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 From Page to Stage: Emerging Composer Workshop
Summary:Competition for women composers
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: Application Guidelines

Eligible participants:
• Open to women composers
• No age limit
• Composers who are students (college or high school), or at the earlier stages of their composition careers, meaning:
• limited professional performances of works
• not yet published and/or recorded professionally
• those seeking to learn how to enhance their composition career
• Composers who are interested in constructive feedback and support on a current work.

Submitted works should be:
• Written no earlier than January 1, 2014
• Under 8 minutes in length
• Single or multi-movement work
• Scored for one to six players; see available instruments and ensemble types below
• Work may be completed or an in-progress composition, however only completed works will be considered for performance during the festival.

Submissions must include:
• PDF of score. Scores must be created by a standard notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Format as 8½ x 11
• PDF Parts. Include all instrumental parts formatted as 8½ x 11
• MIDI recording of the work
• Short paragraph explaining why you want to participate
• Non-refundable application fee of $10

Submission Guidelines
• All materials must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018, 11:59pm (Central Time)
• Late submissions will not be accepted
• Application fees are non-refundable
• Files must be uploaded through the LunART Festival website during the submission period (application form will be active starting Dec. 15th)

Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2018

Participation in “From Page to Stage” includes:
• Master class with composer-in-residence Jenni Brandon. Submitted works will be discussed in an open-forum setting. Participants will share their submitted work for discussion, delving into the nuances that make a piece successful from “page to stage” – from getting the notes on the paper, to getting it into the performance hall.
• Private composition session with Jenni Brandon during the festival.
• Recording of your work, and rehearsal with LunART Festival musicians. Works will be featured on the “From Page to Stage” festival concert on Saturday June 30th.
• Admission to all LunART events: three days of concerts, reading sessions, and lectures including Jenni’s talks on “Collaboration in the Arts” and “The Independent Composer’s Guide.”

Note: Transportation to and from the festival and housing is the responsibility of the participant. The festival will provide a list of housing options closer to the festival.

Instruments available
• String quartet
• Violin
• Viola
• Cello
• Bass

• Wind quintet
• Flute (piccolo, alto, bass)
• Clarinet (bass clarinet)
• Oboe (English horn, oboe d’amore)
• Bassoon
• Saxophone

• Brass quintet
• Trumpet
• French horn
• Euphonium
• Trombone
• Tuba

If your work includes prepared piano, please contact us before submitting.

If your work includes percussion, please contact us about intended instrumentation. Percussion instruments available for the festival are limited.

Questions may be sent to with the subject line: “From Page to Stage – Emerging Composers”

 Seconds Concert Series
Summary:Call for pieces that have been performed once
Deadline: 31 December 2017
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: Seconds Concert Series is seeking submissions of gently-used new music for its inaugural series of three concerts this coming Spring in Boston, MA. Seconds will address a crucial need in the Boston new music scene by performing works by emerging professional composers that have been premiered and have not yet received a second performance.

As creators of new music, particularly in such an active scene as Boston, it’s both our privilege and responsibility to establish a performance practice and sustainable repertoire of works. There are so many fantastic opportunities for emerging composers to work with ensembles on premiering new works, however relying solely on this model is not the most efficient use of the new music scene’s resources. We will perform carefully curated concerts of gently-used new music that allow the performers, composers, and works to grow and benefit from experience, time, and hindsight. It is our hope that Seconds will foster a network of relationships between emerging professional composers and performers that runs deeper than premiere-specific events.

Seconds Concert Series will consist of three concerts in the Boston area: one in a conservatory space, one in a gallery space, and one in a new music concert venue. Each concert will feature works by 1-3 composers that have been premiered, but have not had a second performance

Seconds is seeking submissions for original works by emerging professional composers that have received a public premiere, but have not had a second performance. There are no age restrictions or degree/location requirements. Although we will not have the opportunity to include all submissions in our initial series, we are very interested in building relationships with composers that will reach beyond the first iteration of our series.

Works involving some instruments/performers from our roster of core performers are encouraged, but submissions involving other instruments/performers will be considered. Ensemble size is a necessary consideration for programming, but ensembles of any size are acceptable. Submissions with electronics should include a description of materials/equipment/personnel required.

Seconds Concert Series Core Performers
Voice: soprano, baritone/actor
Strings: violin, viola, cello
Winds/Brass: clarinet (including bass), saxophone (alto and tenor), flute, bassoon (including contra), bass trombone
Percussion: two players (please include instrument list)

Works of any style are encouraged. As performers, we represent a wide variety of experience and areas of interest including opera/theater, dance/circus performing, electronics, new complexity, sound installation, neo-just about anything, performance art, and any sort of experimentation—and we’re always looking to learn something new.

By December 31st, 2017, please e-mail PDF copies (via Google Drive) of complete scores (including any pertinent instructions/notes) to, along with a brief email of introduction—tell us a little about yourself and your music. If available, please provide links (via Google Drive) to recordings (please do not send MIDI realizations).

Seconds Concert Series
Joshua Scheid, artistic director

 Bridges Composition Competition
Summary:Jazz/classical fusion composition competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of RSMI, Ravinia is pleased to announce Bridges: An International Jazz and Classical Fusion Composition Competition. This fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program. Bridges is an exciting venture into the fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program.

Submissions will be judged by a blind jury comprising the directors of RSMI’s Program for Jazz: Grammy award–winning pianist Billy Childs, saxophonist Nathan Davis, and bassist Rufus Reid. Bridges winners will have their compositions performed in Ravinia’s prestigious Martin Theatre during a concert on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Up to three competition winners will be selected, and each will be awarded a prize of $2,500. Entrants must be between ages 18 and 30 and must submit a new piece written for string quartet and jazz rhythm section at a length of 10 minutes. Submissions must include the full score and all instrument parts and will be accepted between November 1, 2017, and February 1, 2018. Complete instructions can be found here. If there are no submissions that meet the application or judges’ requirements, there will be no winners.

More Information:

 Martirano Award
Summary:Works with 1–15 performers
Deadline: 16 April 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: The University of Illinois School of Music and Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community celebrate the 22nd Annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award by announcing the 2018 Award Competition
About Salvatore Martirano

The 2018 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award
Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in the fall of 2018 on the 22nd Annual Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the 22nd annual award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.
2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum
3. Limit: One entry per composer
4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.
5. Anonymous Submission: The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

Click here to submit your entry.
Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 16, 2018 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For questions please contact Prof. Emeritus Zack Browning


 Franco Donatoni’ International Meeting for Young Composers
Summary:5–12 player competition
Deadline: 10 January 2018
Date Posted: 02 November 2017
Details: Fifth edition
Application deadline 10th January 2018
Jury members: Franck Bedrossian, Sandro Gorli, Mauro Lanza, Fabien Lévy and Gabriele Manca
Information: InternationalMeetingFrancoDonatoni2018

IDEA International Divertimento Ensemble Academy and its artistic director, Sandro Gorli, are pleased to announce the fifth edition of the competition ‘Franco Donatoni’ International Meeting for Young Composers.
Composers of any nationality, born after 1st January 1982, are eligible to participate in the selection by submitting one (or more) composition(s) for an instrumental ensemble of between 5 and 12 performers within 10th January 2018.
An international jury will select by 15th February 2018 three compositions that will be performed by Divertimento Ensemble in Milan on 29th March within the 2018 Rondò concert season.
The three selected composers will then be asked to write a new composition for soprano, baritono and ensemble, whose duration must be between 8 and 12 minutes; the three new compositions will be performed during the 2019 Rondò concert season, on the occasion of the fifth edition of the ‘Franco Donatoni’ International Meeting for Young Composers. The selected composers (who will have delivered score and parts within the deadline foreseen by the rules) will take part in the rehearsals in Milan and will work in close contact with the musicians of the ensemble and the singers.

Composers of any nationality, born after 1st January 1982, are eligible to participate in the selection to take part in the ‘Franco Donatoni’ International Meeting for Young Composers. Each applicant may submit one (or more) composition(s) for an instrumental ensemble of between 5 and 12 performers.
All applicants should submit by 10th January 2018 the following online form for each score submitted:
In the enrollment form you’ll be asked to attach:
– the score/scores;
– a copy of an ID document.
After filling out the form, you will be addressed to the PayPal page to pay the enrollment fee of € 30 for each score submitted (this fee will only be reimbursed in case the ‘International Meeting’ is cancelled).
Should the PayPal payment not be possible, you may proceed to bank transfer as follows:
Banca Prossima, bank account in the name of Divertimento Ensemble,
IBAN IT70P0335901600100000101448
showing as payment reason First Name, Surname, Internation Meeting ‘Franco Donatoni’.
You’ll then be asked to send copy of the money transfer to
Original scores as well as scores that have already been published and/or performed are both eligible for submission. They should not be anonymous. If possible, they should be accompanied with a recording of the performance.
An international jury of five composers (Franck Bedrossian, Sandro Gorli, Mauro Lanza, Fabien Lévy and Gabriele Manca) will select by 15th February 2018 three composers who will be invited to take part in the International Meeting. The selected composers will be personally informed, and the selection will also be announced on IDEA’s website by 16th February 2018.
The three chosen scores will be performed during Divertimento Ensemble’s 2018 Rondò concert season on March 29th, in Milan.
6. Each of the three selected composers will furthermore be invited to write a 8-12 minutes composition for soprano, baritono and ensemble with words by the Italian poet and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini. The score and the parts must be delivered by 31st December 2018.
The three new works will be performed by Divertimento Ensemble in 2019 in Milan, on the occasion of the fifth edition of the ‘Franco Donatoni’ International Meeting for Young Composers, within Divertimento Ensemble’s 2019 Rondò concert season.
The three selected composers will take part in the rehearsals of their new composition, working in close contact with musicians and singers. Each composer will be entitled to a reimbursement of Euro 1,000 gross, for travel, board and lodging expenses incurred.
Each applicant, by submitting his/her application to participate in the International Meeting, agrees unconditionally to be bound by these rules.

For further information:
IDEA International Divertimento Ensemble Academy
phone +39 02 49434973
mob. +39 338 2225014

Summary:Chamber Call and Summer Festival
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: Each year the nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

The 2018 nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores related to the research conference theme of New Asia. The call is open to all composers without restriction, and the connection to the theme may pertain to the music, the instrumentation, the subject matter, or the identity of the composer, and is open to creative interpretation.

We invite submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments:
guitar (acoustic or electric)
double bass
flute (all family)
clarinet (all family)
saxophone (all family)

Composer-performers using instruments not on this list, especially non-Western instruments, may also submit works that include themselves as a performer.

We welcome any of the following: scores requiring two or more of the same instrument (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics, indeterminate notation or instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to five).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018
Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the nnSF 2018, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed.


Applicants should submit:

1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee).

2) Email to containing the following items:

PDF of the submission(s)
PDF of Program Notes and Performance History for the submission(s)
A brief explanation of the connection of your submission to the conference theme New Asia (see the Research Page for more details). Submissions without this explanation will not be considered.
Audio ( .mp3) recordings of the work(s), or links to on-line recordings, if available (not required, MIDI versions accepted). Video files will not be accepted. If you have a video, post it on-line with a service such as Youtube and send us a link.
A brief bio
Please scan any hand-written materials. For large files, please use a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Questions? Send us a note to




The nnSF Performance, Composition, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals).

Click or continue scrolling to learn how to apply to the 2018 festival.

DECEMBER 15, 2017
Apply to either the Performance, Composition, or Music Technology workshops by the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017) to receive:
• $100 tuition discount for all applications submitted by the Priority Deadline!
• Eligibility for $250 alumni tuition discount.
• Eligibility for travel assistance.
• Eligibility for scholarships.
• Priority consideration for festival admission.
• Decision by January 01, 2018.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Apply by this date to receive:
• Eligibility for festival admission dependent on remaining availability following the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017).
• Decision by February 22, 2018.

Please note: Applications submitted after the December 15th Priority Deadline are not eligible for scholarships and travel assistance. Discounts cannot be combined with one another; only one discount per application (this does not include scholarships and travel assistance). All discounts will be documented through the application process and applied to the final tuition payment.

• Scholarships will be offered to select applicants following successful acceptance to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent, instrumental need, and financial need.
• Travel assistance may be available for fellows with over $600 in travel expenses for those who apply by the priority deadline.

Alumni fellows in good standing from previous nnSF attendance will enjoy a $250 discount for return enrollment.


 Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
Summary:Mandolin and Guitar Call
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is issuing a Call for Scores for its 2017‐2018 season.

FIRST PRIZE: $250 and a Premier Performance by the KMGO

1. Must consist of the following make-up: Mandolin 1 (4), Mandolin 2 (9), Mandola (3), Mandocello (3), Contrabass (1), and Guitar (4). Divisi may be used as much as wanted but may not exceed the numbers listed above. Guitars are classical 6-string standard tuned guitars.
2. There is no restriction on length of the work.
3. The work must NOT make use of any soloists and must use the standard ensemble only as listed above.
4. Mandolas are to be scored in treble clef transposing at the octave.
5. Scores must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018
6. Application must be included with the submission.
7. Please submit one score and one complete set of parts. A CD containing a recording of your work may be included but it is not mandatory. (Midi and mp3 files are acceptable.) Materials will not be returned. DO NOT send originals.
8. There is no fee required to enter this contest.
9. The applicants will be judged by a four member panel of KMGO members and last year’s winner, Chris Acquavella
10. The winner will be notified no later than March 31, 2018
11. Premier performance will take place during the 2018 season of the KMGO schedule.
12. Winning composition will become a permanent part of the KMGO music library.
13. Winning composition will be awarded a prize of $250.
14. Submitted compositions must NOT have been previously performed or published.


Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.