Call for Miniature Tape Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The « Núcleo Música Nova » (Brazil) seeks Electroacoustic miniatures for concerts opportunities in Brazil (from July to November, 2017). These are the specifications:

– deadline: July 2nd, 2017;
– there are no fees nor artistic wages (we are from a public university; all concerts have free entrance);
– there is no age/nationality restrictions;
– only fixed-media electroacoustic works (aka Tape piece / Acousmatic work);
– only miniatures: no more than 2 minutes;
– up to 4 channels sound diffusion (8-channels is a possibility, although not guaranteed in every concert);
– send internet link (recommended) or mp3 (for now);
– send composer’s bio (short), photo, and program notes (short);
– send your work to with the subject TAPE MINIATURES – YOUR NAME;

Questions? Please contact us at

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Lin Ge’er
Composer, President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Dr. Zhou Long
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Distinguished Professor, Tianjin Conservatory of Music

◆Qualification all students (without restrictions on nationalities regions and ages) are qualified
◆Deadline 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

Rule of the Competition

◆Aim of the Composition
New Talent, New Idea
New Composition, New Music

the competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.
1. All students (without any restrictions on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others’ name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
we recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury’s decision is final.

◆Copyright of the Attribution
During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.

◆Additional Directions
1. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
2. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

Call for Scores- Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Hsiaopei Lee/Chialing Hsieh call for submissions for their second “Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers” recording project.

First Recording:

Open to any women composers, regardless of age or nationality
Entry Fee: None

Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Instrumentation: Works for viola and piano or viola solo.

Duration: No duration limitation.

Difficulty: All difficulty levels are acceptable.

Audio Files: Composers are strongly encouraged to include links to the audio realization of their works (MIDI or live performance).

The selected works will be publicly performed prior to the recording session. Please indicate if your submitted works have been performed or recorded.

Submitted to: Chialing Hsieh
Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Call for Creative Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Claude Debussy in 2018: a Centenary Celebration at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow


As part of the weeklong symposium and conference ‘Claude Debussy in 2018’, to be jointly hosted in Manchester and Glasgow from 20-23 March, 2018, we invite submissions for original compositions, up to 5 minutes in length, written for the forces of one of the two smaller chamber sonatas Debussy left unfinished at his death in 1918, i.e.:

Sonata no. 4 for oboe, horn and harpsichord

Sonata no. 5 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and piano


Based on a CV, list of works, and a clear expression of interest (max. 250 words) specifying your creative interest in and plans for composing ‘in memoriam Claude Debussy’ at this time, we will invite submission of scores and parts to be assessed by a panel of Glasgow and Manchester composers for possible inclusion in either a compositional workshop or a public concert featuring musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Deadline for CV, list of works, and expression of interest, specifying your chosen ensemble and describing your creative concept: 1 September 2017

Deadline for fair copy score and parts (on invitation): 31 January 2018.


Please send expressions of interest (and/or any questions) to


*Please note that while there will be one composition/ performance workshop in each city, the concert itself will only take place in Glasgow on 23 March.

LSO Jerwood Composer+

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is a new programme that will support early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme each year for a 16-month placement with the LSO. The composers will each be given the opportunity to programme, plan and deliver two concerts at the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, enabling them to showcase new music by both themselves and other composers whilst gaining entrepreneurial skills through mentoring from key LSO staff. The concerts will make a substantial contribution to the diversity of the music programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s.

More info

RESONANCES | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 25 to 28 September 2017 in the city of Kiev (Ukraine), inside the Union Composers.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 28 September inside the Concert Hall of Union Composers of Ukraine.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.

Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following instruments from 3 to 10 players:
soprano, mezzosoprano, piano, flute (ottavino, flute in G), clarinet ( bass clarinet), trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 percussionists (timpani, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, woodblocks).
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

In memory of F. Mompou and his wife C. Bravo, who were its Honorary Presidents. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Frederic Mompou’s death.


Any composer who is not over 35 years of age on December 31, 2017 can participate in this competition.
The works must be completely unknown. They must not have been previously performed, published or disseminated in any way or in any computer sound file.
The musical formation this year is for:
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

The style and scoring methods of the work are completely unrestricted. The recommended duration is between 10 and 18 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017 consists of:
The amount of €4.000. This amount will be subject to Spanish taxation.
Publishing and marketing of the winning score by Editorial Boileau publishing house.
The premiere of the work in a concert within the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) in order to create new audiences for contemporary music.
The Frederic Mompou International Award cannot be shared or declared void.
The jury reserves the right to award two honorary mentions.
The 2017 winner cannot compete again until the competition of 2020.

Presentation of the scores

The presentation of the scores must be anonymous: a pseudonym must be used.
No motto or pseudonym can be used that identifies the composer or the work presented.
The score can be written by hand or printed by means of a musical notation programme.
Incomplete scores will not be accepted. All the scores presented must be legible at first sight. A score that is badly written can be refused.
The work has to be sent as a score in DINA4 (21×29,7 cm) or similar size paper and well bound.
Please, send:
Six copies of the score, on which a title for the work and a pseudonym figure.
A sealed envelope with the same pseudonym, which includes:
1. The entry form, correctly filled in.
Entry form
2. A photocopy of an identity card, passport or proof of identity.
3. A brief curriculum vitae.
The six scores and the sealed envelope must be sent to:

Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona Premi Internacional Frederic Mompou
PO Box 5498, 08080 Barcelona-Spain

Presentation deadline: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 (incl.)

The scores that have been sent by registered post before or even on the above date will be accepted.
A copy of the scores that have not been awarded the prize will be kept in the files of the entity. During 2018, the remaining copies will be returned to their composers, if they request them.

Jury and verdict

The jury will be made up of five professionals of international prestige in the world of contemporary music, and they will be made known when the verdict is made public.
The decision of the jury will be taken by absolute majority and the verdict will not be open to appeal.
Once the verdict is determined and it is found that the winning work has not complied with all the rules, the composer will be stripped of the award.
The verdict will be announced before the end of September 2017.

Award-winning work

Once the verdict has been announced, the award will be granted. According to JMB’s concert programme, the award-winning work will be premiered in the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) concert tour, organized by Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya.
The work will be recorded by and broadcasted on the Catalan radio station Catalunya Música.
The intellectual property rights remain in the composer’s possession. In posterior recordings and programmes, the following text must be stated: “Frederic Mompou International Award for the Young Composer Competition of Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona, 2017”.
Once the award is granted, the winner is required to present a copy of the score in the programme Finale or Sibelius.
Editorial Boileau has the publishing and marketing rights to the score.
The winner must accept this point regardless of other publishing commitments.

eviMus Festival – Call for works

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The eviMus Festival and the KuBa – Kulturzentrum am EuroBahnhof present the “4. Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustiche und visuelle Musik” in Saarbrücken (Germany). The eviMus Festival is a four-day Festival focussing on new music in all of its forms. All events are free and open to the public. All composers, regardless of nationality, age or career stage, are invited to apply. Since the number of applications exceeds the places available, there will be a selection process.

The submitted works must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Category A – Fixed media:
Four channel up to eight channel works for fixed media (Format: WAV or AIFF files, stereo works are not going to be considered)

2. Category B – Instrument/electronic:
Solo instrument/voice and fixed media or live electronics (stereo or more channels). The organization will decide if instrumentalists are available. Works for flute and electronic are desired.

3. Category C – Video:
Works for video and music are desired (stereo or more channels)

4. Category D – Installation:
Sound Installations and Interactive Media (composer has to provide all non-standard equipment)

Composers can submit several works (but only one work per composer will be include in the concerts). Works which last 8 minutes or less are preferred; no work should exceed 10 minutes.

How to apply:

All applications must be sent via DropBox (only as a “view”, not as an “editor) or Google Drive in a single folder to the email: info [at] evimus [dot] de.

The application must fulfill the following requirements:

1. PDF, ODT or DOC with contact information, composer’s biography, nationality, date of birth and a description of the idea of your work (program notes).

2. Audio file .AIFF or .WAV format 16bit or 24bit at 44,1kHz sampling rate containing a stereo version of the piece (Category A or B),
video file .MOV (Category C),
PDF file with the score for instrument and electronic (Category B),
Documentation with Fotos, Video, Description, etc. (Category D)

3. Additionally, for multichannel pieces (Category A), send the audio files corresponding to each of the channels inside a separate folder (Audio file .AIFF or .WAV format 16bit or 24bit at 44,1kHz sampling rate).

Please do not send email file attachments.

Composers can submit several works (but only one work per composer will be include in the concerts). Works which last 8 minutes or less are preferred; no work should exceed 10 minutes.

On the “4. Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustiche und visuelle Musik” will also be room for discussions about the relation between music, technology and society. Everyone is welcome to participate. In order to organize these discussion-related sessions conveniently, everyone is welcome to submit papers with hypotheses, ideas or proposals. Also discussions of submitted works are appreciated.

Start of applications: 1st february 2017
Deadline for applications (Category A, C and D): 31th July 2017
Deadline for applications (Category B): 1st July 2017
End of selection process and notification: 10th August 2017
Final deadline for all performance material: 15th August 2017

Composers will be notified of the results by email.
The application is free of charge

Call for Works for Solo Recorder

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Kethryn Bennetts is looking for pieces for solo recorder for an ongoing concert series starting Oct 2017. Can involve microtonality, especially quarter-tones and fixed media, preferably for one performer but other instrumental combinations can be considered.

rosetta contemporary ensemble 1st Call for Scores

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *ask for other family
Group C:
Left-Hand Piano

*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for Mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)

Instrumentation: all instruments from the list.
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s)/1 or 2 Guitar(s)/Saxophone/Left-Hand Piano)
Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)
Category B (Duo to Quintet)

Instrumentation: Any combination of from 2 or 3 groups from the instrument list. (Duo / Trio / Quartet only consists of plucked Instruments from group A is not accepted.)
Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)
Category C* (Performer’s Selection)

*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.

Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

Please visit our website for the detail!

The event was previously held as Les Pois music office call for scores

LSO Call for Composers

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

A platform for emerging composers

Based at LSO St Luke’s, LSO Soundhub provides a flexible environment where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, with access to vital resources, support from industry professionals and LSO members and staff.

Soundhub is a composer-led resource, responding directly to the needs of those using it: a supportive framework for artists to try out new ideas, develop existing work and benefit from peer-to-peer networking and support.

The programme is open to UK-based composers and builds on the LSO’s ongoing investment in emerging talent, in particular through the Panufnik Composers Scheme.

More info

Juice: To Meredith Monk: Call for works

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Juice Vocal Ensemble are excited to announce a call for works as part of the City, University of London’s Meredith Monk 75th birthday tribute concert. The call is open to all composers of any nationality and age. It should be no more than 4 minutes in length and should be lucidly inspired by Monk’s work.

Deadline 1st Septmeber

Instrumentation can be either a cappella SSA or SSA voices plus handheld percussion/found sounds etc. (to be played by the ensemble). The works can include extra-vocal techniques and graphic notation.

We strongly recommend visiting our Writing For Juice guidelines, and also listening to our albums on Spotify, as well as of course, the work of Meredith Monk!

If you have a query about the music you’re writing, email:

All submissions should be sent as PDFs; audio files (recommended) should be sent as links (for example, Dropbox or WeTransfer), or as private links to SoundCloud pages. Please do not email mp3s directly.

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) September 1st 2017

Works selected will be announced in mid-September and performed at City University, London on October 10th.

Send your piece to:

Call for Scores for solo horn – Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn
Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo horn. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn to be premiered on November 15, 2017 at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland. This call for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is looking for solo horn works inspired by specific texts of literature, poetry, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
Deadline to submit works is September 15, 2017
Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.
Works should be for solo horn only.
All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
No works over a minute will be reviewed.
Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
Composers are encouraged to write works inspired by specific texts of poetry, literature, etc. (Texts should be named in the program notes.)
Works that utilize the low register of the horn are encouraged
Works need to be submitted online at…

You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn” to submit work.
You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program notes.
You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.)
Please include the dedication to Sam Bessen on the score.
Performance notes should be included in the score.
Composers will be contacted via email of the results and will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.

Sam Bessen
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Bessen is a horn performer and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Bessen recently completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Denise Tryon. As a performer, Bessen seeks to bring together performer and audience in engaging and innovative recitals often featuring new and obscure works for horn. ​He recently performed an acclaimed recital at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was subsequently invited to perform on the Museum’s ART/SOUND/NOW series on July 27, 2017. He can be heard in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s recordings with Marin Alsop of works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Kernis, as well as in John Steinmetz’ “Three Pieces for Ten Winds” with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Examples of Sam Bessen’s playing can be heard here:

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today’s music scene. “…the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. ” – Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner

More can be found be found at:

Music Avatar
Music Avatar is an online submission system to upload music online. It creates a hassle free process for the composer to submit, update, and upload a submission with confidence that the opportunity will receive it. Check out Music Avatar for more composer opportunities.

For more information visit:

Vox Novus
Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. The organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public’s vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Projects Vox Novus is known for producing are 60×60, Composer’s Voice and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

For More information visit:

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

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.

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!]


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