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 Allentown Symphony
Summary:Art Inspired Composer Competition
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: CALLING ALL COMPOSERS! THE ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2017 PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION COMPOSER COMPETITION

The Allentown Symphony, in collaboration with the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown PA announces its "Pictures at an Exhibition" composer competition. Applicants are invited to submit a compositions between 1-3 minutes in length based upon a painting or work of art from the permanent collection at the Allentown Art Museum (31 North 5th St, Allentown PA 18101).

Six to eight winning submissions will be combined together by composer Larry Lipkis (Moravian College) with newly composed Promenade music and premiered by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during the March 10 & 11, 2018 classical concerts.

ELIGIBILITY: To apply, you must reside as either a permanent resident or student in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or the Greater New York City Area (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Westchester, Rockland County, & Long Island). The competition is open to composers of all ages.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 25, 2017

APPLICATION FEE: $30

FIRST PRIZE: Performance of your work by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra at the March 10 & 11 2018 Classical Concerts; up to 4 free tickets to the March performances to see your piece performed

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES FOR JUDGING:

K-8
High School
College (up to age 22)
Adult (age 23 and above)
JUDGING CRITERIA:

Creativity, imagination, and originality depicting a work of art through music
Selection and use of orchestral instruments; effectiveness in writing for the orchestra
Clarity of notation
COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS

1. Orchestration—

Maximum Orchestra:

3 flutes (option for piccolo), 3 oboes (option for english horn), 3 clarinets (option for bass clarinet), 2 bassoons

4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass), 1 tuba

timpani, up to 3 percussion (standard instruments)

harp, piano/celeste

Strings (max—12, 10, 8, 8, 6)

Note: You can write for smaller instrumentation, but not any larger

2. Only one submission per applicant.

3. All submitted scores and parts must adhere to MOLA guidelines.

4. Submissions should be submitted as PDFs. Originals should done in either Sibelius or Finale and if chosen as a winner, applicants must be able to provide a professional level score and set of parts for their composition.

5. Each application must include a Midi sound file.

6. Winning applicants should be available to attend the ASO Concerts on March 10 2018 at 7:30pm & March 11 2018 at 3pm as well as a pre-concert reception on Saturday, March 10, 2018 (time tbd). Travel and lodging is the responsibility of the contestant.

7. Do not include your name on any of the submitted materials, please select a pseudonym to use

8. Applications should include the full title of the piece and the artist's name. Art work must be from the permanent collection at the Allentown Art Museum, 31 North 5th St., Allentown PA 18101; http://www.AllentownArtMuseum.org.

9. Composers will release the rights for 2 performances of their composition by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and for a MIDI version of their piece to be available for listening at the Allentown Art Museum, as well as for any television or radio broadcast or rebroadcast of the ASO March 10 & 11 concerts.

11. Submitted materials will not be returned.

12. Compositions must not exceed 3 minutes in length.

13. Please print and mail 3 hardcopies of the score to
Attn: Stephanie Kocher
23 N Sixth St.
Allentown PA 18102
Web Site:www.millersymphonyhall.org/education-community/community/composer-competition/

 "Listening to China - 2017 Shanghai" Composition Program
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Composition Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (“SHCM”) sincerely invites you to participate in a program titled “Listening to China - 2017 Shanghai”. This is the third time that students from worldwide have been invited to take part in the creation for this program and take a cross-cultural journey in Shanghai.

Specific Requirement:

1.The program is open to composition students ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level, there is no age limit as long as the composer is enrolled in a degree program in any country except China.

2.There is no entry fee.

3.Please adapt an audio (or video) designated by SHCM into a work less than 10 minutes performed by vocal (one or two) and orchestra, or Chinese instrument (one or two) and orchestra. You can also take this as a “ novel orchestration” of existing materials (the audio or video material should be audible and recognizable in the work). As the vocal singer will be a traditional Chinese opera performer, please take into consideration the performer’s singing method and capability. We will provide each finalist with a different audio (or video) and the introduction in English.

4.Instrumentation for the work: 3333/4331/T+4 perc./hp/voice (performer singing a traditional Chinese opera)/14.12.10.8.6. A small number of Chinese instruments may be used in the work.

5.The deadline for application is September 1, 2017. A music score for vocal singing or Chinese instrument playing (a demo may also be provided) is to be submitted by October 15, 2017 (when the work is close to completion or has been completed) so that a traditional Chinese opera or instrument performer can practice the work.

6.The full score and the parts in PDF are to be submitted by October 20, 2017.

7.The selection will be made on a rolling basis, if the programme of the concert is full for year 2017 before the deadline, yet the committee deems the applicant possessing a great talent, he/she will likely to be commissioned for next year’s program “Listening to China - 2018 Shanghai”.

8.When selected as a finalist, you will be invited to attend the concert to be held on a certain day between late November and early December in 2017. The concert will be performed by Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Shanghai Symphony Hall. The attendance of the rehearsal and the concert is mandatory otherwise your work won’t be included in the program.

9.Your accommodation fee and other reception fees in Shanghai for one week will be covered by SHCM, and you will bear the international traveling expenses by yourself.

10.SHCM will pay each finalist Euro 1,000 for his/her work.

11.Further notice of the issues concerning visit to Shanghai will be communicated with each finalist by SHCM.

Materials to be submitted:

1.Your photo, your biography/CV, and a scan of your passport.

2.Score and recording of one recent work that is a good representation of your music (no restriction on the instrumentation).

The link for the programme of previous editions:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/99s710xfi35wbn0/AACKtjgAXB2cjW84KwCXbea0a?dl=0

Please send your application to the program coordinator Mr. Zhiyi Wang
zhiyi_wang@yahoo.com

The program committee will evaluate your materials and select the finalists.


Web Site:www.dropbox.com/sh/99s710xfi35wbn0/AACKtjgAXB2cjW84KwCXbea0a?dl=0
Email:zhiyi_wang@yahoo.com

 Young Composers Scheme
Summary:Workshop with Brass Quartet
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 19 April 2017
Details: Are you an aspiring young musician aged 14-18 with a passion for classical music? Do you want to develop your skills in composition, instrumentation and arranging?

In conjunction with the International Concert Series at St David’s Hall, Arts Active is offering an invaluable opportunity to learn from and work alongside professional composers and highly experienced instrumentalists from Wales.

The Young Composers scheme consists of monthly composition workshops in St David’s Hall, in which you will be guided and given tuition in writing for a classical ensemble, and hear your compositions tried out loud by the musicians.

The scheme is FREE and will end in a final showcase of your works-in-progress or final pieces where they will be recorded, edited and sent out to you to keep.

This is an exciting opportunity that will look great on further education applications and will be of particular benefit if you are building a portfolio of work for School or university.

This Summer you will have the oppertunity to work with Brass Quintet. During the course you will discover the sound worlds of the different instruments while discovering their cababilities and limitations in order to create your own composition.

Past courses: Writing for Orchestral Percussion, Wind Quintet, String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Composing for a purpose: Education, Theatre, Film & Game, Trio of Harp, Viola and Flute, Trio of Piano, Double bass and saxophone.

Past Composers: Peter Reynolds, Max Davies, Adrian Hull, James Williams, Helen Woods, Rob Westwood, Harriet Riley, Molly Lopresti Richards, Tess Tyler & Ashley John-Long

Web Site:www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-young-composers-scheme-2017-tickets-33395423611?aff=es2

 2017 Fanfare Competition: Call for applications
Summary:Young Composers' Competition
Deadline: 26 May 2017
Date Posted: 19 April 2017
Details: Imagine hearing your music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra and broadcast at venues around Australia! If you are a budding composer or musician then the Fanfare Competition is an exciting opportunity for you.

The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Eight selected participants will work with mentor composer Nicholas Vines to fully develop their ideas, and have their work pre-recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and that draw attention. You don’t need to have a strong musical background – your work just needs to draw attention for the intended use of cueing audiences to take their seats at performance venues.

2017 Fanfare Competition Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 26 May 2017.
Enter online today!

Fanfares will be played at venues around Australia in 2018 and our presenting partners are: Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and Perth Concert Hall.

Email:artology.org.au/fanfare/

 Young Composer-in-Residence (2018-2020)
Summary:Composer in Residence Opportunity
Deadline: 07 July 2017
Date Posted: 16 April 2017
Details: Glyndebourne is currently looking for an emerging composer aged (under 30 years old as of 7 July 2017) for a part-time residency for three years, starting in January 2018. The successful candidate must be based in the UK during this residency.

The Glyndebourne Young Composer-in-Residence will have the opportunity to:
• Immerse themselves in the work of an opera house
• Investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera
• Observe the development of the creation of new work (three commissions in development currently)
• Involve themselves in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of a professional opera company
• Create new work in opera and music theatre through a number of projects, including development workshops and/or performance
• See new work across Europe

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree-level qualification in composition or equivalent professional experience, and should have evidence of engagement with dramatic writing in opera, theatre, or multimedia work, of writing for the voice, and of practical skills as a pianist and/or vocalist/instrumentalist capable of improvising. Applicants should also demonstrate their interest in engaging with the work of the education department, and give examples of self-generated opportunities outside of a formal learning environment.

The successful candidate will receive an annual bursary of £17,000 to cover time, expenses and any work composed for Glyndebourne within the period of the residency.

This will require:

• Contact details
• A personal statement, summarising your aspirations for this role (1000 words)
• Two references in which the referee outlines what they think of your work and what you would bring to the Young Composer-in-Residence position. (We suggest the referees be a teacher, composer, promoter and/or musician of standing who know your recent work).
• CV including list of works
• A small portfolio of scores and recordings of performances (minimum two pieces, at least one being for vocal and/or choral writing). Please note, MIDI / Sibelius recordings will not be accepted. Files should be uploaded to Dropbox and the link shared via our online form.
We request that you also complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. A DBS check will be requested in the event of a successful application in accordance with Glyndebourne’s Safeguarding Policy.

The closing date for applications is at 2.00pm on 7 July 2017. Interviews will be held in late September.

If you have any questions or enquiries about this initiative please contact education@glyndebourne.com or 01273 815023

Web Site:www.glyndebourne.com/education/take-part/young-talent-ages-9-30/glyndebourne-young-composer-in-residence/young-composer-in-residence-2018-2020/

 Indianapolis Christmas Carol Commission Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 16 April 2017
Details: The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its eighth annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition in April 2017 as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.

Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.

Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2017) who are United States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2017. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to commission@indychoir.org. No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be e-mailed to commission@indychoir.org. There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.

Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, with the following requirements: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry or verse (secular or sacred), hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged.

The winner will be notified by September 30, 2017 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2016, will be awarded to the winning composer.

All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2017.
Web Site:indychoir.org/outreach/commission-competition/

 Northern Contemporary Collective
Summary:Call for artists
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: The Northern Contemporary Collective was founded in 2017 and is made up of some of Yorkshires finest young professional musicians.

The aim of the collective is to bring innovative and collaborative performances across the creative arts, challenging audience perception and enhancing imagination through various art forms.

The collective is made up of the following instrumentations.

Flute (inc Piccolo and Alto Flute)

Oboe (Inc Cor Anglais and Bass Oboe)

Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Baritone)

Trombone (inc Bass Trombone)

Violin (Inc Electric Violin)

Cello (Inc Electric Cello)

Bass (Upright and electric)

Guitar (Classical & Electric)

Orchestral percussion (various)

Piano (Keyboard and Synth)

Multimedia (Video, tape, live art, pre-recordings ect.)

Dancers

Genre,

Classical, Contemporary Classical, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz. Pop, Film Music, Minimalism, Graphic Score, Neo-Baroque, Avant-Guard, ect.=

The NCC are looking for composers, artists, dancers, videographers, photographers and writers to collaborate with, for works with a variety of instrument combinations, varying from solo to dectet

Please submit any proposed drafts to northerncontemporarycollective@gmail.com
Email:northerncontemporarycollective@gmail.com

 ÎLE DE CRÉATIONS
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 11 September 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: The Competition is open to composers of any nationality who will be under 33 years of age on 1 January 2018 and who are enrolled or have been enrolled in composition and/or orchestration courses between 2013 and 2018 at an institution in the European Union. Entrants shall compose a work for orchestra on the theme “Olympic Games”. The work must have five movements, each two minutes long, for a total of ten minutes. Prizes: Prize of €3,500 Played during a series of concerts Broadcasted on France Musique Published by Editions Durand SalabertEschnig / UMPC.
Web Site:www.orchestre-ile.com/site.php?type=P&id=826

 Toronto Chinese Orchestra 2018 Composition Competition
Summary:Opportunity for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Background
The Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) is proud to announce a composition competition. This competition seeks to connect emerging Canadian composers with Chinese orchestral music in order to produce a new composition. Winning composer(s) will have their work premiered during the TCO’s 2017|2018 concert season, at their 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in June 2018.

Eligibility
The competition is open to emerging Canadian composers (citizens or permanent residents). There are no age restrictions. Jurists, TCO artistic leadership, and TCO board of directors are ineligible to apply.

Application Process
Applicants to submit, by July 15, 2017:

A completed application form (PDF)
A curriculum vitae detailing compositional background and, if applicable, compositions that have been performed, recorded, or published;
PDF of a compositional excerpt, between 2 to 3 minutes long, demonstrating proposed compositional ideas. The excerpt should be written for an ensemble of 7 musicians consisting of all the following instruments: dizi (笛子), pipa (琵琶), zhongruan (中阮), gaohu, (高胡), erhu (二胡), cello, and bass. Please make sure that there are no personally identifying features on the score (e.g., name). Composers seeking information regarding score layout, ranges, notation, and techniques for these instruments can consult the Resources section of this page.

An accompanying recording of the excerpt as MP3, if applicable. MIDI is acceptable.

A jury comprised of TCO artistic leadership and international guests will judge the applicants based on their excerpt. The adjudication will be done blind: a number will be assigned to each application package, and jurists will not have access to applicants’ identifying features until after decisions have been made. Jury decisions are final.

Winner(s) will be announced by September 15, 2017, and will be commissioned to write a work of approximately 10 minutes for the TCO. The final composition will likely be based on the excerpt, although this is not absolute. The TCO will also work with winner(s) to write a commissioning grant, and will provide coaching from the jury throughout the compositional process. Scores and parts should be ready by March 1, 2018.

Commissioned pieces will be premiered at the TCO’s annual concert in June 2018.

Winner(s) will receive:

An archival recording of the performance
An honorarium of $200 (more depending on outcome of commissioning grant)
Submission
Completed application packages should be sent electronically to rng@TorontoChineseOrchestra.com. Please include any audio/video as links to streaming sites (e.g., YouTube).
Web Site:www.torontochineseorchestra.com/wp/?p=2789

 South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 25 July 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: Call for Scores – Deadline: July 25, 2017
The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (SD Synod) is sponsoring a Choral Composition Competition in conjunction with the Lutheran Church’s worldwide commemoration of its 500th anniversary. It is intended that the winning compositions will be included in a community commemorative service that will take place on November 1, 2017, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
The South Dakota Synod, ELCA Choral Composition Competition will award two winning compositions from two pools of submissions:

1 Open to all composers with no age restriction. Prize: $1000
2 Open to composers 25 years of age and younger as of July 25, 2017. Prize $500

Eligibility and Guidelines
1 Works to be submitted must be unpublished, and must not have received a prize for a previous competition, but they do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.
2 Works must be 3-6 minutes in length and with a difficulty level that would allow a massed ensemble of church choirs the ability to prepare the work over a six-week period.
3 Works may be entirely original compositions or arrangements of pre-existing hymns or other melodies in the public domain or for which usage permission has been obtained.
4 Works should be scored for SATB choir, either a cappella or including organ and/or other instruments. Works that incorporate congregational singing are encouraged but not required.
5 Works must be composed using a text that relates to the Lutheran Reformation that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
6 A cappella works should be written in open score with a piano reduction underneath.
7 Works must be submitted in a PDF format produced using music notation software.
8 Applicants should submit two PDF copies of the composition—one with the composer’s name on it and one unattributed (without the composer’s name)—to pnesheim@augie.edu.
9 The winners of the competition will give the right to SD Synod to webcast and/or telecast the premiere performance of the winning compositions live and post a video of the performance on YouTube.
10 The winning composers will be invited to attend the commemorative service, however, travel and accommodation to attend the performance will be at the cost of the composers.
11 The panel reserves the right not to name winners if suitable compositions are not found.

The deadline for submissions is July 25, 2017.
Direct questions to Dr. Paul Nesheim at pnesheim@augie.edu or (605) 274-5402.
Web Site:sdsynod.org/choral-composition-competition/

 Orchestra Workshop July 2017 (date tbc)
Summary:Orchestra Workshop
Deadline: 06 May 2017
Date Posted: 13 March 2017
Details: CALL FOR SCORES - works for full (but not Wagnerian) symphony orchestra, ideally between 3-7 minutes.

Works for full orchestra = 2222 (possibly triple woodwind), 4331, timps, perc, strings.

Also of particular interest in this call - piano concertos.

NO ENTRY FEE.

The Bristol Millennium Orchestra is planning a composers' workshop on Monday 17 July 2017 (date tbc) on 2 or 3 new pieces, playing through with composers present. The aim is to give composers an opportunity to hear their orchestral works tried out, and for the orchestra to experience some more new music.

Please email scores (ideally Sibelius file and pdf) ideally plus mp3 to John Pitts at bristolcomposers@blueyonder.co.uk with your contact details. [No Dropbox please]. Please also say whether you’re likely to be able to attend (Clifton, Bristol, UK). Composers of selected pieces will be contacted soon after the deadline and will then need to provide a set of parts (at their own cost). We’ll aim to record the sessions for each composer’s interest.

Please read this:

At our last call for scores we received over 150 scores - so please do not send in scores for anything other than full orchestra: we cannot consider anything where any of our players are left out, nor pieces that need additional forces (except possibly triple woodwind/piano/harp). Also, please no unusual seating arrangements (if we were subsequently to decide to programme it in a concert, it would need to be practical to perform).

We are an amateur orchestra who perform a good range of music, and we sound best when the instruments are well-written for and being well used - bare scores may sound great but can be less enjoyable to play, and it is frustrating for players to count 92 bars rest before playing their only three notes! Ie: purposeful, rich, inclusive scoring is good - scoring which feels as good quality as established romantic/20th-century/film orchestral repertoire.

On this occasion we'd also be particularly interested to receive piano concerto scores (of any length).

Web Site:www.bristolmillenniumorchestra.co.uk

 Sounds of Silences 2017 - 
an international competition of musical composition for the moving image
Summary:Film Music Competition
Deadline: 15 May 2017
Date Posted: 08 March 2017
Details: The Edison Studio collective, with the support of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) for the project “SIAE – Classics of Today”, and with the collaboration of the Cineteca di Bologna (Film Archive of Bologna) and the Romaeuropa Festival 2017, announces the “Sounds of Silences” international competition of musical composition for the moving image. The aim of the competition is to stimulate musical creativity in its interaction with the audiovisual media, particularly for the reinterpretation of historical silent films and the creation of new soundtracks for them, with a special concern for timbre in instrumental, electronic and electroacoustic music of today.

In the preliminary stage of the competition entrants must submit an audiovisual work the musical part of which they themselves have composed, which must be sent by 15th May 2017. An international jury consisting by Simon Atkinson (composer and lecturer at Media School, DMU University Leicester, U.K.), Brett Battey (composer, visual artist, and reader at Media School, DMU University Leicester, U.K.), Andrew Bentley (composer and professor of Music Technology at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki), Anders Mattias Bye (composer, pianist and author of soundtracks for silent movies), Giulio Latini (Professor of Multimedia Communication at Università di Tor Vergata – Rome), Kent Olofsson (composer and professor at Inter Arts Center – Lund University, Svezia), Paolo Pachini (composer. video-artist and professor of Audiovisual composition at Conservatory of Music – Trieste), Barry Truax (composer and professor at Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada) will then select five finalists among the entrants, who will be invited to create a soundtrack for a medium-length movie from the silent film era chosen by Edison Studio in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna.

The 2017 edition is dedicated to Buster Keaton’s movies.

This work must be completed and sent by 15th November 2017. An international jury consisting of Monique Veaute (the president of the jury and the president of Romaeuropa art and culture foundation), Alvin Curran (composer), Andrea Ravagnan (Cineteca di Bologna), Ivo Nilsson (composer) and Giulio Latini (Multimedia Communication professor at “Tor Vergata” University of Rome), will award cash prizes to the finalists during a public event scheduled for 25th November as part of Romaeuropa Festival 2017 at Macro Testaccio La Pelanda , Rome.

The total prize money to be awarded amounts to € 6,000. The competition is open to all composers of any nationality born after 31/12/1981.
 Participation in the competition can be either individual or collective.

The organizers of the Sounds of Silences competition hope that the finalists will make a valid contribution towards redefining the meaning, aesthetics and conceptual structures of cinema before the advent of soundtracks, not simply by “accompanying” the images on the screen, but by revealing their original hidden content, thereby giving a new voice to what was previously silent.

For more information: soundsofsilences@edisonstudio.it
Web Site:www.edisonstudio.it/en/promotion/concorso-sounds-of-silences/

 Listening to Ladies and Ctrl-Z
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 08 March 2017
Details: Listening to Ladies and Ctrl-Z are excited to announce a call for scores, due Thursday June 1st, 2017.

Composers of any age and nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018.

Ctrl-Z is a live electronics group that focuses on composed works for live electronics, either written explicitly for the medium or interpreted as such. Pieces are typically realized with a diverse array of electronic equipment, including computers (with custom Max/SuperCollider/PD patches as well as commercial software), modular synthesizers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and video/projection equipment. Since the available catalog of compositions written for these types of ensembles is fairly small, there is not an extensive literature to reference when writing. However, previous works performed by Ctrl-Z have employed the following kinds of notation:

1) Text (instructions written on how to realize the work with the a timeframe/timeline)
2) Graphic notation (graphics with definitions and keys to realize sound)
3) Traditional notation (staff notation to realize timbre variations in classic pitch/rhythm structures).
Please note if traditional notation is exclusively used, there should be reason as to why electronic
instruments must be used as opposed to acoustic instruments.
4) Color (using colors to delineate timbre variations)
5) Video/Projection (using graphics or video to realize sonic ideas in a way that is fixed to thetimescale of the video)

In many instances, works performed by Ctrl-Z have utilized combinations of the above notation techniques. To this in mind, we strongly encourage all submitters to not hold back on their creativity when exploring musical ideas for live electronics.

Ctrl-Z is currently made of three members, but we often bring on additional performers to augment the group. While we do not discourage pieces using acoustic instruments, we will not consider electroacoustic works with electronics that are simply functioning as audio processing for acoustic instruments. We are seeking works for live performative electronics. If a submission includes a written instrumental part, in addition to parts written live performative electronics, we will surely consider it.

Interested composers can submit up to two pieces can be of any length. Works may have been previously performed, and there is no submission fee. We will accept 2-4 works, which will be programmed for our Fall concerts, and released on record. However, if we find more than the allotted number of chosen pieces to be of high quality, we will add them to our catalog to be potentially played/recorded at a later time.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Email the following to listeningtoladies@gmail.com by 23:59 EST, Thursday June 1st, 2017:
1) PDF score(s)/photo(s) of the piece(s) (maximum is 2 pieces). Program notes are not required, but if they are included with the score, please remove your name and any other personal/identifying information that may appear in them (please keep/display the titles of the pieces though).
2) MP3 sound files for each piece submitted (if applicable).
3) A separate PDF containing: the title(s) of the piece(s), the name of the composer, and contact information for the composer – email, phone number, and website address if available. You may also include a brief bio (no more than 150 words) on this document (optional).

Again, remember to ensure that no information identifying you is on the score or in the filenames (please keep/display the titles of the pieces though).
The number of compositions selected for inclusion is dependent on the pool of works received.

The compositions will be selected by the Ctrl-Z performers with administrative help from Listening to Ladies staff. Selected composers will be notified by email by Friday June 16th, 2017. Selected composers must be prepared to supply parts and other performance materials for their compositions by Saturday July 1st, 2017 in order to allow the performers enough time to rehearse them (if applicable).

THE COMPOSERS WILL RETAIN ALL OWNERSHIP, PUBLISHING, PERFORMANCE, AND DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO THEIR WORK. We do not seek exclusivity or any rights to artistic works. We will perform, record, release, and promote the music, but the composer reserves all rights to do with the work what they see fit, forever. Details regarding the recorded release of works will be discussed in full with the top selected composers once the call is finished and they have been notified.
If you have questions, please email Elisabeth Blair at listeningtoladies@gmail.com.
ABOUT CTRL-Z

Ctrl-Z is a group dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. Founded by Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang in 2015, the group often finds itself in collaboration with other musicians, who perform on both electronic and acoustic instruments, to realize these works. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and other machinery, they have commissioned new works for the medium, as well as realized classic pieces, or adapted open-ended instrumentation scores to fit their means of performance. Music in their repertoire includes works by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Johanna Beyer, Lou Harrison, Ryan Ross Smith, Alvin Lucier, and those in the group, among others. They are always accepting new pieces submitted by living composers, as well as realizing more classic works by pioneers of the genre. For more information you can visit: https://ctrlzmusic.wordpress.com/
ABOUT LISTENING TO LADIES

Listening to Ladies showcases non-cis-male composers through online features, a concert series, and a podcast. Learn more at http://www.listeningtoladies.com.
Web Site:ctrlzmusic.wordpress.com/call-for-works/

 360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico.
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 30 July 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer's Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and five gourmet meals a week, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.*
CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply for the competitive residency. We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.
JURORS:
Alice Fogel, Juror for Writers and Musicians
Alice is the State Poet Laureate of New Hampshire (USA) 2014 – 2019 and recent winner of the Nicholas Shaffner Award for Music in Literature for her book Interval. Alice is the author of three poetry collections, including, Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). She is also author of Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader (Hobblebush Books, 2009). Alice teaches creative writing and poetry at Keene State College, Keene, NH and Landmark College, Putney, Vermont. http://www.alicebfogel.com/
Justin Lytle, Juror for Musicians
Justin R. Lytle is an artist, comhttp://www.alicebfogel.com/poser, and designer based in Northern California. Justin holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and his work is found in various public and private collections. Justin is a classically trained pianist, and uses the medium of sound design as a foundational tool for his contemporary sculpture practice. He is the owner of Studio Arno, a small design studio, and he composes for the Seattle based music project Holy Cities. Justin was the second Resident at 360 Xochi Quetzel and has now joined us as the music juror. www.justinlytle.com
Deborah Kruger, Juror for Visual Artists
Deborah is the founder of 360 Xochi Quetzal and a mixed media artist who exhibits internationally. Her work in mixed fibers and screen printing is in private collections throughout North America. View her work at www.deborahkruger.com
RESIDENCY DATES:
Winter residency: December 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018
Additional residencies will be announced to our mailing list. To add your name, please click on the box at the top of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com
You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com
WINTER DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: The deadline for the Winter 2017 Residency is Midnight Mountain Time on Sunday July 30, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Sunday September 10, 2017.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES: You must submit your application through the CAFE website: https://www.callforentry.org/ Applications without work samples will not be considered (3 images for Visual Artists, 1 - 2 videos for Musicians, 5-page double-spaced writing sample for Writers, 10-page double-spaced sample for Playwrights, 5-page single-spaced sample for poets). Please familiarize yourself with CAFE which is a great website with many other artist listings and opportunities (see specifications below for more details). We do not accept email entries.
ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE AND DISCOUNT: The application fee for the competitive one-month residency is $39.00. Take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount for applications received before June 25, 2017. Artists who are re-applying for one-month qualify for a $9 discount using our Coupon Codes. Only one discount will apply. You can download more information about Fees and Discounts from our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/discounts/
APPLICATION SPECIFICATIONS: You may download more information about how to apply a Discount Code, How to Check Out and file specifications for video and writing submissions on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/how-to-apply/
*RESIDENCY AWARD: Winners of the competitive residency receive a free live/work space for one-month. Two writing residents will reside in the main residency house, which is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. We have several live/work spaces a few doors away that each have a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and are geared towards musicians and visual artists.
Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on the premises, weekly maid service and a 27-page Residency Handbook.
Our new Guest Chef Program: Winter 2017 residents will be able to eat communally five evenings a week at the main residency house and enjoy gourmet meals (and leftovers!) prepared by our Resident Culinary Artist, who will consider your special dietary restrictions. If you know someone who would like to apply for this position, have them write to us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com
COSTS: You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which will cost $400 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment and some additional food. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from IUSAcell (ATT affiliate). Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 - 10 US.
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: For both personal and competitive residencies, we provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers. There is a professional easel for painters. Our Lower Casita has a Cress sample kiln for ceramic artists, which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. There is a 33” floor loom in our Middle Casita for weavers.
NEW RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our competitive residency dates do not work for your schedule or if you do not win this year, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1 - 6 months. You do not have to apply through CAFE, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates http://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-overview/. This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, plan your next body of work. Read of some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.
Email us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will start the reservation process. We take reservations on a first come first serve basis and we are usually booking 6 months in advance. Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter!
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 22,000. You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our four-month rainy season (June - Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream.Read more about Chapala on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/the-magic-of-lake-chapala/
FUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.
COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes, galleries, cultural centers, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live, work and the residency houses are secure.
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores, restaurants and buses.
HOUSE RULES: Competitive residents may be able to invite your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations; check with us before making plans. If there is space, we charge a $200/month surcharge per guest prorated for the length of their visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.
NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
Please join our mailing list at the top of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com
For more information, write to us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com
Join/Like us on our Facebook Group Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal
Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetza360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico.
Web Site:www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4110

 Masterclasses COMPOSITION
Summary:Masterclass and competition
Deadline: 18 May 2017
Date Posted: 14 February 2017
Details: MUSIC COMPOSITION masterclasses will be taught interchangeably by Prof. Ofer Ben-Amots (Colorado College, USA) and Prof. Jan Jirasek (Prague, Czech Republic)

Students can bring with them any current project they would like to develop or complete. Additionaly, all students will have an opportunity to participate in the chamber composition contest and will be able to work with professional performers during the second week. Participating compositions will be performed in an open concert during the competition on the second Thursday. The composer's matinee with all compositions will be recorded.

THE JOSEPH DORFMAN MEMORIAL COMPOSER'S COMPETITION

All ISAM participating composers are invited to partake in an international competition annually. This competition is intended to increase the excitement, energy, and creativity among our hand-picked young and talented composers, while at the same time generate a harvest of new, beautiful, and highly artistic works. The competition carries the name and blessed memory of ISAM co-founder, composer, pianist, musicologist, teacher, and visionary leader, professor Joseph Dorfman (1940-2006.). Winning compositions will be repeated at the Gala Concert and prize giving ceremony.This years theme-motive is typical of A. Ginastera's musical language.


Prize money 2016

1st winner: 1000.- €
2nd winner: 500.- €
3rd winner: 250.- €
Web Site:www.isam-masterclasses.de/composition-masterclasses.html

 The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: Exciting news of a new composition competition. Notice of Prize Competition
Christ’s College Grace Composition Prize

To all members of Christ’s College past and present:
The choir alumni of 1982 are sponsoring a competition open to all members to compose a choral setting to the Latin College Grace.
The winning entry will receive a prize of £200, and the setting will be performed by an alumni choir at the College Reunion Dinner on 23 September 2017.

The closing date for entries is May 1st 2017, and the winner will be announced in late May.

Full details of the requirements are attached.

Christ’s College
Grace Composition competition

Entry eligibility:
All members of Christ’s College, Cambridge

Entry deadline:
1 May 2017

Requirements:
Entrants should provide a choral setting of the Latin College Grace, set to the text below.
The four-part arrangement should be for unaccompanied SATB choir.
The intention is for a choir of former Christ’s choristers to perform this piece with minimal rehearsal opportunity. It should therefore be of a standard that enables a competent group of choristers to perform it after two run-throughs.
The length of the piece should be compatible with a pre-dinner grace.

Grace text:
Exhiliarator omnium Christe
Sine quo nihil suave, nihil jucundum est:
Benedic, quaesumus, cibo et potui servorum tuorum,
Quae jam ad alimoniam corporis apparavisti;
et concede ut istis muneribus tuis ad laudem tuam utamur gratisque animis fruamur;
utque quemadmodum corpus nostrum cibis corporalibus fovetur,
ita mens nostra spirituali verbi tui nutrimento pascatur
Per te Dominum nostrum.

Competition logistics:
Entries must be sent by email to Dr David Rowland, College Director of Music, by 5.30pm on 1 May 2017 (der26@cam.ac.uk).
The judging panel will comprise Dr Rowland and alumni representatives. We hope that the college choir will sing shortlisted entries at an adjudication in May 2017 at which the winner will be announced, date yet to be confirmed.
The winning piece will have its first public performance at the alumni reunion dinner on 23 September 2017.

The College will own copyright in the setting.

Prize:
The composer of the winning entry will receive a cash prize of £200 and an appropriate certificate.
Web Site:www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10154401098638175&id=173640423174

 Spheres of a Genius. 100 years of Thelonious Monk.
Summary:Call for Scores / Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: A jazz composition competition by JAM MUSIC LAB in cooperation with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

To celebrate the occasion of the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk, JAM MUSIC LAB - Conservatory for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna is organizing an international composition competition. In cooperation with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will be extended to include jazz soloists, the prize-winning work will be premiered on July 7th, 2018 in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.

Prizes
1st prize: The winning composition will be premiered by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Soloists in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein on June 7th, 2018 and broadcasted as part of the Ö1 radio programme.

The prize money is 5.000 EUR.

2nd prize: 3.000 EUR

3rd prize: 2.000 EUR

Idea and outline of the competition
Thelonious Monk was one of the most innovative artists in jazz music, whose contribution opened up exciting new avenues for this music. As Monk also utilised a vocabulary that was also being used by contemporary classical composers, the competition is supported by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Monk and the core repertoire of the RSO Wien are close to each other in many respects. JAM MUSIC LAB has developed the idea of "Spheres of a Genius" in honor of the 100th birthday of one of the most important personalities of modern jazz and is responsible for the realization of this competition.

The aim of the contest is to create music that will reflect the spirit of Thelonious Monk from a contemporary perspective; to provoke inspiration for further innovation, originality and musical communication in contemporary jazz. The composition should be intended to offer a demanding and an up-to-date podium for the exploration of exciting interrelationships of jazz in its composed, as well as improvised forms. The "Sounds" and "Spheres" in the unmistakable musical innovations of Monk are very much prevalent in the possibilities that composed music offers us, especially when a large orchestral composition calls for the orchestra to interact with jazz idioms and jazz musicians.
Web Site:www.jammusiclab.at/pages/spheres-of-a-genius/

 The Joliet Symphony Orchestra at USF’s Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Community Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 01 February 2017
Details: The JSO seeks to broaden the repertoire for college/community orchestras,
recognize outstanding composers, and bring new music to our audiences.

Awards
​The winning piece will be performed on a JSO concert during the 2017-2018 season.
Honorable Mentions will be awarded as well and considered for performances on future concerts.

Eligibility
The Piece:
- suitable for a college/community orchestra
- length under 10 minutes
- instrumentation not to exceed 3232/4331/Tp+2/Hp/Str
(piccolo, English honr, and bass clarinet doublings are allowed)
- written in 2010 or later

The Composer:
- no age limit
- no geographical limit
- no entry fee
- limit 1 submission per composer

Criteria
Beyond standard criteria (idiomatic writing and orchestration, lack of notational errors, etc.),
the following traits will be valued:
- sensitivity to the variety of skill levels in college/community orchestras’ string sections
- rewarding parts for all players, especially those with traditionally less-involved parts

To Enter
Email the following materials to adee@stfrancis.edu by April 15, 2017 11:59 p.m. CST:
- contact information: name, email address, phone number
- PDF of full score
- PDF of first violin part
- link to recording of live or MIDI performance (if available)

Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced on June 1. The first-prize winner is expected to submit PDFs of all parts by July 1.
Web Site:www.jolietsymphonyorchestra.org/composition-competition.html

 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo
Summary:Duo competition
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 01 February 2017
Details: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophone & harp

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for saxophone and harp duo. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophone & harp to be premiered December 1, 2017 at Bezanson Recital Hall of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Submission Guidelines:

-Works should be composed specifically for this project and performers.

-Works should be for saxophone (tenor, alto, soprano) and concert grand harp duo only. No solos.

-Electronics/tape accompaniment will be considered. Please submit your playback only in AIFF format (no other formats will be accepted for playback). Clearly state in your performance notes and on the score that the work is with electronic playback.

-All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.

-No works over a minute will be reviewed.

-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!

-Works need to be submitted online at

http://www.musicavatar.org/categories/30102

-You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.

-After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named " Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Admiral Launch Duo, saxophones & harp " to submit work.

-You will need to provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes.

-You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.) -Include individual parts as part of the score.

-Please include the dedication to Admiral Launch Duo on the score. (Performance notes should be included in the score.)

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

The Admiral Launch Duo explores new sounds for harp and saxophone.

Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis have developed their repertoire through ground-breaking commissions, unexpected transcriptions, and improvisation. They have collaborated with composers including Dylan Arthur Baker, Matthew Browne, Christine Hedden, Jasper Alice Kaye, Natalie Moller, Patrick O'Malley, and Stephen J. Rush. Fresh Inc. Festival alumni and three time residents at Avaloch Music Institute, the Admiral Launch Duo has toured through Michigan, California, and the Northeastern U.S. Committed to creative scholarship, they have presented at the inaugural Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!), North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the Humanities Education and Research Association Conference. They are upcoming fellows of the UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, exploring musical themes of trespass. The Admiral Launch Duo enjoys working with students of all ages and has worked with high schoolers on both coasts of the United States as well as given masterclasses at Michigan State University and Schenectady County Community College. They take a comprehensive and versatile approach to community engagement, playing for the University of Michigan Social Justice Art Festival, UM-CAPS Suicide Prevention event, and The Friendly Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Concord, New Hampshire. Their 2015-2016 season included appearances at Center for New Music (San Francisco), Michigan State University, The Hartt School, Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI), Schenectady County Community College Chamber Music Series, UMass Amherst, Listening to Ladies Concert Series at Kalamazoo Piano Company, North American Saxophone Alliance at Texas Tech University, Harps Etc. (Walnut Creek, CA). As recent awardees of the FRG/Healy Grant, they will be recording their debut album for release in 2017.

Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over fifty premieres. She was the first ever harpist to be named a One Beat Fellow, a program through the U.S. State Department with Found Sound Nation, and the first ever harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. She has received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, AT&T Foundation and Conservatory Deans' scholarships, and holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d'Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. She has played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, and Texas Music Festival. She performs with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen in contemporary harp and saxophone ensemble, the Admiral Launch Duo, three-time Avaloch residents with a debut recording funded by a UMass FRG/Healy grant set to release in 2017. She has published in The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine and teaches harp and eurhythmics. An inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, Ms. Ellis trained in community-based learning and collaborates on a variety of community engagement projects. She is an in-demand clinician and has given over a dozen university masterclasses/guest workshops in 2015-2016. www.harpellis.com

"Impressive" with "exceptional facility (Schenectady Daily Gazette), Jonathan Hulting-Cohen's refined and compelling saxophone playing has been heard worldwide. As a soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and Tulare County Symphony Orchestra, and in recitals across the US and France. His nouveau-vaudeville saxophone sextet, _The Moanin' Frogs_, has appeared nationwide in concert and on television, including at The Kennedy Center, Texas Bandmaster's Association Conference, and in Strasbourg, France. His harp-saxophone duo, _Admiral Launch,_ has toured coast-to-coast and recorded for NAXOS. He studied Carnatic music in India, and premiered his film, _Silence,_ at the World Saxophone Congress in 2015. Jonathan is Assistant Professor of Saxophone [2] at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. Jonathan is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist, performing on Selmer (Paris) saxophones and D'Addario Reserve reeds.

http://www.jonathanhultingcohen.com/
Web Site:www.musicavatar.org/categories/30102/

 CALL FOR SCORES! TACTUS YOUNG COMPOSERS' FORUM 2017
Summary:Young composers' competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 12 January 2017
Details: TACTUS YOUNG COMPOSERS' FORUM 2017

writing for orchestra

The seventh edition of the Young Composers' Forum - September 2017

Launched in 2003, this biannual event offers the opportunity for young composers to increase their understanding of what is involved in writing for a symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble. A maximum of six composers, to be selected on the basis of an online submission, will be given the privilege of workshopping a work or part of a work (a movement) of about 10 minutes in length with the Brussels Philharmonic and the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles.

The working sessions will be followed by discussions in the presence of internationally renowned composers. Lectures will also be given on various aspects of composing as well as other topics related to composers’ careers, etc.

At the end of the sessions an international reading panel will select one or more works that may be programmed by a professional orchestras. In the past these have included the Orchestre National de Lille, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic.

The seventh edition of ['tactus], Young Composers' Forum, will take place in Brussels and Mons, Belgium, from September 25th to 29th, 2017 under the presence of maestri Ann McKay, Jean-Paul Dessy, Kimmo Hakola, Claude Ledoux, and others to be confirmed.

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium from September 25th to 27th (orchestral session with the Brussels Philharmonic) and in Mons, Belgium from September 27th to 29th (chamber music session with Musiques Nouvelles).

Applications can be submitted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform from December 12th, 2016.

Deadline for submission: June 1st 2017

Applications accepted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform: ulysses-network.eu/web/competitions/
Web Site:ulysses-network.eu/web/competitions/tactus2017/

 An Opportunity for New Music
Summary:Performance Opportunity
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: This year I am starting a new project geared toward promoting new repertoire for trumpet. My plan is to produce a video of one brand new piece for trumpet and piano each month, making digital downloads of the sheet music available for sale through my website as each video is released. What I'm looking for is classical works for trumpet and piano. These can be any length, any style, any difficulty level, whatever inspires you most, but I'm looking specifically for works that have never been performed or recorded before!

I have the first 3 months worth of pieces chosen already but if I'm going to be able to carry this on in the future obviously I will need many more pieces!

Submitting a piece does not guarantee that I will select it for performance, but if I do select your piece I will let you know which month the video will be premiering and 50% of any sales of the music will go to you!

Thanks for considering being a part of this. I know this is a lofty goal but I'm really looking forward to this project and hopefully with your help it will work to bring more attention to new music and create a broad library of new repertoire for the trumpet over the coming years!

If you have questions or would like to submit a work you can reach me at newtrumpetmusic@gmail.com

Thanks!
Web Site:www.michaelbrest.com/composers
Email:newtrumpetmusic@gmail.com

 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: Next Residency Deadline March 1, 2017
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with private bedroom, private bathroom, their own studio space, fully equipped kitchen and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Two application deadlines per year. September 1 and March 1.
Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal: https://khncenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/Login

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

For more info visit http://www.khncenterforthearts.org or call 402-874-9600, email info{at}khncenterforthearts{dot}org

The Center offers a letterpress studio with a Vandercook Sp15 press and a standard proof press. The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio also features a variety of furniture and fonts, an inventory of tools and inks, as well as a boxcar base for resident use.
Web Site:www.khncenterforthearts.org/

 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Party of Four, flute quartet
Summary:Quartet Competition
Deadline: 20 May 2017
Date Posted: 28 December 2016
Details: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Party of Four: flute quartet

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for flute quartet. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Party of Four: flute quartet to be premiered October 20, 2017 at Maybrook Senior Center in Maybrook NY

Submission Guidelines:

-Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.

-Works should be for flute in C, with the option of one piccolo and one alto flute.

-All pieces must be quartets

-All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.

-No works over a minute will be reviewed.

-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!

-Works need to be submitted online at

http://www.musicavatar.org/categories/30097

-You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.

-After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Party of Four: flute quartet” to submit work.

-You will need to provide a maximum 50-word biography and 50-word program notes.

-You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.)

-Please include the dedication to Party of Four on the score. (Performance notes should be included in the score.)

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

About the Ensemble:

The Party of Four flute quartet was initially developed in 2014 out of the fledgling Maybrook Wind Ensemble as a need for a fuller concert, but has since evolved into it’s own group frequently performing around the Hudson Valley area of New York. Amateur musicians who have never given up their love for music, Party of Four have forged a bond and commitment to each other and to music and have grown both individually and as a quartet. Coached by Lish Lindsey and Kevin Scott, the quartet has performed for the Warwick Valley Farmers Market, the Warwick Humane Society, Monroe Woodbury Rotary club, and Elant of Newburgh, as well as at all Maybrook Wind Ensemble performances. Party of Four hopes to continue to serve the Hudson Valley area bringing music to our local communities and promoting a love of the arts through music.

Kathryn Jones-Pisano is the principal flutist for the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and president of the MWE. Kathryn is a retired literacy teacher who now works part-time as an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community cCollege and as an educational consultant for The Thriving Classroom. While continuing to “dabble” with the piano after high school, Kathryn did not play her flute for nearly three decades; at the urging of her church’s organist, she returned to playing in church on Sundays, but six years ago, she began looking for greater challenges and began ensemble playing. She now revels in playing with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and The Party of Four flute quartet. She wants everyone to know that you never lose your musical talents, and she encourages everyone to dust off those instruments and join us at the Maybrook Wind Ensemble in making joyful music.

Amy Klein – saxophonist and flutist. Amy’s first instrument was an alto saxophone, which she played during grades 5 -12. In high school, she also played a soprano saxophone. When she was 18 years old, she added a flute to the mix. In 2006, shortly after Amy moved to New York from Wisconsin, she joined the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band. Director, Kevin Scott, encouraged her to fine-tune her skills on all three instruments. In addition to joining the Maybrook Wind Ensemble (2014-present), Amy is a participating member of the challenging, but rewarding, Party of Four flute quartet. It gives her great pleasure to play music for concerts, fund-raisers, and benefits. She owns an Altus-Azumi flute and a Phil Barone alto saxophone

Kenneth Korn has been a music teacher in Paramus, NJ for over 30 years. He teaches vocal music and directs elementary and middle school orchestras, bands and choruses. The varied nature of his work requires he be a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none.’ Playing flute in the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and Party of Four quartet with his supportive and wonderful partners has given him the opportunity to finally develop some competence on an instrument he has always enjoyed.

Ken is a native of Buffalo NY, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a degree in Education, the Crane School of Music, where his performance concentration was in voice, and Montclair State University in New Jersey where he has a Masters in Music. For the past 30 years he has resided with his wife Kristin in Warwick. They have 2 grown children, Anders and Ingrid.

Deborah Proulx began playing flute at the age of 10, and by high school was studying with Victor Just, principal flute of the NY Metropolitan Opera (1965-1976). Throughout high school she participated in chamber groups, musical theater pits, All County, Area All State and All State conferences in New York before putting music on the back burner to pursue college, career and family. After a 20+ year hiatus (and urging from her musical children) she joined the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, and then went on to become a founding member of the Maybrook Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Scott. As part of this new ensemble, Deborah also co-founded the Party of Four flute quartet, where she often doubles on Alto Flute. An ABA certified Paralegal and NYS Certified Code Enforcement Officer, Deborah works in the office of Building and Planning for the Village of Monroe.
Web Site:www.musicavatar.org/categories/30097/

 International Competition for Band Composition “Saints” 2016/2017 Edition “St. John XXIII”
Summary:Wind Competition
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Date Posted: 28 December 2016
Details: Composition to promote and increase the music composition and the current repertoire.

In particular, the aim of the Competition is to create an original literature due to the figure of St. John XXIII, by selecting a series of useful pieces to complete the production of a CD devoted enti- rely to his figure. It will be part of a series of CDs, for different instrumental ensembles, dedicated to various figures of Saints, published by BAM International sàrl (Geneva-Switzerland) under the patronage of the Pontifical Institute of Culture in Vatican (Italy).

Requirements

1) The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, without age limits. Competitors can take part with only one composition.

2) The compositions must be stylistically appropriate to the theme of the Competition, unpublished, never performed, nor broadcasted by radio, television and / or streaming, nor presented, awarded and / or reported in other competitions, and must follow a gui- deline of the type of the tracks of the second category, in the level of execution difficul- ties.

3. 3) The piece must be composed on a meditation of St. John XXIII to free choice of the composer.
4. 4) The composition must have a minimum duration of 6 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes.
5. 5) The compositions must be compatible with the following maximum organic:
o - C Piccolo (optional)
o - C Flute 1-2 (2nd part optional)
o - Oboe 1-2 (2nd part optional)
o - Bassoon 1-2 (2nd part optional)
o - Eb Clarinet (optional)
o - Bb Clarinet 1-2-3
o - Alto Clarinet (optional)
o - Bb Bass Clarinet
o - Bb Soprano Sax (optional)
o - Eb Alto Sax 1-2

Modality
• - Bb Tenor Sax
• - Eb Baritone Sax
• - Bb Trumpet 1-2-3 (3rd part optional)
• - Bb Cornet/Flugelhorn 1-2-3 (3rd part optional)
• - F Horn 1-2-3 (3rd part optional)
• - C Trombone 1-2-3 (3rd part or Bass Trombone optional)
• - C Euphonium 1-2 (2nd part optional)
• - C Bass 1-2 (2nd part optional)
• - String bass (optional)
• - Timpani (2 boilers)
• - Percussion (including keyboards, tubular bells and other accessories for up to 4 players)
• - Harp (original)

The numbers for each entry indicate the maximum subdivision of the parts. The absence of the instruments in italics (optional) should never affect the performance and in any case it must be planned to be replaced in the steps "required" and/or "only" with the word (cue). Given the specific destination of the compositions, it is permissible to use: Soloists (also not typically bands’ instruments), Voice, Voice Over (on public domain text).
Web Site:www.bam-music.org/contests/composition-competitions/

 Busan Choral Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Date Posted: 30 November 2016
Details: Throughout its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work will be premiered at the 2017 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of September 6-9, 2017.

Composer must be born between JUN 30, 1997 and JUN 30, 1977
(exceptions may be considered under the BCFC committee's review.)

-3-10 minutes in duration
-Piece must be for unaccompanied, equal or mixed voices choir.
-Smaller, portable percussion instruments are allowed. (Xylophone, vibraphone and timpani not allowed).
-Text can be chosen from Latin, English or Korean. If another language is chosen, a detailed English synopsis and pronunciation must be included in the score.
-Compositions must not have been previously published or awarded in previous composition competitions and never publicly performed.

Application: 31st May Deadline

-Complete Online Application Form
-Résumé/CV (*.doc / *.docx)
-Copy of passport or ID Card with date of birth in JPEG format
-Score in PDF format
-English synopsis and pronunciation
-Midi recording (by computer software) in MP3 format

Web Site:www.busanchoral.org/bcfc/competition/cc_guide02.asp

 Boston Young Artists Composition Program
Summary:Programme for young artists
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 30 November 2016
Details: July 2-August 12, 2017 | Ages 14–19*

Directed by Boston University Professor, ASCAP composer, teacher and pianist Martin Amlin, with Assistant Director Justin Casinghino, the Young Artists Composition Program (YACP) offers talented high school composers the unique opportunity to focus for six weeks solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills. *The Young Artists Composition Program is open to high school students who have not yet begun full-time college or conservatory study.

Two private lessons per week

Daily classes in analysis, score-reading, theory, and compositional techniques

Small ensemble composition projects with weekly readings/recordings by BUTI students and faculty

Full orchestral reading/recording with the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra

Concert showcasing pieces written during the summer performed by BUTI students and faculty

Master classes with some of the world’s most esteemed music professionals (past visits and classes include John Harbison, David Del Tredici, Michael Gandolfi, Nico Muhly, Joan Tower, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, and Jonathan Newman)

Access to Festival of Contemporary Music rehearsals and performances

Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center concerts, as many as 15 events a week

6 hours of transferable Boston University course credit
Web Site:www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/program/yacp/

 Cove Park Artist Centre
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 14 September 2016
Details: Cove Park’s brand new Artist Centre is now complete. Individuals and groups of up to 12 artists and makers from across disciplines and fields are now able to make use of the new centre for residencies from October 2016 to May 2017.

The Artists Centre has brand new devising and workshop spaces, a large communal kitchen and snug, library and archive. Overlooking the firth of the Clyde, Cove Park is 1 hour from Glasgow on the Rosneath Peninsula. Please see the website for images under ‘Cove Tour’.

Our 10 individual, self-contained live/work pods and cubes are perfect for researching, reading and writing, and were designed to offer artists of all disciplines (working singularly or together) an uninterrupted focussed space to devise, explore, experiment or hone a creative project whilst in residence. We have 5 studios available to those needing additional room for small group work or individual making-space. Our new Artists Centre has a large wooden-floored room designed for movement and voice work, and a large, separate meeting room.

We welcome artists from across the world and from all disciplines to Cove Park for residencies, allowing enriching and nourishing creative exchange.

Your residency can be part of your professional development or an opportunity to step back and out of everyday life, to imagine new ways of working or plan or complete a commission. We have a sliding scale of reasonable hire charges to help you plan an invaluable residency at Cove Park.

Residencies available October 2016 – May 2017.

To send an enquiry please contact Catrin Kemp (Assistant Director).

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact catrin.kemp@covepark.org (catrin.kemp@covepark.org), or call 07500791942, or visit http://covepark.org/
Web Site:covepark.org

 Wild Rumpus New Music Call
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2014
Details: Deadline: Rolling.

Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

flute
clarinet
trombone
piano
percussion
electric guitar
soprano
violin
cello
double bass

Eligibility
Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

(a) Composers under 40
(b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials
For each piece, submit:

Score (PDF)
Recording (MP3) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program) and resume/CV
There is no fee to apply.

Please note that this call is rolling. We’ll select pieces from the general call as needed, depending both on our interest in the piece and the logistical demands of the concert for which we’re programming.

Web Site:http://wildrumpusmusic.org/general-call-for-scores/