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 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.


 SIGURD RASCHER | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition
Summary:Saxophone composition competition
Deadline: 25 July 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: City: Tchaikovsky str. 7 – Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Lviv Philhamonic Society
Date: from 28 to 31 August 2017

The International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, dedicated to the memory of the great american saxophonist of 20th century Sigurd Rascher (1907-2001).
All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work by choosing from 7 to 23 players.

The 1st International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASCHER from 28 to 31 August 2017 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 31 August inside the Concert Hall of Lviv Philharmonic Society.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.


Each composer must submit a music score choosen in 2 following sections with sax soloist from 7 to 23 players:
1) 1 sax soloist (tenor, or alto, or soprano), 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 contrabbass, 1 or 2 percussionists;
2) 1 sax soloist (tenor, or alto, or soprano), string orchestra ( max 6 violins I, 4 violins II, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses), 1 or 2 percussionists.
Deadline: 25 July 2017.
The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

Gianni Alberti – Sax

All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at

Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
–The score, from 7 to 23 players, must be in A4 format, (please indicate minutes of the score) as PDF file (Sibelius or Finale program);
–A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV) and a statement by the composer stating that the submitted work has never before been published, performed in public and/or broadcast before, nor prized in any composer’s competition. Other file format than PDF are not acceptable and will result in the submission being rejected!
There is no registration form.
The Composition Staff will select the best composers, from all the application submitted, no later than 28 July 2017.
Each composer selected for the International Music Composers’ Competition 2017 will be notified by email and must send the instrumental parts no later than 03 August 2017.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
– €450 (euro 450) for the category 1;
– €590 (euro 590) for the category 2, to be paid no later than 03 August 2017 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of selected composers from 13 to 17 July;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the Lemberg Contemporary Ensemble Lviv and Lemberg Sinfonietta;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

The tuition fee does not include:

Administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition SIGURD RASHER 2017 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


Paolo Ugoletti (ITA) – President
Bogdana Frolyak (UKR) – Composer
Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer
Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer , Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 600 USD, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions
2 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions
3 Prize – score edited by Aldebaran Editions

The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.


 Solo Harp Music Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Deadline 1st July 2017
this deadline has been extended

Eligibility of Applications:

The Future Blend Project 2017 / 2018 is open to all composers, regardless of age, sex or nationality.
All submitted pieces must be new works, unpublished and unperformed.
Each composer can submit as many compositions as they wish in their application.
Compositions by more than one composer are not eligible for application.
Length: up to 10 minutes (10:00)
Instrumentation: Harp solo only
There is a one off £5 entry fee.

Aims and Objectives of the Competition:

From all entries, ten (10) compositions will be selected for performance, which will be premiered at the 3rd Hidden Gem Concert, in January 2018, in the Competition finals. Among these 10 finalists, a winner will be chosen by the vote of the audience, and the collaboration of composer and harpist of the winning piece will win a cash price of £250. The top five (4) runers up are chosen by this years judges; Dominic Sewell (, Edmund Jolliffe ( and Fran Barsby ( This decision is based on the quality of the composition and their professionalism throughout the project. The winner of the Future Blend Best Collaboration award is awarded by audience votes.


1st prize
The Future Blend Project Best Collaboration 2018 - £250 Cash Prize and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018.
2nd Prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2017 and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018.
​3rd prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018

Selection Procedure:

The competition will be held in two rounds: preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert – Competition Finals.
1) Preliminary selection of the works for the Competition Finals:
A distinguished international jury of harpists will select ten (10) pieces out of the applications received for the Competition. These works shall be the Finalists in the competition.
The decision of the Jury and the list of the pieces shortlisted for the Finals shall be published by August 1st 2017, on the website. Within a week following the publication of the list of Finalists, composers will be paired with the a harpist to work with, throughout the project.
2) Competition Finals:
Ten (10) pieces chosen by the jury will be performed in January 2018.
The winner of the audience vote at the concert will win the Future Blend Project Collaboration Award 2018 and a cash prize of £250.
Five of the finalists will be selected by a jury and have their work published free of charge by PoppyHarp publishing.
All Finalists will have their pieces performed in the Competition Finals - the Hidden Gem Concert 2018 and will be audio and video recorded. These recordings will be used for promotional purposes, including making the recording available on the internet in its entirety.

Submission Procedure:

To submit your entry, please send your piece along with a short biography using the contact form below.

- upload an anonymous of the PDF score
- a short anonymous biography of the composer in English
- a computer simulation or audio file of the piece

Once you have submitted your piece please make sure you pay the £5 years subscription to the Future Blend Project by clicking the button below. If you do not pay your subscription your submission will not be valid.

Judging is blind, therefore composers must remove all identifying labels and printed names from all the above mentioned materials to assure anonymity before the judges.

 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn
Summary:Works for solo performer
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo horn. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn to be premiered on November 15, 2017 at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland. This call for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is looking for solo horn works inspired by specific texts of literature, poetry, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
• Deadline to submit works is September 15, 2017
• Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.
• Works should be for solo horn only.
• All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
• No works over a minute will be reviewed.
• Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
• Composers are encouraged to write works inspired by specific texts of poetry, literature, etc. (Texts should be named in the program notes.)
• Works that utilize the low register of the horn are encouraged
• Works need to be submitted online at

• You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
• After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named "Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn" to submit work.
• You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program notes.
• You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.)
• Please include the dedication to Sam Bessen on the score.
• Performance notes should be included in the score.

Composers will be contacted via email of the results and will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.

Sam Bessen
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Bessen is a horn performer and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Bessen recently completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Denise Tryon. As a performer, Bessen seeks to bring together performer and audience in engaging and innovative recitals often featuring new and obscure works for horn. He recently performed an acclaimed recital at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was subsequently invited to perform on the Museum's ART/SOUND/NOW series on July 27, 2017. He can be heard in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's recordings with Marin Alsop of works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Kernis, as well as in John Steinmetz' "Three Pieces for Ten Winds" with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Examples of Sam Bessen's playing can be heard here:

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene. "...the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. " - Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner

More can be found be found at:

Music Avatar
Music Avatar is an online submission system to upload music online. It creates a hassle free process for the composer to submit, update, and upload a submission with confidence that the opportunity will receive it. Check out Music Avatar for more composer opportunities.

For more information visit:

Vox Novus
Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. The organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public's vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Projects Vox Novus is known for producing are 60x60, Composer’s Voice and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

For More information visit:


 Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Carillon Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: Purpose:
To encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers.

* One cash award of $500.
* Premiere performance of the winning composition at the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.
Upon acceptance of the award, it is understood that the rights for the premiere performance will be granted by the composer to the ISU C-HOP Festival 2017.

Composition Requirements:
* The submitted work shall be an original composition for dance, and for four-octave carillon (tenor C to C4), with a two-octave pedal board (tenor C to C2).
* The composition may be a solo, a duet for one carillon or a work for carillon with one or more other instruments or chorus.
* A transcription or arrangement will not be accepted.
* The composition shall be 4 to 7 minutes in length.
* The submitted work shall never have been published, awarded a prize in another competition, or performed publicly.
* A composer may submit more than one work.

• The composer must not have been born before September 15, 1982, and must not have been awarded a prize in the ISU Carillon Composition Competition.

* Luc Rombouts, Jeffrey Prater, and Tin-Shi Tam.
* The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if the submitted compositions are not of a satisfactory level.
* The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:
* Submit three copies of the composition.
* The composition must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017.
* The submitted composition must be legible.
* The composer's name shall not appear on the composition.
* Along with the three copies of the composition, include a small sealed envelope that contains within the composer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and birth date. The title of the composition is to be placed on the outside of the small envelope. The small envelope will be opened only after the judges' decision is made.
* Submitted compositions will be returned only if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided.

Submit materials to:
Carillon Composition Competition 2017
Iowa State University
Department of Music & Theatre
149 Music Hall
2427 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011
For more information, call (515) 294-2911, or e-mail:


 ICOT Solo Music For Accordion
Summary:Accordion Call for Scores
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: Solo Music for Accordion: Call for Scores
Submission Receipt Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) announces its call for scores for the Fall 2017 opening concert in partnership with Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge.
The concert will take place on September 14th, 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Three compositions will be selected and performed as part of this concert.

Additional information and requirements:

• This call for scores is open to all composers (any age and nationality)
• Each composer may submit only one work for consideration
• Works should be 4 to 6 minute in duration, and be written for solo accordion—electroacoustic elements are also accepted.
• Submitted scores must be anonymous.
• The selection will be made by three jury members. Jury members will only access anonymous review materials.
• Results will be announced by July 15th, 2017. Selected composers will be invited to attend rehearsals, taking place during August 2017. Exact date and time TBD
• Selected composers will receive an archival recording for their personal use
• ICOT is not able to provide travel stipends. We can facilitate video conferencing for rehearsals (?).

How to submit:

All materials will be submitted through an online form.

Composers will provide:
• contact information
• PDF copy of their anonymous score
• Optional: artist website
• Optional: composers can provide an audio file of the piece (mp3 only)

Deadline for receipt of materials is July 1st, 2017, 5pm EST.

 Shakuhachi Call
Summary:Write for traditional instrument
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Call for Scores
Hello fellow Composers,

I am opening up a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). I have been searching for new music to perform but couldn't find a lot of options and had to resort to commission composers to write me new music. After receiving my first work I was more than enthralled with the results and decided that I want to open up my commissions to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. I would like to see one or two scores of your work emailed to me at shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email via Paypal.

Once I have made my decision I will begin the commissioning process, my hope is to commission 15 more composers. The commission cost will depend on the piece and a variety of other factors. In terms of the commission, there may be other instruments added if you would like to do shakuhachi and ensemble or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission I will send a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and private one on one lesson via skype or google hangouts about shakuhachi and to over different materials.

Above is a link to a work that I wrote for shakuhachi. This will give you an idea of the extended techniques and color capabilities of the flute. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing everyone's works and hopefully performing a new one!

~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Hsin-Jung Tsai (

Wrote me a solo work under 10' and I will be performing in Houston, TX in May and it will receive four additional performances in Japan.

Web Site:shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com

Summary:Solo accordion competition
Deadline: 05 September 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: • Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, calls for the X International Accordion Composition Competition "Francisco Escudero" whose prize ceremony will be held on 16 of September 2017.
• The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.
• The works may be composed for solo accordion or for chamber music with accordion, and their length may not exceed 10 minutes. The works of chamber music must be composed for a maximum of four players in which there is at least one accordion.
• The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
• Pieces written before 2013 will be refused.
• Works presented may be commissioned, but must never have been previously performed either in public or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously awarded or published will not be admitted.
• Only electro-acoustic clips recorded in one of these two formats are admitted: audio CD (no Wav) 44.1 KHz/16 bits; Mp3. CD recordings and scores will be sent by certified mail. MP3 pieces will be sent to
• Awarded works will be published by the organization. The jury may even consider at their discretion the publication of other works that haven't been awarded.
• Scores can be handwritten (legible and without amendments or corrections) or computer-generated. The awarded composer commits to convert the winning composition to electronic format within 30 days after announcement of the prize and submit the winning composition in electronic format to contest organizers.
• The organization reserves the right to propose awarded works for performance at the next editions of the "Arrasate Competition" for accordionists. Therefore the organization will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of awarded works without any economic benefit to the composer, except for those derived from the rights given by law.
• The composer will hand in three anonymous copies with no visible personal signature in an envelope, which will be identified only by a code or a theme. Works submitted should be enclosed into a sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title or headword of the composition, whereas the following details should be included within the envelope: composer's name and surname, phone number, address, e-mail and signed formal statement proving that the work submitted is unknown and has never been published or performed before.
• The entry fee is 30 euros. 10 euros for ‘Hauspoz' members.
• Closing date will be 5th September 2017.
• The organization, together with the jury, reserves the right to declare prizes void, in which case, a personality or an organisation will be awarded in gratitude for the trajectory of their work.
• It is compulsory that the following caption be included in all concert programs, as well as in printed publications and audio media where the awarded work appears or is mentioned: First Prize of the 10th International Composition Competition Francisco Escudero.

The participation will imply that the contestant accepts the terms of the competition

 Works for baritone (voice) and piano or organ for church use
Summary:Voice works required
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: I am the bass section leader at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, FL. I am looking for repertoire to perform as a part of church services as introits or offertories. Works should be at least two minutes long, set a sacred English text (Biblical or a sacred poem, etc.), and be scored for baritone singer with piano or organ. Texts can be general Christian texts or specific to the church calendar (Lent, Advent, etc.). Single movements from larger works are welcome. The Biblical Songs (Op. 99) of Dvorak are a good guide for the type of thing I am looking for in terms of subject matter, but I welcome a variety of harmonic languages (tonal, post-tonal, etc.).

Please send a PDF file of scores and link to recordings (if available) to

I perform at least one solo a month, so I am looking for works continually. If chosen I will provide you with a recording and bulletin from that weeks service. Depending on the season and church schedule, I a may perform the work on 1-3 services in a given weekend.

Summary:Keyboard Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: Rules for Composers

Application deadline: 01 January 2018

There is no age limit and no entrance fee. The competition is for composers from all nationalities.
In the composition the harpsichord should have the principal role. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.


1st prize composers competition: € 2500 2nd prize composers competition: € 1000
Black Pencil prize: t.b.a.
Audience prize: t.b.a.

Additional prizes will be considered


Harpsichord in chamber music settings is the preferred instrumentation. However, solo harpsichord pieces will be also considered.

We encourage the combination of harpsichord with the instruments available in the Orgelpark, please see:

We encourage composers to use the instruments of the Black Pencil ensemble for their harpsichord compositions: recorder (blockflute), panflute, viola, accordion and percussion. Please see

The harpsichord may be combined with other instruments, electronics, video and/or theatrical elements. The Annelie de Man Foundation will guarantee a live performance with an ensemble not exceeding more than 6 musicians (harpsichordist included).

Black Pencil – Ensemble in Residence

Black Pencil will be ensemble in residence in the 2018 edition of the Prix. It means that you can count on the expertise of the virtuoso members of Black Pencil for writing new compositions, making use of the instrumentation of the ensemble.

Jorge Isaac – Recorder (blockflute), Artistic Director Matthijs Koene – Panflute
Esra Pehlivanli – Viola
Marko Kassl – Accordion
Enric Monfort – Percussion
Please check
The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to new compositions making use of the full instrumentation of the ensemble together with harpsichord.


Candidates should supply:
- A biography (in English) and recent photo of the composer
- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions - If possible a recording (aiff, wav or mp3 format), or a video file from a live performance. Midi is also accepted
- Use your real name (pseudonym is not needed)
- A composer can submit more than one composition

Please send your entry to: Your entry must be both in: - Pdf
- Mp3


Guus Janssen ( Wim Hendrickx ( Roderik de Man ( and an organist to be selected by the Orgelpark

The jury will choose 3 works to be performed from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary changes.

Please understand that the PRIX receives many applications. Send the information about the compositions as clearly as possible. Thank you!

 2017 Wilmslow Parish Church Organ Composition Contest
Summary:Organ Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK announces a special Organ Composition Contest for composers of all ages and nationalities to celebrate the renewal and augmentation of the organ (affectionately known as Oscar) by York Pipe Organs. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces performed at the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017. In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm

All submissions must be received via email ( or postal mail (28 Bracadale Drive, Davenport, Stockport, SK3 8RS, UK) by 11:59 pm on 31st July 2017.

Competition Guidelines
1. The contest is open to composers of any age or nationality in any style of music.
2. The piece, for solo organ of 3 manuals and pedals, must be unpublished, never performed, 5-8 minutes in length and of approximately grade 7 standard.
3. The piece must be appropriate for performance in a celebration concert, however a religious theme is not necessary.
4. Submissions will be accepted in one of the following forms: Sibelius 4, Midi file, PDF file or original manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. All submissions will be reviewed without prejudice to style, content or form.
6. Composers must submit a short biography.
7. All submissions must be received via postal mail or email by 11:59pm on 31st July 2017.
8. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces featured in the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017 (3rd December). In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm,these prizes are all inclusive and no other expenses shall be paid to the composers.
9.The church reserves the right to host the world premiere of the pieces.
10.The results will be posted on the church website on 1st September 2017.