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 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.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY
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
Sputnik
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.

Registration
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.
Web Site:www.bifsc.org

 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Summary:Young Composers Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Click Here to read more about the winners of the 2017 PYO Young Composers Competition.

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is issuing a call for orchestra scores for its second annual Young Composers Competition. The winner will have his or her orchestral piece premiered by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), an ensemble which is now in its 78th season, in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

For the 2017-2018 Young Composers Competition, only composers born between September 1, 1993 and September 1, 1999 may apply. Composers must be US citizens, permanent residents, or current foreign students at American schools. Composers must speak, write and understand English in order to dialogue with the orchestra, mentor composer and conductor about his or her work. Proof of age and citizenship or legal status in the country will be required.

The performance of the composer’s work will be part of the orchestra’s Annual Festival Concert to be held this season on June 10, 2018. The winning composer will be selected collaboratively by orchestra’s music director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, and the director of the Young Composers Competition, Sheridan Seyfried. Mr. Seyfried is a Philadelphia-based composer, and is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon and Ned Rorem. Mr. Seyfried is a PYO alumnus.

The winning composer will correspond with Mr. Seyfried to discuss his or her score and make revisions as needed. The composer will be expected to travel to Philadelphia twice at the composer’s own expense. The first trip will be in March or April for a reading/working rehearsal with the orchestra. The composer will arrive on a Thursday or Friday to have a private coaching session with Mr. Seyfried prior to the orchestra reading rehearsal on a Saturday morning. The composer will have time after the rehearsal to consult with the Maestro Scaglione and Mr. Seyfried to consider any revisions. The composer will be mentored by Mr. Seyfried throughout the rehearsal process, as the orchestra encounters the work and necessary revisions are made. The second trip will be in June for the composer to attend the world premiere, and will last approximately 3 days. The composer will be furnished with a professional recording following the concert that will be suitable for his or her own non-commercial purposes.

All scores submitted are not to have been professionally recorded, published, and not have any performance history of any kind. Works should be between 5 and 12 minutes in duration and scored for a maximum of the following instrumentation:

3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/Timpani+3 Perc/Harp+Piano+Strings (basses have no C extensions)

Standard doublings are acceptable in the woodwind sections (up to 1 piccolo, 1 English horn, 1 Eb Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet and 1 Contrabassoon). No works are accepted for string orchestra, wind ensemble, or works with a soloist (no instrumental concerti or works with vocal solo or vocal/choral ensemble). The maximum instrumentation need not be employed, but the work should use a full orchestra. The full battery of percussion instruments available is as follows:

bass drum; cymbals (crash and suspended); xylophone; vibraphone; marimba (4 octaves); orchestra bells; chimes; and various standard small battery instruments (i.e. triangle, gong, snare drum, field drum, claves, ratchet, whip, castanets, and etc.).

The grand prize winner will receive all the benefits outlined in the 2nd paragraph, as well as a cash prize of $2,000. The premiere performance on June 10, 2018 may be subsequently broadcast/webcast by WRTI-FM and wrti.com.

The second place winner will have the opportunity to discuss his or her score with Mr. Seyfried and will also receive a cash prize of $1,000.

The third place winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Deadline for submission of scores is November 15, 2017. Submissions should be made electronically as an e-mail to YCC@pyos.org and should contain the following information:

Composer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
Composer’s age (required), country of citizenship and gender (optional)
Composer’s current school with address and phone number
Resume and bio
A cover letter and/or statement explaining the composer’s work is optional
The score should be attached as a .sib file (Sibelius) or as an .xml file (Finale: export as XML, do not send .mus files). If the composer prefers, he/she may instead send a PDF of the score with an accompanying MIDI recording (.mp3 .aiff .aac formats acceptable). If an acoustic recording of the work or part of the work exists, that can be sent.

IMPORTANT: all score files MUST be anonymous—there should be no information in the file itself, in the file name, or on the title page, that gives away a composer’s name. This will be considered a disqualifying factor as it may introduce bias into the judging process.

While the applicant will retain ownership of their submission, all submissions will be kept by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. No materials submitted as part of this competition will be returned. Philadelphia Youth Orchestra reserves the right to use submissions for publicity and/or display.
Web Site:pyos.org/events/young-composer...

 Community Women's Orchestra
Summary:Opportunity for female composers
Deadline: 12 November 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: due date: November 12, 2017 at 5pm Pacific Time

*the score and all parts must be immediately available in PDF*

fee: $15 payable by PayPal below


Prize (1): $200 and winning composition will be chosen for performance:

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 4pm in Oakland, CA

International Women's Day Concert


Composition submissions must be appropriate for a community orchestra.

Full orchestration including harp and piano available (ask if you need specifics).


2 Steps for submission:

1) Pay $15 fee using "Pay Now" button below

2) email score in PDF to dsadava@communitywomensorchestra.org


The winner will be chosen and all contestants notified by November 15, 2017.


Questions?

Please email dsadava@communitywomensorchestra.org


Thank you!
Web Site:www.communitywomensorchestra.o...

 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 http://GBS.org for application and rules.

Web Site:www.bptsym.org

 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
You
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.

Adjudication

Results
-with an entry fee of £15 payable to Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra; 10 must be received by secretary@cheltenhamsymphonyorchestra.info
-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,

Runners-up
-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
-secretary@cheltenhamsymphonyorchestra.info

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra wishes all entrants the best of luck and the finest of ideas.
Web Site:cheltenhamsymphonyorchestra.in...

 Missouri Composers Project
Summary:Orchestra Project
Deadline: 04 December 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: The Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO) and the Columbia Chamber Choir, in collaboration with the University of Missouri's Mizzou New Music Initiative, annually present a concert of new music specifically for orchestra and chamber choir. The CCO will perform three works and the Choir will perform two works selected through the 2017 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, funded by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Each of the composers of the selected works will be awarded a $500 honorarium.

To apply for the 2018 competition, please click on the links to the right for either High School applicants or Open applicants. These will take you to a Google Form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2018 competition are due by Monday, December 4, 2017.

The 2018 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 11, 2018. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

The winners for 2017 were:
• Open Orchestral: Robert Fruehwald (Cape Girardeau, MO), Dangerously Slick
• High School Orchestral: Olivia Bennett (Nixa, MO), The Hare
• Open Choral: Zachary Cairns (St. Louis, MO), The Land of Nod
• Open Choral: William Hooper (Bolivar, MO), Crucifixus

Read more about the 2017 winners here.

Web Site:music.missouri.edu/mnmi/mocop

 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. http://bit.ly/keuris3

6 Prizes of total € 5000, -
Web Site:www.keuriscompetition.com/

 2018 Azrieli Music Prize
Summary:Jewish music composition competition
Deadline: 05 November 2017
Date Posted: 28 June 2017
Details: Opportunities

The Azrieli Prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially through a competitive process to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish Music for orchestra and soloist. Open to the international music community, individual works can be nominated by individuals and institutions from all nationalities, faiths, backgrounds and affiliations, and submitted to the AMP Jury through the open call for scores. Works may have been premiered within ten years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.

The winning work will be performed by a major Canadian orchestra as part of the AMP Gala Concert, scheduled for ocotber 15, 2018 and subsequently audio recorded to commercial quality.

The winning composer will be invited to attend the rehearsals and performance of their work, and be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert.TO nominate a work for the 2018 Azrieli Prize before Nov. 5, 2017, please visit: http://www.azrielifoundation.org/music/the-azrieli-prize/azrieli-prize-nomination-form/
Web Site:www.azrielifoundation.org/musi...

 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) bromleysymphony.org 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.

Web Site:www.bromleysymphony.org

 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra Call for Scores
Deadline: 17 November 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: The Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition seeks to recognize emerging composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions. The winning composition will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony at the annual Celebrate Asia concert at Benaroya Hall.

Celebrate Asia originated in 2009 through collaboration with local Asian leaders who were keen to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration, and was brought to life through partnerships with local community groups to honor and celebrate Seattle’s Asian community.

• Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments).
• Works must be new, original and accessible.
• Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration. (There will be 30 minutes allotted to rehearsing this new work.)
• Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 - 4331 – T+3 – hp – str. Woodwind doublings are allowed.
• The submitted work must have had no prior public performances in the U.S.
• Interested composers should submit:
o A legible, bound, full score
o A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)
o A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)
o A biography, with current address, email address and phone number
o If selected, professionally prepared parts and two scores will be required 90 days prior to the first rehearsal


Web Site:www.seattlesymphony.org/watch-...

 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 newtrumpetmusic@gmail.com

Thanks!
Web Site:www.michaelbrest.com/composers
Email:newtrumpetmusic@gmail.com

 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:

flute
clarinet
trombone
piano
percussion
electric guitar
soprano
violin
cello
double bass

Eligibility
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.

Web Site:wildrumpusmusic.org/general-ca...