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 Shakuhachi Call
Summary:Write for traditional instrument
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Call for Scores
Hello fellow Composers,

I am opening up a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). I have been searching for new music to perform but couldn't find a lot of options and had to resort to commission composers to write me new music. After receiving my first work I was more than enthralled with the results and decided that I want to open up my commissions to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. I would like to see one or two scores of your work emailed to me at shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email via Paypal.

Once I have made my decision I will begin the commissioning process, my hope is to commission 15 more composers. The commission cost will depend on the piece and a variety of other factors. In terms of the commission, there may be other instruments added if you would like to do shakuhachi and ensemble or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission I will send a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and private one on one lesson via skype or google hangouts about shakuhachi and to over different materials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdENehcNKoI

Above is a link to a work that I wrote for shakuhachi. This will give you an idea of the extended techniques and color capabilities of the flute. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing everyone's works and hopefully performing a new one!

~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Hsin-Jung Tsai (http://library.newmusicusa.org/hsinjungtsai)

Wrote me a solo work under 10' and I will be performing in Houston, TX in May and it will receive four additional performances in Japan.

Web Site:shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com

 Opus Testing: Tower & Helm Call for Proposals
Summary:Carillon Competition
Deadline: 23 May 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: Musica Reflecta and the Canadian Music Centre invite you to participate in OPUS: TESTING, an open and safe space for artists to explore, collaborate, and create. We are pleased to be co-presenting this edition of Opus Testing with Roy Lee, who plays the carillons at the Metropolitan United Church and at the University of Toronto (Soldiers’ Tower Carillon).

Summer 2017 Assignment: Tower & Helm

Deadline: May 23, 2017

Performers: Roy Lee, Carillon (Soundcloud)

Although a rare instrument in Canada, the carillon has the ability, and tacit permission, to fill public spaces. In the hands of a capable player the bells can achieve a range of colour and emotion. Despite its pervasive sound, a majority of people experience the carillon ambiently, deriving their own meaning as they listen with the sounds in the foreground or background.

What do the sounds of carillon intone for you? We invite artists to propose short works for carillon that explore the personal meaning suggested by the bells. What happens when you write a piece for yourself, knowing that thousands of people might have a passing encounter with it? How does your piece function in amongst the din of the Toronto soundscape? We are open to various interpretations of the assignment.

Timeline:
• Tuesday, May 23: Deadline for proposals
• Monday, May 29: Confirmation of participants
• June: tours of the Carillon Tower(s), Recital attendance opportunities:
• Tuesday, June 13: 6:00-6:30pm Soldiers’ Tower Carillon Recital, 6:30pm-7:00pm tour and demonstration of the carillon
• Additional recital times will be circulated to participants
• July 31: Submission of pieces
• August-September: one-on-one rehearsals
• Late September: Workshop presentation: Friday 7-8pm, or Saturday 7-8 (exact date will be determined)

Proposal Process:
• Using our online form, artists are invited to submit a short concept proposal (200 words max) by the deadline. Let us know what ideas you would like to explore in your piece, and why you are interested in working with Roy Lee and writing for carillon.
• Please include a link to some sample of your existing work (soundcloud, bandcamp, youtube, vimeo, etc)
• Your proposed piece can be presented as a graphic score, instructional score, or using conventional notation
• Any artist is eligible to apply. We can facilitate video conferencing with remote participants.
• Musica Reflecta and Roy Lee will assess proposals. We will try to facilitate inclusion of all submissions. Proposals are largely chosen on a first-come first-serve basis. Our focus is on your written proposal, while technical and aesthetic assessment of any submitted piece is secondary
• To hear and see the Soldiers’ Tower carillon being played, you can reference the Tower’s youtube page. Participants will receive additional instruction and resources to support the composition process
• While you are preparing your piece, please be mindful of the restrictions on rehearsal time. Technically challenging pieces may be excerpted at the discretion of the performer for the reading. Pieces can range from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
• All participants are invited to gather for the no-stress reading and discussion on —bring your ears and friends!
• Accessibility information: attendance for a carillon recital is fully accessible, however the carillon towers are not fully accessible (there are long sets of stairs up and down). Please notify the organizers if this is a concern for you, and we can address ways to support your participation.

For information, contact: musicareflecta@gmail.com OR mfava@musiccentre.ca
Web Site:www.musiccentre.ca/node/146156

 X INTERNATIONAL ACCORDION COMPOSITION COMPETITION FRANCISCO ESCUDERO
Summary:Solo accordion competition
Deadline: 05 September 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: • Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, calls for the X International Accordion Composition Competition "Francisco Escudero" whose prize ceremony will be held on 16 of September 2017.
• The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.
• The works may be composed for solo accordion or for chamber music with accordion, and their length may not exceed 10 minutes. The works of chamber music must be composed for a maximum of four players in which there is at least one accordion.
• The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
• Pieces written before 2013 will be refused.
• Works presented may be commissioned, but must never have been previously performed either in public or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously awarded or published will not be admitted.
• Only electro-acoustic clips recorded in one of these two formats are admitted: audio CD (no Wav) 44.1 KHz/16 bits; Mp3. CD recordings and scores will be sent by certified mail. MP3 pieces will be sent to info@hauspoz.org.
• Awarded works will be published by the organization. The jury may even consider at their discretion the publication of other works that haven't been awarded.
• Scores can be handwritten (legible and without amendments or corrections) or computer-generated. The awarded composer commits to convert the winning composition to electronic format within 30 days after announcement of the prize and submit the winning composition in electronic format to contest organizers.
• The organization reserves the right to propose awarded works for performance at the next editions of the "Arrasate Competition" for accordionists. Therefore the organization will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of awarded works without any economic benefit to the composer, except for those derived from the rights given by law.
• The composer will hand in three anonymous copies with no visible personal signature in an envelope, which will be identified only by a code or a theme. Works submitted should be enclosed into a sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title or headword of the composition, whereas the following details should be included within the envelope: composer's name and surname, phone number, address, e-mail and signed formal statement proving that the work submitted is unknown and has never been published or performed before.
• The entry fee is 30 euros. 10 euros for ‘Hauspoz' members.
• Closing date will be 5th September 2017.
• The organization, together with the jury, reserves the right to declare prizes void, in which case, a personality or an organisation will be awarded in gratitude for the trajectory of their work.
• It is compulsory that the following caption be included in all concert programs, as well as in printed publications and audio media where the awarded work appears or is mentioned: First Prize of the 10th International Composition Competition Francisco Escudero.

The participation will imply that the contestant accepts the terms of the competition
Web Site:www.hauspoz.org/index.php/en_EN/concurso-fco-escudero/bases-2009

 Works for baritone (voice) and piano or organ for church use
Summary:Voice works required
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: I am the bass section leader at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, FL. I am looking for repertoire to perform as a part of church services as introits or offertories. Works should be at least two minutes long, set a sacred English text (Biblical or a sacred poem, etc.), and be scored for baritone singer with piano or organ. Texts can be general Christian texts or specific to the church calendar (Lent, Advent, etc.). Single movements from larger works are welcome. The Biblical Songs (Op. 99) of Dvorak are a good guide for the type of thing I am looking for in terms of subject matter, but I welcome a variety of harmonic languages (tonal, post-tonal, etc.).

Please send a PDF file of scores and link to recordings (if available) to bahrline@yahoo.com.

I perform at least one solo a month, so I am looking for works continually. If chosen I will provide you with a recording and bulletin from that weeks service. Depending on the season and church schedule, I a may perform the work on 1-3 services in a given weekend.
Email:bahrline@yahoo.com

 RIX ANNELIE DE MAN 2018
Summary:Keyboard Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: Rules for Composers

Application deadline: 01 January 2018

There is no age limit and no entrance fee. The competition is for composers from all nationalities.
In the composition the harpsichord should have the principal role. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.

Prizes

1st prize composers competition: € 2500 2nd prize composers competition: € 1000
Black Pencil prize: t.b.a.
Audience prize: t.b.a.

Additional prizes will be considered

Setting

Harpsichord in chamber music settings is the preferred instrumentation. However, solo harpsichord pieces will be also considered.

We encourage the combination of harpsichord with the instruments available in the Orgelpark, please see: www.orgelpark.nl.

We encourage composers to use the instruments of the Black Pencil ensemble for their harpsichord compositions: recorder (blockflute), panflute, viola, accordion and percussion. Please see www.instrumentalways.com

The harpsichord may be combined with other instruments, electronics, video and/or theatrical elements. The Annelie de Man Foundation will guarantee a live performance with an ensemble not exceeding more than 6 musicians (harpsichordist included).

Black Pencil – Ensemble in Residence

Black Pencil will be ensemble in residence in the 2018 edition of the Prix. It means that you can count on the expertise of the virtuoso members of Black Pencil for writing new compositions, making use of the instrumentation of the ensemble.

Jorge Isaac – Recorder (blockflute), Artistic Director Matthijs Koene – Panflute
Esra Pehlivanli – Viola
Marko Kassl – Accordion
Enric Monfort – Percussion
Please check www.BlackPencil.org
The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to new compositions making use of the full instrumentation of the ensemble together with harpsichord.

Application

Candidates should supply:
- A biography (in English) and recent photo of the composer
- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions - If possible a recording (aiff, wav or mp3 format), or a video file from a live performance. Midi is also accepted
- Use your real name (pseudonym is not needed)
- A composer can submit more than one composition

Please send your entry to: prix@admf.nl. Your entry must be both in: - Pdf
- Mp3

Jury

Guus Janssen (http://www.guusjanssen.com) Wim Hendrickx (http://www.wimhenderickx.com) Roderik de Man (http://www.roderikdeman.com) and an organist to be selected by the Orgelpark

The jury will choose 3 works to be performed from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary changes.

Please understand that the PRIX receives many applications. Send the information about the compositions as clearly as possible. Thank you!
Web Site:www.admf.nl/NL/competition.html

 2017 Wilmslow Parish Church Organ Composition Contest
Summary:Organ Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK announces a special Organ Composition Contest for composers of all ages and nationalities to celebrate the renewal and augmentation of the organ (affectionately known as Oscar) by York Pipe Organs. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces performed at the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017. In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm www.fagus-music.com.

All submissions must be received via email (philip@philipunderwood.co.uk) or postal mail (28 Bracadale Drive, Davenport, Stockport, SK3 8RS, UK) by 11:59 pm on 31st July 2017.

Competition Guidelines
1. The contest is open to composers of any age or nationality in any style of music.
2. The piece, for solo organ of 3 manuals and pedals, must be unpublished, never performed, 5-8 minutes in length and of approximately grade 7 standard.
3. The piece must be appropriate for performance in a celebration concert, however a religious theme is not necessary.
4. Submissions will be accepted in one of the following forms: Sibelius 4, Midi file, PDF file or original manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. All submissions will be reviewed without prejudice to style, content or form.
6. Composers must submit a short biography.
7. All submissions must be received via postal mail or email by 11:59pm on 31st July 2017.
8. The winner of the contest will win a prize of £150, with prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The 3 winners will have their pieces featured in the Festival Dedication Service on Advent Sunday 2017 (3rd December). In addition the 3 winning pieces will be published in a book called “Oscar’s Organ Book” by the online music publishing firm www.fagus-music.com.,these prizes are all inclusive and no other expenses shall be paid to the composers.
9.The church reserves the right to host the world premiere of the pieces.
10.The results will be posted on the church website on 1st September 2017.
Web Site:www.wilmslowparish.co.uk

 FNMC COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summary:Flute competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 01 February 2017
Details: The Flute New Music Consortium promotes new works by talented composers through an annual composition competition. This year's competition will feature four categories for submission.

Competition Categories:
Solo Flute: Submission deadline: June 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature solo flute.
• Instruments in the flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted.
• Works for flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.
Flute and Accompaniment. Submission deadline: July 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must feature the flute and either piano or electronics.
Flute Duo. Submission deadline: August 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category must include flute and one other instrument.
• Works for flute and piano or flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.
Chamber Works. Submission deadline: September 1, 2017. 11:59 CST
• Works in this category include flute in some capacity.
• Chamber works should utilize between three and six performers.
• All instrumentations will be considered, but works for flute ensemble (flute quartet, flute trio) are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility:
• Entries must use the flute in some capacity. There is no age limit, and composers are permitted to submit up to three works per category
• Suggested Length: 5-12 minutes
• Submission of Materials:
• Online application and entry fee ($13 per score). A $1 convenience fee per score will be assessed for payments submitted through the website. Scores should not contain identifying markings. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Multiple Entries: Composers may submit no more than three entries per competition category.
• The winning composer from each competition category will receive a $250 (USD) prize, one or more performances, and a live recording from one or more of the performances.

Entry Information:
All entries must include:
• Scores with no identifying markings in either the file or the file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
• Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius, or some other type of music entry software program
• All score submissions must be in PDF file format
• Live or MIDI recordings of each entry, with no identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata.
• All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files.
• Application information: name of composer, contact information, title of piece, instrumentation of piece, composer website (if available)
• Payment confirmation number
• Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single PDF file
• Multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file

An entry confirmation will appear at the time of submission. An email confirmation will not be sent.

Selected winners give FNMC members rights to perform and record their works for up to six years without further compensation. Selected winners consent to one video interview, to be shared with FNMC members and in FNMC marketing materials.

Incomplete applications or applications with identifying markings will be disqualified. Entries submitted without the payment confirmation number will be disqualified. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries which do not include an audio file in mp3 format will be disqualified. Previously winning pieces are not eligible for re-entry.
Web Site:www.flutenewmusicconsortium.com/2017-composition-competition.html