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 USA International Harp Competition
Summary:Harp Music Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The USA International Harp Competition was founded in 1989 by world-renowned harpist and teacher Susann McDonald. The triennial Competition is hosted by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

As part of its mission to promote harp and harp music, the USA International Harp Competition sponsors a Composition Contest that occurs every three years, prior to the performance Competition. Composers are invited to submit new works for solo harp. A distinguished panel of harpists plus one composer select the winning composition.

A $2,000 USD prize is awarded to the winner and the new work becomes part of the 3rd Stage required repertoire for the upcoming performance competition. The work is also performed by the Competition’s First Prize winner on their debut concerts. It is published by Lyon & Healy and made available for purchase on their website,

Solo harp composition contestants have included composers from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Wales.

Check our Rules & Procedures page for information about writing and submitting a composition for the 2018 Contest!

6th Composition Contest - Rules & Procedures
1. The work for solo harp must be unpublished, un-awarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution.
2. Though the composition is for solo harp, other instruments may be included if played by the harpist.
3. The work must be between six and eight minutes in duration.
4. The contest is open to composers of all nationalities.
5. Previous winners are not eligible.
6. A distinguished panel of harpists including one composer, chaired by Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, will select the winning composition. The decisions of the jury are final.
7. Important Deadlines:
o October 15, 2018:
• Online application form (to be available on in January 2018)
• One PDF of anonymous 8.5” x 11” score sent as an attachment to an email addressed to Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer's name in the body of the email message. The score should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Please note that the jury will refer to scores by title only. Program notes are acceptable, as long as they do not include clues to the identity of the composer and are included in the same PDF as the score, not sent separately. The PDF should be "camera-ready" – meaning publishable quality. Immediately after the announcement of the winning composition, the winner will be asked to send an identical PDF with the composer's name added. This PDF will be used for printing by the publisher.
o November 15, 2018:
• MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist sent as an attachment to an email to Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include the title, the composer's name, and the name of the recorded harpist in the body of the email message. The MP3 file should not show the name of the composer or harpist anywhere. Digital or Midi recordings will NOT be accepted. Scores submitted without a recording will NOT be considered.
o December 15, 2018:
• Winning composition announced on
8. Submissions which are incomplete or do not follow the exact guidelines and parameters described here will be disqualified.
9. Prizes for Winning Composition Include:
o $2,000 USD
o Inclusion in 11th USA International Harp Competition's Stage 3 required repertoire – performances by all semi-finalists in 2019 Competition.
o Performance by 2019 Gold Medalist at debut concerts.
o Score published by Lyon & Healy Publications.
10. Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section first. Questions not answered there should be addressed to Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, USAIHC Composition Contest Chair:
11. Recommended resource for information on notation, effects, etc: Writing for the Pedal Harp by Ruth K. Inglefield and Lou Anne Neill, second edition published by Vanderbilt Music (
o Note: Royalties go to the USAIHC to support the competition.


 District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Summary:Organ Solo Composition Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: Composition Competition

The District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of organists is pleased to announce a Competition for a Commissioned Composition for Organ Solo to be premiered at the 2019 Pipes Spectacular Concert

Open to all composers. There are no age restrictions.

Two-fold: To raise awareness of the organ among composers and students of composition; and to sponsor new music.

THEME: It is not mandatory, but you may be inspired by the geography, or historic and cultural legacies of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital.

One or more movements or sections, for organ solo, with an overall length of no more than 15’.

Score must be legibly handwritten or set with notation software. Submissions may not be previously published and the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists reserves the right to publish any or all submissions individually or collected in a forthcoming compilation.

First prize: $5,000 and concert performance by a leading artist.
Second prize: $1,000.
Third prize: $750.
The committee retains the option not to award a first prize if no submissions are considered suitable for inclusion on the 2019 Pipes Spectacular concert.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

CONTACT: Kathleen Cooper with “ATTN: Commissioning Competition” in the subject field.

Visit the Chapter homepage at for information and submission guidelines.

 Call for single-breath solo flute pieces
Summary:Pieces for solo flute
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 29 November 2017
Details: Coming Up for Air is a collection of new solo pieces for flute (piccolo, C flute (open-hole and closed-hole), alto, bass, Native American flute (high or mid), with or without electronics). These pieces, collected and performed by flautist Kathryn Williams, explore the creative possibilities that emerge when pieces of music are limited to a single breath (i.e., one inhale and one exhale - no circular breathing).

Selected pieces will receive written feedback followed by an audio or visual recording. There is also the possibility that pieces could be programmed in future performances and recordings.

The project is being developed through Kathryn's PhD research into areas of extreme restriction at the University of Huddersfield and mentored by YCAT Sounding Board.

 International Musical Composition Competition Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
Summary:Solo with piano competition
Deadline: 20 February 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: 1. The call is open to composers of any nationality, without age limit. Each composer may submit only one work. The work must be the individual composer’s original creation and must be unpublished, not the result of a paid commission, and not awarded in any other competition. The work should not have been previously performed in any concert or public event, either wholly or even in part (should it have different parts), nor with the present title or with any other it may have, and should have not been broadcasted by any medium whatsoever.

2. The works should be written for french horn (both in F and Gb) and piano, with no electroacoustic media). In the general score, the french horn part should be written in A (real sound). The duration of the compositions should be between minimum 12 minutes and maximum 20 minutes. Works of any other duration will be disqualified.

3. Three copies of the general score will be submitted together with two set of materials (part music for the french horn, transported, and general score for the piano player, including the french horn part) appropriately prepared for the work to be preformed out of them with no reading problems. The scores and materials should be tape bound documents, clearly legible.

4. In order to safeguard anonymity of the composer, the works must be submitted with a title and motto chosen by the author as only identifying details. Accompanying the score and materials, an envelope should be submitted with the title and motto of the work as external identification. The envelope must contain: full name, address, e-mail address, contact telephone number, a photocopy of his/her D.N.I. (identity card) or passport and the author’s brief bio. It must also include a declaration signed by the author stating that the work is his/her original creation, is an unpublished work, is not a commissioned paid work, has not received any award in any other competition, has not been previously performed in any concert or public event, nor wholly or even in part (should it have different parts), nor with the present title or any other it may have, and should have not been broadcasted by any medium whatsoever.

In the event that, after the work is sent for the competition, and before the final decision of the jury, the work is a winner in another competition, the participant should immediately inform the Real Academia of this fact, as far as this would automatically invalidate its participation in the contest. Participants that do not respect the anonymity will be excluded.

5. The period for the submission of works shall commence on the day of the publication of these rules in the Website and close on February 20th. 2018, inclusive. Documents should be sent with acknowledgement of delivery or by registered mail to the following address:

III Concurso Internacional de Composición Musical Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
C/ San Pío V, 9 – 46010 Valencia. España

In case of submission by registered mail, the postmark date will be taken as the official delivery date. Works not strictly adhering to the submission deadline will be disqualified.

6. A single prize of 4.000 euros subject to current tax retention is to be awarded. The jury may, unanimously, not award the Prize, whenever the quality of the works submitted is not estimated as sufficient.

7. The jury will be appointed on a proposal by the Music Section of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos and approved by the Board of Directors of the Real Academia. The jury’s decision will be final. The jury’s decision will be published on March 23rd. 2018. Only the name of the award-winning composer will be made public and he/she will be immediately informed of this Decision. The original score shall be retained by the Academia. Other participants may learn the outcome of this competition through the website of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos:

8. The world premiere of the winning work will take place during year 2018 at the conference hall of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, that retains the right to choose the performers that will offer its first interpretation.

9. The author of the winning work absolutely undertakes to be present in the award ceremony due to be held at the headquarters of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia. The institution shall bear the accommodation expenses.

10. The author of the winning work commits him/herself compulsorily to state in all advertising, as well as in any recordings, editions and programs including the interpretation of such work, the following sentence: Award-winner of the III International Musical Composition Competition of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos.

11. Non-awarded works will be returned, upon request, until April 30th., 2018. After this deadline, the Royal Academy accepts no responsibility on the custody and safekeeping of such scores.

12. Intellectual property rights remain solely with the author of the work.

13. Should the work include musical fragments or texts which copyright ownership belongs to another person (unless made in a quote form, in conformity with Article 32 of the Spanish Intellectual Property Rights Act), such fragments or texts should be stated in the score and the materials, and they should provide evidence of the corresponding licenses. In all cases, it would be the sole responsibility of the authors.

14. The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos is exempt from any liability deriving from plagiarism or any other breach of the current legislation on the subject of intellectual property in Spain, in which the authors may incur, as the case may be, with their works. Neither shall the Academy be liable for any material damaged or lost during the shipping.

15. Participation in this competition implies the unconditioned acceptance of the present Rules and the final decision of the jury. The interpretation of these Rules shall fall within the exclusive competence of the Jury.

16. If, for any reason, this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to unforeseen circumstances, no appeal will be allowed.

17. The official drafting the rules will be the Spanish text for all legal purposes. The rules will be provided in several languages, but any disagreements arising out of them will be settled based on the Spanish version of the text.

 Call for Works for Solo Recorder
Summary:Solo recorder works
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Kethryn Bennetts is looking for pieces for solo recorder for an ongoing concert series starting Oct 2017. Can involve microtonality, especially quarter-tones and fixed media, preferably for one performer but other instrumental combinations can be considered.