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 The 39th International IRINO PRIZE
Summary:Chamber Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 23 June 2018
Date Posted: 24 May 2018
A composition for chamber orchestra, either previously performed or not performed yet, but which has not received any prizes. The composition should be scored for between twelve and seventeen instruments, comprising at most 1 flute (piccolo, alto/bass-fl), 1 oboe (cor anglais), 1 clarinet (Eb/bass/contrabass- cl, bassett horn), 1 bassoon (contrabassoon), 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 saxophone (soprano/alto/tenor/baritone-sax.), 1 piano (celesta), 1 percussion (1 player) and 1 harp. Submission is limited to one composition per composer.

ELIGIBILITY: Any nationality. Composers must be less than 40 years old as of June 23, 2018.

DURATION: less than 15 minutes

DEADLINE: June 23, 2018 (Postmarked)


AWARD: 500,000 Japanese Yen

Note: Only one work will be awarded as a result of the final judges’ decision.

Composer should submit the followings:
1) Application Form (download)
2) Score (on printed paper only — no electronic documents acceptable)
3) Explanation of the work (maximum 1 page)
4) An audio recording if available (audio CD only)
All materials should be sent to the IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION, Japan. All scores will be kept in the archive of the JML.

The winning composition will be performed by Tokyo Sinfonietta in its subscription concert series.
The instrumental parts for this performance must be provided by the composer.

JURY: Joji YUASA, Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA, Satoshi TANAKA, Takayuki RAI, Mari TAKANO, Haruyuki SUZUKI, Rica NARIMOTO, Masahiro MIWA

GUEST JURY: Yasuaki ITAKURA (Conductor and Music Director of Tokyo Sinfonietta)

CHAIRPERSON for 2018: Haruyuki Suzuki

ANNOUNCEMENT: September, 2018

INFORMATION: To obtain the application form and additional information, contact:
THE IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION [Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO, president]
c/o NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music
5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3323-0646 Fax: +81-3-3325-5468
e-mail :


 Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival
Summary:Orchestra Composition Contest
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/ Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Call for Scores
Application deadline: June 1, 2018

The 52nd 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 24–26, 2018.

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, Marc Mellits, 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, 2018. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2018.

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.

Summary:Call for works for small orchestra
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition has won itself an established position as one of the world’s foremost composition competitions. Held at intervals of five years, the aim of the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition is to discover and promote contemporary European music and composition under the name of composer Uuno Klami (1900–1961) and to produce good new repertoire for a small orchestra of sinfonietta type. Citizens of any Nordic, EU or closely associated country may take part in the competition. Works entered for the competition should reach the Competition Office by 3 December 2018 at the latest. The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019.


- Compositions must be submitted to the Competition Office 3 December 2018 at the latest.
- The Jury will be Finland’s Kalevi Aho and Magnus Lindberg and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür. The conductor member of the Jury will be Olari Elts (Estonia).
- The following prizes will be awarded: I prize €11,000, II prize €9,000 and III prize €7,000.
- There is no age limit or entry fee.
- The works shortlisted for the finals will be performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta at two finals concerts, to be held in the cities of Kouvola and Kotka (Finland) in autumn 2019. The Jury chooses the winners only after hearing the finals concerts and their rehearsals.

- For more information (rules and entry form) on the competition, please visit the competition website at