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Summary:Chamber music competition
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Date Posted: 18 December 2019
Details: Art. 1 – Definition
The cultural association MusiCosmicaMente announces a composition contest on the occasion of the first anniversary of its activity (July, 3rd 2020), in order to establish its own musical archive and to have it performed in a public representation of unpublished music composed especially for the occasion, foreseeing also the assignment of final prizes.

Art. 2 – Requirements
The notice is open to composers of all ages and of any nationality. The score must be composed for solo piano or piano combined with one or more of the following instruments: violin, transverse flute, clarinet, saxophone. The score must be original, therefore never executed and in any case not deposited at institutions that protect copyrights.

This deposit can be made at the composer's discretion, in the future, only after the final execution of the three scores selected as winners.

The score must have a minimum duration of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes.

The piece of music must be inspired by the following theme: "The Cosmos". The title of the composition can be freely chosen by the author. Each candidate can participate with a single piece, which must be sent in the manner described in the following Art. 3, in PDF format.

Art. 3 - Presentation procedure
The score must be presented exclusively by e-mail in PDF format at

The PDF of the score, must not bear the name of the composer, to not being excluded from the competition.

At every PDF file will be assigned by the Organization board a numerical code and presented with it to the Commission, to hide in advance the name of the composer. In addition to the PDF of the music score, the payment slip of the participation fee must also be attached to the e-mail, as it's reported by the following Art. 5, adding a copy of a valid identity document. The following data must be indicated in the e-mail:

1) Surname and name; 2) Place (or foreign state) and date of birth; 3) Municipality of residence and address; 4) Italian fiscal code (if in possession); 5) Telephone number (optional); 6) E- mail address (mandatory) where you wish to receive communications for the conduct of the competition, if different from the sender; 7) Duration of the sent score; 8) Short musical curriculum.

Personal data will be processed in compliance with current privacy legislation. The personal data (from 1 to 4) have the purpose of inserting the candidate in the Members' Book of this association

(the Statute of the association is always available at ). The e- mail address is mandatory and fundamental to receive the essential data for the competition from the Organization. All scores received through this mode will become part of a special archive at the headquarters of the Association.

Art. 4 - Timing and development of the competition
The deadline for the presentation of the scores is set for April 15th, 2020. The Commission will judge the candidates' works with unquestionable opinion and will express it by May 30th, 2020. The Commission will decide the five most deserving works, but without creating a score ranking. The five most deserving candidates will therefore be invited to perform their own compositions on the occasion of a concert organized by the Association for the celebrations of its first year of activity (second half of June, by July, 3rd). On this occasion the Commission will decide the first, second and third place, after listening to the works. Candidates who request, can have a rehearsal with the performers in the afternoon before the concert, to be able to listen to their own composition in advance, and relate to the performers. Expenditure for executors is in responsibility to the Association. The exact date and the exact location (city of Perugia) of the execution will be communicated to all the participants by e-mail and however reported on the website of the Association .

Art. 5 - Costs and premiums
Participation in the competition requires the registration of each candidate in the Members' Book of the MusiCosmicaMente Cultural Association (Statute available on the website Therefore, participation in the competition also includes the payment of the membership fee, valid until 2020 and possibly renewable by February 15th 2021. Therefore, the candidate is required to pay a participation fee of € 100.00 (one hundred / 00), including: - membership fee: € 50.00 + - competition fees: € 50.00. The payment of the participation fee must be made by bank transfer to a current account held by Ass.Cult. Musicosmicamente, bank Crédit Agricole (Perugia) to the following

IBAN: IT 43 O 06230 03000 000043331239, specifying in the description "Concorso Anniversario" plus the surname of the candidate.

The payment slip must be attached to the submission e-mail. The prize for the three finalists is as follows:

– first prize: € 500.00
– - second prize: € 300.00 – - third prize: € 100.00.

To the first classified will also be offered a printing contract at a publisher affiliated with the organizing Association, for the publication of the score considered winner of the competition. 25 copies will be printed, one of which will remain in the Association's archives and the other 24 will be delivered to the winner.

– Note 1 to Art. 5: The membership fee is set by Resolution 2/19 of this Association; the validity for the whole of 2020 of the membership fee, even for those who register during the year 2019, is set by Resolution 3/19 of this Association.

– Note 2 to the Art. 5: The event is not part of: competitions or prize operations pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1 of Presidential Decree 430/2001 (Italian law), therefore the prizes will not be subject to withholding tax. The earner is responsible for understanding the amount of the prize in his annual income tax return.

Art. 6 - Commission
The judgment of the Commission is unquestionable. In compliance with the anonymity of the candidates and the proper conduct of the competition, the names of the commissioners will be announced during the performance evening of the five pieces selected and added on that occasion to the Association's website.

Perugia, November 7th 2019

MusiCosmicaMente Cultural Association via del Parione, 7 – PERUGIA (Italy)
CF: 94172340542

 A4 Brass Quartet
Summary:Brass Quartet Competition
Deadline: 10 April 2020
Date Posted: 11 December 2019
Details: This year A4 Brass are looking for a concert work inspired by the city, culture, and/or heritage of Manchester — the quartet's spiritual home.

Works for either acoustic brass quartet or works incorporating backing tracks and/or audio electronics will be accepted.


The brief for the compositions is very free, but the following must apply to each entry:

Compositions must be of 4-8 minutes in duration

Works must never have been performed before

Instrumentation of: Bb Cornet (doubling Flugel), Tenor Horn in Eb, Baritone Horn in Bb (treble clef) and Euphonium in Bb (treble clef)

Mutes are available if required for all instruments

It is not necessary to submit scores anonymously

Please consider score/part presentation, practicality and suitability for concert performance for the entry

Entries MUST contain a set of BOTH score and parts.

Under 24 award (if both 1st and 2nd prize fall into this category, the next highest U24 entry will receive this award).

1st Prize: £400 and regular performances on the quartet's concert series in 2020/21.

2nd Prize: £150 and regular performances on the quartet's concert series in 2020/21.

Under 24 Prize: £100

How to Enter:
Scores can be submitted as either a Sibelius 7 (or earlier) file OR as PDF files accompanied by an mp3/m4a file, and need to be emailed to with 'A4 COMPOSITION COMPETITION' in the subject line.

The closing date for entries is Friday 10th April 2020.


Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: Composers of any nationality and without age limit are invited to submit compositions for Trio Klavis’ instrumentation violin, alto saxophone (doubling also on tenor saxophone) and piano (Duration: 10 to max. 15 minutes).

The Gustav Mahler Music Composition Prize was founded in 1995 and is characterized by openness to all musical directions. Submitting composers are encouraged to experiment and re-think stylistic boundaries. The integration of improvised elements is also possible.

• Johannes Berauer (Chair)
• Viola Falb
• Dieter Kaufmann
• Miha Ferk (Trio Klavis)
The jury ́s decision is final and will be made in April 2020.

• 1st Prize (sponsored by the City of Klagenfurt):
• 2nd Prize (sponsored by Land Kärnten):
• 3rd Prize (sponsored by Musikforum Viktring---Klagenfurt):
Euro 3.000,------ Euro 1.500,------ Euro 500,------

Additionally the ensemble will award a Trio Klavis-Special-Prize, independent from the jury.

The chosen piece will be added to the ensembles repertoire.

The compositions are to be submitted in the form of five hard-copies of the musical scores by mail and as a PDF file per E-mail to A MIDI recording of the work is considered extremely helpful, but not required. The competition is anonymous. No indications to the identity of the composer may appear on the score or the PDF file. Only the title must be written on the cover page. Full first and last names of the composer should be written in the body of the Email!

The filled-out and signed application form, as well as a biography are to be enclosed in a sealed envelope, with nothing else but the title of the composition written on it.

All materials are to be sent via post by the 15th of March 2020 (date of postmark applies) to the following address:

MUSIKFORUM VIKTRING-KLAGENFURT Kennwort „Gustav Mahler Kompositionspreis 2020“ Stift-Viktring-Straße 25
9073 Klagenfurt-Viktring

The composers of the chosen pieces commit to be present at the premiere (travel and accommodation expenses up to 250€ will be reimbursed by the Musikforum Viktring-Klagenfurt). Parts must be sent in by 1st of May 2020.

The submitted pieces may not be publically performed or published before the premiere in Klagenfurt on June 19th 2020.

The composer provides the sheet music (scores and parts) on time and free of charge. Each participant can submit only one composition.

* Five copies of the musical scores (anonymous)
* The application form (more information on + a biography in a sealed envelope (with the title of the composition on the cover)
* An E---mail with the PDF file of the musical score sent to

 Young Women’s Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for young female composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: Open to young women ages 12-18 (as of January 1st, 2020) who reside in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply. This call is open to all female-identified and non-binary students. Submissions are due by 5pm central time on January 31st, 2020.

Level 1: Ages 12-14
Level 2: Ages 15-18

Three cash prizes per level
Level 1
• 1st Prize - $350
• 2nd Prize - $250
• 3rd Prize - $150

Level 2
• 1st Prize - $450
• 2nd Prize - $350
• 3rd Prize - $250

Level 1
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 5’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Level 2
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 6’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Submissions should be in a PDF format with attached sound file or link (streaming sites such as Soundcloud or Youtube are also acceptable) and should be emailed to Rick Ferguson at by the due date. Midi files are also acceptable.

No handwritten or mailed hard copies will be accepted.

Winning submissions will be performed in concert as part of the Musical Offering's Music on Madison series in April of 2020. Winners will receive video recordings of their music.

The submission fee is $15, payable via the Musical Offering's PayPal. Please include your full name and the words "Young Women's Composition Competition" in the notes field of your payment.

Should the submission fee represent a financial hardship, please contact Rick Ferguson at Any other questions about the competition can also be directed to Rick.

Good luck!

Entry Fee:$15

 2nd Zodiac International Music Competition
Summary:Trio competition
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 27 November 2019
Details: The 2nd Zodiac International Music Competition aims to discover exceptional musical talent, both in performance and composition, from across the globe, and bring it to the stage of the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the beautiful South of France.

The winning composer will be offered a commission to write for the internationally-recognized Zodiac Trio (founders of the Festival), or its individual members, as well as a cash prize. The work will be performed in New York at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, as well as at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France in July.

The lack of need to travel makes this opportunity available to artists who might not otherwise have the ability to compete, and opens it to a much wider array of musicians across the globe.

Prizes (Composition)

1st Prize:
$500 Cash Prize
Commission to write a work (up to 10 min) for the Zodiac Trio or its individual members in any combination
World Premiere performance at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in France in July of 2021
Meals and Accommodations at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival (for composers wishing to attend the performance)
Performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York in the Fall of 2020
Audio/Video recording of the performance

2nd Prize
$250 Cash Prize

3nd Place:

The competition is open to artists of any nationality, without age limit

Application Process:

Composition applicants are asked to submit two (2) scores in PDF format, along with links to a SoundCloud recording (midi is acceptable).

Application Deadline & Entrance Fee:*

Application deadline is March 15th, 2020. The non-refundable application fee is $55 USD (50 Euros).
Early bird deadline is January 15th, 2020. The Early Bird application fee is $35 USD (40 Euros) *

Entry Fee:€40-50

 DSQ National Composition Competition - 2020!
Summary:Saxophone Quartet Competition
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Date Posted: 20 November 2019
Details: In furtherance of developing the repertoire for the modern saxophone quartet and showcasing the great work of today’s young composers, we are pleased to announce the 7th DSQ Quartet Composition Competition!

1st Prize - Two 1st-prize winners will receive $500 each, have their piece premiered by DSQ, and receive recordings of
the performance.

Runner-Up - Up to 3 runners-up will have their pieces premiered by DSQ and receive recordings of the performance.

The premiere date for all winning and runner-up selections is August 7th, 2020 at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI

Eligibility/Further Information:

- All composers must be currently registered students, of any degree level from Bachelor's through Doctorate, in a music program in the United States as of January 2020.

- Previous first-prize winners of this competition are not eligible, all other composers are welcome.

- There is no application fee.

- Previously premiered pieces are welcome, provided that if selected, the composer allows DSQ to be listed as a co-premiering ensemble with the work’s previous performers.

- New arrangements/transcriptions of your own previous works are welcome provided they have not been
performed in a premiere performance setting in that version before.

- Pieces must be at least 3 minutes in length. The suggested maximum length is 8 minutes, works that are longer than this will be considered equally, though if selected, may not be performed in their entirety due to program length restrictions. Individual movement(s) of a larger work are welcome provided that they meet the criteria listed above.

- Instrumentation for competition is SATB saxophone quartet.

- All composers are encouraged to view our recordings to become acquainted with various technical possibilities for the ensemble. Any composer with specific questions regarding technique, extended techniques, or instrument specific notation used in composing for saxophone quartet is encouraged to contact Dan Graser -

- Pieces must be submitted, score and parts in PDF format with a MIDI/digital realization of the piece to by April 15th 2020. Included with your piece please include a brief bio and resume detailing your current enrollment in a collegiate music program in the United States

Summary:Solo and piano competition
Deadline: 10 February 2020
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: 1. Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union announces 3rd 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 (doubling piccolo, alto, basso from C3) and piano, with a duration from 9 to 12 minutes.

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. 4 copies of a printed score 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. Grochowska 15/2
31-516 Kraków, Poland

With annotation: 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers
not later than on 10 February 2020 (the date of stamp decides).

5. The Jury of the Competition: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia), Wojciech Widłak and Iwona Glinka (Poland/Greece), grants one Main Prize – 1000 USD (gross). What is more, the awarded composition will be premiered in April 2020 on the concert during 32nd Krakow International Festival of 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 2 March 2020.

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:

 Musica Viva
Summary:4 player ensemble call
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Musica Viva Association is pleased to announce its first call for scores in order to create a season of contemporary music in the city of Verona.

The call is open to composers of any nationality, without age limits. The instruments available are:
▪ Violin
▪ Clarinet (Bb, La, bass clarinet)
▪ Electric guitar
▪ Percussion (1 player) -marimba (four octaves) -vibraphone
-wood blocks

The compositions must have a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

It is possible to write for the complete ensemble or for any combination of the instruments available (including solo instruments).

The use of electronics is not permitted; electric guitar effects are allowed and must be clearly specified in the score.

Composers can send up to a maximum of two compositions, without limits of language, style or aesthetics.

The contest is not anonymous: send a curriculum vitae (max 400 words), a recent photo of the composer, the scores in pdf format to the email of the association (preferably written on computer support like finale or sibelius) and, if already performed, a recording (not mandatory, however) in audio format (wave, aiff, mp3).

Jury: Matias Ramisch, Victor Andrini, Matteo Rigotti.
The winner will receive a plaque and the professional registration of the composition.

The second and third prizes will receive a certificate of participation.

All the first three selected compositions will be performed in concert by the Musica Viva Ensemble at the discretion of the jury. Up to a maximum of two other compositions will be mentioned (in addition to the winners) which, although not classified, will be included in the setlist of the final concert of the call.

Place and date of the concert will be announced later.

Composers are not required to attend the concert; any cost will be at the expense of the composers themselves.

Participation includes the payment of 25 euros for a single score (35 euros in the case of two scores) as administrative fees to be paid by bank transfer to the IBAN of the association.

The receipt of the payment must be attached in pdf format and sent by email together with the other requested documents.

The deadline for sending the material is JANUARY 31ST, 2020. The results will be announced on MARCH 1st, 2020.

 Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne
Summary:Piano Trio Competition
Deadline: 26 February 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: n association with the 11th International Chamber Music Competition "Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne" 2021, member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and the Alink-Argerich Foundation, contemporary compositions for trio for piano, violin and cello are sought. The call for aims to create new works for this chamber music genre. The award-winning work will be programmed as a compulsory piece in the above-mentioned competition in February 2021 and will be performed several times.

Conditions of participation

The competition invites composers from all nations and those who are stateless to take part.

Age limit: born after February 27, 1981 (38 years)
Latest date for submission: February 26, 2020
Prize: € 5.000

Jury: The jury, chaired by Chia Chou, consists of internationally renowned personalities:
Mark Andre, Lucas Fels, Clemens Gadenstätter, Clemens Nachtmann, N.N., N.N.

A composition to be performed as a Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello is to be submitted with a maximum performance duration of 15 minutes.


 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition
Summary:Guitar and piano competion
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Welcome to the Australian Music Composition Competition

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes including $3,000 cash First Place


Performances, Flights, Accommodation, Composer Workshop, ABC Classic Recording and more!

Open age competition to Australian residents with an Under 25 Emerging Artist Award.

Applicants are invited to enter the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 by submitting an original musical composition based on the artwork ‘Outback’ by Sue Needham of between 4 - 6 minutes in duration for a duo ensemble with instrumentation of Piano & Classical Guitar (6-string, nylon, 19 frets) and additional materials according to the Submission Materials on page 5.

The submitted work for Piano & Guitar will be judged on its effectiveness, quality of writing for each individual instrument as well as for the duo ensemble as a whole and the score presentation.

No prepared piano will be accepted but extended techniques are permissible.

Works must be based on the inspiration image but can be in a single or in multiple movements provided the total length of the work is within the time limit of 4 - 6 minutes.

The score must be clearly notated with computer software. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

The Competition is open to any current Australian citizen or resident of Australia.

A playlist of various repertoire previously recorded by Matt Withers & Sally Whitwell (in different ensemble configurations) has been created on Spotify for listening research. Search ‘Australian Music Composition Competition 2020 Inspiration’ or find the link at

Entries close COB Friday 31st January 2020

Entry Fee:40AUD

 New Opportunity for Composers
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: We are seeking new performance music for trio, to be part of our new and exclusive series, Continually Advancing Music (CAM). Submit compositions for trio that have at least one double bass or one cello. All instruments and voice are acceptable. Compositions cannot exceed 22 minutes and must be for professional performance. Composers can be of any age, nationality, gender, or career stage. Composers are limited to five submissions, maximum. Of those reviewed, up to 5 compositions will be accepted for publishing contract. This open call will expire April 2021, or before if five compositions have been identified. As of June 11, 2019, approximately 20 compositions have been submitted (thank you all!). The call is still open.

To submit, send your score as a PDF attachment to or within an email, or send us a link to a cloud folder. No recording is required but an MP3 will be accepted (up to 10mb). Our email is info at

 Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
Summary:Open call to submit scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble has begun work on a new system, our Scores Database. Composers are now able to submit works at any time to be considered for future performances, free of charge! Due to the nature of our ever changing instrumentation and desire to work with new, living composers, we have decided replace our original Call for Submissions with something more accessible to composers of all abilities and locations.

Here’s how it works:

Fill out the information form found here:
Submit a score and (optional) recording, either via email to (note that this is not our normal contact email), or you can add files in the form itself.

As for the instrumentation of works, we will be selecting pieces based on the needs of each individual performance. Our core instrumentation is Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet or Baritone Saxophone, and French Horn, so works that include some or all of these instruments are more likely to be performed, but don’t feel limited by this. We often add other performers to our concerts, such as percussionists, vocalists, other woodwinds and brass, and strings. We are also open to works with non Western-traditional instrumentations, electronics, and added media elements. Ensemble size usually ranges from solo instruments to about eight musicians. We do not accept works for large ensembles such as orchestras or wind ensembles, or full operas, but will consider chamber orchestra and chamber opera pieces. We welcome graphic scores, text-based scores, and whatever other type of non-traditional score you might have. Completed works only, please, no drafts. Works may have been performed previously. There is no submission/adjudication fee (AKA, it’s free to submit as many works as you’d like)!