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 Cantata of St Dunstan – Composer Competition
Summary:Potential Festival Commission
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: The Festival will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2020 and in celebration of this landmark we are commissioning the composition of a new choral work to be given its world premiere at the Festival, based around the story of St Dunstan, entitled Cantata of St Dunstan.

The Cantata will consist of five episodes (perhaps around eight minutes each) in St Dunstan’s life interspersed with a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; and the Ordinary setting of the Mass excluding the Credo – ie Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus – Benedictus and Agnus Dei. The Kyrie (Rex Splendens Kyrie VII in Vatican Gradual) is attributed to St Dunstan and will open the Cantata.

Composers are invited to apply to enter a competition for the composition of the five episodes in his life. There is no restriction on who may apply. They will be able use up to 20 players (plus optional organ but no piano). For example strings and timpani; or they could chose triple woodwind, brass quintet, electric guitar and two percussions; plus soloists and full choir. They will not be required to compose the liturgical movements.

If you wish to compete, in the first place, please submit three short MP3 extracts of no more than five minutes each, at least one of which should be choral. If recordings of live performances are not available then synthesised submissions will be acceptable. You should send them to Jonathan Jones at Entries will be anonymised and passed on to the judging panel who will whittle the applicants to a shortlist of three. The three will then be given a small section of the cantata to compose (around five minutes). From those, the winner will be selected. Closing date for MP3 submissions is 31 July 2018.

The prize will be a fee of £2,500 and the world premiere of the cantata will be performed at the 2020 Mayfield Festival. There will also be other composition opportunities commissioned by the festival.

 TUTTI 2019 at Denison University
Summary:Competition with multiple categories
Deadline: 05 August 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: Denison University announces the seventh TUTTI Festival will be held from March 4-9, 2019 (with concerts primarily March 6-9, 2019), with festival composer Adam Schoenberg ( We are also excited to feature guest ensembles Third Coast Percussion (, and Columbus Symphony String Quartet. Denison's Ensemble-in-Residence, ETHEL ( will also perform in a new collaboration opportunity this year (details below). In addition, Denison faculty, students, and ensembles will be available for performances. Composers may submit a maximum of two works, for the featured ensembles or for any combination of the following: fl, ob, cl, bn, sax, hn, tp, tbn, pf, perc, SATB voices, vn, va, vc, db, SATB chamber choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, bluegrass ensemble, jazz combo, jazz ensemble, and Balinese gamelan, angklung.

There is no established limit on duration but feasibility of performance will be a consideration. Preference will be given to works under 12 minutes in duration. Composers may provide their own performers and should indicate such with their submission. Attendance at the conference is required of all composers whose works will be performed.

Submit works in the following categories:
• CATEGORY I – Works to be considered by Third Coast Percussion. Please submit works form percussion ensemble (not to exceed 4 players).
• CATEGORY II – Works to be considered by Columbus Symphony Orchestra Quartet. Please submit works for combinations of instruments not to exceed the following: 2 vn, va, vc.
• CATEGORY III – Works to be considered by ETHEL (2 vn, va, vc). This year, ETHEL will be performing works selected to accompany these six flash fiction pieces: submit works that could accompany or reflect these stories. New compositions created for this opportunity are welcomed here, and those that are aleatoric / improvisatory / graphic or open score based are especially encouraged (Please make sure to indicate in the score which story you wish to reflect). These works could be stand alone works or performed during the narration of these stories.
• CATEGORY IV –Instrumental works for up to two musicians. Works for solo instrument with or without accompanied to be performed by faculty or students. All standard orchestral instruments are available.
• CATEGORY V – Woodwind only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
• CATEGORY VI – Brass only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
• CATEGORY VII – String only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
• CATEGORY VIII – Mixed chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).
• CATEGORY IX – Chamber instrumental ensembles for 7 or more musicians. Works for flute ensemble, fiddle ensemble, and mixed chamber ensembles to be performed by faculty and student performers.
• CATEGORY X– Vocal music. Works for solo voice or voices with instrumental accompaniment. Works for soprano or tenor are particularly encouraged, although all voice types are available.
• CATEGORY XI– Bluegrass Ensemble, to be performed by Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble.
• CATEGORY XII– Jazz Combo or Jazz Ensemble
• CATEGORY XIII – Choral. Works for SATB choir, 24 voices, to be performed by the Denison University Chamber Singers.
• CATEGORY XIV – Wind Ensemble. Non-concerto works for wind ensemble, grade levels 3-5, with instrumentation of no more than 2(+pic)13(+bass)1-4 saxes (SATB or AATB) -4331(+euph)—timp-2 perc-harp-piano. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Wind Ensemble.
• CATEGORY XV – Orchestra. Non-concerto works for orchestra with instrumentation of no more than 2222-4331-timp-2 perc-strings. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Symphony Orchestra. Preference will be given for works with single winds / brass works as well as works for string orchestra.
• CATEGORY XVI – Gamelan. Balinese gamelan, angklung. Scores or appropriate materials to teach the music aurally may be submitted.
• CATEGORY XVII– Electronic/Electro-Acoustic/Multi-media. Five-channel playback and video projection is available. Composers may need to supply other equipment. Submissions for live electronics, acoustic soloist or ensemble with electronics are also welcomed.
• CATEGORY XVIII– Composer-provided performers (including dancers). Works for which the composer can provide performers will be considered. Please submit a recording of the intended performer(s) performing the submitted works (if possible). Unfortunately, Denison cannot provide funds associated with composer-provided performers.

Submission deadline: August 5, 2018.

Please submit your submissions online via the link:

Please submit up to `two compositions for consideration. Submissions will only be accepted electronically through New Music Engine. Materials sent by email or post will not be considered and will not be returned.

All composers whose compositions have been selected will be notified by November 30. Selected composers must provide all performance materials. Denison University will not pay rental costs or other fees relating to performance materials, performers, or instruments. For further information or any questions, please contact:

Ching-chu Hu
HyeKyung Lee


 Juventas New Music Ensemble
Summary:Chamber music/art song call
Deadline: 06 August 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: DEADLINE: AUGUST 6, 2018
Application Fee: $10

Juventas New Music Ensemble seeks chamber music and art songs by LGBTQ+ composers.

The selected works will be performed by Juventas New Music Ensemble at our concert Pride: Hand-in-Hand, June 1, 2019 at First Church Boston. The program will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.

Works related to themes of love, LGBTQ+ rights and history, and equality are especially encouraged.


Any composer who identifies as both:
1. An emerging composer at the early stages of their career
2. LGBTQ+ and/or gender-non-conforming

We believe that diversity of experience contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a more fulfilling musical and artistic experience. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our programs and encourage all races and genders to submit.

Compositions may be for any subset of the following instruments:
• Soprano singer
• Flute (including piccolo & alto flute)
• Clarinet (including Eb, Bb, and bass clarinet)
• Horn in F - especially encouraged!
• 2 Violins
• Viola
• Cello
• Piano
• Percussion

For more information contact:

Submission Process:
1. Complete the online application form.
2. Upload your PDF score (required) and mp3 recording (optional) HERE.
Please use the naming convention: LastName_FirstName_Title
3. Submit $10 application fee via Paypal below.

 MotoContrario Ensemble - Call for Scores
Summary:Solo instrument or mixed ensemble call
Deadline: 30 August 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: MotoContrario Ensemble is very excited to announce its fifth call for scores.
For this edition we open the call for:
- solo instrument or mixed ensemble (from 2 to 7 instruments)

- clarinet (one performer, including piccolo in Eb, soprano in B, in A, bass clarinet)
- saxophone (one performer, including sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)
- trumpet (one performer, including flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, cornet)
- violin (one performer)
- viola (one performer)
- piano (one performer)
- vibraphone (one performer)

- Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
- Applicants may submit only one work.
- Submitted works must not exceed 15 minutes of duration.
- Pieces that don't follow the above mentioned instrumentation will not be considered.
- Pieces that request amplification or that use electronic devices will not be considered.

The submitted pieces will be selected by the members of MotoContrario Ensemble.
The selected pieces will be performed in a dedicated concert at the 6th edition of Festival Contrasti, that will have place in spring 2019, in Trento, Italy; more other pieces could be considered for different occasions.

August 30, 2018 (CET 11.59 pm)

For the call there is no fee.
However, we kindly ask you a free donation for supporting this call; even a little donation by you could be a big help for us to cover the several costs of our performing activities. The contribution will not affect the selection process, of course!

 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize
Summary:Voice with ensemble
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 July 2018
Details: Title: 2018 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize.

Fee: None

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Winners notified by: December 3, 2018

Prize: 1,750 USD

Contact person: Jonathan Rainous,

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2018 Heckscher Foundation–Ithaca College International Composition Prize. This year the competition will award the best work for Mezzo Soprano and ensemble. The ensemble shall consist of minimum two instruments to the maximum instrumentation below:





2 Violins



1 Percussionist


Works with electronics are not acceptable at this time, and the work’s duration must be a maximum 25 minutes. Pieces submitted to the competition may have been previously performed or awarded other prizes.

The composer of the winning work will receive a cash award of $1,750, and a performance by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. The composer of the winning work is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College on April 17, 2019.
Please note:

The Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize will not provide travel/accommodation allowance.

Submission deadline is October 31, 2018. The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by December 3, 2018. The winner will be contacted via e-mail.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Submissions must be anonymous. 

2. Only ONE submission per composer will be accepted. 

3. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the 
composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be 

4. For submitting materials electronically, please use the online entry form found on 
this link. To submit your materials, you will need to provide direct URLs to the following: 

• Score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)

• Recording, audio or video (if available). For audio, mp3 is preferred.

• Text or PDF document containing your full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. This document should be labeled with the title of your piece plus the words “contact info”, example: "Mypiece-contactinfo.pdf"

• PDF, audio, video and text files should be uploaded to platforms such as Dropbox, Megaupload, or any hosting space, making sure that no part of the URL or linked page reveals the identity of the composer. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least December 30, 2018.

• Electronic submissions or links sent via e-mail or any other method aside from the specified above will not be accepted.

5. If you are submitting materials in hard copy:
• Bound, anonymous score

• Recording (audio CD only)

• Sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (Write only the title of the musical work on the envelope.)
• Please send all materials to:

Ithaca College
School of Music

Attn: Composition Area/Heckscher Prize
953 Danby Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850

Please note that online submission via the form below or mail-in submissions are the only valid forms of electronic submission. Do NOT send materials or links via e-mail. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

To access the online form, follow this link or copy and paste the URL below into your web browser's address bar: rjLihccL82iKppLNIH_1DKghspNYyZ7FsTb2dg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Jonathan Rainous at


 Folkrnn Competition
Summary:Machine Learning in Music Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: ABOUT
The aim of this competition is to explore an application of machine learning to music – in particular the online tool at This model is an example of artificial intelligence trained on traditional tunes mainly Irish and English. The web interface allows users to generate new melodies using a few parameters (There's a video on the website that explains how it works). We are seeking works that make creative use of this tool to compose new pieces, which do not need to adhere to the idiom of the training material.

Submissions will be judged on their musical quality and their utilisation of outputs from The winning piece will be performed by a professional ensemble at a public concert in London, UK, in early October 2018. Professional recordings of the performance will be provided to composers, and with the permission of musicians and composers, made available on the project youtube channel

We welcome submissions from any composer without restriction of age or nationality. Attendance at the concert is not mandatory. There is no cost for submitting a work.

Submitted works should:
1. scored for any combination of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (only 1 each); no use of amplification or electronic instruments is allowed;
2. no longer than 10 minutes in duration;
3. must be derived in some way from material generated by the application at;
4. must be accompanied by a written explanation of how the work comes about from the use artificial intelligence through the website. Composers can also accompany the text with illustrations (e.g. staff notation).
5. no restrictions on style, or the way the outputs from are used;

Important dates:
• August 31 2018: Submission of PDF score and required accompanying material by email to
• September 15 2018: Notification
• September 25 2018: Performance materials due
• October 9 2018: Concert (London UK)

See the following:
• ‘Machine folk’ music composed by AI shows technology’s creative side – The Conversation, March 2017
• An A.I. in London is Writing Its Own Music and It Sounds Heavenly – Inverse, June 2017

If you have questions or comments, contact Dr. Oded Ben-Tal:

 Wild Strings
Summary:Jazz and Pop Harp Music Composition Competition
Deadline: 15 August 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Eligibility of Applications:
• This competition is open to all composers, harpists and non harpists alike.
• All submitted pieces must be new works that are unpublished. There are two categories, one for original works and the other for arrangements.
• Each composer can submit as many compositions as they wish in their application.
• Compositions by more than one composer are not eligible for application.
• Length: up to 10 minutes (10:00)
• Instrumentation: Solo harp or ensemble with the harp taking an important role.
• Style: Jazz or contemporary popular idiom.
• There is a one off £5 entry fee.

• Original Jazz or pop style work for Solo Harp or Ensemble featuring Harp
• Arrangements

Arrangements will be admitted in a separate category, adjudicated and awarded separately. They will not be eligible for publication.

• Publication in the Wild Strings 2018 book (prize for original compositions only.)
• Performance at Wild Strings festival
• Pilgrim Harp 19-string Solidbody Electric Harp
• Individual publication of piece by PoppyHarp (prize for original compositions only.)
• Additional prizes to be announced.

Submission Procedure:
To submit your entry, please send your piece along with a short biography using the contact form below.

- upload an anonymous of the PDF score
- a computer simulation or audio file of the piece

Once you have submitted your piece please make sure you pay the £5 years subscription to the Future Blend Project by clicking the button below. If you do not pay your subscription your submission will not be valid.

Judging is blind, therefore composers must remove all identifying labels and printed names from all the above mentioned materials to assure anonymity before the judges.

Submission deadline 15th August 2018 (Original deadline - 14th July 2018 has been extended)


Summary:Bandoneón Call
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: The competition is reserved for original compositions for bandoneón solo or bandoneón within chamber ensembles. The competition purpose is to extend and modernise the original bandoneón concert repertoire with innovative works.

Scores may be forwarded according to the following mode:

- Digital PDF format copy, to be sent in attachment to the following address: Should the file size be larger than 1 MegaByte, the system shall be used to send the documents.

The competition categories are configured as follows:
1. Works for bandoneón and string orchestra or chamber orchestra (A Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 12, maximum 25 minutes 

2. Works for trio (Bandoneón, Piano, Double Bass), quartet (Bandoneón, Violin, Piano, Double Bass), quintet (Bandoneón, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Double Bass); or works for bandoneón and string quartet (B Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes 

3. Works for Bandoneón solo or Bandoneón and other instrument among the following: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute (C Category)
Indicative duration: minimum 4, maximum 15 minutes

More information:

 Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition
Summary:Microtonal Call
Deadline: 01 August 2018
Date Posted: 13 June 2018
Details: April 4, 2018—UnTwelve is happy to announce the 2018 edition of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition. The competition is an incentive for composers to create microtonal music that demonstrates the vivid color, effectiveness, and inherent musicality of music not written in 12-equal-divisions-of-the-octave. In addition, this year, through our Microtonal Micro-Cosmos Incentive, we will offer additional prize money to a work that advances microtonal pedagogy (the award is named in homage to Bartok's Mikrokosmos).

The judges this year will be: Matthew Rosenblum, Robin Meiksins, and Charles Corey.

Our submission engine will begin accepting your entries on or before May 1, 2018. The competition will close at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time August 1st, 2018. There is no fee for submission. Monetary prizes are in 3 levels this year: $650/$400/$250.

Additionally, we will award the Microtonal Micro-Cosmos Incentive prize of $100 to a/the work that best advances pedagogy of tuning, microtonality or related topics. This could be anything from basic pieces for re-tuned keyboard, a book of vocal exercises, and so forth. Help the world learn and discover microtonality!! Note that these pieces can be submitted as scores only, although a recording is highly recommended. Also, it is possible for a piece to win both one of the 3 main prizes, as well as the pedagogy award.

All entries must follow the following rules:
1. The contest is international and open to persons of all ages. Board members or direct affiliates to UnTwelve and last year's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are excluded.
2. Only one work per applicant will be considered.
3. The final audio product - meaning, the composition's musicality, the production quality, the performance (by a human or an electronic or mechanical device) and the compositional skill exhibited in handling an alternate tuning(s) is what is judged. Therefore poor recordings or performances will be a negative factor in adjudication.
4. A possible exception to this rule is a work competing for the “microtonal pedagogy” prize. This work is more about potential for teaching the world about microtonality, than final recording quality. It will be judged on that potential. However, a work that exhibits a high-quality final recorded product in addition to pedagogical potential might possibly win both a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize as well as the Incentive Award.
5. UnTwelve reserves the right to not declare any winners if there aren't any entries of sufficient quality, as deemed by the adjudication process.
6. Works must be in a tuning or temperament significantly different from 12-tone equal temperament. Such alternative systems include: extended just intonation; any non-12 equal division of the octave; non-octave scales e.g. Bohlen-Pierce; recurrent sequence scales; found or empirically-derived, or "spectral" tunings; or any tunings invented by the composer based on mathematical principles or formulae, etc. See the scala scale archive or the similar web pages for more ideas.
7. You must describe the tuning(s) used on the entry form. (A suggested and concise way to do so is the Scala ".scl" format just mentioned above--you can copy and paste this onto the entry form.) We will not accept any entry where this information is not present.
8. Following the competition, UnTwelve reserves the right to have the audio of your entry composition hosted and linked from our website. Finalists must allow public access to their work in this way; and for non-finalists, only in the event of you writing in to request removing audio links will your audio be removed.
9. By entering your submission, you agree to all of the above these terms.


 Flute New Music Consortium
Summary:Flute competitions (4 categories)
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018
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, 2018. 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, 2018. 11:59 CST

• Works in this category must feature the flute and one other voice. (This can include flute, piano, electronics, or another instrument.)

Flute Duo. Submission deadline: August 1, 2018. 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, 2018. 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.

• 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 their works for one year 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.

For additional information, please visit:

Or email:
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, Competition Coordinator

 SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time | International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
Summary:Voice and orchestra competition
Deadline: 27 October 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018

SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time

Lviv Chamber Choir – KLK Symphony Orchestra

International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 5th Edition
City: Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by : Lviv Philharmonic Society
Date: 21 > 24 November 2018

The International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, with the writing of sacred music who combines musical genres associated with a sacred or religious theme.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 must write an original work for mixed chamber choir and string orchestra, associated with a religious theme, or tied to a specific liturgical function or must write a music inspired to elevate our souls to God, even without being embedded in a context of religious practice.

The 5th International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the sacred art of our time, on the contemporary sacred music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select 12 composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2018 from 21 to 24 November in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The 12 composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concert of the forum by Lviv Symphony Orchestra and Lviv Chamber Choir inside the Roman Catholic church of St. Peter and Paul in Lviv.

The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer with the selected works. A movie director will make a video of the concert.

The International Music Composers’ Competitions is open to a maximun of 12 composers of whatever age or nationality.

Each composer must submit – deadline: 27 October 2018 – a music score choosen in the following categories:

a) strings orchestra (8,6,4,4,3);
b) chamber choir (16 elements) and strings orchestra;
c) soprano and strings orchestra;
d) symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).
e) soprano and/or choir, and symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).

The sacred text can be chosen from the Old and New Testament in latin or english.

The work must not exceed 15 minutes.

 impuls International Composition Competition
Summary:Commission Opportunity for Young Composers
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition.

impuls commissions up to 6 new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers´ works beyond that through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.

For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2016 please have a look at Composers for 2019.

For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Archives.

NEXT CALL: May 31st to October 31st, 2018.

Apart from commissions coming along with the competition impuls commissions other young composers in the framework of projects such as Text im Klang and Ulysses or in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found at Archives as well.

Summary:Dance company call
Deadline: 15 August 2018
Date Posted: 16 May 2018
Details: Frame Dance is committed to using new, original music in all its productions. Frame Dance has held an annual competition since 2011 to select pieces of music for its upcoming seasons. The contest is open to open to any composer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The competition offers outstanding, emerging composers a forum for their recognition as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the dance performance company. The winning composer’s music – a completed, unpublished piece, becomes the basis of a new original work at Frame Dance – film and/or live performance. This successful competition has attracted exciting new composers from the U.S. and across the world to collaborate with Frame Dance. Houstonians are exposed to the work of new composers who, in turn, have their music fully produced and choreographed. Some of these collaborations have become particularly fruitful and have spurred even more work with Frame Dance and grants from funders like the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.

 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra 'Voice your opinion'
Summary:Compose an original vocal work of any duration and scale
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: 9th Annual Composition Competition:
Compose an original vocal work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo sung piece to chamber orchestra* with voices.
First prize - £1000
Mullord Award - £500
Closing Date 15th September 2018

For the ninth year running, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (ÁCO) is inviting composers of any age and nationality to submit works for an annual composition competition.
• There is no specification as to the length or nature of the work apart from the inclusion of a vocal element.
• The voice part may be a setting of any text or pure vocalisations: an English translation should be provided for any non-English text.
• If electronics are used, if not notated conventionally and fully in the score, a CD or mp3 should be supplied.
• A recording of the work should also be submitted if the score is notated graphically or in any other unconventional format.
• There is no restriction on the number of works submitted by each composer but each piece will incur the same entry fee of £26.
• The work may be a new piece or may have been written at any time in the composer’s career.
• Scores may be submitted electronically as pdf files to the address of competition administrator Trevor Huntley:

• Each piece should have only its title displayed on the cover. The identity of the composer, including address, email, phone number, biography, photograph and programme notes should be placed in a separate email marked with the same title and sent to the same address.
• Scores may also be submitted as hard copies which should be sent to the ACO company address:
5 Rensburg Road London E17 7HL
• In addition to the two awards mentioned above, there is the prospect of a performance by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a future season.
• The deadline for posted entries is 15th, 2018 September - posted scores arriving after that date will be accepted if postmarked with the closing date.
• Composers submitting their scores via a link on a file sharing site such as Dropbox should ensure the files remain uploaded until adjudication has been completed.
• All entries that the ACO receives will be acknowledged prior to adjudication. Composers will be notified if any files of an electronic submission are corrupt or missing. It is the responsibility of the composer to provide the ACO with pdf files that can be opened. If the composer is unable to supply the requested downloadable and readable files within the time limits detailed above, the entry will be deemed disqualified.
• Entries should not contain a pseudonym; all entries will be allocated a unique reference number by the ACO competition administrator to ensure the composer's identity remains unknown. Identities will only be revealed to the adjudicators once their final decision has been made.
• Please contact Trevor Huntley if further clarification is needed.
• The maximum* size of the orchestra is as follows:

2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
2 bassoons (2nd doublng contrabassoon)
2 horns
timpani (doubling second percussionist)
percussion (one player)
any keyboard
6 violins
2 violas
2 cellos
1 double bass.

• The vocal component can range from a solo voice
to a chamber choir of mixed or single-sex voices.
• Minimum specification is a single voice.

The entry fee is £26 per work. Payments may be made via Paypal by clicking below


Summary:Call for scores based on writer's works
Deadline: 01 August 2018
Date Posted: 29 March 2018
Details: Synchromy announces a call-for-scores based on the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin

We are planning a concert of music to celebrate the life and work of author Ursula K. Le Guin. This concert will be presented during the 2018-19 season in Los Angeles. We are seeking chamber music only, no large-ensemble or choral works will be considered. Completed scores are preferred, but works-in-progress will be considered in consultation with the composer.

The details:
• There is no fee for entry, and submitted scores should not be anonymous.
• UPDATE – Scores should be directly related to the work or life of the writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Some examples

o A setting of text written by UKL
o A piece inspired by a specific work created by UKL
o A piece written to honor UKL
• Scores should be submitted by August 1st, 2018. In the case of works-in-progress, whatever is available should be submitted, along with a description of the remaining work to be completed.
• Recordings are preferred, MIDI realizations are acceptable.
• There is not a set instrumentation list, but keep in mind the practicalities will be a factor in programming, so large or unusual instrumentations may prevent us from being able to program your work at this time, though we’d still like to see it!
• If you have set Le Guin’s text, please provide a signed statement saying that you have been authorized to do so by either Le Guin herself or her literary managers.
• Submit scores and recordings (links to soundcloud or similar streaming options are fine) by August 1st, 2018 to . Scores that do not meet this deadline can still be submitted, but might not be considered.
• There are no age limits or nationality/residency requirements. All are invited to share their work.
• Synchromy will not be able to provide transportation, commissioning or rental fees for any composers whose work is selected for performance. Synchromy may not choose to perform any works submitted at all.
• Selected scores and parts must be completed and delivered to Synchromy by October 1st, 2018 unless other specific arrangements have been agreed to by both parties.

Questions? Contact us at We look forward to seeing your work.


 Minute of Music Project
Summary:Competition for US composers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: Call for Scores – Submit Your Score
First Open Call For Scores! – Minute of Music Project

Entry Deadline: None (ongoing)
Entry Fee: None (project is crowdfunded)
Eligibility: All adult U.S. citizens (18 or older)
Prize: None, but I will record your piece for posterity!

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

One entry per person.
Entrant must be 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must reside in and be a legal citizen of the United States.
Entry must be for solo B-flat trumpet (with no accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2016.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “banana.”
Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.

Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins reserves the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins reserves the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins to record your entry free of charge.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email.
Donations are optional, and will not effect score selection.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

Have a question not answered here? Use the contact tab.

 2018 BGSU Graduate Conference in Music
Summary:Competition with 3 categories
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH

February 9-10, 2018

Our call for works extends to all current graduate students (master’s and doctoral) from any institution. Senior undergraduates with exceptional standing are welcome to submit with the guidance of a faculty member.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current BGSU student, any scores you submit must be anonymous and should not include any information that could personally identify the composer. If any personal information (composer name, bio, logo, etc.) is found on the score, the composer will be disqualified.

Applicants may submit up to two works for consideration. Each work should be no longer than twelve minutes. The instrumentation is open to solo and chamber works of any instrumental/vocal combination and works involving electronics (up to four channels).

Each work may fit into one category:

A) Works for any instrumentation for which the composer can provide ALL of the required performers

B) Works for 1-5 performers for which the composer cannot provide ALL of the required number of performers

• Works involving flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion and soprano are more likely to be programmed in category B.

C) Works involving electronics may use up to 4 channels.

• Works submitted in categories A and B may also involve electronics (fixed media and/or interactive). Works involving video are also permitted.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 15, 2017. The composer’s attendance at the conference, dress rehearsal, and paper presentations is required. Do not submit if you cannot attend the conference.

Composers interested in submitting works should fill out the Call for Works Form.

For questions regarding the submission, please email Adam Kennaugh at Please include “BGSU Graduate Student Conference” in the subject.
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 School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music
Summary:High School Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 11 March 2015
Details: This High School Composition Contest is offered jointly by the School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music. It’s intent is to encourage the composition by high school students of high quality music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles and performers. While this is the first year of the Contest, it is intended that it be an annual event.

The prizes for the winning composition in each category are:

1) $1000 cash

2) Public performance and recording by the appropriate Azusa Pacific University music ensemble.

3) Consideration for publication by J.W.Peppers publishing arm, Wingert-Jones Publications.

4) A complimentary subscription for J.W.Pepper’s My Score® self-publishing platform, valued at $99.

There are five categories of music being sought for the Contest. They are listed below, along with the length limitations for each category.

1) Orchestra 5 to 8 minutes

2) Choral 4 to 6 minutes

3) Wind Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

4) Jazz Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

5) Chamber 5 to 8 minutes

Plan to submit a properly notated score and demo recording. The winner in any category will be expected to provide clear, readable parts for the appropriate ensemble. Details are at the “How to Enter” tab above.

The choral composition may be accompanied or unaccompanied. It can be for mixed chorus, women’s choir, or men’s choir. Any accompaniment should be limited to piano and/or no more than two other common instruments.

The chamber composition may be for string quartet, string quintet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, piano trio, piano quintet, guitar ensemble, guitar with bowed strings, or any common solo instrument. Other small groupings may be considered. If you would like to compose for a non-standard chamber group, it is suggested that you send email to with a description of the ensemble to get approval of the ensemble for which you wish to compose.

Instrumentation for the other ensembles follows.


Wind Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (big band):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to

 Flexible Persona
Summary:Journal seeks compositions
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 August 2014
Details: The Flexible Persona, a literary journal, is looking for the work of minimalist composers for our audio issues. We would feature a 10–20 second clip of your work before the story is read and then a work up to five minutes in length at the end of the broadcast with credit to you and link to your website/work. For questions or to submit links to your work, please e-mail us at: Please do not send audio attachments.