudiendo enviar tantos correos como obras deseen presentar.
La organización responderá a los correos electrónicos recibidos confirmando la correcta recepción de las obras.

5. El plazo de entrega de las obras presentadas finalizará el 28 de Diciembre de 2018 a las 23:59h.
6. El jurado estará integrado por personas vinculadas al ámbito coral valenciano y su decisión será inapelable.
7. El resultado del concurso se dará a conocer, en primer lugar, mediante un e-mail a las cuentas desde las que los participantes hayan remitido las obras. Esta comunicación con los participantes se realizará entre el 14 y el 21 de Enero de 2019. Será este mismo el medio de contacto con el ganador, quien, una vez conocedor del veredicto, comunicará sus datos personales a la organización. En caso de que la organización no reciba respuesta, el vencedor tendrá un mes de plazo para reclamar el premio. Pasado el plazo perderá todos los derechos del mismo, quedando el concurso desierto.

Una vez conocida por la organización la identidad del ganador, se anunciará el resultado del concurso en la web y en las redes sociales del Coro Sant Yago.
En caso de que el jurado considere que ninguna de las obras presentadas merece ser galardonada, el concurso quedará desierto.

Se establece como premio lo siguiente:
• Un premio económico por la cantidad de 300 €.
• El estreno de la obra ganadora, por parte del Coro Universitario Sant Yago, en el concierto de clausura de un Taller Coral de música contemporánea que se celebrará el día 7 de abril de 2019 en Valencia.
• Además, se intentará dar promoción a la obra ganadora, que añadirá el subtítulo siguiente en su partitura definitiva: “Obra ganadora del Concurso de Composición Coral 50 aniversario del Coro Universitario Sant Yago”.

Las consultas sobre estas bases podrán enviarse a la dirección de correo electrónico, siempre desde una dirección de e-mail que evite revelar datos sobre la identidad del participante.

La participación en el presente concurso implica la aceptación total de estas bases.


Summary: Choral Music Composition Contest

Deadline: 28 December 2018

Details: On occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the Sant Yago University Choir, from Valencia (Spain), is pleased to announce a Choral Music Composition Contest. The aim of this competition is to promote the creation of new repertoire by young, emerging composers from all over the world. In addition to a monetary prize (300€), the winning piece will premiere, performed by the Sant Yago University Choir, at the closing concert of a contemporary music Coral Workshop to be held in Valencia on April 7th, 2019.

The choir is looking for young composers, up to 35 years old at the end of the deadline, to submit their compositions. They must be original, unpublished ones; written for a regular mixed choir (SATB), a cappella. The maximum duration must be kept to five minutes and its performance must be possible for an amateur choir. The text can be about any topic as long as it’s in English, Latin, Spanish or Valencian, always respecting the copyright contained in the Spanish Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996 of April 12 on Intellectual Property. The author’s name will remain anonymous. The heading of the score shall include the title and a pseudonym.

Composers are entitled to submit an unlimited number of unpublished pieces, which must have not been previously performed in public. Entries must have a clear spelling and be sent by email to with the score attached as a PDF file from an email address which avoids revealing the identity of the author.

The deadline is December 28th, 2018 at 23:59 (Central European Time).

The results will be announced by email to the contestants between the 14th and 21st of January, 2019. The winner will reveal his or her personal data to the organization and the results will be announced on the website and in the choir's social media.

Further questions can be addressed to, from any address that avoids revealing the contestant’s identity"

 14th Annual Orchestra Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: Open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation. [Past winners listed below.]

Prize: The winning work will be performed by
the East Carolina University Symphony
April 6, 2019, in Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2018:
1. Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below:
• Name of composer (anonymous entry NOT necessary)
• Maximum instrumentation: 2 flutes (+piccolo), 2 oboe (1 English Horn double), 2 clarinet (+bass), 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 3 trumpet, 3 trombone (including bass), 1 tuba, Timpani, 2 percussion, piano, Strings
• Works with electronics/computer WILL be considered
• Work with Harp will NOT be considered
• Works including soloists will NOT be considered
• Maximum duration of twelve (12) minutes
• Difficulty level suitable for advanced university orchestra

2. Information Sheet with:
• Composer's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
• One paragraph bio, one paragraph program note
• Title of submitted composition(s), list of instrumentation, duration of composition, date of completion, and performance history (if applicable)
3. If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included. Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.
4. For EACH ENTRY, an APPLICATION FEE of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic Initiative noted in the memo. [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.] Payment may also be made online here.
5. Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will perform the single winning work on Saturday evening, April 6, 2019, on a NC NewMusic Initiative concert on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2019.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the festival. Every attempt will be made by the festival staff to provide accommodations for visitors, and to subsidize costs of travel. The composer of the winning work may also be asked to conduct a seminar, introducing their work to students and other festival attendants.

The composer of the selected score will be notified by December 25, 2018. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2019.

Address all submissions to:
Mark Taggart
Composition Competition Director
NC NewMusic Initiative
366 Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858


 The Manchester Chorale Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: In preparation for its 40th anniversary season, The Manchester Chorale invites composers to write a work of a celebratory nature.

1st prize of £1,000
No restrictions on age or nationality
Text, in English, to be chosen by the composer
No entry fee

Deadline for submission of pieces: 31st March 2019

The Manchester Chorale will be marking its 40th anniversary in the 2019/20 season.
With this in mind, we are inviting composers to submit a piece for chamber choir, to be performed during the season, with which we can celebrate the joy of singing and making music together.

The Work
Length – between 3 and 6 minutes.
A capella, or with piano accompaniment.
The piece should be primarily for SATB choir (about 45 singers); however, some divisi of the soprano, alto or bass parts can be accommodated.
Short solo passages could be included in any part, although it is recommended they are marked “optional”.
The text must be in English. Composers are asked to check that a text is out of copyright before using it. If it is not, please obtain written permission for its use from the copyright holder before submitting your composition to us. We may ask you to send this to us later. You may, of course, set a text that you have written yourself.
The piece must not have been published or performed previously.

For full details, please click on the link below:


 International Competition for Women Composers 2019
Summary:Piano quintet competition
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: The Brixworth Music Festival, England, is delighted to announce a second international competition for women composers.

We are looking for a work that is 6-10 minutes long and is scored for string quartet and piano. The competition is open to any female composer and there is no age limit for entrants.

The following prizes will be awarded:
First prize: £500
Honourable Mention

The prize-winning work will be played by the Tedesca String Quartet, (the resident quartet of the Midland Sinfonia) at the next Brixworth Music Festival on 17th May 2019. The pianist, Charles Matthews, will be performing on the Festival's new piano.

The jury comprises the following members:

Vivienne Olive Professor of Music Theory in Nuremberg, retired, Composer, and Joint Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival
Gwion Thomas Singer and Joint Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival
Nic Fallowfield Violin, Tedesca String Quartet
Oksana King Pianist and member of the Brixworth Music Festival Committee
Peter Dunkley Conductor, Clarinettist, Patron of the Brixworth Music Festival Committee
Judith Weir External judge: Composer and Master of the Queen's Music

The committee of the Brixworth Music Festival reserves the right to find replacements for absent jury members. Other members of the Brixworth Music Festival Committee may join the judging panel as appropriate.

Further Information
Conditions of entry
• Only one work may be entered which can, however, consist of several shorter pieces.
• The entered work may not have previously been performed or published.
• Performance material (score and parts) must be supplied by the prize-winner.
• Any instructions should be in English.

Closing date: 31st January 2019
Prize winners will be announced at the end of February 2019.

 74th Concours de Genève – Geneva international music competition
Summary:Oboe and ensemble
Deadline: 02 May 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018

The 74th Geneva International Music Competition will be presenting composition. This discipline pursues the tradition of the Queen Marie José Prize and aims at encouraging and promoting contemporary creation and supporting a high-quality performance.


The Geneva Competition's Composition Prize will be awarded in November 2019. Its objective is to distinguish a new work that has been composed at the earliest after May 2016
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after May 1st, 1979 (40 years old). Composers who have already won the Queen Marie Jose International Music Composition Prize or the Geneva International Music Competition's Composition Prize are not eligible to take part in this competition.


The subject of the Composition Prize 2019 is a Work for Oboe and ensemble, composed after following specifities:
• The work must last between 15 and 20 minutes.
• The work must be written for solo oboe, with the possibility to use the Cor anglais (English horn) as well.
• The work must not use any electronic device.
• The ensemble set must imperatively be comprised within the following frame:
o 1*.1*.1*.1*-–harp–keyboards(1)–perc(2)–Strings :
o One musician may play several keyboard instruments (piano, celesta, etc.)
o Concerning percussion, please insert the detailed list of required instruments.

The prize-winning work will then be performed during the final round of the 2020 Oboe competition. The jury will therefore be asked to take into account the playability of the work and the presence of the solo instrument.
The musical score may be hand-written or in electronic form, but must be perfectly legible.

The registration deadline is May 2, 2019. Candidates may register directly on our website

Registration will not be considered as final until the following documents have been received (to be uploaded via registration page, or sent by post or by email) :

• One musical score, with a title or a motto, all completely readable and original, without the least mention of the composer, since the candidate must remain anonymous for the Jury.
• As well as the following documents:
• - Official proof of the candidate's age (birth certificate or passport photocopy)
• - Your résumé (studies taken, institutions, teachers, professional activities)
• - Two different and recent high-quality photos in color
• - Proof of payment of the registration fee
• - A commentary on the work presented
• - Authorization for its performance and broadcast

 III international competition of choral composition
Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: For the third time, this call is carried out together with the Awards of composition called by Orfeó Català, through the Revista Musical Catalana: "III international competition of choral composition - Festival of choral music", and which will culminate with the third edition of the Festival of choral music on February 23rd, 2020, in the Palau de la Música Catalana, where the winning works of the two competitions will be presented and performed.

The deadline for submission of works is January 31st, 2019. The verdict will be announced in summer 2019.

You can look at the Bases and get the participation forms at:


1. Participation
The International Prizes “Catalunya” for Choral Compositions is opened to everyone, with no age limit and without any registration fees.

2. Categories and Contest Regulations
There are four categories of participation:
A1: CHORAL COMPOSITION “a cappella”, upon a text in Catalan language, for mixed voices (SATB or SAB). Medium level of difficulty.
A2: CHORAL COMPOSITION “a cappella”, upon a text in Catalan language, for equal voices. Medium level of difficulty.
B1: HARMONIZATION and ARRANGEMENT "a cappella" of “Catalan Countries traditional songs”, for mixed voices (SATB or SAB). Medium level of difficulty.
B2: HARMONIZATION and ARRANGEMENT "a cappella" of “Catalan Countries traditional songs”, for equal voices. Medium performing level.
-In the harmonization of traditional songs (categories B1 & B2) it must be stated from which publication the original melody is taken, as well as the publisher and year of publication.
-Works must be original, not premiered and not previously awarded at any other competition. The maximum duration of each work is around four minutes. The jury will evaluate the level of difficulty of each work, which cannot exceed the difficulty level established in the regulations.

3. Presentation of the works
1) Each composition must be submitted in six copies with numbered pages. They must be legible, clear, without mistakes or amendments.
2) The front page of each work will show only the “Title”, a “Pseudonym” (which will replace the real name of the author), and the category in which the work fits in.
3) In addition, it is necessary to present a sealed envelope which will show the “Pseudonym” of the author. Please insert in the envelope the registration form signed and filled with all the required information.
4) Composers can register for both competitions and can submit up to two works per category. Nevertheless, submitting duplicates of the same work in different
categories or in both competitions won’t be accepted. If duplicates are spotted by the jury, the works in question will be eliminated from all competitions.

4. Deadline and Address
Works and application forms must be handed or sent by mail before January 31, 2019
to the following address:
International Prizes “Catalunya” for Choral Compositions. Eighth Edition – 2019 FEDERACIÓ CATALANA D'ENTITATS CORALS.
Via Laietana, 54, 2. despatx 213.


 Mozart and Orff for organ
Summary:Organ competition
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: For the fourth time we can again announce a contest that promises to be particularly attractive to composers. The next Carl Orff Festival, and thus the composition competition, are under the sign Carl Orff and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Orff described namely in his last years Mozart as his favorite composers. Now if you still know that Carl Orff began his musical career on the church organ in the municipality Unteralting already found the rough framework for the next competition.

Competing 2018-19 is a piece for organ. It should be processed two musical themes. Firstly, the first two bars to be included in the C-minor Fantasy (KV 475) of Mozart and on the other a 9-töniger chord "De temporum fine comoedia" by Carl Orff. The length of the piece should be 5-7 minutes. The composition must be playable on a symphonic organ with three manuals and swell.

They are invited to take part, without limitation, all composers. The winners (ranked 1-3) from the previous competitions are not eligible.

10 compositions will be nominated for the final concert. The composer received from Carl Orff Competition eV to and from the final concert, 2 nights, a rehearsal and performance with good organist and an attractive program for two days. The prize money amounts to 5,000 euros for 1st place, 3.000 € for second place and 1,000 euros for the 3rd place.

The deadline is February 28, 2019. start of the public vote will be March 15, 2019. The world premiere of the final works is planned as part of the Carl Orff Festival in August of 2019.

 The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: In order to encourage the composition of music suitable for the liturgy, The Sanders Society is developing a 3-yearly competition for young composers under the age of 30 years. The winning composition, an Introit of up to 5 minutes in length for SATB choir with optional organ accompaniment suitable for performance within a cathedral setting, will receive its first public performance in the glorious settings of Gloucester Cathedral during Choral Evensong at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in the summer of 2019.

In addition the winning composer will receive an award of £1000, and the possiblity of a publishing contract with Encore Publications.

The next composition competition for young composers will be judged in April 2019:

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 22nd March 2019

Judging: April 2019

The winning composer will be notified by email, (confirmed by letter) and details of the winning composition will be announced on 15th June 2019 on this website

Dr. Christopher Robinson
Bob Chilcott
Adrian Partington
Tim Rogers (Encore Publications)
Full rules of the composition competition for young composers and an entry form may be downloaded below:

Competition Rules
Entry Form
Entry forms for UK entries can be obtained by post, enclosing a stamped (93p) C5 envelope, from:

The Sanders Society,
144 Tuffley Avenue,

Overseas applicants please contact

 CoMa Partsong Project
Summary:Call for scores in open scoring
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Deadline: N/A

Details: The Partsong Project is central to CoMA’s aims, responding to a need to create a repertoire of flexible pieces for multiple (but solo) voices. Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc.

Fee: N/A

Contact: For more specifics on the brief and for information on submitting works, please visit:

 Flute Choir Composition Competition
Summary:Flute Choir Competition
Deadline: 19 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: The Flute Choir Composition Competition is for composers who write original works for flute choir/flute orchestra. Compositions may be a maximum of twelve minutes and must include a minimum of six parts, including any combination of instrumentation of piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. At a minimum, the composition must include parts for C flute, alto flute and bass flute.

This annual competition requires one work each year to be premiered by the Professional Flute Choir, High School Flute Choir, and Collegiate Flute Choir in rotation. The winning composer will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize and their composition will be performed by the Collegiate Flute Choir during the 2019 NFA Convention. The winning publication will also be displayed in the exhibit hall during the convention and deposited in the NFA Music Library at the University of Arizona.

By submitting an entry to this competition, you are attesting that the work has not yet been premiered. The NFA reserves the right to disqualify any submission that, in its judgment, fails to reflect the spirit of these rules of eligibility. Submissions are judged anonymously. Remove any identifying composer or copyright information from submitted scores, parts, and sound files.

Entrants must provide an electronic sound file (MP3 or WAV) or a “reading” recording of the submitted work. Entrants waive all rights to the convention premiere performance, including broadcasting and recording. The composition remains property of the composer who may enter into a contract with a publisher in advance of the convention but may not sell or distribute this work until after it has received its premiere at the convention.

Competition Requirements*
• NFA membership - all flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted (; membership is not required for non-flutist composers
Flutists chosen to perform or present at the convention must renew their membership (for the membership year beginning August 1, 2019) and register for the convention by July 1, 2019. Membership and convention registration is not required for non-flutist composers.
• Completed entry – one copy of the score and parts, without any identifying composer or copyright information; short essay explaining composition; electronic sound files (MP3 or WAV) of your work (Link will be available December 1, 2018.)
• $20 entry fee (paid during submission process)

All entrants must submit their entry, upload recordings/supplemental materials, and pay competition and membership fees by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

* Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the 2019 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.

Debbie Gilbert


 The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition 2018-19
Summary:AATTBarB Voice Competition
Deadline: 18 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Composers are invited to submit a new work for The Gesualdo Six’s second Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the ensemble at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 7 March 2019 and will be considered for publication by Novello & Co Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. A prize fund of £1000 is available.

About the competition

Composers are invited to set one of the texts printed below, with the final a cappella composition lasting between three and five minutes in total. Successful compositions will take into account the vocal requirements of the ensemble.

This competition is open to all composers, divided into two age categories: 21 years and under, and 22 years and above. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War; three texts have been chosen with this in mind, including poems by Christina Rossetti and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Words by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge and Ivor Gurney are also included, alongside two sacred Latin antiphons.

The competition will be judged by a specially convened panel including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Nigel Short, Kate Johnson, Owain Park and members of The Gesualdo Six. In addition, John Rutter will hold an online Q&A session on score presentation before the submission deadline, providing composers with an opportunity to learn from his vast experience of publishing scores and notating music for their own submissions.

1. Entrants are required to submit a setting of one of the six texts printed within this document. 2. The work should be scored for six unaccompanied voices (AATTBarB).
3. The work should ideally last between three and five minutes based on a metronome mark given at the head of the composition, but works outside of this guideline will be considered.
4. Scores may be handwritten or computer-set but in any case should be suitable for performance without further typesetting. Entries must not bear the name of the composer but should use a pseudonym (or a random code of letters/numbers).
5. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and of any age. 6. Only one application per composer will be considered.

1. Postal submissions
a. Scores should be sent to: Owain Park, The Old Music Office, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the printed score.
c. One unbound copy of the score should be sent.
d. The application form below should be completed, and should be enclosed with a copy of the first page of music from the score in a separate sealed envelope marked clearly with the pseudonym used.
e. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm. 2. Email submissions
a. Scores should be sent in PDF form to: This email address will be monitored by an external administrator; only the scores will be seen by members of the panel when adjudicating.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the score.
c. The application form below should be completed, and should be attached as part of the email submission.
d. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

1. A prize fund of £1000 is available, to be allocated at the panel’s discretion.
2. In the event of a winning entry in both categories, the prizes will be split accordingly: - 21 years and under: £400
- 22 years and above: £600

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 Call for Scores: 1st Annual Choral Composition Competition
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Receiving submissions now through February 15, 2019. Open to all ages.

If you have any issues or questions after reviewing this page please email

Entry Fee
There is a non-refundable submission fee of $25 per entry. After the submission form has been filled out (at the bottom of this page) you will be taken to a secure PayPal page where you can pay with either a PayPal account or any major Credit/Debit card (PayPal account not required).

Age and Experience
• Open to non-professional composers.
• No age requirements.
• Composers with a PhD or DMA in composition may not submit.
• Any current member of the MidCities Chamber Singers is not eligible to submit.

There are no nationality or citizenship requirements.

All applicants must disclose any relationship with members of our judging panel. This will NOT result in disqualification but is important to know if that particular judge needs to abstain from grading your submission.

History of Work
Previously performed works MAY be submitted.

All submitted works must be for SATB chorus, either unaccompanied or with piano. If unaccompanied, a piano reduction of vocal parts is suggested to be included in the score. No other instrumentation will be accepted nor will we accept performance audio that is to be played during performance.

Submitted works may include non-vocal instructions for the choir such as clapping, speaking, stomping, snapping, etc. No extra props.

Sacred or secular texts are permitted but must be considered by the judging panel to be appropriate for a public audience or the text may be edited or the submission disqualified. Vocalise (non-textual sounds such as “ooh” or “ah”) is allowed.

Our target choir size is 24 singers. Please consider this when submitting and you are encouraged (but not required) to avoid dividing parts beyond SSAATTBB.

Pieces should be between 3 and 8 minutes in length when performed.

Submission Process
This will be a “blind submission” where you may not include any personally identifiable information on your scores, in the audio of a submitted recording (not required), or in the file names of submitted files. Your form and score will be cross-referenced by a non-judging administrator for the sake of awarding and notification.

Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2019. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 per submission. Multiple entries are allowed and will require a separate submission form and non-refundable fee for each entry. There is no discount for multiple entries.

All entries must be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page. After submitting the form you will be taken to a secure PayPal checkout page where you can pay the fee with either a PayPal account or any major credit/debit card. Your entry will not be eligible unless the fee has been successfully paid. If you have any issues with payment, please email
All scores must be in PDF format and submitted through the form below. Recordings (which are not required) must be submitted through the form below. Do not email files or send links to files. Any links to files will be disregarded and any email attachments will not be opened.

While we prefer all entries to be submitted with the form below, if you have issues with the form or need to request an alternate method of submission, please email with your request.


 Missouri Composers Project
Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia Chamber Choir seek works written by Missouri composers for the 2019 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition. Works can be submitted in one of four categories:

Open Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
Open Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)
High School Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
High School Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)

The open categories include any composer, of any age, who is either a resident of Missouri or whose submitted work was written while the composer was living in Missouri. The high school categories include any composer enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Missouri high school. Instrumentation for orchestral submissions should not exceed: 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.Cl, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, Timp+2 perc, strings. Choral works must be scored for standard SATB.

One winner will be chosen from each of the four categories. The composers of the selected works will receive a performance and professional recording of their winning work by the Columbia Civic Orchestra (directed by Stefan Freund) or Columbia Chamber Choir (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews), as well as a $500 honorarium.

To apply for the 2019 competition, please click on the link to the right. This will take you to a form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2019 competition are due by Monday, December 3, 2018.

The 2019 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2019. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

 2019 Barlow Prize
Summary:$12,000 Commission
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Barlow Prize 2019

$12,000 Commission
New Work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics. The work will be performed by a consortium of choirs (TBD) in 2021.

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the commission is signed, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.


There are no restrictions or preferences with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are:

1) Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered in the Prize competition. FAQS

2) The Barlow Endowment is only able to grant commissions to composers who are not included among the premiering performers, conductors, directors, or agents of the commissioned work.

3) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible. FAQS


New procedures for applying: Start the application process for the Barlow Prize by clicking on the application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and with the application PDF attached.

• Please note that all submissions are final. After submitting the application, applicants may not change or add anything to their submission.
• Your application is saved automatically. If you close the application before submitting, you must re-open the application link from the same device on which you began your application. Note: sound files are not saved or uploaded until the application is submitted.
• Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
• Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail (not email) and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores total. (REMINDER: submit EXACTLY two physical scores. No electronic scores will be accepted.) FAQS
-Of the two works you submit, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation).
-The other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. It need not be exact, but can feature the category in another context. The judges will be interested in seeing how you handle the instrument(s) in as close a context as you can show.
-Additionally, one of these two chosen compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five (5) years old.
-The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities.
• Recordings should be uploaded as part of the application form and should be uploaded in .aac or .mp3 formats only. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Live recordings are strongly encouraged; MIDI realizations are discouraged. Judges will not review DVDs or CDs. FAQS
• The Endowment will not contact applicants if their uploaded .mp3 recordings do not work.


Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. This deadline is absolute—the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications or materials received after that date. We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays. Note: the university does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays. FAQS

 Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden, invites entries for its Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition.

Compositions are invited from composers aged 28 or under on 31 December 2018 to set a biblical text from Haggai Chapter 2, for four part mixed choir (with optional divisi in the soprano line). The choir is a small but musically competent chamber choir. Settings must include organ accompaniment and should last no longer than 4 minutes. The compositions must be currently unpublished works.

The winning composition will be premiered at the Tercentenary Celebration Service on Sunday 24 March 2019, and it is hoped that it will become part of the regular anthem repertoire of the choir.

Entries will be adjudicated by eminent British composer Professor Robert Saxton (Worcester College, Oxford), Kyle Macdonald (Senior Social Media Editor, Classic FM), and Director of Music Dr Geoffrey Higgins.

The winning composition will receive a prize of £600, with a runner-up prize of £150.

The deadline for entries is Friday January 11 2019.

Text to be set: Haggai: Chapter 2

Be strong all you people of the land,
for I am with you and my spirit remains among you.
I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all nations,
and the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,
and in this place I will grant peace.

Entries should be accompanied by a short biography of the composer and sent by PDF to:

Or by post to:

Tercentenary Composition Competition
Crown Court Church of Scotland
Russell Street

to arrive no later than January 11 2019.

All entries received will be acknowledged.

 Bassoon Composition Competition announcement
Summary:Solo instrument call
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Everyone who interested in composition for Bassoon Solo or Bassoon with Piano Accompaniment is invited.

Before sending your submissions, please read the terms carefully.

1.No age or nationality limit exist for participants, all composers around the world in any ages can enter the competition.

2.there is No entry fee, you can send your submissions for free.

3.all the submissions must not deliver later than December 21st, 2018.

send your submissions to the following E-mail address:

5.send a completed and signed form+Score and Parts in PDF format +Audio in Midi or Wav or Mp3 Format+ a short biography in PDF or Doc format.

6.all the participants have to compose an original piece for the Bassoon solo or Bassoon with piano accompaniment, so any other combinations will be eliminated, also rearranged or transformed pieces will be not accepted.

7.any entries must not be under copyright by any person or publishers.

8.the pieces must not have performed or published before the competition.

9.all the usual techniques and the extended techniques related to the Bassoon is allowed.

10.any Composition style can be utilized for the announcement; it will depend on the composer interests.

11.if your piece selected, all the rights both financial or non-financial will be given to the producer, this will be non-negotiable.

12.after the introductory reviews, the selected pieces will be announced on the website ( and the selected composers will be informed.the selected pieces will be Record and a qualified copy will be sent to the composer.

if the producer finds that you are not qualified or broke the rules of the competition in any steps, the procedure will be suspended and the participant should be responsible for the proper damages.

14.for any question you can contact via following E-mail or

please DOWNLOAD and sign the form to enter the competition

 The Italian Society of Contemporary Music
Summary:Choral Music for Communion
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: The Italian Society of Contemporary Music (SIMC) in collaboration with the Cappella Musicale of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo announces a Call for Scores to promote new choral music for the Eucharistic Celebration. With this competition notice, both institutions, convinced that there is still the need today to create new music at the service of the liturgy, strongly express the will to respond to the mandate expressed by Article 114 of the Conciliar Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “...The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care ".

Composers can participate without limits of age and nationality.

Each composer can send one or more works of a maximum duration of 4 minutes, on text (Latin or Italian) pertaining to the communion rite.

Each work, even in the freedom of form, style and language must necessarily reflect those characteristics that the liturgical period prescribes, as suggested by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal in Article No. 87: “Pro cantu ad communionem adhiberi potest aut antiphona ex Graduali Romano sive cum psalmo sive sola, aut antiphona cum psalmo e Graduali simplici, aut alius cantus congruus a Conferentia Episcoporum approbatus. Cantatur sive a schola sola, sive a schola vel cantore cum populo”.

Works may be submitted in the following categories:
1. A) Monodic and organ accompaniment.
2. B) 4 voices a cappella (without subdivisions) in organic mixed or even voices: SATB / SSAA / TTBB
3. C) 4 voices (without subdivisions) in mixed or even voices: SATB / SSAA / TTBB with organ accompaniment
4. Candidates must submit an application to the email address: attaching:
• the full score (or scores if you send more than one) in PDF format, • duly completed registration form,
• receipt of the participation fee.

The participation fee for the non-registered SIMC composers is € 40 while for the regularly registered SIMC members the fee is € 20. For each additional work submitted the non-registered applicant SIMC will have to integrate the registration fee of € 20, while SIMC members of € 10.

The payment of the registration fee will be made by bank transfer (causal: Call Nuova Musica Corale per la Liturgia Eucaristica), using the following data:

Società Italiana Musica Contemporanea IBAN: IT 48 Q 05584 12700 000000005765

The scores must be received no later than 11.59pm (Italian time) on December 31st, 2018.

The SIMC will then communicate the first 5 selected works that will be performed by the Cappella Musicale of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, conducted by Maestro Cristian Gentilini, during the Liturgical Year 2019-2020 with the possibility of further subsequent executions, also in concert form.

For information:

 Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame Commissioning Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: About the Choir
Our Lady's Consort is a student choral club at University of Notre Dame that sponsors and maintains an advanced 16-member chamber choir made up of Notre Dame undergraduate students. Formed in early 2016, the ensemble gave its inaugural performance in New York City at the place where the University’s founder first presided at Mass upon his arrival to the America from France. Since that performance, the choir has performed such major works at Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Copland’s In the Beginning, among several world premieres. In its upcoming season, Our Lady’s Consort will premiere Caleb Wenzel’s Seven Last Words, an immersive interdisciplinary performance work exploring the injustice of capital punishment.

The composer must set this text, in Latin, in its entirety:
Senex puerum portabat:
puer autem senem regebat:
quem virgo peperit,
et post partum virgo permansit:
ipsum quem genuit, adoravit.

An ancient held up an Infant,
but the Infant upheld the ancient.
A Child he was that a Virgin bore,
and kept her as Virgin evermore.
The one whom she brought forth, she did adore.
Translation by David Fraser

Composition Guidelines
The composition must be for unaccompanied mixed choir, up to SSAATTBB.
The composition must be an original work with no prior performances.
Duration should not exceed 5 minutes.

All United States of America residents or in all 50 states aged 18 or older. There is no entry fee.
Members of Our Lady’s Consort and their immediate families are inelligible.

Score Submission
Scores must be typeset using notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Scores must be submitted as a PDF attachment to with the subject line “OLC Call for Scores.” An MP3 mock-up of the composition may accompany the submission but is not required.
In publications of the winning composition (whether self-published or with a publishing house) must contain the following subheading:
for Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame
Caleb R. Wenzel, music director
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The winner will be announced by January 1, 2019.
The composer retains all copyright ownership of the composition.
The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort to present the premiere public performance on February 2, 2019. The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort use of the composition for social media, and other information campaigns.

A world premiere performance during our annual Candlemass Vespers on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame.
An audio/video recording of the premiere for composer’s use without restriction.
A cash prize of $500.
Our Lady’s Consort reserves the right to not award a prize if no submitted works are satisfactory. The decision of the judges are final.

Our Lady’s Consort is a student club of University of Notre Dame; this call for scores and its prize are entirely awarded by Our Lady’s Consort.

 ORA Singers Composer Competition
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Here at ORA Singers, we know that our music relies on you. It is your compositions, your work, and your talent that we celebrate. We’re so proud to have commissioned over 36 living composers to date, and are always on the lookout for the next rising stars of choral composition...

Split into two categories, Open and Youth Competitions, we’re looking for a selection of finalists to have their works performed by members of ORA Singers at our Competition Final Concert in July 2019. All finalists will receive a live performance recording of their works, and a Winner will be announced for each category by the Chair of our adjudication Panel, Stephen Fry.

Our Open Competition is aimed at composers of all ages, and our Youth Competition is looking for potential composers from non-fee paying schools who will receive compositional mentoring and help to write a brand new choral work!

Applications to both Competitions should be submitted to us no later than noon on Friday 14th of December 2018 and full details of the Competition can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

ORA Singers is delighted to have partnered with Signatur, the umbrella name for The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation’s work for the advancement of the art of music, who are generously supporting our Youth Competition mentoring programme.


7th September 2018- Call for scores
14th December 2018- Deadline for scores
March 2019- Finalists selected to write reflective works
June 2019- Deadline for final reflective works
July 2019- Competition Final Concert


We want to find young individuals with the passion for choral writing, but not necessarily the experience!

This competition involves an intensive course of mentoring for 10 successful applicants, who will receive specialist lessons and support from an assigned mentor, a workshop day with industry professionals and be asked to write a reflection piece on a Renaissance choral work. These final compositions will be performed by members of ORA Singers at the Competition Final Concert, a winner will be chosen by our panel of professionals, and all the Finalists will receive a live recording of their work performed by members of ORA Singers.


1. Applicants must be born on or after 1st September 2000.

2. Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom.

3. Applicants must be a pupil at a UK non fee-paying school (e.g. state, grammar, or comprehensive school). Applicants from fee-paying or private schools will not be accepted.

4. Applicants for the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition may not also enter the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition.

Applicants should:

Have a strong interest in composition and/or choral singing

Be able to read music to a reasonable level

Be in full agreement with the terms of the competition, including availability for agreed mentoring, the competition Workshop Day and the final concert day

Have full consent from a parent/guardian for participation in the Competition

Applicants must submit to ORA Singers:
An Entry Composition, or part of a composition, no longer than 10 minutes (pdf score and mp3 sound file). The composition must be an original work and can be for any instrumentation/voices. The composition must be provided as a score (pdf) and sound file (mp3).

Application Form. All questions must be answered and applicants will be required to confirm acceptance of the Terms and Conditions outlined in this document. Applicants under the age of 18 will need consent from a Parent/Guardian to participate in the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition. Details and confirmation of consent must be provided on the Application Form.

Personal Statement. Applicants must download and complete the Personal Statement. Personal statements must be completed by the Applicant themselves, not a Parent/Guardian.


Open to all...

The ORA Singers Open Composer Competition is for applicants of any age who are resident in the United Kingdom. Three finalists will be chosen and asked to write a new choral work, which will be a reflection on a Renaissance choral piece. These final compositions will be performed by members of ORA Singers at the Competition Final Concert, a winner will be chosen by our panel of professionals, and all the Finalists will receive a live recording of their work performed by members of ORA Singers.


1. Applicants may be of any age.

2. Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom

3. Applicants for the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition may not also enter the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition.

Applicants should:

Have a strong interest in composition and/or choral singing

Be in full agreement with the terms of the competition, including availability for the final concert day

Applicants must submit to ORA Singers:
An Entry Composition, or part of a composition, no longer than 10 minutes (pdf score and mp3 sound file). The composition must be an original work and can be for any instrumentation/voices. The composition must be provided as a score (pdf) and sound file (mp3). Please note, the Applicant’s name must be removed from the Entry Composition score pdf.

Application Form. All questions must be answered and applicants will be required to confirm acceptance of the Terms and Conditions outlined in this document. Applicants under the age of 18 will need consent from a Parent/Guardian to participate in the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition. Details and confirmation of consent must be provided on the Application Form.


 Composition competition 2018: Piano
Summary:Solo piano competition
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Sorodha is glad to announce the new edition of its annual composition competition.

For this edition, we welcome compositions for piano. The winning piece will serve as compulsory piece for the final round of the International Piano Competition "Emmanuel Durlet" to be held in Antwerp on 12–14 April 2019.

The submission deadline is Friday 11th of January 2019, 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 February 2019, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

You can download the full competition rules here.

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for piano (no electronics)?
• was it originally written for piano?
• is it suitable to serve as compulsory piece for a piano competition? (Can the candidates study it in just a few weeks? Is it interesting from a pianistic and general musical point of view, besides the compositorial point of view?)
• 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 can be charged as "shipping" to cover the transaction costs; please do not switch this option off)?
• 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're sorry to be unable to accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!


 2019 Art Song Composition Award, National Association of Teachers of Singing
Summary:Art Song Composition Award
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Entries for the 2019 Art Song Composition Award are being accepted. Application deadline is December 1, 2018. Presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the annual composition contest fosters the collaborative energy of vocalists and composers, with prizes sponsored by composer Lori Laitman. Share this link and notify your composer colleagues and encourage them to apply for the NATS Art Song Composition Award.

The work must be:
• a song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song of approximately twenty minutes in length (13-25 minutes acceptable);
• for single voice and piano;
• to a text written in English, for which the composer has secured copyright clearance (only text setting permission necessary);
• composed within the last two years (after Jan. 1, 2017).

Listen to audio tracks of the 2018 Winners and Finalists of the Art Song Composition Award:

 The Virginia Chorale Composition Competition
Summary:Choral competition (female composers)
Deadline: 25 February 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Description:
The Virginia Chorale seeks to identify a talented female composer and support her in the performance of an original work for cham- ber chorus to be premiered by the Virginia Chorale in celebration of its 35th year. The commissioned work will be rehearsed, pre- pared, and integrated into the ensemble’s final program of the 2018/19 season, Pioneering Voices: Celebrating Women Composers, which will be presented on May 12, 2019.

About the Virginia Chorale:
The Virginia Chorale is a highly skilled, auditioned, professional choral ensemble based in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded 34 years ago, the ensemble has grown from a community-based early music chorus to today’s dynamic group of professional singers, performing rep- ertoire ranging from the Middle Ages to the music of today. Highlights of past performances include Handel’s L’allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato with the internationally-acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group; Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc in collaboration with the Virginia Symphony, featuring the 1928 silent film by Carl Dreyer; Jody Talbot’s Path of Miracles; Herbert Howells’ Requiem; David Lang’s The Little Match Girl; Handel’s Messiah at historic pitch accompanied by a chamber orchestra of period instruments; Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil; the premiere of Kristin Kuster’s opera KEPT: A Ghost Story, produced by the John Duffy Institute for New Opera; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year; and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Vir- ginia Symphony, as part of the Virginia Arts Festival’s Bernstein at 100, among others.

Composition details:
• Original, never before performed composition for mixed voices (SATB – may include divisi (up to two per voice)
• If the intended lyrics are not in public domain, and the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the lyrics, it is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission from the copyright holder BEFORE the application deadline and submit proof of permission with the score
• under 10 minutes in length
• text may be sacred/secular and in any language and should be celebratory in nature
• composition may be unaccompanied, or with piano, and/or flute

Entry/application fee:
• $25 in US funds

Participant needs to send
• Cover sheet to include composer’s name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, brief biographical information
• Score in pdf format, from computer programs Finale or Sibelius (scores in hand notation will not be accepted)
• Permission from copyright holder of text, if not an original text
• Recording or audio file (optional, but recommended) These may be acoustic recordings or MIDI renderings. The quality of the recordings will NOT be judged. MP3 files only. (File name: Composer’s last name, first name, title)
• Application fee (US dollars only) app fees are non-refundable and will not be returned to those disqualified for not meeting the requirements of the competition. Checks should be made payable to Virginia Chorale. Credit card charges may be made by calling the VC office at 757-627-8375

Competition Prize
• The winner will receive a prize of $3,000. Payment will be in US funds. Prize monies will be subject to applicable tax laws and it is the responsibility of the winner to properly report the prize.
• A performance in concert of the newly-composed work will be recorded electronically. One copy of any such recording will be given to the composer.

Deadline and Process for Submissions
• Materials must be submitted on or before February 25, 2019
• Materials may be sent via email to , or mailed to this address: Virginia Chorale, P. O. Box 3455, Norfolk VA 23514
• Late entries will not be accepted.

Disqualified Submissions
• Late applications
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

No materials submitted for this competition will be returned. Judging
The compositions will be examined by a 5-person jury chosen by the Virginia Chorale Board of Directors and will include the artis- tic director, a current member of the ensemble, and two or three professional musicians not otherwise affiliated with the Virginia Chorale and a member of the VC Board of Directors. The jury will select a winner and identify any applicants deserving of an ‘honorable mention.’
Virginia Chorale, with the advice of the jury, reserves the right not to award the prize. The jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed.

Public disclosure
Virginia Chorale will publicly announce the names of the competition winner (and ‘honorable mentions,’ if applicable), no later than April 1, 2019. The names of non-winners will NOT be made public and will be held in strict confidence. works do not win the prize will be informed no later than March 30, 2019

 The David P ‘60 and Susan W Wohlhueter Jazz Composition Contest at Ithaca College
Summary:Jazz Composition Contest
Deadline: 01 February 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: About the contest
The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for the jazz ensemble and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students will participate in the judging of the contest. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $1,000 plus a concert recording of their piece with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble. This year our guest artist at the culminating concert on May 2, 2019, will be world-renowned trombonist Vincent Gardner, who will perform the winning piece with the Jazz Ensemble.

Judges will use five criteria to assess submissions:
1. QUALITY: The overall musical quality of the piece.
2. TRADITION: Compositions should be steeped in the traditions of jazz.
3. ACCESSIBILITY: Compositions should be musically accessible to both the audience and the performers.
4. DIFFICULTY: The difficulty level of the compositions should be such that they are playable by high school honor jazz bands, college bands, and professionals alike. Brass range should be considered in terms of the related aspects of (1) not being too high, and (2) allowing enough time for players to rest. Both aspects should be considered for brass playability.
5. NOTATION: Compositions must be professionally notated and clear. Clarity includes (but is not limited to) aspects such as:
o Scores should be bound properly and parts bound/taped with well-considered page turns.
o Clear roadmap (repeats, D.S., D.C, coda, etc. should be easy for everyone to follow)
o Commonly known/used chord symbols.
o Well-considered spacing, bars per system, etc.
o Sufficient rehearsal letters/numbers.
o Page orientation and how it relates to page turns (scores should not turn vertically, for example).
o Clear style, with sufficient articulations and dynamics.

Winning pieces, composers and guest artists from previous years are listed at

Submission deadline
All submissions must be received by February 1, 2019, to be eligible for the contest. Pieces received after that date will be ineligible.

Contest rules
Please read this complete set of rules before submitting your piece. (Instructions for submission are found below, in the section "How to enter the contest.")
1. Entries must be original, unpublished compositions for instrumental jazz ensemble, utilizing the following instrumentation:
1. 5 saxophones, AATTB. Soprano sax can be written in alto 1 or tenor 1 part(s). Other woodwind doubling may be possible, but any/all woodwind doubling parts must be optional, and the chart must be playable without the doubles. If the winning piece contains woodwind doubles, the winning composer may be asked to re-send sax parts with a different configuration, depending on the strengths of the section this year.
2. 4 trombones (3 tenor + 1 bass trombone). Common mutes are usable. Tuba may also be added with an additional part. Mr. Gardner’s solo part may be a separate/additional part, or it can be included in one of the existing trombone parts, but in that case the section(s) intended as his solo must be clearly identified.
3. 4 Bb trumpets. Common mutes (plunger, straight, cup, harmon, or bucket) are usable. The range and endurance of college and high school honor band trumpeters should be considered thoughtfully. Flugelhorns are also possible.
4. Rhythm section of piano, guitar, double bass and drum set. A part for vibes or auxiliary percussion is also possible.
2. Compositions should feature trombone, or at least contain a significant portion of trombone solo, since Mr. Gardner will be the featured guest artist for the concert. In addition, other members of the jazz ensemble may also be given solos, and there can be open solo sections for the ensemble to determine soloists.
3. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible, except arrangements or re-workings of the composer's own pieces.
4. The contest is open to composers of any age, race, religion, country of residence, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. However, current Ithaca College students, faculty or staff are not eligible to enter the contest. Students, faculty and staff composers are encouraged to submit pieces/arrangements to Mr. Titlebaum for consideration for performance at any time (including for this concert) but not to enter the contest itself. This rule is in place to ensure that the judges do not know the identities of the composers.
5. The composition may already have been performed, but should have been written recently (in the past several years). The purpose of this contest is to encourage the creation of new music, but no exact time period is mandated.
6. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature for a wide range of experience levels. Therefore, the composition should be conceived and constructed for effective performance by high school honors jazz, university and professional ensembles alike.
7. Entries should be no longer than 8 minutes in length.
8. Compositions must be submitted with a full score and full set of parts. Compositions without a full score or complete set parts will not be considered.
9. An audio recording of the piece must be submitted along with the online entry form. High-quality computer renditions or MIDI-based audio recordings are acceptable, but a recording of a live reading, rehearsal or performance is preferable.
10. The submissions must be completely anonymous. Therefore, the composer’s name must not appear in any form on the score, parts, nor be audible on the audio file. If the composer's name is announced at a recorded performance, that portion should be edited out. The envelope containing the printed entry form confirmation email (see "How to enter the contest" below for the link to the online entry form) and a check or money order for $25 made out to "Ithaca College" should be included in the envelope. The date of composition must appear on the title page. Entry fees will not be returned for any reason.
11. Composers may submit as many pieces as they like, but each piece must be submitted separately with a separate entry fee, printed entry form and outer/inner envelopes for each.
12. The winning composer will receive $1,000 (US). Winner will also receive a concert recording of their piece with guest artist Vincent Gardner, from the performance which is scheduled to occur on Thursday May 2, 2019, in Ford Hall at the Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College. In the unlikely event that an unforeseen situation prevents Mr. Gardner from performing, the piece will still be recorded, but only with the IC Jazz Ensemble. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the performance. Travel/lodging is at the composer’s own expense.
13. The Ithaca College School of Music has the option of withholding the award if no entry is found to be suitable.
14. Composers must not attempt to contact any of the members of the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble or guest artist to exert influence over the outcome of the contest. Any attempt to do so will immediately disqualify the composer and all their submissions from the contest. See the section below “QUESTIONS” for instructions on how to handle inquiries about the contest.

How to enter the contest
1. Read the complete set of rules (above).
2. Completely fill out an online entry form at the address and print the confirmation message or email you receive after submission.
3. Enclose the printed confirmation message and $25 (US) entry fee in a sealed envelope. Write your name and the name of your piece on envelope.
4. Enclose the sealed envelope (containing the printed submission form and entry fee) with the fully anonymous score and parts into a single envelope/package.
5. Send the envelope/package to be received at Ithaca College no later than February 1, 2019 to:

Jazz Composition Contest
Ithaca College School of Music
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Questions can be addressed to Mike Titlebaum, Director of Jazz Studies, at In any communication, do not name your piece or mention any specific aspects that would identify your piece to ensure that anonymity of all the entries is maintained. Please send questions before January 15th, 2019. Questions received after that date may not be answered before the contest deadline.

I'm looking forward to hearing your music!



 Arcady Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Voice and piano competition
Deadline: 30 January 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Arcady is pleased to present the third annual Arcady Emerging Composer Competition for new works for voice and piano.

The award: The winner of Arcady’s 2019 Emerging Composer Competition will have their work premiered during the 2018/19 season by a member of Arcady’s professional chorus. They will also receive a professional quality recording of the piece and one on one sessions with esteemed Canadian composer and Arcady’s Resident Composer and Artistic Director, Ronald Beckett (in person or via Skype).

Submission criteria:
• Works must be written for solo voice accompanied by piano
• 3-5 minutes in duration
• May be secular or sacred
• Unpublished and unperformed works only
• Rights to texts must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission provided
• Composer will retain the copyright of the piece
• Composer may submit up to two compositions
• Arcady will retain winning manuscript for future performances
• Arcady retains the right to not pick a winner if there is no suitable winner

• Composers must self-identify as an emerging composer.

Submission process:
• Scores must be submitted via email to no later than January 30, 2019 (by 11:59 PM EST at the latest). The subject of the email should be “Arcady 2019 Emerging Composer Competition Submission”
• Travel expenses to the premiere are the responsibility of the prize recipient (though composers attendance is not required at the premiere)
• Composer must include a biography and list of works with their submission
• The winner will be notified by March 1, 2019.

For additional information contact:

Deadline: 30 January 2019, 11:59 PM EST

There is no fee to enter the competition, but applicants may make a donation to the non-profit organization to support the competition if they wish.


 Lake George Music Festival
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and annually hosts an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. By promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.

The 2019 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

• An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score. The score should be labeled with the title of the work and printed date of composition only. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .pdf file.
• An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. Live instrumental recordings are strongly preferred over MIDI renditions. If submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. Composers submitting a piece for electronics/amplified instruments must submit a live performance or studio recording (not MIDI). Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .mp3 file. Please edit out any tuning/clapping.
• A PayPal receipt proving the application fee has been paid. Please pay application fee at the same time when submitting materials.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: composer name, date of birth, college or university affiliation, composer phone number,

All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until January 31st, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline. Consequently, LGMF urges you to submit immediately.


• an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2013.
• a complete work – no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted.
• work must be in its original form – no arrangements; example: no piece originally intended for string orchestra submitted as a string quintet will be accepted.
• between 7 and 12 minutes in duration.
• scored for 3 to 8 players (not including a conductor, if applicable).
• written for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, b-flat clarinet, A clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, harp.
• pieces scored for percussion must follow these additional guidelines.
• any combination of the above instruments is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 percussionists, piano four hands, etc; with exceptions being a maximum of one tuba, one bass trombone, and one harp. Works scored for up to 4 violins, violas, and cellos are acceptable. Works for two or more pianos are not acceptable.
• instrument doublings must adhere to the instrumentation restrictions, example: no alto flute, no contrabassoon.
• works may be written for amplified instruments, prepared piano, and off stage instruments.
• works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).

$10 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal by clicking the button below. PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.


 Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra
Summary:Youth Orchestra Composition Competition
Deadline: 08 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Evan Feldman, is happy to announce its 2018 Young Composers Contest, open to students across North Carolina.

Any pre-college student residing in North Carolina, aged 18 or younger, is eligible to enter the contest.
Only one submission per student will be accepted.
Participation and entry are free.
All submissions must be original; arrangements of existing music will not be considered.
Works that have previously been performed/recorded are permitted.

Application submission deadline: December 8.
Winner announced via email: January 1.
Hard copies of score and parts required from the winning composer: February 1 (See details below).

Composers must submit a full score and a first violin part for the work.
Other than the title of the work, the score must not contain any identifying information such as names, locations, or dedications. Performance notes should be limited to those pertaining to the technical requirements of the work.
The work should meet the following criteria:
Accessible for an advanced high school orchestra
Does not exceed 6 minutes in length
The score should meet the following criteria:
Transposed (rather than concert) score
PDF format
Legibly handwritten scores are permitted
The winning composer will provide materials for performance including a hard copy of a full score and a set of parts with rehearsal letters and measure numbers.
Composers may submit a live recording, MIDI realization, or piano reduction of the piece, but it is not required.

Instrumentation can include any combination of the following instruments:
Full strings (up to 2 divisi, no double bass divisi); solos by principal players are permitted
Double winds; flute may double on piccolo, but no other instrument doublings
Double brass; score for Bb rather than C trumpet
Percussion can include timpani +2; standard orchestral percussion is encouraged
Harp is optional; piano is not permitted
Works that feature a primary soloist with orchestra will not be considered.
Electronics are permitted under the following circumstances:
The electronic element is fundamental to the essence of the piece (not “tacked on”)
Any sampled material is original or can be proven to be in the public domain
The composer must provide any hardware necessary for interactive electronics and must commit to being present for (at a minimum) the dress rehearsal and final performance.

The judging panel will include Evan Feldman, the Music Director of the GSYO, and Dr. Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor of Composition at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Entries will be judged anonymously.
Entries will be evaluated based on artistic quality, skill in orchestration, and suitable difficulty level.
Select compositions will receive constructive feedback.
The judging panel reserves the right not to award a winner.

The winning piece will be rehearsed and performed at the winter GSYO concert on March 10, 2019. The winner will receive a quality recording of their work along with a ticket package to a future Greensboro Symphony concert. They will also be featured along with their winning composition on the Greensboro Symphony Facebook page.

Resources for young composers
Orchestration tips:
Free music notation software:

Please contact the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra with any questions:


 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Summary:Trio call for scores
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players announces
SF Search for Scores, 2018-19
a SFCMP education program

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) and Eric Dudley, Artistic Director, are pleased to invite applications for the annual SF Search for Scores. Composers under 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area and, for the first time, nationwide, are invited to submit a piece for inclusion on our ‘at the CROSSROADS’ series concert at SFJAZZ in May 2019, on a program featuring the music of Julius Eastman and Bay Area composer, improviser, and pianist Myra Melford. There is a nominal application fee of $10 for processing, and the three winning composers will receive a rehearsal, score reading and feedback session, a public performance, and an archival recording. In addition the winning composers will receive a $500 stipend. In this year’s search, composers are invited and encouraged to consider the life and legacy of Julius Eastman as inspiration behind the submitted work.

To apply, each composer is asked to submit a score between five and seven minutes in length for the following three instruments: flute, cello, and percussion (*see score criteria requirements).

The selected three composers have the opportunity to participate in a private reading session and panel on Friday May 10, 2019 from 2:15 – 3:45 pm at SFJazz. At this session, each composer’s piece will be read by the ensemble, with feedback following from the musicians, Artistic Director Eric Dudley, and Bay Area composer, Michael Gilbertson. The winning works will be performed on the evening of Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, as part ofSFCMP’s subscription-series concert at SFJazz in San Francisco. Winning applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area will be required to attend these events; winners outside of the region are not required, though strongly encouraged to attend.

A pioneering figure in contemporary music in the latter-half of the twentieth century, Julius Eastman was a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged music has often been seen as a prototype for Minimalism. From his time as a member of the S.E.M. Ensemble at the University of Buffalo, giving acclaimed and controversial performances of works by Peter Maxwell Davies and John Cage, to his time in New York City, collaborating with artists such as Lukas Foss and Meredith Monk, Eastman’s music has always engaged with styles across genres and disciplines.

Applicants enter the contest by submitting a completed score and parts along with a written narrative about the motivation behind the music and its connection to composer Julius Eastman, if any. Above all, the judges for this year’s search are looking for work with a unique contemporary musical voice that represents the adventurous and questioning spirit embodied by a figure like Julius Eastman.

• The score must be original.
• The score must be no longer than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes.
• The score submitted will be the score performed by the Players; no revisions will be permissible after the submission date.
• The score must be arranged for flute, cello, and percussion. Standard instrumental doublings are acceptable e.g. piccolo, alto flute. Percussion requirements: mallet instruments may include vibraphone or glockenspiel, basic drum resources (snare, kick, toms, field, brake, small or medium bass drum, etc), cymbals, small gongs, small handhelds, etc. No large instruments such as orchestra chimes, thundersheet, tam-tam, wind machine, or other keyboard instruments.

1. Those who are under the age of 30 before the performance date of May 11, 2019.
2. Any composers with a permanent address in the United States of America.
3. For applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, if selected, you must be present at the reading session on May 10, 2019 at 2:15pm and at the concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm at SFJazz in San Francisco. Non-Bay Area applicants are not required to attend although strongly encouraged to attend. The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA or Sacramento-Roseville Combined Statistical Areas is defined here.

November 30, 2018 at midnight, PST. Winners will be notified by late December, 2018.

The application will ask for links to the items in the list below. To create the links, we recommend using Google Drive, Dropbox, or any secure file-sharing platform.

Please have these items ready before clicking apply below.
1. Electronically-notated conductor’s score and parts with industry-standard notation (PDF format)
2. Narrative describing the piece, and if applicable, the influence of Julius Eastman on the submitted work (max 1 page, min 200 words) (PDF format)
3. Audio file, if available (link to MP3 or hosted audio file)
4. One high-resolution image (does not have to be a formal headshot, but does have to be high resolution, min 72dpi) (JPG format)
5. Composer bio (max 200 words)

 London College of Music
Summary:Call for Piano Pieces
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: Call for Piano Pieces
London College of Music: Piano Syllabus 2021–2023
LCM publish a series of eight graded handbooks (Grades 1 to 8), to accompany each piano syllabus. We conduct piano exams around the world, and the pieces in these books will be performed by thousands of pianists during the lifetime of the syllabus. Recordings of the published pieces will also be made available to download from the LCME website.

We will select at least one piece from this call to be published in an LCM piano handbook for the next syllabus (2021–2023). We will pay a royalty to licence the piece during this period, and the copyright for the work will remain with the composer.

• Pieces are to be written for solo piano, and must be suitable for performance on a standard upright piano with no preparation.
• Pieces will be played by a wide range of pianists of any age, but they will primarily be performed by children / young adults and this should be kept in mind when writing the music — for example, consider the hand size and finger strength of young learners.
• Consider the piece’s suitability for pedagogical use; we will be looking for pieces containing good teaching material.
• While it is advised to look at the pieces on the current LCM Piano Syllabus (2018–2020) for guidance as to the standard expected at each grade, submissions should not indicate the intended grade, as we will assess and grade each submitted piece.
• An overview of the technical standard and length of the pieces at each grade is given below.

General conditions
• This call is open to composers of all ages.
• There are no requirements to write in particular styles; we welcome submissions in every style of music.
• Each composer may submit up to three pieces in total.

• Composers should supply two copies of each piece (submitted without names on).
• Submissions can be sent by email to: Please include your name and contact details in the email.

• The handbooks and recordings will be published worldwide.
• The composers of the submitted scores retain their rights as copyright holders; LCM Examinations will licence selected works for the duration of the 2021–2023 syllabus.
• LCM Examinations retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts and performances held featuring the selected pieces.

Grade descriptions
Grades 1 to 2
The musical material selected for these grades is of an essentially elementary nature. Only the most basic, and hence most common, time signatures and keys are used. Melodic and rhythmic material is simple. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will occur only sporadically in the music, and will be limited to the most basic types. The duration of pieces is generally limited to 1-2 minutes maximum.

Grades 3 to 4
The musical material selected for these grades is of a more demanding nature. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used is increased. Melodic and rhythmic material is more complex. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be a more regular feature of the music, and a wider variety of type will be used. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes.

Grade 5
The musical material selected for Grade 5 is of a significantly more demanding nature than for previous grades. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to all but the most unusual and unlikely examples. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a moderate degree of complexity. Dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be varied and will often demand a degree of subtlety in performance. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes. Musicality is judged to be an important element of assessment, and expectations of communication are higher.

Grades 6 to 7
The musical material selected for these grades may be described as being at the technically less demanding end of the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a significant degree of complexity. The music will include passages where dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation demand considerable dexterity and flexibility. The duration of pieces is approximately 3-4 minutes.

Grade 8
The musical material selected for this grade may be described as being technically some way inside the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities; furthermore, pieces may include variations and changes of key and metre. Melodic and rhythmic material will include a significant degree of complexity. The demands of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be consistent and considerable. The duration of pieces may be as much as 5 minutes or longer.

Summary:Competition with several categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: FEBRUARY 5, 2019
7:30 PM

2019 Categories

Solo Trumpet with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn
• May use any combination of mutes
• Please stay within standard range of chosen instruments (F#3 to C6)

Solo Mallet Keyboard with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May be written for Xylophone, up to 5.0 Octave Marimba, or 3-Octave Vibraphone
• May be written for 2 or 4-mallet technique
• Additional instruments may be used, but work must mainly feature one mallet keyboard instrument

Solo Flute with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of flute, piccolo, and alto flute
• Full range of each instrument allowed
• May utilize contemporary techniques with detailed descriptions of each provided in score notes

Solo Oboe with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• May use any combination of Oboe and English horn
• Minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Please stay within standard range of chosen instruments (B3-G6)

Solo Voice (soprano) with Piano Accompaniment
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• Text may be English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French
• Should be tonal and written in a classical style
• Text must be suitable for a family audience, i.e., no suggestive subject matter or profane language
• Must promote healthy singing, i.e., no yelling, growling, or other unhealthy vocal techniques
• Please stay within standard range of soprano voice (C4 - C6)

Chamber Work for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Percussion, and Piano with optional Voice (soprano)
• Maximum length of 10 minutes
• May be continuous or multi-movement
• Voice is optional and can be sung or narrated
• Text may be English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French
• Text must be suitable for a family audience, i.e., no suggestive subject matter or profane language

Instrument Specific Guidelines:

• Flute: any combination of flute, piccolo, and alto flute; full range of each instrument allowed; minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Oboe: any combination of Oboe and English horn; stay within standard range of chosen instruments (B3-G6); minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Trumpet: any combination of B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn; stay within standard range of chosen instruments (F#3 to C6); any combination of mutes; minimal use of extended techniques accepted
• Percussion: standard orchestral percussion instruments may be used; found items such as flower pots, pipes, etc... may be used, but no specific pitches must be needed; multiple mallet keyboard instruments may be used, standard sizes only
• Piano: no limiting guidelines
• Voice (optional): may be sung or narrated; standard range of soprano voice (C4 - C6); must promote healthy singing, i.e., no yelling, growling, or other unhealthy vocal techniques


All materials must be received via email by 12:00 AM on December 1, 2018. Entries are to include the following:
- Full Score (PDF format)
- Individual Parts (PDF format)
- Sound File (MIDI preferred)
- Composer Bio
- Description of Composition

Please submit all materials to Confirmation of materials received will be sent within 72 hours of composer submission. Only complete submissions will be evaluated.

The Music Department at McMurry University is dedicated to being on the forefront of musical innovation and supporting the development of new repertoire by established and emerging composers. The McMurry New Music Project seeks to engage the worldwide musical community in premiering new works and promoting projects to be added to the active repertoire. The McMurry New Music Project will actively promote the winning composers via the competition website and will include a link to the composer’s personal website. Utilization of social media resources will include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with details about the winning submissions and professional quality recordings of winning works.

Please direct all communications to Correspondence will be made in a timely manner.


 Liturgy Alive: The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Composition Commission Competition 2019
Summary:Liturgical Choral Competition with Three Categories
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce Liturgy Alive, a composition competition to foster creative new choral music for the Catholic Mass. In an effort to encourage composers to write music for the Church, three choirs that lead music in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be awarding prizes for winning sacred choral compositions. In addition, the winning composition will be premiered at the Basilica in the Spring of 2019. More information and specific rules are below.

Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM EST on August 15, 2018 and 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2019. The winner will be announced by February 15, 2019.

The University of Notre Dame Women's Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $500

Competition details found here

The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $500

Competition details found here

The University of Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $500
2nd prize: $250

Competition details found here


 Composition Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Composition competition (open in style)
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Competition Composition of Les Musicales du Centre

This category is for composers. It will reward the most talented of them. President of the compétition can propose to the first prize to be played by a musician confirmed and recognized during the season of "Musicales du Center" 2019/2020. Results will be announced 21th January 2019.


1st Prize: 1000 € + a concert proposal + diploma


Please send your score (number, duration and style are your choice) with, if possible, a recording of interpretation by mail.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay the registration fees of 100 € on the site
3: Send by email or by post the requested documents (biography, high definition photo, audio sheet music, proof of payment or check).

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois FRANCE

 Improvisation Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Improvising competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Improvisation Competition
This competition is intended for musicians and singers in training from one to 12 artists without age limit. It will reward the most talented of them.

Honorary Award: The President of the Jury will be able to propose a recital as part of the Musicales du Center season to his favorite candidate.
1st Prize: 500 € + diploma
2nd prize: 200 € + diploma
3rd prize: 100 € + diploma

1- Improvisation from a theme (partition available 15 minutes before the passage). The improvisation will not exceed 5 minutes and will highlight its harmonic abilities.
2- Improvisation from a tone requested by the jury during the audition.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay registration fees 100€ here
3: Send by email or mail the requested documents (biography, high definition picture, proof of payment or check)

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois, FRANCE

Summary:Toy Piano Call for scores
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: “Music as play – The toy piano take the stage”, a two day festival with concerts and conference, is announcing a call for toy piano scores.

Composers of any nationality and age are invited to submit newly-composed works for toy piano. Selected works will be premiered during the festival in Como (Italy) by pianist Antonietta Loffredo and then on tour performances in other countries (Spain, Portugal and Australia).


• Pieces should be written for solo toy piano (37 key concert grand OR 25 key spinet OR 25 table top) or for toy piano and toy percussion
• Any aesthetic trends and compositional styles are accepted
• Duration: up to 5 mins


• Each applicant can submit up to 2 compositions. In this case, please take into consideration two different instruments (one piece for 37 key concert grand and the second one for 25 key spinet or 25 key table top).
• Closing date for submissions of scores: 9th December, Sunday, 2018
• Selected scores announced: 1st February, Friday, 2019


• Composition/s should be submitted by email (as PDF file) along with a short biography (250 word text) to:
• Optional: also provide a link to an Mp3 file (or email an Mp3 file)
• Application fee: 30 Euros (non-refundable). The amount allows submission of up to 2 different works, each under 5 minutes length
• Please title the e-mail: “MasP Festival submission - Name and Surname”. The payment proof must be attached as a PDF file.

The payment is to be sent through Bank Transfer.
Associazione Carducci
Address of beneficiary:
viale Cavallotti 7, Como 22100, Italy
Bank account details:
Credito Valtellinese - Via Sant’Elia, Como
IT 55 I 0521610900000000003996
Account number: 3996
As description of payment please indicate “Music as Play Festival"
Payment should be made in Euro.


It is hoped that composers whose work is selected for performance can attend the festival. Please indicate in your submission whether you would be able to attend. Festival attendance (concerts and conference) is free for composers who have paid for score/s submission.

The festival will be held thanks to the Associazione Carducci in Como, which is an entirely non-profit organization; application fees will be used only to cover organization expenses.
MasP is not able to offer travel, accommodation or related costs.

Important dates

• Closing date for score/s submission: 9th December, Sunday, 2018
• Notification of acceptance: 1st February, Friday, 2019

Travel and accommodation information
Please, visit the official website of the City of Como
For any further information, please email:


 Call for Scores - Song Cycles for 2019/2020 Season
Summary:Song recital call
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: For my next song recital project, I am looking for
• groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes)
• written after the year 2010
• with texts in English(preferrably from living poets)
• for any combination of tenor, piano and/or double bass.

My deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.
Music as MusicXML- or PDF-file may be sent to
Please direct all questions and complaints to me at the above address.

Receipt Deadline:
December 31, 2018

No Fees

Name of Organization:
Gregory Wiest, Tenor

Gregory Wiest announces his 14th call for scores. Chosen works will be performed on a program tentatively scheduled for the 2019/2020 season. Composers, whose works are chosen, receive a copy of the live recording.

Composers of any age or nationality may submit groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes), written after the year 2010, with texts in English(preferrably from living poets), for any combination of tenor, piano and double bass.

Music as MusicXML- or PDF-File may be sent to Hard-copies can be sent to Gregory Wiest, Tuerkenstsr. 45, 80799 Munich, Germany. International submissions cannot be returned.

Contact information:
Gregory Wiest,
Tuerkenstr. 45,
80799 Munich,


Summary:International Competition for Young Composers
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: In the framework of the next festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne) which will take place for the eight’s time in 2019, composers up to 35 years are invited to present a new work for ensemble and Live Electronics. The winners will be selected by a jury and will be rewarded with a total budget of € 9,000.

§ 1 Basic data of the competition
The jury will select three compositions for completion which will be premiered on the 4th of May by within ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln. The concert is supposed to be conceived as a unit.

The jury consists of the following members:
• Michael Beil, composer, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
• Felix Knoblauch, pianist und artistic director of electronic ID
• Roman Pfeifer, composer
• Werner Wittersheim, WDR 3

§ 2 Conditions of participation
1. All composition students born on or after 1 January 1984 are entitled to participate.
2. Deadline for the submission of applications is November 30, 2018. They have to be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH and must meet the following requirements:
I. Permitted are works for mixed ensemble (violin, viola, violoncello, bass, flute,
clarinet, trombone, piano/keyboard, percussion) with Live Electronics and sound director with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. Pure tape compositions and compositions for ensemble and tape are excluded. The composition must be rehearsable without the composer's presence and the electronics must be operable by the sound director. In the annex is provided a detailed overview of the available percussion instruments, more information about special instruments and the technical framework.
II. Five copies of the score with detailed explanation of the use of electronics have to be sent anonymously by registered mail. Instructions for the performance have to be enclosed and scores must be easily readable.
III. The submitted composition must never have been published, recorded and performed before. Exception: Performances in the framework of conservatory or university events. A detailed list has to be enclosed.
IV. Candidates must ensure that nothing that could make it possible to identify them appears anywhere on the score. Otherwise the work will be excluded from the competition. Each document has to be clearly labelled with the title of the work.
3. In addition to the composition a sealed enveloped which is only labelled with the work title name has to be sent. This must contain a data medium with:
I. the completed application form
II. a copy of the applicant’s passport or ID Card a copy of the applicant’s passport or ID Card (Please blacken all personal information except your name and date of birth!)

III. a valid certificate of study
IV. a short biography including a work list
V. a current high-resolution photograph (300dpi on 10x15cm)
VI. a short work description (max. 15 lines) including the work title.
4. The applications have to be submitted in English or German. Expenses for transmission will not be refunded by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH.
5. The material for the performance of the selected compositions must be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH by February 18, 2019 and must be made available free of charge.

§ 3 Decisions of the jury
1. The jury will select the three finalists based upon its own artistic estimation by January 28, 2019. In case of a high quantity of applications throughout the jury is entitled to appoint an assistant jury. This does not restrict the jury’s power of decision.
2. The judges will announce the laureates following the performance. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally changed.

§ 4 Benefits for the finalists
1. The selected works will be realised within the framework ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln. In addition, documentation is planned.
2. ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH is responsible for the organisation of all travel and hotel requirements during the rehearsal and concert period for the three finalist’s works and will bear all costs involved. Other costs will be covered by per Diems of € 24/day.

§ 5 Agreement
1. Non selected materials will not be utilized by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH; potential archival use will remain unaffected. The sent in scores will only be returned by request.
2. By participating in the competition, the finalists cedes to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH, free of charge:
I. The performance rights for the world premiere and for further performances within the framework of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
II. The exclusive and unrestricted spatiotemporal right to record, reproduce and broadcast the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
III. In addition, the right to communicate to the public all performances of the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, by all available communication media (television, radio, internet etc.), both in Germany and abroad.
3. The composer must ensure that the nominated work will not be performed publicly until the competition is finished.

Deadline for entries: November 30, 2018

ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln

 Cum Laude Music Awards
Summary:Works with up to 10 parts
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: Prize
The value of the award is up to 30,000 € investment in the dissemination of the winning works. The prize is a full program of international promotion of the winning works through his performance in concert halls world-class with renowned interpreters. In addition, a CD Audio will be recorded provided that there is established in the point No.9 of Prize Rules section is accomplish. The recording will feature an international broadcast campaign between broadcasters and print media.

The premiere or performance of the work will be videotaped, additionally, for submission to be broadcasted by Spanish Radio Television. Each winning author will also receive 50 copies of the recording. The distribution of the recording in the United States and Canada will be made through Naxos of America and Europe through Semele Music Projects. The recording will be distributed on digital download stores both high resolution and generic stores too.

José Luis Temes.
Spanish National Music Prize 2008

Juan Carlos Garvayo.
Spanish National Music Price 2013 (with Trío Arbós)

Javier Monteverde.
CEO of Cezanne Producciones Recording Studio

Jorge Grundman.
CEO of Non Profit Music Foundation

Musicians and collaborators of Non Profit Music Foundation

Any possible combination that includes up to 10 parts. It can be present works for a single instrument alone but not for voice a capella. As an example we could cite:

Piano Trio
String Quartet
String Quartet and Soprano
String Trio
Viola and Piano
Piano Quintet
String Quartet and Choir
String Quartet Amplified
Choir and Piano

Inscription Rules
01. Can participate composers of any age but over 18 years and of any nationality irrespective of their place of residence and any publisher who has the publishing rights of a composer.

02. The works can not be longer than 20 minutes, or less than 3 minutes.

03. The work may have been performed and / or recorded previously, but never released in Spain.

04. There is a registration fee for each work a composer present to this contest of $50 / 45€ to be paid online through PayPal or bank wire transfer.

05. Of each registered work it must be provided a single PDF containing the full score and particellas, and a MP3 audio file containing either a recording of a performance or a simulation performed in MIDI instruments. All contact details for the composer, a biography of 250 words maximum, a color photograph high resolution and an email address is also needed. All this material will be sent through the website page that the Non Profit Music Foundation will enable the composer once the registration amount paid.

06. Each composer or publisher can submit unlimited works provided are appropriate to the template shown below. The material submitted for registration will not be returned to the author and will be destroyed except after the winning works for dissemination. When submitting a work the composer explicitly recognizes that owns the copyright and exploit rights and accept no liability to the Non Profit Music Foundation for the use of the work.

07. The composers or publishers of the winning works will transfer their rights for free for the music recording, performance, premiere, broadcast television and image rights subject to copyright arising from the concepts of public performance and mechanical reproduction which will be controlled by the General Society of Authors of Spain and they will get through it in their respective management copyright entities of their respective countries.

08. The works that sign must have the intention of getting a new audience for classical music in a way that stimulates the creation of new audiences for it. To this end each entry will have digital access to a recording published by Non Profit Music Foundation that brings together such intention.

09. The languages for vocal music should be among the following: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin.

10. The deadline for registration is February 28th / 2019.

11 In no case will the registration fee be refunded. Once payment has been made it is understood that all rules are understood and accepted. If in doubt, please use the contact form before registering. The accepted languages for communication are Spanish and English.

12. No one connected with this institution or with the jury can participate.

Prize Rules
01. The winning works will be premiered or performed by renowned artists as those who regularly collaborate with Non Profit Music Foundation. Among the list of artists who have worked with us for over ten years we can find the Trio Arbós, Brodsky Quartet, Ara Malikian, Daniel del Pino, Ludmil Angelov and many other renowned. Depending on the winning works the artists who will perform both the concert and recording will be selected. The mention some of the artists who have worked with us does not imply the availability of them for the realization of the prize.

02. The winning works will be performed in a prestige hall in Madrid ilike Chamber Hall of the National Auditorium, the Auditorium of the Palacio de Cibeles, the Conde Duque Auditorium, choosing the most appropriate for the moment.

03. The performance of the winning works will be recorded for submission to television broadcasting through Spanish Radio Television, although them reserves the fact to choose them and/or broadcast on the date it deems appropriate.

04. Whenever all the winning works last more than 50 minutes and less than 73 minutes program, such works will be recorded in studio and published in CD or DSD format and surround sound in high-resolution distributed internationally if its necessary.

05. The works that are recorded will have a similar distribution and international presence to those who have had publicated the Non Profit Music Foundation. Physical and digital distribution in the US and Canada will be made through Naxos of America. The distribution in Europe will take place through Semele.

06. The dissemination of works awarded to radio and press will be held through Phoenix Classical, Wildkat PR and Promosapiens.

07. All winning works will receive the award for Best Classical Contemporay Work with the distinction of the selected instrumentation. Thus a winning work for Piano Trio receive the name Best Classical Contemporary Work for Piano Trio.

08. Of all the winning works a unique work will be selected to honor its composer with the Composer Cum Laude certification.

09. If the works submitted did not meet the right quality that the jury deems, or the number of participants did not allow the economic sustainability of the contest, the prize may be forfeited.

10. If there is a winning work, Composer Cum Laude distinction can not be decladred void.

11. The performances and recordings of the winning works will be scheduled between 2019 and 2020.

12. The finalists will be announced during March 2019.

13. The awards will be announced in April 2019

 National Association of Composers / USA
Summary:Young Composers’ Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: (NACUSA)
40th Annual Young Composers’ Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2018

All entrants must be NACUSA members. Music by non-members will not be considered. Previous First Prize winners will not be eligible.
All previous winners are listed on the NACUSA website address above.

1. The competition is open to all NACUSA members who are American citizens or
residents, who have reached their 18th birthday but have not yet reached their 32nd birthday by the submission deadline. 

2. Compositions submitted should not exceed 10 – 12 minutes in length. 

3. This year composers can submit works in the following categories: A. Brass Quintet B. Any solo acoustic instrument (except percussion, harp and celesta) C. 1-3 instruments with optional electronics/playback. If percussion is used, it should involve only one performer. No harp or celesta is permitted. Different categories will fluctuate over the course of future NACUSA competitions. 

4. Compositions submitted must not be published and must not have won any other competitions. Each composer may submit up to two works. 

5. Recordings (mp3 format) of the entire composition are highly recommended, but not mandatory. 

6. Compositions will be judged, in part, on legibility and clearness of music score. 

7. All scores must be submitted anonymously under clear pseudonym in PDF format, using NACUSA website (see the guideline under NACUSA 2018 Composition Contest). All mp3 files must also be submitted anonymously, using the same pseudonym. Scores that do not adhere to the Contest rules will be disqualified. 

8. The winners will be announced by February 1, 2019. 

9. All prizes come with a possible performance during a NACUSA National Conference or during the Contemporary Music Festival Musica Moderna in Lodz, Poland. 
First Prize is $500, Second Prize is $400, Third Prize is $300. 

10. Questions regarding the Contest can be sent to Dr. Wieslaw Rentowski, NACUSA 2018 Young Composers’ Competition Coordinator (NACUSA Vice President and Texas Chapter President) at 


 Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis
Summary:Accordion with other instruments
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: Ausschreibung : Competition
Der Deutsche Harmonika-Verband schreibt in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Akkordeonlehrer-Verband den »Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis«, einen Nachwuchswettbewerb für junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten aus Europa aus. Ziel ist es, junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten dazu anzuregen, sich mit dem Instrument Akkordeon als Ensembleinstrument und im Zusammenspiel mit anderen Instrumenten und / oder Gesang auseinanderzusetzen.

With the »Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis« the Deutscher Har- monika-Verband in cooperation with the Deutscher Akkordeonleh- rer-Verband invites young talented composers from Europe for a competition. The target is, that young composers should be encouraged to deal with the instrument accordion as an ensemble instrument and in interaction with other instruments and/or vocals.

Jury : Jury
Die Jury besteht aus Fachleuten für Komposition und Akkordeon und steht unter Vorsitz des renommierten Komponisten Prof. Moritz Eggert aus München.

The jury consists of composition and accordion professionals and is chaired by the renowned composer Prof. Moritz Eggert from Munich.

Prof. Moritz Eggert Stefan Hippe
Peter Hoch Hans-Günther Kölz Andreas Nebl Helmut Quakernack Wolfgang Russ

Aufgabe : Object of the competition
Gefordert wird ein Werk für Akkordeon mit einem bis zu maximal vier anderen Instrumenten aus dem klassischen Bereich (Holz- bläser, Blechbläser, Schlagzeug) oder mit Gesang. Die Gesamt- zahl der Ausführenden ist auf fünf begrenzt. Das Werk soll maximal 10 Minuten dauern. Die Komposition darf nur handschriftlich verfasst sein und weder öffentlich aufgeführt noch publiziert worden sein.

Required is a work for accordion with one to a maximum of four other instruments from the classical field (woodwind, brass, per- cussion) or with vocals. The total number of performers is limited to five. The work should last a maximum of 10 minutes. The com- position may only be written by hand and may not have been performed or published before.

Preise : Prices
Es steht ein Preisgeld von € 1.500* zur Verfügung, das von einer unabhängigen Jury frei vergeben werden kann. Die besten drei Teilnehmer werden zu einem Workshop am 13. / 14. 4. 2019 einge- laden, bei dem sie mit zwei Komponisten ihre Stücke diskutieren. Die prämierten Werke sollen bei der Auftaktveranstaltung der Osterarbeitswoche des DHV in der Bundesakademie Trossingen am 14. 4. 2019 uraufgeführt werden. Die Kosten für Fahrt und eine Unterkunft trägt der DHV.

A prize money of € 1,500* available, which can be freely awarded by an independent jury. The best three participants will be invited to a workshop on April 13/14, 2019, in which they discuss their pieces with two composers. The winning works are scheduled for the opening event of the DHV »Osterarbeitswoche« in the Bun- desakademie Trossingen to be premiered on April 14, 2019. The cost of travel and accommodation is provided by DHV.

Conditions of participation
Teilnahmeberechtigt sind alle Jugendlichen und Erwachsene bis zum vollendeten 27. Lebensjahr
: Die teilnehmenden Komponisten übertragen dem Veranstalter das Recht zur Uraufführung des prämierten Werkes im Jahr der Preisverleihung.
: Eine Namensnennung oder Signierung auf der Partitur (im Original korrigieren) ist nicht erlaubt
: Eine Kopie der Partitur mit separaten Angaben des Komponisten (Name, Adresse, Telefon, Mail) ist einzusenden an:

Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V. c/o Stefan Hippe Rudolf-Maschke-Platz 6
78647 Trossingen

Anmeldeschluss ist der 31. Dezember 2018
Participation is possible for all young people and adults until their 27th birthday
: The participating composers transmit to the organizer the right to the world premiere of the awarded work in the year of the award ceremony.
: An attribution or signing on the score is not allowed
: A copy of the score with separate details of the composer (Name, address, telephone, mail) is to be sent to :

Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V. c/o Stefan Hippe Rudolf-Maschke-Platz 6
78647 Trossingen

Registration deadline is December 31, 2018

 Listen Imagine Compose
Summary:CPD in composing for teachers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: Listen Imagine Compose now offers a Masters in Teaching and Learning, as part of its Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary music teachers.

This is available nationally and is accredited by Birmingham City University. Learners can gain a Masters in Teaching and Learning or a Masters in Educational Leadership.

About the CPD
• The CPD is designed to enable secondary music teachers develop skills in teaching composing with KS3, GCSE and A level students;
• The course delivery team includes Professor Martin Fautley, Professor Pam Burnard, Gary Spruce and Dr. Jonathan Savage, supported by professional composers and musicians;
• The course is accredited by Birmingham City University at Level 7 (Certificate/ Diploma/ Masters);
• The course can be delivered in any UK location as long as we have sufficient sign ups to make it viable;
• Students can be a mix of those who do and do not wish to be accredited, subject to being able to form a viable group;
• The year-long programme comprises 6 x 3 hour sessions plus additional time spent reflecting on professional practice and undertaking action research in the classroom;
• This year-long course will normally result in a Diploma in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership, assuming that the learner has sufficient prior accreditation (eg a PGCE);
• A further year of part-time study is required to reach Masters level.
• The next cohort will start in October 2018.

During the course teachers will:
• Reflect on what composing with young people entails;
• Learn new creative strategies for teaching composing;
• Develop pedagogic strategies for teaching composing;
• Develop existing schemes of work;
• Undertake Action Research;
• Be mentored by a leading academic and teacher trainer;
• Work with professional composers;
• Network and learn from other secondary music teachers participating in the CPD.

Download a short guide to the Listen Imagine Compose course here and Birmingham City University’s guide to its Masters courses.

Dates for the 2018/19 course:
The 2018/19 course will be held in Birmingham on the following dates:
• Sessions 1 & 2: Sunday 14 October 2018
• Sessions 3 & 4: Sunday 18 November 2018
• Session 5: Sunday 3 March 2019
• Session 6: Sunday 30 June 2019

Accredited course: A Masters degree is in 3 stages (see the downloadable guide above). Most learners undertaking the Listen Imagine Compose course will join the qualification at Stage 2.

Stage 1: Teachers with a PGCE or equivalent can use these credits in lieu of completing Stage 1 at no additional cost or a small fee (in the region of £50). This is done one a case-by-case basis, contact us for more information.

Stage 2: This is the Listen Imagine Compose taught course. The cost for 2018/19 is £2,200.

Stage 3: Is a further year of part-time study required to complete the Masters qualification. The cost of Stage 3 for those starting Stage 2 in 2018/19 will be £2,200.

There is no requirement to commit to all the stages from the outset and it is possible to pay for each stage in installments.

Non-accredited course: Teachers who do not wish to be accredited may attend the Listen Imagine Compose course for a reduced cost which will be between £500 and £1,000, depending on the size of the group.

Any questions?
Contact Judith Robinson if you would like to know how the accreditation works or if you have any other questions!

Music Education Hubs and other potential partners: contact Judith Robinson to discuss how Listen Imagine Compose can be delivered in your area.


Summary:Composing programme
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – A program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the “Live Music Capital of the World”

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.3.2018: Application deadline
Dec.5. 2018: Announcement of results
Dec.15.2018: Notification to reserve spot in program (via deposit; flexible)
Dec.20. 2018: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
Jan.7.2019: Deadline for sending finished composition
Jan.13/14. 2019: – arrival and accommodation in Austin
Jan.21/22.2019: – departure from Austin


 The Florida Orchestra Student Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra Competition (Florida Students)
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 June 2018
Details: The Florida Orchestra will open its Student Composition Competition to all Florida universities and colleges with a music composition department, encompassing about a dozen schools. The competition underscores TFO’s commitment to education and to music as a living art form, focusing on Florida talent.

Music Director Michael Francis and a panel of TFO staff and musicians will choose the winning work, which the orchestra will premiere on the final TFO Masterworks series concerts May 24-26, 2019. The winner also will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Student Composer Competition Guidelines
The Florida Orchestra is opening the following opportunity to universities and colleges to select an original work to be performed by The Florida Orchestra, written by a student composer currently enrolled in a music degree program in the state of Florida. Composition departments may submit up to two student compositions for the statewide competition. Holding an internal competition to select the student work to be submitted from each university or college is suggested, but at the discretion of each school’s composition department. The winning composition will be selected by The Florida Orchestra’s Music Director, Michael Francis, along with an advisory panel of TFO musicians and staff, and will be featured on the final TFO Masterworks series performances May 24-26, 2019.

General Guidelines:
• Each university or college may submit up to two student works for consideration. Submissions must be made by a school representative on behalf of the student(s) selected.
• The competition is open to any composition major, regardless of specific discipline (i.e. classical or jazz composition), or degree program (i.e. bachelors or masters).
• The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $1000 and his/her work will be featured at the final Masterworks series performances May 24-26, 2019.
• The duration of the work should be between three and six minutes.
• The instrumentation for the work must not exceed an orchestration of:
*3*3*3*3-4331 timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano/celeste, and strings. Standard percussion instruments only (list be provided upon request).

Important dates:
• December 21, 2018: Deadline for schools to submit complete student score(s) and accompanying materials for consideration
• January 11, 2019: Finalists announced
• February 19, 2019: Finalists’ printed orchestral parts delivered to The Florida Orchestra
• March 26, 2019: Reading session with The Florida Orchestra of finalist works in the Tampa Bay area
• March 29, 2019: Winning composer/composition announced
• May 24-26, 2019: Performances in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater with The Florida Orchestra; Michael Francis, conductor.

Submission packets must include the following:
• Résumé or Curriculum Vitae summary of no more than 1-3 pages
• Artist Statement about the piece submitted for consideration
• Full score [.PDF] and accompanying .wav or midi soundfile realization of the submitted score.
o Score should be in an 11” x 17” format
o Additional guidelines regarding formatting are available in the attached MOLA Music

Preparation Guidelines pamphlet.
o The composer’s name should not appear on the score or recording.

• Deadline for all materials to be received electronically is Friday, December 21, 2018, by midnight. Materials should be submitted to Erin Horan, Community Engagement Director, via

Dropbox or Hightail link sent to

Selection process:
• Up to four (4) finalists will be chosen for the student reading with The Florida Orchestra on March 26, 2019. The first round will be a blind process and the committee members will have no knowledge of composers or their school affiliation or background.
• Finalists who reside 100 miles or more from Tampa will receive lodging in the Tampa Bay area for the evening before the reading.
• Selection of winner will be decided by TFO Music Director, Michael Francis, and an advisory group of TFO staff and musicians
• The winning composition will be selected by March 29, 2019.

• The winning composition will be featured on the final TFO Masterworks concert cycle in May 2019, conducted by Music Director, Michael Francis.
• The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $1000 provided by The Florida Orchestra upon the completion of the performances.
• The winning composer will receive a mutually agreed upon number of complimentary tickets to each of the Masterworks performances that include their work. (based on availability)
• If the winning composer resides 50 miles or more from Tampa, they will receive lodging in the Tampa Bay area during the week of performance for mutually agreed-upon dates.
For any questions about The Florida Orchestra’s Student Composer Competition, please contact Erin

Horan, Community Engagement Director, at


 Allmänna Sången and Anders Wall Composition Award, Sweden
Summary:Female Composers Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Deadline: Saturday 1 December 2018
Details: The Allmänna Sången and Anders Wall Composition Award aims to draw attention to female composers and their work. The competition is international and targets female composers irrespective of profession or nationality. The premiere of the winning composition and award ceremony will take place at the Allmänna Sången’s Annual Spring Concert in May 2019 in Uppsala, Sweden.

The composition has to be new and unpublished. The lyrics can be new or pre-existing and are chosen by the composer but has to be in the language of English, Swedish or Latin. The music shall be written for mixed voice a cappella choir with 4–12 parts and the duration of the piece shall be 6–9 minutes.

Application Fee: SEK 350
Prize: SEK 50,000
Contact: For more information please visit the website:

Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Eligibility

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works and works that have not won any competitions in the past may be submitted.


- Participants may submit as many compositions as they want.
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Compositions may be for a solo instrument or a duo combination of two instruments among western classical symphonic orchestra instruments with or without electronics. In this case an instruction explaining the use of electronics must be included. The composition should not exceed two players.
- Compositions must be original, between 2 and 15 minutes.
- Each entry must be accompanied by an MP3 audio file.
- Audio recording may be live or computer generated.
- There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition submitted.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point will judge the scores. The Jury’s decisions cannot be appealed. By agreeing to take part in the competition, all competitors undertake to accept and not contest these decisions.

Registration fee

There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition. A composition may have more than one movements. It is possible to participate with more than one composition under one name, in that case an entry fee of
40, - Euros must be paid for each composition. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Bank: Bank Austria UniCredit
Name: Culture Meeting Point
IBAN: AT96 1200 0006 0177 8103


All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format and the recording in MP3 format to the address:

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria

Deadline: 31st March, 2019
Announcement: 15th April, 2019
Concert: 16th May, 2019
Entry Fee: 40, - (All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.)
Currency: Euro (EUR)


Summary:Bandoneón Call
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: The competition is reserved for original compositions for bandoneón solo or bandoneón within chamber ensembles. The competition purpose is to extend and modernise the original bandoneón concert repertoire with innovative works.

Scores may be forwarded according to the following mode:

- Digital PDF format copy, to be sent in attachment to the following address: Should the file size be larger than 1 MegaByte, the system shall be used to send the documents.

The competition categories are configured as follows:
1. Works for bandoneón and string orchestra or chamber orchestra (A Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 12, maximum 25 minutes 

2. Works for trio (Bandoneón, Piano, Double Bass), quartet (Bandoneón, Violin, Piano, Double Bass), quintet (Bandoneón, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Double Bass); or works for bandoneón and string quartet (B Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes 

3. Works for Bandoneón solo or Bandoneón and other instrument among the following: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute (C Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes

More information:

 NextNotes High School Composition Awards
Summary:Programme for young composers
Deadline: 07 January 2019
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: NextNotes High School Composition Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition – in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process. *NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON*

Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert and also be eligible to receive up to $500 in “bring it home” funds to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Thanks to a partnership with MakeMusic Inc., the six NextNotes winners will also receive free Finale software and be eligible to nominate one teacher to receive the NextNotes Music Teacher Award. Recipients of the NextNotes Music Teacher Award will each receive a free one-year subscription to SmartMusic.

Up to thirty applicants will be chosen as an Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their composition from the panel of judges.

All entrants who submit all required materials and are deemed eligible applicants will receive a free one-year American Composers Forum student membership and a free one-year subscription to Noteflight Premium.

 The Society of Recorder Players
Summary:Recorder Quartet Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 13 June 2018
Details: Jonathan Dove to judge new composers competition for the Society of Recorder Players

The Society of Recorder Players (SRP) Players is proud to launch a new Composer’s Competition and warmly invites the submission of scores for recorder quartet from composers of all ages and nationalities.

Two categories: Open (any age) and 18 or under.

Short-listed submissions from both categories will be performed live by Block 4 and judged by Jonathan Dove (Honorary President of SRP) at the SRP’s Annual Recorder Festival in Durham, UK, on April 13th 2019. The highly respected recorder ensemble, Block4, will perform the winning compositions in a gala concert, a high-quality recording will be available for the winning composers, cash prizes and publication agreements are actively being sought by the organisers.

Entries should be submitted by 15th December 2018, be scored for recorder quartet and last between three to six minutes.

To broaden the repertoire for Recorder Ensemble

To stimulate composers to explore this field
To give composers an opportunity to get their works professionally performed and recorded
To expand the network of participants for further collaborations

A committee of experts will short-list four compositions for each age category. The final round will be judged by the internationally recognised composer Jonathan Dove.

The application is open to composers of all nationalities with no age limit and with no limit on compositional style. Composers whose works are short-listed will be invited to the finals
and hosted for the day of the performance.

Submission of completed application forms and scores 15th December 2018

Announcement of short-listed work 15th February 2019
Finals and announcement of winners 13th April 2019

For further information on this exciting opportunity visit or contact

 The Space City New Music Festival
Summary:New Music Festival Composing and Networking Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) is a one-of-a-kind summer festival in Texas housed in the heart of downtown Houston near the Theater District at the new arts facility: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

SCNMF is a week-long summer festival that brings composers, performers, conductors, and teachers together to collaborate on newly composed works, study contemporary music, build lifelong relationships, and present 3 to 4 concerts for the community of Houston.

The 2018 Space City New Music Festival will be working and collaborating with:

- Guest Composer: Marcus K. Maroney
- Guest Artist: Crystal Chu (solo percussion)
- Guest Chamber Ensemble: 3G Percussion

Festival participants will have the opportunities to:
- Collaborate, promote, and perform newly composed works with guest artists
- Attend masterclasses and full-length concerts showcasing our guest composer, artist, and chamber ensemble
- Take composition lessons with guest composer, Marcus K. Maroney
- Perform for the community of Houston
- Each piece is guaranteed at least one performance by one of our guest artists.

Categories & required materials
I. Composer
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 representative scores for any combination of instruments with a LIVE Recording/MIDI (preferably scored from 1-6 performers)
- A list of works
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

II. Performers
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 recordings (audio and/or video) of you performing in contrasting styles
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

III. Conductors
- Completed 2018 Application
- Up to 2 videos (around 15 minutes total) of you conducting chamber and/or large ensembles (preferably contemporary music)
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

IV. Auditors
- Completed 2018 Application
- A brief resumé

Web Site:www.spacecityperformingarts.or...

 Minute of Music Project
Summary:Call for Scores – Female Composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: Entry Deadline: 12/31/2018 at 11:55 P.M. MST
Entry Fee: None (project is crowdfunded)
Eligibility: All adult (18 or older) composers who self-identify as female (any nationality)
Prize: None, but I will record your piece for posterity!

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must self-identify as a female.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no 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 “change.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins reserves the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins to record your entry free of charge. You will receive a .WAV copy of the recording for your use.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email.
Donations are optional, and will not effect score selection.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

 International Clarinet Association
Summary:Clarinet with string quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet and string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2018; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest® 2019.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2019 Composition Competition–Clarinet and String Quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email:

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


1. Items must be received by December 20, 2018.

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 and string quartet recording in .mp3 format must 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. PayPal is also accepted to The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2019 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for clarinet and string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello). The submitted work must have no prior performances.

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 February 15, 2019. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2019, July 24-28, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2019 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 clarinetist 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.


 Arts Letters & Numbers
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 05 April 2018
Details: Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived. Since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

Update: We are excited to announce a new addition to our Artist in Residence Program: Day Residency - For commuting artists. Over the course of the last three years we have seen the great impact the program has had on national and international artists. With such a diverse community of creative people we have realized it’s time to make the program more accessible for regionally based artists. A Day Resident will follow the same application procedure, apply for 1-12 weeks residency, and have access to all working facilities, just like any other artists who joins the program. More information below.

Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.

Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

Residency History
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.

Duration of Residency
Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Due to our annual Summer Workshop, we do not accept any Residencies between July 1st and August 15th.

Residency Fee and Accommodation
Shared accommodations sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private rooms $275/week
You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in one of our nine bedrooms; these vary in size and, we offer both private and shared arrangements. (Although all three of our bathrooms are shared). We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need.
One of our traditions has been the sharing of ideas over a great meal, and this has become a vital part of Arts Letters & Numbers. We will all share one kitchen and though you are individually responsible for your food, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.

Day Residency
Day Residency, no accommodation included $95/week
The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.

Studio / Workspace
Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time. Currently, the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not to be used for creative work. In addition to the Mill we also have our Barn, located next to the house. This flexible indoor - outdoor space serves as our main studio space, with additional more private spaces to be found in the Houseas well as space for our 9' grand Baldwin piano.

Expectations Towards the Artist
Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.

Available Weekly Happenings
Monday Evening: T-time; serious casual discussion, linkage making, mounting of enquiries for critical reception and processing with other minds, development of discourse, emergent language to signify thoughts and works and ways of thinking through work, relating experience to abstraction and larger contexts.
Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community
Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast
Other available happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Construction, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)

Disciplines Support and Technical Information
The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed within 14 - 30 days. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at

There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange discount.


 Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition
Summary:Electronic Call
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 22 March 2018
Details: The competition is anonymous and open to composers of any nationality and age, each of whom may submit only one work.
– The composers who were awarded in 2016 Xenakis competition cannot participate to the 2018 competition.
– The submitted work shall be an electroacoustic composition, it is meant to be diffused by loudspeakers, without any intervention of live sound sources.
– The submitted work might implement a maximum of 8 channels and must have a duration between 7 and 15 minutes.
– The submitted work may have been performed in concert but It should not be the object of any discographic publication/rights.

– The deadline for submission is 31st of December 2018.

The Jury will select and mention the 5 highest quality works and will award three of them with prizes of €600 €400 €300 respectively. Contemporary Music Lab will present the distincted pieces in a concert in April 2019.

The entry fee for participation is 15€. You can use the following links to pay on-line.

– All applicants should submit a single zip file containing the following files inside a single folder:
i. A short biography, contact information and information about the piece in the following formats: (.doc, .txt, .rtf or .pdf).
ii. 1 Audio file (.aiff or .wav format, 16bit or 24bit at 44,1kHz sampling rate) containing the stereo version of the piece.
iii. Additionally, for multichannel pieces the audio files corresponding to each of the channels inside a separate folder along with set-up/routing information on a separate sheet
iv. Please include also the pdf receipt of the fee payment
– Please name the ZIP file as following: IX2018_Name_Surname_TitleOfThePiece (e.g. IX2018_Nick_Edison_Title).
– Please use the following link to register your details and upload your piece
Application Form

By entering his/her work in the competition, the composer consents to public performances free of charge of his/her work in concerts and/or radio broadcasting.

 The composer retains the copyright of his/her work. The files entered in the competition shall remain in the archives of Contemporary Music Lab of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Trevor Wishart (UK) – Chair
Ludger Brümmer (DE)
Oliver Carman (UK)
Panayiotis Kokoras (GR/USA)
Joao Pedro Oliveira (PT)


 West Suburban Symphony
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018

The West Suburban Symphony, based in Hinsdale, Illinois, invites early‐career composers to submit an orchestral work to be considered for performance in the Symphony’s fall 2019 – summer 2020 season. The winning composer will receive a $500 prize.

The composer must be enrolled in at least one undergraduate or graduate‐level college course during the 2018‐19 academic year.

Composition must have a performance time of 15‐20 minutes and be scored for full orchestra as follows:
-Strings: first violin, second violin, viola, cello, and contrabass
- Winds: 2‐3 flutes/piccolos, 2‐3 oboes/English horns, 2‐3 clarinets (may include Eb and/or bass clarinet), 2‐3 bassoons (may include contrabassoon), 4 French horns, 2‐3 trumpets (may include piccolo trumpet), 3 trombones (may include bass trombone), 1 tuba
-Other: timpani and/or percussion parts that can be covered by 1‐3 players; harp and keyboard parts are optional

Materials required to enter the competition

- Full conductor’s score for the composition, on paper, printed double‐sided and spiral bound
- Synthesized electronic recording of the composition, on CD or USB thumb drive
- Proof of composer’s current college enrollment as of December 31, 2018, on paper
- Photo and short biography of the composer, on CD or USB thumb drive

-December 31, 2018, is the postmark deadline for submission of entries, via the U.S. Postal Service, to West Suburban Symphony, P.O. Box 565, Hinsdale, Illinois 60522
-By March 1, 2019, entrants will be notified of decision regarding their composition
-By August 1, 2019, winning composer must supply the Symphony with a complete set of orchestra parts, as PDFs on a CD or USB thumb drive after consultation with the Symphony’s music director
-Between September 2019 and July 2020, the West Suburban Symphony will perform the winning composition ‐‐ the $500 prize will be paid upon performance of the composition

Upon selection of the winning work, the Symphony and composer will enter into an agreement that stipulates the following regarding the composition:
-Composer owns the copyright
-West Suburban Symphony has rights of first performance, unlimited rights of future performances, ownership of a full set of parts, and rights to any concert recordings made
-If the Symphony records its performance of the work, it will provide a copy of the recording to the composer

 2018 North American Student Composer Competition
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: 1. Overview
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, also known as MetWinds, is announcing its third North American Student Composer Competition. The goals of this Competition are to stimulate student composers to write new, high-quality music for the wind band, and motivate highly talented student composers to persist in building a career in composition by rewarding them with recognition, commission, and performance.

1.1. Rules for Entries
To be eligible to compete, the entrant must be a music school, high school or college student in North America at the time of the submission. "College" will be interpreted to mean junior college, four year college, conservatory, or graduate school.

Students must submit a short biography/resume, and a score and recording of a single work, written for any combination of instruments and/or voices, up to fifteen minutes in length, on compact disk or in a computer file which can be emailed to us at If longer pieces are submitted, only the first fifteen minutes will be evaluated. Recordings may be either live performances or computer-generated. If they are playable on a Windows personal computer, they are acceptable. Submissions will be returned at the end of their evaluation if accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope.

1.2. Submission Information
The deadline for submission will be Dec. 15, 2018. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged by email if an email address is provided. Submissions will be evaluated by the MetWinds commissioning committee, with final determination of the winner to be made by the Artistic Director. Announcement of the winner will be made by April 1, 2019. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 commission, to write a new four to eight minute work for full concert band, with instrumentation and approximate grade level to be specified by MetWinds.

1.3. Premiere, Award, and Publication Details
The work is expected to be premiered by the MetWinds in November 2020 or thereafter, hopefully with the composer in attendance at the dress rehearsal and premiere. The intention is for this commissioned piece and its premiere to help celebrate the 50th season of MetWinds, September 2020- July 2021. Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided for the composer. The winning composer will provide three scores and one set of parts to MetWinds. $300 of the commissioning fee will be due the composer at the time of the award being made and the remaining $700 will be paid upon delivery of the score and parts to MetWinds. The composer will grant MetWinds the right to premiere the work but will retain ownership of the work.

1.4. EntrySubmission

Email entries to Bobby Piankian, or Mail entries to:

MetWinds Student Composer Competition c/o Bob Piankian
9 Surrey Road
Newton, MA 02458

Questions? Email Bobby Piankian at

 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.

Summary:Call for works for small orchestra
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition has won itself an established position as one of the world’s foremost composition competitions. Held at intervals of five years, the aim of the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition is to discover and promote contemporary European music and composition under the name of composer Uuno Klami (1900–1961) and to produce good new repertoire for a small orchestra of sinfonietta type. Citizens of any Nordic, EU or closely associated country may take part in the competition. Works entered for the competition should reach the Competition Office by 3 December 2018 at the latest. The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019.


- Compositions must be submitted to the Competition Office 3 December 2018 at the latest.
- The Jury will be Finland’s Kalevi Aho and Magnus Lindberg and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür. The conductor member of the Jury will be Olari Elts (Estonia).
- The following prizes will be awarded: I prize €11,000, II prize €9,000 and III prize €7,000.
- There is no age limit or entry fee.
- The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019. The Jury chooses the winners only after hearing the finals concerts and their rehearsals.

- For more information (rules and entry form) on the competition, please visit the competition website at

 ICC "The contemporary Guitar 2018"
Summary:Solo guitar competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Description: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc. will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer or PayPal.
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(In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason). All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31st, 2018 electronically to including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc.) with a printout of the registration payment (fee payment receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee - selection: The committee will consist of distinguished guitarists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) works based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee's decision is final.

The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. Audio & video recording by the distinguished guitarist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou, in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY's production.
3. The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY's YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
4. A page in site will be created for each one of the winning works - composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. A page in site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works - composers.


 2018 BGSU Graduate Conference in Music
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH

February 9-10, 2018

Our call for works extends to all current graduate students (master’s and doctoral) from any institution. Senior undergraduates with exceptional standing are welcome to submit with the guidance of a faculty member.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current BGSU student, any scores you submit must be anonymous and should not include any information that could personally identify the composer. If any personal information (composer name, bio, logo, etc.) is found on the score, the composer will be disqualified.

Applicants may submit up to two works for consideration. Each work should be no longer than twelve minutes. The instrumentation is open to solo and chamber works of any instrumental/vocal combination and works involving electronics (up to four channels).

Each work may fit into one category:

A) Works for any instrumentation for which the composer can provide ALL of the required performers

B) Works for 1-5 performers for which the composer cannot provide ALL of the required number of performers

• Works involving flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion and soprano are more likely to be programmed in category B.

C) Works involving electronics may use up to 4 channels.

• Works submitted in categories A and B may also involve electronics (fixed media and/or interactive). Works involving video are also permitted.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 15, 2017. The composer’s attendance at the conference, dress rehearsal, and paper presentations is required. Do not submit if you cannot attend the conference.

Composers interested in submitting works should fill out the Call for Works Form.

For questions regarding the submission, please email Adam Kennaugh at Please include “BGSU Graduate Student Conference” in the subject.
Web Site:bgsumuctgraduatestudentforum.w...

 Graeme Miles Bursary
Summary:Bursary Opportunity-short deadline!
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: The Graeme Miles Bursary is open to artists or groups based in the North East of England. The aim is to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their career. The £1,200 award is made annually to celebrate the life of Middlesbrough’s Graeme Miles who died in 2013.

A contemporary of Ewan MacColl, Miles wrote his first song, Sea Coal about Hartlepool, at the age of 14, and after hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside, set himself a 20-year task to create a collection for his adopted native Teesside.

The memorial bursary, which is funded and administered by The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and funded by The Unthanks through fundraising concerts, is now in its 3rd year running and will continue to organise events to fund future awards.

The Graeme Miles Bursary scheme is open to any folk artists or groups, aged 18 to 25, in the North East of England, which includes Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley. The bursary is to fund a significant development opportunity, project or programme of activity that could have a lasting impact on their career.

The inaugural winner was Joe Hammill from Thornaby on Tees. The singer songwriter, who fronts the band Cattle & Cane, invested the award in home studio equipment to record his own music. The 2016 recipient was the Rachel Hamer Band, a Newcastle folk band with strong links to Teesside.

The selection panel includes Adrian McNally and Rachel Unthank from The Unthanks.

Application Criteria

1. Artist(s) must be based or have strong links to the North East of England.
2. Individual musicians (including composers) and duos/trios/bands in the early stages of their career and/or final stages of advanced musical training.
3. Artists must have a genuine desire and commitment to building a professional career in folk music.
4. Artists should be able to demonstrate the talent, potential and enthusiasm to make folk music your profession.
5. The funded activity needs to be completed by 30 November 2018.

Timing and deadlines
Closing date for applications Midnight on Sunday 29 October 2017
Bursary Announcement December 2017

 Too Pretty To Punch
Summary:Artistic collaboration
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: CALL OUT 2:​ Artists + Musicians
I’m looking for 3 transgender visual artists or animators and a musician/composer/sound engineer to collaborate with to make animation for a new piece of theatre, Too Pretty To Punch that I’ll be developing throughout 2018.

Too Pretty To Punch is a one person celebration of trans visibility and self acceptance; a mix of clown, mime, music, spoken word and video projection focusing on society’s obsession with trans bodies, judging our acceptability on how attractive we are.
The idea behind the project is to celebrate gender diversity while dispelling myths about trans people; presenting us as we are, rather than as the monsters the media seems so hell bent on painting us as.

My writing is vibrant, lively, and often full of pop culture references though I’m interested in all styles and mediums of art to collaborate with (digital, 3D, oil, pastel, watercolour, charcoal, collage, sculpture, comic book etc).

I’m interested in you bringing your voice to the table, creating and contributing based on your own experiences as a transgender person.

In its most basic form this will involve creating a series of still images to accompany poetry and physical theatre, that I will animate by various means depending on the medium and style and then projection map onto a selection of boxes and surfaces around the stage.

This role will involve creating music/soundscapes to accompany the projections and poems.

It will also involve helping write the music and record backing tracks for several songs in the show that I’m writing. I’ll accompany myself for some of them on the banjo. One such song is all about different gender identities, set to the powerpuff girls and transformers theme tunes.

 Scottish Awards for New Music 2018
Summary:Composer Awards Nominations Open
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the second annual Scottish Awards for New Music. Created by New Music Scotland with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland, Steinberg, and EVM Marketing, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators and facilitators of new music. The eleven categories, including three new ones for 2018, are listed below. Partnerships with Hands Up for Trad and Jazz from Scotland have enabled the creation of new categories which focus on experimental and ground breaking traditional and jazz music. Nominations are open from Saturday 7 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals. Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found:

An international panel of composers, performers, programmers and music industry experts will meet in January to discuss the nominations, following which a shortlist will be announced. Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the awards evening on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said, “The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of new music in Scotland and further afield, spreading news of the innovative new music scene to potential audiences around the globe. Rarely do you manage to gather so many of the key figures and institutions of new music making in Scotland together in one room. Coupled with the high profile supporters and partnerships involved in making this event a reality, the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 promises to be an exciting event for Scotland’s new music sector.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “Music is an art form that never sits still – it is always pushing back barriers and reshaping the cultural landscape. The Scottish Awards for New Music celebrate such experimentation and throw a spotlight on our most talented composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector both nationally and internationally.”


Composers must have been born in Scotland, or have been ordinarily resident in Scotland for at least two years prior to 1st July 2017. Non Scottish or Scottish based composers can have works nominated as part of the Award for Creative Programming.
Composers may be any age.
Composers do not have to be members of New Music Scotland.
Students are eligible


To qualify, new works must have received their première in a public performance, either live or broadcast/online, between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
The community/education project category: For Projects that may be nominated, they can have started prior to, but must have been concluded between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017.
Recorded works must have been publicly released on any format between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
Works do not have to have been published.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including from the composer, performer, audience or organisation. If self nominating, you must also nominate 2 other works (in any category) that are not by yourself.


The nominator should choose the category which most closely fits the work. NMS reserves the right to move the work to a different category if appropriate.
NMS reserves the right to add, remove or redefine categories if necessary.

Electroacoustic/sound art work
For a new work or installation written and/or performed during 2017 that can be described as either electroacoustic or sound art (or both!)

Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 10 performers or fewer.

Large Scale New Work
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 11 performers or more.

Recorded New Work
A recording of new music for commercial release in 2017 for CD/LP, TV, film, digital/online platforms, or other audio-visual medium. This may include the recording of an existing work released within the calendar year.

The ISM Award for Collaboration
Celebrating collaborative new music in 2017, including projects that are cross-genre, cross-art form, multi-disciplinary, or those that bring together unique combinations of partners. Collaboration should have taken place between two or more active parties to the extent of which the work would not exist without the partnership.

Community/Education project
Music-making, listening, appreciation, participation projects taking new music as their medium, and widening access to those in Scottish communities and/or education settings. This may take the form of a one-off event, or an ongoing project with or without specific outcome over the calendar year of 2017.

Contribution to new music in Scotland
Marking the contribution made by an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland during 2017.

Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performer(s) of the Year
An award to celebrate musicians who perform new music at the highest standard. This could be the best one off performance or a number of performances that adds to a portfolio of work over 2017.

Award for Creative Programming
An award to celebrate Creative Programming. This could be a one off production/commission, a festival programme, a programme series, or an audience development initiative that has been of an exceptional standard and demonstrates genuine imagination in its execution.

Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
Traditional Music plays an important role in Scotland’s musical scene. This award, in partnership with Hands Up for Trad, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both traditional and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland
Scotland’s vibrant jazz sector regularly sees experimentation and creative projects come to fruition . This award, in partnership with Jazz from Scotland, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both jazz and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

All nominations are to be submitted online via the New Music Scotland website
There is no limit to the number of works which may be submitted.
Self-nomination is allowed but must be balanced by the submission of two other nominations (i.e. not self-nominations) in any categories.

Nominators will be asked to provide:
Creator name, work title, performers, when & where heard, reason for nomination (depending on category max 200 words), links to supporting reviews, recordings, articles, online information, nominator name and contact details, demographic information of nominator

Judging will be made by a specially appointed panel, the members of which will be chosen by NMS.
In each category there will be a final shortlist, announced in advance of the award ceremony.
NMS reserves the right not to make an award in any category.
The final decision regarding all aspects of the Scottish Awards for New Music, including the interpretation of these rules, resides with the Board of NMS.


The presentation of the awards will take place at a reception on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Drygate in Glasgow
In each category the winning individual/organisation will be presented with a Scottish Award for New Music

 Opportunity: New Voices, Talent Development Programme
Summary:Register interest for programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Date: Registration closes, noon on Tues 17th Oct
Produced by: Sound and Music
New Voices: a new Talent Development Programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music

Do you create or compose your own music or sound? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Taking the successful models, wonderful partnerships and expertise from our previous Embedded and Portfolio Programmes, as well as our Pathways Programme we are thrilled to announce and introduce you to New Voices, Sound and Music's reimagined Talent Development Programme.

We are looking for composers and artists creating their own original new music and sound to be part of New Voices

New Voices aims to be representative of the diverse range of composers working across the UK today.


Become part of New Voices, an 18 month Talent Development Programme tailored to your needs
Get the benefit of 6 months of bespoke, external and expert coaching and mentoring
Explore and realise your creative ideas and ambitions, in your own style, in your own way
Join a network of your creative peers from across the UK, who will be going through the New Voices programme at the same time as you
Be part of a unique supportive residential weekend with these peers and with Sound and Music staff
Make public facing work for audiences, through your own creative activity and collaborations, and/or through working with other organisations
Receive a bursary of £1,500, travel and accommodation expenses, plus a production grant of up to £6,000 if you are organising the final public outcome yourself
Work with Sound and Music to explore digital as well as live outcomes of your work
Sound good?

Great. At this stage, you only need to register your interest, and then we will get in contact to discuss and to find out if this opportunity is a good fit.

If you need any other support to access this opportunity, or need this information in another format then we’re here to help, so please do contact us: Director of Programmes,

Keep reading to find out more.

 Youth Music Tutor - Lyric writing raps/songs/poems, Aptitude Organisation CIC
Summary:Teaching Post
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Closes: 11th September 2017
Location: West Midlands
Type: Part time
Salary: Paid (£25k-30k pro rata)


Youth Music Skills Tutor - lyric writing £15-£25 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience)1-year Fixed, Term time only (38 weeks), 2 hours per week

Days & Hours: Thursdays 6-8pm. Additional hours may be available on an ad-hoc basis.
Actual salary for 2 hours per week term time: £1140 - £1900
Fixed Term End Date: 30/10/2018 (Initially)
Lead delivery of an accredited young people’s music programme which uses the tool of lyric writing songs and raps to support positive emotional development.

Hold relevant a qualification and/or experience in Music Performance Song/Poem writing, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, DJ Skills, Composition or other relevant music qualification

This post is subject to full enhanced DBS Service Check.
Location: The Crez, Jubilee Crescent Community Centre, Radford, Coventry CV6 3EX

Return Completed Application form to:
Closing date: Monday 11th September 2017
Interview Date Monday 18th September between 4.30pm-8pm (30 minutes time slot)W

ebsite: Tel: 07871 917936

We are also recruiting for:

Youth Programme Casual/Bank Staff £9 - £25 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience) 1 year fixed Term

Contract: Zero hours (bank staff) 1 year fixed
Days & Hours: ad-hoc basis.
Main Purpose of role:
Delivery of a specialist skill that contributes to a new exciting programme to engage young people to be empowered through various activities that are fun, safe, social and educational (team building, developing self-confidence).
Where appropriate you will cover staff annual leave, sickness and when added support is required for trips and events.
• To develop, deliver, facilitate and participate in games, activities and discussions with young people
• To supervise young people and ensure general health & safety and rules of conduct.
• Build positive links with young people and promote active participation in activities such as planning and delivery of group work programmes on health, fitness, smoking, drugs, gangs, violence, relationships and bullying.

Hold relevant a qualification and experience in Music Performance Song/Poem writing, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, DJ Skills, Composition or other relevant music qualification.

 College Light Opera Company
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: New Works Initiative
The College Light Opera Company is seeking submissions for its 2018 New Works Initiative as part of its 50th jubilee celebrations. The winning one-act piece will be selected by a committee of judges. The winner of this competition will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and production of the new work as part of the 2018 festival season. The prize and production are contingent on the composer and librettist agreeing to the terms of the agreement. The CLOC New Works Initiative is intended to support emerging composer-lyricist teams.

Competition Rules
There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to music-theatre works written in the English language.
2. Each composer and lyricist team may submit only one piece.
3. Submissions must be original, unpublished one-act operettas or music-theatre works written in English. Translations, and children’s operas are not accepted.
4. Works that have been professionally produced, published or had a workshop, concert or non-professional production are not eligible.
5. Works may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. Works must be submitted digitally in PDF format as well as using MIDI or equivalent format.
7. Works must utilize the full CLOC orchestra: 1 flute (doubles piccolo), 1 oboe (doubles english horn), 2 clarinets (doubles E-flat and/or bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1percussion (drum set, timpani, etc.), 4 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, possible piano (note: we are an acoustic house and do not normally use synthesizers)
8. Works must utilize the full CLOC ensemble of 16 women and 16 men, include a solid balance of male and female roles and provide a strong and active role for the chorus. All principals must be drawn from this group of performers.
9. Works must not exceed 60 minutes in length and should be an appropriate piece to be used as a curtain-raiser for a Gilbert and Sullivan or other English light operetta.
10. The CLOC New Works Initiative reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Web Site:www.collegelightoperacompany.c...

 Soundfly's new online course with Tim Hansen teaches you the fundamentals of Composition
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 16 November 2016
Details: SOUNDFLY'S NEW COURSE TEACHES YOU THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC COMPOSITION & DEEPENS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYING THEORY code: SOUNDANDMUSIC for 20% off!As a composer, there are many different tools in your tool belt that can bring interest and originality to your music. You can use time signatures to add complexity, tonality to add emotional pull, rhythm to add drive, or something else to create some other unique dynamic. This course will take you through the essential elements of modern composing. Led by Australian composer Tim Hansen, you'll explore the beat, time signatures, rhythm, tonality, timbre, texture, and structure, with key examples to demonstrate along the way. By the end of this course, you'll be able to employee these tools more effectively in your compositions.This one-of-a-kind month-long course combines fun instructional videos, step-by-step guides, downloadable resources, and professional support and feedback to help you unlock your vision for notated music. You'll have the opportunity to get personal mentorship and consulting from an industry expert, as well as access to a revolving-door community of fellow students and advisors. Now who's ready to get composing?

 Andrew S. Way Music Foundation
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.

The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.

 New Music Message Board
Summary:Opportunity to connect with performers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: This is a new group dedicated to connecting composers of new works with performers of new music. Composers can post whatever they feel comfortable. Performers can search for the desired instrumentation with the search tool, and hopefully curate some performances. Please don't hesitate to post as many works as you would like.

The group is in the formative stages, and will hopefully grow from a Facebook group to a professional website and online community. So, please share the group with anyone who may be interested from anywhere in the world!!

 BBC Introducing
Summary:Showcase Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 April 2016
Details: Whether you’re a performer or composer writing music under any classical style BBC Introducing is a fantastic platform to get involved with. Introducing has been supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar since 2007, giving new UK artists a chance to get their music out to new fans. To date the Uploader has had from over 150,000 artists and have seen many of them go on to achieve fantastic milestones in their career from recording a session at Maida Vale to headlining Glastonbury!With BBC Introducing the process is simple; you go to and share your music via the BBC Introducing Uploader. A team of presenters and producers here at Radio 3 will then listen to your music and choose a selection of the best compositions and performances to play on the station.From performing at a BBC showcase to being approached by other composers and writers, there are lots of opportunities that could you could send your music to us via the BBC Uploader and, in some cases, be played on the radio just hours later. If you’re an emerging musician and looking for new opportunities then head over to the for opportunities on Radio 3 and beyond.

 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!


Summary:Song Writing
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 August 2015
Details: How can I enter?

It’s easy! You can enter online at any of these sponsoring sites: Broadjam or on the DSA website or download an entry form here and print out, and mail your entries to:

Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard #20
Dallas, TX 75219

How much is the entry fee?

$25 each entry. Please note EACH entry must have an accompanying form sheet. If you are a member of DSA or plan to join, you can get a $5 discount off your membership or renewal for each song contest entry. To join DSA or renew your membership, go to We’d love to have you as a member!

Who owns the songs I enter?

You do! You retain all rights.

What has to be on the lyric sheet?

The song Title and Category appear at the top of the sheet. Your lyrics, marked with “Verse” “Chorus” etc., follow the Title. For a sample, click here. Do not write your name on the lyric sheet or on the outside of the CD case -- simply fold your lyric sheet white-side out (so that the back side shows) and legibly write the song Title and Category on the back of the lyric sheet, and place it inside the CD case so that the song Title and Category show through the CD case.

If I don’t write my name on my lyric sheet, how do you know which one is mine?

Song Contest staff keeps track of which name goes with which song – all names are withheld from the judges so that the judges can select the winners with the highest level of fairness possible. Once the judges select the semifinalists and winners, the song contest staff reveals the names of the winning artists.

 CALL FOR SCORES 2015 – Cello and Contrabass
Summary:Electroacoustic Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 May 2015
Details: 1. Call for Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

2. Call for "tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Narrator/Speaker/Vocalist/Actor plus Electronic Music Scores (performer and "tape")

Composer/performer Rodney Waschka II is looking for works for narrator or actor or speaker and electronic music fixed on two channels. Works will be considered for performance on the Arts NOW Series and elsewhere. You can read a review ( by the Classical Voice of North Carolina of a concert of this type of music performed in February, 2009. Waschka has performed works by Alden Jenks, Pertti Jalava, Mansoor Hosseini, Stephen Pope, Allen Strange, Pauline Oliveros, Mara Helmuth, and others.

If you have composed such a piece or are interested in composing such a work, please contract me.

"Tape" pieces that have explicit political meaning

Pieces of this type are needed for programming for the Arts NOW Series.

Please contact me if you have a piece that you think might be appropriate.


 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.


-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)


"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera


-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production


-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").


September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production


Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000

 School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music
Summary:High School Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 11 March 2015
Details: This High School Composition Contest is offered jointly by the School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music. It’s intent is to encourage the composition by high school students of high quality music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles and performers. While this is the first year of the Contest, it is intended that it be an annual event.

The prizes for the winning composition in each category are:

1) $1000 cash

2) Public performance and recording by the appropriate Azusa Pacific University music ensemble.

3) Consideration for publication by J.W.Peppers publishing arm, Wingert-Jones Publications.

4) A complimentary subscription for J.W.Pepper’s My Score® self-publishing platform, valued at $99.

There are five categories of music being sought for the Contest. They are listed below, along with the length limitations for each category.

1) Orchestra 5 to 8 minutes

2) Choral 4 to 6 minutes

3) Wind Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

4) Jazz Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

5) Chamber 5 to 8 minutes

Plan to submit a properly notated score and demo recording. The winner in any category will be expected to provide clear, readable parts for the appropriate ensemble. Details are at the “How to Enter” tab above.

The choral composition may be accompanied or unaccompanied. It can be for mixed chorus, women’s choir, or men’s choir. Any accompaniment should be limited to piano and/or no more than two other common instruments.

The chamber composition may be for string quartet, string quintet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, piano trio, piano quintet, guitar ensemble, guitar with bowed strings, or any common solo instrument. Other small groupings may be considered. If you would like to compose for a non-standard chamber group, it is suggested that you send email to with a description of the ensemble to get approval of the ensemble for which you wish to compose.

Instrumentation for the other ensembles follows.


Wind Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (big band):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to

Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.

 Flexible Persona
Summary:Journal seeks compositions
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 August 2014
Details: The Flexible Persona, a literary journal, is looking for the work of minimalist composers for our audio issues. We would feature a 10–20 second clip of your work before the story is read and then a work up to five minutes in length at the end of the broadcast with credit to you and link to your website/work. For questions or to submit links to your work, please e-mail us at: Please do not send audio attachments.


 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.


 Wild Rumpus New Music Call
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2014
Details: Deadline: Rolling.

Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

electric guitar
double bass

Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

(a) Composers under 40
(b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials
For each piece, submit:

Score (PDF)
Recording (MP3) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program) and resume/CV
There is no fee to apply.

Please note that this call is rolling. We’ll select pieces from the general call as needed, depending both on our interest in the piece and the logistical demands of the concert for which we’re programming.


 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes

 C4 Ensemble
Summary:Call for choral scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 18 September 2012
Details: The C4 ensemble invites composers to submit scores for chorus and electronics for possible future performances. More details can be obtained from the ensemble via the link listed above.

 North/South Consonance
Summary:call for scores (various combinations)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 April 2011
Details: - All composers are eligible for consideration
- Solo, chamber ensemble and chamber works up to 18 performers will be considered
- Vocalists, percussion and/or electronics are acceptable
- One work will be selected for recording on the North/South label
- $25 non-refundable fee per composition submitted required
(Checks must be negotiable through a US bank)

Complete submission guidelines posted at

Mail submissions to

P.O. Box 698 - Cathedral Station
New York, NY 10025 – 0698