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

2014 International Children’s Songwriting Contest

Purpose:
1. Encourage college students majoring in arts, humanities, education, or others to write songs for children
2. Arouse public interest and attention to songwriting for children.
3. Produce more good songs for our children.

Organizer: Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, College of Applied Human Ecology, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan

Supervised and Sponsored by: Ministry of Education, Taiwan

Other Sponsors: Band Musical Instrument Studio

Categories:
1. International Category: College students from any country of the world other than Taiwan, Kinmen and Matsu can enter.
2. Domestic Category: College students from Taiwan, Kinmen or Matsu can enter

Registration:
1. The registration form, printed sheet music with lyrics on it, and a prerecorded CD must be sent together to the address indicated in the contact information below. On the envelope please indicate “Registration for the 2014 Songwriting Contest – International Category”. The registration form can be downloaded from the website http://www.ksu.edu.tw/eng/unit/D/T/CH/CED/.
2. Do not put identifying information on the materials sent in. The identifying information only can be shown on the registration form.
3. The song must be original and unpublished, for both music and lyrics.
4. The lyrics must be written with English and meant for children.
5. The length of the song must be at least eight bars and time limit is five minutes.
6. Students can form teams to attend the contest, but no more than five persons a team. There is also a limit of 3 entries per person.
7. The song does not have to be performed by the songwriter, and the recording quality of material is not relevant to the judging process.
8. All entries must be sent in before February 27, 2015.
9. All submitted entries will not be returned.

Awards:
First Place: US $ 500 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Second Place: US $400 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Third Place: US $ 300 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Fourth Place: US $ 200 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Fifth Place: US $ 100 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Honorable Mention (3 places): US $ 35 or equivalent prize and award certificate.
Best Popularity Award (2 places): Award certificate.

Note:
1. The top three placing contestants need to have a score of 80 or higher to receive the prize.
2. The awards will be deducted 5% for tax.

Judging Criteria:
1. Pleasant and suitable for children to sing (30%).
a. Rhythm complexity and pitch level are suitable for a child’s singing ability.
b. The lyrics is not beyond children’s life experience or understanding.
2. Originality (30%).
3. Songwriting craftmanship (40%).
4. The recording quality of material is not relevant to the judging process.

Judge Panel
Well-known music composers and child education experts around the world.

Announcement of Results:
1. The winners will be announced on the Kun Shan University website on March 13, 2015.
2. No more than two entries of a person will be awarded.
3. The copyright of all awarded works is belonged to the organizer of this contest. The organizer has the right to copy, adapt, publish, perform, and any other using for publicity purposes.

Awards Showcase:
1. Event Date: March 27, 2015.
2. Event Location: Assembly Hall, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan.
3. All winners must attend the awards showcase and perform their songs.
4. The performers should bring their own instruments except keyboard, which will be provided by the Organizer.
5. If the winners cannot attend the showcase, they should find someone else to present their songs for them or sent in the prerecorded CD to the Organizer by March 24, 2015.

Contact information:
Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, Kun Shan University,
No. 195, Kunda Rd., YongKang Dist., Tainan City 710-03, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Tel: 886-6-2727175-316 Email: dlfc@mail.ksu.edu.tw

8th JFC Composer’s Award Contest

“Contest in Handwritten Score”

Purpose of the Contest
– Music is easily made with electronics and can easily be listened.
– Danger of making melody easily is fraught.
– In this contest, music must be written by hand.
– Experts have always handwritten the melody that gushes forth, and by struggling to elaborate, the excitement of the premiere grew stronger.
– By this activity, a new yet old feeling of urges towards compositions will be discovered.
Chairman of the Executive Committee Junnosuke Yamamoto

Application Procedure
1. Age and nationality is not asked.
2. One composition each.
3. Application fee 10,000 Yen. (Transfer money to the designated account by due date)
4. Performance of composition is limited to 12 minutes.
5. One to five of the instruments written below must be used in the composition.
2 Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute, Exchanging Allowed), Oboe (Cor Anglais Exchanging Allowed), Clarinet (A Tube, B flat Tube, Bass Clarinet Exchanging Allowed), Bassoon, Horn
If the conductor is needed, it is possible to have one, but in this case, the composer himself must conduct while reaching the requirements. Performance fee will not be paid. Before sending the application, it must say conductor on the score.
6. The performers of the final stage will be selected by the organizers.
7. Send four copies of the compositions with the application but the composer must keep the original copy safely.
8. The composition must not have a history of winning any contests.
9. On the front page of the score, the title, name of the composer, must been written both in Japanese and English.
10. Fill in all the blanks on this application, and put a picture of the composer, and send it with the composition. (Pictures of applicants who passed the score examination will be on flyer)
11. The composition must be mailed or brought to The Japan Federation of Composers Inc. (JFC) office which is the address written on the cover of the application by 5 PM on July 31st 2015 (Friday).

The composition will be examined strictly by the judges that JFC has commissioned, and on November 25th 2015 (Wednesday), the “Final JFC Board Composition Award Contest” will be held at Toppan Hall where the compositions will be performed. The winners will be decided by the judges there, and the prize money/award will be given. Rehearsals will be allowed at Toppan Hall the day before the contest. However, the amount of rehearsal time given to each composition will be decided by the board members. It is not required for the exhibitor to come to the rehearsal, but it will be better if they did.

Performance Group: Undecided

Warnings
 The compositions that have been submitted will not be allowed to be revised.
 Plagiarism will be disqualified in any circumstances.
 The parts of the composition that will be performed must be submitted to JFC after the first examination by September, 2015. The expense spent to make the composition is paid individually. If the composition is not submitted by the date given, it will result in disqualification.
 Depending on the composition and the circumstances, the composition may not be played even if it passes the first examination.
 The performance royalties will be paid by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers based on the regulations.

Awards
 JFC Composers First Place : 200,000 Yen
・ In addition, the winning work will be produced by JFC, and distributed to the major music-related groups・organizations・libraries around the world.
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Head of the Jury: Akio Yasuraoka
Jury: Eisuke Tsuchida, Junnosuke Yamamoto

Chairman of the Executive Committee: Junnosuke Yamamoto
Executive Committee: Masao Endo, Ryuichi Horikoshi

Contact・Submission Address

* If you wish to submit an entry please email secretary@canz.net.nz for the application form.

The Japan Federation of Composers Inc. JFC Award Clerk
〒151-0061 Mimori bldg. 101 1-19-4 Hatsudai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel (813)-6276-1177 Fax (813) -3376-3371 E-mail info@jfc.gr.jp HP www.jfc.gr.jp
Exhibition Fee Transfer Information: Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank Yotsuya Branch 4593730
Account Holder : The Japan Federation of Composers Inc.
(Transfer charges are paid by individuals)

ISCM-Musicarama 2015 in Hong Kong

The ISCM Hong Kong Section (Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, www.hkcg.org) is organizing a mini-festival called ISCM-Musicarama 2015 held from 31st May to 3rd June 2015, which consists of 4 concerts and a symposium. An international jury (Vytautas Germanavicius, Isao Matsushita, Peter Swinnen, Richard Tsang & Marcel Wengler) will select the pieces among submissions from ISCM composers. Around 28 compositions will be performed by 2 visiting groups and some of the best local musicians. A maximum of 10 composers-speakers will deliver paper presentations on their music. We now call for scores internationally. Overseas composers whose works are featured will be provided 2 nights of hotel accommodation. Besides attending the rehearsals and performances, the featured composers will also be invited to talk about their music in a full-day symposium which can accommodate a maximum of 10 composers-speakers, each of them will also be given a small speaker honorarium of 100 euro.

The Festival would like to call for works based on the following performing groups:
– Orchestral music – Global Symphony Orchestra (Hong Kong)
– Chamber music for Western instruments – Ensemble Kochi (Japan)
– Chamber music for mixed Western and Chinese instruments – members of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
– Choral music – Taipei Chamber Singers (Taiwan)

Submission Requirements:
* Only composers from ISCM Sections/Members will be considered.
* All scores must be sent via the ISCM Sections/Members, not as individual submissions. Each ISCM Section/Member can submit up to 6 scores.
* Only one submission per composer can be accepted.
* Category 1 – for orchestra without soloist: 3-3-3-3/ 4-3-3-1/ 3 perc, timp, harp, 12-10-8-6-4
* Category 2 – chamber music (up to 10 players): fl/ob/cl/fg/hrn/2vns/va/vc/cb
* Category 3 – chamber music mixing Western and Chinese instruments (up to 14 players): fl/cl/hrn/vn/va/vc/pf/perc x 1/sheng/guanzi/liuqin/pipa/guzheng/erhu
* Category 4 – choral music (up to 32 singers, with or without accompaniment)

Submission format
1. PDF version of the score (and parts) saved on a CD/DVD
2. A recording of the submitted work, if available.
3. The year of composition (it is recommended that submitted works should be written after 1999).
4. A fairly accurate duration of the work. It is preferable that works submitted are not too lengthy; around 8 to 15 minutes is recommended.
5. Programme notes of the submitted work in English (approximately 200 words with a soft copy in MS Word document).
6. Indication of whether the work will be a world or Hong Kong premiere in this Festival.
7. A short biography of the composer in English (approximately 200 words with a soft copy in MS Word document).
8. A recent photo of the composer (preferably in jpeg format).
9. Mailing address and e-mail address of the composer.
10. An indication of whether a 20-minute paper presentation of this composition can be delivered in English by the composer during the Symposium, if given a 3-month advanced notice.

By submitting to the Festival, the composer shall agree to make available all necessary performing materials (including scores and parts, special items, etc.) for the performance of the work, if selected. The submitted materials will only be returned if this is expressly requested. Submissions which do not meet the conditions or deadlines specified above will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: 7th November 2014

CANZ will select 6 works for submission. Please ensure your entry accurately meets the requirements above.

Entries should be sent to:
CANZ
PO Box 4065
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

The Molinari Quartet’s Sixth International Competition for Composition

Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for the formation, a highly valued but dreadful form to write for for composers. But even today, in 2014, the string quartet is as alive and exciting as ever!

The Molinari Quartet contributes to the development of the string quartet literature by encouraging composers to send new original scores to its Competition.

The Molinari Quartet is pleased to announce its Sixth International Competition for Composition for string quartet.

Composers are invited to submit an original work for string quartet. The best compositions will be played in concert during the Molinari Quartet’s Twentieth and Beyond series to be held in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) during the 2015-2016 season.

The jury will be comprised of the Molinari Quartet’s artistic director and its musicians, in addition to well-known Canadian composers John Rea, Michel Gonneville and Ana Sokolovic who will determine four winners. The winning compositions will be performed by the Molinari Quartet during a special concert during the 2015-2016 season. After the concert performance the jury will deliberate and choose the order of the winners. The First Prize winner shall receive a $3000 grant as well as a silkscreen by renowned Canadian artist Guido Molinari. The second prize winner will receive a $2000 grant and the third prize winner a $1000 grant. The jury reserves the right not to grant all three prizes.

The winners will be invited to work with the Molinari Quartet prior to the concert and to participate in the Dialogues at the Chapelle, a public workshop of discussions and analysis produced by the Molinari Quartet.

Rules for Eligibility:

· Candidates must be 40 years old or less as of April 1st 2015, the due date for registration.

· The work must not exceed 20 minutes.

· Only works for string quartet that have neither been performed professionnally nor published as of April 1st 2015 shall be accepted.

· Works for quartet and electronics are accepted.

· Scores must be received by the Molinari Quartet at the latest April 1st 2015. (The post

office stamp shall be recognized as the receiving date)

· Registration fees of $25 CAN must accompany all scores. *

· A candidate may submit more than one work, but each work must be sent separately.

· Parts and scores shall remain the property of the Molinari Quartet.

· The candidate must send a score as well as separate playing parts to the Molinari Quartet.

· All scores must be sent anonymously; only a pseudonym can appear on the score pages.

· The candidate shall also send a sealed envelope bearing his or her pseudonym which will contain his or her name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, birth date, resumé as well as a statement as to the fact that the work is yet unpublished and that it has never been performed professionnally.

· The composer whose work has been chosen as one of the winning compositions, will not receive any extra payment for the execution or recording of the work.

· The winners of the competition commit themselves to find the necessary funding for a stay in Montreal to work with the Molinari Quartet and assist to the performance in the 2015-2016 season.

* The registration fees may be paid by cheque (to Molinari Quartet), Paypal or cash. We also accept US dollars but you must add 5$ to cover the bank’s conversion fees.

Competition Calendar:

Competition launch: September 2014
Due date for registration and receiving scores: April 1st 2015
Jury: May 2015
Announcement of winners: May 2015
Winners Concert: 2015-2016 season

Please send scores to:

Molinari Quartet
P.O. Box 56536
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H1W 3Z3

For more information write to : qm@quatuormolinari.qc.ca

21st Century Japanese Music Project: New Music Composition Contest for the YIS Japanese Music Ensemble

The International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC) is working to promote new compositions for traditional Japanese instruments in order to bring attention to their unique sounds and musical capabilities. In spite of increasing worldwide exposure and interest in the traditional music and instruments of Japan, new compositions which successfully combine both western and Japanese instruments are still unusual.

2015 is the inaugural year of the 21st Century Japanese Music Project, and the first initiative is the creation of a composition contest combining the Japanese koto with one western instrument (details below). The competition aims to promote a deeper understanding of traditional Japanese culture and international collaboration through new music written by composers worldwide.

Winning compositions will be awarded a cash prize of ¥500,000 for first place and ¥100,000 for second place. In addition, winning compositions will be performed both in Japan and the USA in 2015 by the award winning Yokohama International School High Japanese Music Ensemble as well as published through Mother Earth Publishing Company.

Submission Requirements

1) Instrumentation: The submitted works must be written for two to five performers including up to three 13-string kotos and one 17-string bass koto. One western instrument must be included in the composition (flute, clarinet, violin or cello).

2) Composition Length: 6 to 12 minutes.

3) Score: Western Score

4) Other stipulations: No age limit or nationality requirement.Composition should not be previously performed or recorded.

*For more information on composing for the Japanese koto, as well as video recordings of the YIS Japanese Music Ensembles, please see ICJC homepage at www.icjc.jp.

Submission Deadline

Sunday, May 31, 2015 (6:00pm local time)

Please click here for full details.

Gallipoli Songs competition

ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert extend an invitation to Australian and New Zealand composers to submit a new vocal composition that sets words from texts written by participants in the Gallipoli campaign. See http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2014/04/30/3927670.htm for further information (instrumentation, duration etc. are explained in the entry form).