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Summary:Call for Works by African Women Composers
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: Crossing Borders Music is planning a concert of women composers from under-recognized cultures from around the world. We’d like to hear from you what it’s like being an African woman composer, and to program your chamber music compositions in a concert in Chicago, IL, USA, in early 2018.Crossing Borders Music performs chamber music works – most often music for strings and/or piano – and the works are typically up to about 20 minutes long. Composers are not typically paid or provided other compensation, but will have their music performed by professional musicians for a large general audience in the Chicago area, accompanied by information about their inspirations and how their cultural background shapes their composition. Crossing Borders Music also typically provides a video of the concert for private use to the composers.For more information or to submit scores, please contact Crossing Borders Music at, at, or through the Crossing Borders Music Facebook page ( Scores should be received by November 15, 2017.

 EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne - International Competition for Young Composers
Summary:International Composition Contest for Young Composers
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: Deadline: Thu 30 Nov 2017 - 17:00
EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne - International Competition for Young Composers

In the framework of the next festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne) which is dedicated to the work of Bernd Alois Zimmermann the composition competition will take place for the seventh time in 2018.

Composers up to 30 years are invited to present a new work for ensemble (flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombone, 2 percussion, 2 piano, string quintet) working with Zimmermann’s musical metaphor of an “spherical form of time".

Basic data of the competition

The jury will select three compositions for completion on May 4th by MAM.manufaktur aktuelle musik within ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.

The jury consists of the following members: • Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn, composer • Susanne Blumenthal, conductor of the final concert.

We will announce the other jury members (one representative of the WDR and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne) on as soon as possible.

 Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
Summary:Mandolin and Guitar Call
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is issuing a Call for Scores for its 2017‐2018 season.

FIRST PRIZE: $250 and a Premier Performance by the KMGO

1. Must consist of the following make-up: Mandolin 1 (4), Mandolin 2 (9), Mandola (3), Mandocello (3), Contrabass (1), and Guitar (4). Divisi may be used as much as wanted but may not exceed the numbers listed above. Guitars are classical 6-string standard tuned guitars.
2. There is no restriction on length of the work.
3. The work must NOT make use of any soloists and must use the standard ensemble only as listed above.
4. Mandolas are to be scored in treble clef transposing at the octave.
5. Scores must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018
6. Application must be included with the submission.
7. Please submit one score and one complete set of parts. A CD containing a recording of your work may be included but it is not mandatory. (Midi and mp3 files are acceptable.) Materials will not be returned. DO NOT send originals.
8. There is no fee required to enter this contest.
9. The applicants will be judged by a four member panel of KMGO members and last year’s winner, Chris Acquavella
10. The winner will be notified no later than March 31, 2018
11. Premier performance will take place during the 2018 season of the KMGO schedule.
12. Winning composition will become a permanent part of the KMGO music library.
13. Winning composition will be awarded a prize of $250.
14. Submitted compositions must NOT have been previously performed or published.


 New York New Fusion Music Festival
Summary:Festival Call for Works
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: The New York New Fusion Music Festival, based in New York City, is pleased to announce a call for scores of possible composers to be part of a special one-night concert performance in the highly-esteemed Carnegie Hall, New York on December 18, 2017. Hua Mei Orchestra will be collaborating with Unheard-Of//Ensemble and F-Plus Music. The purpose of this concert is to promote and celebrate a fusion of Western and Eastern music, sharing a single stage in front of both American and Asian audiences.

Our players’ instrumentation will include the following: Flute, Clarinet (2), 2 Violins (multiple), 2 Cellos (multiple), 2 percussionists, 1 Chinese San Xian (a long lute puck instrument); Chinese Sheng (mouth organ), and a piano.

Scores may utilize as few as two instruments or as many as the entire ensemble.

Selected piece(s) will be announced through the New York Hua Mei Performing Arts website and the official Facebook page. The winning composer(s) will have his/her work be performed in front of a live New York City audience for a special one-night concert.

How to Apply: (please read carefully!)

1. Submit an online payment of $25.00 USD via PayPal to The link to the PayPal account is: . After completing the payment, the applicant will receive a payment receipt to confirm the transaction.
**Applicants will only be considered when they've paid the application fee.**
**Applicants can send a maximum of 2 scores ($25.00 USD per score).**

2. Send a PDF file of composer's scores to Audio file is optional but highly recommended. If the file is too big for attachment, send the link on the email. Please make sure that all files are downloadable and/or the link can be streamed.
**Scores must be under 10 minutes.**

3. Applying composers must also send a short biography in PDF format about themselves and a description of their works. Email this with the files and/or link mentioned above to

4. Any questions or concerns, please contact us on

***Application Fee: $25.00 USD (PayPal only)
***Deadline: October 31, 2017 (via email)

Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.