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 Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Summary:Orchestral Reading Session
Deadline: 28 October 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, is pleased to offer an orchestral composition career development session for Canadian composers. The purpose of the session is to offer composers an opportunity to hear their works rehearsed in a professional orchestral setting, while gaining experience working alongside a professional organization. Participants will receive feedback from TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and will have an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with TSO Guest Conductor David Robertson, members of the orchestra, the TSO Principal Librarian, and the TSO Affiliate Composer.

The Orchestral Composition Reading & Career Development Session will include:
• Library session led by TSO Librarian Gary Corrin with TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel on Monday, November 19, 2018
• TSO Reading session on Saturday, January 12, 2019 conducted by TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha
• Feedback session with TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha and TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, and representative musicians from the orchestra’s woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections on Saturday, January 12, 2019
• Opportunity to attend a rehearsal for the TSO performance at the 21C Music Festival on January 15/16, 2019
• Opportunity to attend the TSO performance at the 21C Music Festival Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8 pm.
• One individual follow-up lesson/mentorship session with TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel
• Composers will receive a copy of an archival recording of their work for their personal review and/or grant application purposes.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is committed to the support and development of orchestral repertoire that reflects the diversity of Canada. We welcome applications from diverse cultural and regional communities. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority.

• Open to all Canadian composers, with no age restrictions.
• Each composer may submit one work for consideration.
• Works must not have been commissioned by a professional orchestra.
• Previously performed works are eligible. Unperformed (or underperformed) works are encouraged.
• There is no duration limit, though shorter works (under eight minutes) are encouraged. An excerpt or movement from a longer work may also be considered.
• Submissions should not exceed the following instrumentation: timp + 3 Strings
• Works requiring vocals or electronics are not eligible.
• Concertos are not eligible.
• The chosen composers are expected to attend reading session activities (details below). If a selected composer is unable to attend the reading, another composer’s work will be chosen.
• NB The TSO does not provide travel or accommodation costs for composers to attend either the preparatory session with TSO Library or the Orchestral Score Reading Session.

Submission Guidelines:
Composers are required to submit materials electronically. Please use the online submission form to provide the following:

• Orchestral score (PDF)
• Audio, if available, of the submitted work. Audio files can be uploaded through the online form, or applicants can provide a link to streaming audio. MIDI realizations are acceptable.
• Composer CV (5 pages maximum)
• Short statements in response to two questions

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 28, 2018
The online form will be closed at midnight (12:00am EST) on Sunday, October 28 2018

Selection Process:

• Up to five composers will be selected to participate in the Orchestral Composition Reading & Career Development Session.
• The scores will be chosen by a jury consisting of a representative musician from the orchestra, Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, and an external composer (TBD) chosen in consultation with the Canadian Music Centre.
• Successful applicants will be contacted at the latest by two weeks after the submission deadline.

Preparation of Scores and Parts for Orchestral Composition Reading Session:

• Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet with TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin, and TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel at the TSO library on Monday, November 19, 2018 (details below; time TBC). There will be an opportunity to review formatting details before the parts are extracted and printed by the composer (details to follow).
• A list of requirements will be provided to the composer in preparation for the Friday December 7, 2018 score and parts deadline.
• The successful applicant must be able to deliver printed parts and two large format conductor scores by Friday December 7, 2018. Parts and scores should meet all professional standards as outlined.

Summary of Activities:

TSO Library Session: On Monday, November 19, 2018, in advance of the reading session, there will be a library session led by TSO Librarian Gary Corrin with TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel. The session will cover part preparation techniques in advance of the composer’s own extraction and printing of his/her/their parts for the reading session. Although attendance is encouraged, teleconferencing options will be made available for composers residing outside Toronto who are unable to attend the library session.

Orchestral Composition Reading Session: The reading session during which each work will receive a reading of approximately 20-30 minutes will take place on Saturday January 12, 2019, at Roy Thomson Hall, from 10:00am to 12:30pm conducted by Gary Kulesha. All composers must be able to attend in person. The reading session will be followed by two feedback sessions:

• Feedback session with TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel and TSO Guest conductor David Robertson.
• Feedback session with representative musicians from the orchestra’s woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections.
Although the Orchestral Composition Reading Session is closed to the general public, the TSO invites special guests to attend. Composers are encouraged to invite family, friends and colleagues to attend.

Additional Opportunities:

Composers selected to take part in the Orchestral Score Reading Session may schedule an individual follow-up lesson/mentorship session with Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, either in person or over teleconference by July 1, 2019.

The TSO extends an invitation to the selected composers to attend the TSO Masterworks concert at 8:00pm on Saturday January 12, 2019 at Roy Thomson Hall. The concert program includes works by Sibelius, Stravinsky and Weill, and will be conducted by David Robertson and will feature violinist Leila Josefowicz.

The TSO extends an invitation to the selected composers to attend a rehearsal for the TSO’s performance at the 21C Music Festival on either January 15 or 16, 2019 (time TBC); and attend the 21C Music Festival concert at Koerner Hall on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00pm (featuring works by Dorothy Chang, Terry Riley, Dinuk Wijeratne, Jocelyn Morlock, Emilie LeBel, and Stewart Goodyear).

The TSO’s and CMC’s social media channels will be used to promote the selected composers.

Members of the TSO’s and/or CMC’s marketing team may be at concerts, rehearsals, and in backstage areas photographing (no video or audio recording) and writing accounts of behind-the-scenes activities. Unless notified in writing that an Orchestral Composition Reading Session composer declines participation in the TSO’s social media initiative, the TSO is granted permission to capture his/her/their image for distribution on TSO social media channels including (but not limited to) Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Orchestral Composition Reading Session composers are also encouraged to share behind-the-scenes photos and perspectives from his/her/their own accounts. Make sure to tag @torontosymphony and @cmcnational!

All inquiries should be sent to:

Susana Almeida
416.593.7769 X 263

 Luna Composition Lab
Summary:Development opportunity for young female composers
Deadline: 22 October 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: It is with much excitement that we announce the third season of Luna
Composition Lab,
a program that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young female composers.
Luna Composition Lab was founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid in collaboration with Face the Music at the Kaufman
Center, and garnered attention from the New York Times, Musical America, and other outlets in its first two seasons. Luna Composition Lab acts as a platform for a career in the arts. Alumni have been commissioned to compose for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,
Opera Omaha, and members of the Louisville Symphony, and have made connections within the contemporary music community (at the Metropolitan Opera, BAM, and Beth Morrison Projects, among others) during their week of activities in New York City.

“I am very grateful that Luna Lab has introduced me to a vibrant community of other young female composers. The masterclasses I attend outside
of the Lab mostly consist of male students and teachers, so the Luna Lab community encouragingly defies the status quo. I am also really excited to hear my piece performed live; it is often hard for young composers to get to hear their pieces in real time.
Having a live recording of my favorite piece in my portfolio will also be really useful for future composition competition applications, leading, in turn, to more opportunities on the horizon.” —
Carolina Bragg, 2017-2018 Fellow

Luna Composition Lab provides aspiring young female composers

One-on-one mentorship and bi-weekly Skype lessons with an established female composer
from November 1 – June 30

Performance opportunity in New York City as part of the Face the Music concert

A week of masterclasses, workshops, backstage tours, concerts, and networking events
in New York City

High-quality recordings of their work

Participation in rehearsals and coachings at the Kaufman Music Center through Face
the Music

Instant access to a network of professional performers and composers as well as
the chance to meet other aspiring young female composers

Mentors participating in Luna Lab this season are
Reena Esmail,
Kristin Kuster,
Tamar Muskal,
Gity Razaz,
and Ellen Reid

Partnerships with New Amsterdam Records, National Sawdust, New York Philharmonic's Young Composer Program, and the Contemporaneous

Luna Lab Fellows will work with a mentor to create a new work that will premiere in New York City the first week of May, 2019. All Fellows
are required to be at the premiere in New York. (Travel stipends are available.) A final score of the new work will be due March 15, 2019, with drafts of the work-in-progress due on January 15, 2019 and February 15, 2019.


1. Register for the Call for Scores program by calling 212-501-3360. There
is a $40 registration fee.

2. Submit a score (and a recording if one is available, MIDI
is acceptable) of one original composition via email to

Due date is October 22, 2018.

Accepted fellows will be notified by October
29, 2018.


Applicants should be in 8th
grade – first year of college.

Applicants must be self identified female
or gender non-conforming.

Composers who have already participated
in Luna Lab are asked to wait a year before applying again.

For questions about eligibility, contact
Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh, Operations and Development Manager, at

If travel costs to New York City pose a financial challenge, please still apply. While we cannot guarantee that
we will cover all travel costs, funding is available to help facilitate Fellows’ attendance at the premiere of their work. Requests will be considered on the basis of need and available funding.

To learn more about being a part of Luna Composition Lab, please
visit our website at:

 2019 Barlow Prize
Summary:$12,000 Commission
Deadline: 01 June 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Barlow Prize 2019

$12,000 Commission
New Work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics. The work will be performed by a consortium of choirs (TBD) in 2021.

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the commission is signed, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.


There are no restrictions or preferences with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are:

1) Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered in the Prize competition. FAQS

2) The Barlow Endowment is only able to grant commissions to composers who are not included among the premiering performers, conductors, directors, or agents of the commissioned work.

3) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible. FAQS


New procedures for applying: Start the application process for the Barlow Prize by clicking on the application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and with the application PDF attached.

• Please note that all submissions are final. After submitting the application, applicants may not change or add anything to their submission.
• Your application is saved automatically. If you close the application before submitting, you must re-open the application link from the same device on which you began your application. Note: sound files are not saved or uploaded until the application is submitted.
• Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
• Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail (not email) and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores total. (REMINDER: submit EXACTLY two physical scores. No electronic scores will be accepted.) FAQS
-Of the two works you submit, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation).
-The other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. It need not be exact, but can feature the category in another context. The judges will be interested in seeing how you handle the instrument(s) in as close a context as you can show.
-Additionally, one of these two chosen compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five (5) years old.
-The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities.
• Recordings should be uploaded as part of the application form and should be uploaded in .aac or .mp3 formats only. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Live recordings are strongly encouraged; MIDI realizations are discouraged. Judges will not review DVDs or CDs. FAQS
• The Endowment will not contact applicants if their uploaded .mp3 recordings do not work.


Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. This deadline is absolute—the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications or materials received after that date. We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays. Note: the university does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays. FAQS

 NextNotes High School Composition Awards
Summary:Programme for young composers
Deadline: 07 January 2019
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: NextNotes High School Composition Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition – in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process. *NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON*

Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert and also be eligible to receive up to $500 in “bring it home” funds to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Thanks to a partnership with MakeMusic Inc., the six NextNotes winners will also receive free Finale software and be eligible to nominate one teacher to receive the NextNotes Music Teacher Award. Recipients of the NextNotes Music Teacher Award will each receive a free one-year subscription to SmartMusic.

Up to thirty applicants will be chosen as an Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their composition from the panel of judges.

All entrants who submit all required materials and are deemed eligible applicants will receive a free one-year American Composers Forum student membership and a free one-year subscription to Noteflight Premium.

 The Space City New Music Festival
Summary:New Music Festival Composing and Networking Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) is a one-of-a-kind summer festival in Texas housed in the heart of downtown Houston near the Theater District at the new arts facility: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

SCNMF is a week-long summer festival that brings composers, performers, conductors, and teachers together to collaborate on newly composed works, study contemporary music, build lifelong relationships, and present 3 to 4 concerts for the community of Houston.

The 2018 Space City New Music Festival will be working and collaborating with:

- Guest Composer: Marcus K. Maroney
- Guest Artist: Crystal Chu (solo percussion)
- Guest Chamber Ensemble: 3G Percussion

Festival participants will have the opportunities to:
- Collaborate, promote, and perform newly composed works with guest artists
- Attend masterclasses and full-length concerts showcasing our guest composer, artist, and chamber ensemble
- Take composition lessons with guest composer, Marcus K. Maroney
- Perform for the community of Houston
- Each piece is guaranteed at least one performance by one of our guest artists.

Categories & required materials
I. Composer
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 representative scores for any combination of instruments with a LIVE Recording/MIDI (preferably scored from 1-6 performers)
- A list of works
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

II. Performers
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 recordings (audio and/or video) of you performing in contrasting styles
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

III. Conductors
- Completed 2018 Application
- Up to 2 videos (around 15 minutes total) of you conducting chamber and/or large ensembles (preferably contemporary music)
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

IV. Auditors
- Completed 2018 Application
- A brief resumé

Web Site:www.spacecityperformingarts.or...

 Arts Letters & Numbers
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 05 April 2018
Details: Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived. Since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

Update: We are excited to announce a new addition to our Artist in Residence Program: Day Residency - For commuting artists. Over the course of the last three years we have seen the great impact the program has had on national and international artists. With such a diverse community of creative people we have realized it’s time to make the program more accessible for regionally based artists. A Day Resident will follow the same application procedure, apply for 1-12 weeks residency, and have access to all working facilities, just like any other artists who joins the program. More information below.

Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.

Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

Residency History
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.

Duration of Residency
Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Due to our annual Summer Workshop, we do not accept any Residencies between July 1st and August 15th.

Residency Fee and Accommodation
Shared accommodations sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private rooms $275/week
You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in one of our nine bedrooms; these vary in size and, we offer both private and shared arrangements. (Although all three of our bathrooms are shared). We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need.
One of our traditions has been the sharing of ideas over a great meal, and this has become a vital part of Arts Letters & Numbers. We will all share one kitchen and though you are individually responsible for your food, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.

Day Residency
Day Residency, no accommodation included $95/week
The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.

Studio / Workspace
Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time. Currently, the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not to be used for creative work. In addition to the Mill we also have our Barn, located next to the house. This flexible indoor - outdoor space serves as our main studio space, with additional more private spaces to be found in the Houseas well as space for our 9' grand Baldwin piano.

Expectations Towards the Artist
Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.

Available Weekly Happenings
Monday Evening: T-time; serious casual discussion, linkage making, mounting of enquiries for critical reception and processing with other minds, development of discourse, emergent language to signify thoughts and works and ways of thinking through work, relating experience to abstraction and larger contexts.
Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community
Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast
Other available happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Construction, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)

Disciplines Support and Technical Information
The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed within 14 - 30 days. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at

There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange discount.


 New Music Message Board
Summary:Opportunity to connect with performers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: This is a new group dedicated to connecting composers of new works with performers of new music. Composers can post whatever they feel comfortable. Performers can search for the desired instrumentation with the search tool, and hopefully curate some performances. Please don't hesitate to post as many works as you would like.

The group is in the formative stages, and will hopefully grow from a Facebook group to a professional website and online community. So, please share the group with anyone who may be interested from anywhere in the world!!

 BBC Introducing
Summary:Showcase Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 April 2016
Details: Whether you’re a performer or composer writing music under any classical style BBC Introducing is a fantastic platform to get involved with. Introducing has been supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar since 2007, giving new UK artists a chance to get their music out to new fans. To date the Uploader has had from over 150,000 artists and have seen many of them go on to achieve fantastic milestones in their career from recording a session at Maida Vale to headlining Glastonbury!With BBC Introducing the process is simple; you go to and share your music via the BBC Introducing Uploader. A team of presenters and producers here at Radio 3 will then listen to your music and choose a selection of the best compositions and performances to play on the station.From performing at a BBC showcase to being approached by other composers and writers, there are lots of opportunities that could you could send your music to us via the BBC Uploader and, in some cases, be played on the radio just hours later. If you’re an emerging musician and looking for new opportunities then head over to the for opportunities on Radio 3 and beyond.

 C4 Ensemble
Summary:Call for choral scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 18 September 2012
Details: The C4 ensemble invites composers to submit scores for chorus and electronics for possible future performances. More details can be obtained from the ensemble via the link listed above.