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 Uproar Duo Call for Scores
Summary:Saxophone and Piano Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: The Uproar Duo is excited to announce its first annual Call for Scores! The Uproar Duo is dedicated to performing and recording new works for saxophone and piano, and we are excited to create this opportunity to work with new composers to perform, record, and present their works.

Uproar will be selecting a minimum of three pieces from the pool of submissions. Certain selected works will be performed throughout our 2019-2020 season and will be featured on a future studio-recorded album. Other winning selections will be performed, recorded live, and added to The Uproar Duo's repertoire, though not necessarily recorded as part of an album. Our goal is to include and highlight as many winning selections as possible.

More info:

 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)!

 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Summary:Trio call for scores
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players announces
SF Search for Scores, 2018-19
a SFCMP education program

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) and Eric Dudley, Artistic Director, are pleased to invite applications for the annual SF Search for Scores. Composers under 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area and, for the first time, nationwide, are invited to submit a piece for inclusion on our ‘at the CROSSROADS’ series concert at SFJAZZ in May 2019, on a program featuring the music of Julius Eastman and Bay Area composer, improviser, and pianist Myra Melford. There is a nominal application fee of $10 for processing, and the three winning composers will receive a rehearsal, score reading and feedback session, a public performance, and an archival recording. In addition the winning composers will receive a $500 stipend. In this year’s search, composers are invited and encouraged to consider the life and legacy of Julius Eastman as inspiration behind the submitted work.

To apply, each composer is asked to submit a score between five and seven minutes in length for the following three instruments: flute, cello, and percussion (*see score criteria requirements).

The selected three composers have the opportunity to participate in a private reading session and panel on Friday May 10, 2019 from 2:15 – 3:45 pm at SFJazz. At this session, each composer’s piece will be read by the ensemble, with feedback following from the musicians, Artistic Director Eric Dudley, and Bay Area composer, Michael Gilbertson. The winning works will be performed on the evening of Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, as part ofSFCMP’s subscription-series concert at SFJazz in San Francisco. Winning applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area will be required to attend these events; winners outside of the region are not required, though strongly encouraged to attend.

A pioneering figure in contemporary music in the latter-half of the twentieth century, Julius Eastman was a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged music has often been seen as a prototype for Minimalism. From his time as a member of the S.E.M. Ensemble at the University of Buffalo, giving acclaimed and controversial performances of works by Peter Maxwell Davies and John Cage, to his time in New York City, collaborating with artists such as Lukas Foss and Meredith Monk, Eastman’s music has always engaged with styles across genres and disciplines.

Applicants enter the contest by submitting a completed score and parts along with a written narrative about the motivation behind the music and its connection to composer Julius Eastman, if any. Above all, the judges for this year’s search are looking for work with a unique contemporary musical voice that represents the adventurous and questioning spirit embodied by a figure like Julius Eastman.

• The score must be original.
• The score must be no longer than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes.
• The score submitted will be the score performed by the Players; no revisions will be permissible after the submission date.
• The score must be arranged for flute, cello, and percussion. Standard instrumental doublings are acceptable e.g. piccolo, alto flute. Percussion requirements: mallet instruments may include vibraphone or glockenspiel, basic drum resources (snare, kick, toms, field, brake, small or medium bass drum, etc), cymbals, small gongs, small handhelds, etc. No large instruments such as orchestra chimes, thundersheet, tam-tam, wind machine, or other keyboard instruments.

1. Those who are under the age of 30 before the performance date of May 11, 2019.
2. Any composers with a permanent address in the United States of America.
3. For applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, if selected, you must be present at the reading session on May 10, 2019 at 2:15pm and at the concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm at SFJazz in San Francisco. Non-Bay Area applicants are not required to attend although strongly encouraged to attend. The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA or Sacramento-Roseville Combined Statistical Areas is defined here.

November 30, 2018 at midnight, PST. Winners will be notified by late December, 2018.

The application will ask for links to the items in the list below. To create the links, we recommend using Google Drive, Dropbox, or any secure file-sharing platform.

Please have these items ready before clicking apply below.
1. Electronically-notated conductor’s score and parts with industry-standard notation (PDF format)
2. Narrative describing the piece, and if applicable, the influence of Julius Eastman on the submitted work (max 1 page, min 200 words) (PDF format)
3. Audio file, if available (link to MP3 or hosted audio file)
4. One high-resolution image (does not have to be a formal headshot, but does have to be high resolution, min 72dpi) (JPG format)
5. Composer bio (max 200 words)

Summary:Solo/duo competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Eligibility

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.
- The works may be for solo or duo.
- Compositions may be for a solo instrument or a duo combination of two instruments among western classical symphonic orchestra instruments with or without electronics. In this case an instruction explaining the use of electronics must be included. The composition should not exceed two players.
- Compositions must be original, between 2 and 15 minutes.
- Each entry must be accompanied by an MP3 audio file.
- Audio recording may be live or computer generated.
- There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition submitted.
- Candidates take note of the fact that the jury will not make any queries in respect of applications.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


- Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 31st March, 2019.
- Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.
- Winners will be informed by e-mail on 15th April, 2019.
- Winning works will be performed on 16th May, 2019 in Vienna.


A jury assembled by Culture Meeting Point will judge the scores. The Jury’s decisions cannot be appealed. By agreeing to take part in the competition, all competitors undertake to accept and not contest these decisions.

Registration fee

There is an entry fee of 40, - Euros for each composition. A composition may have more than one movements. It is possible to participate with more than one composition under one name, in that case an entry fee of
40, - Euros must be paid for each composition. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

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


All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.

TO ENTER: Email your score in PDF format and the recording in MP3 format to the address:

Culture Meeting Point
Office Classic Pure Vienna
Diefenbachgasse 54/2c+d
A-1150 Wien Austria

Deadline: 31st March, 2019
Announcement: 15th April, 2019
Concert: 16th May, 2019
Entry Fee: 40, - (All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.)
Currency: Euro (EUR)


 The Society of Recorder Players
Summary:Recorder Quartet Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 13 June 2018
Details: Jonathan Dove to judge new composers competition for the Society of Recorder Players

The Society of Recorder Players (SRP) Players is proud to launch a new Composer’s Competition and warmly invites the submission of scores for recorder quartet from composers of all ages and nationalities.

Two categories: Open (any age) and 18 or under.

Short-listed submissions from both categories will be performed live by Block 4 and judged by Jonathan Dove (Honorary President of SRP) at the SRP’s Annual Recorder Festival in Durham, UK, on April 13th 2019. The highly respected recorder ensemble, Block4, will perform the winning compositions in a gala concert, a high-quality recording will be available for the winning composers, cash prizes and publication agreements are actively being sought by the organisers.

Entries should be submitted by 15th December 2018, be scored for recorder quartet and last between three to six minutes.

To broaden the repertoire for Recorder Ensemble

To stimulate composers to explore this field
To give composers an opportunity to get their works professionally performed and recorded
To expand the network of participants for further collaborations

A committee of experts will short-list four compositions for each age category. The final round will be judged by the internationally recognised composer Jonathan Dove.

The application is open to composers of all nationalities with no age limit and with no limit on compositional style. Composers whose works are short-listed will be invited to the finals
and hosted for the day of the performance.

Submission of completed application forms and scores 15th December 2018

Announcement of short-listed work 15th February 2019
Finals and announcement of winners 13th April 2019

For further information on this exciting opportunity visit or contact

 Trumpetoon – Call for Scores
Summary:Trio call
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 01 March 2018
Details: Trumpetoon – Call for Scores for B-flat Trumpet and Bassoon Duo
Entry Deadline: December 1, 2018 (winners will be notified by December 31, 2018)
Entry Fee: $5 for each piece submitted (up to 2 pieces, this goes to the prize!)
Eligibility: All adult U.S. citizens (18 or older)
Prize: $75, and a recording on the Minute of Music Project YouTube Channel.
Performers: Jason Taurins (B-flat trumpet) and Quinn O’Donnell (Bassoon)

Submission Link Below (please read the rules first)!

Up to 2 entries per person. Send in your best work!
Entrant must be at least 18 when submission is completed.
Entrant must reside in and be a legal citizen of the United States.
Entry must be for B-flat trumpet and bassoon duo (with no other accompaniment or electronics).
Entry must be no longer than one minute in length. Moderate difficulty is preferred.
Entry must be engraved with the dedication “For the Minute of Music Project.”

Composition must have been written since January 1, 2018.
Entry must be the sole property of the composer and entirely original.
No arrangements or copyrighted material will be accepted.
The secret word for the submission form is “ditto.”

One winner will be selected, and awarded the monetary prize. Up to 3 honorable mentions may be selected as well.

Composers reserve their copyright and recording rights.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to accept or reject submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the sole right to judge submissions.
All judgement decisions will be made by Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell and are final, without the ability to appeal.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell reserve the right to decline any and all submissions.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will pay no license or rental fees for the music.
Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell will perform selected entries and record them on YouTube. By submitting your piece, you agree to allow Mr. Taurins and Mrs. O’Donnell to record your entry free of charge.
Selected pieces will be announced here and composers will be notified via email by December 31.
Your submission will only be complete and recognized when the payment is received.
All payments are non-refundable. Payments are not tax-deductible.
By submitting your piece, you agree to the terms listed here.

 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.