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 Sounds of Matter
Summary:Deadline extended
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: The purpose of this call is to encourage composers to find creative new ways to convey scientific ideas through their music. Participants are invited to submit new pieces for piano trio (pno, vln, vc) with a duration between 5’ and 15’ minutes, with or without electronics. The pieces have to be inspired on any of the concepts, data or audiovisual material (images, animations, graphs) available online at Selected composers will be invited to attend the final concert in Vienna, where the jury will make its final decision. The winner of the MAIN Prize will be awarded with €4000. Applications must be submitted no later than March 15th, 2018.


Summary:Call for scores
Deadline: 12 April 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: Deadline for application: April 12th 2018
Selected Works will be performed by:

Soloists of Ensemble Platypus;
• Doris Nicoletti: Flute
• Theresia Schmidinger: Clarinet
• Sophia Goidinger-Koch: Violin

• Instrumentation: Flute (soprano, alto, piccolo), Clarinet, (Bb, Bass), Violin.
• The music must employ all musicians; smaller combinations won’t be evaluated.
• Duration of the work must not exceed 4 minutes. Exceeding pieces won’t be evaluated.
• Submitted work must be original, never performed before.
• If the work is selected for performance, it will be presented as a “World Premiere”.
• Works can embrace any kind of aesthetic and stylistic approach.

Applications must include;
a. One copy of each part and score; parts and score; All parts and scores must be submitted in PDF format.
b. Short biography (200 words max.); (in Turkish or English), can be in PDF, RTF, DOC, DOCX or TXT formats. Applicant should include phone number and e-mail for correspondence.
c. All files must be combined in a single compressed file (in either .zip or .rar formats); which is named with name and surname of the applicant. (i.e.: “” or “Jane_Doe.rar”)

10 works will be selected to be performed by the soloists of Ensemble Platypus. Works from composers who hasn’t before been featured in BİLGİ New Music Festival are more likely to be selected over the ones who have participated before. Performed works will be recorded and these will be presented to composers. BİLGİ Music will have the mechanical rights of the recorded works for 1 year.

Selected works will be announced on April 15th 2018. Composers of the selected works will be informed through e-mail.

By submitting their works, composers are considered to have accepted the conditions above.
–In case you have any problems during submitting of your files, please inform us about your problems/questions via

The aim of the New Music series is to bring together the academics, composers, musicians and audience, who are interested in the musical movements of 20th Century and create within this scope. Our activities consist of concerts and seminars.

During the concerts, works of currently active composers will be performed as well as avant-garde composers of the 20th Century. Explication and discussion of the musical concepts that belong to this period will constitute the content of the seminars.


 One Quiet Plunge
Summary:Chamber work call with electronics
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
Details: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Commissioned Works

We are seeking landscapes, real and imagined.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is commissioning one to three new works on the theme of place and landscape for premiere in August 2018 on our program country/…/city/…. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

Commissioned works will be for viola, piano, and electronics (or a subset thereof) and will be premiered by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh. The chosen composers will be student or emerging composers of any age living or studying in the Hudson Valley (an emerging composer is defined as someone who does not have a track record of regular performances by professional ensembles). The fee for each commission is $200.

Interested composers are invited to submit any materials that give a sense of the piece you hope to compose, including prose descriptions, sketches, and (especially) recorded soundscapes or viewscapes of the landscape your piece would be reacting to. Composer should also submit 1-2 scores representative of their instrumental writing and music in general. Any aesthetic will be considered. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by April 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Commissioned composers will be notified by May 1, 2018.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — Soundscapes/Viewscapes

We are seeking landscapes.

One Quiet Plunge, an organization devoted to new music performance in New York’s Hudson Valley, is currently building our program country/…/city/… for presentation in August 2018. Blending found sounds and video footage of the landscapes of the Valley with newly commissioned works that create “imaginary landscapes” from the same material, the program will explore what place can mean to each of us.

We are soliciting submissions of recorded soundscapes and viewscapes from around the Valley. Capture a place that is unique, that is special to you, that gives others a new perspective on what life in this area can look, sound, and feel like. Chosen works will be presented in a multimedia production alongside new pieces for viola, piano, and electronics performed by violist Christiana Reader and pianist Alex Peh.

Anyone with a connection to the Hudson Valley may submit to this call. Although submissions should be of the highest feasible quality, they need not be at a professional level; submissions made with common smartphone apps are encouraged. All video should be shot in landscape format. There is no fee to submit.

Questions and submissions should be sent to and should arrive by June 1, 2018. Larger files may be sent via a file service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.

 UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust
Summary:Biennial Commission Competition: Two categories
Deadline: 10 March 2018
Date Posted: 22 February 2018
UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust
8th Biennial International Commission Competition

• Award: A $3,000 commission will be awarded for the selected composer by the University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust. The commissioned piece will be premiered during the UNM John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, March 28-31, 2019.

• Eligibility: There is no age limit, and composers from around the world are welcome to apply. One entry per person is permitted. The winning composer must agree to be present and participate in the Composers' Symposium for the acceptance of the award and the performance of her/his/their composition. People affiliated with the UNM Robb Trust are not eligible to compete.

• Application: Composers are asked to submit up to two scores for solo or chamber ensemble. Submitting recordings is recommended but optional. For works involving electronics, a recording must be submitted. See "How to Apply" for instructions

• Selection & Announcement: A panel of judges will select a composer to receive the commission and will send a contractual letter of agreement to the winning composer. If this composer declines the commission another one will be selected. The winning commission will be announced on the Robb Musical Trust website in the spring of 2018. All accepted applicants will receive notification following the announcement of the winner.

• Stipulations:
1. The commissioned work will be a solo or chamber work, the exact instrumentation of which will be negotiated with the Co-Artistic directors. Works with electronics can use up to four loudspeakers plus 1 subwoofer. Electronic needs beyond audio playback must either be provided by the composer for performance or negotiated in advance with the Robb Symposium directors.
2. The composition must be between 6 and 10 minutes in length.
3. Source Material Requirements:
1. The commissioned work must make use of folk-song material or a derivative thereof from the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music in the Center for Southwest Research, UNM Zimmerman Library. Materials are also available at the UNM College of Fine Arts Library. A link to the folk-song source material can be found here.
2. This source material may include Robb transcriptions/arrangements of folk songs, such as those found in Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico or Cancionero: Songs of Laughter & Faith in New Mexico by John Donald Robb.
3. This source material may not include Robb original compositions.
4. It is the entrant's responsibility to be aware of any copyright issues that may exist.
4. To receive the commissioning award, the score and parts must be delivered by January 1 of 2019.
5. The commissioned work must bear the inscription "Commissioned by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust" at minimum on the first page of the score, below the title.
6. The work should not be performed prior to being premiered at the 2019 UNM John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium.

• Payment: Half of the commission prize ($1500) will be paid upon delivery of the finished score and parts. The remaining amount ($1500) will be awarded during the 2019 Composers' Symposium at the University of New Mexico. The composer must be in attendance to receive payment. An additional travel stipend of up to $800 will be reimbursed for travel expenses to Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) for participation in the Composers' Symposium.

• Deadline: Application materials and completed scores must be received by March 10, 2018. Entries not meeting requirements may be rejected without recourse.

• Submission: The submission process is entirely electronic. Application materials must be submitted electronically to Only electronic submissions will be accepted. If scanning a large handwritten score, please limit resolution. If you encounter delivery difficulties, contact the Trust at for delivery options.

• Materials: Each of the following items should be submitted as separate individual attachments.

1. One or two scores in multi-page PDF format
2. An MS Word or PDF document including the following information:

1. Name, mailing address, email address, telephone
2. Titles of scores submitted
3. URL Links for recordings corresponding to the submitted scores in standard video or audio formats
4. A 100-200 word description of intent that conveys knowledge of the source material in the Robb Archive and explains how the commissioned work will incorporate this material.
5. A short biographical note about the composer
6. Please note where you heard about the Composers' Competition

Contact the Robb Musical Trust with any questions, or by phone at 505.277.8967.

For information about the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music, please contact the UNM Center for Southwest Research, or by phone at 505.277.6451. The center is located within UNM's Zimmerman Library, and you may also visit in person.

PAST WINNERS of the Robb Competition
2016: Marta Gentilucci: "Dance" for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion
2014: Luke Dahn: "Buffalo Dance" for alto saxophone and piano.
2012: Paul Clift: "1950c" for restrung classical guitar.
2010: Colin Holter: "The Recording You Will Now Hear" for piccolo, contrabass clarinet, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, violin and cello.
2008: Dr. Gary Smart: "Song of the Holy Ground" for piano and string quartet.
2006: No prize awarded.
2004: Carl Donsbach: "Palomita: Canción for Piano Trio."

* 2016 was the first year the competition was awarded as a commission by the Robb Trust.

 Occupy the Pianos
Summary:Piano scores
Deadline: 02 March 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: Deadline: 02 March 2018, 12 noon.
Details: Composers can submit unperformed works for piano or piano duo (4 hands 1 piano or 4 hands 2 pianos), of up to 5 minutes in length, to be workshopped as part of a new-music festival at St John’s Smith Square in Spring 2018. Curated by award-winning pianist and composer Rolf Hind, the Occupy the Pianos festival (20 - 22 April 2018) will explore a rich and varied selection of music for piano(s), instruments, voice and dance. The festival will showcase an eclectic mix of recent work alongside contemporary classics by Rădulescu, Vivier and Scelsi and explores themes and issues around politics, protest, spirituality and the inner world.

Entry Fee: N/A

Contact: For further information on how to apply, please visit

 Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018
Summary:Singer with chamber ensemble competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: The Alba Rosa Viétor Foundation is pleased to announce the distinguished jurors who will be selecting the 3rd Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition prize winners. Our jury is a truly international group of composers, representing a broad range of styles in contemporary music. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to support the next generation of composers.

Chairman of the Jury is Dutch composer Willem Jeths. He will be assisted by the English composer Tansy Davies, Italian pianist and composer Paolo Marzocchi, German composer Manfred Trojahn and Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition is part of the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival, named after the Italian composer, violinist and pianist Alba Rosa Viëtor.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018 invites composers to submit an original work, not exceeding 9 minutes, for one singer (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone or bass) and piano trio (violin, violoncello and piano).

Inspired by Shostakovich’s wonderful and unique Alexander Blok suite, we would like to encourage young composers to write for this combination of voice and instruments. This does not imply the need for any relationship to the music of Shostakovich.

Composers 35 years of age and under, residing anywhere in the world, are invited to apply.

Five works will be selected to be premiered on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). They will be performed by talented young musicians. Dutch radio presenter Maartje Stokkers will introduce the finalists.
The winning composers will be awarded a First prize of €2,000, a Second Prize of €1,000 or an Audience Prize of €1,000.

• The application deadline is July 1st, 2018
• The composition must be for one singer and piano trio and no longer than 9 minutes
• Only one work may be submitted
• There is a registration fee of €35.
• The registration form below must be completed, together with an e-mail sent to
Each e-mail submission must include:
1 The full score, with separate instrumental parts, as a PDF file, formatted as A4, created in either Sibelius or Finale. The score does not have be anonymous.
2 A (sample or live) recording of the work in MP3 format
3 A second PDF-file containing a copy of the composer’s passport and a short CV
4 A statement by the composer that the submitted work has neither been published, performed in public and/or broadcast previously, nor awarded a prize in any other composition competition

The registration fee of € 35 should be remitted to account number IBAN NL14ABNA0537207163 (BIC ABNANL2A) of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, no later than July 1st, 2018.

One can also use PayPal as a payment method. Please use to send the money.

The Jury will select 5 works from the applications submitted by October 15th, 2018 at the latest. The composers of the works selected for the Finale on December 2nd, 2018 will be notified by email.


 Mizmorim Festival
Summary:Piano four hands competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018

Das Mizmorim Festival freut sich, einen Kompositionswettbewerb für das Festival 2019 anzukündigen. Der Wettbewerb steht allen KomponistInnen die am 01. Januar 2018 seit mindestens fünf Jahren in der Schweiz leben und die am 01. Januar 2018 nicht älter als 36 Jahre sind.

Das Stück muss für Klavier zu vier Händen geschrieben sein und sollte bis zu 10 Minuten dauern. Es muss sich um ein für das Mizmorim Festival 2019 bestimmtes Originalwerk handeln. Das Werk des Preisträgers/der Preisträgerin wird während des fünften Mizmorim Festivals vom 17. bis 20. Januar 2019 aufgeführt. Das Preisgeld beträgt 1.000 CHF plus Reisekosten (innerhalb Europas) und Unterbringung.

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The Mizmorim Festival is pleased to announce a composition competition for the 2019 festival. The competition is open to all composers who live in Switzerland for at least five years on January 01, 2018 and who are not older than the age of 36 on January 1, 2018.

The piece must be written for piano four hands and should take up to 10 minutes. It must be an original work intended for the Mizmorim Festival 2019. The work of the laureate will be performed during the fifth Mizmorim Festival, January 17-20, 2019. The prize money is 1,000 CHF plus travel costs (within Europe) and accommodation.

 Women Composing in Balkans
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: Call for Scores for women composers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania.
MethExis Ensemble, (Artemis Vavatsika - concert accordion,
Alexis Pogrevnois - clarinet, Dora Alexiadou - violin, Iro Menegou - piano)

The non-profit organization “beartive” in collaboration with the Laboratory for Research on Contemporary Music, Composition, Performance and Improvisation (LaReCoM-DMSA) of the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki announces a call for scores addressed to young female composers from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. Five works will be selected and will be performed by the MethExis Ensemble in a concert in September 29th 2018 in Thessaloniki.

The project is funded by the Project Fund of the Cultural Management Academy of the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest.

Deadline 30th April

1. Women Composers must be Bulgarian, Greek or Romanian citizens.
2. The call is open for composers born after 1988.
3. The duration of submitted works is expected to be between 8 and 12 minutes.
4. Works can use either all the instruments mentioned above (concert accordion, clarinet in Bb, A and Eb, violin and piano) or smaller combination (duets & trios); solo works or works which exceed the ensemble (e.g. works including live electronics, recorded material etc.) will not be considered.
5. Any special performing instructions must be in English.
6. Five works will be selected by a jury consisting of beartive and La.Re.Co.M members.
7. The selected works will be performed in public at the 29th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
8. An open workshop including open rehearsals, lectures and round table will also take place in 27th and 28th of September 2018 in Thessaloniki.
9. Composers must submit a description of the work of maximum 150 words.
10. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions. The composition(s) could have been earlier performed but not published.
11. Transportation (from the country of origin) and accommodation costs for the composers of the selected works will be covered from the organization.


 Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: Eligibility and Awards:
Black Cedar’s 2018 Call for Scores Commissioning Competition is open to composers who desire to further the repertoire of flute, cello, and guitar with an original 10-15 minute composition. The first prize winner will receive a $1,500 U.S. Dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording. Additional Honorable Mentions may be awarded to an unlimited number of submissions. These submissions will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording but NO CASH AWARD.

The required items listed below must be received by May 1, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time:

Required item #1 is a score – TWO MINUTE SAMPLE OR COMPLETED – of the proposed work. The score must be submitted in PDF format via email to Black Cedar at Separate parts for flute, cello, and guitar are not necessary.

The working title of the proposed work and the composer’s name SHOULD BE INCLUDED on the score.

Required item #2 is a separate PDF document, emailed to, containing the following information:
• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Website
• Email
• Short Bio of 100 words or less
• Title of submitted work or sample

The subject line for all email communications should read “BLACK CEDAR CALL FOR SCORES” followed by the applicant’s full name.

Required item #3 is the application fee of $10 U.S. Dollars, submitted via Paypal to

Perimeters for the Proposed Work:

Applicants may submit either a COMPLETED WORK of 10-15 MINUTES IN LENGTH or a TWO-MINUTE SAMPLE of a working composition in progress.

The instrumentation must be for three performers on flute (which can be regular C flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, or any alternation of these instruments), cello, and six-string classical guitar.

All applicants will be notified via email no later than June 1, 2018.

The first-prize winning composition will receive a $1,500 U.S. dollars commission, a world premiere performance during Black Cedar’s 2018-2019 season, and a professional video recording.

Honorable Mention award winners will receive a world premiere performance and a professional video recording.

Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner.

All contestants will accept Black Cedar’s decision as final.

PDF scores and scores printed into hardcopy by Black Cedar will remain the property of Black Cedar. All applicants will retain Copyright to their submissions.

Black Cedar 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.


Summary:Call for Chamber Works
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: Ghost Ensemble is seeking new works of experimental music for two to five musicians from our core ensemble: flute, oboe, accordion, harp, percussion, viola, contrabass. Works including cello, conductor, electronics, or voices will also be considered, as will open instrumentation scores.

We’re especially eager to discover works that explore new perceptual perspectives and performance practices that may fall outside the norms of contemporary classical music. Traditional notation and graphic, text, audio, and other scoring methods are all welcome. There are no restrictions regarding previous performances of the piece or composers’ age, nationality, etc.

There is no fee to submit your work, but please submit only one piece per composer — the one that you think would be a great fit for Ghost Ensemble.

Works will be reviewed by Ghost Ensemble and considered for performance in the 2018-2019 season and beyond. Please e-mail scores/instructions (and recordings, if available) to by MARCH 1, 2018. Any questions about the call can be sent to the same address.

We look forward to your music!

 Untwelve Call For Works
Summary:Alternative Tuning Call
Deadline: 02 April 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: UnTwelve, an organization dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and encouragement of microtonal music, announces a call for scores (or project proposals), engaging in microtonal or alternative tuning practices, for a concert at Slate Arts + Performance in Chicago in September 2018. This call is open to composers of any background, age, or nationality, but will prioritize works from composers who are women, non-binary, genderqueer, gender-non-conforming, or agender.

Instrumentation: for this concert we have a core group of performers: flutist Robin Meiksins, clarinetist Emily Mehigh, trombonist Connor Thummel, and bassoonist Annie Lyle Mason, which can be utilized in various combinations (solos for any of these four instruments, duos for any combination of flute, clarinet, and trombone). The use of electronics (stereo-only) is welcome, as is the composer appearing as the performer of their own work.

(Auxiliary Instrumentation: Robin can do flute, alto flute, and piccolo. Emily can do Bb and A clarinet).

Duration: the works should ideally not exceed 10 minutes.

Submission Due Date and Notation Information:

Please complete the following form by April 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Time. The following documents will be asked for:

Permanent links (dropbox/google drive/etc) to score and parts for each instrument (Score includes clear performance notes about all pitch notation)
Permanent link to an mp3 of electroacoustic part (if part of the work)
A short bio (200 word max)
(An example audio or MIDI link is welcome as well but not required)

Note on Stylistic Inclusivity:
As with all of our calls and competitions, we are especially seeking works that engage microtonality in a systematic manner–through the use of Just Intonation, Alternative Equal Temperaments, Spectral Techniques, or similar. We encourage and welcome music from varied aesthetic worlds: folk music, electronica, jazz, classical “new music”, experimental, electronic, etc.

 Call for Works: Developing Young Performers Repertoire within a Contemporary Idiom
Summary:Writing for young players
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The European University Cyprus, as part of the “Interfaces” project, is announcing a call-for-works. The aim of this call is to develop a contemporary idiom repertoire for young performers aged between 6-10 years old.

At least four works will be selected for performance and workshop that will take place in Cyprus during Summer 2018 and Fall 2019.

Theme of the call: “Introducing young performers to the world of New Music”

We particularly welcome works with a pedagogical character that would address young performers aged 6-10 and considered as an introduction to new music. Therefore, composers must include any concept/technique/aesthetic direction which would justify what is universally understood as contemporary idiom in Music.

• Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit up to two works from the following combinations:

1. Bassoon duet(student with teacher part)
2. Classical Guitar Trio(either two students with teacher part)
3. Violin duet(either two students or student with teacher part)

• Works should not exceed five (5) minutes
• Submission deadline, 15 March 2018
• Submit Scores to
• A panel comprised from the instrumental teachers participating into the project and the composers George Christofi and Evis Sammoutis will meet towards the end of March to select at least four works

For any inquiries about this call, please contact


 Gstaad Menuhin Festival
Summary:Duo Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Gstaad Menuhin Festival advertises a contest for duet compositions to be first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello).

Tenders are invited for up to four short works, each of which between one and five minutes playing time for violin and cello (duet).

The winners may expect a prize of CHF 500 to 1000 as well as their work being first performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (violoncello) on 30 July 2018 at the church of Zweisimmen within the scope of Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Sol Gabetta (cello) will select one or two (or more?) works to premiere them at Gstaad Menuhin Festival in the Church of Zweisimmen concert of July, 30 2018.

Any decisions will be publicly announced by late April 2018 at the earliest.

Please submit your application and composition(s) by making use of the application form below.
Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.

Only complete applications and compositions submitted asPDF will be processed and forwarded to the artists.

Participants are invited to enter 1 to 4 works, none of which may exceed 5 minutes playing time.
Respective compositions must not yet have been published by any publisher or performed already.

In case they win the contest, all participants agree on being
-available to Menuhin Festival for promotional purposes (press conferences, photos, Facebook, etc.),
-making copies of the score available for the Festival’s archive,
-mentioning Menuhin Festival as supporter in the score.

Entry deadline is March 31, 2018.


 2018 International Commissioning Call for Scores
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018
The Nouveau Classical Project is thrilled to announce its 2018 Commissioning Prize! The selected composer will be commissioned to write a work for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

The score you are submitting is NOT the work we will perform. This score serves as a work sample. The selected composer will be commissioned to write a new work.


- Open to both US and international composers
- Post-secondary and graduate students are also eligible to apply
- Current undergraduate students and high school students are NOT eligible to apply
- Composers who have won our Commissioning Call for Scores within the last 5 years are not eligible
- Please refer to FAQ below to read more about eligibility. We will update with more questions as we receive them.

Requirements for Submission
1) Composers must submit a work written after 2013 and scored for at least 4-8 instruments.

2) Inclusion of a recording is required (MIDI realizations are NOT accepted)

3) Composers must submit a proposal outlining idea/s for a new work for The Nouveau Classical Project (300 words max). Proposals for re-worked pieces or arrangements of previous works will be disqualified. We are seeking proposals for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano that incorporates extended techniques on our instruments. We're interested in extra-instrumental components including, but not limited to integrated movement or vocalizing, etc. (however, this component is not required).

4) Composers may only submit one (1) score. Please do not send files larger than 2048 KB. If your file size is larger, visit this page on how to reduce PDF size on a Mac, and this page for PC. Also, this online program will compress the file for you for free!

5) Non-refundable submission fee of $7, paid via the online form

Call for Scores Winner
1) The winner will be paid a $1,000 Commissioning fee, inclusive of commission and copying costs (NCP will print its own parts)

2) Selected composer will be commissioned to write an 8-15 minute piece for flute (dbl. picc/alto/b. fl), clarinet (dbl. bass), violin, cello, and piano) and have the opportunity to work closely with NCP in creating the work (NO subsets; must use complete ensemble)

3) This work will be programmed on a concert during the 2018-19 season

4) Composer will be required to provide a PDF of a score and parts for the ensemble

5) An agreement will be sent to composer that will include deadlines, payment schedule, and the granting of two-year exclusivity to NCP to perform the commissioned work
The winner will be announced by June 1, 2018.

Questions? Please read the FAQs first before contacting us. If your question is not answered below, please contact us at info [at] nouveauclassical dot org. Please do not attach scores, documents, etc. to your e-mail. If you need to reduce your score size, please see directions above.


Summary:Call for bassoon work/horn/piano
Deadline: 05 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts announces a call for works to be considered for performance on the 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival, to be held October 17-20, 2018. The festival will feature the music of guest composer Aaron Jay Kernis and others, performed by BGSU faculty, students and a featured guest ensemble.

This year, we are seeking works for the following instrumentation:

Works for solo bassoon (unaccompanied or with piano), bassoon duo, or bassoon quartet

Works for horn ensemble (6 or more players)

Works for piano solo, piano four hands, or two pianos

1.) Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled at or employed by Bowling Green State University, are eligible to submit scores.

1.) All submissions should be made electronically, and should include the following:
a.) Full score in PDF format
b.) If available, a recording (MP3 or WAV format) or link to a recording (via your own personal web site, SoundCloud,
YouTube, etc) that can be streamed or downloaded online.
c.) Contact information including name, address, email, and a short bio or resume.

Submissions via email ( are preferred. Submissions via DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file-sharing service will also be accepted.

Only one submission per composer will be considered for inclusion on the festival.

Exceptions to the electronic submission rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please forward any questions or concerns to MACCM Director Kurt Doles (

2.) Entries must be received by Monday, March 5, 2018 to be considered for performance.

3.) Composers selected to participate must provide scores, parts and other performance materials at their own expense.

Attendance at the festival is required; a small honorarium of $200 is offered to help offset travel costs.

4.) Composers whose pieces have been selected for performance will be notified via email on May 1, 2018.

Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Culture Meeting Point (since 1995) is pleased to present the 2018 Composition Contest.

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Unpublished works and works that have not won any competitions in the past may be submitted.

- Participants may submit as many compositions as they want and accompanying mp3 (if available).
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Instruments include piano, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, xylophone, guitar, harp and vocal. The composition may be either for one of these instruments or for a duo combination of these instruments. The composition should not exceed two players.
- The composition must be original, between 3 and 15 minutes.
- There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.

Please attach the following supporting documents to the application form:
- CV
- Current photograph
- Passport copy
- Proof of payment

Missing documents will automatically exclude the candidate from admission. Documents submitted
will not be returned.

- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by March 25, 2018.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on March 30, 2018.
- Winning works will be performed on 27 April 2018 in Vienna.

A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point and Vienna Richard Wagner Conservatory will judge scores.

- Up to three winners will be named.
- Winning compositions will be performed at a Viennese Concert Hall by the members of Vienna Music University on 27 April 2018.
- Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance.
- Winners are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

1st Prize: 1.000, - Euro and Recording
2nd Prize: 500, - Euro and Recording
3rd Prize: 250, - Euro and Recording

There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Bank: Bank Austria
Name: Culture Meeting Point
IBAN: AT96 1200 0006 0177 8103


(Applicants outside European Union may contact us to receive a bank account number in their homeland)

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format to the address:

Be sure to include the following information in the email submission: name, mailing address, e-mail and contact phone number. Sound files(if available) must be in MP3 format and included in the same email as the score. Pay the registration fee through bank transfer or PayPal with your name and the name of your composition.

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Entry Fee: 25.00
Currency: Euro (EUR)

 Call for scores / Appel à partitions – Festival Osmose, Belgium
Summary:Flute/mariba duo call
Deadline: 25 August 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: We kindly invite composers to submit scores. The call is open to composers of any nationality and age.

1) Concert of November, 30, 2018 : Pieces should be written for professionnal duo flute/marimba, only one work per composer. Submitted work must be premiered work in Belgium.

Duration : 3 minutes maximum

Participation fee : 20 euros (the entry fees are not refundable). Registration becomes effective after receipt of the fee. Please send short CV (5 lines), proof of the paiement and readable score format PDF to the following address :

Deadline : August, 25, 2018

Composers will be given a copy of the recording of their work. Selected composers will be notified by email at the end of September.

 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 20 April 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: I'm proud to announce the expansion and launch of the next Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition. Collaborating with the illustrious Acacia Quartet, entries are now open with huge prizes on offer as we help generate the best in new Australian music for the much-loved medium of guitar and string quartet.

Huge prizes for this national competition.
Applicants of all ages are invited to submit an original musical composition based on the set of inspiration artworks Stormy Seashore by Sue Needham for the quintet ensemble of string quartet and classical guitar for a chance to share in:

-$3,250 in cash prizes.
-Works performed around the country by Acacia Quartet and Matt Withers.
-A studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics.
-Emerging Composer (U25) award

Summary:Chamber composition competition
Deadline: 21 March 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: Art.1

The Cultural Association Polifonie announces 2nd International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” for the year 2018.


The competition is open to Italian and foreign composers of any nationality with no restriction on age.
Each composer can participate with more than one piece by enrolling each composition separately and by sending each composition in separate envelope.


The scores must be composed for the following organic (whole organic or any combination from 1 to 5 performers):

Flute (Flute, Alto G Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo)
Clarinet (Bb Clarinet, A Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet)
The composition must have a minimum duration of 7’ and max 15’.
The composition, furthermore, must not have been published, performed in public or been awarded prizes in other contests before.


The application fee is € 35,00 for the first score and € 20,00 for any following ones by the same author.

The payment must be made by bank transfer to the:
Associazione Culturale Polifonie
Banca Prossima – filiale di Milano, p.zza Paolo Ferrari 10 – 20121 (MI)
IBAN: IT68J0335901600100000069721 – BIC: BCITITMX
and specifying the reason for the transfer as:
Application for the International Composing Competition.

or with PayPal

The application fee will not be refundable, except in the case of cancellation of the Contest.
Applicants may contact the Contest secretary’s office for any further information by writing to:


To enroll in the contest, each participant must send an email to containing the following documents to the Contest Organizers:

the application form download
A PDF copy of the score, perfectly readable and completely anonymous;
the first page of the score must bear the title of the work and the approximate length of the composition;
short explanatory notes related to the submitted work in Italian or English (max 1000 characters, including spaces).
photocopy of an identity document or passport;
a short curriculum vitae (in Italian or English);
receipt of payment of application fee (not refundable) of € 35,00
The mail, in order not to be excluded, must be delivered to the Contest secretary’s office no later than 21 March 2018.


A Jury will meet to select the 3 (three) finalist scores, that will be performed on 3rd June 2018 by Appassionato Ensemble in public concert in Como, at the Ancient Church of St. Joseph (sec. XVI).

The Jury will be composed by:

Sonia Bo (Italia), President
Umberto Pedraglio (Italia)
Mehdi Khayami (Iran)
The commission judgment is final and cannot be contested.
The finalist composers will be invited by the organization to send the individual parts of each instrument.
At the end of the concert the Jury will meet to select the winner.
The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the end of the concert.


The winning work will receive a cash prize of 500,00 euros and will be published by EDIZIONI SCONFINARTE.

In the event the composer has an exclusive agreement with other publishers, he/she must give his/her acquittance to the publication when participating in the contest unlimited copies.
The commission has the right not to assign the prize in the event no composition in the final phase is judged worthy.
Any tv or radio recordings are authorized by the author without any further charge on the organization.
The personal details of the contestants will be used only for matters concerning the competition.


All the documents and materials sent will be kept in the archives of the Associazione Culturale Polifonie and nothing will be returned, as the Association will become the owner.
The Association will have the ownership of the materials, it being understood that the author will keep the copyright.
The scores sent for the contest will become an integral part of the Music Archive of Association Organizer.


The contestants accept the present regulations in all parts, unconditionally and integrally.


In case of controversy, the Contest Announcement in Italian is to be considered the official text.

 WITOLD SZALONEK International Composers’ Competition 2018 – 1st Edition
Summary:Wind quartet competition
Deadline: 10 March 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: City: Kwidzyn (Poland)
Date: from 6 to 7 June 2018

The International Composers’ Competition WITOLD SZALONEK was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, dedicated to the memory of the great Polish composer of the 20th century WITOLD SZALONEK (1927-2001).

The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate in the International Composers’ Competition WITOLD SZALONEK from 6 to 7 June 2018 in the city of Kwidzyn (Poland).

The composers’ selected works will be performed in two final concerts during the II Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival.


Article 1 – Object
The Phasma-Music Foundation hereby announces the First Edition of the WITOLD SZALONEK International Composition Competition.

WITOLD SZALONEK - born in 1927 in Czechowice-Dziedzice, died in 2001 in Berlin, Polish composer. In 1949-56 he studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. Following his first successes at international composers' competitions, he received a grant from Kranichsteiner Musikinstitut in Darmstadt (1960). In 1962-63 he continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 1967 he began to teach composition at the Katowice School and in 1970-74 was in charge of the Department of Composition and Theory. In the early 1970s he was invited by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to work as artist in residence at West Berlin's Hochschule der Künste. In 1973 he won the competition to succeed Boris Blacher as Professor of Composition there. He has conducted numerous seminars and courses in composition in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Slovakia. In 1990 he received an honorary doctor's degree from the Wilhelmian University in Münster. In 1963 Szalonek discovered and classified the so-called 'combined sounds' generated by the woodwind instruments. He is also the author of theoretical studies on a wide range of subjects, including combined sounds, sonorism, Chopin and Debussy. (Wikipedia)


Article 2 – Admission requirements
The Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
Each composer can submit multiple scores for the following instruments (from 1 to 4 players):
flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon.

The composition can have been published, performed but not released on professional CD album until the end of 2018.
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.

All score will be sent by email in PDF format, at .

The registration fee is €60,00 for the first work / submission. Other submissions will be registered with the fee of €40,00.

Article 3 – Submission date
The deadline for the submissions is 10 March 2018.

Article 4 – Registration and submission of scores
Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
– The score and parts in A4 format, (please indicate duration);
– A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV) and a self-certification testifying the originality of the composition, which must not have been recorded, as well authorisation for the performance, publication, recording and broadcasting of the work.
Other file formats than PDF will not be accepted!
There is no registration form.
– Receipt of the payment of the registration fee, via PayPal to (+ PayPal fee) or bank transfer (All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants):

Powiślański Bank Spółdzielczy
ul. Kopernika 28, 82-500 Kwidzyn
BANK ACCOUNT EUR: PL 24 8300 0009 0000 6267 2000 0030

The personal details of the composers and their compositions selected for the final will be made known to the public only when the results of the elimination phase of the competition have been decided. Composers who do not reach the final phase will remain anonymous also after the end of the competition.

Article 5 – Phases of the competition
The competition will consist of two phases: the elimination phase and the final. After the elimination phase, a maximum of 16 scores will be selected by the jury for the final, by March 31, 2018.
The final phase of the competition will consist of two evening events open to the public to be held in Kwidzyn on 6 & 7 June 2018, within the concert season of the II Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. In the final concert, the Contemporary Ensemble will perform the selected works. After the performances, the Jury present in the concert hall, will meet and decide on the winner. The winning composition will be announced at the end of the evening.

Article 6 – Jury and voting procedure

After the performance of at least 16 works, the jury will meet to decide on the winner.
Jury members:
Marcel Chyrzyński (Poland)
Mark Hartt-Palmer (United Kingdom)
Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)
Mirosław Pachowicz (Poland)
Michail Travlos (Greece/Poland)

Article 7 – Prizes

The winners of the competition will be awarded the “WITOLD SZALONEK” Prize, which includes:
Prize of 1000 Euros (gross of withholding taxes).
In addition, 7 special mentions (including the winner) will be awarded:
- A professional recording to be released commercially in 2018, by the PHASMA MUSIC – WILLOWHAYNE
(sub-label of Naxos Music Group) as well as a laureate certificate.

The decision of the jury is irrevocable.

Article 8 – Legal terms
Application to participate in the Competition implies the acceptance of the above-stated rules.

 Carl Orff Competition
Summary:Themed competition
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: A composers contest based on a predetermined theme

The Carl Orff Competition will change its theme on an annual basis and invite composers from around the world to create their very own variations. The entries will be published online, on a specified date, and reviewed by the public. The Top-10 compositions will then be performed in concert where a jury selects 3 winners who are presented with cash prizes.

The composition should contain an excerpt from the poem ''Orpheus.Eurydice.Hermes'' by Rainer Maria Rilke. In the poem, Orpheus leads his beloved Eurydice in the company of the God Hermes out of the underworld. The plan can only succeed if he doesn't turn around to her. Otherwise Eurydice will not be permitted to leave the underworld.

The sculptures appearing below by Antje Tesche-Mentzen should serve as a source of inspiration (see website link, below).

It should also be noted that Monteverdi in his opera ''Orfeo'' used a rhythm during the song ''Nehmt mich auf Ihren stillen Wälder'' which corresponds to the initials of Carl Orff ''CO'' in Morse code.

On the occassion of the renaming of the competition this is a fact which could be taken into account but is not obligatory.

The composer may choose freely with regard to the melody and harmony of the composition.

The prerequisites for a competitive entry are as follows:

• The text must be fully completed. It is only a part of the poem ''Orpheus.Eurydice.Hermes'' not the entire poem. It can be in German, English or Spanish (Poem texts have already been provided in PDF format).
• The work must between 4 and 6 minutes in duration.
• The work must be written for solo baritone (alternatively solo soprano), harp (alternatively piano) and a frame drum. The singer should be able to play the frame drum.
• The work must be written in a manner that it is also playable (see harp)
• The work must be written using one of the following music notation programs: Capella, Finale, Sibelius, Primus, MuseScore, Encore, Lilypod or ABCplus


 Duo Scordatura "Call for Scores"
Summary:Violin and Viola Duet Call for Scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 28 May 2014
Details: Want to have your composition performed next year?....
Yeah you do!!!

Through out the the 2014-2015 season WE will be selecting and performing new works for the Duo of violin and viola.

1. There are no guidelines or fees!!
2. Your composition must be awesome. (very very important!!!)
3. You can use scordatura tuning (but not rules #1 and #2)
4. Summit compositions to us through our email address icon at top right corner
4a. include a resume/bio
4b. include PDF of composition....score and individual parts
4c. recommended to also summit any recording or midi of the piece
4d. last but not least your contact info.