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Summary:Workshop Orchestral Opportunity
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: If you are a COMPOSER 30-years-old or younger, you are invited to submit an orchestral score for consideration for the 2018 Cabrillo Composers Workshop, July 28 thru August 1.

Composers are invited to submit ONE score only, recording (MIDI versions are acceptable) and a resume, no later than March 1, 2018. Materials must be submitted via Slideroom, link below. After carefully reviewing the details outlined below, if you have any questions or wish to discuss the program in greater detail, please feel free to contact Lyndsey Loosley, Cabrillo Festival’s Director of Artistic Operations at 831.426.6966 or via the contact form below.

July 28 through August 1, 2018 in Santa Cruz, California

Composer Huang Ruo, and Maestros Cristian Măcelaru and Octavio Más-Arocas; with additional participation by Festival composers-in-residence.

2 rehearsals
1 concert: features two performances of each work of 5-7 minutes by three participating composers, performed by members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and led by six participating conductors. Each composer will receive recordings of their work from the final performance.

5 violin I – 4 violin II – 3 violas – 3 cellos – 2 basses (strings are listed as players not stands)
2 flutes (2nd dbl pic) – 2 oboes (2nd dbl eng horn)
2 clarinet (1 dbl e-flat & 2nd dbl bass) – 2 bassoons (2nd dbl contra)
2 horns – 2 trumpets – 2 trombones ( 1 tenor, 1 bass) – 1 tuba
1 timpani – up to 4 percussion – harp – piano

HOUSING: Information on suggested hotel accommodations will be relayed to selected composers.

FELLOWSHIPS: a $1,250 fellowship is available to each composer to help offset out-of-pocket expenses, including housing.

COMPOSERS under age 30 may submit the following no later than March 1, 2018:
1. Include one short curriculum vitae
2. Include ONE orchestral score for consideration along with ONE recording, OR a you may submit one score that best represents your work (w/ recording) if you intend to revise or compose a new piece for the program. (Selected composers will be required to submit final scores and parts to arrive no later than June 15, 2018.) You will be asked to indicate if you intend to write a new work, plan to revise the submitted work or are submitting the work as-is. Any work submitted for consideration that is longer than 7 minutes will need to be revised. Selected works for the “In the Works” program must be between 5-7 minutes long.

A $6 Slideroom fee will be charged to all applicants applying for the 2018 Composers Workshop. Notification will take place by March 31, 2018.

 Darmstadt Summer Course 2018
Summary:Call for Projects: Workshop Composer-Performer
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: Tutors: David Helbich and Jennifer Walshe
Workshop with selection procedure
For participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018
Maximum capacity: 8

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2018
First Meeting 26-30 March 2018 at 
Performing Arts Forum (PAF) in St Erme Outre et Ramecourt / France

The composer-performer workshop invites people who work with a performative approach to composition and research, those who are curious about the performativity of sound and music.

• composer as performer
• physicality & theatre as compositional elements

We are interested in composition which is deeply inspired by the history and state of sound and music as well as by the outcomes of many years of performance art, theatre, dance and much more. We believe that this necessarily re-
quires a strong focus and a different, very open and challenging way of com-posing and preparing pieces for performance.

The people we want to bring together for this workshop are those who seek to move fluidly between the positions of writing and performing, making and doing, planning and trying. Open to re-defining how composing and performing might work, open to becoming someone different through that process.

We will choose a group of people with the potential to work and create together. Our focus is on work, on the process, rather than the finished product. We will though, of course, finish the workshop in Darmstadt with a performance night.

During the workshop we will work on the physicality of sound and music, on the body on stage, on the relation to audience(s), on observation and self-performativity. Next to exercises, experiments and mini-pieces every participant will produce a piece, either by themselves or in collaboration with other members of the workshop.

Questions we are interested in:
What is our practice? How do we work, research, consume art? How do we keep fit for art? How do we train to make and perform it? How are we the audience of our own works? How do we experience the works of others? What are forms of collaboration? What is constructive criticism of this new type of working (out-side-ear/eye)? New kinds of pieces demand new ways of producing and preparing – how do we ask what a piece needs? What are the conditions for production and how do they influence what the piece is? What is the theater of concert situation?  

Participants interested in this workshop are asked to submit 1 PDF, 3 pages long maximum. No other file format will be accepted. The PDF should consist of:
- 1 page: tell us about yourself.
- 1-2 pages: brainstorm of ideas which you would like to try out, either by yourself or with others during the workshop. These don’t need to be concrete proposals for the piece you will present in the final performance (though they might end up in that piece); we are simply looking to see how you think.
- include maximum 3 links to specific works of yours we can see/hear online.

The title of the file should contain your name and “CP” to indicate the call, i.e. “Rosaleen_Murphy_CP.pdf” etc.

The workshop begins with a meeting 26-30 March 2018 at 
Performing Arts Forum (PAF) in St Erme Outre et Ramecourt in France. Students will pay for their travel to PAF. Accommodation at PAF costs 20 Euro per day, plus a 12 Euro once-off membership fee. PAF is self-catering and we will all cook together as a group. Please familiarise yourself with the ethos of PAF here:

IMPORTANT: Please do only apply if you are able to come to PAF for the meeting in March, as well as to Darmstadt. If you cannot come in March, you will automatically be excluded from the selection procedure.

Please send the PDF with all necessary information to:
by 31 January 2018 the latest.

The selection by Jennifer Walshe and David Helbich will be announced mid of February 2018.

All selected artists must be registered participants of the Summer Course and will be given preference during registration. Registration will start mid / end of January 2018.
No scholarships will be granted for this project.

Before you apply, please take note of the Darmstadt Summer Course conditions.
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 Invitation to a Nordic Culture Point Residency Programme at EMS in 2018
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: EMS is happy to announce a new residency programme, made possible with a grant from Nordic Culture Point. The programme will run in 2018.
Composers and sound artists, both Nordic and International, who are resident in the Nordic and Baltic countries (excluding Sweden) are eligible to apply.

Residency periods of 6-8 weeks are preferable, but the period can be divided into two parts. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered,
and we offer a per-diem fee of 60 EUR per day.

To encourage composers with children who would otherwise not be able to apply for a long term residency, we offer family accommodation options.
EMS values gender equality and would also like to see applicants from all geographical areas covered by by the Residency Programme.

EMS has seven studios, each with its own particular profile:
To work in the studios it is advisable to be familiar with the Pro Tools, Logic X, Reaper or Ableton Live software.

Assistance from our technical staff is available Monday to Friday 09.00-16.00.

If you are interested in a residency at EMS in 2018 please fill in this link:’

The following information will be requested:
• basic personal and contact info
• availability
• a brief bio that includes professional achievements
• a brief statement of your proposed plan for work at EMS

Please add ”NCP Application” to your text in the Comments-field.

The last day for applications is 31 January, 2018.


 Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo
Summary:Composition Residency
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo
Bourges 23 - 29 June 2018

Musinfo is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo. With this initiative Musinfo supports the work of contemporary composers in the field of live-electronic. The residency will take place during the 2018 Art & Science Days in Bourges.

The winning composers will receive a commission from Musinfo to compose a new work for an acoustic instrument and Sampo. Sampo is an electronic device made for any musician or composer to expand the sound field of an acoustic instrument.

The writing of the new composition will include two phases:
• First, the winners will work with the P-Soft software which emulates Sampo. They will exchange with the performers of OpusCentrum ensemble, who will prepare the works on their Sampos.
• The winners will then be invited to carry out their residency in Bourges for one week to finalize their compositions and prepare the closing concert of the 2018 Art & Science Days together with the performers. Sampos will be made available to composers during the residency.

Applications must contain the following elements:
1 - Short biography (1500 characters maximum)
2 - Photo (for publication at the announcement of residents)
3 - Letter of motivation
4 - Short sketch to demonstrate the composer’s understanding of the work with P-Soft and Sampo. One page maximum in PDF format, composed for P-Soft and a solo acoustic instrument of their choice, accompanied by the "bank" file of their configuration.
5 - 1 to 2 scores of recent compositions

Candidates are invited to send their applications by January 31, 2018 by Wetansfer to: concours-bourges2018[at]

Rules of participation:

Deadline for sending files: January 31, 2018.
The competition is open to composers of all ages.
Winners of previous editions of the Contest cannot apply.
The P-Soft software emulating Sampo is available for download here:
The writing examples for Sampo and help can be found at: Software and Manual
An international jury will nominate the winners of the contest during February 2018.
The attendance of the laureates during the residency is compulsory.
The jury may decide not to nominate any winners.

Financial conditions:
1 Registration is free of charge.
2 Musinfo will support meals, accommodation and domestic travel to and from Bourges.
3 International travel costs will be borne by the winners.


1 The winners will receive a commission to write a new composition.
2 The winners will carry out a residency of one week, from 23 to 29 June 2018 in Bourges.
The new composition will be premiered at the end of the residency during the Art & Science Days 2018 by Opus Centrum ensemble.

 Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
Summary:Creative Retreat
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: 2018 Dates:
Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 24
Application Deadlines: December 1, 2017 | February 1, 2018 | March 15, 2018

Quick Facts:
• 8 days
• For adult musicians (18+)
• Enrollment limited to 40 participants from around the world
• Need-based financial aid is available
• Curriculum focused on musicianship, improvisation, composition, choral singing, electronic music, and contemporary topics
• Lessons, coachings, master classes, seminars
• Concerts, composers forums, artist residencies
• On a beautiful campus near Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire

The Experience
A week-long festival in New England, the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) is offered for composers, improvisers, performers, electronic musicians, choral musicians, and music teachers who want to spend a week immersed in music.

The 2018 Creative Musicians Retreat will be held June 16-24 on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School, in Dublin, New Hampshire. Click the link below to request your application and contact us with any questions you have.

All participants at the Creative Musicians Retreat take classes (The Walden School Musicianship Course, seminars on Contemporary Topics, courses in electronic music), sing in chorus, attend workshops in improvisation, hear concerts, and participate in Composers Forums. Private lessons, coachings and master classes are also offered. Our Composer-In-Residence is on campus all week, moderating three Composers Forums, conducting master classes, and giving private composition lessons. In 2018, the Mivos Quartet returns as our Ensemble-in-Residence.

The faculty for the Creative Musicians Retreat is drawn from veteran faculty of Walden’s renowned Young Musicians Program. They are a diverse mix of improvisers, composers, performers, and music scholars.

Visiting Artists reside at Walden for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat. They kick off the week with a concert of new music and then work with participants in a stimulating workshop environment.

Participants can choose one or more focus areas: composer, choral, performance, or pedagogy. See the curriculum page for more information.


 Charlotte New Music Festival
Summary:Two opportunities
Deadline: 05 May 2018
Date Posted: 27 December 2017
Details: Mission
To promote Charlotte’s growing reputation as a center for contemporary classical music and dance through unique educational experiences, compelling performances, and innovative collaborations across artistic disciplines.

Currently, we have proudly presented over 70 concerts full of premieres for contemporary classical music, and 11 concerts premiering new music and dance collaborations. For the 7th year in a row, we are happy to welcome composers, musicians, choreographers, and dancers from all over the world to the CNMF family!

Composers Workshop

Applications Now Open!
Workshop Dates: June 18-30, 2018

Tuition: $1,885 ($1,860 early bird)

Accommodation: UNC Charlotte on-campus apartments, $600 (2 weeks double occupancy), or $980 (2 weeks single oc.), breakfast included.

Application Deadline: before February 28, 2018 midnight.

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.

Computer Music Workshop

June 18-30, 2018Max 2014 Laptop Orchestra Concert
Application Deadline: May 5, 2018

About the Max Computer Music Workshop

Charles Nichols and Ronald Parks, faculty

The Max Computer Music Workshop (MCMW) is an intermediate-to-advanced two-week immersive workshop, during the Charlotte New Music Festival, focused on programming and composing computer music in the Max visual programming environment ( Participants will learn techniques for programming interactive computer music, culminating in a public performance of works created during the workshop. The faculty will present a range of computer music topics, including digital audio synthesis, digital signal processing, alternative controllers and strategies, and implementation of interactivity in computer music.

The workshop is intended for composers, performers, and programmers with some experience in computer music or computer programming. The goal of the workshop is to build understanding of computer music composition, theory, and performance, and foster innovation in a range of creative activities, using Max programming.

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

 CMC Library Residency
Summary:Library Residency
Deadline: 05 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: The CMC national library contains some 25,000 works by nearly 900 composers—the CMC Library Residency is designed to shine a light on exciting works. In many ways, the resident artists act as interpreters of the CMC collection, offering a personal glimpse into the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of various pieces.

What biographical information about the composer and performers should Canadians know? Do these works impact you as an artist/listener today? In 2018, CMC – Ontario will provide an honorarium to two artists to actively engage with the CMC library and generate blog posts highlighting various pieces in the collection, and injecting life into pieces that are often forgotten or overlooked.

You can click here for examples of blog posts from the 2015-17 residencies.
Eligibility: Any artist living in Ontario*

Composers, performers, conductors, choreographers, poets and artists in other disciplines who are interested in discussing contemporary music are eligible. Artists living outside of Toronto can remotely access the CMC digital archive (including scores, audio, articles, and other material) in collaboration with the Director of Ontario Region. Library scores can also be mailed to participating artists.

Residency details:
Following the application process, two artists will be selected. Each artist will engage in the residency process as outlined below.

• Duration: 4 months (scheduled with input from selected artists)
• Contribution: 4 blog posts (minimum 500 words), posted monthly
• Honorarium: $300

• Each blog post represents a different composer and a different composition.
• Represent a wide variety of composers (gender, age, region, aesthetic), styles, media
• Featured composers must be CMC Associate Composers
• Where possible, integrate digital content including score samples, audio/video streaming, and Centrediscs releases
• Where possible, connect blog posts with content featured in CMC programming in Ontario region
• Curate a small physical display/exhibit at the CMC in Toronto (in collaboration with the Director of Ontario Region) to mirror select blog posts, integrating physical artifacts, commercial CDs, physical scores, and other material
• Explore possibilities for replicating the archival display in other communities in Ontario.

Deadline: February 5, 2018

Application Requirements:
Complete the online form embedded below and provide the following:
• CV
• Links to recent writing samples (a minimum of 2 samples are required)
• Artistic Statement: What do you hope to achieve as part of the library residency program? Suggest possible composers/pieces that you might want to write about, and themes you would like to explore (a reminder that this proposal is speculative, and if selected you can deviate from your proposal).
• Promo: Discuss how you can promote your blog posts through personal channels.

For more information:
Matthew Fava
Director – Ontario Region
416-961-6601 ext. 207


 Ligeti Quartet Workshop Opportunity
Summary:String Quartet Workshop
Deadline: 12 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Professional Development Opportunity for Composers

Application Closing Date: 12th February 2018

• Opportunity to work with the Ligeti Quartet towards a new 6-minute piece for string quartet over two workshops (first workshop Friday 27th April 2018, second workshop Autumn 2018 date tbc, held at The University of Sheffield)
• Open to UK residents of any age, not currently registered for a music degree (or have already submitted your portfolio if still registered). Diversity policy in place (see details below).
• Support will be given for travel and accommodation. Also includes bursary for attendance at a concert featuring the Ligeti Quartet in Sheffield on Thursday 26th April, and the Sound Agendas Composers’ Conference 27th-29th April

For further detalls:


 Sound Agendas Composers’ Conference
Summary:Conference for Composers
Deadline: 29 January 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: The University of Sheffield
Friday 27th April – Sunday 29th April 2018

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Fox

The inaugural conference of Sheffield’s Centre for New Music will be a platform for composers sharing music, processes and methods, exchanging ideas about the value of what we do, and contemplating the future. The conference is open to composers in and outside academia and themes are deliberately left open to let composers set the agenda. The conference will be held over two days as the finale to Sheffield ConcertsSound Lab Week (20-28 April) and official launch of the Centre for New Music (CeNMaS) and one-day workshop with the Ligeti Quartet.


Note: all concerts and events are included in the conference fee, including the CeNMaS launch concert on 26th April

THURSDAY 26th APRIL 7.30pm Ligeti Quartet, Sarah Watts concert of works by Sheffield composers and CeNMaS launch, Firth Court, University of Sheffield

FRIDAY 27th APRIL from 10am Ligeti Quartet Workshop, Humanities Research Insititute, University of Sheffield (CALL NOW OPEN)

FRIDAY 27th APRIL 7.30pm Crippled Symmetry – Philip Thomas (piano), Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

SATURDAY 28th-SUNDAY 29th APRIL (9am-5pm both days) Sound Agendas Composers’ Conference, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

SATURDAY 28th APRIL 1pm Rare Earth – Lucas Fels (cello) Lunchtime Recital, Firth Court, University of Sheffield (incl.Ferneyhough, Furrer, Ker)

SUNDAY 29th APRIL 3pm Soundings – Sarah Watts (bass clarinet) Afternoon Recital, DINA, 32A-34 Cambridge Street, Sheffield


 Call for Applications: Artistic Research as Compositional or Performance Practice
Summary:Composer/Sound artist workshop
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: Workshop with selection process
For performers, composers and sound-artists who
• are interested in enriching their artistic practice through rigorous self-reflection,
• search for ways to indulge deeply into a specific topic based on methods of artistic research,
• wish to develop new performance models through artistic research.
(Participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018)
Tutors: Marko Ciciliani & Barbara Lüneburg
Maximum number of participants: 10-12
Passive participation: possible upon arrangement
Deadline for submission of applications: 31 January 2018

1. Discussion about the nature of artistic research. What is artistic research? What means of expression does it offer? How can an artist gain from artistic research for his or her own artistic practice?
2. Introduction to different concepts, methods and procedures of artistic research.
3. Application and implementation of principles of artistic research in the participant’s own project.
4. Development of unconventional forms of presentation of the research’s findings, e.g. through fusions of lectures and concerts, hybrids of methods of artistic practices or other alternative formats as discursive audience participation, public intervention, transmedia presentation (online/offline) or other formats.
Artistic research is a young discipline which has stirred up not only academic but also artistic discourse. It is based on the notion that knowledge is inherent in aesthetic experience and practice. This knowledge is not necessarily directly accessible through reason; it often evades the logic of language, and can therefore not be approached through regular research methods alone.

Artistic research does not follow a fixed set of procedures. Its practitioners typically work across scholarly and artistic disciplines, drawing from methodologies of other domains while adding an inside perspective specific to their individual artistic practice.

In this workshop, Marko Ciciliani and Barbara Lüneburg will shed light on various forms of artistic research and point out possible practices, methodologies, research goals and forms of presentation. Participants will be assisted to find and select the research tools that are appropriate for their project. Furthermore, they will be helped to find ways to share the gained knowledge through unconventional artistic expressions.

Important note on the call for applications
Please submit a written project proposal with a maximum length of 1,000 words to until 31 January 2018 at the latest.

Applicants are asked to submit project proposals that
– show how they aspire to gain, extract, or investigate any sort of knowledge through their artistic practice
– search for unconventional forms to make their research not only academically but also aesthetically accessible and tangible for others.
In addition, please submit two examples of your artistic works/performances (each not exceeding ±5 minutes), preferably (however, not necessarily) relating to the project. Please send everything either as weblinks, via, not exceeding a total of 100 MB.
Marko Ciciliani and Barbara Lüneburg will select ten to twelve submissions until mid of February 2018 at the latest.

All selected artists must be registered participants of the Summer Course and will be given preference during registration. Registration will start mid / end of January 2018.

No scholarships will be granted for this project.

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Summary:Prize with residency opportunity
Deadline: 30 March 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: Postgraduate students from throughout Europe are invited to submit works in any artistic medium that play with form to make us think, feel and question.

The winner will receive £1000 and two weeks artist’s residency and a showcase at Cove Park.

The prize is hosted by the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London and Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre. The 2018 prize is judged by Rachel Cusk, Jeremy Harding, Gillian Wearing and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Rules and Entry
Entrants must be postgraduate students currently enrolled on a course or programme of study in an EU country.

Entries must be accompanied by a statement (up to 150 words).

Entrants are welcome to submit their work to multiple categories. If you chose to do this, please give the titles of all submissions clearly in your statements.

The winners will be both of their time and aware of debts to the past. Pound, calling on the modern artist to ‘make it new’, was, after all, creatively translating the ancient Chinese King Cheng Tang. In the accompanying 150 word statement you should analyse the role of experiment in your work and, if appropriate, relate your work, whether sympathetically or antagonistically, to the creative experimentation of the modernist era.


 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.