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 SAMOBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 04 June 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: 7th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION "New Note" CROATIA 2018.

Total value of prizes: 4000 €
Deadline for entries: June 4th 2018.

COMPETITION REGULATIONS
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities
2. More than one score per composer is permitted
3. All submitted works must have been composed after December 31st 2011. and not awarded a prize in any other competition
4. It is possible to submit works previously performed, but not already published or professionally recorded for commercial use.

GENRE
1. Composition for Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted.
2. Use of tape or live electronics is not permitted
3. Orchestration: (Flute(2), Oboa(2), Clarinet(2), Basoon(2), Horn(2), Trumpet(2),Timpani, Strings
4. Duration: Up to 15 minutes

PRIZES
The First Prize – 2500€ (brutto-including taxes) and the concert performance by Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra on Samobor Music Festival – September 28th 2018.
The Second Prize – 1000 € (bruto-including taxes)
The Third Prize – 500 € (bruto-including taxes)

JURY
• ENRICO DINDO (Italy)
Chief conductor of Croatian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra, partner of International Composers Competition „New Note”
• NIKŠA GLIGO (Croatia)
musicologist
• LOJZE LEBIČ (Slovenia)
composer
• SREĆKO BRADIĆ (Croatia) composer and Artistic Director of Samobor Music Festival
The decisions of the Jury are final. If the quality of admitted works does not meet the necessary level, the Jury reserves the right not to award one or more of the prizes.

THE PRIZE WINNERS' CONCERT
1. 1. The winning composition will be performed on September 28th 2018 by Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra organized during Samobor Music Festival.
2. 2. The composer of the winning work must provide all the performance materials (parts) at his/her own expense and send them to the Samobor Music Festival by of June 30th 2018.
3. 3. The winner of the Award will be announced after June 20th 2018.
4. 4. Entrants agree that, if the submitted work wins the award, all future performances of the work will be accompanied by the following statement in the printed program: "Winner of the New Note International Composers Competition, Croatia 2018". The same applies for all future published editions and/or recordings of the work.
5. 5. A copy of the finalist scores will be filed in the Samobor Music Festival records.

ENTRIES
Entries by email only!!!
The following items are required:
• The subject line should be “Submission – NEW NOTE – your name
Attach all files below to your email:
• Score (PDF format) – with title “duration” and “nom de plume”, but your name must NOT appear on the score!
• Audio realization (only MP3-higly recomended)
• CV: “nom de plume”, full name, address, date and place of birth, e-mail address, phone number
• biography suitable for a concert program, photo, a brief text about composition

If you receive email bounce backs due to large file sizes, you may break items into separate emails. Suggested size is up to 10 MB.
Send your email submission to the following mail: sgj@samobor.hr
Deadline for the Application form & all materials is 12:00 PM on June 4th 2018.

ENTRY FEE
1. The Entry fee for participants is 60 € for each score (bank charges covered by the sender).
INFO:
phone: +385 91 336 0112; sgj@samobor.hr

Entry Fee:€60
Web Site:www.new-note.com/12/EN

 5th Wave Collective
Summary:Orchestral Competition for Female Composers
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: 5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, we advance our mission by including performers of all genders who support our cause. We seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.

Eligibility:
All female-identifying, nonbinary, and transgender composers are welcome to submit works.

Fee:
THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE FOR THIS CALL.

Deadline:
May 1st, 2019

Compensation:
The composer who receives "1st Prize" will have their work rehearsed, recorded (audio and video), and performed at our June 2019 concert. 2 composers who received "Honorable Mention" will have their work rehearsed and recorded (audio and video). Recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019. Composers who opt to attend the performance and need any supporting documentation to secure funding will receive such documentation in a timely manner.

Instrumentation/Length:
Orchestral, 3-5 minutes
Strings - Up to 12 violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 3 bass
Woodwinds - Up to 3 parts per section; English horn, piccolo, bass clarinet, contrabassoon acceptable
Brass - Up to 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba
Percussion - Up to 3 parts plus harp and piano

Content of submission:
Bio/website
Completed score/parts (PDF)
Recording of piece, if available
Program notes and any other pertinent information

Timeline of the project:
• Materials accepted until May 1st, 2019, 11:59PM Central Standard Time
• All submissions will be reviewed by the Panel and possibly rehearsed by an Orchestra
• The Panel and Orchestra will select top three; Panel will award “1st Prize” and two “Honorable Mention”
• All composers will be notified of results by May 20th, 2019
• The "1st Prize" work will be performed at our June 2019 concert
• All recordings will be distributed to composers by December 2019

Submit proposals to:
5thwavecollective@gmail.com

Questions?
Ask away at 5thwavecollective@gmail.com
Web Site:www.5thwavecollective.com/call...

 MSO Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 27 February 2019
Details: The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has launched its first competition aimed at local composers! The competition will award three cash prizes and the opportunity for the winning composition to be performed live by the orchestra during the 2019/2020 season!

This exciting opportunity is available to all Mississauga based composers who are interested in participating. There is no age restriction.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. Brief biography and CV.
2. A sample of past works. PDF score is ideal, but recordings are allowed.
3. One page written concept of the proposed new composition using the guidelines listed below.

GUIDELINES
1. Work should be approximately 5 – 8 minutes.
2. The work should be written for an ensemble with the following orchestration:
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 french horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, standard percussion and strings. Slightly smaller or larger orchestration can be discussed.
3. Selected finalists will write a work for the 2019/20 season.
4. The work will be read by the MSO in the fall and performed at a later date.

PRIZES

1st Place: $1,500
*the winning piece will be performed in the 2019/20 season.
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500

Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2019.

Submissions are to be emailed to: ryan.tobin@mississaugasymphony.ca.

Finalists will be announced by April 15, 2019.

Web Site:www.mississaugasymphony.ca/new...

 Street Orchestra Live
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 01 May 2019
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
Details: Deadline: 1 May 2019

Details: Seeking a composer to compose an orchestral miniature (3-4 minutes) for Street Orchestra Live. The successful composition would be workshopped with the orchestra during their summer tour in July. The piece will subsequently be performed at least 7 times in a variety of locations.

Fee: N/A

Contact: To apply, please send a CV and expression of interest (approx. 100 words) to Diana Roberts: diana.roberts@rcm.ac.uk
Email:diana.roberts@rcm.ac.uk

 Ablaze Records ORCHESTRAL MASTERS Series
Summary:Orchestral Recording Opportunity
Deadline: 01 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 February 2019
Details: For this series ABLAZE will record your work with the tremendous BRNO Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by new music specialist conductor Mikel Toms. If selected, the submitter retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition. We will record your work to ABLAZE Records award winning standards with our tremendous engineering team in Brno and New York. ABLAZE Records takes care of everything from planning right through to distribution.

Send a score of your work to us for your chance to win a place on our Orchestral Masters, Vol. 7 CD. If our expert panel of composers chooses your work, you will win a spot on our SEVENTH Orchestral Masters CD. This will entitle you to a partially subsidized commercial release of your work worldwide.

1. The works can be for any orchestra size up to 70 players with the usual instrumentation of:

2 Flutes (2nd doubling piccolo),
2 Oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais),
2 Clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet or Eb clarinet),
2 Bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon)
4 French Horns,
2 Trumpets,
3 Trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass),
1 Tuba
1 Timpanist (four timpani),
2 Percussionists (usual range of orchestral percussion available),
1 Harp
Strings
Additional instruments may be available upon arrangement. Piano is usually available and all usual auxiliaries are available
2. Works must be for the full orchestra or usual subgroups of the full orchestra only (string orchestra; strings with winds only, etc).

3. Wind ensemble works are not eligible. Works using instrumental or vocal soloists (concertos), choir, amplified instruments or electronics are not eligible.

4. The works can be of any duration.

5. The score must be a computer engraved (Finale, Sibelius, etc) score.

6. The composer will be responsible for supplying ABLAZE with computer engraved hard copies of parts prepared to MOLA standards.

7. The composer will supply notes about the composer and work.

8. The composer will supply a high quality photograph of his/herself for use in the CD booklet and ABLAZE website.

What we are looking for: 1. Very high quality compositions 2. Very high quality prepared scores and parts to MOLA Guidelines

Who is Eligible: Any composer without restriction as to style of music, age or nationality of the composer may submit a score for consideration.

Submission Deadline APRIL 1, 2019

About ABLAZE Records

ABLAZE Records is a new Australian/USA company that issues recordings worldwide on iTunes and through Amazon.com. The focus of the company is on new music composition and classical music performance. ABLAZE discs are digitally distributed worldwide by Naxos of America and iTunes and available in hard copy through Albany Music Distributors and Amazon.com.

About the Prize This competition is for original compositions only and not arrangements of other material.

ABLAZE will extend to all winners a subsidized rate for the recording. This means that usual costs for final recorded music will be subsidized by ABLAZE so that we can offer to the winners a place on this disc at very competitive rates. This is ABLAZE’s commitment to new music and we are very excited to hear/see your submissions. This competition aims to discover orchestral works of composers that have not yet been recorded and mastered to a full and commercially released CD. Many musicians have works they would be happy to release but may not have enough material or the means to issue a full CD of their orchestral work. It is with the thought of assisting such composers that ABLAZE has issued its call for scores. Once we compile a range of scores ABLAZE records will:

-Oversee the preparation and production of the recording sessions
-Produce an edited final version of the work
-Have the work/disc professionally mastered
-Have the disc meticulously replicated (rather than duplicated)
-Custom design the artwork and digital booklet
-Compile liner notes for the accompanying booklet
-Complete all contracts with composers (who retain full ownership of their work)
-Manufacture the disc run
-Distribute hard copies to Albany Music Distributors and Amazon.com
-Distribute digital masters to Naxos of America, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital outlets
-Promote, advertise and seek reviews of the release


The subsidized costs to all participants are to cover the expenses of the above services such that we can ensure the highest quality product to those who have entrusted their music to us.

What to submit:

1. A PDF file of your score. A printed and bound score of your submission will be requested if your work passes the first round adjudication

2. An audio file of a previous performance if available

3. Completed Application Form

4. Application fee (US$17)
Entry Fee:US$17
Web Site:www.ablazerecords.net/

 Filipino American Symphony Orchestra
Summary:Orchestral Folk Music Competition
Deadline: 29 June 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is pleased to announce its second annual International Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music for students. This competition is dedicated to the promotion of Philippine folk music. All participants must submit an original composition for full orchestra (no vocals) that incorporates a theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). The composition must be between 3 and 5 minutes.

A distinguished panel of judges will select a winner, who will be awarded a $1000 prize. The second-place winner will receive a prize of $500. The winning piece will have its world premiere at our August 3 concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Composition scores, demo recordings and application form are due June 29, 2019 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Demo recordings and composition scores should be submitted via email to pr@fasofoundation.org. See below for more details on submission logistics.
The following is a list of composition competition rules and requirements. The application form can found here and at the bottom of this page.

Rules and Requirements
• This international composition competition is open to composers of all nationalities registered in a college, university or film school as of 2019. Students graduating from their respective programs in 2019 are welcome to participate.
• Multiple composers may collaborate on one competition entry as long as each composer satisfies the previous requirement above.
• The composition may not have vocals.
• The composition should not have been commercially released, posted publicly on content-sharing websites (e.g., YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo etc.) or performed in public as of the deadline. A composition will not be accepted if it has won first prize in another competition(s). Compositions that originated as school projects or that have been performed in school recitals may be submitted.
• The composition must use standard symphonic orchestra instrumentation. For your reference, FASO has the following instrumentation: 2+picc, 2d1, 2+bass, 2 – 3, 3, 3, 1, timp, perc, hp, str.* You may include Philippine instruments (e.g., kulintang, angklung, rondalla instruments, etc.), but it is not required.
• The composition must incorporate theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). Clarification on what we mean: Of course, Philippine folk songs with established melodies already exist. The composition component in this competition is the arrangement of those melodies. There are many opportunities to be innovative and creative in the composition process. The composition may be in any style, genre or form. Some examples:
• A straightforward orchestration of a folk song melody
• Medley of themes
• Variations of a theme
• Mashup of multiple themes
• The composition’s score in PDF format and a demo recording in MP3 format must be emailed to pr@fasofoundation.org on the same day that the online application form is submitted. You may use one or a combination of the following for the demo recording: live instrument performance, MIDI mockup, synthesizer, playback from notation software (e.g., Finale, Sibelius etc.). Keep in mind that the quality of the demo recording will have no impact on the evaluation of the composition. The duration of the recording must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
• The participant must submit an application fee of $15. Fee payments can be made online on the application form. Credit card and PayPal are accepted.

Judging Criteria
A distinguished panel of judges will score and judge competition entries according to criteria provided below.

Creativity (40%)
Creative use of music composition elements including, but not limited to form, genre, groove/feel, melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm, and textures.

Orchestration (40%)
• Instrument parts are in playable range and are readable for college-level and professional musicians
• Lines and harmonies are effectively orchestrated
• Effective use of dynamics and articulation
• Effective utilization of the orchestra families
• Effective focus, balance and separation between multiple layers

Impact (20%)
• The composition is identifiable as Philippine folk music in an orchestral setting
• All audiences can relate to the piece (via subjective assessment by the judges)
Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org.

Web Site:fasofoundation.org/filipino-am...

 IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019
Summary:Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 12 May 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: Summary: Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 12 May 2019

Details: Associazione Ensemble Serenissima of Sacile (PN) - Italy, in collaboration with Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house, announces the fourth edition of the International Competition of Composition "IV INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE – SEM 2019”.

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities with no age limit.
The submitted composition, must be unreleased for orchestra without soloists, unpublished and never performed before in public concerts, radio or television nor awarded in any other composition competitions. They must involve the following instruments, that can be totally or partially used:
n° 2 flute (one also piccolo);
n° 2 oboe (one also English horn);
n° 2 clarinet (one also bass clarinet);
n° 2 bassoon (one also contrabassoon);
n° 2 horn;
n° 2 trumpet;
tympani;
strings;
PA System is not permitted. The duration of the composition must range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) minutes

Prize Details
The contest winner will receive:
- Euro two thousand five hundred (€ 2.500), gross of taxes (the Prize may be divided between more than one participants);
- the performance of the score during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting;
- published* by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.
*Those who are bound by an exclusive contract with a publishing house must attach a special waiver.
The work can also be recorded audio/video and can be included in the Festival’s live CD and DVD.
The compositions that will not win but that will be considered worthy by the Jury Panel would be performed during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting. They would also be recorded (audio and video) and included in the Meeting’s live CD and DVD.

Adjudication: The panel, chaired by Maestro Daniele Zanettovich, will be made up of distinguished, international names from the world of music and contemporary composition. The composition of the jury will be announced after the deadline for participation.

Instructions for Submission
The scores and all documents must be sent exclusively by email and must be received no later than by midnight of the 12nd May 2019 (computer's time and date will be proof of dispatch) to the email address:

Internationalcompositionprize@gmail.com

specifying with regard to “IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019”.
It can be sent via: wetransfer.com.

Web Site:www.ensembleserenissima.com/si...

 ICC "The contemporary Guitar 2018"
Summary:Solo guitar competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Description: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc. will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer or PayPal.
EUROBANK GREECE (ERBKGRAA) ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
PayPal: www.paypal.me/DANOUSANART
(In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason). All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31st, 2018 electronically to info@an-art.com including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc.) with a printout of the registration payment (fee payment receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee - selection: The committee will consist of distinguished guitarists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) works based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee's decision is final.

Prizes:
The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. Audio & video recording by the distinguished guitarist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou, in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY's production.
3. The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY's YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
4. A page in www.an-art.com site will be created for each one of the winning works - composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive:
1. An official diploma.
2. A page in www.an-art.com site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works - composers.

Web Site:www.an-art.com/en/activities/5...

 College Light Opera Company
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: New Works Initiative
The College Light Opera Company is seeking submissions for its 2018 New Works Initiative as part of its 50th jubilee celebrations. The winning one-act piece will be selected by a committee of judges. The winner of this competition will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and production of the new work as part of the 2018 festival season. The prize and production are contingent on the composer and librettist agreeing to the terms of the agreement. The CLOC New Works Initiative is intended to support emerging composer-lyricist teams.

Competition Rules
There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to music-theatre works written in the English language.
2. Each composer and lyricist team may submit only one piece.
3. Submissions must be original, unpublished one-act operettas or music-theatre works written in English. Translations, and children’s operas are not accepted.
4. Works that have been professionally produced, published or had a workshop, concert or non-professional production are not eligible.
5. Works may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. Works must be submitted digitally in PDF format as well as using MIDI or equivalent format.
7. Works must utilize the full CLOC orchestra: 1 flute (doubles piccolo), 1 oboe (doubles english horn), 2 clarinets (doubles E-flat and/or bass clarinet), 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1percussion (drum set, timpani, etc.), 4 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, possible piano (note: we are an acoustic house and do not normally use synthesizers)
8. Works must utilize the full CLOC ensemble of 16 women and 16 men, include a solid balance of male and female roles and provide a strong and active role for the chorus. All principals must be drawn from this group of performers.
9. Works must not exceed 60 minutes in length and should be an appropriate piece to be used as a curtain-raiser for a Gilbert and Sullivan or other English light operetta.
10. The CLOC New Works Initiative reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Web Site:www.collegelightoperacompany.c...

 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:wildrumpusmusic.org/general-ca...