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 Vienna Summer Music Festival
Summary:Composers' Forum
Deadline: 15 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
The Composers Forum is geared towards individuals who are pursuing the craft of composition and receiving professional performances of their works, attending masterclasses, and immersing themselves in the compositional world of Vienna, Austria and all that it has to offer. Interested participants can apply to one of three categories: Instrumental Composition, Opera Composition, and Choral Composition. Each admitted composers will receive a performance of their new work.

Instrumental Composition Premieres with PHACE:
Participants of the Instrumental Composition Program will have their music performed by PHACE. PHACE is a premiere contemporary music ensemble who performs around the world and regularly commissions leading composers. You can learn more about PHACE here.

Opera Composition Premieres:
The VSMF is excited to announce that we are accepting four composers for our Opera Composition program. Accepted individuals for this program will have a one act opera performed in conjunction with the vocal arts program. Composers must submit a piano score by December 1st and completed orchestration by April 15th. Instrumentation will be discussed after the admittance of a participant. There are stylistic restrictions.

Choral Composition Premieres:
Accepted participants to the Choral Composition Program will have their new choral works premiered by one of Vienna's leading professional choirs. Works can be accompanied with piano or for unaccompanied Choir. Performances will take place in one of Vienna's premiere concert facilities.

Applicants for the Composers Forum should submit two original scores that best represent their skill as a composer; there are no stylistic restrictions. If applying for the Opera Composition Program, please submit one aria from your opera, it can be a work in progress. Should you be selected for an interview, we ask that you describe to us the nature of your opera and casting.

All application materials including YouTube links, audio files, and scores should be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud, or by mail to For questions regarding submitting via file sharing visit the application section of the FAQ page.
Scores should be submitted in PDF format, and recordings of these works should be submitted in MP3 or MIDI files. Files names should include the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the creation date of the score and recording.(Example: Emily Brown_Composition Forum_08/18.MP3)

All applicants should receive an initial response in 3-5 business days.
An application fee of $35 is required for submission.


Scholarships are available, and will be awarded up to €1,500 to select applicants. For those applicants that are interested in applying for scholarship, a brief scholarship application essay of no more than 500 words answering the question, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”, and a list of references should be sent in addition to application materials. The subject line should contain the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the text “Scholarship Essay.” Interested applicants will receive scholarship funds based upon their submitted audition materials and essay.

Scholarship Application Requirements:

1) 500 word Scholarship Essay answering, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”
2) A list of two to three references
All scholarship application materials should be emailed to

Opera Composition Deadline: November 15th, 2018
Instrumental and Choral Composition: April 15th, 2019

Entry Fee:$35

 Charlotte New Music Festival
Summary:Computer Music Workshop
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: June 17-29, 2019
Application Deadline:

March 31, 11:59pm

About the Max Computer Music Workshop:
Charles Nichols and Ronald Parks, faculty

The Max Computer Music Workshop (MCMW) is a two-week intensive workshop, during the Charlotte New Music Festival, focused on programming and composing interactive computer music, using the Max visual programming environment ( Faculty present a range of computer music topics, including the theory and application of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and OSC (Open Sound Control) data input, output, processing, storage, and sequencing, event timing and ordering, digital audio input, output, synthesis, recording, looping, processing, and spatialization, and the composition of interactive computer music. Participants program patches for interactive computer music, and perform their compositions in a public performance at the end of the workshop.

The workshop is intended for composers, performers, and programmers with some experience in computer music or computer programming.

Selection for the Max Computer Music Workshop is competitive, limited to 15 participants.

Daily schedule:

9 am – 12 pm: interactive computer music and Max programming lectures
12-1 pm: lunch
1-3 pm: CNMF guest composer and ensemble presentations
3-6 pm: Max programming lab
6-7 pm: dinner
7:30 pm: CNMF concerts

Participants in this workshop:

– Work with professional resident musicians to develop interactive computer music compositions and performances,
– Compose and perform interactive computer music for laptop ensembles,
– Build software synthesizers, samplers, and audio effects processors,
– Control audio recording, looping, and processing with music controllers, game controllers, smart phones, and tablets,
– Perform in the MCMW concert of the Charlotte New Music Festival,
– Receive audio and video recordings of their work


 Charlotte New Music Festival
Summary:Composers Workshop
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: Applications Open
Workshop Dates: June 17-29, 2019
Tuition: $1,995

Accommodation: Queens University of Charlotte dorms, $550 (2 weeks double occupancy), or $925 (2 weeks single oc.), breakfast included.

Application Deadline extended to March 31.

Free to apply. Applications are reviewed as they are received and acceptances are on a rolling basis.

About the Composers Workshop:

The Composers Workshop is the main event of CNMF — a two-week program that selects about thirty emerging composers to work closely with world-class performers and distinguished faculty in the creation of new works for performance at the festival. Participants will hone their craft, build their professional networks, listen to a lot of exciting new music, receive valuable and pragmatic career advice, and much more.

Participation in the Composers Workshop includes:
- Two professional performances of your music: 1) A commissioned work written for the festival. 2) A speedwriting assignment, written and performed during the festival.
- Option to perform an additional piece on our “New Music Open Mic Night.”
- High-quality audio and video recording of the performances.
- Opportunity to work with guest musicians in rehearsing your music.
- Lectures by eminent guest composers and musicians.
- Two private lessons with guest composers.
- Admission to all festival concerts.
- Making new friends and being part of a supportive artistic community.
- New professional headshot photos for portfolio/website use [optional, no extra cost].


 Screen Music Program
Summary:Film and Video Game programme
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
Details: Pavia, Italy | 22 – 31 July 2019

The Screen Music Program is an invaluable venue for emerging composers wanting to produce and promote their work, secure future commissions and job opportunities, and join other composers to create a vibrant artistic community.
With a renowned faculty, talented visiting artists and special guests from around the world, the Program explores the fundamentals of Film & Video Game scoring in a 10-day session of masterclasses, lectures, colloquiums, and workshops focused on composition.

Set every summer in historical Pavia, Northern Italy, the Program is aimed at anyone who is serious about a career in applied composition, from graduate and undergraduate students specializing in film scoring and video game music to anyone wishing to improve their craft.

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, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a cafeteria.

As a participant in the Screen Music Program, you will:
• have your work screened at the Program’s evening events held at cultural and historical sites throughout Pavia in front of a jury composed by the Program Faculty roster plus two other professional critics. The Best Composer, as determined by the jury, will receive free tuition to the next Screen Music Program;
• present your work at the Screen Music Colloquium, a daily masterclass led by Alison Plante, Clint Bajakian, and Paolo Tortiglione. You will receive a public lesson from one of them and the feedback from all the other participant composers;
• attend the lecture and the masterclass of our special guest Jeff Broadbent;
• have individual Scoring Lessons with Alison Plante, Clint Bajakian, and Paolo Tortiglione. You will have a private lesson with two of them;
• attend the daily ‘Scoring to Game Design’ workshop with Diego Ricchiuti;
• attend daily lectures on Spotting and Scoring, Compositional Devices, Applied Composition to DAW Scoring, Music under Dialogue and Narration by our international faculty members;
• be part of the Program’s Alumni and join one of the largest international network of film composers, accessing new opportunities, commissions, collaborations, and screenings.

You will also have access to:
• a welcome buffet;
• a guided tour of the city of Pavia;
• all the Program’s parties.

All classes are taught in English. The tuition for the Screen Music Program is 1,699 Euros. APPLY NOW!

Tuition includes full accommodation in a shared room at the university campus from July, 22 (check-in) to July, 31 (check-out). Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, and free wireless internet connection. The facility also includes a study room, a self-service laundry, a bicycle parking area, a newly built fitness center, a beauty SPA, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a cafeteria. A roommate will be assigned to each participant, unless preference for a specific roommate is otherwise stated. A free transportation pass for city buses as well as a festival personal ID card will be provided to every participant. Our English speaking staff will be available and assisting 24 hours a day.
Not covered in tuition is airfare, passport fees, transportation to/from the festival, meals, laundry, phone charges, activities/entertainment during free periods, supplementary maid service, any insurance, etc.

Fill in the application form and submit the required materials by the following deadlines.
April 26, 2019 – Application deadline;
April 29, 2019 – Notification of acceptance;
May 15, 2019 – Payment in full of tuition/accommodation;
May 31, 2019 – Excerpt submission.

Screen Music Program, Euros 1,699 – Apply now!
Fill in the application form with the following materials before April 26:
• a resume;
• a link to one of your audio files, of any length and genre, representing your style. Live recordings, Virtual instruments, or a combination of the two are all eligible;
• (optional) the score of the submitted track.

Applicants will be selected according to the quality of the submitted works. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to send an excerpt of your track to be showcased during the Evening Composition Showcase events. The excerpt to be showcased…
• …is due before May 31;
• …cannot exceed 6 minutes in length;
• …enters the prize for Best Composer.

 Advanced Composition with Harrison Birtwistle
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: 27 March 2019
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Deadline: 9am, 27 March 2019

Details: Sir Harrison Birtwistle will be leading an immersive course focusing on creating new music for the Gildas Quartet, the outstanding young clarinet trio Tritium Trio, and trumpeter Lucy Humphris, and culminating in performances at the end of the week. The course will take place from the 17 – 24 August.

Cost: From £120

Contact: For more information, please visit:

Summary:Call for Submission: Composition Course
Deadline: 10 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 February 2019
Details: Deadlines: March 1, March 15 and April 10

The Saint-Petersburg Contemporary Music Center «» announces the VI St. Petersburg International New Music Festival, taking place from May 20th — 26th, 2019. The Festival is a point of intersection where the diverse world views of contemporary composers meet at a crossroads of musical paths that have emerged in the past few years. The festival program has numerous highlights; instead of relying on the form of traditional concerts it will be additionally offering composition course, master classes, scientific conference, presentations, forum, educational lectures and workshops.

The Composition Course will be held from May 17th — 26th in St. Petersburg. This creative composing lab is an exciting opportunity for young and emerging composers from around the world. Twenty-five composers will be selected through a portfolio application process to meet and work with honors composers and internationally-acclaimed ensembles invited to this year’s festival.
During the 9 days, the Composition Course gives participants access to distinguished composers, concerts, and masterclasses while affording each participant ample time to compose in a relaxed environment and enjoy the famous White Nights Season in St. Petersburg, Russia!



May 17th (Arrival Date) — 27th (Departure Date), 2019.


Raphaël Cendo (France), Oscar Bianchi (Switzerland), and Vladimir Tarnopolsky (Russia).


All composers age 18 and over


All applications must be submitted online. The jury will select 25 composers into three groups*:
6 Composers (Group A), 14 Composers (Group B), and 5 Composers (Group C). Each group gives participants a possibility to advance their skills through the following opportunities:

Group A
● 3 hours of individual lessons (One lesson with each tutor);
● Performance and professional recording of their work at one of the festival concerts;
● 45-minutes presentation of their work;
● Access to all events and concerts.

Group B
● 3 hours of individual lessons (One lesson with each tutor);
● Performance a part of their work during 1—2 workshops/reading sessions with soloists and ensembles-in-residence;
● 45-minutes presentation of their work;
● Access to all events and concerts.

Group C
● 3 hours of individual lessons (One lesson with each tutor);
● 45-minutes presentation of their work;
● Access to all events and concerts.

Free Auditors
Auditors are welcome to join the St. Petersburg International New Music Festival. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn from the accomplished artists and be immersed within the excitement of the Festival. All auditors receive all the benefits of observing experienced artists working with students. They will additionally have access to all concerts, and events.

The Festival is definitely a good reason to come to St. Petersburg in May. Participating at this event will give you an opportunity to see St. Petersburg with the eyes of the insider and enjoy the famous White Nights Season on St. Pete’s Bridges!

* You may apply for multiple selection groups.


In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

Group A
● 2-3 scores (submitted electronically in .pdf format via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Recordings of 1-2 works (submitted electronically via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Biography.

At least one of the scores must to be submitted for one of the following lineups:
– flute, clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion (1-5 performers)
– piano and string quartet (1-5 performers)
– 2 pianos, 2 percussionists (1-4 performers)

Adding electronics to each lineup is possible, but before you submit your application, please send your technical rider to check the details.
email us at

Composers admitted to the composition course (Group A) must send, no later than Friday, March 15th, 2019, the score and the instrumental parts of the piece to be used for performance in the concert.

Group B
● 2-3 scores (submitted electronically in .pdf format via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Recordings of 1-2 works (submitted electronically via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Biography.

Applicants are requested in the below list to select two of the available instrumental lineups for participation in the workshops/reading sessions (the selection committee accepts 1 or 2 of them):
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion (1-6 performers)
alto saxophone, soprano saxophone (one soloist)
2 pianos, 2 percussionists (1-4 performers)
flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello (1-6 performers)

Composers admitted to the workshop (Group B) must send, no later than Friday, April 5, 2019, the score and the instrumental parts of the piece to be used for participation in the workshop.

Group C
● 2-3 scores (submitted electronically in .pdf format via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Recordings of 1-2 works (submitted electronically via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Biography.


Group A: €540
Group B: €430
Group C: €290
Free auditors: €150

Payment can be made in two instalments: after selection results and upon arrival to Saint-Petersburg.


1— 3 Participants will be selected to be performed on the next Festival in 2020 and their work to be published by Edition


● English Language
● International students will receive an official invitation to the festival from the Saint-Petersburg Contemporary Music Center "". Students living in countries that have visa services with the Russian Federation, must apply for their visa, independently, at the nearest embassy or consulate of the Russian Federation.
● Travel, housing, living costs and visa expenses are the individual responsibility of the participants and is not responsible for paying that.


● Group A: 1st March 2019 (The results will be announced on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019);
● Group B: 15th March 2019 (The results will be announced on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019);
● Group C: 10th April 2019 (The results will be announced on Monday, April 15th, 2019);
● Free Auditors: 25th April 2019.

There’s no application fee.

 PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course Summer Seminar 2019
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Date Posted: 13 February 2019
Details: Lucca, Italy, July 15 th to 27 th 2019

Come and study how to write opera in Lucca, the city of Giacomo Puccini

The Puccini International Opera Composition Course is addressed to composers (both with or without an academic degree) willing to investigate thoroughly all compositional techniques in use in Opera writing today, focusing both on the Italian tradition and on the genre’s contemporary international developments.

The course’s aim is to hand down the great opera tradition, having as a target the creation of new operas, bridging the past and the future in a new and enthralling vision.

Participants will get to a deeper understanding of the various aspects of composing for Opera theatre.
- At the end of the course, each participant must submit a complete pre-project for a new chamber opera, writing a section or a full score for voice and piano (at least 25 minutes)
- The best projects will be selected to be performed as mise-en-scene at the ‘Puccini Chamber Opera Festival 2020’ in collaboration with Teatro del Giglio of Lucca
- All scores produced will be published and recorded video/audio by EMA Vinci

Applicants must submit the following materials for selection: - CV
- Project scheme of a chamber opera for max 1 voice and piano (reduction)
- Full score and audio file of an orchestral or chamber composition*
- Full score or voice/piano score and audio file of a vocal composition*
*midi files can be accepted
All materials must be e-mailed to
Submission deadline: April, 30th 2019
Eligible composers will be contacted by: May, 15th 2019. Committee selection: Francesco Cipriano (President of Cluster), Girolamo Deraco, Antonio Agostini.
Knowledge of English or Italian language is required
A minimum of 4 eligible composers is required for the course to start

- 12 days of classes
- group and individual classes - lectures by Guest Artists

Main subjects
• - Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco
• - Opera: James Ogburn
• - Traditional operatic and contemporary singing: Maria Elena Romanazzi
• - Graphic scores for opera: Luigi Esposito
• - Analysis: Antonio Agostini, Stefano Teani
• - The theatre as a music box: Aldo Tarabella

Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco Individual classes
- Elements of instrumental composition - Elements of vocal composition
- Elements of orchestration
- Elements of playwriting for the opera

Group classes
- Composition of operatic elements - Musictheater (“opera” applied to instrumental writing, with or without voice)
- Musictheater, Chamber Opera, Opera elements of analysis. Musical perception

Lectures by Guest Artists
- ‘Traditional operatic and contemporary singing’ Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano)
- ‘Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan’ write an Opera in loco, visiting composer James Ogburn (Composer, Professor of Composition at the Columbus State University, Georgia, USA)
- ‘Graphic scores for opera’ Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer/Pianist and Writer)
- Analysis of ‘Il Prigioniero – Luigi Dallapiccola’ Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
- Analysis of ‘Areas’ Stefano Teani (Composer, Pianist)
- ‘The Theatre as a music box’ Aldo Tarabella (Opera Director, Composer, Artistic Director of the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca)
- ‘Dr. Streben – How to finalize an opera project’ Girolamo Deraco

VENUES (all venues are situated in the historical center of Lucca) The course will take place at:
• - Banca Del Monte di Lucca Foundation palace
• - ‘Giacomo Puccini’ Foundation
• - Teatro del Giglio

July 15 th to 27th 2019

Participants: € 1300 Auditors: € 250

Travel, accommodation and food are not included in costs.

‘Giacomo Puccini’ Foundation donates a scholarship to a composer to study opera in Lucca. The scholarship will be assigned after a selection by the committee of the course.

The course will include a free entrance at the Puccini Museum - Casa natale, Lucca (the house where Giacomo Puccini was born)

Lucca is an important music cultural and tourist destination. Very important composers were born in the city, such as: Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani and many others.
Lucca is easily accessible by train from international airports in Rome and Milan, or can be reached from regional airports in Pisa, Florence, with trains and busses connections.

Lucca is also close to many touristic places such as: Pisa (30 minutes), Florence (1.5 hours), Cinque Terre (2 hours), Siena (2.5 hours), Rome (3 hours), and Viareggio (30 minutes - the ‘beach’ of Lucca).

For further information (travel & lodging, classes and program details, food discounts...) Cristina Rosamilia: - +39 349 52 34 531

 Sound and Music Summer School
Summary:Summer School for Young Composers
Deadline: 08 April 2019
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: What is it?

The Sound and Music Summer School is a week-long residential that gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your musical creativity. Whether you’re into songwriting or jazz, film music or classical, this is your chance to take things to the next level. Be inspired by professional composers, musicians and your peers; experience new
areas of musical creation from composing for moving image to writing for the
voice and expand the limits of your imagination!

How does it work?

During the residential, you’ll be able to work in your own style
of music-making, whilst also working with other composers and musicians to
explore new and different ways of making music. At the end of the week, your
new piece of music will be performed by professional musicians and you’ll
receive a recording of the piece of work you have created!

Who is it for?

SaM Summer School is for young composers and creative musicians
aged 14-18. You need to be a UK resident or a UK citizen living overseas. As
this is such a unique week, we may give priority to people who haven’t been
before over those who have been to two previous Summer Schools.

Where, when, how much?

Join us at The Purcell School, a specialist music school which is the perfect
environment for a week of creativity. The week takes place from the 4 – 10 August 2019. Attending the Summer School costs £500, which includes all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities!

Need some support?

We are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to
attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Contact us if you
would like more information on how we can help.

We are also committed to being inclusive of young disabled people,
those with learning difficulties and other access requirements. You are welcome
to get in touch at any point in the application process to have a chat about
how we can best help you make the most of the week. Visit our Contact and Support page.

Ready to apply?

Visit the Apply Now page! You’ll need to provide us with some information
about yourself and your experience as a composer or music creator, and have a
piece of music in a written format to share with us (more info on what we mean
by written format on the Apply Now page!)

Want to get in touch?

Send us an email,
020 7759 1800

 Composing and Arranging for School Bands
Summary:Workshop Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: The workshop, “Composing and Arranging for School Bands,” is being offered this summer, July 22-26, 2019, by The University of the Arts (Philadelphia). The course is designed for composers and arrangers interested in strengthening/improving their writing while broadening their audience to any level of school band. Topics include writing inside the school band “grading system,” getting published, marketing your music to the school band community, and more. During the week, participants will have the opportunity to create, refine and present their music for helpful feedback. To learn more, check out the video course description at the following link:

To register, visit: Questions? Email

 She Lives Masterclass
Deadline: 12 June 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: We are very pleased to announce the 2019 She Lives Master Class in Composition!

Our Master Class in Composition became a most significant course for emerging composers in the international panorama and had the pleasure to have partecipants from the four corners of the world: Germany, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Ireland, China, US, UK, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Russia.

During the years of our activity we were able to put our students in contact with the most prestigious institutions in the world and supporting them in the development of their career as professional composers. Some of our Alumni have established themselves as very promising figures in the compositional panorama winning prestigious competitions and having their piece performed by reknown ensembles and orchestras.

Our musical association had the privilege to work with some of the most important institutions and artists in the international panorama: Solisti della Scala di Milano, Roma Opera House, Accademia Chigiana, Filarmonica Romana, Fondazione Scelsi, Royal Embassy of Norway, Swiss Institute in Rome, Warner Classics and great artists such as Peter Eötvös and Lasse Thoresen.

General Info
Period: 6-10 August 2019
Place: Zeneház (House of Music) seat of Concerto Budapest Orchestra.
Address: Páva utca 10, 1094 – Budapest
Ensemble in Residence: piano, clarinet and string quartet (members of The National Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Opera House and Concerto Armonico). Ensemble conducted by Andreas Luca Beraldo.
Final Concert: 10 August – House of Music. Budapest

Professors: Sidney Corbett, Alessio Elia


Sidney Corbett / Alessio Elia
– On writing for ensemble, with analytic examples from Ligeti, Lachenmann, Corbett, Romitelli, Scelsi, Elia, Grisey.

Alessio Elia
– Polysystemism, a simultaneous employment of different tuning systems. A compositional approach to microtonality related to the physical dimension of sound.
(Seminar based on lectures held at Cité de la Musique, The Hungarian Academy of Arts and Chigiana Academy)

Sidney Corbett
– Morphology and formal prototypes. Writing techniques.

The pieces of the students are analyzed and discussed by Corbett and Elia from the point of view of compositional techniques and aesthetics. The conductor and editor Andreas Luca Beraldo will provide instead a conductorial and editorial approach.

Active students are entitled to attend the courses, and invited to discuss their own works with professors during individual meetings. They can also take part to the final concert with a piece written for the ensemble in residence.

Passive participants are entitled to attend the courses and the discussions of active students about their works, but they cannot discuss their own works with the professors.
Passive participants are invited to attend the rehearsals and the final concert of active students, but they cannot propose their own works.

The course is held in English.
Individual meetings can be done in the following languages:
Sidney Corbett: English, German, Spanish
Alessio Elia: English, Italian, German, Hungarian

The course provides the performance of the students pieces during the final concert (10 August – h. 19:30, House of Music).
Composers who wish to apply as active partecipants are invited to write a piece for the ensemble in residence (with conductor):

Piano, clarinet and string quartet

The piece can be written for any combination of the instruments present in the ensemble, from solo instrument to the whole group and must not be longer than 7 minutes.
Scores and parts, preferably written with a music notation software (Finale, Sibelius, etc.), must be sent as a pdf file no later than 12 June 2019, to the following e-mail address:

The best pieces will be address to major musical instutions for possible concerts and have the possibility to be published by Edition Impronta Mannheim.

To apply send via e-mail ( the following documents:

Active partecipant

Deadline: 12 June 2019

Curriculum Vitae
receipt of payment of preselection process 100 € (non refundable)
the piece written for the ensemble in residence (any combination of the instruments present in the ensemble, from solo instrument to the whole group, and no longer than 7 minutes). Within one week of submission the applicant will be notified about participation either as an active or passive student. Subsequently it will be necessary to pay the remaining registration fee in accordance with the result of the application process (if selected as active partecipant it should be corresponded the remaining 460 €; if selected as passive partecipant it should be corresponded the remaining 200 €).


Active Participant connected with Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition

Deadline: 15 May 2019

This year She Lives has the pleasure to have established a connection with Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition.

Applicants who will apply within 15 May 2019 has the right to apply to Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition without paying the competition fee for the first work sent (visit also the Impronta Ensemble website).

The list of instrument for the Impronta Ensemble Competition is the same of the She Lives Master Class (clarinet, piano and string quartet) and the maximum duration of the piece is extended to a maximum of 10 minutes (there is no minimum duration).

Prizes include monetary prizes, publication of the works by Impronta Edition, performances and scholarships for the She Lives Master Class 2019.


I: 1.000 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance

II: 500 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance

Special Prizes

2 Scholarships of 200 EUR each to take part to this SHE LIVES Master Class 2019 in Composition in Budapest as active student
Antonio Perilli Prize: 200 EUR + publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance
Edition Prize: Publication of the piece by Impronta-Edition + performance
Applicant who decide to apply to the Master Class with this formula must clearly declare it in the email. In this case the piece written for the Master Class will be addressed anonymously by our organization to the Jury Board of the Impronta Competition.

The Competition gives to the applicant the possibility to send a maximum of 5 works. Applicant to the She Lives Master Class will not pay the Impronta Ensemble Competition fee for the first piece sent. Additional pieces (up to a maximum of 5 including the piece sent for the Master Class) can be sent by corresponding a fee of 25 € each. The amount for the additional pieces must be sent to She Lives bank account (see it at the bottom of the page).

The works sent may have already been performed but not previously published.

In order to apply with this formula, send to She Lives e-mail address (

1) Score(s) in PDF format. Submitted pieces must be anonymous, only the title of the piece should appear on the score. Handwritten scores will be also accepted, but they should be perfectly readable.

2) Short biography of the composer

3) Commentary of the submitted works (NOT compulsory)

4) MP3 of performance recording, if any (NOT compulsory)

5) Receipt or screenshot of entry fee payment for additional pieces (if any)

6) Registration form filled in and signed (download it here)

7) Receipt of payment of preselection process for the She Lives Master Class, 100 € (non refundable)

Winning composers must provide the parts within 1 July 2019.

The winning works will be announced latest by 31st May 2019. The decision of the jury is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms as well as in private emails.

The preselection process for the She Lives Master Class will be announce after the announcement of the winners of the Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition and no later then 31 May 2019.

Apply directly as Passive partecipant

Deadline: 12 June 2019

a copy of identity card or passport
receipt of payment of the registration fee (300 €)


Course Fees
Active Students: 560 €
Listeners: 300 €

The fees should be sent to the following Bank Account

Associazione SHE LIVES
IBAN: IT17H0335901600100000131702
BIC/SWIFT (per le transazioni internazionali): BCITITMX
Banca Prossima – Filiale di Milano, Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10, 20121 Milano

SHE LIVES Address: Piazza della Libertà 20, 00192 – Roma (Italy).

Deadline for enrollment and delivery of the pieces and parts

12 June 2019 (active partecipant)

15 May 2019 (active partecipant via Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition)

12 June 2019 (passive partecipant)


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.


 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.

 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?