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Summary:Workshop Opportunity
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 29 December 2018
Details: 2019 Dates:
​June 21 - 28

• 8-Day intensive workshop for emerging composers and conductors
• Faculty of world-class composers and conductors with an unparalleled high teacher/pupil ratio
• Composers: Work with highly-skilled and academically-fluent professional singers on compositions
• Conductors: Work with exceptionally flexible, genre-agnostic avocational singers accustomed to the unexpected
• Masterclasses from experts in both practical and inspirational topics
• Generous lab choir and podium time
• Individualized attention from clinicians, singers & peers
• Public concert of premieres and podium time for composers and conductors
• Open to applicants from a diverse range of music backgrounds and study/career stages
• Video & audio recordings from workshop sessions & performance



Application fee $70 (not required for alumni)

Please note this year we are not accepting students for dual concentration.

What Makes This 8-Day Intensive Workshop So Valuable?
Watch our 7-minute film of interviews with faculty and students


 highSCORE New Music Festival and Master Classes
Summary:Composition Programme
Deadline: 13 April 2019
Date Posted: 29 December 2018
Details: 10th edition, Pavia (Italy) / 5-17 August 2019

highSCORE Festival is today’s leading Italian Contemporary Music Festival offering unique programs with masterclasses specifically shaped for composers, one of the «ten summer festivals to get the contemporary music blood pumping» (Composition: Today). The upcoming 10th edition (August 5-17, 2019) features an outstanding internationally recognized faculty roster: Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, guests of honor; Amy Beth Kirsten, David Ludwig, and Dmitri Tymoczko, the core of our composition faculty; adjunct faculty Kristel Pappel and Christopher Theofanidis, and lecturers Alberto Barberis, Giovanni Cestino, Tze Yeung Ho. Guest ensembles and performers invited to perform the music submitted by participant composers are Ensemble +47 (Norway), Quartetto Indaco (Italy), unassisted fold (Germany/Italy) and Katsiaryna Shapachka (Belarus). Application deadline is April 12, 2019.

Founded in 2010 and set every summer in historical Pavia (Northern Italy), highSCORE Festival is an invaluable venue for emerging composers wanting to produce and promote their work, inspire audiences with their music, secure future commissions and job opportunities, and join other musicians to create a vibrant artistic community. Musicians work closely with a renowned faculty, talented visiting artists and special guests from around the world for two intense weeks of masterclasses, lectures, workshops and concerts. The Festival offers composers a choice between two programs of study – an intense Full Composition Program and a Light Composition Program – along with several concerts and recreational events to enjoy the beauty of Northern Italy. Performances during the festival are presented at cultural and historical sites throughout Pavia.

Venues included the famous Church of St. Peter in the Golden Sky where St. Augustine and Boetius are buried. The “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies, Pavia’s conservatory, with its large, well-equipped rooms with Vertical and Grand Pianos, is the core of the highSCORE Festival. Accommodation will be in shared rooms at the Campus Residence Dormitory. Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, and wireless connection. The compound also includes a study room, a launderette, and a bicycle parking area. Newly built are a fitness center, a beauty SPA, covered and open air pools, and a cafeteria.

The festival, under the young and creative artistic direction of Giovanni Albini and the executive production of Paolo Fosso, is produced by the highSCORE New Music Center.


 Talis Festival & Academy
Summary:Composition Academy
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 20 December 2018
Details: COMPOSITION ACADEMY FELLOWSHIPS at the Talis Festival & Academy

Academy Composers have the chance to work on their music while collaborating with professional musicians. The program includes a concert premiere of a piece, daily readings, private lessons, and workshops with the Grammy nominated Talis Festival Guest Composer Miguel del Aguila.

All accepted Academy Fellows are eligible for scholarships!
For more information, please check our website

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019
TO Apply:

Summary:Week-Long Workshop
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: mdi ensemble and Accademia Filarmonica Romana promote for the first time NEWMUSIC WEEK, a new initiative dedicated to contemporary music. It consists of a week-long workshop, from May 20th to 25th 2019, including several courses organized in two main areas:

1 – Two international composition master classes.
2 – An instrumental music master class focused on contemporary music techniques in solo and chamber music repertoire from c.a. 1940 to nowadays.
For the 2019 edition, the teaching composers will be Beat Furrer and Simone Movio.

The instrumental music master class will be held by mdi ensemble members, who will teach both solo and chamber music repertoire.

The activities for composers and instrumentalists are thought to come together in various Public performances which will take place in the prestigious Casella Hall at Accademia Filarmonica Romana. The programs of these events (lunch and evening concerts) will feature, among others, works by composers attending the Composition master class and music by Beat Furrer and Simone Movio. The concerts will be performed by students from the Instrumental music master class together with members of mdi ensemble. In this way, young instrumentalists will experiment professional relationship with renowned composers and how to work side by side with young composers.

Application deadline: January 31st 2019


 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival
Summary:Composition Programme
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: Overview
The 2019 edition of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival will showcase the music of emerging and established composers, and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with the VIPA Composition Program faculty members and performers in lessons, workshops and masterclasses. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work with and have one piece performed by our resident performers at one of the VIPA concerts.

VIPA will also offer workshops and/or panel discussions on special topics. Participants will be able to get feedback from faculty members during reading sessions with soloists and ensembles-in-residence.

The program will take place on July 10-20, 2019, within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. All concerts will take place at the breath-taking Sala Mutant at the Las Naves artistic complex, located at the Barrio del Grau. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.

January 15, 2019, with no application fee
Late applications will be accepted until February 15 with an application fee of €15.
Late application fees are payable through PayPal to and must be paid before applications are reviewed.

All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form. Please provide direct links to all your PDF, audio and/or video files. You will not be able to upload any files into the application.

PDF, audio, or video files should be uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SoundCloud, etc., or on any personal hosting space. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least May 20, 2019.

CURRICULUM VITAE, RESUME or BIO in PDF (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience).

TWO (maximum) REPRESENTATIVE SCORES in PDF files and audio or video recordings (if available). VIPA encourages all participants to write new works to be premiered by one of our ensembles-in-residence during the festival; however, if you would like to have an existing work performed, submit it as one of the two representative scores and make note of this on the application form. Make sure such work is suitable to one of the ensembles-in-residence(ranging from solo to the full ensemble) and around eight (8) minutes or under in duration. Please refer to the information on the soloists and ensembles-in-residence page regarding the precise instrumentation and performers available.

Please note: While holding any communications with the VIPA administrative staff, we ask that you always include your full name and use the same email address for your submission, and any subsequent email correspondence with us.

Please indicate your prefered ensemble/instrumentation for your commissioned work. Please be advised that whereas we will consider your preference(s), we cannot guarantee that your choice(s) will be honored.

Option A (1-4 players): Mivos String Quartet
Option B (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio
Option C (1-5 players): VICE (available ensemble –in full or subset– will be assigned by the director of the Composition Program)

ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by the Mivos Quartet. If the work is selected, we will provide equipment for stereo (2-channel) diffusion, including speakers, a FireWire audio interface (composers need to provide FireWire-USB adapter compatible with their computer), cables, and the necessary microphones. Composers using electronics will be expected to bring their own laptop, all necessary software, and any equipment needed beyond this support, and to run their own patch/software with the technical assistance of one staff member.

SELECTION PROCESS: Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by late February and given their specific assigned commission. Scores and parts are due May 15, 2018. The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified in the acceptance letter. Questions may be directed to:


 Zodiac Music Academy and Festival
Summary:Composing Academy
Deadline: 01 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Working with living composers, commissioning new works and performing contemporary music is an integral part of a successful musical career. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival selects five young composers each year to participate in its composition program. This composition course will not only provide private instruction, composition seminars and performance opportunities, but more importantly allow both composers and instrumentalists to collaborate on their own terms, explore, and influence the direction of music together.

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival composition course is lead by award-winning composer Andrew List – a long-time collaborator of the Zodiac Trio.

Each composer will be paired with an assigned chamber ensemble from the festival roster and commissioned to write an eight-minute work, which will be premiered at one of the festival’s public concerts. Ample rehearsal time will be given for each composer’s work. It is our goal that these composer/performer collaborations will create lasting friendships that will continue beyond the festival.

All participants will meet for a daily composition seminar, where a variety of pertinent topics important to composers and seminal musical works will be discussed. In addition, each composer will receive three one-hour private lessons with Mr. List and have daily access to a working studio and piano.

Additionally, all composition students are welcome to participate in all the seminars and clinics offered by the Festival during the session, and are invited to join chamber ensembles (instrumental proficiency permitting), to allow for a larger scope of musical experience.

Chamber Music Ensemble Collaboration
Each composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble (or students musician), as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for a performance.

Daily Composition Seminars
Composition students will meet with Mr. List every morning as a group to discuss a myriad of topics and review works in progress as a group

Three One-Hour Lessons
Each student will receive private instruction in the form of three one-hour lessons

Performance of Commissioned Work
Participating composers will be commissioned to write an 8-minute work, which will be performed at the end of the Festival.

Composer/Performance Seminars with the Zodiac Trio and Attending Faculty
Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen works, working with composers such as Andrew List and Richard Danielpour, have instigated numerous call for score projects, and have had over 100 works written for them in all. As part of the educational aspect of the Zodiac Trio’s career, the ensemble often works with student composers at various Universities across the United States, presenting clinics and seminars on the Performer-Composer relationship. In this seminar, the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers, in an informal and personal setting.

Additionally, the composer seminar will be visited regularly by attending faculty to discuss their instruments and their experiences working with composers.

 UPBEAT International Summer Music School – Brac, Croatia
Summary:Composition Summer School
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Deadline: 31 January 2019

Details: Seeking composers for the16th annual composition course as part of the UPBEAT International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. This composition course is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals, but is open to composer-performers of all ages. The dates of the course are Thursday 18 July through Monday 29 July, 2019.

Application Fee: 600 EUR

Contact: For more details, please visit:

 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.


 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?