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 Opera Cultura
Summary:Vocal Works Required
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: Opera Cultura is seeking new vocal works for the inaugural Canto Concert - NEW VOICES. Compositions may be submitted via email to Alexandra Anderson, who is our 2018-19 Artistic Producing Fellow and will review all submissions. There is no application fee, but please see below for requirements.

Compositions selected will be performed at the Canto Concert on October 6, 2018, at the Trianon Theatre in San Jose, California. The performers will be two very talented young and emerging artists (a coloratura soprano and a baritone) that were winners in the 2017 Canto Online Vocal Competition.

Contact: Alexandra Sessler,


1. Compositions should be art song or duets up to 5 minutes in length.
2. Compositions should be in keys appropriate for classical soprano and baritone voices.
3. While this call for submissions is open to emerging composers of all ages and nationalities, the content of the music must align with Opera Cultura’s mission: to explore the Latin-American & Hispanic cultural experience through music theater and opera.
4. Interested composers should submit scores and audio files if available (midi is acceptable accompanying a matching score).
5. Send all submissions to Alexandra Anderson at by June 15.


 ComposerS Concordance 8th Annual 'Generations' Concert & Composition Competition
Summary:Voice with accompaniment
Deadline: 25 May 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: Composers Concordance, a presenting organization for contemporary music with a 34-year history of cutting-edge concert programming in NYC, announces a call for scores. Presented in collaboration with Goddard Riverside Community Arts, the event's theme is ‘Generations - Art Songs.' The program will feature music of Melissa Grey, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, David Gotay, Charles Coleman, Randall Woolf, Patrick Hardish, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, others TBA, as well as two competition winners: one composer age 25 or younger, and another composer age 65 or older. Bowers-Fader Duo, soprano Sharon Harms, baritone Charles Coleman, and pianist Jai Jeffryes will perform. Competition winners are required to attend the concert, which will be held on June 16th at 7:30pm at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, (between 91st and 92nd Streets.)

All application materials must be received by May 25th, 2018;
No entry fee;

Two categories:
a. composers age 25 or younger [ie. as of June 16, 2018]
b. composers age 65 or older [ie. as of June 16th, 2018]

Music should be a song for soprano OR mezzo soprano OR baritone,
accompanied by guitar OR piano.
Duration at most 5 minutes; only 1 entry per applicant please;

To apply: please email the following materials to:

1.) pdf of the score - please note: your name should not appear on the score itself;
2.) mp3 of the audio ('MIDI mockups' are ok)
3.) name, contact info, and category: a or b (in the email please, not attached)
4.) bio / resumé (in the email please, not attached)
5.) please certify in the email that you have full permission to use your song’s text, or that the text is already in the public domain.

Note: If you have any questions, please contact us at
Web Site:composersconcordance.wixsite.c...

 MASMENOS 2018 International Composition Competition
Summary:Vocal competition with two categories
Deadline: 17 June 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: Composers are invited to submit works for the MASMENOS 2018 International Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the “masmenos | vocal femenino” ensemble

1- The competition is open to all composers, without limitations of age or nationality.
2- The deadline for submissions is 17th June 2018.
3- The final decision of the Jury will be made public on August 2018 on the website and also will be communicated personally to the winning composers by e- mail and phone.
4- The competition is divided in two categories:
A) Works for Women Vocal Quartet (Sopran I, Sopran II, Alto I, Alto II) – Jury: Eduardo Malachevsky (Argentina), Marcos Franciosi (Argentina), Juan Manuel Brarda (Argentina) y Darío Pagliaricci (Argentina)
B) Works for:
– Women Vocal Duo:
– (Sopran I, Sopran II)
– (Sopran I, Alto I)
– (Sopran II, Alto I)
– (Sopran II, Alto II)
– (Alto I, Alto II)
– Women Vocal Trio:
– (Sopran I, Sopran II, Alto I)
– (Sopran I, Sopran II, Alto II)
– (Sopran I, Alto I, Alto II)
– (Sopran II, Alto I, Alto II)
Jury: Valeria Martinelli (Argentina), Pablo Araya (Argentina), Juan Manuel Brarda (Argentina) y Darío Pagliaricci (Argentina)
5- Each composer can send works for both categories simultaneously or not. In the case of the simultaneous participation, the composers can send only 1 (one) work for Women Vocal Quartet and 1 (one) for Women Vocal Duo or Trio. One composer can win both categories, if that is the decision of the Jury.
6- The works submitted must be new, not yet premiered or edited.
7- Works for Women Vocal Quartet should last between 5 (five) and 12 (twelve (minutes).
8- Works for Women Vocal Duo or Trio should last between 5 (five) and twelve (12) minutes.
9- The scores may be handwritten or in a computer editor. In both cases the scores must be perfectly clear and legible. Otherwise, the jury may immediately disqualify the work and its decision will be final. “masmenos – música contemporánea” program won’t be held responsible for the return of the works submitted.
10- The contest may be declared void.
11- In order to participate for each category, the composer will have to send an email to, with the following subject: MASMENOS 2018 International Composition Competition_Surname_Category_X. The e-mail must contain the following attached documents:
a) Score in PDF format signed using a pseudonym. The file must have the following specific title format: Work Title_Category_X.pdf.
b) PDF document with the following personal information: name and surname, date of birth, address, telephone number, e-mail and a brief artistic resume (200 words max.) The document must have the following title format: Surname_Name_Category_X.pdf
c) Artistic photo in JPG format (no other format will be accepted) The file must have the following title format: Surname_Name_Category_X.jpg. It must be sent as a link to a cloud service, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, etc. Links with an expiration date (WeTransfer) will not be accepted.
A separate email should be sent for each category. An email containing other files than the requested above will be void. A mp3 file (192 kbps min. resolution) with a recording of the rehearsal of the piece (please refer to item #6) can be submitted as a link to a cloud service, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, etc. Links with an expiration date (WeTransfer) will not be accepted. No MIDI files or MIDI recordings will be accepted.
12- The premiere of the winning works will be in September 2018.
13- The prize consists of the premiere and the live recording of the works the day of the concerts in Río Cuarto and Córdoba City (also the composers must authorize an audio-visual recording of the concerts and rehearsals).
14- The winner (or winners) of the competition agrees with the use by “masmenos – música contemporánea” program of their photos and artístic resume submited. Also, the recording of the works will be used with advertiste purposes. No other personal information will be made public.
15- The “masmenos-música contemporánea” program reserves the right to interpret all issues not included in the regulations and to make exceptions in special and well-justified cases. The decision of the jury and the “masmenos-música contemporánea” program will not be contested.