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 Violettes by Becky 7th Annual Youth Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for Young Composers
Deadline: 14 February 2020
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: The Violettes by Becky Youth Music Composition Competition is for ages 10 thru 18 (students still in high school). Sign up now, but submit your compositions by February 14, 2020. The compositions should be submitted via email to in both written form and on MP-3 or MP-4…
The cost is $20, but if you can not afford this, we can waive the fee.

Volunteer judges will provide constructive feedback for the students’ works and decide the winners.
Judges are Professors of Composition Laura Elise Schwendinger and Andrew Lloyd Sigler of University of Wisconsin-Madison and of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville respectively. Learn more about judges at

Prizes are -
First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet by Violettes by Becky

Second Place: $50 gift Certificate from Performers Music

Third Place: $25 Gift certificate from Performers Music

Should there be at tie, or at least 3 entries under age 15, an age
division will be made for judging and prize purposes, and more gift
certificate prizes will be added from Sheet Music Plus.

1. Entries must be amateur composers who are ages 10 thru 19 on Feb. 14, 2020. (Students must still be in High School).
2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.

See complete set of rules on-line at on the competition page.
Entry Fee:$20

 Carl Orff Composition Competition 2019/20
Summary:Works for children, two categories
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: The Orff Schulwerk as a role model
In the Carl Orff Composition Competition 2019/20 we celebrate the 125th birthday of Carl Orff. In addition to the Carmina Burana is probably the "Orff-Schulwerk" known worldwide. On this occasion, we want to take up this pedagogical concept for the next competition.

The basis of the Orff Schulwerk is the creative interaction of the elements of music, language and movement as elementary forms of expression of humans and the awareness that to a child, language, dance and music are not yet differentiated areas of activity. Therefore, from the beginning singing is accompanied by the playing of instruments. To reproduce music that has been heard or written down or performing dance in traditional forms also includes the attributes of self-invention and self-design. The Orff Schulwerk activates elemental music and dance pedagogy which is a potential for expression that exists in every human being as well as cross-cultural musical behavior patterns.

With this in mind, the compositions of this competition are intended to provide an insight and encourage a better understanding for other cultures. Therefore, the theme of the composition should be a freely selectable folk song taken from the native language of the composer. Essentially, the works sung by the children should be able to be played along with a selection of Orff instruments.

1) Children up to 12 years of age
• Children's choir
• Soprano recorder
• Alto xylophone (c1-a2)
• Bass xylophone (c-a1)
• Frame drum
• Small percussion instruments (e.g. Maracas, Claves, Triangle, Tambourine)

All instruments should be played and each in unison. Each instrument group can have its own accompaniment melody. The children's choir may have a maximum of 2 voices. The goal is that this part of the composition can later be practiced in school classes.

2) Accompaniment by a professional string quintet (2 VI, 1 Vla, 1 Vc, 1 Kb).

The exterior form of the composition:
1. Theme – Singing in a capella, one voice, no instruments, solely the folk song (1st stanza)
2. Variation with emphasis on rhythm (if nec. 2nd stanza)
3. Variation with harmonic components (if nec. 3rd stanza)
4. Variation ad libitum (if nec. 4th stanza)

Preludes, interludes and postludes are possible which will be played by the string quintet.

Total length is a maximum of 4 minutes without repetition. For pedagogical reasons, repeats or other stanzas might be recommended for execution in schools.

The interior form of the composition:
The singing by the children's choir conforms to the principles of the cantus firmus. The singing is reproduced in the original language for all movements without variation. The composer will provide a phonetic spelling according to the international phonetic alphabet which corresponds to the lyrics of the song as well as an analogous translation into one of the following languages for comprehension: german, english, french or spanish. The instruments of the children's group have a diatonic voice leading (possible keys are C-major/a- minor, G-major/e-minor, F-major/d-minor). Their interaction with tonal and harmonic structures begins with a basic sound. Rhythm and melody provide a basic structure in the ''rhythmic-melodic exercise'' which is supported by a monotone. An attempt should be made to extend the sound as step harmony, parallelism and layering.

The accompanying string quintet can be used completely at will. It offers the composer extended compositional possibilities. However, it should be arranged in such a way that an execution of the work could be performed without this element. This should ensure that the composition can be played in normal schools as well as in high quality concert performances.

Required file formats:
Original music notation file, xml, pdf, midi and alternatively mp3 or YouTube video

Conditions of participation:
All composers are invited to participate without any limitations. The winners from previous competitions (only 1st-3rd place) are not eligible to participate.

10 compositions will be nominated for the final concert. The Carl Orff Competition e.V. will provide the selected composers paid round trip expenses to the final concert in Germany, 2 overnight stays, a dress rehearsal and guided tour with good musicians and an attractive supporting program for two days. The prize money amounts awarded to the 1st , 2nd , 3rd places will be 5,000.00, 3,000.00 and 1,000,00 Euros respectively.

Time table:
The closing date for entries is February 29, 2020.
The public evaluation will take place between March 15, 2020, and April 30, 2020. The premiere of the final works is planned for the Carl Orff Festival at the end of July 2020.

Recommended working aids:
Information on Orff Schulwerk:
Online converter for phonetics:
Table for Phonetics:

 Praecepta International Call for Scores
Summary:Competition with acoustic/electronic categories
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: Rules and Guidelines

Individuals may submit only one (1) work per category (acoustic composition, electronic composition).

Acoustic Composition:

The submitted work should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.

The number of performers must be between 2-6 players. The instrumentation may be a subset of the following instruments. Works that require a conductor are acceptable.

Flute (C, Piccolo, Alto, and Bass, doubling allowed)

Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)


(2) Saxophone (any kind, doubling allowed)

Trumpet Bb or C

Horn in F



(2) Percussion





Double Bass


The submitted work should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.

Submissions of electronic works may be composed for audio playback up to a quadrophonic speaker array with or without a live performer(s). Works that include a video component are eligible.

Full Guidelines:

-Works should be between 5-12 minutes in duration.

-Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.

-The work must not exceed twelve minutes in duration

-For the electronic category, works that include a video component are eligible but video is not required.

-Only one entry per composer.

-A jointly written work will be considered a single entry.

-Submissions may have been performed previously, but pieces that have been played and/or recorded by a professional ensemble should not be submitted.

-No information that indicates or suggests the name or affiliation of the composer can appear anywhere on the entry work score or recording.

-Scores and recordings (mp3) should be uploaded to the submission portal.

-For electronic works, in lieu of a score, the composer should provide a technical rider that includes spatialisation, video, live-processing, and equipment requirements.

 GEDOK Composers Competition 2020
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: The Federal Association of the GEDOK, Association of Communities of Artists e. V., for the first time awards the GEDOK Music Prize to female composers without age restrictions. Every composer can submit a work. The work is not yet listed and has not been awarded at another competition.

In 2020, the GEDOK commemorates in particular its founder, the art advocate and women's rights activist Ida Dehmel (1870-1942), and her 150th birthday. The compositions submitted for the competition are intended to be related to works by female composers of the time in which Ida Dehmel lived, especially to works by composers from 1926, the founding year of the GEDOK.

A selection list with names of composers from the beginning of the 20th century and corresponding links can be requested at .

The competition is advertised for the following ensembles with musicians from different GEDOK groups in Germany:

Bassoon / contrabassoon

Oboe and accordion
Soprano and bassoon / contrabassoon
Saxophone (soprano / alto) and bassoon
Violin and piano
Piano four hands
Soprano and guitar

Soprano saxophone (soprano / alto) and bassoon / contrabassoon
Soprano, clarinet and piano

The inclusion of electro-acoustic means is permitted, but must be organized by the composers for the performance itself. The use of visual interdisciplinary means such as video projection or the inclusion of scenic elements is not provided. We ask for an indication of the work (title, composer), to which the composition refers.

The submitted works should not exceed a duration of 10 minutes.

There will be a total of three prizes:
1st prize 2500 €
2nd prize 1500 €
3rd prize 1000 €

Award ceremony and performance:
The awards ceremony and performance of the works of the three prize-winners will take place in the Stadtmuseum in Munich on 12 September 2020 as part of the GEDOK Federal Concert.

The selection meets an expert jury. The jury's decision can not be challenged by legal means.

To be submitted only by digital means:

Score in pdf format
Artistic Vita
Short catalog of works
Declaration that the submitting composer has all rights to the submitted material and in no way violates the rights of others.

The documents must be submitted to:
Federal Association GEDOK e. V.

Inquiries by e-mail are possible to .

Deadline is January 31, 2020 (date of receipt)

The Composers Competition is a project of the GEDOK Federal Association.
Bonn, June 2019



Der Bundesverband der GEDOK, Verband der Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Kunstfördernden e. V., vergibt im Rahmen eines Wettbewerbs erstmalig den GEDOK Musikpreis an Komponistinnen ohne Altersbeschränkung. Jede Komponistin kann ein Werk einreichen. Das Werk soll noch nicht aufgeführt und auch nicht bei einem anderen Wettbewerb prämiert worden sein.

Im Jahr 2020 gedenkt die GEDOK besonders ihrer Gründerin, der Kunstförderin und Frauenrechtlerin Ida Dehmel (1870-1942), und ihres 150. Geburtstags. Die für den Wettbewerb eingereichten Kompositionen sollen einen Bezug zu Werken von Komponistinnen der Zeit haben, in der Ida Dehmel lebte, besonders zu Werken von Komponistinnen der Zeit ab 1926, dem Gründungsjahr der GEDOK.

Eine Auswahl-Liste mit Namen von Komponistinnen vom Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts und entsprechende Links kann unter angefordert werden.

Der Wettbewerb ist für folgende Besetzungen mit Musikerinnen verschiedener GEDOK-Gruppen in Deutschland ausgeschrieben:

Fagott / Kontrafagott

Oboe und Akkordeon
Sopran und Fagott / Kontrafagott
Saxofon (Sopran/Alt) und Fagott
Violine und Klavier
Klavier vierhändig
Sopran und Gitarre

Sopran Saxofon (Sopran/Alt) und Fagott / Kontrafagott
Sopran, Klarinette und Klavier

Die Einbeziehung elektroakustischer Mittel ist gestattet, muss aber von den Komponistinnen für die Aufführung selbst organisiert werden. Die Verwendung von visuellen interdisziplinären Mitteln wie zum Beispiel Videoprojektion oder die Einbeziehung szenischer Elemente ist nicht vorgesehen. Wir bitten um Angabe des Werkes (Titel, Komponistin), worauf sich die Komposition bezieht.

Die eingereichten Werke sollen eine Dauer von 10 Minuten nicht überschreiten.

Es werden insgesamt drei Preise vergeben:
1. Preis 2500 €
2. Preis 1500 €
3. Preis 1000 €

Preisverleihung und Aufführung:
Die Preisverleihung und Aufführung der Werke der drei Preisträgerinnen finden im Rahmen des GEDOK Bundeskonzertes im Stadtmuseum in München am 12. September 2020 statt.

Die Auswahl trifft eine fachkundige Jury. Die Entscheidung der Jury kann nicht mit rechtlichen Mitteln angefochten werden.

Einzureichen sind ausschließlich auf digitalem Weg:

Partitur in pdf-Format
Künstlerische Vita
Kurzes Werkverzeichnis
Erklärung, dass die einreichende Komponistin über alle Rechte am eingereichten Material verfügt und in keiner Weise die Rechte anderer Personen verletzt.

Die Unterlagen sind einzureichen an:
Bundesverband GEDOK e. V.

Rückfragen per E-Mail sind an möglich.

Einsendeschluss ist der 31. Januar 2020 (Eingangsdatum)

Der Komponistinnen Wettbewerb ist ein Projekt des GEDOK Bundesverbandes.
Bonn, im Juni 2019


 Penn State University
Summary:2019 Young Composers Contest
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

Attention Young Composers!

The School of Music at Penn State University is pleased to announce the 2019 Penn State Young Composers Contest. The contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school during the 2019/2020 school year.

Three composers will be named winners in the 2019 Penn State Young Composers Contest. A minimum of one winner will be selected from the state of Pennsylvania.

Each of the winning composers will receive:
>$100 prize
>1-hour virtual or in-person composition lesson/consultation with Dr. Baljinder Sekhon
>Possible performance of the winning work on the Spring 2020 New-Music Concert held April 24, 2020 (contingent upon instrumentation of work and availability of performers).
>Work and composer featured on the Penn State Composition social media sites.

Composers of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee.

A panel consisting of Penn State faculty and students will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entries.

All applications must be completed and received by October 1, 2019. The winning entries will be announced by January 15, 2020.

Rules & Guidelines:
>Composer must be a junior or senior in high school during the 2019/2020 school year.
>Work can be any duration.
>Any instrumentation, including works for digital media, are eligible.
>Works for acoustic ensembles or instrumental soloists must be submitted with a notated score (PDF file only).
>Works for digital media must include a one-paragraph description of the work and the hardware/software used to create it.
>No more than two submissions per composer.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Baljinder Sekhon:

 David P (’60) and Susan W Wohlhueter 2019-20 Composition Contest
Summary:Jazz Ensemble Composition Competition
Deadline: 04 October 2019
Date Posted: 27 August 2019
Details: About the 2019-20 Contest
The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for the jazz ensemble and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students will participate in the judging of the contest. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $1,000 plus a concert recording of their piece with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble. This year our guest artist at the culminating concert on December 7, 2019, will be world-renowned saxophonist Braxton Cook who will perform the winning piece with the Jazz Ensemble.

Judges will use five criteria to assess submissions:
1. QUALITY: The overall musical quality of the piece.
2. TRADITION: Compositions should be steeped in the traditions of jazz.
3. ACCESSIBILITY: Compositions should be musically accessible to both the audience and the performers.
4. DIFFICULTY: The difficulty level of the compositions should be such that they are playable by high school honor jazz bands, college bands, and professionals alike. Brass range should be considered in terms of the related aspects of (1) not being too high, and (2) allowing enough time for players to rest. Both aspects should be considered for brass playability.
5. NOTATION: Compositions must be professionally notated and clear. Clarity includes (but is not limited to) aspects such as:
I. Scores should be bound properly, and parts bound/taped with well-considered page turns.
II. Clear roadmap (repeats, D.S., D.C., coda, etc. should be easy for everyone to follow)
III. Commonly known/used chord symbols.
IV. Well-considered spacing, bars per system, etc.
V. Sufficient rehearsal letters/numbers (at least every 8 bars, or 12 bars perhaps for a blues)
VI. Page orientation and how it relates to page turns (scores should not turn vertically, for example).
VII. Clear style, with sufficient articulations and dynamics.
Winning pieces, composers and guest artists from previous years are listed at

How to Enter
1. Read the complete set of rules.
2. Completely fill out an online entry form at the address and print the confirmation message or email you receive after submission.
3. Enclose the printed confirmation message and $25 (US) entry fee in a sealed envelope. Write your name and the name of your piece on envelope.
4. Enclose the sealed envelope (containing the printed submission form and entry fee) with the fully anonymous score and parts into a single envelope/package.
5. Send the envelope/package to be received at Ithaca College no later than Friday October 4, 2019, to:

Jazz Composition Contest
Ithaca College School of Music
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Submission Deadline
All submissions must be received by Friday October 4, 2019, to be eligible for the contest. Pieces received after that date will be ineligible.


 Ensemble Proton Bern
Summary:Works or found objects
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by ensemble proton bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the upcoming generation of composers early on in their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual protonwerk concerts.

protonwerk was conceived not only to extend the ensemble’s repertoire but also to offer composers the opportunity to create and refine their work in a professional environment. We place a lot of importance on working together closely with composers. The individual musicians offer workshops at all points throughout the compositional process and the ensemble meets to work on drafts and/or sketches in the early stages of the project. In the week leading up to the concert, we rehearse the pieces in the presence of all participating composers. All works are then documented with audio and video recordings and these materials will be made available to the composers.

One of the primary aims of protonwerk is to broaden the ensemble's repertoire. In doing so, the opportunity for further performances in Switzerland and abroad may arise.

protonwerk no. 10 - objets trouvés
Virtuosity and flexibility are hallmarks of our work as instrumentalists and this means that sometimes we have to lay down our regular instruments in order to apply our performing skills to other things, for example every day objects! Sound makers can be found everywhere: at home, on the street, at the hardware or toy store…

For protonwerk no. 10 we will indeed put our regular instruments aside in order to pick up objets trouvés [ found objects ] with hands… Or feet. We want to walk in the footsteps of other composers who sought the unpredictable, theatrical, noisy or (im)practical and commission works for found objects. We will commission 5 composers to write for ensemble proton bern as an octet (8 players), each person playing only found objects. A one-day workshop in Autumn 2020 and an intensive rehearsal period directly prior to the concert in early 2021 will be conducted, in order to guarantee a proper investigation into the rich soundworld of objets trouvés.

• Born on or after 1st January 1984
• Completed undergraduate studies
• If possible, we will award around half of the commissions to composers of Swiss nationality or who live in Switzerland
• Instrumentation: 8 musicians/performers playing found objects (i.e. no ‘regular’ instruments), no conductor
• Duration: ca. 10 minutes
• Obligatory participation in the protonwerk workshop in Autumn 2020 (in special cases via Skype etc.)
• Fee of 2000.00 Swiss Francs, no further expenses covered
• Deadline for submission of the protonwerkcomposition: 31th December 2020

Applying for protonwerk no. 10
• Two (2) existing scores for chamber ensemble (no solo pieces or orchestral works) with audio recording. If possible, one of these works should be written for or employ found objects.

• A concept/composition sketch for a piece using found objects
• CV including the following details:
o Current residential address
o E-mail address
o Date of birth
o Nationality

• Application fee: 20.00 Swiss Francs
Payment with credit card via PayPal.
• Applications will only be accepted in .pdf (CV & scores) and .mp3 (audio recordings) formats (max. size: 20 MB)
• Closing date for applications is 15th October 2019.

The protonwerk no. 10 outcome will be notified late November 2019 and the concert will take place in early 2021, performed by ensemble proton bern.

Please contact Vera Schnider at if you have any questions.


 Synchromy Announces a call for scores for Harp Duo
Summary:Harp duo competition
Deadline: 27 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Synchromy is looking for chamber scores that incude two harps. The winning score will be performed as part of a concert we are planning for Spring 2020 in Southern California.

• Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit their scores and recordings (submissions with recordings are preferred).
• Original compositions written in the last 15 years (unpublished or self-published)
• Length up to approximately 12 minutes
• Instrumentation: Works must include two harps. They can also include up to two other performers. The more unusual the other instrumentation, the more difficult it will be for us to program the work, so we suggest sticking to readily available instruments.
• Composers can submit only one piece for our consideration. The piece may have been previously performed.
• We only accept electronic submissions.
• Any submitted score which does not include two harps will neither be acknowledged nor considered for programming.

Please submit the following materials to by Friday, September 27th, 2019
• Full score in .pdf format. This is not an anonymous call, please leave your name on your score.
• Recording, if available (attach mp3 file) MIDI realization converted to an audio file is acceptable)
• Short CV, resume or bio (pdf file)
• Your contact information (email, phone, physical address, link to your website, if available)
• Performance history for the work, including dates, locations, and performers.

There is no fee to apply for this call for works and no compensation will be offered to selected composer if his/her piece is selected for programming by Synchromy. Synchromy may choose to include any submitted piece on our future concerts without further compensation to the composer.

The selected composer will be notified via email by October 1st. At this point the composer will be asked to provide parts (electronic .pdf files or printed and bound scores) free of charge via email or post by March 1, 2020. The selected composer’s attendance is not required but encouraged. The coverage of travel and other expenses cannot be offered, but a limited number of complimentary tickets for the concert will be provided to the selected composer in attendance.

Email all application materials to To read more about Synchromy, visit Follow us on facebook,


 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters
Summary:Competition for Young British Composers
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: The 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters, jointly run by the Philip Bates Trust and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is now open for entries.

Young composers from all over the UK are invited to enter the 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style by the entry deadline of Monday 30 September 2019. Finalists will be announced by Monday 11 October.

Shortlisted entries will be given a public performance at the competition final at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Tuesday 26 November, when the winning pieces will be chosen. Shortlisted composers must supply their own pre-rehearsed performers at the final and the chosen winners will receive a cash prize.

This year the rules have been amended in several ways. Purely instrumental pieces are now allowed, as well as those with a vocal element: however the composition must be inspired by a text or texts in some way. Also, the composition can be for any number of performers and the minimum duration requirement has been dropped, although there is still a maximum duration of 12 minutes.

Composition competition prizes
The competition offers three cash prizes:
• £400 awarded by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
• £400 awarded by the Philip Bates Trust
• £200 awarded by the audience.

An opportunity will be given for one of the prize winning works to be performed again at A Touch of Basil in September 2019, a concert organised by the Philip Bates Trust.

In memory of Philip Bates
Philip Bates, a young man from Castle Bromwich with a promising musical future ahead of him, was tragically killed shortly after his nineteenth birthday in March 2000.

To honour his memory, the Philip Bates Trust (founded to encourage young musicians like Philip) and leading music college Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University) jointly run the annual Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters.

Competition Entry Requirements
This exceptionally broad competition has recognised talent in a variety of genres in the past.

It encourages entries in everything from classical, jazz and folk to singer-songwriter ballads, Asian music and rock, as long as the work is suitable for live performance and appealing to a wide range of concert-goers.

Entries should last up to a maximum of 12 minutes and instrumentation is up to the composer. Only one entry may be submitted per composer.

How to Enter
To enter the competition, please download and read the conditions of entry and submissions document below and follow the instructions.


Summary:Works that include harpsichord
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Application deadline:
15 November 2019
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: t.b.a.
2nd prize composers competition: t.b.a.
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 2020 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 a new composition written for the instrumentation of the Black Pencil ensemble (recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion), either with or without 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 (
Martijn Padding (
Roderik de Man (
Ere Lievonen (

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.


 Second International “New Vision” Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: The 21st International Chopin and Friends Festival and Four Corners Ensemble proudly announce the Second International “New Vision” Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel of: Jakub Polaczyk (composer and pianist, New Music Director of Festival Chopin and Friends, faculty at the New York Conservatory of Music), Reza Vali (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh), Shuying Li (Artistic Director of Four Corners Ensemble, Research Faculty at Shanghai Conservatory of Music), and members of Four Corners Ensemble (Erika Boysen, flute, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Joshua Anderson, clarinet, Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno; and Annie Jeng, piano, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro).

This year's edition of the festival is focused on the father of polish opera- Stanislaw Moniuszko and compositions should relate to some of the themes used in this music: love, daily life, faith, or related to the any national or folklore syndrome in the music. Two winning works will each receive $300 cash prize as well as a performance by guest singers and the Four Corners Ensemble at the Polish Consulate General-New York City on November 21, 2019.

There will be 2 categories:

1) with voice (mezzo soprano, soprano and/or baritone with ensemble)

2) without voice, instruments only.

Submission Guidelines

Eligible composers are those who are in the early to middle stages of developing an international career and for whom this prize would represent a significant career opportunity. Submitted works may have received premieres or/and performances in the past.

soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone; flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano.
Compositions may be scored for any subsets of the instrumentation listed (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano) from solo to sextet but category with voice must include voice and at least one instrument.

Compositions may not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:
Applications will only be accepted via email to

Composers must include the following materials as email attachments:
• Cover letter (PDF or MS Word format) that includes applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration, and year of the composition entered.
• Artistic resumé or CV
• Full score (PDF format only, do not include parts): composer’s name should not be on the score, as scores will be reviewed anonymously.
• Receipt of application fee submission.

It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:
• Audio recording of the piece (MP3 preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
• Program notes

$20 each composition. Composers may submit up to 3 works each person. Payment accepted online via PayPal paid to as well as the payment link shown below. Please send your receipt to and include "New Vision Competition/applicant’s name" in the subject line.

A panel of judges will choose two winning compositions as First Prizes, to be awarded $300 cash prize each, and to be performed by the Four Corners Ensemble at the “New Vision” concert on November 21st, 2019 at the Polish Consulate General - New York City; additional prizes will also be awarded with certificates, and all winning works will be included in the Four Corners Ensemble’s potential repertoire for future programming.

It is strongly preferred that the first prize winners be presented at the rehearsals and at the performance. However, the committee at this time cannot provide financial support towards airfare and accommodation for travel arrangements occurred.

Submissions must be time-stamped by October 1, 2019, 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced by October 15, 2019.

Please direct all inquiries to


Summary:Competition with 13 categories
Deadline: 04 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Email contact: Eunmi Ko,
Online Composition Submission Form:

Winner Notification: November 18, 2019* selected composers will be informed by email individually.
Registration Fee Due Date: December 6, 2019
Festival Dates: April 3-4, 2020

The 4th biennial International New Music Festival will be held April 3-4, 2020 at the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa, Florida. The festival will present four to five concerts programming works by 25-30 composers selected from the call for scores. The festival concerts will feature guest vocalist Thea Lobo, guest violinist Sini Virtanen, and guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor. The final concert will feature the acclaimed McCormick Percussion Group and the world premiere of a concerto for violin and percussion ensemble by Hilary Tann and a concerto for flute and percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon featuring Kenneth Cox.

Participant Eligibility:

1. Composers and scholars of any nationality and age are encouraged to apply.

2. Selected participants are required to attend the festival. However, the USF School of Music cannot provide any travel or lodging funding for selected participants.*

3. If selected, a registration fee of $60 will be due by December 6, 2019 to secure participation in the festival.

4. Students currently enrolled at the University of South Florida are not eligible.

5. A maximum of two USF alumni will be selected for the festival: one in each category of acoustic composition and electronic composition.

6. Requirements and submission procedures for each category are outlined below.

*The NMC will assist with travel arrangements to and from the airport in Tampa if needed and provide lodging discounts through USF where possible. The NMC will provide a formal invitation for those seeking financial assistance from their institution, if needed. The New-Music Consortium will make every effort to provide home stays for student composers and scholars, but this is not guaranteed.

Composition Eligibility:

- All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes in duration.
- Works composed after 2014 are eligible.
- Works integrating video are acceptable for any category.
- Previously performed compositions are eligible.
- Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.
- There is no entry fee to submit a work for consideration.
- Composers may provide their own performers or submit to one of the categories below.
- Selected composers are expected to register and attend the entire festival.

The following submission categories are possible:

1. Solo violin or violin and piano duo
(guest violinist Sini Virtanen and pianist Eunmi Ko)

2. Percussion Ensemble (maximum of 15 players) – McCormick Percussion Group
(produced by Robert McCormick)

3. Mezzo-soprano voice and piano – Songeaters
(guest vocalist Thea Lobo and pianist Eunmi Ko)

4. Solo saxophone (alto or soprano) with piano or fixed media accompaniment
(guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor)

5. Mixed Chamber ensemble works requiring 2-10 players.*
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

6. Works for solo instrument or voice.
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

7. Works for 1-5 performers with fixed or live electronics (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

8. Works for electronic playback only (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

9. Woodwind Quintet
(produced by USF woodwind quintet)

10. Trumpet Ensemble (3-6 players; Bb, C, Eb Trumpets, Bb cornets, flugelhorns, and piccolo trumpets are available).
(produced by Jay Coble, Professor of Trumpet)

11. Trombone Ensemble (6 tenor, 2 bass – or subset)
(produced by Tom Brantley, Professor of Trombone)

12. Flute Ensemble (up to 8 players, no Contrabass Flute available)
(produced by Francesca Arnone, Instructor of Flute)

13. Clarinet Quartet/Choir (any combination of clarinets)
(produced by Calvin Farwell , Instructor of Clarinet)

*Chamber Ensemble Instrumentation (category 5): The instrumentation may be a subset of the following (if the NMC is to provide the performers):

(2) Flutes/Piccolos
(2) Oboe/English Horn
(2) Clarinets (Bb, Eb, or Bass Clarinet)
(2) Bassoon/Contrabassoon
(2) Saxes (Alto, Tenor, and Bari)
(2) Horn
(2) Trumpets
(2) Trombones
(1) Bass Trombone
(1) Tuba
(2) Percussion
(1) Piano
(2) Violins
(1) Viola
(1) Cello
(1) Double Bass
(1) Soprano Voice
(1) Mezzo Soprano Voice
(1) Tenor Voice

If the composer intends to supply his/her own performers, the composer must indicate so on the submission form. If this is the case, the composer may utilize any instrumentation and any amount of players. *

* If a composer would like to provide his/her own percussionist(s) but utilize the percussion instruments available at USF, please provide a clear list of required percussion instruments with the submission.

Composition Submission Guidelines:

- Submissions will only be accepted online. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
- Submission Deadline: October 4, 2019
- Each composer may submit 1 work.
- Submissions should include links to a legible score (unless irrelevant) and recording.
- Recordings are encouraged but not required.
- Scores and recordings should be uploaded to an online file sharing service and remain available until November 18, 2019. The recording link can also be hosted on YouTube, SoundCloud, or a similar streaming service.
- Submissions should include brief program notes.
- Submissions should include a brief biography (100 words maximum).
- Submissions including electronics must include a complete list of technical needs (and if necessary, a routing diagram).


For additional information, please email Dr. Eunmi Ko:

Selected composers will be individually informed no later than November 18, 2019.
The festival registration fee of $60.00 is due by December 6, 2019.

Summary:Competition with 5 categories
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2020 will start on Thursday 1 August 2019. The Gaudeamus Award is an incentive prize for young composers. To give even more composers the chance to sign up, this year the maximum age has been raised to 35.

Music pioneers up to the age of 35 can register with a minimum of three separate pieces. One of which, the main entry, must fit into one of the five categories:

Large / small Ensemble
Electric Ensemble
Open category

There is also a special extra category: the participants can optionally submit an extra, fourth piece for the Residentie Orkest from The Hague, The Netherlands.

The entries will be judged by an independent jury. For the 2020 Award, the jury consists of Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, Jordanian-German composer Saed Haddad and British composer Oscar Bettison. A maximum of four composers will be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award in 2020. The jury selection will be announced in November.

Of the four nominees, a maximum of three different pieces will be performed during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020. The nominees will also be commissioned to write a brand new piece for one of the two Award Ensembles. In 2020 these are the Dutch Ensemble VONK and the adventurous duo Zöllner-Roche, of the Canadian-British clarinetist Heather Roche and the German accordionist Eva Zöllner.

Age limit
Registration for the Gaudeamus Award is open to composers and music pioneers worldwide. In addition to diversity in ethnic-cultural background, Gaudeamus also strives for an equal gender balance. For this reason, as of 2020 the age limit to apply has been raised from 30 to 35 years. The objective is that from 2020 onwards at least half of the nominees for the Gaudeamus Award will be female. Gaudeamus proactively invites composers to register for the Gaudeamus Award whose work is currently underrepresented in contemporary music.

The Gaudeamus Award has been one of the most prestigious awards for young composers worldwide since 1957. Recent winners of the prize are the Finnish Sebastian Hilli (2018), Aart Strootman from the Netherlands (2017), the American Anthony Vine (2016) and the Russian Alexander Khubeev (2015). The nominees for the Gaudeamus Award 2019 are Nicholas Morrish, Kelley Sheehan, Remy Siu, Stefan Maier and Scott Rubin. The Award will be presented during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019, which will take place from 4 to 8 September at various locations in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 International Percussion Premiere Night
Summary:Percussion competition
Deadline: 23 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: Composers from around the world are invited to write new music for percussion duo. A committee of experts will select four compositions
which will be premiered and recorded by the Popocatepetl Percussion Duo on February 15th 2020 in the “Casa della Musica” of Trieste, Italy.

One of the four compositions selected will be awarded a first prize of € 1000, donated by the “Fondazione Libero e Zora Polojaz”
Professional recording of the four winning compositions at the “Urban Recording Studio”

To broaden the repertoire for percussion ensemble
To stimulate composers to explore this field
To give composers an opportunity to get their works professionally performed and recorded
To expand the network of participants for further collaborations

The works
-Each work should last between four and fifteen minutes.
-The use of audio and/or video tapes and live electronics is allowed.
-Composers may submit a maximum of three works.
-Only works for percussion duo that have neither been performed professionally nor published as of September 23rd 2019 shall be accepted.

Composers can choose instruments from the following list:
• 2 five octaves marimbas
• 2vibraphones
• 1xylophone
• 1glockenspiel
• 2 timpani
• 2 kick drums
• 2 snare drums
• 8 tom-toms
• several cymbals
• 2 sets of wood blocks
• 1 tam-tam
• 6 small thai gongs (EU notation: c#’, e’, f’, c#”, e”, f”)
• 1 octave of crotales
• 2 tambourines
• 1 wind chimes
• 2 triangles
• junk percussion

For any questions about instrumentation please contact us at

Application form
The application is open to composers of all nationalities with no age limit and with no limit on composition style. Composers whose works are selected will be invited to the concert and hosted for the day of the performance, but they must pay their own travel expenses. The application fee is 50€ and corresponds to the membership fee for the Cultural Association PIROKLASTIKA for the year 2019.

Non EU (European Union) citizens will have to bear any additional costs for the bank transfer.

The application should include:
• The completed application form,
which you can download from the website
• A curriculum vitae with optional catalogue of works
• The scores of all compositions with program notes in PDF format
• 2019 membership application form
for the Kulturno Društvo - Associazione Culturale PIROKLASTIKA
• Theconfirmationofpayment
• A copy of a valid ID/Passport

• Application forms September 23th 2019
• Arrival of scores September 23th 2019
• Announcement of successful works September 30th 2019
Entry Fee:€50

 Call for Chamber Music Recordings 2019
Summary:Call for recordings
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: This project is open to composers and performers of any age and nationality that have recordings (live or studio) of their chamber music compositions.

We hope to discover works that would otherwise remain under the radar, with the aim to promote both the up-and-coming and the more established composers and performers.

With previous projects, we had the honour and pleasure to discover and release music written by composers from different countries, professors of universities or colleges, some of whom have won prizes and awards. Some others are artists working on establishing their career. If you want to discover more about our roster of composers and performers please visit the following page.

The winners will have their works published in a music release produced to showcase and promote contemporary music. Such release will be distributed in all the digital stores, platforms and outlets (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music and many more). The winners will also receive other prizes, please continue reading if you want to discover more.

The three-tier registration fee will be the only cost for the winners - no other hidden costs or charges will be required.

The prize will include:

Professional Production of the Album
including quality design of the cover artwork
(check our catalogue for an overview of our editorial style)
Preparation of the promotional text
Share of the sales of the album
The composer keeps 100% of the rights of the work
Commercial release / worldwide distribution
British Library, Sound and Music Archive registration

Option for synch & licensing opportunities (tv and media)
Option for physical distribution and manufacturing of the album (depending on demand)
Chart registration (USA, UK e Canada)
Promotion, Advertising and Press release coverage
Licensing and Copyright Clearance
Full contracts and agreements with the winning composers
Barcodes and ISRC codes
How to Participate
The application is via the Application Form. If you decide to participate you will be redirected to the application page where you can fill in your details.

ACCEPTED WORKS: Chamber Music Recordings.
Any music written for a minimum of 2 instruments (duo) up to 12 instruments in total. Works that include voice, electronics or percussions can be submitted (max 12 instruments). Works that include choir can’t be submitted.

Both Live and Studio recordings are accepted.

The work should be your original composition.

If your composition has won awards, competitions or other calls can still be submitted.

Please double check with your publisher/performer/or previous call or competition management that you have the rights to enter into other competitions and calls with such work.

There is no maximum duration. We strongly suggest and recommend to submit short and medium length works.

Contemporary music no matter the genre or style. The work can have jazz, pop rock, world or other influences and flavours but should mainly be instrumental contemporary classical.

Participants can submit more than one work.

Multi-movement works can be submitted and will count as 1 work.
A three-movement sonata will count as 1 work.

Collection of works will not count as one work and registration fee should be paid accordingly.
A suite of 3 works will count as 3 applications and fee should be paid 3 times.

AGE / Nationality:
There are no formal restrictions, anyone regardless of age and country of residency can participate (minimum legal age of 18 required - if you are underage please get in touch before applying)

There is no limit to the number of recordings that you can submit. Please note that we will tend to select only one work per composer. In some circumstances, we reserve the right to select more than one work (depending on the quality of works and talent(s) )

EARLY BIRD [Ends August 4, 2019]: £24 - per work submitted
STANDARD [Ends September 8, 2019]: £44 - per work submitted
LATE ENTRY [Ends September 30, 2019]: £64 - per work submitted

The registration fee will be the only cost for the participant and No other fees, or costs will be due if the composer is selected.

You will be asked to share a Link to your folder (Dropbox, box, google drive and similar only. No WeTransfer). Such folder should contain the following material: - Score(s) pdf
- Mp3 recording(s) of submitted scores
- Notes about the work(s) pdf
- Composer's artistic bio pdf
- Names of ensemble/performers and their bio where possible

The composer should be the owner of the master recording and should be able to license the work for the release. Please double check with recording/sound engineer and with performers before submitting the work. If your work is already released by any other entity (record labels, managers, agencies, etc..), we may need permission release from the current entity. We will reserve the right to withdraw your participation and fee would not be refunded if there is any irregularity.
Entry Fee:£24–64

Summary:Works accessible to Youth Ensemble
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: Calling all composers! The 6th annual World Projects Composition Contest is now open!
Entries are due December 1st, 2019.

Founded in the strong relationships World Projects has forged with renowned composers from across the globe, The World Projects Composition Contest presents a unique opportunity for new connections to be made. Through this contest, World Projects will strive to:

• Promote the composition of great new music
• Promote emerging composers
• Promote the collaboration between composer, conductor, and student performer
• Bring World Premieres to major concert halls
• Provide a platform where these compositions can be published and kept alive through future performances

Rules and Requirements:
1. This contest is open to everyone.
2. Applicants may enter up to one (1) original composition of their own that is a non-published, un-premiered work, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other right of any other work or person. (Arrangements will not be accepted)
3. The submitted work should be written for choral, orchestra, string orchestra, or band instrumentation. It must be between 3-7 minutes in length and is expected to be of a grade III or IV level and accessible to youth ensembles.
4. Entries received after the contest cutoff date of December 1st, 2019 will not be considered for submission.
5. The winner will be selected by the World Projects Composition Board. The composition board consists of World Projects and:

Award (per winning composition):
1. World Premiere of your composition by a selected ensemble at either the Walt Disney Concert Hall during the 2019 Los Angeles “Sounds of Summer” Festival or at Carnegie Hall during the 2020 New York “Sounds of Summer” Festival.
2. Roundtrip airfare (coach class) or Train transportation depending on location of festival.
3. Two (2) nights’ accommodation at the festival hotel.
4. Personal stipend of $200.00
5. Opportunity to lead a 90 minute festival rehearsal with the selected ensemble premiering your winning composition. Responsibilities to include but not limited to:
1. Participation in the application & selection process for ensemble that will perform the winning composition
2. Working directly with the Director of the selected ensemble in preparation of the world premiere
6. Your winning composition will be offered a publishing contract with World Projects Corporation.

Entry Submission Forms:
1. Full score (pdf)
2. Audio recording (live recording or synthesized notation software – MP3 format) MIDI files will NOT be accepted
3. List of any composer(s) and/or piece(s) that influence your work (pdf)
4. Entry form (pdf)

How to enter:
• E-mail your entry to File attachments should not exceed 20 MB in size per E-mail.
• If E-mail is unavailable:
• World Projects Corporation – 601 First Street, Ste. 200, Benicia, CA 94510.

 CoMa Partsong Project
Summary:Call for scores in open scoring
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Deadline: N/A

Details: The Partsong Project is central to CoMA’s aims, responding to a need to create a repertoire of flexible pieces for multiple (but solo) voices. Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc.

Fee: N/A

Contact: For more specifics on the brief and for information on submitting works, please visit:

 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.