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 Composer Competition: IPO Classical Evolve
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov's vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce IPO Classical Evolve- our second annual composition competition aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations. In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists will be chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer-in-Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three works for IPO’s 2018-19 Season. The 2018 Winner and current Composer-in-Residence is Ben Ash.

Eligibility:
• Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• Must be an emerging composer with no more than two compositions performed by a professional orchestra.

Winner Prize:
• One Winner will be chosen by Jury
• Composer in Residence title for IPO 2019-20 Season
• Opportunity to compose three works for IPO classical series during the 2019-20 Season
• Opportunity to compose two chamber music pieces for IPO at Ravisloe Summer Series
• Prize of $3,000 payable in three installments throughout the 2019-20 Season upon completion of each work for classical series
• Archival recording of each classical series concert performed during the 2019-20 Season (to be used only for promotional purposes in accordance with Chicago Federation of Musicians Local No. 10-208, A.F.M.)
• Visibility and publicity as IPO’s Composer-in-Residence in all press materials, on IPO website and in the wider Chicago area
Application fee: $20. Payable to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466. Checks must be postmarked by December 10, 2018. Alternatively, payment may be made over the phone at 708.481.7774 by December 14, 2018, 3 PM CST.

Please see the Composer Competition PDF for full details and application instructions.

ALL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO composition@ipomusic.org. Thank you.

IPO PATRONS: Help shape the future of classical music. Attend the workshop session of the three composer finalists and vote for your favorite composition. The audience vote will give add one collective favorite vote to the judging panel! Event starts at 6:30PM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Ozinga Chapel. Seating is general admission.
Web Site:ipomusic.org/index.php/compose...

 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: Mrs. Louise Zemlinsky endowed the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition at the University of Cincinnati in 1990 to promote the music of young composers from around the world.

The Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition serves three purposes:
• to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky.
• to discover new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience.
• to promote and encourage young composers from around the world.

Prize Details
Three prizes will be given as follows:
• First Prize: $30,000 cash prize, plus the world premiere performance by CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra in its 2019-2020 season of a newly commissioned work for orchestra (instrumentation TBD) and ballet, plus a commercially produced recording by the CCM Philharmonia.
• Second Prize: $20,000 cash prize.
• Third Prize: $10,000 cash prize.

Terms of the Awards: For the first prizewinner, 50% of the cash prize will be awarded upon announcement of the prizewinners; the remaining 50% will be awarded upon the receipt of scores and parts. For the second and third prizewinners, the entire prize will be awarded upon the announcement of the prizewinners.

Adjudication: Judges for the competition will be selected by the Dean of CCM, the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund in Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York City. Adjudication will be completed in March 2019, and prizewinners will be notified in April 2019.

Eligibility and Instructions for Submission
• Composers of any nationality born after April 1, 1984 may apply.
• Applications will be accepted between November 5, 2018 and January 31, 2019. An external link for submitting materials will be available during this window of time.
• Eligible composers will submit one score of 10-15 minutes for orchestra of any size (either published or unpublished). Recordings of this work, while not necessary, are encouraged. A MIDI recording is acceptable in lieu of a live performance.
Web Site:ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt/compositi...

 The Composers Forum
Summary:Several Opportunities
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: The Composers Forum is geared towards individuals who are pursuing the craft of composition and receiving professional performances of their works, attending masterclasses, and immersing themselves in the compositional world of Vienna, Austria and all that it has to offer. Interested participants can apply to one of three categories: Instrumental Composition, Opera Composition, and Choral Composition. Each admitted composers will receive a performance of their new work.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Visiting Guest Artist Irvine Arditti:
The VSMF is proud to have Irvine Arditti, founder of the contemporary string quartet Arditti Quartet join the faculty. Mr. Arditti will perform and record works for solo violin. Participants of the Instrumental Composition Program will have access to this opportunity.

Instrumental Composition Premieres with PHACE:
Participants of the Instrumental Composition Program will have their music performed by PHACE. PHACE is a premiere contemporary music ensemble who performs around the world and regularly commissions leading composers.

Opera Composition Premieres:
The VSMF is excited to announce that we are accepting four composers for our Opera Composition program. Accepted individuals for this program will have a one act opera performed in conjunction with the vocal arts program. Composers must submit a piano score by December 1st and completed orchestration by April 15th. Instrumentation will be discussed after the admittance of a participant. There are stylistic restrictions.

Choral Composition Premieres:
Accepted participants to the Choral Composition Program will have their new choral works premiered by one of Vienna's leading professional choirs. Works can be accompanied with piano or for unaccompanied Choir. Performances will take place in one of Vienna's premiere concert facilities.

More information available here:
Web Site:www.viennasummermusic.com/comp...

 14th Annual Orchestra Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: Open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation. [Past winners listed below.]

Prize: The winning work will be performed by
the East Carolina University Symphony
April 6, 2019, in Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2018:
1. Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below:
• Name of composer (anonymous entry NOT necessary)
• Maximum instrumentation: 2 flutes (+piccolo), 2 oboe (1 English Horn double), 2 clarinet (+bass), 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 3 trumpet, 3 trombone (including bass), 1 tuba, Timpani, 2 percussion, piano, Strings
• Works with electronics/computer WILL be considered
• Work with Harp will NOT be considered
• Works including soloists will NOT be considered
• Maximum duration of twelve (12) minutes
• Difficulty level suitable for advanced university orchestra

2. Information Sheet with:
• Composer's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
• One paragraph bio, one paragraph program note
• Title of submitted composition(s), list of instrumentation, duration of composition, date of completion, and performance history (if applicable)
3. If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included. Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.
4. For EACH ENTRY, an APPLICATION FEE of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic Initiative noted in the memo. [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.] Payment may also be made online here.
5. Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will perform the single winning work on Saturday evening, April 6, 2019, on a NC NewMusic Initiative concert on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2019.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the festival. Every attempt will be made by the festival staff to provide accommodations for visitors, and to subsidize costs of travel. The composer of the winning work may also be asked to conduct a seminar, introducing their work to students and other festival attendants.

The composer of the selected score will be notified by December 25, 2018. Parts for the winning work must be received by January 10, 2019.

Address all submissions to:
Mark Taggart
Composition Competition Director
NC NewMusic Initiative
366 Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858
E-mail: taggartm@ecu.edu

Web Site:www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/newm...

 Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra
Summary:Youth Orchestra Composition Competition
Deadline: 08 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Evan Feldman, is happy to announce its 2018 Young Composers Contest, open to students across North Carolina.

Eligibility:
Any pre-college student residing in North Carolina, aged 18 or younger, is eligible to enter the contest.
Only one submission per student will be accepted.
Participation and entry are free.
All submissions must be original; arrangements of existing music will not be considered.
Works that have previously been performed/recorded are permitted.

Deadlines:
Application submission deadline: December 8.
Winner announced via email: January 1.
Hard copies of score and parts required from the winning composer: February 1 (See details below).

Guidelines:
Composers must submit a full score and a first violin part for the work.
Other than the title of the work, the score must not contain any identifying information such as names, locations, or dedications. Performance notes should be limited to those pertaining to the technical requirements of the work.
The work should meet the following criteria:
Accessible for an advanced high school orchestra
Does not exceed 6 minutes in length
The score should meet the following criteria:
Transposed (rather than concert) score
PDF format
Legibly handwritten scores are permitted
The winning composer will provide materials for performance including a hard copy of a full score and a set of parts with rehearsal letters and measure numbers.
Composers may submit a live recording, MIDI realization, or piano reduction of the piece, but it is not required.

Instrumentation can include any combination of the following instruments:
Full strings (up to 2 divisi, no double bass divisi); solos by principal players are permitted
Double winds; flute may double on piccolo, but no other instrument doublings
Double brass; score for Bb rather than C trumpet
Percussion can include timpani +2; standard orchestral percussion is encouraged
Harp is optional; piano is not permitted
Works that feature a primary soloist with orchestra will not be considered.
Electronics are permitted under the following circumstances:
The electronic element is fundamental to the essence of the piece (not “tacked on”)
Any sampled material is original or can be proven to be in the public domain
The composer must provide any hardware necessary for interactive electronics and must commit to being present for (at a minimum) the dress rehearsal and final performance.

Evaluation:
The judging panel will include Evan Feldman, the Music Director of the GSYO, and Dr. Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor of Composition at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Entries will be judged anonymously.
Entries will be evaluated based on artistic quality, skill in orchestration, and suitable difficulty level.
Select compositions will receive constructive feedback.
The judging panel reserves the right not to award a winner.

The winning piece will be rehearsed and performed at the winter GSYO concert on March 10, 2019. The winner will receive a quality recording of their work along with a ticket package to a future Greensboro Symphony concert. They will also be featured along with their winning composition on the Greensboro Symphony Facebook page.

Resources for young composers
Orchestration tips: http://www.youngcomposerschallenge.org/tutorials/tutlist.php
Free music notation software: https://musescore.org/en

Please contact the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra with any questions:
education@greensborosymphony.org

Web Site:www.gsyo.org/Composition/

 The Florida Orchestra Student Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestra Competition (Florida Students)
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 June 2018
Details: The Florida Orchestra will open its Student Composition Competition to all Florida universities and colleges with a music composition department, encompassing about a dozen schools. The competition underscores TFO’s commitment to education and to music as a living art form, focusing on Florida talent.

Music Director Michael Francis and a panel of TFO staff and musicians will choose the winning work, which the orchestra will premiere on the final TFO Masterworks series concerts May 24-26, 2019. The winner also will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Student Composer Competition Guidelines
The Florida Orchestra is opening the following opportunity to universities and colleges to select an original work to be performed by The Florida Orchestra, written by a student composer currently enrolled in a music degree program in the state of Florida. Composition departments may submit up to two student compositions for the statewide competition. Holding an internal competition to select the student work to be submitted from each university or college is suggested, but at the discretion of each school’s composition department. The winning composition will be selected by The Florida Orchestra’s Music Director, Michael Francis, along with an advisory panel of TFO musicians and staff, and will be featured on the final TFO Masterworks series performances May 24-26, 2019.

General Guidelines:
• Each university or college may submit up to two student works for consideration. Submissions must be made by a school representative on behalf of the student(s) selected.
• The competition is open to any composition major, regardless of specific discipline (i.e. classical or jazz composition), or degree program (i.e. bachelors or masters).
• The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $1000 and his/her work will be featured at the final Masterworks series performances May 24-26, 2019.
• The duration of the work should be between three and six minutes.
• The instrumentation for the work must not exceed an orchestration of:
*3*3*3*3-4331 timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano/celeste, and strings. Standard percussion instruments only (list be provided upon request).

Important dates:
• December 21, 2018: Deadline for schools to submit complete student score(s) and accompanying materials for consideration
• January 11, 2019: Finalists announced
• February 19, 2019: Finalists’ printed orchestral parts delivered to The Florida Orchestra
• March 26, 2019: Reading session with The Florida Orchestra of finalist works in the Tampa Bay area
• March 29, 2019: Winning composer/composition announced
• May 24-26, 2019: Performances in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater with The Florida Orchestra; Michael Francis, conductor.

Submission packets must include the following:
• Résumé or Curriculum Vitae summary of no more than 1-3 pages
• Artist Statement about the piece submitted for consideration
• Full score [.PDF] and accompanying .wav or midi soundfile realization of the submitted score.
o Score should be in an 11” x 17” format
o Additional guidelines regarding formatting are available in the attached MOLA Music

Preparation Guidelines pamphlet.
o The composer’s name should not appear on the score or recording.

• Deadline for all materials to be received electronically is Friday, December 21, 2018, by midnight. Materials should be submitted to Erin Horan, Community Engagement Director, via

Dropbox or Hightail link sent to Library@floridaorchestra.org.

Selection process:
• Up to four (4) finalists will be chosen for the student reading with The Florida Orchestra on March 26, 2019. The first round will be a blind process and the committee members will have no knowledge of composers or their school affiliation or background.
• Finalists who reside 100 miles or more from Tampa will receive lodging in the Tampa Bay area for the evening before the reading.
• Selection of winner will be decided by TFO Music Director, Michael Francis, and an advisory group of TFO staff and musicians
• The winning composition will be selected by March 29, 2019.

Prize:
• The winning composition will be featured on the final TFO Masterworks concert cycle in May 2019, conducted by Music Director, Michael Francis.
• The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $1000 provided by The Florida Orchestra upon the completion of the performances.
• The winning composer will receive a mutually agreed upon number of complimentary tickets to each of the Masterworks performances that include their work. (based on availability)
• If the winning composer resides 50 miles or more from Tampa, they will receive lodging in the Tampa Bay area during the week of performance for mutually agreed-upon dates.
For any questions about The Florida Orchestra’s Student Composer Competition, please contact Erin

Horan, Community Engagement Director, at ehoran@floridaorchestra.org.


Web Site:www.floridaorchestra.org/educa...
Email:ehoran@floridaorchestra.org

 West Suburban Symphony
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION

The West Suburban Symphony, based in Hinsdale, Illinois, invites early‐career composers to submit an orchestral work to be considered for performance in the Symphony’s fall 2019 – summer 2020 season. The winning composer will receive a $500 prize.

Eligibility
The composer must be enrolled in at least one undergraduate or graduate‐level college course during the 2018‐19 academic year.

Composition must have a performance time of 15‐20 minutes and be scored for full orchestra as follows:
-Strings: first violin, second violin, viola, cello, and contrabass
- Winds: 2‐3 flutes/piccolos, 2‐3 oboes/English horns, 2‐3 clarinets (may include Eb and/or bass clarinet), 2‐3 bassoons (may include contrabassoon), 4 French horns, 2‐3 trumpets (may include piccolo trumpet), 3 trombones (may include bass trombone), 1 tuba
-Other: timpani and/or percussion parts that can be covered by 1‐3 players; harp and keyboard parts are optional

Materials required to enter the competition

- Full conductor’s score for the composition, on paper, printed double‐sided and spiral bound
- Synthesized electronic recording of the composition, on CD or USB thumb drive
- Proof of composer’s current college enrollment as of December 31, 2018, on paper
- Photo and short biography of the composer, on CD or USB thumb drive

Schedule
-December 31, 2018, is the postmark deadline for submission of entries, via the U.S. Postal Service, to West Suburban Symphony, P.O. Box 565, Hinsdale, Illinois 60522
-By March 1, 2019, entrants will be notified of decision regarding their composition
-By August 1, 2019, winning composer must supply the Symphony with a complete set of orchestra parts, as PDFs on a CD or USB thumb drive after consultation with the Symphony’s music director
-Between September 2019 and July 2020, the West Suburban Symphony will perform the winning composition ‐‐ the $500 prize will be paid upon performance of the composition

Rights
Upon selection of the winning work, the Symphony and composer will enter into an agreement that stipulates the following regarding the composition:
-Composer owns the copyright
-West Suburban Symphony has rights of first performance, unlimited rights of future performances, ownership of a full set of parts, and rights to any concert recordings made
-If the Symphony records its performance of the work, it will provide a copy of the recording to the composer
Web Site:westsubsymphony.org/upload/WSS...

 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...