2018 Barlow Prize – $12,000 Commission

New Work for Reed Quintet

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for Reed Quintet.  The winning composer’s work will be premiered in 2019 by a consortium of three quintets:  Akropolis (Michigan), BYU (Utah) and the Calefax (Netherlands).

The 15-20 minute work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium.  Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium.

Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. 

For further info see http://barlow.byu.edu/prize-applications-guidelines/

The Esoterics’ 2016 POLYPHONOS competition

POLYPHONOS is The Esoterics’ annual competition for choral composition. The name of the competition comes from the Greek πολυφωνος, meaning “many voices” or “manifold in expression.” Now in its tenth season of hosting this competition, The Esoterics is excited to announce its international call for a cappella choral scores for POLYPHONOS.

The Esoterics is dedicated to performing and perpetuating contemporary a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world. The purpose of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS is to encourage today’s choral composers to broaden the scope of the a cappella choral repertory by setting sacred and poetical texts found beyond the Western classical canon in order to create a repertoire of choral concert music that reflects the universal beauty and power of unaccompanied voices joined in song.

2016 Competition:

Each winning composer will receive a commission from The Esoterics to plan and compose a new choral work that will be premiered by the ensemble in 2016. In addition to this commission, each of the winning composers will receive $1000 US plus airfare and accommodations to attend the Seattle premiere of their commissioned work. There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards:

  • International composer’s 2016 commission (for choral composers who are not US citizens)
  • National composer’s 2016 commission (for choral composers who are US citizens)
  • Young composer’s 2016 commission (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2016)

THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE FOR THIS COMPETITION

NEW DATES for 2016!
The 2016 POLYPHONOS submission deadline is 25 September.
All applications must be complete and received by that date.
The winners of the competition will be announced on or around 1 October.

For more information, visit http://www.theesoterics.org/polyphonos

Composition Contest – Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan

In order to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, the brass band « Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan » (ECV) is organizing a brass band composition contest with very attractive awards (1st prize 3000 €). Composers will benefit of great freedom regarding the style of the submitted piece. It can be an introductory piece, a slow piece, a solo (one ore more soloists), a concert finale, a suite, entertainment music, or of any other genre or style that may inspire the composer, without any time restriction. The deadline for submissions will be November 1st 2016.

For further information, please refer to the rules of the contest on the ECV website: http://www.ecvbrass.ch

Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

Closing Date: 1 July

The Prize is awarded annually for excellence in original composition and is valued at $1500.

The competition is open to all past and present students of the universities of New Zealand

The topic for 2016 is to compose a piece for cello and piano OR cello solo OR cello and electronics. You must submit a score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

The work must be at least eight minutes and not more than eighteen minutes in duration.

More information

Australasian Double Reed Society Composition Competition

Deadline date: 31 July 2016 (Delivery Deadline)

Date held: October 2016

Location: Sydney, Australia

Total prizes: AUD $1,000 and performances.

Entry restriction: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or students attending an Australian or New Zealand school or university. Only one submission per entrant accepted.

Work duration: Up to five (5) minutes.

Further Details

The Australian Double Reed Society is a not for profit organisation which promotes and enhances the knowledge of double reed instruments. In honour of its 20th Anniversary, and to facilitate collaborations between composers and performers, the ADRS NSW branch will be holding a composition competition. They would like to encourage and develop new Australasian works which engage with idiomatic characteristics of solo double reed instruments, with a level of difficulty no higher than AMEB Grade 7, in particular works suitable for students studying for their Year 12 Music performance exam.

See the ADRS website Composition webpage for detailed information, terms and conditions, and application form.

International Composition Competition – “Città di Udine”

Taukay music publishing company is proud to announce new projects associated with the International Composition Competition “Città di Udine”. The winning compositions and finalists’ works will be performed publicly and we will produce a CD of the live performance.
Additionally, we are working to select some of the submitted compositions to be used in a collaboration with the contemporary dance company Arearea. Our goal is to give more space to contemporary music and to its interaction with other performing arts.

Rules and conditions of the international composition competition “Città di Udine” (eleventh edition) are online on Taukay’s website.

Submissions are being accepted in two categories:
– compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument
– electroacoustic music.

Deadline: March 31th 2016

More info on: www.taukay.it
Contacts: competition@taukay.it

The Elysian Singers Composition Prize 2016

The Elysian Singers have been singing for 30 years, and are celebrating with a whole
year of song!

Through ten concerts we will showcase the enormous variety of styles, periods and genres that we love to perform: and to link the whole programme together, have undertaken to include at least one setting from each of the 150 Psalms. The competition is to set all or part of three psalms for which we cannot find any suitable choral settings.

The deadline for submissions is 5.30pm UK time, Monday 29 February, 2016.

The prizes include:

  • your works being performed in London by the Elysian Singers at our concert on 15 October 2016 at St James’s Piccadilly
  • cash prizes of £250, £150, and £50
  • the possibility of being published, subject to approval from Novello & Co Ltd

Full details are available here (PDF).

 

The 2016 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

Eligibility

Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

Awards

First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in September of 2016 on the 20th Anniversary Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

Judges

A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the 20th anniversary award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

Guidelines

1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.

2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum

3. Limit: One entry per composer

4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.

5. Anonymous Submission: The composer’s name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Friday, April 15, 2016 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For more information and to submit scores go to http://bit.ly/martiranoaward

 

 

Opera Factory: A Short Chamber Opera Contest

The Opera Factory Trust is pleased to announce their next composition contest for short chamber operas. Entries close on Monday 18th January 2016.

Composers are invited to submit new works for A Short Chamber Opera Contest.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 18 January 2016.

The competition is for New Zealand composers (New Zealand citizens or permanent residents), and is offered in three categories:

  1. Open age
  2. Emerging or intending composers (under 25 yrs of age)
  3. Secondary school students (18 yrs & under)

Information Sheet
Entry Form