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Summary:Composition Academy
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Noosa ISAM is the inaugural Australian version of the Academy. It will be held during our summer in beautiful Noosa, Queensland. The co-founder of ISAM, Ofer Ben-Amots will be running the composition workshop along with Jan Jirásek, another long standing professor of composition from ISAM.

The hallmarks of the Academy’s training program are the daily individual lessons with the faculty. The small number of participants, coupled with a celebrated faculty that shares all meals and events, creates a rare collegial atmosphere through which a constant flow of stimulating exchange occur. Acceptance is based on the applicant’s artistic potential and/or achievements, evaluated individually by the faculty.

In the second week participants begin rehearsing their work with a professional ensemble. At the end of the Academy, all composers are invited to partake in the Composers’ Competition. This competition is intended to increase the excitement, energy, and creativity among our hand-picked talented composers, while at the same time generate a harvest of new, beautiful, and highly artistic works.

This is an opportunity targeted at emerging contemporary art music composers who are either studying or in the first five years of launching their career as a composer. ISAM fosters an inclusive and friendly creative environment, so there are no age or nationality restrictions, nor is there a specific compositional style prerequisite. Composers who apply will write a work for acoustic instruments – any line up of the ensemble in residence.

For more information and to apply:

 RED NOTE New Music Festival (Composition Workshop)
Summary:Composition Workshop
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 05 September 2018
Details: The RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop will help composers widen their creative perspectives and hone their craft through open rehearsals with guest performers Fifth House Ensemble and Iridium Quartet, and seminars with distinguished guest faculty composers Chen Yi and Eric Moe, as well as resident faculty composers Martha Horst, Roy Magnuson, and Carl Schimmel. Invited participants will each compose a 5- to 10-minute piece for one of the guest ensembles. Each composition will be carefully rehearsed during the Festival, and will be premiered at a formal concert. Each composer will receive a recording of his or her piece. Professors Chen and Moe and the resident faculty composers will also attend rehearsals, offering comments and suggestions. Participants will discuss their compositional ideas, techniques, and aesthetics with the faculty and other fellows. In addition, each student composer will have the opportunity to meet with the faculty composers individually or as part of group lessons or masterclasses. Each day of the Festival culminates in an evening concert featuring contemporary music performed by the guest ensembles or members of the School of Music faculty.

• Submit an ANONYMOUS pdf AND audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of your best work for chamber ensemble, via this link.
• The submitted pdf’s and audio files must be free of names and identifying marks.
• No application fee is required. However, please note that if you would like to submit your work in the Composition Competition you must submit it again separately via the Composition Competition link on the RED NOTE homepage.
• SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 1, 2018.
• 6-8 selected applicants will be notified by email, by October 7, 2018.
• The selected applicants must each compose a new work for Fifth House Ensemble (quintet or smaller) or Iridium Quartet. Score and parts to the new composition must be received by Festival Director Roy Magnuson no later than January 3, 2019. Alternatively, if the composition submitted with your application has NOT received a previous performance, and is scored for a subset of the available instrumentation, you may request that this piece be rehearsed and premiered in lieu of a new composition.

Questions? Please contact Roy Magnuson (


Summary:Writing for Viola
Deadline: 21 September 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: 2018 Composer’s Day: Writing for Viola

Saturday 3 November – 10.30am-4.00pm

Call for composers

The 2018 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day takes place on Saturday 3 November in Aberdeen. The composing theme for the day is endangered instrument the viola.

The day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Sally Beamish, Ailie Robertson and John De Simone. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the viola as well as developing general compositional ideas.

The renowned violist Garth Knox will be joining us in the afternoon to lead a masterclass and he will select new pieces to workshop as part of this session. The masterclasses will be open to members of the public. We are inviting composers to submit repertoire for this element of the day.


Your piece must be for solo viola
Your piece should be no longer than five minutes long
You can write something new, or send in an unperformed work from your existing repertoire

How to Apply

The deadline for submitting a completed PDF score will Friday 21 September 2018.
Please email your score to
You must also complete an application form with your details. The form can be downloaded below.
If video examples are available, applicants can additionally submit web links (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) by copying the URL in the application form.
Please note that you must be able to attend the masterclass in Aberdeen on the 3 November in the afternoon. Please note it costs £10 to attend the day.

We will let you know if your composition has been selected for masterclass by 30 September 2018.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

 International composition masterclass: Clara Iannotta
Summary:Masterclass Opportunity
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 01 August 2018
Details: The annual international composition masterclass organized alongside Sound of Wander 2018 will be held by Clara Iannotta, one of the most dynamic and successful figures of the international contemporary music scene. The masterclass will include two individual lessons for each participant composer and a public lecture by Clara Iannotta and it’s opened to students, instrumentalists, composers and musicologists of every age and nationality.

This year the masterclass will feature the participation of mdi ensemble, artistic director of Sound of Wander, who will provide a reading session that will allow the participant composers to work on details of their selected scores.
mdi ensemble will also perform a concert with Clara Iannotta’s music at the end of the masterclass.

In order to apply as active participant, the following documents have to be submitted by 23:59 (UTC-7) OCTOBER 1ST 2018 at the following email adress:

 Composing in the Wilderness
Summary:Outdoor opportunity
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: Now in its seventh year, this unusual field course is offered by the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in collaboration with Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service. It is led by adventurer-composer Stephen Lias.

Working with experienced guides, naturalists, and scientists, we take experienced composers into the backcountry of Alaska's wilderness and provide them with an intense and immersive adventure. With this as their inspiration, the composers then have the opportunity to compose original chamber music that is premiered by top-notch contemporary music performers on staff at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.


Drawing on experts in every discipline, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival brings together high-level musicians, chefs, dancers, actors, photographers, and artists of all types for two intense weeks in July. The resident contemporary music ensemble for the festival (Corvus) is led by two New-York-based performers with deep Alaskan roots: Andie Springer (violin) and Katie Cox (flute). Each year they enlist other accomplished performers to create a dynamic chamber ensemble which presents concerts in Fairbanks, as well as outreach events in rural communities of interior Alaska. Participants in Composing in the Wilderness have the privilege not only to have their pieces premiered by Corvus, but also to develop a lasting working relationship with these musicians.

The "Denali Adventure" field course (started in 2012), allows composers to spend four days in the back country of Denali National Park, after which they are flown by bush plane to the remote Coal Creek Mining Camp in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve where they have four more days to compose. Returning to Fairbanks, the group meets up with "Corvus" - the contemporary music ensemble of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and their new pieces are rehearsed and then premiered both in Fairbanks and in the visitors center of Denali National Park.

2018 will see the introduction of an exciting, and much more immersive, second offering. The "Arctic Adventure" will take adventurous composers on a week-long canoe trip in the second-largest national park in the USA (Gates of the Arctic). Following nearly a hundred miles on the river, the group will have a few days to begin their compositions while relaxing in the remote fly-in-only town of Bettles. Their pieces, completed in the following months, will be premiered in New York City at the iconic Federal Hall Historic Site.

Each year, our group is made up of a diverse group of composers from all levels of their career (student, professional, professor, freelance), and from many countries around the world. We value this diversity and encourage applicants of all ages and nationalities.

It is the mission of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival to help participants awaken their inner artist; enrich lives by increasing personal and professional growth; and engage the spirit, intellect and energy in an empowering way. Composing in the Wilderness supports this vision by providing a life-changing artistic adventure, a deep sense of community, and a genuine connection to wilderness.


Tentative Dates: July 9-23, 2019
Tentative Cost: approximately $1,800

We'll certainly be offering our long-standing "magic formula" of taking nine composers into the backcountry of Denali, followed by creative time in Yukon-Charley Rivers, and then a premiere in Alaska. Every year we change a few things, but you can click HERE to see the details of the 2018 trip.


Tentative Dates: July 26 through August 7, 2019
Tentative Cost: approximately $4,000

Depending on the level of interest, the success of our 2018 season, and the costs, we plan to offer a second "extreme" adventure trip with a premiere in New York. It may or may not be similar to what we're doing this year, but you can click HERE to see the 2018 trip.

How to Apply
We've changed a few things about our application this year, and we've done our best to make it really easy. Once you're ready, just click the button below to begin. It is a two step process. You'll provide some materials on the form, and then email us a few other things.

On the FORM:
• Contact information (name, email, address, phone, etc.).
• Which Composing in the Wilderness Adventure you'd like to apply for. You can apply for one or the other, or ask to be considered for both, but you can only be a participant for one of them.
• Statement of purpose. You'll be asked to provide a statement that responds to the following prompt:
o The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival seeks to awaken participants' inner artist; enrich lives by increasing personal and professional growth; and engage the spirit, intellect and energy in an empowering way. Share with us a statement explaining how this experience would do those things for you.
• Summary of your fitness level and experience with backcountry activities.
• Summary of any medical or dietary issues.
• Acknowledgement: We ask you to acknowledge the following payment and refund policy:
o In the event that you are selected, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Fairbanks, as well as the full registration cost of the workshop. You must make an initial payment of at least 20% of the total trip cost in November, and after February 1, this is non-refundable. The full balance must be paid in full by May 1, and no refunds will be provided after that date.

In the EMAIL:
Send an email to with the following materials. You can attach files or provide links to content online. Please limit attached file types to MP3, JPG, and PDF. Provide functioning URLs for all other content.
1. Audio or audio/visual samples. Two or three representative works.
2. Samples of your notated scores. One or two representative works. Does not need to match audio.
3. Biography/CV/resume.
4. A professional headshot. We will use this in our publicity in the event that you are chosen. Please send the highest resolution possible (preferably 300dpi).
Web Site:www.composinginthewilderness.c...

 Listen Imagine Compose
Summary:CPD in composing for teachers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: Listen Imagine Compose now offers a Masters in Teaching and Learning, as part of its Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary music teachers.

This is available nationally and is accredited by Birmingham City University. Learners can gain a Masters in Teaching and Learning or a Masters in Educational Leadership.

About the CPD
• The CPD is designed to enable secondary music teachers develop skills in teaching composing with KS3, GCSE and A level students;
• The course delivery team includes Professor Martin Fautley, Professor Pam Burnard, Gary Spruce and Dr. Jonathan Savage, supported by professional composers and musicians;
• The course is accredited by Birmingham City University at Level 7 (Certificate/ Diploma/ Masters);
• The course can be delivered in any UK location as long as we have sufficient sign ups to make it viable;
• Students can be a mix of those who do and do not wish to be accredited, subject to being able to form a viable group;
• The year-long programme comprises 6 x 3 hour sessions plus additional time spent reflecting on professional practice and undertaking action research in the classroom;
• This year-long course will normally result in a Diploma in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership, assuming that the learner has sufficient prior accreditation (eg a PGCE);
• A further year of part-time study is required to reach Masters level.
• The next cohort will start in October 2018.

During the course teachers will:
• Reflect on what composing with young people entails;
• Learn new creative strategies for teaching composing;
• Develop pedagogic strategies for teaching composing;
• Develop existing schemes of work;
• Undertake Action Research;
• Be mentored by a leading academic and teacher trainer;
• Work with professional composers;
• Network and learn from other secondary music teachers participating in the CPD.

Download a short guide to the Listen Imagine Compose course here and Birmingham City University’s guide to its Masters courses.

Dates for the 2018/19 course:
The 2018/19 course will be held in Birmingham on the following dates:
• Sessions 1 & 2: Sunday 14 October 2018
• Sessions 3 & 4: Sunday 18 November 2018
• Session 5: Sunday 3 March 2019
• Session 6: Sunday 30 June 2019

Accredited course: A Masters degree is in 3 stages (see the downloadable guide above). Most learners undertaking the Listen Imagine Compose course will join the qualification at Stage 2.

Stage 1: Teachers with a PGCE or equivalent can use these credits in lieu of completing Stage 1 at no additional cost or a small fee (in the region of £50). This is done one a case-by-case basis, contact us for more information.

Stage 2: This is the Listen Imagine Compose taught course. The cost for 2018/19 is £2,200.

Stage 3: Is a further year of part-time study required to complete the Masters qualification. The cost of Stage 3 for those starting Stage 2 in 2018/19 will be £2,200.

There is no requirement to commit to all the stages from the outset and it is possible to pay for each stage in installments.

Non-accredited course: Teachers who do not wish to be accredited may attend the Listen Imagine Compose course for a reduced cost which will be between £500 and £1,000, depending on the size of the group.

Any questions?
Contact Judith Robinson if you would like to know how the accreditation works or if you have any other questions!

Music Education Hubs and other potential partners: contact Judith Robinson to discuss how Listen Imagine Compose can be delivered in your area.


Summary:Composing programme
Deadline: 03 December 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – A program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the “Live Music Capital of the World”

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD program provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly written work that is to be rehearsed, recorded in a professional studio and performed at a concert in Austin, TX. In addition, for 5-6 days, each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships with colleagues in the music and arts industry.

The program name draws inspiration from the city of Austin’s motto of “Keep Austin Weird.” Most composers do not have professional studio recordings of their compositions, and most who do, have subpar live recordings. With quality studio recordings there is an opportunity to place compositions in film, commercials, and radio. In Austin, a city rich in music and culture, these visiting composers will also have the opportunity to build relationships and broaden their network.

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD takes place for 8-10 days in Austin, Texas. Participants will be required to compose a work specifically for the program. Each composer will have the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a rehearsal and a recording session at Cacophony Records, recording and engineering done by Grammy winning producer, Erik Wofford. All tracking will be done in Austin, mixing and mastering will be conducted post-program and sent to the composer (composer retains all rights to music). A performance will be booked in advance and promoted to showcase each composer. In addition, conferences, panels, and mixers will be held at various venues around town to provide networking opportunities. Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, backyard, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches.

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day): $1,560 USD (contributes toward recording, musicians, performance)
Application should be sent by email to (cost to apply is $15 USD)

1) Please send the following information:
a. Name
b. Birth date
c. Nationality
d. CV
e. Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e – interests, goals, etc)
f. One letter of recommendation (if possible)

2) PDF files of one – two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $15(USD) fee payable by paypal to
Dec.3.2018: Application deadline
Dec.5. 2018: Announcement of results
Dec.15.2018: Notification to reserve spot in program (via deposit; flexible)
Dec.20. 2018: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
Jan.7.2019: Deadline for sending finished composition
Jan.13/14. 2019: – arrival and accommodation in Austin
Jan.21/22.2019: – departure from Austin


 Opportunity: New Voices, Talent Development Programme
Summary:Register interest for programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Date: Registration closes, noon on Tues 17th Oct
Produced by: Sound and Music
New Voices: a new Talent Development Programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music

Do you create or compose your own music or sound? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Taking the successful models, wonderful partnerships and expertise from our previous Embedded and Portfolio Programmes, as well as our Pathways Programme we are thrilled to announce and introduce you to New Voices, Sound and Music's reimagined Talent Development Programme.

We are looking for composers and artists creating their own original new music and sound to be part of New Voices

New Voices aims to be representative of the diverse range of composers working across the UK today.


Become part of New Voices, an 18 month Talent Development Programme tailored to your needs
Get the benefit of 6 months of bespoke, external and expert coaching and mentoring
Explore and realise your creative ideas and ambitions, in your own style, in your own way
Join a network of your creative peers from across the UK, who will be going through the New Voices programme at the same time as you
Be part of a unique supportive residential weekend with these peers and with Sound and Music staff
Make public facing work for audiences, through your own creative activity and collaborations, and/or through working with other organisations
Receive a bursary of £1,500, travel and accommodation expenses, plus a production grant of up to £6,000 if you are organising the final public outcome yourself
Work with Sound and Music to explore digital as well as live outcomes of your work
Sound good?

Great. At this stage, you only need to register your interest, and then we will get in contact to discuss and to find out if this opportunity is a good fit.

If you need any other support to access this opportunity, or need this information in another format then we’re here to help, so please do contact us: Director of Programmes,

Keep reading to find out more.

 Soundfly's new online course with Tim Hansen teaches you the fundamentals of Composition
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 16 November 2016
Details: SOUNDFLY'S NEW COURSE TEACHES YOU THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC COMPOSITION & DEEPENS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYING THEORY code: SOUNDANDMUSIC for 20% off!As a composer, there are many different tools in your tool belt that can bring interest and originality to your music. You can use time signatures to add complexity, tonality to add emotional pull, rhythm to add drive, or something else to create some other unique dynamic. This course will take you through the essential elements of modern composing. Led by Australian composer Tim Hansen, you'll explore the beat, time signatures, rhythm, tonality, timbre, texture, and structure, with key examples to demonstrate along the way. By the end of this course, you'll be able to employee these tools more effectively in your compositions.This one-of-a-kind month-long course combines fun instructional videos, step-by-step guides, downloadable resources, and professional support and feedback to help you unlock your vision for notated music. You'll have the opportunity to get personal mentorship and consulting from an industry expert, as well as access to a revolving-door community of fellow students and advisors. Now who's ready to get composing?