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 Access Contemporary Music
Summary:Site specific compositions
Deadline: 05 October 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: ACM ( will be working with the Open House projects in Milwaukee and Chicago again this year. Open House started in London as a celebration of the city's architecture and has spread to cities throughout the world.

We commission composers to write short pieces inspired by some of the buildings and then have musicians in the buildings to play the music every fifteen minutes or so as people come through. We also hire a videographer to capture the performances.

The event is popular, each building is generally attended by several hundred people throughout the day. This year there are three buildings in Milwaukee and two in Chicago for which we're commissioning music.

The commission fee is $500. The piece should be between four and five minutes long and scored for a duo drawn from the following instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello.

Below you'll find information about the buildings included in this year's projects and links to videos from previous years so you can get a real sense of what it's about. If you're interested in writing, please respond to this email with a CV and score sample.

Oh yeah, the deadlines are tight. It took longer than usual to get approval from the buildings this year so there is a fast turnaround unfortunately. We do this every year so if this is too intense please consider submitting for next year when hopefully we'll be back to normal.

Deadline for Milwaukee is September 10
Deadline for Chicago would be October 5

You don't have to live in either city to participate, just do some research and be inspired by the history of the building. Please do remember that there is always ambient noise in these buildings so scores with a lot of silence tend not to work well unless that's what you're going for. Just a note. Thanks!

Best regards,
Sarah Tyyska
Composer Advocate
Access Contemporary Music

More info:

 Composition Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Composition competition (open in style)
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Competition Composition of Les Musicales du Centre

This category is for composers. It will reward the most talented of them. President of the compétition can propose to the first prize to be played by a musician confirmed and recognized during the season of "Musicales du Center" 2019/2020. Results will be announced 21th January 2019.


1st Prize: 1000 € + a concert proposal + diploma


Please send your score (number, duration and style are your choice) with, if possible, a recording of interpretation by mail.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay the registration fees of 100 € on the site
3: Send by email or by post the requested documents (biography, high definition photo, audio sheet music, proof of payment or check).

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois FRANCE

 Improvisation Competition "Les Musicales du Centre"
Summary:Improvising competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Improvisation Competition
This competition is intended for musicians and singers in training from one to 12 artists without age limit. It will reward the most talented of them.

Honorary Award: The President of the Jury will be able to propose a recital as part of the Musicales du Center season to his favorite candidate.
1st Prize: 500 € + diploma
2nd prize: 200 € + diploma
3rd prize: 100 € + diploma

1- Improvisation from a theme (partition available 15 minutes before the passage). The improvisation will not exceed 5 minutes and will highlight its harmonic abilities.
2- Improvisation from a tone requested by the jury during the audition.

How to register ?

1: Fill in the registration form on the website
2: Pay registration fees 100€ here
3: Send by email or mail the requested documents (biography, high definition picture, proof of payment or check)

Les Musicales du Centre, 11 villée, 41190 Landes le Gaulois, FRANCE

 YouTube Promotion for Composers of Epic Cinematic Music
Summary:Film Music Call
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Calling All Epic Cinematic Music Composers

Epic Music Inspires is a YouTube Channel that is looking for epic music to be promoted on their channel.

Submission requirements:

1) Subscribe to this channel (evidence of this MUST be provided in your email submission in order to be considered)

2) Email your track to

3) If your piece is chosen, you will get a response via email within 7 days.

4) Composers retain all rights to their work.

If you have any questions, feel free to send a message to the email address above.

 University of Birmingham Music Society
Summary:For Birmingham University Composers
Deadline: 28 September 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: The competition brief is incredibly open and there are multiple ensembles you can write for. This includes Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choirs, Wind Band, Brass Band, Big Band and Saxophone Ensemble. The competition will be judged by staff composers from the Music Department, led by Professor Michael Zev Gordon.

All applicants should submit a completed final score that should…
be a short piece (about 6-10 minutes long)
be suitable for the chosen ensemble (with appropriate instrumentation)
take the size and ability of the chosen ensemble into consideration
be clearly and neatly presented

Please submit entries to the Music Office (Ground Floor, Bramall Music Building) or via email to by 12pm on Friday 28th September 2018. Please note all participants must be current University of Birmingham students or have graduated in summer 2018.

An overall winner will then be selected and the winning composition will be performed in a concert by the chosen ensemble. The winner will also receive a certificate. Up to two additional compositions may be awarded a Highly Commended prize, which may also have the opportunity to be performed.

Approximate sizes of ensembles are as follows:
Orchestras: Variable in size according to requirement of the work
Chamber Choirs: Either SATB or SSA with 30-40 voices
Brass Band: Around fifty players; a very large band
Wind Band: Around 90 players available
Jazz Orchestra: Standard 20-player line up (can include a vocal part)
Saxophone Ensemble: Over 30 players, all saxophone types (SATBa).

Please email with any questions.

 ALFRED SCHNITTKE | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 3rd Edition
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 11 November 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: ALFRED SCHNITTKE | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 3rd Edition
City: Tchaikovsky str. 7 – Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by: Lviv Philhamonic Society
Date: from 03 > 06 December 2018

The International Composers’ Competition ALFRED SCHNITTKE 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 russian composer of 20th century Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998).
All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition must write an original work.

The 3rd International Composers’ Competition ALFRED SCHNITTKE 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 ALFRED SCHNITTKE from 03 to 06 December 2018 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 06 December 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 the following section :
• chamber orchestra ( 5 violin I, 4 vl II, 3 viola, 2 cello,1 contrabbass);
• piano and chamber orchestra;
• piano, percussions ( max 2 players) and chamber orchestra.

Deadline: 09 November 2018.
The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

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 and orchestral parts 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 11 November 2018..

The tuition fee for all participants selected is:
€590 (euro 590 + 5% Paypal tax), to be paid no later than 15 November 2018 by Paypal on email

The tuition fee includes:
– Check sound of the works of select composers from 03 to 06 December 2018;
– Final concert in Philharmonia with the works selected with the KLK Chamber Orchestra;
– Professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the selected works during the final concert.

 Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik
Summary:Themed Call
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: Creators of new art music no longer define themselves strictly by a single notion of identity but by combined identities comprising various styles, origins and technologies.

Among the members of the board of the IGNM Bern these 'modular identities' are strongly pronounced.

With the 2019 season programme, we want to present various types of musical performance and investigate these in an accompanying roundtable. For this we are looking for project submissions that have a strong connection to one or more of the following 'themes':

New art music as instrumental 'event' or body performance has become the norm. We are looking for exceptionally interesting examinations of instruments as bodies, bodies as instruments and the intensive kind of interfacing that occurs between them.

Research toward the evolution of humankind and its place in the natural and man-made environment through technologies such as extended cognition, algorithms, interfaces and all kinds of electronics.

3) MIX & MASH:
An orgy of overlapping styles: pop, ambient, electro, new wave, groove, house, metal as well as the multifarious branches of new art music take over the senses… It all comes down to setup and an individual stylistic blend.

The feeling of belonging in cultural and societal terms, emigration, immigration, cosmopolites and citizens of the world: where do we belong and where do we want to belong?
For the application we require a project dossier consisting of a text of about one (1) A4 page in English, German or French, that describes how the project 'embodies' one or more of the above themes, a concrete programme (composer, work title, year, duration, instrumentation etc.), the biographies or CVs of all project personnel and a project budget.

Please identify your application in the subject field as "Public Call - Saison 2019". The application is to be sent by e-mail to info[at] by 30th September 2018.

More information:

 National Association of Composers / USA
Summary:Young Composers’ Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: (NACUSA)
40th Annual Young Composers’ Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2018

All entrants must be NACUSA members. Music by non-members will not be considered. Previous First Prize winners will not be eligible.
All previous winners are listed on the NACUSA website address above.

1. The competition is open to all NACUSA members who are American citizens or
residents, who have reached their 18th birthday but have not yet reached their 32nd birthday by the submission deadline. 

2. Compositions submitted should not exceed 10 – 12 minutes in length. 

3. This year composers can submit works in the following categories: A. Brass Quintet B. Any solo acoustic instrument (except percussion, harp and celesta) C. 1-3 instruments with optional electronics/playback. If percussion is used, it should involve only one performer. No harp or celesta is permitted. Different categories will fluctuate over the course of future NACUSA competitions. 

4. Compositions submitted must not be published and must not have won any other competitions. Each composer may submit up to two works. 

5. Recordings (mp3 format) of the entire composition are highly recommended, but not mandatory. 

6. Compositions will be judged, in part, on legibility and clearness of music score. 

7. All scores must be submitted anonymously under clear pseudonym in PDF format, using NACUSA website (see the guideline under NACUSA 2018 Composition Contest). All mp3 files must also be submitted anonymously, using the same pseudonym. Scores that do not adhere to the Contest rules will be disqualified. 

8. The winners will be announced by February 1, 2019. 

9. All prizes come with a possible performance during a NACUSA National Conference or during the Contemporary Music Festival Musica Moderna in Lodz, Poland. 
First Prize is $500, Second Prize is $400, Third Prize is $300. 

10. Questions regarding the Contest can be sent to Dr. Wieslaw Rentowski, NACUSA 2018 Young Composers’ Competition Coordinator (NACUSA Vice President and Texas Chapter President) at 


 MotoContrario Ensemble - Call for Scores
Summary:Solo instrument or mixed ensemble call
Deadline: 30 August 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: MotoContrario Ensemble is very excited to announce its fifth call for scores.
For this edition we open the call for:
- solo instrument or mixed ensemble (from 2 to 7 instruments)

- clarinet (one performer, including piccolo in Eb, soprano in B, in A, bass clarinet)
- saxophone (one performer, including sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)
- trumpet (one performer, including flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, cornet)
- violin (one performer)
- viola (one performer)
- piano (one performer)
- vibraphone (one performer)

- Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
- Applicants may submit only one work.
- Submitted works must not exceed 15 minutes of duration.
- Pieces that don't follow the above mentioned instrumentation will not be considered.
- Pieces that request amplification or that use electronic devices will not be considered.

The submitted pieces will be selected by the members of MotoContrario Ensemble.
The selected pieces will be performed in a dedicated concert at the 6th edition of Festival Contrasti, that will have place in spring 2019, in Trento, Italy; more other pieces could be considered for different occasions.

August 30, 2018 (CET 11.59 pm)

For the call there is no fee.
However, we kindly ask you a free donation for supporting this call; even a little donation by you could be a big help for us to cover the several costs of our performing activities. The contribution will not affect the selection process, of course!

 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize
Summary:Voice with ensemble
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 July 2018
Details: Title: 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize.

Fee: None

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Winners notified by: December 3, 2018

Prize: 1,750 USD

Contact person: Jonathan Rainous,

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2018 Heckscher Foundation–Ithaca College International Composition Prize. This year the competition will award the best work for Mezzo Soprano and ensemble. The ensemble shall consist of minimum two instruments to the maximum instrumentation below:





2 Violins



1 Percussionist


Works with electronics are not acceptable at this time, and the work’s duration must be a maximum 25 minutes. Pieces submitted to the competition may have been previously performed or awarded other prizes.

The composer of the winning work will receive a cash award of $1,750, and a performance by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. The composer of the winning work is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College on April 17, 2019.
Please note:

The Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize will not provide travel/accommodation allowance.

Submission deadline is October 31, 2018. The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by December 3, 2018. The winner will be contacted via e-mail.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Submissions must be anonymous. 

2. Only ONE submission per composer will be accepted. 

3. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the 
composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be 

4. For submitting materials electronically, please use the online entry form found on 
this link. To submit your materials, you will need to provide direct URLs to the following: 

• Score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)

• Recording, audio or video (if available). For audio, mp3 is preferred.

• Text or PDF document containing your full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. This document should be labeled with the title of your piece plus the words “contact info”, example: "Mypiece-contactinfo.pdf"

• PDF, audio, video and text files should be uploaded to platforms such as Dropbox, Megaupload, or any hosting space, making sure that no part of the URL or linked page reveals the identity of the composer. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least December 30, 2018.

• Electronic submissions or links sent via e-mail or any other method aside from the specified above will not be accepted.

5. If you are submitting materials in hard copy:
• Bound, anonymous score

• Recording (audio CD only)

• Sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (Write only the title of the musical work on the envelope.)
• Please send all materials to:

Ithaca College
School of Music

Attn: Composition Area/Heckscher Prize
953 Danby Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850

Please note that online submission via the form below or mail-in submissions are the only valid forms of electronic submission. Do NOT send materials or links via e-mail. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

To access the online form, follow this link or copy and paste the URL below into your web browser's address bar: rjLihccL82iKppLNIH_1DKghspNYyZ7FsTb2dg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Jonathan Rainous at


 Folkrnn Competition
Summary:Machine Learning in Music Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: ABOUT
The aim of this competition is to explore an application of machine learning to music – in particular the online tool at This model is an example of artificial intelligence trained on traditional tunes mainly Irish and English. The web interface allows users to generate new melodies using a few parameters (There's a video on the website that explains how it works). We are seeking works that make creative use of this tool to compose new pieces, which do not need to adhere to the idiom of the training material.

Submissions will be judged on their musical quality and their utilisation of outputs from The winning piece will be performed by a professional ensemble at a public concert in London, UK, in early October 2018. Professional recordings of the performance will be provided to composers, and with the permission of musicians and composers, made available on the project youtube channel

We welcome submissions from any composer without restriction of age or nationality. Attendance at the concert is not mandatory. There is no cost for submitting a work.

Submitted works should:
1. scored for any combination of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (only 1 each); no use of amplification or electronic instruments is allowed;
2. no longer than 10 minutes in duration;
3. must be derived in some way from material generated by the application at;
4. must be accompanied by a written explanation of how the work comes about from the use artificial intelligence through the website. Composers can also accompany the text with illustrations (e.g. staff notation).
5. no restrictions on style, or the way the outputs from are used;

Important dates:
• August 31 2018: Submission of PDF score and required accompanying material by email to
• September 15 2018: Notification
• September 25 2018: Performance materials due
• October 9 2018: Concert (London UK)

See the following:
• ‘Machine folk’ music composed by AI shows technology’s creative side – The Conversation, March 2017
• An A.I. in London is Writing Its Own Music and It Sounds Heavenly – Inverse, June 2017

If you have questions or comments, contact Dr. Oded Ben-Tal:

Summary:Bandoneón Call
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: The competition is reserved for original compositions for bandoneón solo or bandoneón within chamber ensembles. The competition purpose is to extend and modernise the original bandoneón concert repertoire with innovative works.

Scores may be forwarded according to the following mode:

- Digital PDF format copy, to be sent in attachment to the following address: Should the file size be larger than 1 MegaByte, the system shall be used to send the documents.

The competition categories are configured as follows:
1. Works for bandoneón and string orchestra or chamber orchestra (A Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 12, maximum 25 minutes 

2. Works for trio (Bandoneón, Piano, Double Bass), quartet (Bandoneón, Violin, Piano, Double Bass), quintet (Bandoneón, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Double Bass); or works for bandoneón and string quartet (B Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes 

3. Works for Bandoneón solo or Bandoneón and other instrument among the following: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute (C Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes

More information:

 Flute New Music Consortium
Summary:Flute competitions (4 categories)
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018
Details: The Flute New Music Consortium promotes new works by talented composers through an annual composition competition. This year's competition will feature four categories for submission.

Competition Categories:

Solo Flute: Submission deadline: June 1, 2018. 11:59 CST

• Works in this category must feature solo flute.
• Instruments in the flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted.
• Works for flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.

Flute and Accompaniment. Submission deadline: July 1, 2018. 11:59 CST

• Works in this category must feature the flute and one other voice. (This can include flute, piano, electronics, or another instrument.)

Flute Duo. Submission deadline: August 1, 2018. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must include flute and one other instrument.
• Works for flute and piano or flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.

Chamber Works. Submission deadline: September 1, 2018. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category include flute in some capacity.
• Chamber works should utilize between three and six performers.
• All instrumentations will be considered, but works for flute ensemble (flute quartet, flute trio) are strongly encouraged.

• Entries must use the flute in some capacity. There is no age limit, and composers are permitted to submit up to three works per category
• Suggested Length: 5-12 minutes
• Submission of Materials:
• Online application and entry fee ($13 per score). A $1 convenience fee per score will be assessed for payments submitted through the website. Scores should not contain identifying markings. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Multiple Entries: Composers may submit no more than three entries per competition category.
• The winning composer from each competition category will receive a $250 (USD) prize, one or more performances, and a live recording from one or more of the performances.

Entry Information:
All entries must include:
• Scores with no identifying markings in either the file or the file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius, or some other type of music entry software program
• All score submissions must be in PDF file format
• Live or MIDI recordings of each entry, with no identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata.
• All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files.
• Application information: name of composer, contact information, title of piece, instrumentation of piece, composer website (if available)
• Payment confirmation number
• Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single PDF file
• Multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file

An entry confirmation will appear at the time of submission. An email confirmation will not be sent.

Selected winners give FNMC members rights to perform their works for one year and record their works for up to six years without further compensation. Selected winners consent to one video interview, to be shared with FNMC members and in FNMC marketing materials.

Incomplete applications or applications with identifying markings will be disqualified. Entries submitted without the payment confirmation number will be disqualified. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries which do not include an audio file in mp3 format will be disqualified. Previously winning pieces are not eligible for re-entry.

For additional information, please visit:

Or email:
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, Competition Coordinator

 SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
Summary:Voice and orchestra competition
Deadline: 27 October 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018

SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time

Lviv Chamber Choir – KLK Symphony Orchestra

International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
City: Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by : Lviv Philharmonic Society
Date: 21 > 24 November 2018

The International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, with the writing of sacred music who combines musical genres associated with a sacred or religious theme.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 must write an original work for mixed chamber choir and string orchestra, associated with a religious theme, or tied to a specific liturgical function or must write a music inspired to elevate our souls to God, even without being embedded in a context of religious practice.

The 5th International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the sacred art of our time, on the contemporary sacred music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select 12 composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 from 21 to 24 November in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The 12 composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concert of the forum by Lviv Symphony Orchestra and Lviv Chamber Choir inside the Roman Catholic church of St. Peter and Paul in Lviv.

The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer with the selected works. A movie director will make a video of the concert.

The International Music Composers’ Competitions is open to a maximun of 12 composers of whatever age or nationality.

Each composer must submit – deadline: 27 October 2018 – a music score choosen in the following categories:

a) strings orchestra (8,6,4,4,3);
b) chamber choir (16 elements) and strings orchestra;
c) soprano and strings orchestra;
d) symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).
e) soprano and/or choir, and symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).

The sacred text can be chosen from the Old and New Testament in latin or english.

The work must not exceed 15 minutes.

 impuls International Composition Competition
Summary:Commission Opportunity for Young Composers
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition.

impuls commissions up to 6 new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers´ works beyond that through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.

For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2016 please have a look at Composers for 2019.

For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Archives.

NEXT CALL: May 31st to October 31st, 2018.

Apart from commissions coming along with the competition impuls commissions other young composers in the framework of projects such as Text im Klang and Ulysses or in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found at Archives as well.

 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra 'Voice your opinion'
Summary:Compose an original vocal work of any duration and scale
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: 9th Annual Composition Competition:
Compose an original vocal work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo sung piece to chamber orchestra* with voices.
First prize - £1000
Mullord Award - £500
Closing Date 15th September 2018

For the ninth year running, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (ÁCO) is inviting composers of any age and nationality to submit works for an annual composition competition.
• There is no specification as to the length or nature of the work apart from the inclusion of a vocal element.
• The voice part may be a setting of any text or pure vocalisations: an English translation should be provided for any non-English text.
• If electronics are used, if not notated conventionally and fully in the score, a CD or mp3 should be supplied.
• A recording of the work should also be submitted if the score is notated graphically or in any other unconventional format.
• There is no restriction on the number of works submitted by each composer but each piece will incur the same entry fee of £26.
• The work may be a new piece or may have been written at any time in the composer’s career.
• Scores may be submitted electronically as pdf files to the address of competition administrator Trevor Huntley:

• Each piece should have only its title displayed on the cover. The identity of the composer, including address, email, phone number, biography, photograph and programme notes should be placed in a separate email marked with the same title and sent to the same address.
• Scores may also be submitted as hard copies which should be sent to the ACO company address:
5 Rensburg Road London E17 7HL
• In addition to the two awards mentioned above, there is the prospect of a performance by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a future season.
• The deadline for posted entries is 15th, 2018 September - posted scores arriving after that date will be accepted if postmarked with the closing date.
• Composers submitting their scores via a link on a file sharing site such as Dropbox should ensure the files remain uploaded until adjudication has been completed.
• All entries that the ACO receives will be acknowledged prior to adjudication. Composers will be notified if any files of an electronic submission are corrupt or missing. It is the responsibility of the composer to provide the ACO with pdf files that can be opened. If the composer is unable to supply the requested downloadable and readable files within the time limits detailed above, the entry will be deemed disqualified.
• Entries should not contain a pseudonym; all entries will be allocated a unique reference number by the ACO competition administrator to ensure the composer's identity remains unknown. Identities will only be revealed to the adjudicators once their final decision has been made.
• Please contact Trevor Huntley if further clarification is needed.
• The maximum* size of the orchestra is as follows:

2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
2 bassoons (2nd doublng contrabassoon)
2 horns
timpani (doubling second percussionist)
percussion (one player)
any keyboard
6 violins
2 violas
2 cellos
1 double bass.

• The vocal component can range from a solo voice
to a chamber choir of mixed or single-sex voices.
• Minimum specification is a single voice.

The entry fee is £26 per work. Payments may be made via Paypal by clicking below


 Minute of Music Project
Summary:Competition for US composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Call for Scores – Submit Your Score
First Open Call For Scores! – Minute of Music Project

Entry Deadline: None (ongoing)
Entry Fee: None (project is crowdfunded)
Eligibility: All adult U.S. citizens (18 or older)
Prize: None, but I will record your piece for posterity!

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must reside in and be a legal citizen of the United States.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2016.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “banana.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins reserves the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins to record your entry free of charge.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email.
Donations are optional, and will not effect score selection.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

Have a question not answered here? Use the contact tab.

 2018 BGSU Graduate Conference in Music
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH

February 9-10, 2018

Our call for works extends to all current graduate students (master’s and doctoral) from any institution. Senior undergraduates with exceptional standing are welcome to submit with the guidance of a faculty member.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current BGSU student, any scores you submit must be anonymous and should not include any information that could personally identify the composer. If any personal information (composer name, bio, logo, etc.) is found on the score, the composer will be disqualified.

Applicants may submit up to two works for consideration. Each work should be no longer than twelve minutes. The instrumentation is open to solo and chamber works of any instrumental/vocal combination and works involving electronics (up to four channels).

Each work may fit into one category:

A) Works for any instrumentation for which the composer can provide ALL of the required performers

B) Works for 1-5 performers for which the composer cannot provide ALL of the required number of performers

• Works involving flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion and soprano are more likely to be programmed in category B.

C) Works involving electronics may use up to 4 channels.

• Works submitted in categories A and B may also involve electronics (fixed media and/or interactive). Works involving video are also permitted.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 15, 2017. The composer’s attendance at the conference, dress rehearsal, and paper presentations is required. Do not submit if you cannot attend the conference.

Composers interested in submitting works should fill out the Call for Works Form.

For questions regarding the submission, please email Adam Kennaugh at Please include “BGSU Graduate Student Conference” in the subject.
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 School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music
Summary:High School Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 11 March 2015
Details: This High School Composition Contest is offered jointly by the School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music. It’s intent is to encourage the composition by high school students of high quality music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles and performers. While this is the first year of the Contest, it is intended that it be an annual event.

The prizes for the winning composition in each category are:

1) $1000 cash

2) Public performance and recording by the appropriate Azusa Pacific University music ensemble.

3) Consideration for publication by J.W.Peppers publishing arm, Wingert-Jones Publications.

4) A complimentary subscription for J.W.Pepper’s My Score® self-publishing platform, valued at $99.

There are five categories of music being sought for the Contest. They are listed below, along with the length limitations for each category.

1) Orchestra 5 to 8 minutes

2) Choral 4 to 6 minutes

3) Wind Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

4) Jazz Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

5) Chamber 5 to 8 minutes

Plan to submit a properly notated score and demo recording. The winner in any category will be expected to provide clear, readable parts for the appropriate ensemble. Details are at the “How to Enter” tab above.

The choral composition may be accompanied or unaccompanied. It can be for mixed chorus, women’s choir, or men’s choir. Any accompaniment should be limited to piano and/or no more than two other common instruments.

The chamber composition may be for string quartet, string quintet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, piano trio, piano quintet, guitar ensemble, guitar with bowed strings, or any common solo instrument. Other small groupings may be considered. If you would like to compose for a non-standard chamber group, it is suggested that you send email to with a description of the ensemble to get approval of the ensemble for which you wish to compose.

Instrumentation for the other ensembles follows.


Wind Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (big band):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to

 Flexible Persona
Summary:Journal seeks compositions
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 August 2014
Details: The Flexible Persona, a literary journal, is looking for the work of minimalist composers for our audio issues. We would feature a 10–20 second clip of your work before the story is read and then a work up to five minutes in length at the end of the broadcast with credit to you and link to your website/work. For questions or to submit links to your work, please e-mail us at: Please do not send audio attachments.