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 Snape Young Composer of the Year Competition 2017
Summary:Trio competition for young composers
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Composition Brief
Entrants must be 17 years or under on 31 August 2017 and live or attend school in Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk. You are invited to write a piece of music up to a maximum performance length of 5 minutes. This can, if you wish, be inspired by this year's Cambridge ‘Festival of Ideas’ theme of Truth.

The instruments available for this year’s competition are a piano trio:
Piano Violin Cello

Compositions may be written for any combination of the above instruments/voice but you must write for at least two of them. See below for the full competition rules.

Please note ‐ to enable us to perform entries at the competition final, pieces should include no more than one of each of the instruments listed above.

Entries will be judged by composer Ewan Campbell and all entries will be performed by members of the Phaedra Ensemble at the Competition Finals on Saturday 21 October, 2017, 11am to approx. 5.30pm at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Composers will be given verbal and written feedback on their work. There will be a Class Winner and Highly Commended awards for each age group.

Winning entries from the Snape competition, and from the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition (covering Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire), will be performed at a concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge at 5pm on Sunday 29 October 2017 when a new piece by last year’s Cambridge Young Composer of the Year, Alexia Sloane, will also be performed.

Competition Rules
- Compositions must be sent to arrive no later than Monday October 2nd 2017 together with a
completed entry form (provided at the end of this document).
- We require a copy of the full score and a copy of each individual part. Please do NOT include
the composer’s name on the score or parts as the entries are judged anonymously.
- Compositions should be sent by email, preferably as PDF files (either saved from composing software or scanned from legible, hand‐written manuscript) to
- Competitors must live in either Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk or study full‐time in those counties.
- Competitors must be 17 years of age or under on 31st August 2017.
- Compositions must be the competitor’s own work and should not have won a prize in another
competition or been performed at a public concert (school performances not included).
- Entries will be judged in three age groups (as of August 31st 2017):
11 and under 12 – 14 years 15 – 17 years
- The decision of the judge and organisers will be final

Further information:
Email: 01728 687115/


 CMC BC 40th Anniversary Celebration Trumpet Fanfare Composition Competition
Summary:Fanfare Competition
Deadline: 06 October 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: In celebration of the Canadian Music Centre in BC’s 40th anniversary (1977-2017), we are pleased to announce a composition competition for an original 40-second trumpet fanfare. The winning entry will celebrate some aspect of the CMC in BC’s contribution to the cultural life of the Province of British Columbia over the past 40 years. Submissions may be scored for one of B-flat trumpet, C trumpet, or B-flat flugelhorn. Note: only one of the above instruments is to be used throughout the piece. Works including electronic elements cannot be considered.

The grand prize for the winning entry is $500. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 6, 2017. Submitted works will be adjudicated by a panel of CMC Associate Composers, chaired by the BC Director as a non-voting member of the panel. The contest is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada without age limit. Each composer may submit one entry. The composition must be original and unpublished.

Scores must be submitted anonymously, either as hand-written manuscripts or as PDF files. Unsigned hard copies should be accompanied by a separate page listing the name of the composer, address, birthdate, email address and phone number. Emailed PDF files should contain this information within the body of the email. To ensure anonymity, each entry, as it is received, will be assigned a unique identifier by CMC staff.

Compositions may be emailed as a PDF to, and/or dropped off at the Vancouver Creative Hub at 837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1B7 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The winner of the competition will be announced on November 2, 2017, and all submitting composers will be notified at that time. Composers may arrange to pick up any submitted hard copies after the adjudication process is complete.

The winning entry will receive its premiere performance at the Gala 40th Anniversary Open House on Friday, November 10, 2017, between 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

 ilSuono Academy and ensemble Suono Giallo
Summary:Chamber Call with Commission
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: ilSuono Academy and ensemble Suono Giallo are pleased to announce the International Call For Scores & Commission 2017.

The main purpose of the call is the commission of one brand new work to be written exclusively for ensemble Suono Giallo in its entire formation. The world premiere will be given by the ensemble at one of the concerts of the 3rd International ilSuono Academy for Young Composers 2018 that will take place in Città di Castello, Italy in July 14-22, 2018.

Additionally, the ensemble wishes to select a small number of works (2-3) with instrumental line-ups that match the entirety or subsets of ensemble Suono Giallo's formation. The selected works will be programmed the following season.

Any composer is eligible to apply regardless of age.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 (by 11.59pm, Italy time)

Application Materials:
Through the online application form, which can also be found on the link/button at the bottom of the page, composers should submit:

a) links (Dropbox or Google Drive) to the scores (pdf) and recordings (mp3) of up to 2 existing and recent works (at least one).

b) a link to a pdf that includes the following composer's information:
-First Name
-Last Name
-Date of Birth
-Email Address
-Current Address
-Telephone Number
-Title, Instrumentation, and Year of Composition #1
-Title, Instrumentation, and Year of Composition #2 (if applies)

Note1: The scores and recordings should be submitted anonymously. None of the files should bear anywhere the name of the composer or other identifying information.
Note2: Please, make sure the submitted links are permanent!

Application Fee:
An application fee of €20 should be payable through Paypal to
Please, find a direct Paypal link/button at the bottom of this page.

Even though not required, it would better serve the purpose if the submitted works are composed for small instrumental line-ups (2-6 players). In this way, the committee will be able to shape a clearer and more profound understanding on the composer's chamber writing.

Selection Committee:
ensemble Suono Giallo
Andrea Biagini, flute
Michele Bianchini, saxophone
Laura Mancini, percussion
Simone Nocchi, piano
Theocharis Papatrechas, composer & director

After the evaluation of the submitted works, the committee will choose one applicant to commission and a number of works to program. As soon as the winning applicant and the selected works are decided by the committee, the pdfs bearing the composers' information will be opened.

The selected composers will be informed and announced by the end of October 2017.

The commissioned composer will be asked to write a new work exclusively for ensemble Suono Giallo in its entire formation:
Flute (piccolo, concert, alto, bass)
Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor)

Electronics are allowed.

The duration of the new work should be strictly 8-10 minutes.

The new work (score & parts) should be submitted no later than Monday, April 2, 2018.

• The commissioned composer will be compensated with the total amount of €400 right after the submission of the new work.
• Additionally, the professional multitrack recording and video footage of the world premiere will be both available to the composer right after the closure of the 3rd edition of the academy.


 Black Sheep
Summary:Chamber Call
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Black Sheep is holding TWO new Calls for Submissions. We are looking for works for Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and French Horn to fit our current core instrumentation. Check below for details.

Below are the details for Call #1, Completed Works.

1. We are accepting completed works for Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (with low C extension), and French Horn. Works must be written for all three (3) instruments, no doubling, and no additional instruments may be added. The piece may have already been performed/recorded/premiered. There are no limits of duration. Works with electronic elements of any kind cannot be accepted.

2. Please email us the following at
- A PDF of the score.
- A recording is optional, but suggested. This can be
either MIDI or a live performance.

3. The entry fee is $5.50 USD. Payment is accepted via PayPal at

4. Please fill out the information sheet in the link below:

5. Submissions are due on ​October 1st 2017, 11:59PM EST.

We withhold the right to select any number of submissions, including selecting none. Results will be announced on November 15th 2017. Works selected will receive $25.00 USD and a performance of the work in an upcoming concert, along with a recording.

 ​​​​​​International Competition for Women Composers
Summary:Competition for women composers
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 30 August 2017
Details: The Brixworth Music Festival, England, announces an international competition for women composers.
We are looking for a work that is 6-8 minutes long and is scored for voice (soprano and/or baritone) and three to five instruments taken from the wind quintet formation (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn or bassoon) plus voice. The text should have some reference to William Shakespeare. There is no age limit for entrants.

The following prizes will be awarded:

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £500
Honourable Mention

The prize-winning work (1st prize) will be played by the John Clare Wind Quintet at the next Brixworth Music Festival in April 25th 2018. The jury is not obliged to award all prizes.

The jury is made up of the following members:

Vivienne Olive (Composer)
Gwion Thomas (Baritone)
Chloe Thomas (Soprano)
Graham Tear (Flute player, John Clare Wind Quintet))
Peter Dunkley (Clarinettist, John Clare Wind Quintet)
External judge – Judith Weir (Composer)

The committee of the Brixworth Music Festival reserves the right to find a replacement for absent jury members.


 Etymos Ensemble Call For Scores
Summary:Competition for 1–5 performers
Deadline: 13 October 2017
Date Posted: 30 August 2017
Details: ETYMOS ENSEMBLE, in collaboration with CLUSTER – Associazione di Compositori, Lucca – Italy, and Sconfinarte Edizioni, is pleased to announce the Call for scores 2017 for solo/chamber works to be included in the upcoming concerts for the Winter Season.
We are seeking composers to submit pieces of any aesthetic direction, for any combination of 1 – 5 performers. Instrumentation other than what is listed below will not be considered:

• Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute) – one performer
• Oboe (English Horn) – one performer
• Clarinet in Bb (Bass Clarinet in Bb) – one performer
• Vibraphone – one performer
• Live electronics (Softwares: Max/Msp, Pure Data, Logic Pro 9, X, Ableton Live 9 – Hardwares: MacBook pro 13″, Motu 828 mk3 firewire, 2 Mics Rode NT5, 2 Mics SM58, Beringher BCF 2000 – 4 Loudspeakers, 1 analog mixer) – one performer

• € 500,00 (fivehundred/00 Euros) cash prize and recording of the live concert.
• The winner piece will by published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (if is not published by other editions yet)
• The performances of the winning composer will be in November 2017 at the following music seasons:
-“CLUSTER Music Festival 2017”, Lucca, Italy
-“Incontri Musicali a Teatro 2017”, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy

1 Applicants may be of any nationality, age, gender, religion and race
2 Only one composition may be submitted per composer
3 Piece may have already won prizes, performed or recorded
4 Maximum length is 10 minutes
5 Submission deadline is October 13th, 2017 (23:59 Italian time)
6 By submitting to this competition the composer is in agreement with all these rules
7 Submission Fee € 25 to

Email to the following material:
• PDF scores (which should clearly show the composers”s name)
• PDF short biography (English or Italian, one page maximum) with contact details
• Live recording (MP3) of the piece is requested but not compulsory (MIDI is not accepted). Please upload it to a streaming site such as Soundcloud, Dropbox, Youtube, Vimeo. You will need to include the link in the body of the email.
• PDF of Fee Payment Receipt

• Luigi Esposito, President of the Jury (Composer, Visual Artist, Sound designer, Performer/Pianist and Writer)
• Antonio Agostini (Composer and Teacher)
• Girolamo Deraco (Composer, Artistic Director of the Etymos Ensemble and CLUSTER)
• Etymos Ensemble (Francesco Gatti, Flutist – Nicola Bimbi, Oboist – Tony Capula, Clarinetist Diego Desole, Percussionist – Alberto Gatti, Sound Designer)

The winner will be announced by email on October 16th, 2017.

Composers must be able to supply parts immediately upon selection.
For any question:

The Etymos Ensemble is a modular group of talented musicians with an accomplished professional high-level career. Its Artistic Director and Founder Girolamo Deraco has created the ensemble to perform contemporary music exclusively. The Etymos Ensemble has a well established and prestigious resume with almost ten years of activity since its foundation. Many composers have written music for them, such as Antonio Agostini, Antonio Bellandi, Yohanan Chendler, Luigi Esposito, Alaister Greig, Nick Nelson, Vito Palumbo, and many others.

The Etymos Ensemble collaborates with prestigious theatres and cultural institutions in Italy and abroad and participates in distinguished international contemporary music festivals in Europe and USA (“Bartok plusz Miskolci Operafesztivál”, Miskolc, Hungary – “Multikulturelle Sommerkonsert”, Berlin, Germany – “Victoria International Arts Festival”, Gozo, Malta – “SoundScape Festival”, Maccagno, Italy – USF New Music Festival, Tampa, Florida, USA – “Festival Rebus”, Teatro dal Verme, Milan, Italy, and many others).
The Etymos Ensemble is winner at the Concorso Internazionale Ama Calabria 2014 in the section contemporary music, and it is now group in residence at CLUSTER – Associazione di Compositori, Lucca – Italy.


 LONDON EAR festival of contemporary music
Summary:Competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 13 January 2018
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: Composers Competition, 2018

Submissions are invited in two categories:

Pieces for ensemble (see below)
Pieces for a solo instrument: flute or viola or piano

The performers will be:
Ensemble ö! (Switzerland)
Uroboros Ensemble (UK)
Neo String Quartet (Poland)

Roberto Fabriciani: flute / alto flute
Tomoko Akasaka: viola
Jonathan Powell: piano

Subject to the judges decision:

Each of the above six ensembles or soloists will perform one piece at
London Ear 2018: March 21-25

Instrumentation details:

Ensemble pieces may be for any three or more of the instruments in one of the mixed ensembles:

Ensemble ö!: flute/pioccolo/alto flute; clarinet (Bb)/bass clarinet; violin; viola, ‘cello; piano.

Uroboros Ensemble: flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet (Bb)/bass clarinet; oboe/cor anglais; harp; violin; ‘cello; piano; percussion (1 player): marimba and any small, common, hand-held percussion instruments (e.g. triangle, maracas, claves etc – if in doubt email for clarification).

Neo Quartet: only pieces for the full quartet (vn1, vn2, va, vc) may be submitted.

Works for piano (solo or ensemble) should not be for ‘prepared’ piano. However, pieces requiring touching the strings, or using a plectrum, e-bow, etc are acceptable.

Submitted works must not involve electronics.

The competition is in two stages:

Stage 1: The judges will select six pieces: one piece for each of the above ensembles or performers, to be included in their concerts at London Ear 2018. (See also condition 11 below)

Stage 2: After the final concert on March 25th the jury will decide upon and announce the order of the winning works.

The performances will be recorded, as the 1st prize winning work may be released as a download on the Sargasso label (subject to agreement by all parties: composer, performers, and Sargasso).

The names of the members of the jury will be announced in the autumn of 2017


Summary:Trio competition
Deadline: 10 October 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: under the patronage of:
City of Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, Donizetti Foundation,
University of Bergamo, “Donizetti” Conservatory of Bergamo, MIA Foundation
President of the promoting Committee: Tiziana Moneta Fellegara


Art. 1
Associazione Musica Aperta, under the patronage of City of Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, Donizetti Foundation, Bergamo Musica Festival, University of Bergamo, “Donizetti” Conservatory of Bergamo, MIA Foundation, announces the Third Edition of International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara.

Art. 2
The 2017 competition is devoted to compositions for classic Trio (piano, violin and cello). No form of amplification or live electronics is allowed.

Art. 3
The competition will accept compositions by musicians of any nation- ality and of any age, also previously performed, provided that they are neither composed before 2008, nor given to a publisher in any form, or released on the Internet. Compositions must be sent anonymously as explained below.

Art. 4
The duration of the composition must be between 5 and 12 minutes.

Art. 5
Scores must be sent per e-mail, in a digital format, to the following address:
The registration deadline is set for October 10, 2017.

Art. 6
Scores must be anonymous. They must be marked using a motto.

Art. 7
If the size of the file to be sent is bigger than 5 Mega Bytes, we recom- mend the use of a file hosting system. In this case too, the name of the composer should not appear on the header of the score.

Art. 8
The application form with the signature and other information required by art. 16 must be sent in separate files, which will accompany the composition.

Art. 9
The application form, available on the website must be sent also in paper form, with signature, by ordinary post to the headquarters of Associazione Musica Aperta (via Borgo Palazzo 31, 24125 BERGAMO – Italy), no later than October 10, 2017, with the postmark as proof of the dis- patch date.

Art. 10
In case of works containing unusual graphic characters or symbols, the author should provide explanatory tables for a correct interpretation of signs.

Art. 11
Composers can participate with more than one composition, each of which should correspond to a different motto and a separate registra- tion. For each composition the payment of € 40 is required, according to art. 14.

Art. 12
The Jury, appointed by the Promoting Committee and Associazione Musica Aperta, will examine the works and award the following prizes: 1st Prize: 2000 € and public performance.
2nd Prize: 1000 € and public performance.
The Jury has the right to point out other compositions.

Art. 13
The final evening of the Competition, with the performance of the award-winning compositions and the awarding of the prizes will be held in December 2017 at the Sala Piatti in Bergamo.

Art. 14
For each submitted composition the receipt of payment of 40 (forty) € (non-refundable) must be attached, in digital format. If more composi- tions are sent, a single payment may be made for the total of the com- bined entry fees.

Art. 15
Payment must be made by bank transfer as follows:
A) From Italy:
IBAN IT34S0311111102000000000197, bank account in the name of: CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE DI COMPOSIZIONE FELLEGARA UBI BANCA - Filiale di Bergamo (Italy), Borgo santa Caterina
In the reason for payment must be given the following wording:
Entry fee for International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara B) From abroad:
Bank transfer using the following international banking coordinates: BIC code: BLOPIT22
International bank account: IBAN IT34S0311111102000000000197, bank account in the name of: CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE DI COMPOSIZIONE FELLEGARA
UBI BANCA – Agency of Bergamo (Italy), Borgo Santa Caterina.

Any bank transfer fee will be debited to the payer.
In the reason for payment must be given the following wording: Entry fee for International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara

Art. 16
Each composition must be accompanied by the following documents: a) the application form with the following personal data: name, sur- name, date and place of birth, nationality, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, title, date, duration and instruments of the composition, motto as indicated on the header of the composition;
b) statement certifying that the composition is unpublished, has never been broadcast, recorded for commercial use, released on the web and awarded in other competitions;
c) declaration of consent to any free audio and video filming and broad- casting of the composition, storage of material produced and its use for a possible record publication.
The following items must also be attached:
d) a brief description of the work (in Italian or English);
e) CV (in Italian or English);
f) a photocopy of a valid identity document of the composer;
g) a recent photograph of the composer;
h) receipt of the registration fee of 40 €.

Art. 17
The winners of the competition are not admitted to subsequent edi- tions.

The Jury’s decision is final. By participating in the Competition each entrant agrees to accept it without the right to protest.

Art. 19
The Jury reserves the right not to award any prize if no work is deemed to be worthy.

Art. 20
The application to take part in and to present works for the Competition implies full acceptance of the present competition regulations.

Art. 21
This one is considered to be the only official call. In the event of a dis- pute, Italian language version of this call will be legally binding.

Art. 22
The Court of Milan will be competent to resolve any dispute.
for further infomation:

 XIX edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition
Summary:International Composition Contest
Deadline: 14 October 2017
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: Nuova Consonanza announces the XIX edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition.
Composers are invited to submit compositions for flute, saxophone, percussion, and piano.

Composers of any age and nationality are eligible.
The instrumentation includes:
Flute (Piccolo, C, G alto, C bass)
Saxophone (S, A, T, Bar.)
Percussion (one player): vibrafone, glockenspiel, tom toms, snare drum, suspended cymbals, small instruments (tambourine, triangle, blocks…)

Compositions must be written for three or four of the above players. Pieces should not be longer than 12 minutes. More than one entry is allowed. Entries shall be anonymous. Submitted works may have been previously performed but must not have been published nor awarded any prize in other competitions.


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

Links to audio recordings or computer-generated audio files are welcome, but not required (please, do not attach audio files to email)

The above documents can be written in English, French or Italian.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2017 (23:59, Gmt +2). A € 50 entry fee for each submitted score can be paid via wire transfer to Associazione Nuova Consonanza IBAN IT44X0200805108000010653285 – BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1719


Three shortlisted compositions, selcted by an international jury, will be played in the final concert in December 2017, as part of the 54nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza.
The winner will be proclaimed after the concert. The first prize is € 1.000, publication of the score by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni and radio broadcast on RAI Radio3.

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

Final concert will be performed by Ensemble Suono Giallo

 All Score Illinois
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: All Score Illinois is happy to announce TWO calls for works from composers in Illinois (Both with NO fees):

1. For all aspiring composers in Illinois not currently enrolled in a composition program (Due February 1, 2018):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello), sub-groupings of those instruments, or fixed or live electroacoustic works (stereo only) will be selected for a performance at University of Illinois in late February 2018. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes). As part of the performance, Champaign-based Fourth Street Records will record the pieces for the composers.
Email your score and parts (or audio for the electroacoustic works) to and fill out the Statewide Call for Works entry form:

2. For University of Illinois undergraduates, undergraduate alumni and Illinois Youth Summer Music attendees (Due September 15, 2017):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello) or sub-groupings of those four instruments. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes).
Works chosen will be performed during outreach concerts in Fall 2017 and composers will receive a recording of its performance.

Email your score and parts to and fill out the undegraduate/ISYM entry form:

 8SW Composer Competition
Summary:Chamber trio competition
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: We are very pleased to be holding the first 8SW Composer Competition.

Below you will find a detailed description of the guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements. Please note that applications will not be accepted before September 15, 2017.

Please direct all questions to Ms. Katherine Liu, Program Manager at Please do not direct any questions regarding the competition through our contact link on this website.

8SW Composer Competition General Information

All applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017. All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 12, 2018.

Eligibility and Description: The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the New York Premiere of the winning composer's work in the Fall of 2018. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and mp3’s should be emailed to as detailed below. Materials will not be accepted before September 15th.

The winner will be announced in May, 2018.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.


The work may not have already received a professional premiere.

Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

One application fee of $11.00.

Competition Rules

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.

All applicants must submit:

I. Scores: The Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.

Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.

Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants will complete the online application form. (link will be posted here on 9/15/17)

IV. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted. Please submit payment here.

All questions should be directed to Ms. Katherine Liu, Project Manager at

 2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet
Summary:Quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet quartet (3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2017; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest 2018.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email:

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


1. Items must be received by December 20, 2017.

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

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

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

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

6. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet quartet recording in .mp3 format may be submitted.

Contest Rules

Application fee: $25 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2018 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for 3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet. The submitted work must have no prior performances.

A committee having no knowledge of the applicant will conduct the judging of scores and parts. Do not include any identification on the scores and on the .mp3 realization. The winner will be notified via email by January 31, 2018. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2018, July 6-11, 2018, in Ostend, Belgium. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2018 will be provided. If the winner is a clarinetist, he/she must be a member of the I.C.A. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetists for the premiere performance.

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

$1,000 Prize

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

 Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017 “Asian Corridor”
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 25 November 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017
“Asian Corridor”

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018. *Application Form is at bottom of the page.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
1 Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *one player. Ask for other family

Group C:
1 Left-Hand Piano

*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for Mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique for piano may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)
• Instrumentation: include all instruments from the list. (Guitar and Mandolin/Mandola can be only one player or two. )
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s) & 1 or 2 Guitar(s) & 1 Saxophone & 1 Left-Hand Piano)
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category B (Duo to Quintet)
• Instrumentation: Any combination of instruments from at least 2 different groups from the instrument list.
• YES: 1 Saxophone & any other instrument(s)
YES: 1 L-F piano & any other instrument(s)
NO: Guitar & Mandolin, Guitar Duo, Mandolin Duo (Those are accepted in Category C)
NO: Saxophone ensemble. *We have only one saxophonist.
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category C* (Performer’s Selection)
*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.
• Instrumentation:
Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
• Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
• Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

• This year’s theme is “Asian Corridor”.
This theme does not require participants to write music related to Asia in any way at all.
It is set to encourage composers to imagine the meaning of presenting their work in not another place, but in Kyoto, in Asia.
(The theme does not apply for Category C)
• Deadline 25th November 2017.
• No entry fee / No age limit
• The Submitted work must not be previously performed or published. (except Category C.)
• You may submit multiple works, however, only one work for one category will be accepted.
• The selection will be made by 10th December 2017. The result will be announced on the website. The result also will be communicated to participants by email individually.
• Approximately 6 pieces (from category A and B) will be chosen to be performed at the concert, by the selection committee including performers of rosetta contemporary ensemble and composers who write commissioned work for the concert.

Selection Committee
Kaito Nakahori (composer)
Moe Ikeda (composer / selected composer of “Call for scores 2016”)
Mami Katsuya (Program Director of Kyoto Art Center)

Rosetta (here is the member list)

The event is hosted by
Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center

Information for Selected Works & Composers

For Category A & B

• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers, except for the performing right ONLY for the concert on 12th February 2018, when the piece will be given the premier.
• There will be no cash prize.
• Rehearsal for composers reside outside of Japan will be done through recording correspondence or on web streaming.
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves. Recording will be supplied to the composers.
• Selected pieces will be internationally released on music download and streaming services (e.g. iTunes, spotify etc.) from LPC Japan
(by agreement with selected composers and LPC Japan.)
• One composer from the selection will be offered to be guest composer for 2019 edition of Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call for Scores. (¥50,000 commission fee for writing a new piece for Rosetta, and to be a member of selection committee of Call for Scores. )(additional information will be announced)

For Category C

• Selected piece will be given premier by member of rosetta, in 2018. The detail will be determined through discussion between the selected composer and the performer.
• There will be no cash prize.
• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers,
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves.
• Recording will be supplied to the composers.


 Announcing the 2018 Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 28 November 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Previous winners:
2015 - Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 - Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 - Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 - Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia

The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2018
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video recording
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• NEW! Winner will have the opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
• The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.
• Receive high quality recordings of these reading sessions and performances
• Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.

▪ Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
▪ There is no time limit for works.
▪ Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
▪ The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Compositions are ineligible if:
They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
The work has already received a professional premiere.
If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

All materials must be received by November 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.


 CNM call for scores: harpsichord duets
Summary:Keyboard duet competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: Colchester New Music is pleased to announce a call for scores for harpsichord duet, to be performed by the Knights-Tidhar harpsichord duo in Colchester in Spring 2018. All works submitted must be original, and not exceeding 7 minutes in length. There are no stylistic limitations.

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar ( are the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, giving many performances each year of repertoire which ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. They are actively seeking to expand the small contemporary repertoire for two harpsichords.

For the harpsichords, assume one double-manual instrument of FF-f3 compass with 2 x 8′, 1 x 4’ stops, and one single-manual instrument of GG-d3, 2 x 8′; they will match in tone and volume. Many recordings of modern harpsichord styles can be found on YouTube, and is also worth a visit. For technical queries, please contact

Submissions will be judged anonymously by the performers and an external judge; scores must be submitted in pdf format, and the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form.

Composers may submit up to three pieces – Entry fee is £3 for one, £5 for two or £7 for three pieces, or free for CNM members, students and under 25s (note: proof of age/studentship will be required).

Scores and application forms should be e-mailed to by 1st December 2017. Links to the downloadable application form and payment details are below:

 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.

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