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 2018 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: Deadline: March 31, 2018

Earplay sponsors the annual Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, open to composers of any nationality and any age. Earplay performs the prizewinning piece and presents a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning composer. The competition honors the late composer/conductor/Earplay board member Donald Aird, an ardent supporter of the creation and performance of new music. A list of past competition winners, finalists, and honorable mentions is here.

You can submit an Aird competition application electronically or by mail. Please send mail if you have questions or comments.

Eligibility:
• Applicants may be of any nationality.
• Applicants may be of any age.

Compositions:
Works are limited to 1 to 6 players (at most 1 of each, e.g., not 2 violins) from Earplay's ensemble:
• flute/piccolo/alto flute
• clarinet/bass clarinet
• piano
• violin
• viola
• cello
Works may include electronics.
Works may be of any duration (8-15 minutes preferred).
Works may have been previously performed.
Each composer may submit any number of pieces.

Award:
Cash prize: $1,000.
Performance by Earplay during our next season.
Earplay will announce the winner in fall 2018.
All entries will be considered for future performance.

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by March 31, 2018.

Application:
Earplay strongly encourages you to use online application, but if you prefer you can print an application form, fill it out, and mail it instead. You can use online application even if you intend to mail some parts of your application (composer bio, score, program note, recording, or payment). Sorry, mailed submission materials cannot be returned.

Checklist:
• Completed online application (preferred) or application form
• Brief composer biography
• Score (all composer identification removed)
• Brief program note
• Recording (not required but strongly recommended)
• Application fee US $26 per score (cash, check payable to Earplay, or PayPal payment)

Mailing address:
Earplay
2018 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
560 29th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131-2239
USA

Further information: aird@earplay.org
Web Site:earplay.org/www/competition.ph...

 1ST KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Summary:Quintet Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: FOR YOUNG COMPOSERS

1.

Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union announces 1st Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. Composers from every country, who will not be over the age of 35 at the moment of its closing, can take part in the Competition.

2.

The subject of the Competition is a composition for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello,
with a duration from 9 to 14 minutes. Flute and clarinet cannot be modified.

3.

One participant can submit no more than two compositions. A composition cannot be earlier performed, published in any form or awarded in any competition.

4.

3 copies of a score together with parts for performance as well as score in pdf format on
a compact disc, marked with an emblem and a title, with duration written, and a sealed envelope marked with the same emblem, containing an application form, a short bio note,
a note about the piece and a photo (in jpg format), should be sent to the address:

Związek Kompozytorów Polskich

Oddział w Krakowie

ul. Dunajewskiego 5

31-133 Kraków

With annotation: 1st Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition

for Young Composers

not later than on 31 January 2018 (the date of submitting the score decides).

5.

The Jury of the Competition: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia) and Wojciech Widłak, grants one Main Prize – 1000 USD. What is more,
the awarded composition will be performed in April 2018 on the concert during
30th International Festival of Krakow Composers.

The Jury may not award the Main Prize. Honorary awards may be granted. The decision of the jury is irrevocable and will be announced not later than on 15 February 2018.

6.

Participating in the Competition, a composer declares that the composition can be recorded for purposes of the Organisers of the concert, without any financial claims from his side.

Copies of the score and parts of compositions will be further the property of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union.

7.

Application for the Competition means that a composer agrees to these Regulations. Compositions not meeting the requirements of the Regulations will not be taken into account during the Competition.

8.

Organisers of the Competition have the right to change the date or to cancel the performance of the awarded composition from independent causes.

Any questions send to the Secretary of the Competition – Aleksandra Patalas, e-mail address: sekretarz@zkp.krakow.pl
Web Site:festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl/en/konk...

 CALL FOR SCORES: Sixth Annual BNMI Commissioning Competition
Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: Opens: September 15, 2017
Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Boston New Music Initiative is pleased to announce its Sixth Annual Commissioning Competition. The purpose of this competition is to further the mission of The Boston New Music Initiative to maintain an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Incorporated in 2010, the organization aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming.

The 6th Annual Competition will be open to any representative work, however, composers are encouraged if at all possible to show their ability to write for the BNMI core ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc) or a similar instrumentation. This sextet will be the ensemble of the commissioned work.

Any composer is eligible regardless of age, nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status. Composers currently or formerly on the staff of The Boston New Music Initiative and past commission winners are ineligible to apply. The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winner(s) being selected by an external panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process. The winner of this competition will be awarded a grand prize of at least $1,000 USD, in addition to being engaged to compose a new 8-12 minute work for performance by The Boston New Music Initiative in a future concert season. Pending available budget, the organization may award up to three (3) additional winners from this competition to compose new works for performance by BNMI or select works for Honorable Mention. At least one winner will be named for this competition, and the winner will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance for the premiere performance. The winner of the 2016 competition, Lonnie Hevia, received a $1,000 prize and had his new work, After the Rain, premiered on BNMI’s April 2017 concert, conducted by Patrick Valentino.

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

To Apply:
Please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Details
1. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit; however, each work should be submitted as a separate entry. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
2. Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission processbelow) before submitting. Please make sure no meta-data including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. No pseudonyms or code numbers are necessary.
3. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
4. Questions? After checking for answers in the submission guide, please address any questions to info@bostonnewmusic.org. Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity. Failing to do this will disqualify your entry.
5. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
o For the score: .pdf
o For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
o For (optional) video: .mov or .m4v
o All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf

Submission Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process.
5. One (1) anonymous score, in PDF format only, of a representative work. .
6. A recording of the work (not required but encouraged)
7. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is $20 for Associate Members, and $10 for Full Members. Membership information can be found here.
8. An information sheet containing the following:
• Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
• Composer biography (maximum 300 words) to be used in publicity if the composer is selected.


Helpful Hints:
We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.
1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Composers signing up as new members who wish to submit to this competition should be sure to allot enough time for the approval process to complete in order to meet the October 31 deadline.
2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Composers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: http://www.bostonnewmusic.org/membership in order to create login credentials.
3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to complete your payment in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Full members must have dues paid in full in order to receive full membership benefits, including discounts on Calls for Scores and commissioning competitions. For those composers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.
4. More questions? Please see our submission guide.

Web Site:www.bostonnewmusic.org/submit

 Blue Mountain/Forecast International Call for Scores
Summary:Solo and small ensemble works call
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Hosted by Blue Mountain/Forecast
http://www.bluemountainensemble.org
Blue Mountain/Forecast: 2017-18 International Call for Scores

PRIZE: The winners of the Blue Mountain/Forecast 2017 International Call for Scores will be performed on Blue Mountain/ Forecast’s 2018-19 season in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1-3 works may be chosen. A travel stipend of $500 will be awarded to the winning composer(s) in order to help them attend the concert.

ELIGIBILITY: Composers of art music from all genres and of any nationality are invited to submit works to Forecast Music’s 2017-18 International Call for Scores. No preference will be given as to whether or not a work has been previously performed.

INSTRUMENTATION: Solo and small ensemble works using some or all of Forecast Music’s core instrumentation (flute, bassoon, saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and mezzo soprano) are welcomed. Pieces may use electronics, and may include one additional instrument not included in the core ensemble. Works with durations of 12 minutes or less are preferable, although longer compositions may be considered.

DEADLINES: All works must be submitted online by December 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s call.

SUBMISSION FEE: Payment can be made securely via PayPal/credit card or via check. The fee is $10 for the first entry, and $5 for each additional entry made payable to Forecast Music. For PayPal payment please click on the Payments icon at www.bluemountainensemble.org/international-call-for-scores


SEND (checks) TO:
Forecast Music
c/o Eric Schwartz - Artistic Director
2446 Lyndhurst Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
USA
checks payable to "Forecast Music"

SUBMIT SCORES TO:
forecastcallforscores@gmail.com (use this address for e-submission as well as any questions)
PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW COMPLETELY
INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL:
Composer’s biographical information (250 words maximum)
INCLUDE AS AN EMAIL ATTACHMENT OR LINK
PDF score of composition

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf30GzV1_K-NCoziDELx30519gHwjyDQzqdTVKfOwdCVwVEOg/viewform
Web Site:www.bluemountainensemble.org

 Ret Frem Ensemble
Summary:Rolling Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: New contemporary music ensemble Ret Frem are calling for composers of all ages to submit scores for chamber ensemble. We will accept both new scores and pieces that have been performed before. Successful submissions will be added to our repertoire through rehearsal and performance.

THE CALL
We accept scores in two categories:

Category 1: Scores for quartet of flute, clarinet, violin and cello (with standard doublings). Category 2: Scores for any combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano/electric keyboard (with standard doublings).

There is no fee for submission.
Scores can be in any style and of any duration.
Scores for solo instrument are just as valid as a quintet or anything in between, in

Category 2.
We will contact composers whose scores we wish to perform as and when our programme permits. The call is ongoing and there is no deadline: scores will be selected based on the curation of specific concert programmes.

Selected scores may be performed several times during our season.

Please fill in the attached Submission Form and send to:
admin@retfrem.com or Ret Frem Ensemble,Top Flat, 79 Brighton Road, London N16 8EQ << N.B. NEW ADDRESS

N.B. Not all our performance venues have pianos.
Web Site:www.retfrem.com

 THE MATAN GIVOL INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION 2018
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 30 August 2017
Details: Meitar Ensemble announces the 3nd Matan Givol International Composers Competition.

-Composers from all over the world are invited to present works for Meitar Ensemble.
-The competition is an open call for composers of all ages and nationalities.
-The promotion of New Chamber and Ensemble Music was Meitar Ensemble’s goal and ambition for many years. With this competition we take on yet another path to find those hidden jewels of New Music and bring them to the front stage .

I. PRIZE FOR THE WINNING COMPOSITION

2,000 euro and one public performances on June 30th 2018. The piece will be conducted by Ilan Volkov and recorded live.

II. CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY AND APPLICATION

There are no age limit or nationality restrictions for composers.
-Instruments: The compositions submitted for the competition must use any combination of the following instrumentation, with a minimum of five performers:

flute (doubling on picc and alto flute), clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion: vibraphone, 4 octave marimba, glockenspiel (any other requirements for percussion instruments should be discussed in advance).

-Usage of prepared pianos should be discussed with the ensemble.

-No usage of additional instruments (instruments which are not on the list, live electronics, etc.) is allowed.

-Scores submissions via email only. Scores will not be accepted if they do not meet the conditions for entry.

-The works duration must be between 8 to 15 minutes.

-Pieces that have won awards in other competitions will not be accepted, never the less, pieces subjected to the competition are not obliged to be new compositions.
Deadline for entries: The scores, the registration application and the enclosed documents must be sent no later than April 1st 2018 (23:59 Jerusalem time) to the following email address: ceme.meitarensemble@gmail.com

A COMPLETE APPLICATION WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

-A full online Application Form (see at bottom of the page)

-Scores (in PDF form) to be under pseudonym (the committee will not receive the participants names) + Short description of the work

-An artistic and academic curriculum

A copy of the Entry Fee payment document

-The jury will consist of Meitar Ensemble members and the ensemble’s composer in residence, Mr. Philippe Leroux and the ensemble’s conductor in residence, Mr. Pierre-Andre Valade

-The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally challenged. Furthermore, the jury reserves the right to award no prize.

-The entry fees are non-refundable.

-The results of the Matan Givol International Composers Competition 2018 will be published on the web site www.meitar.net and the social networks no later than May 15th 2018.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF COMPLETE APPLICATIONS: APRIL 1ST 2018 (23:59 JERUSALEM TIME)
Web Site:www.meitar.net/composers-compe...

 Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 30 October 2017
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: 2017 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2017 Heckscher International Composition Prize. This year the competition is for the best work for chamber ensemble of minimum 4, maximum 7 players (see guidelines following) submitted by a composer of any age or nationality. Works with electronics are not acceptable. The work’s duration must be a maximum 15 minutes. The work may have been previously performed or awarded other prizes.

The work shall be scored for a minimum 4; maximum 7 of the following instruments

Flute (doubl. picc and alto flute)

Trumpet

Piano

Percussion (1 player)

Violin

Cello

Bass

The composer of the winning work will receive $1,750. There is no application fee.

The winning work will be performed by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. The composer of the winning work is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College on April 19, 2018.The competition will not provide travel/accommodation allowance.

Submission deadline is October 30, 2017. The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by December 4, 2017.

Submission must be anonymous. Only ONE submission per composer will be accepted. 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 disqualified.

For submitting materials electronically, please use the online entry form. Do not submit materials via email. To submit your materials, you will need to provide direct URLs to the following:

1. a score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)

2. a recording, audio or video (if available). For audio, mp3 is preferred.

3. a 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, 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, 2017.

If any questions, send an e-mail to Emmanuel Berrido aberrido@ithaca.edu

If sending hard copy, please submit:

1. Bound anonymous score

2. Recording (audio CD only)

3. 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.)

Mailing Address:

School of Music

Attn: Composition Area/Heckscher PrizeIthaca College

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 submission. Do NOT send materials or links via e-mail.

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

To access the online form, follow this link or copy-paste the URL below into your web browser's top window:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccEVj5yNc3jIjzn2dtbVEZsNO2M7KIlvJINfodTZzNN7teYg/viewform?usp=sf_link

We strongly encourage electronic submissions

Web Site:www.ithaca.edu/music/current_s...

 Lake George Music Festival
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: 2018 Guidelines

• an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2012.
• 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.
• 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. Works scored for up to 4 violins 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).

HOW TO APPLY


The 2018 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to info@lakegeorgemusicfestival.com. 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.

APPLICATION FEE
$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.
Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to competition administrator Alexander Lombard at info@lakegeorgemusicfestival.com


Web Site:www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.co...

 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
Web Site:www.esmuc.cat/eng/Departments/...

 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

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

Mail submissions to

NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE, INC.
P.O. Box 698 - Cathedral Station
New York, NY 10025 – 0698
USA
Web Site:http://www.northsouthmusic.org