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 2018 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition
Summary:Bassoon competition
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: 2018 Composition Description

The 2018 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) is a special competition open exclusively to female composers. Submitted works may be written for bassoon alone, or bassoon with piano. The compositions may be single movement or multi-movement, and must be between 5 and 8 minutes in total duration.

The winning piece of the BCMCC 2018 Composition Competition will also be a required piece for the prestigious 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition (more details below).

2018 Competition Timeline
August 1, 2017: Competition Announced
November 1st: Submissions online open
Dec. 15, 2017: Submissions online close
February 1, 2018: Winner announced
May 1, 2018: Published winning work is available to the public for sale

2018 BCMCC PRIZES
The composer of each submitted work will receive comments from the adjudicating panel of professional musicians.
One work will be chosen as the winner of the 2018 BCMCC.
Up to two works may receive an Honorable Mention prize.

The 2018 Winning Composition will receive the following prizes:
- Workshopping of the piece via email, Skype, Google Hangout, and/or some other means of communication. 

- The name of the work and bio of the composer will be listed on the BCMCC website. 


 Publication of the work through Imagine Music Publishing: The publishing agreement for the winning piece will be worked out between Imagine and the winning composer, including royalties earned from each score sold to be paid semi-annually. The piece will be available for sale by May 1, 2018.

The winning work will also be a required piece for the prestigious 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition:

As a result, this winning piece will be purchased and played by young bassoonists all over the Americas.

The work will be heard by those who attend the three-day MQVC symposium performed by women bassoon players who are citizens of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America), or who are enrolled in school in the Americas during the year prior to the competition and who are 25 years old or younger. Visit mqvc.org for more information.

 Previous MQVC’s have featured repertoire by composers HyeKyung Lee, Nancy Galbraith, Libby Larsen, Margi Griebling-Haigh, Jenni Brandon, and Katherine Hoover.

2018 Honorable Mention winners will be listed on the BCMCC website and social media. They will also be given the opportunity to include a recording of their work on the BCMCC website pending Board approval.

2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- Open to female composers regardless of age or country of origin. 

- A composer may submit only one entry per competition year. 

- Previous winners may not compete. 

- Completed applications must be received on or before December 15th, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. 

- Late submissions will not be accepted. 

- The submission must be a new work written within the last 5 years (2013-2017) that has not been previously published or widely performed professionally. 

- The compositions may be single movement or multi-movement, and must be between 5 and 8 minutes in total duration. 

- Works submitted must be for bassoon alone OR bassoon with piano. 


- A performance history must be provided for works that have been previously performed. 

- A $25 application fee is required 
An anonymous PDF score and MIDI sound recording are part of the application process. 
LIVE RECORDINGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. 
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
All fees submitted are non-refundable.
All decisions are final. If the judges feel it necessary, no prizes will be 
awarded.
Additional terms and conditions apply, as outlined below. 


TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
The composition I am submitting for the BCMCC was written by me and is a new work written within the last 5 years that has not been previously published or widely performed professionally. The submitted composition cannot be published until after I have been notified by the BCMCC of the competition results (by February 2018). If I am not a finalist in the BCMCC I retain all rights to publish and perform my composition. 
I grant the BCMCC the right to perform my composition in future BCMCC performances. I will work with Imagine Music Publishing to have my composition published and ready for sale by May 1st 2018.
If I am selected as a winner of the BCMCC, I agree that the BCMCC may use my name and the title of my composition in materials pertaining to the BCMCC. 


APPLICATION PROCESS 
Online Applications for the 2018 BCMCC will be open from November 1st, 2017 through December 15, 2017.
The BCMCC utilizes an online application process and can be found at bassooncomp.org starting November 1st, 2017. The online application process has three parts and must be completed in one sitting. You will need the following information: 
Part 1:
1. Your basic information including: 
An email address – this will be the main method of contact by the BCMCC 
2. Upload the score of your composition 


Scores must be submitted in a Finale or Sibelius style notation, as PDFs in 8.5 x 11 format.

All scores must be anonymous, meaning you must remove your name from all locations on the score.

Your score must be labeled lastname-bcmcc-score (example: smith- bcmcc-score.pdf)

The limit per uploaded file is 10MB.
The total of all files submitted may not exceed 20MB.

3.
RECORDINGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

Upload the MIDI sound recording of your composition- LIVE

mp3 format
Your recording must be labeled lastname-bcmcc-audio (example: smith-
bcmcc-audio.mp3)
The limit per uploaded file is 10MB. Multiple files are accepted. The total of all files submitted may not exceed 20MB.

NOTE: All file size limits are 10MB per file uploaded. An ENTIRE application (combination of all files uploaded) must not exceed 20MB. If your files total more than this, please contact us for an alternative submission process.

Part 2:
1. Tell us how you heard about the BCMCC 2. Agree to the terms and conditions (above) 3. Sign your name electronically
4. Submit your application

Part 3:
1. After submitting your application you will be directed to pay a $25 application fee through Stripe (web and mobile payments). If you are unable to use Stripe (some international cards are not accepted), contact the BCMCC (bassooncomp@gmail.com) for an alternate method of payment. 2. Complete your BCMCC application.

After you have completed all three parts of the application process you will receive a confirmation email within 7 days. If you do not receive a confirmation email after a week of completing your application, please contact us (bassooncomp@gmail.com)
Web Site:bassooncomp.org
Email:bassooncomp@gmail.com

 Harp On Wight
Summary:Harp Music Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: Rubric:

Piece for solo harp not exceeding 10mins.

Theme: The Music of Angels

Category 1: Under 18
Category 2: Over 18

Prize: £100 in both categories + performance in Harp on Wight Festival

For more information:
Web Site:www.harponwight.co.uk/harp-music-competition-2017.html

 Call for Solo and Chamber Timpani Music
Summary:Percussion Competition
Deadline: 10 September 2017
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: The Solo and Chamber Timpanist’s Initiative is thrilled to announce our first-ever call for new solo and chamber timpani music. SCTI recognizes a shortage in timpani repertoire best attributed to the many challenges faced by composers when writing for this instrument.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
$200 cash prize
Live broadcasted performance of composition
Studio recording of composition

Four Runner-Ups will receive:
Live broadcasted performance of composition
Studio recording of composition

Submissions MUST …

Feature the timpani in a prominent and soloistic role.
Have been composed in the last ten years.
Utilize no more than six musicians.
Not exceed fifteen minutes. May be apart of a larger work.
Not exceed the use of one grand piano.

Submission Deadline: September 10th, 2017 11:59 PM EDT
Entry Fee: $0

Suggestions
Submissions may consist of one or more movements from a larger work.
Submissions utilizing electronics and/or fixed media are eligible for consideration.
Multi percussion setups are allowed and encouraged, provided that the timpani serve as a primary voice in the solo/ensemble.
Exceeding the typical range of the timpani or using more than four drums renders your piece less accessible for public performance.
Pieces that utilize instruments that are accessible in conservatory setting are preferred. These include but are not limited to: winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano, celeste, and voice.

Please make every effort to use unconventional sounds tastefully. These include preparing the timpani with cymbals, temple bowls, and crotales, striking timpani bowls and rims, and striking the timpani heads with brushes and/or other unconventional beaters.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all relevant materials by emailing SCTimps@gmail.com. If files exceed standard sizes, please share a Google-Drive folder with us instead. This will require the use of a Google affiliated email account. Click here for further instructions on creating this folder.

Submission files may include:
Program Notes/Concept
Musical Score
Setup Diagram(s)
Synthetic or Acoustic Recording

Disclaimer: Composers are encouraged to submit multiple pieces. However, only ONE piece per entrant will be considered for a prize. SCTI promises not to share submissions with third parties. SCTI will delete compositions after the contest and performance have passed.
Web Site:www.sctimps.org

 Call for Works for Solo Recorder
Summary:Solo recorder works
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Kethryn Bennetts is looking for pieces for solo recorder for an ongoing concert series starting Oct 2017. Can involve microtonality, especially quarter-tones and fixed media, preferably for one performer but other instrumental combinations can be considered.

E: kathrynbennetts@mac.com
WEB: www.bennettsbowman.org.uk
Web Site:www.bennettsbowman.org.uk/

 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn
Summary:Works for solo performer
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo horn. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn to be premiered on November 15, 2017 at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland. This call for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is looking for solo horn works inspired by specific texts of literature, poetry, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
• Deadline to submit works is September 15, 2017
• Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.
• Works should be for solo horn only.
• 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!
• Composers are encouraged to write works inspired by specific texts of poetry, literature, etc. (Texts should be named in the program notes.)
• Works that utilize the low register of the horn are encouraged
• Works need to be submitted online at

http://www.musicavatar.org/categories/Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame-Sam-Bessen-horn/index.html

• 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: Sam Bessen, horn" 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 Sam Bessen 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.

Sam Bessen
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Bessen is a horn performer and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Bessen recently completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Denise Tryon. As a performer, Bessen seeks to bring together performer and audience in engaging and innovative recitals often featuring new and obscure works for horn. He recently performed an acclaimed recital at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was subsequently invited to perform on the Museum's ART/SOUND/NOW series on July 27, 2017. He can be heard in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's recordings with Marin Alsop of works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Kernis, as well as in John Steinmetz' "Three Pieces for Ten Winds" with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Examples of Sam Bessen's playing can be heard here:
www.sambessen.com

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene. "...the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. " - Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner

More can be found be found at: www.Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.com

Music Avatar
Music Avatar is an online submission system to upload music online. It creates a hassle free process for the composer to submit, update, and upload a submission with confidence that the opportunity will receive it. Check out Music Avatar for more composer opportunities.

For more information visit: www.musicavatar.org/

Vox Novus
Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. The organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public's vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Projects Vox Novus is known for producing are 60x60, Composer’s Voice and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

For More information visit: www.VoxNovus.com


Web Site:www.musicavatar.org/categories/Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame-Sam-Bessen-horn/index.html

 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

 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