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Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 10 September 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: We are pleased to announce you the 7th edition of composition competition Île de créations.

The competition is opened to composers under 33 years old on January 1st, 2019, from any country and enrolled in composition and/or orchestration training program in the European Union within the five last years. Applicants must compose two movements, on “The Armed Man” profane melody, for orchestra. Applications will be closed on September 10th 2018.

The selected candidates will compose the three others movements.
Application: Ulysses.

Dai Fujikura will sponsor this edition. The jury will be chaired by Enrique Mazzola, musical director. And it will be made up of the sponsor, the conductor for the finale, musicians from the orchestra, composers and delegates of partners (SACEM, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Radio France, Editions Durand-Salabert-Eschig / UMPC). Public final will take place on February the 21st of 2019 at Centre des bords de Marne – Le Perreux-sur-Marne at 8:30 PM.

>created and played in March 2019 in Paris and on Île-de-France tour by Orchestre national d’Île-de-France
>broadcasted on France Musique and dotation of 1000 euros by Radio France
>edited by Durand-Salabert-Eschig / UMPC
>dotation of 2500 euros by Musique Nouvelle en Liberté

 The Northern Neck Orchestra
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: At one point in time, Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn were writing “music of their day,” and we are extremely thankful to those patrons and musicians who supported their music and ensured its eternal place in our culture.

Nothing is more thrilling than immersing oneself in the music of “now” and contributing to our musical heritage. It is both the joy and the responsibility of musicians to seek out, learn, and perform the best works of composers writing “now.”

With that in mind, we are extremely proud to introduce the Northern Neck Orchestra Composition Competition. The winner will have his or her work performed during our 2018-2019 series and receive a cash prize of $500. The performance will be recorded, and thus it will be an opportunity for the composer to have the work introduced to a musical audience.

Michael Repper, Musical Director

o The contest is open to residents of Virginia
o Registration fee is $10.00
o Entrants must submit an orchestral piece no longer than 10 minutes, which has not previously been performed
o Instrumentation should include:

2 Flutes (optional: one doubling piccolo
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets (A and B flat usable)
Optional Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones (including one bass trombone)
Timpani plus ONE extra percussionist
Strings (Chamber size. 8-8-6-6-3)

o Entries may be submitted via email or hard copy and should include a full score and a synthesized recording
o Submissions will be reviewed and judged on a standard 10 point scoring system
o The submissions will be judged by a panel composed of our musical director and representative orchestral musicians, Board members, and Northern Neck music lovers. Judges will not know the identities of the entrants
o The winning composition will be performed and recorded during the 2018-2019 concert season, and a cash prize of $500 will be awarded
o Disclaimer: In the unlikely event that none of the pieces submitted fit the NNO’s vision or abilities for the competition, the NNO will not have to award a Grand Prize
o The deadline for entries is September 1, 2018
o All entries must be submitted to:

Sandra Byrd
1756 Sawgrass Pointe Drive
Hayes, VA 23072
Cell: 757-570-0858


 Australian Youth Orchestra Fanfare Competition
Summary:Fanfare Competition
Deadline: 04 June 2018
Date Posted: 09 May 2018
Details: Imagine hearing your music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra and broadcast at venues around Australia! If you are a budding composer or musician then the Fanfare Competition is an exciting opportunity for you.

The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Eight selected participants will work with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan to develop their ideas and then attend a live recording session with the Australian Youth Orchestra at Trackdown Studios.

The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and that draw attention. You don’t need to have a strong musical background – your work just needs to draw attention for the intended use of cueing audiences to take their seats at performance venues. The deadline for the 2018 Fanfare Competition is 5pm, Monday 4 June 2018.

Submission Details:
Age Limit: 12-21 Years
Submission Deadline 2018: 5pm, Monday 4 June 2018
Enter Online:

Step 1: Write your composition using instruments from the Australian Youth Orchestra list (below) in Short Score form (send us your score using a few instruments that best suit your composition) and send us your favourite four (4) bars in full orchestration. If you are having difficulty converting your score to Short Score form – just send us a PDF of your full score.
Step 2: Read the Terms and Conditions.
Step 3: Complete the Online Submission Form and upload a score and recording of your work (PDF and MP3 files can be uploaded to your application). If you have composed your work by hand scan your score and create a sound file on an instrument of your choice and upload to your application.
Step 4: Eight Selected Participants Announced on 15 June 2018.
Step 5: Selected composers will participate in two workshop days to refine their compositions with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan. The workshops will be held at Sydney Grammar School (Artology will arrange your travel and accommodation).
Workshop 1: Saturday, 28 July 2018, 9am-5pm
Workshop 2: Saturday, 18 August 2018, 9am-5pm
Step 6: Rehearsal and recording day with Australian Youth Orchestra will be held at Trackdown Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, date TBC.
Step 7: Works broadcast at performance venues.

Students if you need help we have created a DIY Guide, check it out!

 Peter And The Wolf
Summary:Orchestral music for audience of children
Deadline: 20 August 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: From April through October 2018, Sverdlovsk Philharmonic and Russian Musical Union with support of the Sverdlovsk Region

Ministry of Culture, is conducting the Fourth Open Composition Competition of Creating Symphony Music for Children Peter and the Wolf-2018 (hereinafter referred to as the Competition).

The Competition has been launched in 2006, and was the first musical competition in Russia initiated by a symphony group – Ural Philharmonic Orchestra.


In order to participate in the competition, the authors must submit original compositions of a program/descriptive nature (music with a narrative element) written for the children's audience.

Duration – equal or less than 15 minutes.

Instrumentation: from small symphony orchestra to triple cast symphony orchestra with specific instruments. A narrator’s part is acceptable. Singers and choir are not provided for.

The Competition is open to authors of all ages.

The works are eligible for competition if they have never been performed publicly, nor published by publishers, or awarded at other competitions. It is allowed for the authors to submit more than one work for the consideration of the panel of judges.

The authors of the works are not limited to the academic genre; the works written in various styles are accepted for consideration.

The competition is held anonymously, the submissions should be marked with a motto.

The music materials submitted for the competition (scores and orchestral voices) do not get returned.


The competition is held in two rounds.

Musical works consistent with conditions of the competition are accepted in the first round. The Committee has the right to invalidate an application which is not consistent with the conditions of the competition:

Applications are submitted from April 1, 2018 to August 20, 2018.
The first round of the competition is held from August 25, 2018 to September 20, 2018.
The first round of the competition (applications processing and selection for the second round) is completed no later than September 20, 2018.

As a result of competition submissions reviewing, the Panel of judges will select up to 5 (five) works for participation in the second round of the competition.

The results of the first round will be published no later than September 25, 2018 on the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic website, All finalists will receive a notification letter from the Committee by e-mail.

The second (final) round of the competition, announcement of the competition results and award ceremony will be held on October 13, 2018 in the Great Concert Hall of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic.

Authors’ works that have been selected for the second round of the competition will be performed by the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra in a concert program on stage of the Great Concert Hall of Sverdlovsk Philharmonic.

Authors of the works that that have been selected for the second round are welcome to attend the final concert on October 13, 2018.

The finalists of the competition are awarded the titles of winners or diploma winners.

The distribution of prizes takes places after the 2nd round, according to the results of the authors' works live run-throughs.


The prizes of the competition are the conclusion of copyright contracts with participating composers for the amount determined by the terms of the competition.

First Prize - the author's contract with the composer-participant of the 2nd round in the amount of 150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand) rubles and the title of the winner of the competition;

Second Prize - the author's contract with the composer-participant of the 2nd round in the amount of 120,000 (one hundred twenty thousand) rubles and the title of the winner of the competition

Third Prize - the author's contract with the composer-participant of the 2nd round in the amount of 90,000 (ninety thousand) rubles and the title of the winner of the competition

Authors, whose compositions participated in the second round of the competition, but were not awarded with the prizes, receive the diplomas of the competition.

An Audience Choice Award may be established at the competition.

Competition sponsors, co-founders and partner organizations may establish special prizes for the contestants, upon agreement with the Committee.

The authors participating in the second round of the competition transfer all rights for the final round’s broadcasting, recording, and further distribution, with no remuneration paid to the contestants.


Competition submissions are accepted until August 20, 2018 (as indicated by the postal stamps or the e-mail date of sending) to the following address:

38-A Karl Liebknecht Street, Yekaterinburg 620075, Russia
Sverdlovsk Philharmonic
Peter and the Wolf 2018 Competition Committee
C/o Yulia Tsvil, Project Lead
Mobile: + 7 982 677 69 07
Office: +7 343 287 62 05, ext. 167
Fax: +7 343 371 44 68,

The submission to the Committee should include the following:

Envelope No. 1:

Score and orchestral parts on a CD (in either Sibelius or Finale notation software);
Score and orchestral parts in printed form;
CD with a demo of the composition (computer or piano).
For the Panel of Judges’ easier access to the Competition submissions, it is required that scores, orchestral parts and demo recordings be forwarded as electronic files or links to the following e-mail address: .

Envelope No. 2:

Information on the author participating in the competition:

Full Name;
Date and place of birth;
Full postal address,
Phone number and e-mail address;
A short biography (in free form);
A photograph of 10x15 cm size;
Consent to personal data processing
Only Motto is to be indicated on both envelopes.


 Future Symphony
Summary:Symphony Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 July 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: We are happy to announce the first international music composition competition for symphony orchestra “Future Symphony”. The goal of the competition is to expand our cultural heritage and to foster symphonic music tradition. We encourage young composers to try out their luck by creating a short orchestral composition (5-12 min.). Authors from all over the world (age: 16-30) are welcome to apply.

Main information:
• Entry fees must be paid by July 15th, 2018, all scores must be submitted by August 15th, 2018;
• Pieces that will be selected for the final concert will be performed by an orchestra which is brought together for this competition. The competition provides a great opportunity for composers to hear their own compositions for symphony orchestra performed live and get professional recordings of them;
• All composers stay anonymous until the final results;
• Application fee is 50 euros;
• Prize pool contains 1000 euros and professional recordings of the scores.


 Sanibel-Captiva Trust Prize in Choral Composition
Summary:Choral Prize
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers announces the first annual Sanibel-Captiva Trust Prize for Choral Composition. Composers of any age/background may submit up to two works for SATB choir with or without accompaniment (piano or organ and/or strings up to string orchestra). Works should between six and 12 minutes minutes long and have a limited performance history. Individual movements from longer works are acceptable. One winning work will be performed by the Mastersingers during the 2018-19 season and the winning composer will receive a $750 prize. Please note the following:

• Composers must provide proof of permission to use texts that are not in the public domain
• Composers must provide an English translation for texts in a language other than English (translation must also be in public domain or composer must acquire permission to use the translation)
• The winning composer must allow the Mastersingers to duplicate scores as needed without further cost and parts for works with string orchestra should be immediately available
• The winning composer is required to attend a performance (date TBD). The Mastersingers will provide lodging and local transportation.
• Composers must be citizens or legal residents of the United States
• All entries may be considered for future performances
• There is no entry fee.
• The Mastersingers have a variety of performing forces: a large 80-voice choir, a 28-voice chamber choir and youth choirs. Submissions may be for any of the groups.
• Persons affiliated with the Mastersingers are prohibited from entering the competition

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers were founded in 2001. This auditioned, 80-voice community choir is composed of doctors, lawyers, homemakers, nurses, businessmen and women, music educators, professional music performers and retirees. Recent repertoire of the Mastersingers includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Orff’s Carmina Burana and other standard choral masterworks. The Mastersingers have also championed new music by presenting the works of living composers and premiering new works, including composers Jason Bahr, Daniel Forrest, Nancy Cobb Lippens, Robert Patterson, Z. Randell Stroope, and others.

For questions, contact Jason Bahr: bahrline (at)

All submissions must be made at Submissions sent via email, post, or other methods will not be considered.

Entries are due by May 31, 2018.


 Wettbewerb SCORE
Summary:Film Music Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018

Die Rheingauer Film-Symphoniker heben die Förderung junger Komponisten auf ein neues Niveau! Nach erfolgreicher Teilnahme an der Crowdfunding-Initiative "kulturMut" der Aventis Foundation und des Kulturfonds RheinMain wird im April 2018 SCORE - der Kompositionswettbewerb für Filmmusik - aus der Taufe gehoben.

SCORE richtet sich an junge Komponisten mit Interesse an symphonischer Filmmusik. Für den Wettbewerb soll Musik zu einem vorgegebenen Kurzfilm geschrieben werden. Eine hochkarätige Jury bewertet die eingereichten Konzepte / musikalischen Skizzen. Die Kompositionen der zwei Gewinner werden mit einem Preisgeld von 750 Euro ausgezeichnet und im April 2019 mit großem Symphonieorchester uraufgeführt. Die Komponisten werden dadurch einem größeren Publikum mit ihrer Arbeit bekannt.

Die Bewerbung für SCORE 2018 läuft bis 15. Juni 2018.


The Rheingau Film Symphony take the promotion of young composers to a new level! After successful participation in the crowdfunding initiative "kulturMut" of the Aventis Foundation and the Kulturfonds RheinMain, SCORE - the compositional competition for film music - will be launched in April 2018.

SCORE is aimed at young composers interested in symphonic film music. For the competition, music should be written for a given short film. A top-class jury evaluates the submitted concepts / musical sketches. The compositions of the two winners will be awarded with prize money of 750 euros and premiered in April 2019 with a large symphony orchestra. The composers thereby become known to a larger audience with their work.

The application for SCORE 2018 will run until 15 June 2018.

More info:

 2018 Jinji Lake International Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra (with or without soloist)
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Date Posted: 05 April 2018
Details: Works should be written for orchestra, or for a solo instrument (both Chinese traditional or Western instrument) and orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 – 4331 – Timp+3 – Hp – Str.
The duration of the work must be between 8 and 12 minutes.
Composers of all age and all nationalities are eligible to enter the Competition.
There is no entry fee.
Submission deadline is September 30, 2018 at 17:00 Beijing time, for PDF via email and for bound hardcopies with postmark date.
All travel and accommodation expenses for the six finalists invited to Suzhou will be covered by the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra.

First Prize 100,000 RMB (equals 15,000 USD)
Second Prize 60,000 RMB (equals 9,500 USD)
Third Prize 30,000 RMB (equals 4,750 USD)
Honorable Mention 5,000 RMB (equals 800 USD)


November 30, 2018
19:30: Final Stage Concert at the Jinji Lake Concert Hall
21:00: Awards Ceremony at the Jinji Lake Concert Hall


 Orchestral Composition Competition Based on "March for Our Beloved"
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 29 March 2018
Details: Orchestral Composition Competition Based on the Song "March for Our Beloved"

- Orchestral Music (Western Music style) composed for two wind instruments
※ Submission work be one person one work

- New and experienced composer from domestic and foreign countries
※ No restrictions on age, academic background or nationality

< Details for Required Work>
- Based on the Song, 'March for Our Beloved'(Composed by Kim, JR), a transformed song enhancing universal, audience friendly music, showing the way of rich and colorful composition method of composer.
- A work musically enhancing the subject (background) and the melody of 'March for Our Beloved'

- Standard orchestral formation: 2222 4221 timp, percs, strings.
* Excluding Electronics

 * Individual woodwind instruments (Piccolo, Alto Flute, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Contra Bassoon)

* 1 Piano, 1 Harp available, 2 percussionists (most common orchestral percussion instruments) not including timpanist.
- Excluding works requiring choir, concerto or concert song 

- Unpublished works at home or abroad
※ Should not infringe copyright of third party.
- When a dispute arises due to plagiarism etc., applicant shall take the whole responsibility and costs.

※ if problem arises after selection, it can be cancelled.

- Playing time: 10 to 15 minutes
Composition method: Free

- Performing plan : Undecided (will be noticed after selection)


Best work: 10 million won (1 person)
Excellent work: 7 million won (1 person)
Good work: 5 million won (1 person)

 ※ Prize money tax included, both for domestic and international selected people

※ Depending on the level of the work quality, there may be no selection.


- Application form (A4) 1 copy
Worksheet (A4) 1 copy
Confirmation letter (A4) 1 copy
Music sheet (Overall) A3 paper output 5 copies, recording or MIDI recording file (USB or CD) 

※ Application form download: Gwangju Cultural Foundation homepage ( - Notice
※ Submission : One copy of Application form, Work description, Confirmation letter; 5 copies of music sheet, one file
※ No mention of work name/ composer name on music sheet

Application method and period

- Download application form: Gwangju Cultural Foundation homepage ( - Notice

- Application Period: Oct 22 (Mon) ~ Oct 31 (Wed) 18:00, 2018

- How to apply: Direct or postal mail (valid with postal stamp of the day of deadline)

※ Application Agency

- Postal code: 61636

- Address: Person in Charge of Orchestral Work for “March for Our Beloved” (4th floor)
Citizen Culture Tourism Team, Gwangju Cultural Foundation Cultural Business Center
7 Cheonbyeonja-ro 338 St, Nam-gu, Gwangju, Korea


- Selection method: Screening music sheets

- Composition of judging committee: Relevant experts appointed

- Selection announcement: November 20, 2018 (Tuesday)

※ Noticed on Gwangju Cultural Foundation homepage ( and individual notification
The nominee must submit the required sheet music and others required by the Foundation until November 30, 2018

Application method and deadline

- The works submitted shall not be publicly played until the announcement of selected works.

- Authorship rights of selected works belong to Gwangju Cultural Foundation for 5 years.
Anonymity is guaranteed for the applicants' works and personal information, except for those of selected applicants

After the announcement of the selection, the unselected works will not be returned.
Other inquiries: Project Manager, Gwangju Cultural Foundation (Kim, Jeong seon) 062-670-7463

※ Inquiry E-mail ( We reply.

The link of Application form and Song Score:


 Tampa Bay Symphony
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 22 March 2018
Details: Tampa Bay Symphony 3rd Annual CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION

The Tampa Bay Symphony is announcing a call for scores competition for living composers. One score will be selected for performance on our Spring 2019 concert series* (performances April 28, 2019, 2:30pm in Palm Harbor, FL; April 30, 8:00pm in St. Petersburg, FL; May 5, 2:30pm in Tampa, FL). Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2018 and the symphony will read/rehearse the compositions by the finalists at a public event on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:30pm. There is a cash prize of $1,000 for the winning composer provided the composer attends at least one of the performances in person. (Please review performance dates carefully before submitting.) Up to three finalists will be chosen to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. Each finalist is eligible for up to $250 in travel reimbursement if they are available to attend the reading rehearsal on January 20, 2019.

Deadline for submission of materials: October 1, 2018.
Finalists notified by November 1, 2018
Finalists must submit parts by November 15, 2018
January 20, 2019: reading/rehearsal of finalist compositions followed by announcement of selected composition for the Spring 2019 concerts*

April 28, April 30 and May 5, 2019 Spring Series performance dates (Winning composer must attend at least one of the performances to receive the cash award of $1,000.)

*The Tampa Bay Symphony reserves the right to choose no winning selection. The Music Director will also consider all finalist works and submissions for possible future programming even if not chosen by the orchestra as the winning piece.

• All interested composers at any stage in their career are eligible to apply. There are no age or citizenship restrictions.
• The work must be composed after January 1, 2001.
• Only one submission per composer will be considered at this time. Please do not send multiple works. No concerti will be considered at this time.
• The work should be between 8 minutes and 16 minutes in length. Works shorter than 8 minutes or longer than 16 minutes are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the Tampa Bay Symphony.
• Works that have been chosen as winners or finalists in previous years may not be resubmitted, however previous winners and finalists are encouraged to submit new works.

2017 – Season 30 – winner: Allen Molineux, Trifles
Link to TBS performance of 2017 winning composition:
2018 – Season 31 – winner: Daniel Despins, Yetzer Hara Scheduled to be performed by TBS April/May 2018

No more than 3 flutes (one doubling piccolo or one piccolo/2 flutes OK)
No more than 3 oboes (one doubling English Horn or one English Horn/2 oboes OK)
No more than 3 clarinets (one doubling Bass Clarinet or one Bass Clarinet/2 clarinets OK) No more than 2 bassoons
No more than 5 horns
No more than 3 trumpets
No more than 3 trombones (one is bass)
No more than 1 Tuba
No more than one set of Timpani
No more than 3 percussionists (in addition to Timpani)
Strings (current TBS string numbers are 28 violins, 11 violas, 10 cellos and 6 basses)
The submitted composition should include at least one full string section
WORKS WITH HARP or PIANO parts WILL NOT be eligible.

Submission of all materials is electronic. Please send an email to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest, including the following:
• PDF of the score of the submission
• PDF of program notes and performance history for the submission if it has previously been
performed. New works that have not been performed are also welcomed.
• Audio (.mp3) or video (.mov /.mp4) recordings of the work, or links to on-line recordings, if
available (This is not required, MIDI representations are acceptable.)
• A brief bio of the composer submitting the work with contact EMAIL address and phone number
• A $25 USD non-refundable application fee must be received by the Tampa Bay Symphony by

October 1, 2018. This application fee can be paid via PayPal invoice or by mailing a check payable to Tampa Bay Symphony addressed as follows: Tampa Bay Symphony, ATTN: Composition Contest, PO Box 4653, Clearwater, FL 33758. Contact Susan Rhein at email address listed below to receive a PayPal invoice for the entry fee.

Files over 20MB should be submitted using a file-sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Please address questions to Susan Rhein at using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest.

The Tampa Bay Symphony is comprised of 80 + volunteer musicians of high skill level. Most standard orchestral repertoire is well-executed by the TBS. Samples of works performed over the last three years include:
Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto

Beethoven Symphony #6
Dvorak Symphony #8
Elgar Enigma Variations
Holst Beni Mora SuiteLiszt Piano Concerto #1 Puccini Highlights from Madama Butterfly Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Shostakovich Symphony #5
Strauss (Richard) Four Last Songs Sibelius Symphony #1 Tchaikovsky Symphony #2

The difficulty level of submitted works will be a consideration in the selection process. While challenging works in the standard repertoire are doable by the Tampa Bay Symphony, due to the limited rehearsal time and the unfamiliar nature of recently written compositions, composers are advised not to send works of exceptional difficulty level.

There are numerous videos on YouTube of the Tampa Bay Symphony performing in recent years.

 The Hibernian Orchestra – Call for Compositions 2018
Summary:Orchestra Call for Scores
Deadline: 30 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: Deadline: Wed 30 May 2018 - 17:00
The Hibernian Orchestra, Ireland’s leading voluntary orchestra, invites submissions to its second Composition Competition. The aim of the competition is to bring new works to the repertoire of high-standard amateur orchestras.

The overall winning composition will be performed in a public concert by the Orchestra in its 2018-19 Season. In addition a selection of runner-up composers will have the opportunity to work with the conductor and Orchestra in the rehearsal of their respective piece.


A panel of adjudicators, to include the orchestra's Artistic Director and Artistic Co-ordinator, will read the entries and select the winners. Canvassing will result in disqualification. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into between the adjudication panel and entrants. If an insufficient number of compositions of requisite quality are submitted, the adjudication panel reserves the right not to award some or all prizes.


Please submit an entry in the form of a pdf and mp3 / mp4 audio track (the file name of the pdf and audio file must not contain the entrant’s name), along with a separate document giving the composer's name and contact details via email to

RULES & REGULATIONS: •Duration: 3-5 minutes
•Orchestration (to be drawn from a max of): 2 flutes (+picc opt), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, strings, harp, percussion – standard orchestral percussion – please consult the
orchestra manager in advance re percussion requirements. Pieces for smaller ensembles drawn from the above instrumentation are also welcome.
•Entries must be original, must not have previously been published, broadcast publicly, made available to a music publishing library or be subject to any agreement in relation to such publication. Entries must not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
•If you are adjudicated to be a prize winner, you grant The Hibernian 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.
•Where you go on to publish, broadcast or record your entry yourself or your entry is published, broadcast or recorded by a third party under licence, you further agree and will procure that the following inscription is included below the title: "Winner of the 2018 Hibernian Orchestra Composition Competition".
•Prize-winning composers are expected to attend rehearsals and the performance.
•The competition is open to composers born or normally resident in Ireland.
•Only one entry per individual is permitted.


 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

 International Markku Johansson competition in composition and arrangement
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: Deadline: Fri 15 Jun 2018 - 17:00

Launched by the Vantaa Pops Orchestra last autumn, the Markku Johansson competition in composition and arrangement will close in four months. Compositions and arrangements for the full symphony orchestra may be lodged until 15 June 2018. This competition is unique even by international standards, and the expectations are high.

This international competition is open to everyone, and it will be judged by Jaakko Kuusisto (conductor and the chair of the jury), Hans Ek (conductor, Sweden), Antti Rissanen (renowned trombone player and a big band professional) as well as Markku Johansson, the honorary conductor of the Vantaa Pops Orchestra.

The finalists chosen by the jury will be performed in the final concert, conducted by Nick Davies, on 17 September 2018 in the home town of the Orchestra. The jury will also decide on how the prize money of 18 000 euros is divided between the two categories and the entries within them.

”The aim of this competition is to find new, high quality and recognisable light music for the full symphony orchestra, of the kind which orchestras around the world would like to include in their repertoire”, says Markku Johansson.

”This competition is unique in that there are two categories, it does not cost anything to participate and it provides an opportunity to try out ideas with a large orchestra without any limitations imposed from outside. The expectations have grown over the months: the significance of this unique competition may well punch above its weight”, Jussi Lampela, the competition secretary, observes.

Vantaa Pops Orchestra is the oldest symphony orchestra that plays popular music in Finland. Its players are among the top musicians in rock, classical music and jazz. Its principal conductor, Nick Davies, has worked with several well-known symphony orchestras around the world. The artistic partner of the Orchestra is Lauri Porra, a great-grandchild of Jean Sibelius, who has toured the world with the band Stratovarius.

 International Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music
Summary:Call for Young Composers
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is pleased to announce its International Orchestral Composition Competition for student composers. This competition is dedicated to the promotion of Philippine folk music and was established in honor of FASO’s 10th anniversary. All participants must submit an original composition for full orchestra (no vocals) that incorporates a theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). The composition must be between 3 and 5 minutes.

A distinguished panel of judges will select a winner, who will be awarded a $1000 prize. The second place winner will receive a prize of $500. The winning piece will have its world premiere at FASO’s 10th anniversary concert in Los Angeles in November 2018.

Composition scores, demo recordings and application form are due July 31, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Demo recordings and composition scores should be submitted via email to See below for more details on submission logistics.
The following is a list of competition rules and requirements. The application form can found here and at the bottom of this page.

Rules and Requirements
• This international competition is open to composers of all nationalities registered in a college, university or film school as of 2018.
• Multiple composers may collaborate on one competition entry as long as each composer satisfies the previous requirement above.
• The composition may not have vocals.
• The composition should not have been commercially released, posted publicly on content-sharing websites (e.g., YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo etc.) or performed in public as of the deadline. A composition will not be accepted if it has won first prize in another competition(s). Compositions that originated as school projects or that have been performed in school recitals may be submitted.
• The composition must use standard symphonic orchestra instrumentation. For your reference, FASO has the following instrumentation: 2+picc, 2d1, 2+bass, 2 – 3, 3, 3, 1, timp, perc, hp, str.* You may include Philippine instruments (e.g., kulintang, angklung, rondalla instruments, etc.), but it is not required.
• The composition must incorporate theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). Clarification on what we mean: Of course, Philippine folk songs with established melodies already exist. The composition component in this competition is the arrangement of those melodies. There are many opportunities to be innovative and creative in the composition process. The composition may be in any style, genre or form. Some examples:
• A straightforward orchestration of a folk song melody
• Medley of themes
• Variations of a theme
• Mashup of multiple themes
• The composition’s score in PDF format and a demo recording in MP3 format must be emailed to on the same day that the online application form is submitted. You may use one or a combination of the following for the demo recording: live instrument performance, MIDI mockup, synthesizer, playback from notation software (e.g., Finale, Sibelius etc.). Keep in mind that the quality of the demo recording will have no impact on the evaluation of the composition. The duration of the recording must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
• The participant must submit an application fee of $15. Fee payments can be made online on the application form. Credit card and PayPal are accepted.

Judging Criteria
A distinguished panel of judges will score and judge competition entries according to criteria provided below.

Creativity (40%)
Creative use of music composition elements including, but not limited to form, genre, groove/feel, melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm and textures.

Orchestration (40%)
• Instrument parts are in playable range and are readable for college-level and professional musicians
• Lines and harmonies are effectively orchestrated
• Effective use of dynamics and articulation
• Effective utilization of the orchestra families
• Effective focus, balance and separation between multiple layers

Impact (20%)
• The composition is identifiable as Philippine folk music in an orchestral setting
• All audiences can relate to the piece (via subjective assessment by the judges)
Questions? Email


Deadline: 30 August 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (BSO), located in Lake Jackson, Texas, is sponsoring a competition for student and amateur composers.

The winner of the competition shall receive a cash prize of $500.00. Furthermore, the BSO will feature the winning composition in a public performance.

• Entries shall be original compositions between six and ten minutes duration.
• Each entry shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable payment of $10.00, payable to the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. Payment via Paypal is acceptable.
• Entries must be postmarked, or sent via email, no later than August 30, 2018.
• Each application must include a completed entry form. The entry form is available upon request from :
• The composition shall be orchestrated for performance by a full symphony orchestra.
• The composition shall not have been previously published. Additionally, the composition shall not have been performed at a concert where admission is charged. Previous performance at student recitals, faculty recitals, or other free events will not disqualify the composition.
• The winning composer shall provide a hardcopy of the score of the winning composition and the constituent parts to the BSO following notification of the judges’ decision, but before the actual award is made to the composer. Individual parts should also be sent to the BSO in pdf format.
• The winning composer shall grant a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-expiring royalty-free copyright license to the BSO for use of the winning composition. The BSO reserves the right to use the winning composition to promote the BSO including live and recorded performances.
• For the purposes of this competition:

- A student composer is defined as one currently enrolled in an educational institution.
- An amateur composer is defined as one who is not employed solely as a composer. Music teachers, band or orchestra directors, performers, copyists, etc. are considered amateur composers.
- A symphony orchestra is defined as having the normal complement of strings, with full woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon), full brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), percussion, and others as needed.

Criteria for judging are musicianship and suitability for performance.

• Submit the score in pdf format.
• Submit the recording in mp3 format.
• The composer’s name must not appear on the score. To ensure impartiality, use only a pseudonym.

Send all materials to:
Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Composition Competition
65 Bayberry Court
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

If there are any questions, please contact Philip Walker at:

 Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Competition for 10-15 minute symphonic poem or 20-25 minute violin concerto
Age limit: 41
No entry fees.
Closing date: 1st July 2018

Full details available here:

Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 04 June 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Total value of prizes: 4000 €
Deadline for entries: June 4th 2018.

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities
2. More than one score per composer is permitted
3. All submitted works must have been composed after December 31st 2011. and not awarded a prize in any other competition
4. It is possible to submit works previously performed, but not already published or professionally recorded for commercial use.

1. Composition for Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted.
2. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted
3. Orchestration: (Flute(2), Oboa(2), Clarinet(2), Basoon(2), Horn(2), Trumpet(2),Timpani, Strings
4. Duration: Up to 15 minutes

The First Prize – 2500€ (brutto-including taxes) and the concert performance by Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra on Samobor Music Festival – September 28th 2018.

The Second Prize – 1000 € (bruto-including taxes)
The Third Prize – 500 € (bruto-including taxes)


 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

 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...

 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.