Trainee Board Member

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities by mwhiteside

Would you like to gain experience of how a professional arts organisation runs? Would you like to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, to keep it legal, financially viable and thriving? Would you like to add your voice to our plans, decision-making and blue-sky thinking?

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 26, with a passion for contemporary chamber music, ambitious, curious and keen to challenge and be challenged, then this could be an opportunity for you. We will support you every step of the way, by offering you mentoring from our Chief Executive, and access to our current Board members for advice and support as your own career evolves. You would join our Board for a period of two years, attend meetings 4 times per year in Edinburgh and we’d cover your expenses, as we do with all of our Board members. We will call upon your advice and experience, your opinions and suggestions between meetings, and if you see a need for a sub-committee, you could lead discussions and have a real impact on what we do.

You would be an integral part of our management team, which is currently our Board of Directors, Artistic Director, Chief Executive, General Manager and Digital Producer. The Board of Directors is legally responsible for the running of Hebrides Ensemble. We would discuss your responsibilities with you to make sure you’re comfortable with the details, but we see this as a safe and secure environment in which you can learn all about how a company functions.

Hebrides Ensemble has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. Co-founded and led by its Artistic Director, the cellist and conductor William Conway, the Ensemble is renowned for its fresh and intelligent approach to programming, which places contemporary music at the heart of a diverse range of repertoire. In addition to a busy performing, recording, touring and broadcasting schedule, Hebrides Academy provides a wide range of training opportunities and events.

We have a great team of highly respected leaders. If you’d like to come and join us, please apply in writing to, detailing why you’d benefit from the experience, what you’d like to gain from it and what you have to offer Hebrides Ensemble.

For more information on the role and how to apply please go to our website

Call for Cryptic Nights

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Recognising the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish based artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and has presented over 250 artists in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. Many Cryptic Nights’ artists have gone on to have highly successful careers, most notably Rachel Maclean, Robbie Thomson, James Houston, Anna Meredith and Yann Seznec.

Crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent.

The next deadline for applications to Cryptic Nights is 12noon on Monday 17 July 2017.

We are looking for ambitious, emerging artists based in Scotland, who create high quality, innovative, multimedia work with original music or sound-based elements at their core. With Cryptic’s support, artists will be guided in the development of an existing idea or piece of work.

Selected projects will receive:

– A guaranteed minimum fee of £500 per performance/installation with support, advice and space to take risks;
– A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
– Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
– Travel and accommodation bursaries for those living outside Glasgow where applicable;
– An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
– Free entry to other Cryptic Nights throughout the year;
– Valuable opportunities to develop networks.

Whilst Cryptic Nights is mainly based in CCA, Glasgow, we are also interested in innovative site-specific works. We do not support traditional theatre, dance or literature, and we prefer not to support work which has already been given a substantial platform or support from other arts organisations. We aim to fill a gap.

We understand that an artist’s creative career can emerge at any stage in life. The Cryptic Night’s programme is selected by a panel of arts professionals based on application criteria, quality of work and potential for development.

If you would like to apply, please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing the application please contact Rachel at

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file (max 15MB) to The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Cryptic Nights 2018/19 Application.

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 17 July 2017

More info:

Composers and Directors Mixer

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Are you a filmmaker in need of an original score for your next film or a composer looking for new projects or connnections?

Following on from the success of our 2015 and 2016 events, our Composers and Directors Mixer is back for 2017. New and emerging directors and composers will meet and network with the intention of building future collaborations.

This exclusive event will consist of informal speed meeting sessions, where directors will get to meet different composers who may suit upcoming projects or needs.

Composers: places are supported by PRS for Music – must be based in Scotland.

Directors: must already have an EIFF Industry Pass to attend.

Presented in partnership with BAFTA Scotland and PRS for Music.

More info:

Deadline 14th June

Open Call for Sonica 2017

May 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Titan Crane Commission

In Partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council

For 2017, celebrating 110 years since the Titan Crane was built, Cryptic would like to commission a Scottish-based composer/sound artist to create a bespoke electronic soundscape for the wheelhouse of the crane. This new work would ideally reflect not only Titan’s role as an outstanding icon of the Clyde’s industrial heritage, celebrating its extraordinary innovative engineering, it would also celebrate the regeneration of Clydebank’s waterfront and its future.

The site-specific work will be presented in the Titan Crane during one of the weekends as part of Cryptic’s biennial visual sonic arts festival, Sonica, which returns to Glasgow from 26 October – 5 November 2017.

All Scottish-based composers and sound artists (regardless of age or stage in their career) are welcome to apply. We are looking for creatively ambitious artists with innovative ideas to transform the exciting and inspiring wheel house of the Crane into a memorable sonic experience. Artists who have previously presented work at Sonica or are currently in higher or further education are not eligible to apply.

The selected artist will receive:
– A guaranteed commission fee of £2,000 inclusive of artist’s fee and production costs;
– A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company with support, advice and space to take risks;
– An opportunity to participate in an international arts festival;
– Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
– An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
– Valuable opportunities to develop networks alongside exceptional international and emerging artists.

If you would like to apply please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing your application please contact Rachel at

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to: The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Titan Crane Sonica 17 Application.
(e.g. Jim Smith Titan Crane Sonica 17 Application.)

Deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 21st June 2017

More info here.

Writing the Future – Open Call for Composers and Music Creators

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline – 26th May 2017

The London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. Founded in 1968, the ensemble’s commitment to new music has seen it commission over 350 works, and premiere many hundreds more.

We are pleased to announce the next round of our Writing the Future scheme, an open-call programme that supports the careers of composers and music creators through the process of making new work with the ensemble.

This new Writing the Future programme lasts for approximately two years, allowing for longer and innovative new works to be made and performed. Previous Writing the Future composers have gone on to release music on labels such as NMC, have had their music performed in the London Sinfonietta’s season and received further commissions from the ensemble.

Those selected to be part of the programme will be offered:

At least one chamber commission to be performed by the London Sinfonietta in a future main season event.

A close working relationship with members of the ensemble to develop ideas. An introduction to music industry professionals who can advise on different aspects of career development.

Opportunities to work on different aspects of the ensemble’s programme – including digital projects, schools and community work and the London Sinfonietta Academy.

Open access to visit London Sinfonietta rehearsals and concerts.

Opportunities for coaching and mentoring from world-leading composers and conductors as part of the London Sinfonietta’s season, and in partnership with the Southbank Centre where the ensemble is a Resident Orchestra.

The London Sinfonietta is at the forefront of developing new music, and we are seeking to include composers and music creators from different social, cultural and musical backgrounds. We are keen to work with artists who will bring new ideas to the ensemble, and explore with us innovative approaches.

For more information on how to apply please go to

Writing the Future is generously supported by The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Boltini Trust and PRS for Music Foundation.

Call for Electroacoustic Works

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

At RMN Music, we want to discover the next generation of composers that are making works of Electroacoustic Music 

Deadline – 31st May

Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Pierre Schaeffer, Edgar Varèse, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, Milton Babbit, John Cage … Electronic Music, Live Electronics, Electroacoustic Music, Music Concrète, Acousmatic, Soundart, Sound Installation, Soundscapes…

If you use technology to generate, transform, manipulate, create sounds and compositions then this project is what you were looking for.


 We decided to launch this Call for Electroacoustic Works to discover and promote the next generation of composers that create music with instruments different from the tradition.

We are looking for sounds that have never been heard before, innovative ideas, original compositions, outstanding productions, anything able to shape the music culture of tomorrow’s young composers, musicians and audience.

We plan to select the best works and to produce a top quality release to add to our current catalogue. The fresh new album will be produced by RMN Classical and released worldwide through RMN Music. The release will be distributed worldwide in a high-quality edition on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and many other stores. We are currently setting up a physical distribution for all of our releases and we’re glad to add this services to the prize as soon as this will be available.


Professional production of the album, Commercially published by RMN Classical, Worldwide distribution via RMN Music, Design of the cover artwork, Preparation of the liner notes and other promotional text, Get a share of the sales of the album and keep the copyright of your own work & more…

Plase consider read the full guidelines and prize at the link below:

Call for Electroacoustic Works

Bascule Chamber Concerts, 2017

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Two exciting opportunities to perform at this year’s Bascule Chamber Concerts are now open – the unique and atmospheric subterranean space in Tower Bridge. The Bascule Chambers are where Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights swing down as the bridge above ascends.

Curated by Iain Chambers, the Bascule Chambers Concerts made their debut at Totally Thames festival in September 2015 and returned in 2016 to sell-out crowds. This years concerts are being co-curated by DJs, presenters and writers Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt. The team are looking for musicians and spoken word artists and would particularly like to showcase the work of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists. These opportunities are open to all artists regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.


The Bascule Chambers team want to hear your innovative ideas for creating and performing a new 4-6 minute work that responds to this atmospheric underground space inside Tower Bridge. These giant chambers are built into the river itself, beneath the line of the Thames with the underside of the road forming the chambers’ ceiling. Click here to find out more about this remarkable location.

Your piece will be the closing music of all 14 concerts, performed from the floor of the Accumulator Chamber (see picture below), with audience members viewing from the unique vantage point of the spiral staircase, so this is an artist opportunity not to be missed!

Please note:

  • This cylindrical space has a good natural acoustic. The performance will need to be self-contained – there will be no PA available, but performers can use their own portable amplifier if necessary.
  • Due to the tight confines of the space, this opportunity suits music with no more than 1-2 performers.

Your music should complement the rest of the programme without duplicating it – the concerts will feature music by Steve Reich and Langham Research Centre. Ideas responding to the Bascule Chamber space in some way, for example the surrounding water of the River Thames, bridges, subterranean spaces, etc. are especially encouraged.

Spoken Word Artists, Performance Poets

This is an opportunity for you to create new spoken word work to perform at the concerts. These would be 2 x 2-3 minute long spoken word pieces performed live, in between the music repertoire.

You also have the opportunity to create a short pre-recorded spoken word text, to be played as audiences climb down the 100 steps from street level to the Bascule Chamber before concerts. The descent takes a few minutes, and this is aiming to be a creative way to tell audiences about the space they’re entering, so they are engaged as early as possible.


If you want to be considered for these opportunities, the team would like to know more about your work, and what you would bring to these concerts by performing it live.

1. Send a video or audio recording describing who you are, what music/poetry you have made in the past, what your early ideas are for the brief, and how this will work live. This could be as simple as a video recorded on your phone, and should be no more than 5 minutes long.

2. Submit a link to a video or audio recording of you performing existing work.

For more detailed information on the brief click here. Deadline: Friday 26 May, 5pm to basculechambers@gmail.comIf you need any help with your application, or you have any questions email the team on: Successful entries will be chosen by Thursday 15 June.

Iain Chambers and the Bascule Chamber Concerts are supported by PRS for Music Foundation, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Applause Music Concert Series Call for Scores (Fixed Media/Electro Acoustic)

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The Applause Music Concert Series is seeking works for Tape/Mixed Media for up to four channels (4.1 sound). Electro-Acoustic works will also be considered, but it will be up to the composer to secure their own perform to play the piece. The selected compositions will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas on July 15th, 2017.

To submit, please send an email to with the following information:

1. Your Name
2. Title of the Work and its Length
3. 1 attached score (if applicable)
4. A mp3 or link to soundcloud/youtube of the work submitted

Those selected are highly encouraged to join us for the concert, but attendance is not required to be selected.

Scores must be submitted by June 15th, 2017. There is no entry fee for this call for scores.

Bromley Symphony Orchestra Centenary Composition Competition

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be Dr Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available). Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc. For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website:

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018. Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018. The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event will be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted on our website, by email (PDF attachment) to competition (at) or by post to PO Box 1065, Bromley BR1 9QD.

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.

British Music for flute solo

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Iwona Glinka (Athens-based flutist) is seeking for new works for performance and recording by British composers. Submissions must be not yet commercially released on recording. It is acceptable if the music has been disseminated on the Internet via YouTube, Soundcloud, personal web sites, etc., as long as a commercial recording has not yet been produced.

Submissions must be for flute solo (piccolo, flute, alto, bass) works. The style is open to the taste of the composer.

The intention for selected submissions is to present them in live performance in programs and then to record them for a CD made up exclusively of submissions from this call to be released on Sarton Label Full physical and digital distribution via Warner Music, Naxos Music Library, Linn, Hdtracks, Qobuz, HighResAudio, eClassical,, iTrax, ProStudioMasters, Onkyo, iTunes and more.

– No fee.

– Multiple submissions are accepted.

– Provide a maximum 150-word biography and 150-word program notes in English

– Upload a score as a PDF file to

– Demo recordings are welcome via a link to Dropbox, Soundcloud, or other external hosting site. Please do not email audio files.

ICOT Solo Music For Accordion: Call for Scores

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) announces its call for scores for the Fall 2017 opening concert in partnership with Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge.

The concert will take place on September 14th, 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Three compositions will be selected and performed as part of this concert.

Submission Receipt Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Additional information and requirements:

  • This call for scores is open to all composers (any age and nationality)
  • Each composer may submit only one work for consideration
  • Works should be 4 to 6 minute in duration, and be written for solo accordion—electroacoustic elements are also accepted.
  • Submitted scores must be anonymous.
  • The selection will be made by three jury members. Jury members will only access anonymous review materials.
  • Results will be announced by July 15th, 2017. Selected composers will be invited to attend rehearsals, taking place during August 2017. Exact date and time TBD
  • Selected composers will receive an archival recording for their personal use
  • ICOT is not able to provide travel stipends. We can facilitate video conferencing for rehearsals (?).

How to submit:

All materials will be submitted through an online form.

Composers will provide:

  • contact information
  • PDF copy of their anonymous score
  • Optional: artist website
  • Optional: composers can provide an audio file of the piece (mp3 only)


Deadline for receipt of materials is July 1st, 2017, 5pm EST.

For more information about ICOT please visit or contact

Call for proposals for Dark Music Days 2018

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Call for proposals for Dark Music Days 2018
The board of Dark Music Days calls for proposals for the 2018 edition of Dark Music Days which will be held in Harpa, Reykjavik. The festival takes place between the 25th and 27th of January 2018. Applicants can be performers, composers or collaborations of both.
The applications can be:
• idea for a work/installation/music theater etc.
• concert program to be performed at the festival

Applications have to include
• Names of Performers/Composers
• Photo material
• Bio
• budget (as detailed as possible)
Emphasis is on works which has been composed in the past 25 years.
Applications shall be sent by email before the 31st of May 2017 to:

Applicants which have already sent a proposal are not obliged to send them again.

On behalf of Dark Music Days
Gunnar Karel Másson
Artistic Director of Dark Music Days

Composition Competition LAUDEM 2017

May 3, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral by mwhiteside

LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, organizes a composition competition on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montréal


Every person, regardless of nationality or age, who is not member of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM, is eligible to apply.

Jury and prizes:

The jury will comprise the members of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM.
The composer will receive a monetary prize of CAN $500
The winning work will be published by LAUDEM Publishing House.

The work must use the text provided, but it does not have to be necessarily composed for the competition.
The work may have been performed before the competition.
Each composer may submit more than one work.

The work will be scored for SATB without divisi, a cappella or with organ.

There are no fees to participate in the competition.

The following information and documents will be sent to

1) A word of PDF file containing your name, nationality, date of birth, e-mail address and phone number.

2) Score in PDF format, letter size or A4 size.

Call For Scores–Sonic Liberation Players

April 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Sonic Liberation Players is an expanded Pierrot group in the Boston area that is entering into their second full performance season this coming fall and is looking for new works to consider programming for their upcoming season (and possibly into the future). Recent composers that we have programmed include Cage, Feldman, Saariaho, Julius Eastman, Alvin Lucier, and Pauline Oliveros.

Fl, Cl, Ob, Vln, Vla, Vc, Pf, Perc, Sop (voice). We also have the possibility of a string quartet, as our flutist also plays the violin. You may submit scores for the entire ensemble, or any subset thereof.

We are looking for new works as well as works that have been previously performed.

Please submit scores (.pdf) to

Thank you for your time,

CEMIcircles Electronic/electro-acoustic Festival Call for works

April 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas invites electronic music composers of all nationalities and ages to submit works for the CEMIcircles Concert Series.

CEMI is an interdisciplinary center focused on music and arts technologies, hosted within UNT’s Division of Composition Studies. CEMI fosters the integration of electroacoustic music, live performance, video/film, plastic arts, and theater. Since its 1963 inception, CEMI has evolved into a unique creative environment, world-renowned for innovative works and musicians.

The CEMIcircles Concert Series will showcase recent computer music works in one or more events in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre, in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 (date: TBD).

Preference will be given to pieces under 12 minutes of duration. These should consist of either fixed audio/video or live electronics with or without acoustic/electronic instruments. In the latter case, composers must either perform their own work or provide their own performer(s).

Submitted works will be curated and selected by the CEMI personnel, with the assistance of CEMI Director, Panayiotis Kokoras. The concert will take place in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre, featuring a 28.3-channel audio system, three-screen immersive HD video projection, and full stage customizable lighting including “smart light” units. More information here:

– One submission per composer
– Submission Fee: none
– Deadline: Friday, May 5

Online Submission Form:

More info:

International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city 2017

April 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

August 28 – September 12, 2017

Tchaikovsky city, Perm, Moscow

Yannis Kyriakides (the Netherlands), Jérôme Combier (France), Dmitri Kourliandski (Russia), Elzbieta Sikora (Poland)

Special Guest:

Davo van Peursen (the Netherlands), director of Publishing House “Donemus”

Performers/MCME soloists:
Ivan Bushuev, flute (+ piccolo, alto-fl)
Oleg Tantsov, clarinet (+ bass-clarinet)
Mikhail Dubov, piano
Vladislav Pessin, violin
Ilya Rubinstein, cello

According to applications professional jury will select 10 students and 5 stagers of any nationality up to 35 years old. Students will have a possibility to work during 12 days on a new composition under the patronage of well-known composers. The compositions will be premiered by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble in the frames of the Academy in the Tchaikovsky city and in Moscow. Stagers receive individual classes of Academy professors and attend all events of the Academy.

Each student will have 6 hours of individual lessons (2 hour-long lessons with each professor), 1 hour-long individual meeting with each musician (participating in the piece performance) and 3 hour-long rehearsals with the musicians of the Moscow Ensemble (under the professors’ patronage). Each stager will have 3 hours of individual lessons (1 hour-long lessons with each professor).

Besides individual lessons, each professor will hold 2 open three-hour-long lectures, and each student and stager will have a hour-long presentation.

I. Selection procedure:
Dead-line: Applications sent before May 15, 2017.
Date of birth – 1982 or later.
Jury selects 15 participants of the Academy: 10 students and 5 stagers.
Selected composers will receive confirmations by e-mail before June 15, 2017.
Before August 10, 2017 the 10 selected composers should send the draft of the score.
In case composer rejects participation another composer is invited instead.

II. Applications are to be sent by e-mail and must include:
1. First name, Surname
2. Home address
3. Country
4. Phone
5. e-mail, web-site
6. Date of Birth
7. Citizenship/Nationality
8. Composers short biography (150 words)
9. Two – three scores of any line-up in pdf
10. Links to the downloadable (!) recording of 1-3 pieces in mp3 (you can use, dropbox or something else)
11. Copy of passport (main page) – valid till the end of February 2018
12. Current photograph of the composer

Send applications to:

III. Selected students are proposed to compose a 6-8 minutes piece (or a complete part of a bigger work) for one of the following instrumental combinations:

1. Flute / flute alto / piccolo
2. Clarinet / bass clarinet
3. Piano
4. Violin
5. Cello
6. Flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello
7. Flute, clarinet, piano, cello
8. Flute, piano, violin
9. Piano, violin, cello
10. Clarinet, violin, cello

Students can propose their own combinations as well. Organisers will try to distribute the instrumental line-ups in accordance with the participants’ will

IV. Financial conditions:
Selected composers pay only travel to Moscow. Travel from Moscow to Tchaikovsky and back, food, accommodation and studies are covered by the Academy.

V. Accommodation and study:
All participants will be accommodated in a hotel in double rooms with sink. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Internet access.
All events will take place in the Tchaikovsky Mmusical College and Chidren Art School

VI. Additional possibilities:
Wishing to come at their own expenses are welcome. The “free listeners” can follow all public events of the Academy: lectures, presentations, rehearsals, concerts, but they have no possibility for individual classes. The number of free listeners is limited. Contact the Academy direction for the details and prices.

We recommend you to contact us as soon as possible for the details of arrival, transfer and visa support.

VII. Honorable mentions are previewed by the end of the Academy:
Invitation to the next Academy, performances during 2017-2018 concert season in Russia and abroad, etc. Possibility to be published at the “Donemus”

VIII. Contacts:
Victoria Korshunova, director of MCME:
Dmitri Kourliandski, artistic director of Academy:

Alexander Khubeev, coordinator of Academy:

Send applications to:

IX. The final concerts

The final concerts of new student works will take place in Tchaikovsky Art School in September 10th and in Moscow Philharmonics Chamber Hall in September 12th. Students can stay in Moscow at their own. The Academy Administration can’t cover accommodation in Moscow but can help to find the cheap hotels/hostels.

Women Composers Festival of Hartford – Featured Performer(s) and Composer

April 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford is now accepting submissions from potential Featured Performers for 2018 and future years. The Featured Performer(s) will present a concert of work by women composers including a new commission by the Composer-in-Residence and works chosen from a competitive score call, participate in a reading session for student composers, and more.

Please visit to access the online submission form. Applications will be accepted year-round but only those received by 5/15/17 will be considered for 2018.

Exchange 2017

April 24, 2017 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

For the third consecutive year, in June 2017 Music for Youth’s Exchange is giving young performers from across Scotland the chance to learn from established artists and be inspired by industry professionals and their peers alike. Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, Exchange is a whole day of workshops, performances, advice, networking opportunities, a marketplace, and a line-up of speakers covering a whole range of useful topics.

Musicians also have the chance to be seen, and get their music heard by performing live for audiences throughout the day. Our professional Music for Youth Music Mentors will be on hand to offer each group feedback on their music and stage presence and highlight areas for development to take their music further. All groups that perform will also be considered for cross-border opportunities, which includes the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017. Sign up for performance opportunities now using the button above (deadline of 1st May 2017) and register for the day as a whole.

More info here

Opportunity: Apply to be Embedded with BCMG

March 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

We are partnering with world-leading contemporary ensemble Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to provide an apprentice composer-in-residence opportunity for one lucky artist.

The selected artists will be able to immerse themselves in the group’s activities from September 2017 to summer/autumn 2018, observing and participating in all aspects and developing an insight into a broad range of their work.

The residency will include writing a new work for the ensemble to premiere in 2018 as well as a shorter piece for young performers as part of the group’s Learning and Participation programme.

It is a truly unique residency with professional development at its core. The selected composer will have time to get to know the ensemble and all BCMG activities through visits, shadowing of composers, observing rehearsals and performances, as well as attending workshops and receiving bespoke coaching and mentoring through Sound and Music’s New Voices scheme.

Find out more here>>

The Applause Music Concert Series is seeking works for Violin and Piano

March 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The Applause Music Concert Series is seeking works for Violin and Piano, published or unpublished, for its upcoming season. Compositions should be no less than 5 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes in length. The selected pieces (generally 3 – 5) will be performed at Texas Historical Marker New Hope Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX on July 29th, 2017 by the guest artists the Ascending Duo (Caitlyn Foster, Piano and Tricia Frasure, violin).
To participate, send an email titled “Applause 2017 Submission” to Include in the email:
1. Your Name
2. Title of the Work and its Length
3. 1 attached score
4. A mp3 or midi realization or link to soundcloud/youtube
Those selected are highly encouraged to join us for the concert, but attendance is not required to be selected.
Scores must be submitted by April 10th, 2017 by 11:59 PM. There is no entry fee for this call for scores.


March 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


writing for orchestra

The seventh edition of the Young Composers’ Forum – September 2017

The seventh edition of [‘tactus], Young Composers’ Forum, will take place in Brussels and Mons, Belgium, from September 25th to 29th, 2017 under the presence of maestri Ann McKay, Jean-Paul Dessy, Kimmo Hakola, Claude Ledoux, and others to be confirmed.

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium from September 25th to 27th (orchestral session with the Brussels Philharmonic) and in Mons, Belgium from September 27th to 29th (chamber music session with Musiques Nouvelles).

Applications can be submitted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform from December 12th, 2016.

Deadline for submission: June 1st 2017


Composers 35 years and younger of all nationalities are invited to apply for one or both sessions submitting works as indicated in the application requirements found below.

Applications must be submitted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform: You will be asked to submit scores and audio files. Handwritten scores will not be accepted.

The application deadline is June 1st, 2017.

The first session, held in Brussels, Belgium from September 25th to 27th and with the collaboration of the Brussels Philharmonic, will feature writing for orchestra. Candidates are asked to submit a piece or part of a piece (movement) for symphony orchestra approximately 10 minutes in duration.

Orchestral accompaniment cannot exceed the following instrumentation:

Woodwinds in groups of 3: 3 flutes [including piccolo] – 3 oboes [including English horn] – 3 clarinets [including bass clarinet or soprano clarinet] – 3 bassoons [including contrabassoon]

Brass: 4 horns – 3 trumpets – 3 trombones – 1 tuba

Percussion: 3 players [1 timpanist and 2 percussionists]

Harp: 1 player

Strings: 14 – 12 – 9 – 8 – 6


The second session, held in Mons, Belgium from September 27th to 29th, 2017 and with the collaboration of the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, will feature writing for chamber ensemble. Candidates are asked to submit a piece for chamber ensemble approximately 10 minutes in duration. Applicants are encouraged to submit a work with particular emphasis on either the piano and / or marimba part/s.

Instrumentation for the chamber ensemble work should not exceed the following (9 musicians):

1 flute (including piccolo, alto flute and bass flute) – 1 clarinet (including bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet) – 1 trombone – 1 guitar (including electric guitar) – percussion* – 1 piano – 1 violin – 1 viola – 1 cello.

* Accepted percussion instruments:

• 1 * timpani 20 inches

• 1 * timpani 26 inches

• 1 * timpani 29 inches

• 1 * timpani 32 inches

• 1 * concert bass drum

• 1 * tubulars bells

• 1 * concert tam tam

• 1 * gong tuned . C .

• 1 * gong tuned . B .

• 1 * marimba

• 1 * vibraphone

• 3 * conga

• 3 * bongo paired 7 inches . and 8 inches 5/8

• 1 * complete drum set with 2 snares

• 1 * glockenspiel

• 1 * octave of crotales C6 – C7

• 1 * xylophone

• 2 * bar chimes

• 5 * cow bell

• a set of suspended cymbals

Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting young composers, aged 12 – 18, to write a two – five minute piece of music for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet

March 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting young composers, aged 12 – 18, to write a two – five minute piece of music for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet of their choice inspired by one of five examples of the country’s most incredible landmarks.

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

Glencoe, The Highlands

Hill House, Argyll & Bute

Newhailes, Edinburgh

House of Dun, Angus

Schools workshops will be held at each of the sites. They will be delivered in two parts (1) working with professional Scottish composer Jennifer Martin to find out more about writing music to a theme and (2) a tour of the property by NTS staff to discover the stories each site holds, which will provide the inspiration for the young composers.

Places on each of the workshops are free to those not enrolled in invited schools but must be booked in advance.

This can be done via email: or call 0141 225 3557.

The overall winner will be announced on Saturday 17 June 2017 at the RSNO New Home Auditorium in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during a live final, where all five semifinalists will have their pieces performed and recorded.

LAUDEM composition competition

March 29, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, organizes a composition competition on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montréal

Every person, regardless of nationality or age, who is not member of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM, is eligible to apply.

Important dates:
Friday, September 15, 2017: Deadline for submitting the works.
Monday, October 9, 2017: finalists and winner(s) are announced during the annual Study Day, organized by LAUDEM, which will take place on October 9.
Sunday, November 12, 2017: concert featuring the works of the finalists and the winner(s), included in the Oasis Musicale concert series at Saint George Anglican Church in Montréal.
Le mercredi 22 novembre 2017, Interprétation de certaines œuvres retenues au Concours LAUDEM à l’occasion d’une messe en l’honneur de Sainte Cécile à l’église montréalaise dont elle est patronne.
Wednesday, November 22 2017: Presentation of certain works during a mass honouring Saint Cecilia at the Montréal Catholic church of which she is the Patron Saint.
Beginning of 2018: publications of the winning compositions (and others, as per discretion of the jury) by LAUDEM Publishing House.

Jury and prizes:
The jury will comprise the members of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM.
The composer will receive a monetary prize of CAN $500
The winning work will be published by LAUDEM Publishing House.
The jury can choose more than one winning work. In this case, the monetary prize will be divided between the composers of the winning works.
The jury can accord more than one prize and can recommend more than one work for publication.
The decisions of the jury are final.

The work must use the text provided, but it does not have to be necessarily composed for the competition.
The work may have been performed before the competition.
Each composer may submit more than one work.
The work will be scored for SATB without divisi, a cappella, or with organ.

There are no fees to participate in the competition.

The following information and documents will be sent to
1) A word of PDF file containing your name, nationality, date of birth, e-mail address and phone number.
2) Score in PDF format, letter size or A4 size.

Text (translation included to facilitate comprehension):
The psalmody is included here as information only. You do NOT have to use it in your composition.
Tubas cum cytharis jam nunc assumite. Now take hold of trumpets and zythers
Triumphum Martyris jam nunc celebrate. Now celebrate the triumph of a martyr.
Angelorum et Virginum agmina. Troops of the Angels and Virgins,
Et cum voce laetitiae dicite. With the voice of gladness say:
[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]
Praeclara sitiens illa victoriae Thirsting for a brilliant victory,
In corpus saeviens virtute gratiae. In her body to fury burst the strength of grace,
Tradit furentibus. (Her body) that she delivers to the furious.
Membra mucronibus. Her members (which she delivers)
to their sharp instruments.
[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]
Et nos qui gemimus favens nos respice. And we who moan, look at us favorably.
Saepe quem laesimus sta coram judice. Stand before the Judge whom we have often offended:
Liberis det mentibus ad caelum tendere. May He give our souls, when detached from their bodies,
to go to Heaven.
Purgatosque sordibus fac tecum vivere. And purified from their defilements,
make them live in your company.
[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]


Contact, questions, submissions:

Shastra Summer Intensive: Composing with Indian Voice

March 29, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

July 1 – August 6, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of Indian classical music, or deepen your knowledge of the art form? Have you been interested in incorporating Indian musicians into the music you write? This workshop, hosted by Shastra, is an opportunity for Western-trained composers to do exactly that. Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak ( and composer Reena Esmail ( team up to co-teach a six-week intensive workshop where you will:

• Receive intensive training in the fundamentals of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.

• Receive instruction on the best practices for working with Hindustani musicians and incorporating elements of Indian music organically into the music you write.

• Compose your own arrangement of a Hindustani bhajan for Indian singer and string quartet.

• Have this arrangement workshopped, performed and recorded by Saili Oak and string quartet.

• Possible future performances of your work by Saili Oak. Many of last year’s participants have already had subsequent performances of their pieces from this workshop.

Apply and learn more at


hcmf// shorts 2017

March 29, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Perform at the UK’s leading festival of new music

hcmf// is excited to announce that applications are now open for hcmf// shorts. hcmf// shorts is a showcase of short informal performances from talented up-and-coming performers and composers which take place in venues across Huddersfield.


hcmf// shorts takes place on Free Monday, the busiest day of the festival with an average 2000 visitors each year, and the date for 2017 has been confirmed as Monday 20 November. This invaluable opportunity provides emerging artists with a platform to perform for members of the public, media and key music industry representatives within a carefully selected programme of established artists.


hcmf// is delighted to now be able to offer mentoring and financial support to five successful applicants to supplement travel and accommodation expenses. The financial support offered will be awarded on a case by case basis based on applicants’ costs.


Proposals are welcomed from all types of performers, and works can be especially composed or existing pieces. There are no age limits. Proposed programmes should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration.


hcmf// will provide:

  • Music stands, chairs and microphones (on request)
  • Piano (cannot be prepared)
  • PA: 16 channel desk, 4 speakers, CD play back

How to apply:


To apply for hcmf// shorts please download the application form or request one from the hcmf// office by calling +44 (0) 1484 471116 or e-mailing


Please return your application form along with a separate proposal (which should be no longer than one side of A4) and supporting audio material via email to


Please only submit one proposal per ensemble / performer and ensure that any audio material is directly relevant to your proposal.


All submissions will be discussed by a panel who will select five performers/ensembles to take part in hcmf// shorts 2017.

Applications for Rough Mix 2017 now open

March 29, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, cpd, electroacoustic, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Deadline 17th April

Rough Mix 2017 multi art form creative development residency in Peebles – call for applications to this paid opportunity
Magnetic North’s 2017 multi-art form creative development residency Rough Mix will take place in Peebles from 19th-30th June. It will run at the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre and is open to both early career and experienced artists.

The residency is is a paid opportunity for artists from any art form based in Scotland, the rest of the UK or internationally. All participants receive a fee and travel costs within the UK. There are two prioritised places: one for an artist identifying as Deaf or disabled and one for an artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

ROUGH MIX is a creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It brings together a small core group of practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The practitioners work together with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period before giving a work-in-progress showing at the end.

You can download information about how to apply from our website.

Military Wives Choirs new commission

March 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline – 14th April 2017

Composer brief – Sing, Share, Support commission 2017

Who we are

Families of service personnel move around frequently and their partners are deployed often, and it can be tough to put down roots, make new friends and get to know people in the local community.

The Military Wives Choirs bring women in the military community closer together through singing. We are a unique and special network in which women can come together to sing, share and support each other, wherever they are. We have over 70 choirs throughout the UK and overseas, across six countries, and around 2000 members, and each choir is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are choir members themselves. Choir members can help one another through the tough times and celebrate the good times – we are stronger together.

The choirs share a core repertoire, which facilitates members’ moving between choirs. This year, we have the opportunity to commission a new song for the network.

Our values

  • SING – we sing great songs that challenge us to be the best we can be. We give performances that make us proud to be in a MWC.
  • SHARE – We enjoy each others’ company and feel part of something special.  Through having fun we feel uplifted and happier.
  • SUPPORT – We are a team and we help each other to cope.  A member of one MWC is an equally valued member of all MWCs.

What we are looking for

We love our ‘headline’ songs, such as Stronger Together, Wherever You Are, Sing and Home for Christmas. We are excited to share an amazing, patriotic, upbeat song which incorporates our key themes of camaraderie, support, strength, family, and fun. We are looking for a song our choirs will leave rehearsals singing, and audiences will remember!

Who can apply

The Military Wives Choirs welcomes submissions from songwriters, composers and other artists. This submission should ultimately be in the form of a melody with piano accompaniment. You can expect to visit rehearsals and collaborate with our choirs.

To apply to fulfil this opportunity, please send your CV along with a previous example of your work, a summary of your vision for the song and a quote for the costs involved to Julia Hudson, Music and Performance Manager via If you are unable to be involved in this project, expressions of general interest are also welcome.

We can only consider applications regarding music which has not already been written; if you would like us to consider adding your pre-existing piece to our repertoire then please email it to instead.

There will then be a shortlisting process; following this we will arrange for shortlisted candidates to come and speak to our panel.

The closing date for applications is 14th April 2017; interviews will be held w/c 17th April 2017.

8th Annual Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition and Residency

March 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline – November 28, 2017

Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center ( is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.
About the competition:

The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2018
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video recording
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• The opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.

Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
There is no time limit for works.
Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Compositions are ineligible if:
They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
The work has already received a professional premiere.
If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

All materials must be received by November 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or email

The Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie are launching a Composition Contest

March 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

The Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie are organizing a composition contest for the creation of a participative piece for amateur singers.

This will be a short piece for string orchestra and amateur singers.
This contest is inviting composers of all nationalities and aged up to 40 years old at the due date of registrations.

Deadline for submissions: 31st of May 2017
1st Prize awarded by the jury: 3000 €
2nd Prize awarded by the public: 1500 €

The winner’s composition will be recorded and performed in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region during the 2017/18 season.

In order to apply, please visit the following websites:

Call for works

March 27, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Deadline – August 2017

The Screendance Centre of Burgundy ( is currently preparing a collective dance film project for 2018 based on the 1653 Ballet de la Nuit (Ballet of the Night) by Louis XIV. The project consists or creating a 13 hours long dance film, split into 13 distinct one-hour long segments, that will be screened in May 2018 in the Castle of Cerisy (Normandy) from sun set to sun rise, before being uploaded to the Numéridanse page of our Centre ( Each of the 13 segments will be shot by a different screendance maker, using a different piece of electro-acoustic music.

The final projet will be similar to past initiaves from our Centre, such as:
– a collective dance film based on the Rite of Spring by Vaslav Nijinski (Sacre/ilège(s) :…)
– another collective dance film based on the Totentanz by Franz Liszt (Danses Macabres :…).

We are looking for 13 electro-acoustic musicians ready to compose one hour long pieces of music for this project, one for each segment of the night, divided as follows (according to the original libretto of the ballet:

1 & 2- First Watch: Night
3- The Courst of Miracles
4 & 5- Second Watch: Venus and the Graces
6- The Mute Comedy of Amphitryon
7 & 8- Third Watch: Hercules in Love
9- Witches’ Sabbath
10 & 11- Fourth Watch: Orpheus
12- The Dreams
13- Grand Ballet: The Sun

The pieces of music will need to be sent back to us by the end of August 2017 at the latest, so as to leave enough time for the filmmakers and choreographers to make their film by the end of February 2018.

We are currently working on getting a stipend for each composer and filmmaker involved in the project, but at present this project is on a volunteer basis for those looking to experiment and collaborate internationally.

Application deadline: April 1st 2017

Please signal your interest in the project by sending a message to with a CV and a sample(s) of past compositions.

ISSTA 2017 International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

March 24, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Sept 7th-8th 2017

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland



Peter Kirn (Editor–in–Chief, CDM: Create Digital Music)

Dr Theresa Dillon (Artist–Researcher, Professor of City Futures at Watershed and University of the West of England, Bristol)

Deadline for submissions

Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

ISSTA 2017: Sound–Makers: technologies, practices and cultures

Creative audio and visual practices are increasingly moving from the digital sphere into the ‘real’ world––moving from bits to atoms (Ishii and Ullmer, 1997)––as physical computing technologies continue to become more widely affordable and accessible. Custom–made and repurposed controllers, gestural interfaces and intentionally hackable or reconfigurable instruments now support the creation and control of music and audio-visual media outside the mouse and keyboard paradigm and beyond normative models based on previously–established practices.

These technologies are increasingly being championed by grassroots movements which are driven by the designers, makers and creators who build and use them. Maker groups, festivals and social spaces––frequently more diverse and inclusive than established communities within academia and industrial R&D––have emerged to engage new creators and audiences through music, visual and sound art performances. Spanning disciplines such as controllerism, modular synthesis, interface design, circuit bending and live sound art, many practitioners and researchers are increasingly looking beyond code, bringing, integrating sensors and soldering within their classroom, stage and studio practices.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) invites makers, creators, performers, thinkers and researchers to come together to share their insights on this emerging field.

Perspectives on our call may include (but are not limited to) the following:

·      New creative approaches using self-designed or hacked controllers

·      Maker movements and the democratisation of technology

·      The gendering of maker spaces/hackspaces and/or other questions of inclusivity or exclusion

·      Communities and maker spaces/hackspaces: chronicling experiences of establishing maker spaces and scenes

·      Open culture and creative technologies: sharing code, technologies and practices

·      Making/hacking and sustainability: installations and electronic music practices using recycled equipment

·      The Global West (or North) and the rest? Differences in global experiences of maker culture and spaces

·      Maker/hacker approaches and developments in education

We welcome the submission of papers, artworks, compositions/performances and workshops on these ideas and related topics for presentation at the 7th ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound, 7th-8th September 2017, at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).

Full call and submission details here:


Equidistant between Belfast and Dublin, with excellent flight, public transport and motorway connections with both cities, DkIT is an education hub for creative technologies in Ireland’s Eastern Corridor region.

Call conditions

Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

The call is open to all practitioners regardless of nationality.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation and, where relevant, transport of materials; as a small, subscriber–funded organization, we are unable to provide artists’ fees but we do aim to keep registration fees as low as possible.   Registration for ISSTA 2017 is required for participation.

Registration Costs

Registration fees are as follows:
• Professional: €70 (€40 registration + €30 ISSTA membership)
• Postgraduate student: €50 (€30 registration + €20 ISSTA membership)
• Undergraduate student or unwaged: €25 (€15 registration + €10 ISSTA membership)
• Non-members €80

Adopt a Composer scheme

March 24, 2017 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs member groups with composers for one year, with each pair working collaboratively to create a unique new work.

Apply here

What is Adopt a Composer?

Adopt a Composer pairs amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to premiere. The group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule.

Adopt a Composer is funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Trust and run by Making Music, in association with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.

It was a challenging but very worthwhile experience! It pushed our boundaries, which is what we like to do and having the opportunity of the BBC to record us, was absolutely wonderful!

La Nova Singers – paired with Ed Scolding in 2015/16

What are the benefits for our group?

  • A new piece of repertoire tailored to the strengths and personality of the group
  • A working relationship with a skilled and committed composer
  • The opportunity to be recorded by BBC Radio 3, for possible broadcast on national radio
  • An understanding of the collaborative process of creating new music and the knowledge to undertake this again independently
  • A Group Development Day in January for the MD and another member of the group to attend
  • A new and exciting experience, in which 90+ Making Music groups have now participated

Anna has been a joy to work with. She has been sensitive to the unique nature of the choir and has written a piece that stretches them but also celebrates who they are. She has involved them in the writing from the start and has incorporated their ideas into the final piece. We are very excited about the performance.

Quirky Choir – paired with Anna Braithwaite 2014/15

How does it work?

Following the application process, your group will be paired with an up-and-coming composer for the year during which the composer (mentored by an experienced professional) will write a new piece specifically tailored to your group.

The composer costs, fees for the mentoring composer, and all expenses related to the placement of the composer will be paid by the PRS for Music Foundation. The only costs to participating member groups will be the allocation of sufficient rehearsal and performance time.

The composer retains all rights to the score.

The process:

  • September: pairings announced at launch event – meet your composer!
  • November: your group hosts a workshop introducing the composer to your members
  • January: you and your composer workshop/rehearse the pieces in progress
  • January: you attend our Development Day to meet other participating groups and share ideas and learnings
  • February – April: rehearsing of the draft piece
  • May – September: premiere concert (usually recorded for a broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

How to apply

To apply to take part, complete and submit the online form below. If you would prefer to complete the application form as a Word doc, or if you have any further questions, please contact Sally Palmer (

The deadline for group applications is 5pm Thursday 8 June 2017 (applications for composers wishing to take part will open in May 2017)Following this, shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange a 10 minute phone call with us as part of the selection process.

Before completing this form ensure that your group satisfies the following criteria:

  • Music Director and group members are enthusiastic and able to commit to get involved in the composition process over the whole course of the project.
  • Able to arrange time in your schedule to develop, rehearse and perform a new piece in the 2017/18 season (please see above).
  • Is a member of Making Music. (If you are not currently a member, please contact the Making Music office – 020 7939 6030 – to find out about joining).

Apply here

Eighth International Conference on Music /Sonic Art: Practices and Theories

March 21, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

MuSA 2016 – Karlsruhe (IMWI)
6 July – 9 July, 2017

Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe –
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI)
Am Schloss Gottesaue 7, 76131 Karlsruhe


We are pleased to announce the Eighth International Conference on Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories (MuSA 2017), an interdisciplinary event to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI) ( MuSA 2017 is jointly organized by IMWI and Middlesex University, London.

Conference dates: July 6 – 9, 2017.

Deadline for abstract submission: April 28, 2017.

Keynote presentations: To be confirmed

The principal aim of MuSA 2017 is to advance interdisciplinary investigations in – as well as between – Music and Sonic Art.  Proposals for sessions and individual papers for the Eighth International Conference on Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories are invited from academics, independent researchers, practitioners and post-graduate students. Presentation formats include academic research papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); reports on practice-based/artistic research or educational programmes (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); and workshops, panel sessions, lecture-demonstrations (30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion). The Conference committee encourages presentations in which practice forms an integral part of the research. All proposals will be double-blind peer-reviewed. The Conference language will be English. Previous themes and topics can be seen at:;;;;


The theme of MuSA 2017 is Sounds without Borders. Amidst recent political events around the world that threaten to build walls among nations, disconnect communities, block the free movement of peoples across cultures, musical practices display a stark contrast to such divisive attempts in defying and travelling freely across many different kinds of – literal and metaphorical –‘borders’. MuSA2017 will explore the nature, conditions, and consequences of the capacity of musical practices to cross these ‘borders’. We, therefore, invite submissions on the following, and other related topics:

·      Music and politics across borders
·      Migration of musical styles across borders
·      Fluidity of musical experiences
·      Dynamics of musical identities
·      Dissolution of formal boundaries in the creation of music and sound art
·      Multimodal perception of music and sound crossing over sensory boundaries
·      Crossing the borders of performance styles
·      Crossing disciplinary boundaries in musical research
·      Crossing artistic boundaries in musical and sound art practices
·      Crossing the theory-practice divide
·      Bridging scholarly-disciplinary and artistic discourses
·      Travelling across ‘reason’ and ‘emotion’

Other topics that are in line with the Conference’s broad aim of promoting interdisciplinary research within and across Music and Sonic Art will also be considered.

MuSA 2017 will continue to include the popular, one-day event devoted to ‘Re-thinking the Musical Instrument’, focusing in particular on the role of literal and metaphorical borders in the origination, making and playing of musical instruments.

Some of the topics that will be explored during this one-day event include:

·      The acoustical, musical, cultural, symbolic, and ritualistic qualities of musical instruments and the relationships between these (theoretically) distinct kinds of qualities;
·      The discourses that exist in relation to musical instruments in different genres, styles and traditions;
·      The gestural affordances and ergonomic principles of musical instruments and the musical meanings that emerge as a result of these affordances and principles;
·      Performers, improvisers and their instruments: phenomenologies of music making in the context of particular kinds of musical instruments;
·      Composer and instruments: the material, acoustical and expressive qualities of instruments and their relationship to musical languages composers create;
·      Relationships between creativity in performance, nature of musical interpretation and musical instruments;
·      The role of the musical instrument in the creation of musical identities;

We invite proposals on any research area related to the nature and use of western acoustical instruments, traditional ethnic instruments and digital/virtual instruments.

Please submit an abstract of approximately 250-300 words as an e-mail attachment to

Please specify whether you wish your abstract to be considered for the one-day ‘Re-thinking the musical instrument’ event.

As contributions will be ‘blind’ peer-reviewed, please do not include information that might facilitate identification from the abstract. In addition, please include separately the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation (if any) and short biography (approximately 100 words). Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Friday, 28 April 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 12 May 2016.

The Conference fees are: €120 for delegates (day rate: €40), €100 for presenters (day rate: €35), and €60 for students and others who qualify for concessions (day rate: €20).

If additional information is required please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack or any member of the Conference Committee:

Prof. Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack ­­–

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Troge (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –

Prof. Dr. Denis Lorrain (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –

Vis. Prof. Dr. Marlon Schumacher (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –

Prof. Dr. Paulo Ferreira-Lopes (Universita Cattolica Porto/HfM-Karlsruhe) –

Prof. Miroslav Spasov (Keele University, UK) –

Dr. John Dack (Middlesex University, UK) –

Adrian Palka (Coventry University, UK) –

Timothy P. Schmele (IMWI, Karlsruhe)  –

Administrative support: Gundi Rössler (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –

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