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 Composition Competition 2017
Summary:Competition for German Composers
Deadline: 28 July 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino ( announces an international composition competition to promote each year the new music of a different European nation.

The 2017 competition will be dedicated to Germany.

The 2017 Competition is open to German composers – officially of German nationality – between 18 and 40 years old (on 28th July 2017).

The compositions should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

The compositions must be compatible with the following orchestral instrumentation:
- strings (maximum
- 1 flute
- 2 oboes (no english horn)
- 2 bassoons (no contrabbassoon)
- 2 french horns
The new pieces could use completely or in part the instrumentation above.

The compositions may be submitted in PDF (full score) by 28th July 2017 to the following e- mail address:

An audio file (mp3), derived from MIDI rendition, can also be submitted together with the score. Do not send MIDI files or other file formats.

The scores may be written using any music notation software and clearly legible. Competitors can take part in only one composition. The compositions must be unpublished, never performed, nor broadcasted by radio, television and/or streaming, nor presented, awarded and/or reported in other competitions.

To ensure your anonymity to the jury, please make sure that your score is NOT marked with your name but with a motto. In the same e-mail, please also provide the following information (which will not be available to the jury):

A) your contact information (name, address, e-mail, phone)
B) a short description of your life, studies and works.
C) copy of a valid identification document (that proves your age and German nationality)
D) receipt of payment of registration fee

 Orchestra Composition Contest
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Call
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Call for Scores
Application deadline: June 1, 2017

The 51st Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Indiana State University School of Music, proudly announces the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The Festival is scheduled for October 25–27, 2017.

The Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition was established to recognize outstanding music composed for the small orchestra. In addition to a monetary prize, the composer receiving first place will be invited to attend a performance of the winning composition by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as part of the Festival’s activities. The winner also will be invited to speak at the Festival on a topic relating to his or her music. Other guests featured at the three-day Festival include the Principal Guest Composer, Narong Prangcharoen, the guest ensemble, and composers participating in the Music Now concert. Since its beginning, more than 200 established and emerging composers—including eighteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize and five winners of the Grawemeyer Award—have participated in the Festival.

Contest Guidelines

Cash Prizes:
First Place - $1,000


There are no restrictions regarding the age or gender of the applicant. Contestants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Winners of the competition within the last five years are not eligible.


Standard chamber orchestra scoring (2[pic]2[Eh]22, 2210, timpani, 1 percussion, piano, harp, and strings 6–4–4–3–2). Scores that will not be considered include condensed or significantly reduced scores and scores that include soloists or extra instruments.


Compositions may not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:

A composer may send one score with a corresponding recording (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Large, neat, proofread parts must be available upon request. The composer’s name may not appear on the submitted materials. A sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be attached to the score. A summary of the necessary instrumentation and an accurate timing should be included with the entry.


There is a non-returnable entry fee of $20 U.S. currency per entry. Make checks payable to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.


A panel of judges will be chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Each judge will be a performing instrumentalist, conductor, or composer and each will evaluate all scores separately and make a short list of works to be considered further. The judges will then meet with the Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra where the short list of works will be discussed and a final decision made. The judges will not make available any written or verbal commentary.


All scores must be received by June 1, 2017. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2017.

Send Submissions To:

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 36
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Additional Information:

Dr. Kurt Fowler
School of Music
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. While The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will make every effort to protect and return materials, the orchestra assumes no responsibility for loss or destruction of submitted materials.

A PDF of this call can be downloaded HERE.