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 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 Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.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 Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.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.
EUROBANK GREECE (ERBKGRAA) ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
(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.


Summary:International Composers' Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: The Organizing Committee of the International competition "Young virtuosos” and the "Young virtuosos” Foundation are proud to announce its 2018 edition in the categories Chamber Music and Composition. The competition will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 16 to 22 April 2018 for the category Chamber Music and from 8 to 12 October 2018 for the category Composition

With a special decision of the organizers since 2018 the composition contest will bear the name of the famous Bulgarian composer Acad. Marin Goleminov.

I. General Conditions

1. The competition is addressed to young performers and composers from all nationalities, specialties and age groups as specified in point 2 of the General Conditions.

2. The competition is held in the following age groups and categories:

2.1. Categories:
Chamber music and Composition

2.2. Age groups

Chamber music
Group I - up to 19 years – average age of the ensemble.
Group II - up to 31 years – average age of theensemble.

Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983

II. Registration
1. The registration for participation in the competition is done only by Application Form. The application forms for all disciplines must arrive IN A ELECTRONICAL WAY no later than:

B. For the category Composition - MONDAY, 1st OCTOBER 2018

2. The application forms are available on the website of the “Young Virtuosos 2018” International Competition 2018”.

3. The application forms for the categorie Composition must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a document certifying the age of the participant;
- two artistic photos (.jpg, 800 x 500);
- a short artistic biography of the participant;
- a receipt of paid Registration fee of 30 (thirty) EURO for each submitted work;
- PDF file of one or more works written in the last five years;

4. The candidates must pay the fee on the cash-desk of the Competition or via Bank transfer to the following bank account:

“Young virtuosos” Foundation
Sofia Pametnik Levski
Sofia, 1, Yanko Sakazov Blvd.
IBAN: BG23 UNCR 7000 1522 4504 49

5. Registration fee deposited by an absent participants or candidate who doesn’t meet the conditions for participation is not refundable.
6. All candidates who will pay the Registration fee on the cash-desk of the Competition must add to the application documents the Declaration Model 1.
7. Late registration or the lack of any of the required documents will make the application void.

Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983
One or more works for solo instrument or chamber ensemble up to 5 performers written in the last five years.
The works must be sent exclusively in a PDF file by e-mail to the secretary of the competition at
no later than MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2018.


1. The work of the Jury is organized through Formal written regulations made by the Organizing committee according to
the Quality Standards of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).
1.1. The order of performers will be defined by draw of lots.
1.2. Competitors missing their order of performance will be disqualified.
1.3. Special international jury formed by prominent musicians and composers will be elected for each category.
1.3.1. The International jury consists of recognized experts in the discipline, instrument or family group of instruments of the competition held.
1.3.2. The International jury of each one category is no less than 5 jury members.
1.3.3. At least 3 jury members must be without students participating at the competition.
1.3.4. The International jury must be summoned from different institutions and different countries of the world.
1.3.5. The jury members are independent of one another and take decision with a secret ballot.
1.3.6. Jury members shall not vote for competitors who are related to them or who have been studying with them in the 12 months preceding the competition.
1.3.7. Jury members should not discuss the participants prior to the end of the voting process.
1.3.8. The voting must be in a written and signed form.
1.3.9. At all the rounds the competitors will be assessed according to a points system from 1 to 25 points.
1.3.10. Only competitors, who are awarded 18 points (average grade) or more, proceed to the next round.
1.3.11. Special Secretary appointed by the Organizing Committee will provide the anonymity of the participants in category Composition. Only the Special secretary has the right to reveal and announce to the Jury members the names of the winning composers.
1.4. The prizes awarded by the Competition jury in each category will be based on the performance in the stages of the competition.
1.5. The decisions of the Competition jury are final and no contestation will be accepted.
1.6. Three prizes and a laureate diploma will be awarded in all age groups in each subject of the Competition.
1.7. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to give additional prizes to each category, after decision of the international jury.
1.8. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to give special prizes to each category or for all the competition, awarded by the constitutor, or by particularly indicated by him/her representative or body.


Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983
1st prize 4000 BGN,
2nd prize 3000 BGN,
3rd prize 2000 BGN,

6.1. The Organisational Committee provides hotel reservations –(70 BGN per day) if requested by the participants. 50% of the accommodation price must be paid with the registration fee. The bank receipt must be enclosed with the registration documents. (1 Euro= 1,96 BGN).
More accomodation information
For contacts:

VI. Application Form
7.1. The Application Form and all the supporting documents must be sent to the Organisational Committee of the Competition in ONLY by E-mail:

FOR THE CATEGORY COMPOSITION on E-mail: and no later then MONDAY, 1st OCTOBER 2018

Adrress of the competition:
Sofia – 1000, 10, Yuriy Venelin str.

7.2.The Application forms are available on the website of the “Young Virtuosos” Competition.

VII. Final Decree

8.1. All recording rights to the performances from the final Laureate Concert are sole property of the International Competition
“Young Virtuosos”.
8.2. Participation in the competition will be taken to mean acknowledging the above set of rules.
8.3.The Bulgarian text of the rules is definitive.

Download the Thirteenth International Competition "Young Virtuosos 2018" Regulations

Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 15 April 2018
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: TOFARM through the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project is calling for submission of orchestra music inspired by BANAUE (Philippines) - its people, traditions, landscapes, unique rituals and dances.

The selected composers are required to attend/participate as Composer-Fellows in the BANAUE MUSIC COMPOSITION IMMERSION PROGRAM.

OBJECTIVE: To write and submit Banaue-inspired symphonic works for concerts and possible inclusion in future projects of TOFARM and Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project.

The original work must be written and intended for the 2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition.

1 The competition is open to all composers. There are no age and nationality restrictions; however, applicants should be at least at the early stages of their professional careers.
2 Composer may submit only one (1) symphony orchestra composition, single or multi-movement, for consideration. Musical arrangements of existing materials are not allowed.
3 Duration of the work is between 10 to 15 minutes.
4 Instrumentation cannot exceed the following orchestra configuration:
◦ 3 Flutes (3rd also Piccolo); 2 Oboes (2nd also English Horn)
◦ 2 Bb Clarinets (2nd also Bass Clarinet); 2 Bassoons
◦ 4 Horns; 3 Trumpets; 2 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombones; Tuba
◦ 4 Percussions ( 4 Timpanis, Bass and Snare drums, Tom-toms, Tam-tam, Cymbals,
◦ Xylophone, Glockenspiel, and other available small handheld percussion instruments
◦ Piano [For sub-urban set-up, electric or digital piano will be used.]
◦ Violin 1 (12); Violin 2 (10); Viola (8); Violoncello (6); Contrabass (4)
◦ Traditional instruments / musicians / performers may be added if, after the Immersion Program, the need is realized.
5 The quality of the composition-entry submitted is the foremost basis of evaluation. It is in the best interest of the composer that the submitted score is clear and accurate, and the ideal representation of his/her work.
6 The composition entry shall never be submitted to any other competition, music institution and performance organization for the duration of the 2018

BANAUE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPOSITION COMPETITION. If selected as one of the winners, the work shall never be submitted in any competition of the same nature.


 DaCapo Chamber Choir
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 12 March 2018
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: The DaCapo Chamber Choir announces the eighth annual NewWorks choral composition competition. The winning entry will receive a $1,500 cash award and a performance by the DaCapo Chamber Choir under director Leonard Enns, in the 2017/2018 season. Entry deadline is Monday March 12, 2018.
Young composers (25 and under) are also encouraged to submit compositions for consideration in our new Young Composers Reading Sessions.

About the Competition
The DaCapo Chamber Choir, founded in 1998, is dedicated to choral music of the 21st and late 20th centuries. The NewWorks competition, as one expression of this mandate, fosters new and engaging choral works by Canadian composers.
For a list of some of the selections previously performed by the choir, please visit our “Previous Seasons”.

Composition Guidelines
• the submitted composition must be related to the theme of “resettlement”: new life, hope, light; traditional liturgical texts are to be avoided
• a cappella SATB, with divisi in some/all parts permitted
• a single work, 4 to 6 minutes in length (i.e. do not submit a work with multiple movements)
• any language is permitted, but any non-English texts must include a translation
• submissions must be original compositions; arrangements are not acceptable
• submissions may not have been published, commissioned, or previously performed
• entries from previous years are not eligible for resubmission
• more than one entry may be submitted, but each entry must include a separate entry form and fee ($25 each)
• the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score
• the copyright for the composition remains with the composer

• electronic submissions (PDFs) are preferred and must be received by Monday, March 12, 2018 or earlier
• entry form, fees, and any scores not submitted electronically must be postmarked by Monday, March 12, 2018 or earlier

• $1,500 plus travel expenses to Kitchener-Waterloo for the winning composer to attend the premiere
• the winning composition will be featured in one of the main series concerts of the 2018/2019 season
• to receive the award, the winning composer must commit to attend the dress rehearsal and the premiere concerts (normally this is a Friday Saturday, and Sunday commitment)

• winners will be notified in mid-June 2018, with an official announcement made by the end of that month

• Canadian citizen or landed immigrant residing in Canada
• current DaCapo choir members or Board members are ineligible
• the winner of NewWorks must wait two years before again submitting a work to the competition

Submission Procedure
• scores must be created with notation software or neatly hand-scored. All scores must be in copy-ready format. Electronic composition submissions are preferred and will be accepted in PDF format ONLY
• the composer’s name, and any other identifying marks, MUST be removed from the score
• a piano reduction should be supplied only where warranted
• text must appear beneath all staves of choral parts
• include a copy of the text in its original layout
• a completed, signed entry form and a $25 entrance fee (cheque or money order payable to the DaCapo Chamber Choir) must be postmarked by Monday, March 12, 2018 or earlier and mailed to:
DaCapo Chamber Choir
PO Box 40035
Waterloo Square PO
Waterloo, ON N2J 4V1
• electronic scores must be submitted, in PDF format, to by Monday, March 12, 2018
• if submitting electronically, the entry form and fee must be mailed separately to the address above, and postmarked by Monday, March 12, 2018 or earlier

Other important notes
• please do NOT staple or bind in any way; use separate, numbered, 8.5×11 sheets of paper; portrait, not landscape, orientation
• do not send recordings
• incomplete applications will be neither considered nor returned
• application materials will not be returned
• the DaCapo Chamber Choir will retain the right to produce the first recording of the winning composition for three years after the competition deadline
• DaCapo retains the right of first performance for one year (from the date of prize announcement) of any works that are NewWorks winners, honorable mentions, or YCRS selections
• the DaCapo Chamber Choir reserves the right not to award a prize

Young Composers Reading Sessions
Composers, aged 25 and younger (as of Monday, March 12, 2018) are invited to submit compositions for consideration in our Young Composers Reading Sessions (YCRS). During the 2018/2019 season, DaCapo will host a public workshop at which compositions will be read by the choir in the presence of the composers. Composers will have opportunity to interact with the conductor and choristers in an effort to continue to refine their compositional craft. Compositions submitted to YCRS may also be entered into the NewWorks Competition.
Submission guidelines and procedures are the same as for the Competition, but there is no $25 entrance fee.

The DaCapo Chamber Choir gratefully acknowledges the support of:
• Wallenstein Feed Charitable Foundation
• Good Foundation Inc.
• Ontario Arts Council
• City of Kitchener
• City of Waterloo

 Composer Competition: IPO Classical Evolve
Summary:Orchestral competition and composer in residence opportunity
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
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 inaugural 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 8, 2018. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer in Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three works for IPO’s 2018-19 Season.

• Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• 35 years old or younger as of May 8, 2018

Winner Prize:
• One Winner will be chosen by Jury
• Composer in Residence title for IPO 2018-19 Season
• Opportunity to compose three works for IPO classical series during the 2018-19 Season
• Opportunity to compose two chamber music pieces for IPO at Ravisloe Summer Series
• Prize of $3,000 payable in three installments throughout the 2018-19 Season upon completion of each work for classical series
• Archival recording of each classical series concert performed during the 2018-19 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: $30. Payable to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466. Checks must be postmarked by December 10, 2017. Alternatively, payment may be made over the phone at 708.481.7774 by December 15, 2017, 3 PM CST.
Please see the Composer Competition PDF for full details and application instructions.


 Forever Gentleman
Summary:Write music to accompany novel/film
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Nathan’s Midnight Concerto

$10,000 in Cash Prizes
for Original Music
Compositions will be used in the e-version and future film/tv productions of the historical (1869-70) novel Forever Gentleman

Scenarios to write for:

1. Nathan’s Midnight Concerto
He sat down at his piano, savoring the wonder of creating music with his fingers—something he had never expected to do again. He flexed his fingers above the keyboard, stretching them as he readied to begin playing. Without any particular composition in mind, he began improvising a melody of triumph and liberation in the key of D Major. He imagined the sound of a trumpet heralding a great victory to a kingdom from afar, soldiers singing joyously as they returned home bloodied and wounded, having delivered their people from a great enemy and great oppression. As he replayed the theme a second time, he envisioned violins repeating the triumph an octave above, accompanied by woodwind arpeggios—the news of the great victory carried throughout the country, far and wide. He then switched to the minor harmonic and softly told the story, in music, of the dread and pessimism that had fallen over the land when the enemies had first surrounded the kingdom. In the bass register, he quietly portrayed the darkest hour when death and enslavement appeared a certainty. As the people united, the melody gradually progressed into the treble clef.
Then as the conflict began, the tempo increased mimicking the battle that ensued. Mixed within the main theme was another melody in counterpoint, telling the tragic story of fallen heroes, sacrificing their lives for the people they loved. The tempo increased to a fury, as the battle raged. In the minor key, he recreated the desperation and hopelessness of the struggle, until very briefly, it changed back into the harmonic major. A ray of hope sprung on the battlefield—a soft theme barely developed in the upper register. But the minor key continued to dominant, evoking despair and heartbreak. A small victory broke through in a major key serenade an octave lower than the first strain of the hopeful theme, this time developed longer than before. Back and forth the two harmonic keys fought, until the major key became dominant, the minor key fading and finally defeated. Then, the theme from the opening measures played as the enemies retreated. Nathan ended his composition as he had started it, but much louder, with many trumpets heralding a great victory and the people cheering.
He heard the chime of the second morning hour sound seconds after he had concluded his composition.
My Midnight Concerto, Nathan thought to himself with a smile. I shall never forget it. Someday when I open my soul and reveal everything, I shall play it for the woman I love.

2. Nathan’s Despair

As he sat at the piano, Nathan only felt darkness and doom. Almost without thinking, Nathan began playing single notes with his right hand, in the middle register of the keyboard. The simple tune evoked such sadness that Nathan felt tears welling in his eyes.
Why, dear God? Why has this curse come upon me?
He repeated the theme in thirds and then triads with his right hand. Next the left hand followed in accompaniment, painting a portrait of utter hopelessness. The slow and quiet theme continued as Nathan improvised subconsciously in a distant key. With his fingers, he then chronicled his gradual descent into darkness, reflected by the theme which became even darker, deep in the bass register of the keyboard. The theme carried no hope, only dread. There would be no moment of triumph in this composition. The left hand was now alone, first triads then thirds, then single notes, until the last sound faded away unresolved—no tonic, no super tonic. That’s how his life would someday end.
Nathan left the bench, but the hopeless theme continued in his mind, so melancholy, so heartbreakingly sad—a kindred accompaniment to his own feelings.

3. Violin Medley
(excerpts from pp. 427-428 of Forever Gentleman)
The music was as pure and as powerful as his first encounter. He recognized the piece: Mozart’s Ruhe Sanft. How was it possible that she was playing it? As a young child, he remembered his mother had often sung it to him as a lullaby when she was putting him to bed. He had never before heard the solo melody played by violin. Memories of his dear mother and the powerful love she had for him came flooding back.
Hearing the beautiful familiar melody compelled Nathan to steal a glance into the doorway of the Sun Room; he had not intended to venture so far. She was turned away from him, on the far side of the room, facing the morning sun pouring in from the window as her bow moved gracefully upon the tight strings of the violin. He remembered her well from before, when she had been dressed in white, her hair down. Today, the sun radiated through the windows, causing her profile to be darkened from Nathan’s view.
Not wanting to be seen, Nathan remained just outside the Sun Room in the hallway, where he would not intrude on her privacy. After completing Ruhe Sanft, she continued with Mendelssohn’s Elias/Elijah Soprano Aria. She is only performing soprano arias—in homage to my mother. They were all melodies he had heard his mother sing. She must know that I am here!
Nathan silently walked over to the doorway again and stared at her. He was shocked to see her face turned, looking his way contentedly as she played. She seemed to have been expecting him. Now exposed, he quietly entered the room and sat on a chair near the room’s entrance. She continued the Mendelssohn Aria, then started on Paisiello’s “Cavatina for Nina.”
When she finally lowered the bow, she walked toward Nathan with a face glowing with delight. She was wearing a light green chiffon dress, her hair up in her customary fashion, with golden plaited braids falling to her waist.

For more information:

 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Reading Session
Summary:Chance to have orchestral score played
Deadline: 16 February 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, is pleased to offer a reading session for Canadian composers. The purpose of the session is to offer composers an opportunity to hear their works rehearsed in a professional orchestral setting, while gaining experience working alongside a professional organization. Participants will receive feedback from Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and will have an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with members of the orchestra, the Principal Librarian, and the RBC Affiliate Composer.

Reading Session Details:
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00am–1:30pm
Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

• Open to all Canadian composers, with no age restrictions.
• Each composer may submit one work for consideration.
• Works must not have been commissioned by a professional orchestra. Previously performed works are eligible. Unperformed (or underperformed) works are encouraged.
• There is no duration limit, though shorter works (under eight minutes) are encouraged. An excerpt or movement from a longer work may also be considered.
• Submissions should not exceed the following instrumentation: 3333|4431|timp + 3|hp|kybd|strings. Works requiring vocals or electronics are not eligible. Concertos are not eligible.
• The chosen composers are expected to attend reading session activities (details below). If a selected composer is unable to attend the reading, another work will be chosen.

Submission Guidelines:
Composers are required to submit electronically. Please use the online submission form to provide the following:

• Orchestral score (PDF)
o Compositions should be submitted anonymously, with a pseudonym on the score. The composer’s name, contact information, and address will be submitted through independent fields in the online form that will not be forwarded to the jury.
• Audio recording (mp3), if available, of the submitted work. Audio files will be uploaded through the online form. MIDI realizations are acceptable.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 16, 2018
The online form will be closed at midnight (12:00am EST) on Saturday, February 17.

Selection Process:
• A maximum of four composers will be selected to participate in the reading session. The scores will be chosen by a jury consisting of a representative musician from the orchestra, RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal, and an external composer (TBD) chosen in consultation with the Canadian Music Centre.
• Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Preparation of Score and Parts for Reading Session:
• Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet with TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin, and RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal at the TSO library on February 27, 2018 (details below; time TBC). There will be an opportunity to review formatting details before the parts are extracted and printed by the composer (details to follow). A list of requirements will be provided to the composer in preparation for the March 21, 2018 score and parts deadline.
• The successful applicant must be able to deliver printed parts and two large format conductor scores by March 21, 2018. Parts and scores should meet all professional standards as outlined.

Summary of Activities:

Library Session: In advance of the reading session, there will be a library session led by TSO Librarian Gary Corrin. The session will cover part preparation techniques in advance of the composer’s own extraction and printing of his/her parts for the reading session. Although attendance is encouraged, teleconferencing options will be made available for composers residing outside Toronto who are unable to attend the library session.

Reading Session: The reading session will take place on Saturday April 28, 2018, at Roy Thomson Hall, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. All composers must be able to attend in person. The reading session will be followed by two feedback sessions: 1) with Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha and RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal, and 2) with representative musicians from the orchestra’s woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections. The TSO’s and CMC’s social media channels will be used to promote the participating composers.

All inquiries should be sent to:
Susana Almeida
416.593.7769 X 263


Summary:Composition programme
Deadline: 05 January 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: Festival Composers will receive:
-Live and live-streamed premiere of newly composed work by one of three professional ensembles-in-residence
-High-quality, mastered audio of newly composed work in studio recording session
-Concert video recording from live premiere, featured on our YouTube channel
-Lessons with our world-class composition faculty members
-Dedicated rehearsal time with our ensembles-in-residence
-Attendance of guest lectures with leading music specialists
-Housing and meals for the duration of the festival

Applicants to Connecticut Summerfest's Composition Program will be asked to submit two (2) representative scores and recordings, which are to be no longer than 15 minutes in combined duration. Acoustic and electronic/electroacoustic submissions will be accepted for adjudication. Because this is a blind application, submitted scores and recordings must not include the composer's name, geographic location, or any information about commissioning parties. Submitted scores and recordings must not only omit this information in text on the score, it also must be omitted from file names and metadata. Failure to omit this information will lead to disqualification of application. Only audio files may be submitted-- video files will not be accepted. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before June 14, 2018.

Composers accepted to the program will be asked to compose a new work for one of our ensembles-in-residence to be rehearsed, premiered live, and performed in a recording session during the festival! The composer may choose to compose either an acoustic or electroacoustic work, as the festival will have access to a stereo sound system. Any additional equipment, software, or personnel the piece would need must be provided by the composer. Invited composers will have four private lessons, one with each of our Composition Faculty, and will be asked to give a presentation of their music at one of the daily composition seminars.

Application Timeline
Early Bird Application: $30 before 11:59PM EST on Friday December 1, 2017; or
Final Deadline Application: $45 before 11:59PM EST on Friday January 5, 2018.
This application fee is non-refundable.

The tuition for those accepted is $1795, which includes lodging and meals for the duration of the festival. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is to be submitted within 10 days of acceptance to confirm a position on our roster.

We are thrilled to be offering three scholarships to 2018 festival composers: the Women Composers Scholarship, Composers of Color Scholarship, and the Long Distance Travel Scholarship. If you would like to be considered for these scholarships, please check the appropriate boxes on your application form.

The final round application adjudicators for Connecticut Summerfest's 2018 Season are Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and Dr. Dan Román.

Please note: all $ amounts are displayed in U.S. Dollars (USD)


 New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition
Summary:Youth Orchestra Composition Competition
Deadline: 08 January 2018
Date Posted: 02 November 2017
Details: 2018 Categories
Youth Symphony Gr. 2.5 - 3
Postmark Deadline is January 8, 2018
James Madison University’s School of Music has a long history of reaching out to young musicians and fostering the early careers of emerging musical artists. New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition combines JMU’s strong legacy of producing talented and creative educators and aspirations to engage and support emerging voices in writing music for young musicians. The James Madison University New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition recognizes and encourages young composers 28 years of age and younger to compose music for younger ensembles in middle school through high school.

Five finalists will be chosen by a panel of composers and directors. Finalists will also have their scores bound and deposited in the JMU Music Library Special Collections and will receive a second similarly bound copy for their own collections.

In addition to a premiere performance recorded by an age-appropriate ensemble from within several highly recognized programs in the Commonwealth, First Place composer will be eligible for a travel stipend to work with the premiering director and ensemble. During the preparation period, winners will have the opportunity to interact with the director of the ensemble to refine their piece and will have access to a professional music editor to assist in the preparation of their score and parts, if needed.

Rules and Eligibility
• Applicants must be no more than 28 years old as of the postmark deadline. The postmark deadline is usually in early January and applications are normally available the preceding October.
• Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign students currently enrolled at U.S. schools may apply.
• Winner will be required to furnish proof of age (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.).
• Composers may submit only one composition.
• Previous winners are not eligible.
• Works that have been previously performed more than once are not eligible.
• Works which have previously earned awards or prizes in any other national competition are not eligible.
• Rights to text must be cleared and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown OR text must be in the public domain (see below).
• All works entered must be the applicant’s own unpublished original compositions. Arrangements are permitted provided they are of works in the public domain or are of other works of which the applicant is the sole copyright owner. Applicants who are unsure of whether a work is in the public domain are advised to consult a book such as The Public Domain or to use informative websites such as Cornell’s Copyright Term and the Public Domain
• Winning composers will be required to add the following dedication to their score if published:
Winner of the [Year] James Madison University New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition and premiered by [Ensemble] directed by [Director Name]

How To Apply
Send materials electronically or via mail.
• To send electronically via email:
Send pdf of score, audio file (mp3 only) from the music writing program or previous performance, and completed entry form to by the postmark date.
• To send through mail:
Send a copy of score, audio file on a CD, and completed entry form to:
New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition
c/o Brian Cockburn
James Madison University
School of Music
880 South Main St. MSC 7301
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

• The Score: Email a pdf file; or, if your entry is mailed, an unbound paper score, 8 1/2” x 11”. The composer's name or other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the score.
• The Audio Recording: Audio recording may be either derived from the music writing program or from the previous performance. Email your audio recording as an MP3 file or mail it on a CD.

Composition Requirements
• Youth Orchestra with parts for: 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 3 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 F-horns, 2 tpts, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, strings (violin 1, violin 2, viola, violoncello, double bass) and 2 percussionists
• Brass Parts (2 F-horns, 2 tpts, 2 trombones, and 1 tuba) MUST be optional - doubled or cued in other parts
• Recommended duration 3 - 8 minutes
• Works of all styles and genres are encouraged
• Original works or arrangements acceptable
• Rights to any text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown OR text must be in the public domain (see below)
• All works entered must be the applicant’s own unpublished original compositions. Arrangements are permitted provided they are of works in the public domain or are of other works of which the applicant is the sole copyright owner. Applicants who are unsure of whether a work is in the public domain are advised to consult a book such as The Public Domain or to use informative websites such as Cornell’s Copyright Term and the Public Domain
• Difficulty: Grade 2.5 - 3, playable by second to third year youth orchestras. Ranges should be consistent with the ability of middle school students. Lists of representative pieces can be viewed at FJH Music Company (
• Any questions about the requirements should be directed to Brian Cockburn, at 540.568.6978 or

• The decision of the judges is final.
• The judges reserve the right to award ties, to revise number of finalists, and to make no award.


 BIFSC 2018
Summary:Film Scoring Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: BIFSC offers emerging Film Composers the platform to showcase their work and compete to receive multiple Awards with the opportunity to have their music recorded by a live ensemble and participate in Film Scoring Workshops.

BIFSC is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The process is simple: A short film of no longer than 5 minutes in total duration will be given to the participants in high resolution. Each composer will have to compose the original music for the film, using any live instrumentation and/or electronics. The composition must be solely original to the composer. A judging panel of renowned professional from the film industry including Film Composers, Directors and Sound designers will review the submissions and vote for up to 10 finalists and 3 Prize Winners.

The film for this year BIFSC is 'Sputnik', a Maxim Zhestkov short film about the evolution of an extraterrestrial mind, and its journey to the light. The project was created with the help of industry leading artists from all over the world, including: United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Russia. Production of the full CG animated short film took a year and a half.

15th of October - 15th of December
Early Bird Deadline:
15 October 2017 - 14 November 2017
30 Euros

Regular Deadline:
15 November 2017 - 15 December 2017
40 Euros

Competition Rules
1. 1.1 The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities
2. 1.2 The composers participating in the competition will receive a Short Film, no longer than five (5) minutes in total duration for which they will have to score original music.
3. 1.3 By participating the composers agrees that the composition is solely his and there is no other music material or additional sounds used.
4. 1.4 There are no instrumentation restrictions. The participants can use any combination of electronics and live instruments.
5. 1.5 Each composer should participate with only one submission.

 The Greater Bridgeport Symphony 2018 Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 27 April 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: The Greater Bridgeport Symphony announces a national competition for innovative composers of orchestral music. The winner may premiere his or her composition during a concert conducted by the Symphony’s dynamic maestro, Eric Jacobsen, during the 2018-2019 GBS season at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This competition embraces Maestro Jacobsen’s goal of premiering new works, and his vision of bringing orchestral music to a new generation of fans.

Application and Digital Submission Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

Finalists: Notified by June 29, 2018

Three finalists will be chosen to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. Each finalist is eligible for up to $250 in travel reimbursement to attend a reading rehearsal.

1st Prize: $1000
plus the opportunity to Premiere Composition at a GBS 2018-2019 Concert

2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $250
Open to all orchestral composers ages 18-32 who are residents of the U.S.A.

Application with digital file deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018
Please go to the “Emerging Composer Competition” link on for application and rules.


 Young Composers' Competition 2018
Summary:Young Composers’ Competition
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: Your entry is now invited to the CSO Young Composers' Competition for 2018.
The aim is to encourage young musicians to compose works for full symphony orchestra.

The winning composition will be played by CSO as part of the programme for their public concert in Cheltenham Town Hall on 20th October 2018. A recording will be made and given to the winner.

Rules and requirements
1 must be born or normally resident in the United Kingdom;
(This notice is initially being circulated in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties, but recipients are free to forward it to others.)
2 must be aged under 19 on 1st September 2018;
3 must not have been on any Higher Education course before September 2018.

Your work 4
-should be written for orchestral ensemble (woodwind, brass, strings, timpani)
up to a maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, strings, timpani;
-must be original, and must not have been published or broadcast publically.


-with an entry fee of £15 payable to Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra; 10 must be received by
-postal address: 1 Moorend Grove, Cheltenham GL53 0EX by 30th April 2018; all entries will be acknowledged.
-will be completed by 30th June 2018.
-will be announced on the CSO website, and sent to all entrants, in July 2018. is required to produce a full set of parts by 31st August 2018;
should last between 4 and 5 minutes;

Your entry
-must include a separate document with your name and contact details;
- must also include a certificate of authentication, as for A level exams, together
must be submitted in the form of a pdf and mp3/mp4 audio track;

The Winner
-is expected to attend the final rehearsal and concert, on 20th October 2018
-may also attend other rehearsals of their work.

The Winner also
-grants Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and royalty-free right to perform, broadcast and record your entry and to reproduce the score for such purposes; and,

-where your entry is subsequently published, broadcast or recorded by yourself or a third party under licence, you will agree and procure that included below the title will be the following inscription: "Winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra Young Composers' Competition"

The first and second runners-up may ask for their works to be played by the orchestra at a Thursday evening rehearsal on dates to be agreed with each composer; a full set of parts will have to be provided two months in advance.

For further enquiries, please contact

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra wishes all entrants the best of luck and the finest of ideas.

 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...

 3rd Keuris Composers Contest 2018
Summary:Orchestra and ensemble competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: The 3rd Keuris Composers Contest invites composers of all nationalities and ages to participate with compositions for youth symphony orchestra and ensemble (violin, cello and piano). The compositions should be challenging, but accessible and playable for the youth. All participating compositions will be anonymously judged. Six nominated pieces will be performed by Amersfoort Youth Orchestra and Keuris Ensemble during the Final Concert on 12 May 2018 in Flint, Amersfoort (Keuris' place of birth), The Netherlands.

6 Prizes of total € 5000, -

 Bromley Symphony Orchestra
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 24 March 2018
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: The BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be Professor Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available). Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc. For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website.

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018. Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018. The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event will be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted from our contact form, by email (PDF attachment) to competition (at) or by post to PO Box 1065, Bromley BR1 9QD.

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.


 An Opportunity for New Music
Summary:Performance Opportunity
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: This year I am starting a new project geared toward promoting new repertoire for trumpet. My plan is to produce a video of one brand new piece for trumpet and piano each month, making digital downloads of the sheet music available for sale through my website as each video is released. What I'm looking for is classical works for trumpet and piano. These can be any length, any style, any difficulty level, whatever inspires you most, but I'm looking specifically for works that have never been performed or recorded before!

I have the first 3 months worth of pieces chosen already but if I'm going to be able to carry this on in the future obviously I will need many more pieces!

Submitting a piece does not guarantee that I will select it for performance, but if I do select your piece I will let you know which month the video will be premiering and 50% of any sales of the music will go to you!

Thanks for considering being a part of this. I know this is a lofty goal but I'm really looking forward to this project and hopefully with your help it will work to bring more attention to new music and create a broad library of new repertoire for the trumpet over the coming years!

If you have questions or would like to submit a work you can reach me at


 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.