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 West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 20 March 2017
Date Posted: 07 December 2016
Details: Works chosen will be performed at the 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 30 June - 8 July 2017.

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2017 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2017.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and two nights B&B at the Festival. They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the Festival on Saturday 1st July, which will be directed by an international Composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s masterclass programme.

Terms/ conditions:

1. Entrants must be under the age of 35 on 1st January 2017, state date of birth and give full contact details including postal address.

2. Entrants must be of Irish nationality, born in Northern Ireland, resident on the island of Ireland or Citizenship through descent - If either of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, you are an Irish citizen, irrespective of your place of birth.

3. Entrants may submit only one work

4. Winners and entrants from previous competitions run by West Cork Music are welcome to submit new scores.

5. Works must be between 5 and 8 minutes in length and may not involve any form of electronics or pre-recorded sounds

6. Works may not have been performed in concert before a ticket-buying public audience prior to the Festival.

7. Scores must be submitted to West Cork Music by 20 March 2017. Scores must be submitted electronically.

8. Compositions will be assessed by an adjudicator chosen by West Cork Music

9. Works will be assessed anonymously, please do not mark or sign scores.

10. Selected compositions will be announced on by 24th April 2017. Selected composers will be notified by email.

11. Winning entrants must submit instrumental parts by 2nd May 2017.

12. It is a condition of entry that composers agree to attend the workshop in Bantry on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 14.00. Prizes will be withheld in the event of non-attendance. All expenses incurred in attendance are the responsibility of the winning composers. However the Festival will provide two nights’ accommodation for the composer.

13. West Cork Music reserves the right to alter dates and times of the workshop and subsequent performances.

Address for submission:
Submissions should be made electronically by email to Clodagh Whelan, Programme Manager to the address clodaghwcm[at]

 The Night With… Call for Score for String Quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: 24 February 2017
Date Posted: 09 November 2016
Details: Deadline 24th February, 2017

Workshop 2nd May, 2017

Performance 3rd May, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the workshop is required.

The Night With… announces its inaugural call for scores for emerging composers for works for string quartet to be performed at The Night With… the Aurea Quartet, 3rd May, 2017 in the Hug and Pint, Glasgow. The programme will include music by Kevin Volans, Arvo Pärt and Garth Knox.

From the initial submissions up to six works will be chosen for a workshop with the Aurea Quartet on 2nd May in Glasgow (times and venue to be confirmed). Fewer may be selected at the discretion of the judges. At the end of the workshop a winner will be chosen to feature in The Night With… concert on the 3rd May, 2017. This call for scores is as much about finding interesting new music and composers as finding a new work that will fit within the programme.

All scores must be submitted under a pseudonym. Any scores with identifying marks will be discarded.

Works must be for full quartet. Subsets of the ensemble will not be accepted.

Submissions should be between 5 and 10 minutes long.

Pieces must not have been premiered, however they do not necessarily have to be written for this call.

It is recognized that composers can begin their career at any age. Therefor ‘emerging’ is defined by the composer themselves though will be at the discretion of judges. Example definitions of emerging include:

Currently in education or recently left
Have worked with an orchestra for a development opportunity (e.g. RSNO Composers Hub) but not received regular commissions orchestral or otherwise
Not have an exclusive agreement with a publisher
These are not exhaustive examples.

It is intended that the workshop will be documented through recording and photography/film. This is so that the composers involved will have a read-through recording and/or video of their work for their own non-commercial use (e.g. Soundcloud). The workshop will be free but all costs incurred in attending the workshop must be covered by the composer themselves.

Submission Process

Send all submissions with the subject line ‘quartet call for scores – pseudonym’. Within the email include:

-an anonymous score with pseudonym. Filename format: ‘pseudonym_piece-name’
-a midi mockup of the piece (optional)
-biography, up to 350 words in Word format, of composer (this will not be used for judging the shortlist, only for eligibility and marketing if shortlisted)

The Night With is a new concert series set up by composer Matthew Whiteside ( to perform music in a relaxed environment. The intention is to develop it into a monthly concert series running for six months of the year to include new commissions performed by the highest quality players both Scottish and international and promoting music from all eras but with a bias toward contemporary.

The Aurea Quartet

During our first year performing together, the Aurea Quartet ( were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where we were awarded a special prize for our ‘outstanding performance’ of Lajtha String Quartet No.7. We were also winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music prize 2014, and after a series of successful auditions, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-15, as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15, and as resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival. We have subsequently enjoyed playing regularly for audiences throughout Britain and Europe – most recently a concert in the Grand Hall of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

In 2015, the quartet was invited to perform in the Beethoven Plus series at King’s Place, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cottier Chamber Project, and the International Musicians Platform Festival. We performed live on BBC Radio 3 (both In Tune and Proms Plus) and on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped. A busy 2015 has also included exciting collaborations with Daniel Tong, Susan Tomes, Anna Hashimoto and Krysia Ostostowicz. We were recently awarded a place as International Young Artist quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music 2016, and as Young Artists, were invited to Vilnius where we took part in a week of European Chamber Music Academy masterclasses this October.

As a quartet we have been lucky to study with Laura Samuel and David Watkin, and have enjoyed masterclasses with members of the Chilingirian, Dante, Elias, Endellion, Lindsay, London Haydn, and Maggini quartets.

The Night With… Call for Scores is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

 Tesla Quartet Call for Scores 2016
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2017
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: The Tesla Quartet is pleased to announce its inaugural Call for Scores. Composers are encouraged to submit completed works for string quartet for consideration, with the winning quartet receiving two performances in the spring of 2017. Any composer is eligible regardless of age, nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status. The composition must be written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) and must have a duration between 5 and 20 minutes.

The selection will be made using a blind evaluation process. All submissions will go to a dedicated email address,, which will be monitored by an assistant who will transfer all the anonymous scores to the members of Tesla Quartet for review. An anonymous call prevents against any bias while selecting the work. Our decision will be made purely on quality of the music and not personal connections we may have with composers.

The winning work will receive two performances in the spring of 2017:

April 1, 2017
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

April 8, 2017
Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber Classics
Hickory, NC

We strongly encourage the composer of the winning work to travel to the performance and Tesla Quartet will gladly provide a travel stipend of $400 towards his/her travel expenses.

To Apply:
1. Submit the entry fee of $15 through PayPal at

2. Each entry of 1 anonymous score and parts must be emailed in pdf format to (subject: “TeslaCFS2016”) along with:

a. An info sheet (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt ) with composer’s name, title of the submission, length of work, short bio, and contact information

b. Receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment of $15 per submission.

c. An optional anonymous recording of the work. The recording is welcome but not required. A midi rendering of the work is acceptable if a live performance is unavailable.

1. Application Deadline: All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59 pm EST on December 1, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

2. Composers may submit as many scores as they wish, but each work should be submitted as a separate entry and will require a separate fee of $15.

3. No name or any personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted scores or recordings. Any submission with identifying information will be disqualified from the selection. The entry fee is not refundable.

5. Every submission must include both score and individual instrument parts.

6. Works that include electronics will not be considered at this time. We hope to expand the Call for Scores to include electronic or amplified works in the future.

7. The winning composition will be announced on February 15, 2017.

8. The decision of the Tesla Quartet is not open to appeal. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms.

9. Please see the FAQ below for the most commonly asked questions. Any additional questions may be sent to Note: Please do NOT send submission materials or any questions to the Tesla Quartet’s official email address (, to our social media portals or contact any of the members personally, as this will violate this call for scores strict anonymity requirements and will result in removal from consideration.

10. Submission fees are not refundable.

Q: Can the piece be longer than 20 minutes?
A: Every submission must have a duration between 5 and 20 minutes.

Q: Can I submit a work for trombone and string quartet?
A: No. Please submit works for two violins, viola and cello only.

Q: My quartet has already received its premiere and has been performed a few times. Am I still eligible to submit it?
A: Yes! We're accepting scores regardless of whether they are hot off the press or collecting dust on the shelf.

Q: If my quartet is selected as the winner, can I attend both performances?
A: Yes you can! And we hope you do. However, the Tesla Quartet can only offer one stipend of $400 total toward travel.

Q: I'm still working on my string quartet, and I'm not sure when it will be finished. Can I send you what I have?
A: Please only send completed works. Incomplete works will not be considered.

 Sorodha Composition Competition 2016: String quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
Details: Sorodha is proud to announce the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

For this festive edition, we welcome compositions for string quartet and have the utmost pleasure to be able to work with the Tana String Quartet on this occasion. Their leader, Antoine Maisonhaute, was one of our judges last year, and this year they all join us as performers.

The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be executed at a public concert on Saturday 23rd of April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

The winning piece will be performed by the Tana String Quartet at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016 (details forthcoming).

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello; no electronics, either)?
• was it originally written for string quartet?
• has is not been performed, broadcasted or prized in another competition before?
• is your score anonymous?
• will we be able to tell it apart from the others based on the title only? Ok, then; otherwise please add a motto, code or other distinctive sign.
• is it formatted as PDF file and A4 pages?
• does your second PDF file contain all the necessary data?
• has the entry fee been paid by PayPal (an extra € 1 will be charged to cover the transfer costs)?
• have you checked the time zone if filing on the last day before the deadline from elsewhere than Western Europe?

Please take notice of the fact that we cannot accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!

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