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 Asian Composers Showcase 2019
Summary:Competition for Asian Composers
Deadline: 11 November 2018
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The Asian Composers Showcase was launched in 2013 by the Goethe-Institut together with the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), to promote the composition of New Music in North East Asia. For six years now, a total of twenty-five compositions by promising young composers have been premiered at TIMF.
Goethe-Institut Korea currently invites composers from the region to take part in a call for scores for the Asian Composers Showcase 2019. From the entries, an international panel of judges will select four participants whose pieces will be performed at the Tongyeong intl. Music Festival in April 2019. On the basis of the performances, one of the composers will be given the Goethe Award, endowed with 2,000 EUR, and receive a composition commission for the following year’s festival, amounting to an additional 5,000 EUR.

- Composers born in/after 1980 and citizens/residents of one of the following countries
: Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Mongolia.
- Length of the work: maximum of 15 minutes
- The work must be an original work created after 2016; hence no arrangements or the like.
- Instrumentation: available are the following instruments/players:
2 violins, viola, cello, bass
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet
Percussion (1 player)
The piece should be written for a minimum of four and a maximum of ten instruments (or parts). The parts cannot be doubled. Please contact TIMF at if in doubt or if you have any questions.

- Application via the online form available at
- Score in PDF format and if possible a recording of the piece (Only one submission per person is permitted)
- In the case of citizenship of states other than those previously listed, proof of place of residence in one of the previously listed countries

- Submission deadline: 11 November 2018
- Announcement of the four participants: by 21 December 2018
- Performance: 6 April 2019 at the Asian Composers Showcase (at Tongyeong International Music Festival 2019, Tongyeong, Korea)
Copyright and performance rights must lie with the submitting party. All rights remain with the author, who with the submission agrees to a fee-free performance at the TIMF 2019 and the use of sound recordings for archiving and for promotion of future events of the Asian Composers Showcase.

Tongyeong International Music Foundation +82(0)2 3474 8315


 Lake George Music Festival
Summary:Chamber Music Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and annually hosts an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. By promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.

The 2019 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

• An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score. The score should be labeled with the title of the work and printed date of composition only. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .pdf file.
• An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. Live instrumental recordings are strongly preferred over MIDI renditions. If submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. Composers submitting a piece for electronics/amplified instruments must submit a live performance or studio recording (not MIDI). Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .mp3 file. Please edit out any tuning/clapping.
• A PayPal receipt proving the application fee has been paid. Please pay application fee at the same time when submitting materials.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: composer name, date of birth, college or university affiliation, composer phone number,

All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until January 31st, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline. Consequently, LGMF urges you to submit immediately.


• an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2013.
• a complete work – no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted.
• work must be in its original form – no arrangements; example: no piece originally intended for string orchestra submitted as a string quintet will be accepted.
• between 7 and 12 minutes in duration.
• scored for 3 to 8 players (not including a conductor, if applicable).
• written for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, b-flat clarinet, A clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, harp.
• pieces scored for percussion must follow these additional guidelines.
• any combination of the above instruments is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 percussionists, piano four hands, etc; with exceptions being a maximum of one tuba, one bass trombone, and one harp. Works scored for up to 4 violins, violas, and cellos are acceptable. Works for two or more pianos are not acceptable.
• instrument doublings must adhere to the instrumentation restrictions, example: no alto flute, no contrabassoon.
• works may be written for amplified instruments, prepared piano, and off stage instruments.
• works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).

$10 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal by clicking the button below. PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.


 2019 Student Composition Contest and Festival
Summary:Works for 1-6 instruments
Deadline: 12 November 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: The Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC) is accepting submissions for its 2019 Student Composition Contest. Prizes will include cash awards and a performance by professional and/or university musicians at the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers New Music Festival at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on March 2, 2019.

Applicants will submit to one of four categories:
Elementary School (grades K-5)
Middle School (grades 6-8)
High School (grades 9-12)
Undergraduate college

• Applicants must be students studying full time in Wisconsin.
• Submitted compositions must be original works for 1-6 instruments with or without electronics. Purely electronic compositions incorporating no live instruments are permitted.
• Works under 10 minutes in duration are preferred.

• The winning composition in each category will receive a cash award and a performance at the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers New Music Festival at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on March 2, 2019 by professional and/or university musicians.
• The cash prize for each category is Elementary School ($15), Middle School ($25), High School ($50), and undergraduate ($75).
• Several honorable mention compositions will also receive a performance at the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers New Music Festival at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on March 2, 2019 by professional and/or university musicians.
• All winners and honorable mentions will receive a recording of the performance.

Submission Guidelines:
• All submission materials will only be accepted in an email to John Mayrose (
• Each applicant may submit only one composition.
• Submit application form.
• Submit one legible, anonymous score as a PDF. If the composition is purely electronic, then a score is not required. The only identifying information on the score should be the title. Do not include the name of the student or teacher on the score.
• mp3 recordings are encouraged by not required. (MIDI realizations are acceptable)
• A composition that makes use of a copyrighted text must be accompanied by a written statement from the copyright holder giving permission to use the text. If the text is in the public domain, a statement signed by the student and teacher indicating this fact must accompany the entry.
• Submissions must be received by Monday, November 12, 2018

Additional Information:
• Composers of works selected for performance agree to attend the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers New Music Festival at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on March 2, 2019.
• All judge decisions are final. Judges may elect to award no prizes.

Summary:Call for Chamber Scores
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: Application opens: August 20th, 2018
Application ends: October 1, 2018

Khemia Ensemble announces our first ever Call for Scores. “Identity” is the theme for our 2018-19 season and in keeping with this theme we are holding our first call to showcase the voices of the composition community. We are especially interested in works that engage with the season theme in some way. Works may approach this theme from any perspective; we will do the work to make it fit in the broader scope of our season's performances. We will select 1-3 works to be performed at least once during our 2018-19 season. The entire application process is easy, electronic and free.

Formed in 2015, Khemia Ensemble is a contemporary chamber ensemble focused on championing the works of living composers through vivid, multimedia performances. The ensemble is quickly gaining a reputation as one to watch with recent performances at National Sawdust, Strange Beautiful Music X, New Music Gathering and MoxSonic. Khemia has held residencies at Avaloch Farms (2016, 2017), University of Missouri, Tufts University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Universidad de Nacional de Córdoba, and Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, and has received grants from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, the University of Michigan EXCEL Program and the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research Grant from the Eastman School of Music, among others.

-Call for scores is open to everyone
-Applicants may be at any stage of their careers
-If selected, composers are strongly encouraged to attend the performance(s) of their work but this is not required
-Applications are free and will only be accepted electronically
-Only one score per composer
-Works may be for 2-7 performers of Khemia Ensemble's instrumentation (preference will be given to scores that make use of most of our instrumentation)
- Soprano
- Flute (C flute, Alto flute, Bass flute available)
- Bb Clarinet (only)
- Percussion (please inquire if you have questions)
- Piano
- Violin
- Cello
-Works may range from 4-10 minutes (individual movements from larger works are acceptable)
-Works with electronics, interactive media, and/or visual accompaniment are welcome and encouraged

-1 PDF of a score composed in the last 5 years
-1 link to the streaming audio for the submitted score
-1 link to streaming video (if applicable)
-1 CV or biography (preferably short but send what you got!)

October 1, 2018

The selected works will be chosen by members of Khemia Ensemble
Works that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered

Click here to fill out application

Questions regarding the Call for Scores? Please email

 Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition 2018
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 18 November 2018
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: Toolbox Percussion is delighted to present the Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition 2018 (TPICC 2018) as a part of the Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA), which will be held during 7-12 January, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

There are two categories in this competition:

1)​ Herbert Composition Prize
● Work scoring for 1 percussionist and 1 cellist ONLY. (See appendix for the list of
● The timpani MUST be used for this category.
● You DO NOT need to use all the listed percussion instruments.
● The submitted work should be between 5-7 minutes in length.
● Only compositions written within the last five years are eligible for the submission.
● The submitted work must be written for the full ensemble, no subset is allowed.
● Selected works of the finalists will be performed by David Herbert, principal timpani ofthe Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Oliver Herbert, ​top prize and special prize in the XI Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2018,​ ​during TICA.

2) ​Toolbox Composition Prize
● Work scoring for 2 percussionists and string quartet (2 vln/vla/vc) ONLY. (See appendix for the list of percussions)
● You DO NOT need to use all listed percussion instruments.
● The submitted work should be between 5-7 minutes in length.
● Only compositions written within the last five years are eligible for submission.
● The submitted work must be written for the full ensemble, no subset is allowed (i.e. not
string quartet).
● Selected works of the finalists will be performed by faculty members of TICA, ​during TICA.

● Applicants may be composers at any stages of their careers.
● Composers, regardless of nationality and age, are encouraged to apply.
● Scores that have been awarded, or commercially recorded are not eligible.
● However, works that are previously performed are eligible.
● Only compositions written within the last five years are eligible for submission.
● One entry per applicant per category will be accepted.
● Entry fee: USD 20
● The entry fee should be paid through paypal to ​
● Deadline: 18 November 2018 at GMT+8 23:59, no late submission will be considered.

● Eligible submissions must be sent electronically as a single email and should include:
● A PDF file of the score (with pseudonym), which may include program and performance
● An mp3 file (audio recording, if available, Midi realisation)
● A separate word document linking the pseudonym and title to the composer's identity,which includes e-mail address, current bio (200 words), program note (200 words) & performance history of the submitted work.
● The composer’s name should NOT appear on the submitted score and recording.
● Links to recordings (due to large file size, or other factors) are fine.
● Please send materials to: ​ ​with “TPICC 2018” and the applicant’s name in the subject line of the email.
● Further inquiry please contact:​ ​

● The winner of the Herbert Composition Prize will receive USD 500.
● The winner of the Toolbox Composition Prize will receive USD 500.
● Three finalists of each category will be invited to participate in the Toolbox

International Creative Academy (TICA).

● The TICA will provide accommodation for all finalists (double occupancy).
● All selected works will be performed and recorded live during TICA.
● All finalists will receive a festival pass to all TICA events.
● Participants who are not able to attend the TICA will forfeit their positions at the
● Travel expenses to TICA and other arrangements are the responsibility of the
● Selection of the finalists will be announced no later than​ ​30 November 2018.
● The Winner will be announced during the TICA in January 2019.

I. List of Percussions for Herbert Composition Prize
Timpani (4), snare drum, triangle, suspended cymbal
II. List of Percussions for Toolbox Composition Prize
Percussion 1 - Timpani (4), snare drum, triangle, suspended cymbal Percussion 2 - 4.3 octave marimba, tomtom (3), tambourine, woodblock

 Nuova Consonanza announces the XX edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber ensemble with optional voice competition
Deadline: 14 October 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: Rules
Composers of any age and nationality are eligible.

The instrumentation includes:
Soprano voice
Saxophone (alto / tenor, one player)
Guitar (classical guitar / electric guitar / electric bass, one player)
Piano (piano / synth and controller, one player)
Conductor (optionally playing a synth)

The composition may involve the whole ensemble or part of it, starting from a minimum of two players including the soprano singer. Length of the composition may not exceed 12 minutes. The selection of texts must come from the public domain. Alternatively, the score must come with a disclaimer from the copyright owners authorizing the use of the text. Any candidate can compete anonymously with one or more works. It is possible to submit compositions that have already been played, as long as they are unpublished and have not been awarded any prize in other contests.

Candidates are requested to submit scores (along with parts for a possible performance), by email only and in pdf format, to
Scores and parts must be anonymous and marked with a motto. Candidates are also requested to include in the same email:
- personal information and contact details (name, birthdate, nationality, home and email address, phone number);
- a brief resume;
- receipt of payment of the entry fee;
- a statement, certifying that the composition has not be awarded any prizes, and an id document.

Links to audio recordings or computer-generated audio files are welcome, but not required (please, do not attach audio files to email)
The above documents can be written in English, French or Italian.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2018 (23:59, Gmt +2)
A € 50 entry fee for each submitted score can be paid
-via wire transfer to Associazione Nuova Consonanza IBAN IT44X0200805108000010653285 – BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1719
- Paypal:
-or through the button

Three shortlisted compositions, selcted by an international jury, will be played in the final concert in December 2018, as part of the 55th Festival di Nuova Consonanza. 
The winner will be proclaimed after the concert. The first prize is € 1.000, publication of the score by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni and radio broadcast on RAI Radio3. 

The jury reserves the right not to award any prize or finalist, to award ex-aequo prizes and to assign a special mention to a work. 
Only the original Italian language text of this document is legally valid: in case of controversy, the sole competent court is the court of Rome.

Final concert will be performed by L’arsenale Ensemble -


Summary:International Competition for Young Composers
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: In the framework of the next festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne) which will take place for the eight’s time in 2019, composers up to 35 years are invited to present a new work for ensemble and Live Electronics. The winners will be selected by a jury and will be rewarded with a total budget of € 9,000.

§ 1 Basic data of the competition
The jury will select three compositions for completion which will be premiered on the 4th of May by within ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln. The concert is supposed to be conceived as a unit.

The jury consists of the following members:
• Michael Beil, composer, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
• Felix Knoblauch, pianist und artistic director of electronic ID
• Roman Pfeifer, composer
• Werner Wittersheim, WDR 3

§ 2 Conditions of participation
1. All composition students born on or after 1 January 1984 are entitled to participate.
2. Deadline for the submission of applications is November 30, 2018. They have to be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH and must meet the following requirements:
I. Permitted are works for mixed ensemble (violin, viola, violoncello, bass, flute,
clarinet, trombone, piano/keyboard, percussion) with Live Electronics and sound director with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. Pure tape compositions and compositions for ensemble and tape are excluded. The composition must be rehearsable without the composer's presence and the electronics must be operable by the sound director. In the annex is provided a detailed overview of the available percussion instruments, more information about special instruments and the technical framework.
II. Five copies of the score with detailed explanation of the use of electronics have to be sent anonymously by registered mail. Instructions for the performance have to be enclosed and scores must be easily readable.
III. The submitted composition must never have been published, recorded and performed before. Exception: Performances in the framework of conservatory or university events. A detailed list has to be enclosed.
IV. Candidates must ensure that nothing that could make it possible to identify them appears anywhere on the score. Otherwise the work will be excluded from the competition. Each document has to be clearly labelled with the title of the work.
3. In addition to the composition a sealed enveloped which is only labelled with the work title name has to be sent. This must contain a data medium with:
I. the completed application form
II. a copy of the applicant’s passport or ID Card a copy of the applicant’s passport or ID Card (Please blacken all personal information except your name and date of birth!)

III. a valid certificate of study
IV. a short biography including a work list
V. a current high-resolution photograph (300dpi on 10x15cm)
VI. a short work description (max. 15 lines) including the work title.
4. The applications have to be submitted in English or German. Expenses for transmission will not be refunded by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH.
5. The material for the performance of the selected compositions must be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH by February 18, 2019 and must be made available free of charge.

§ 3 Decisions of the jury
1. The jury will select the three finalists based upon its own artistic estimation by January 28, 2019. In case of a high quantity of applications throughout the jury is entitled to appoint an assistant jury. This does not restrict the jury’s power of decision.
2. The judges will announce the laureates following the performance. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally changed.

§ 4 Benefits for the finalists
1. The selected works will be realised within the framework ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln. In addition, documentation is planned.
2. ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH is responsible for the organisation of all travel and hotel requirements during the rehearsal and concert period for the three finalist’s works and will bear all costs involved. Other costs will be covered by per Diems of € 24/day.

§ 5 Agreement
1. Non selected materials will not be utilized by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH; potential archival use will remain unaffected. The sent in scores will only be returned by request.
2. By participating in the competition, the finalists cedes to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH, free of charge:
I. The performance rights for the world premiere and for further performances within the framework of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
II. The exclusive and unrestricted spatiotemporal right to record, reproduce and broadcast the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
III. In addition, the right to communicate to the public all performances of the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, by all available communication media (television, radio, internet etc.), both in Germany and abroad.
3. The composer must ensure that the nominated work will not be performed publicly until the competition is finished.

Deadline for entries: November 30, 2018

ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln

 OPUS 2018
Summary:Chamber Ensemble (3 to 10 instruments) call
Deadline: 19 October 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: Britten Sinfonia has a history of innovation and excellence. Renowned for adventurous programming and a dynamic new approach to performing, over our twenty-five year history we have aimed to expand the horizons of what an orchestra ‘could’ or ‘should’ be and of how people engage with us and our music-making. In 2013, the OPUS composition competition was launched to further this vision with the goal of discovering an exciting new compositional voice.

Now entering its sixth year, OPUS winners are among the best up-and-coming compositional talents in the UK however, we want to push the boundaries further, widen the parameters, challenge ourselves and our audience and discover new musical terrain and all the creative potential therein.

With this in mind, OPUS2018 presents a new challenge to composers, retaining the core values true to both the competition and Britten Sinfonia as an organisation and evolving the competition and the At Lunch programmes in which the winning commission is couched.

OPUS2018 combines folk singer and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity, with a piano quintet of Britten Sinfonia’s musicians to form the ensemble for which the OPUS competition winner will be invited to write. Working with emerging talent from a non-classical field and including the use of text for the first time introduces a new and exciting edge to OPUS: allowing us to continue the search for a unique, new compositional voice, challenging shortlisted composers to expand their existing musical knowledge, opening the competition to a potential new and alternative range of entrants and audiences alike.

Five shortlisted composers will be invited to a public workshop day, during which they will receive:
– Mentoring from Sir James MacMillan
– The chance to work closely with Hannah Rarity and Britten Sinfonia musicians to develop their compositional techniques
– A performance of their sketch to an audience and panel of judges at Saffron Hall

The winning composer will also receive:
– At least three performances of their work in our At Lunch concert series (at London’s Wigmore Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Norwich St Andrew’s Hall)
– A professional standard recording of their piece
– A commission fee

Those wishing to apply should read the submission brief and FAQs carefully.

How to Apply
To apply you should email the following submission materials to

1. A score of one existing piece representative of your work:
– For any instrumental chamber ensemble (3-10 players)
– Ideally notated using notation software such as Sibelius or Finale, although scans of handwritten scores will also be accepted. Please do not submit notation software files – only PDFs.
– Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the score.*

2. A one minute sketch responding to the project brief:
– Scored for female folk singer, piano and string quartet
– Song text of your choice
– Influenced by folk from any culture

3. A concept proposal for this new piece:
– An explanation of your response to the brief
– How you would develop the sketch into a full piece
– How it would complement the other pieces in our At Lunch concert: Hirta/For Sally/For Max by MacMillan and Farewell to Stromness by Maxwell Davies
4. You must submit a recording of at least one of these works.
– The recording does not have to be of professional quality.
– Recordings of computer-generated audio realisations are acceptable.
– Your name should not appear on the recording (this includes the tags).*

5. A completed application form available as an Excel or PDF file.

*When we receive your application, we will assign it a number. Only the scores and recordings will be passed on to our judging panel; they will have no information about you personally, and you will therefore be judged on the quality of your music alone.

Deadline for submissions: 19 October 2018

Send your applications to: with subject title “OPUS2018”.

Each score must be submitted as a single PDF file per piece. You can make PDF files from notation software using free PDF ‘printers’ such as doPDF, CutePDF and PrimoPDF.

Sound files must be submitted as .mp3, .mp4 or .mid files. Please do not submit larger files such as .wav. Files can be converted with free software such as Audacity, Windows Media Player and iTunes, or using online converters such as

For more information contact:
Megan de Garis, Creative Learning Co-ordinator


 "Michele Novaro" International Competition for Composers
Summary:Ensemble competition
Deadline: 20 October 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: The competition is open to composers of all nationalities, who on 20 October 2018 are still under the age of 40. Candidates must submit a composition for ensemble (7 - 10 minutes), which is freely inspired by a specific "Italian work of art", in the field of painting, sculpture or architecture. The ensemble will have to be from 5 to 10 instruments per ensemble, chosen from the following (one performer per instrument, except for the violin, for which 2 performers are available): flute (or piccolo), oboe, clarinet (in B flat or in A), bassoon, percussion (chosen from the following: vibraphone, marimba, tamtam, bongo, gran cassa, cymbals), piano, violin, viola, cello. Jury members: Ennio Morricone (president), Claudio Ambrosini, Francesco Antonioni, Michele dall'Ongaro, Günter Neuhold. The final stage will take place in form of a public concert in Rome on Dec. 9, 2018, live on Rai Radio3, with Ensemble '900 of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

closing date: 20 Oct 2018

 Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis
Summary:Accordion with other instruments
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: Ausschreibung : Competition
Der Deutsche Harmonika-Verband schreibt in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Akkordeonlehrer-Verband den »Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis«, einen Nachwuchswettbewerb für junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten aus Europa aus. Ziel ist es, junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten dazu anzuregen, sich mit dem Instrument Akkordeon als Ensembleinstrument und im Zusammenspiel mit anderen Instrumenten und / oder Gesang auseinanderzusetzen.

With the »Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis« the Deutscher Har- monika-Verband in cooperation with the Deutscher Akkordeonleh- rer-Verband invites young talented composers from Europe for a competition. The target is, that young composers should be encouraged to deal with the instrument accordion as an ensemble instrument and in interaction with other instruments and/or vocals.

Jury : Jury
Die Jury besteht aus Fachleuten für Komposition und Akkordeon und steht unter Vorsitz des renommierten Komponisten Prof. Moritz Eggert aus München.

The jury consists of composition and accordion professionals and is chaired by the renowned composer Prof. Moritz Eggert from Munich.

Prof. Moritz Eggert Stefan Hippe
Peter Hoch Hans-Günther Kölz Andreas Nebl Helmut Quakernack Wolfgang Russ

Aufgabe : Object of the competition
Gefordert wird ein Werk für Akkordeon mit einem bis zu maximal vier anderen Instrumenten aus dem klassischen Bereich (Holz- bläser, Blechbläser, Schlagzeug) oder mit Gesang. Die Gesamt- zahl der Ausführenden ist auf fünf begrenzt. Das Werk soll maximal 10 Minuten dauern. Die Komposition darf nur handschriftlich verfasst sein und weder öffentlich aufgeführt noch publiziert worden sein.

Required is a work for accordion with one to a maximum of four other instruments from the classical field (woodwind, brass, per- cussion) or with vocals. The total number of performers is limited to five. The work should last a maximum of 10 minutes. The com- position may only be written by hand and may not have been performed or published before.

Preise : Prices
Es steht ein Preisgeld von € 1.500* zur Verfügung, das von einer unabhängigen Jury frei vergeben werden kann. Die besten drei Teilnehmer werden zu einem Workshop am 13. / 14. 4. 2019 einge- laden, bei dem sie mit zwei Komponisten ihre Stücke diskutieren. Die prämierten Werke sollen bei der Auftaktveranstaltung der Osterarbeitswoche des DHV in der Bundesakademie Trossingen am 14. 4. 2019 uraufgeführt werden. Die Kosten für Fahrt und eine Unterkunft trägt der DHV.

A prize money of € 1,500* available, which can be freely awarded by an independent jury. The best three participants will be invited to a workshop on April 13/14, 2019, in which they discuss their pieces with two composers. The winning works are scheduled for the opening event of the DHV »Osterarbeitswoche« in the Bun- desakademie Trossingen to be premiered on April 14, 2019. The cost of travel and accommodation is provided by DHV.

Conditions of participation
Teilnahmeberechtigt sind alle Jugendlichen und Erwachsene bis zum vollendeten 27. Lebensjahr
: Die teilnehmenden Komponisten übertragen dem Veranstalter das Recht zur Uraufführung des prämierten Werkes im Jahr der Preisverleihung.
: Eine Namensnennung oder Signierung auf der Partitur (im Original korrigieren) ist nicht erlaubt
: Eine Kopie der Partitur mit separaten Angaben des Komponisten (Name, Adresse, Telefon, Mail) ist einzusenden an:

Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V. c/o Stefan Hippe Rudolf-Maschke-Platz 6
78647 Trossingen

Anmeldeschluss ist der 31. Dezember 2018
Participation is possible for all young people and adults until their 27th birthday
: The participating composers transmit to the organizer the right to the world premiere of the awarded work in the year of the award ceremony.
: An attribution or signing on the score is not allowed
: A copy of the score with separate details of the composer (Name, address, telephone, mail) is to be sent to :

Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V. c/o Stefan Hippe Rudolf-Maschke-Platz 6
78647 Trossingen

Registration deadline is December 31, 2018

 14th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition Chengdu, P.R. China, 2018
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 08 October 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: ◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
ISCM-Chengdu section
Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Lin Ge’er
Composer, President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Qin Wenchen
Composer, doctoral supervisor
Vice President of Central Conservatory of Music

The competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.

1. All students. (No limitation on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others' name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 14th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students' New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mr. Gou Yong, Mr. Hao Yukai
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 08th October 2018
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2018)
we recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury's decision is final.

◆Additional Directions
1. During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.
2. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
3. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

 International Clarinet Association
Summary:Clarinet with string quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet and string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2018; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest® 2019.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2019 Composition Competition–Clarinet and String Quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email:

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers, clarinetists, and musicians who desire to further the repertoire of clarinet and string quartet with an original composition.


1. Items must be received by December 20, 2018.

2. Applicants should email the Competition Coordinator, Antonio Fraioli and ask for a Dropbox “File Request” link. Upon receipt of this link, applicant will upload related files

3. The subject line for all email communication should read “ICA Composition Competition” followed by the applicant’s full name.

4. Scores must be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the score or in the filename. Scores must be submitted to the “File Request” Dropbox link obtained from the coordinator in item 2.

5. In a separate PDF document, include contact information (name, address, phone, website, and email), a short bio (100 words or less) and name of submitted work(s). Include the applicant’s name in document filename. (this information will not be viewed by the jury).

6. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet and string quartet recording in .mp3 format must be submitted.

Contest Rules

Application fee: $25 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. PayPal is also accepted to The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2019 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for clarinet and string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello). The submitted work must have no prior performances.

A committee having no knowledge of the applicant will conduct the judging of scores and parts. Do not include any identification on the scores and on the .mp3 realization. The winner will be notified via email by February 15, 2019. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2019, July 24-28, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2019 will be provided. If the winner is a clarinetist, he/she must be a member of the I.C.A. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetist for the premiere performance.

All scores and parts will become the property of the ICA Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library and will not be returned.

$1,000 Prize

The I.C.A. assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.


 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes

 North/South Consonance
Summary:call for scores (various combinations)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 April 2011
Details: - All composers are eligible for consideration
- Solo, chamber ensemble and chamber works up to 18 performers will be considered
- Vocalists, percussion and/or electronics are acceptable
- One work will be selected for recording on the North/South label
- $25 non-refundable fee per composition submitted required
(Checks must be negotiable through a US bank)

Complete submission guidelines posted at

Mail submissions to

P.O. Box 698 - Cathedral Station
New York, NY 10025 – 0698