International composition competition Città di Udine – 2018

The competition is divided in two sections:
– compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument.
– electroacoustic music.

The competition will accept compositions by musicians of any nationality and of any age. Previously performed compositions will be

Chamber instrumental group or solo instruments:

Pieces should not exceed eight minutes in length, however consideration will be given to compositions which exceed this length if, in the opinion of the Jury, they are of particular artistic merit. The Jury’s decision on this matter is final.

The chamber instrumental group is made up of:
– a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello)
– piano / one performer
– flute (piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute) / one performer
– clarinet (clarinet in E flat, clarinet in B flat, clarinet in A and bass clarinet)/ one performer
– percussion instruments from the following list: vibraphone, glockenspiel, tom toms (max 5 pieces), suspended cymbals, tam tam, templeblocks, small percussion instruments such as triangle, wood blocks, maracas etc… / one performer
– instruments listed above may be used in any combination
– if desired, just one instrument may be used
– it is possible to use a stereo audio track on CD or digital file
of similar quality (or better), to accompany the performance of the chamber instrumental group or solo instrument.

Electroacoustic Music

Electroacoustic musical compositions must have a duration of less than ten minutes and must be presented with CD digital file quality (or

Recording formats:
Stereo format
Quadraphonic format
5+1 format
Octophonic format

Any multi-channel versions of the composition must be sent along with the stereo version with CD digital file quality (or better).

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International Composition Competition Harelbeke

For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

General provisions

1.            The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries.

2.            Each composer can enter only two works.

3.            The duration of the work must be between 15 and 25 minutes (to be stated on the score).

4.            The submitted works must be original in every respect: only unpublished works that have  never been performed in public nor broadcast on radio or television and that have never won a prize at any national or international competition will be accepted. Adaptations of existing compositions or rearrangements or re-orchestrations of known tunes or folk songs will be rejected.

5.            Only music compositions for wind orchestra will be accepted. Works for brass band or chamber music groups will not be accepted.

6.            Compositions using electronics will not be accepted.

7.            As the three shortlisted compositions will be performed live during the final, the  orchestration of the work must not exceed the following instrumentation:

Piccolo; Flute 1&2; Oboe 1&2; English horn; Clarinet Eb; Clarinet Bb 1,2&3; Bass Clarinet Bb; Contra-Alto Clarinet Eb; Contrabass Clarinet Bb; Soprano Saxophone; Alto Saxophone 1&2; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Bassoon 1&2; Contrabassoon; Cornet Bb 1&2; Trumpet Bb 1,2&3; French Horn F 1&2, 3&4; Tenor Trombone 1&2; Bass Trombone; Euphonium Bb; Tuba C; Double bass; Timpani; Percussion (max. 6 parts); Piano; Harp

The works will be performed by an orchestra from Harelbeke with this instrumentation.

8.            The score must bear a title and a pseudonym instead of the composer’s name.  The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity.  The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:

9.            The name of the composer must not appear anywhere on the score. Nor may the score contain any details that might lead to the identification of the composer.

10.          The score should meet the following requirements: (1) realized in digital format (music notation software) and (2) submitted in PDF-format by uploading it onto the website

11.          The composer must also include a short written preface to explain the work. If the composer has used an alternative music notation system, it must also be explained.

12.          The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes if the desired level is not reached.

13.          The organization will preserve two copies of the score: (1) to be kept in the archive of the competition in Harelbeke, (2) to be kept in the music library of MATRIX in Leuven (

14.          The jury will announce the finalists on Monday 16 April 2018.

15.          The finalists will be asked to attend a rehearsal with the orchestra on the day before the final. This rehearsal will take place in the presence of the jury members. Each finalist will have one hour to work with the orchestra. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the organization. Hotel and subsistence expenses however must be borne by the composer.

16.          If a prize-winning composer decides to have his work published by a music score publisher, the score must carry the words: with this work the composer was a finalist at the 6th International Composition Competition Harelbeke (Belgium).

17.          If one of the finalists is disqualified, another candidate will be selected to take his or her place.

18.          The jury’s decisions are final.

19.          Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted

20.          By entering the competition the candidate accepts the competition rules.

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Synthetis International Summer Course for Composers

The Music Gardens Foundation is pleased to invite young composers (no age limit!), from the world over, to participate in the 2018 edition of the International Summer Course for Composers SYNTHETIS, which will take place in Radziejowice (near Warsaw, Poland) between July 29 and August 10, 2018.

The participants of this year’s edition of the Course will have an opportunity to attend lectures and individual meetings with such renowned composers as Chen Yi (China/USA), Brigitte Muntendorf
(Austria), Ondřej Adámek (Czech Republic) and Johannes Kreidler (Germany), as well as the
Course’s artists-in-residence: members of the E-MEX Ensemble (Germany). At the SYNTHETIS
2018 final concert, these talented artists will perform some of the works composed during the

Traditionally, the SYNTHETIS events will be held at the Radziejowice Palace – a beautiful complex situated 50 km from Warsaw. The venue, surrounded by a picturesque landscape and originally
dating back to the 17th century, thanks to its unique atmosphere has become a work facility for artists, writers, musicians and painters. Its intimate character provides excellent conditions to create both highly cooperative environment and creativity-enhancing atmosphere.

SYNTHETIS, created and directed by Zygmunt Krauze, is a successful reactivation of the le-
gendary composition courses initiated in 1980 by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. The key objective of the Course is to allow each and every participant not only to develop his or her
artistic skills, but also to work in an environment where exchange of experience is essential.
Deadline for application is May 31.
More information and on-line application form available at:

5th Antonio Smareglia International Composition Competition

The Competition is divided into two sections as follows:

Section A: compositions for solo piano of between 5 and 10 minutes.

Section B: compositions for solo voice and piano of between 3 and 6 minutes.

For section B, the choice of text is at the discretion of the composer, provided that:
– the text has been published (or translated) in one of the following languages: Italian, French, English, Spanish or German;
– the text is in the public domain, or the composer has requested and obtained the author’s and/or translator’s explicit permission to use the text (or the permission of his/her legal heirs and/or legal representatives, see § 7)

In the 5th edition of the competition, there is a special prize, that will be awarded to composition for solo voice and piano of between 3 and 6 minutes, with a text in the Friulian language. The choice of
text is at the discretion of the composer, provided that the text is in the public domain, or the composer has requested and obtained the author’s explicit permission to use the text (or the permission of his/her legal heirs and/or legal representatives, see § 7).
The Società Filologica Friulana, patronage of the competition, can provide a selection of texts in Friulian language with a possible translation in Italian, German or English, and also audio files with
reading of the texts themselves (contact to

3. The competition is open to participants of every nationality and there are no age restrictions applied. The works presented may have been performed previously but must be unpublished and not have been awarded prizes, awards or special mentions in previous competitions.

4. The Jury Commission (five members) will consist of eminent musicians of international acclaim and a representative of the Casa Musicale Sonzogno of Milan.

5. Competition entries, with all files specified in point 7, must be delivered no later than 31 May 2018, only by electronic means and in PDF format, to:

6. No entry fee is required.

7. The title and the name and the surname of the author must be evident on the frontispiece of each composition.

Every e-mail must have in attachments the following documentation in PDF format:
– the particulars and contact details of the composer (including telephone number and e-mail address);
– a ID cart copy;
– a written statement, signed by the composer, affirming that the composition has not been previously published or received prior awards, prizes or special mentions in previous competitions;
– written authorization signed by the author (or his/her legal heirs and/or legal representatives) permitting the use of the literary text selected, where said text is not already in the public domain;
– proof of copyright clearance to publish the work in cases where the composer is contractually bound by an exclusivity agreement to a particular publisher.

Arte Facto Sonoro Artistic Residence

Sound artists are invited to apply for a scholarships for the artistic residency “ArteFacto Sonoro”, to be held between March and August 2018, in Quito – Ecuador.

“ArteFacto Sonoro” is a residence in music and sound arts, based on a free program, where participants set their own objectives and methodology, while the hosts provide spaces, tools, links and accompaniment in the territory.

Projects in residence may include composition and musical and sound production, non-conventional practices, experimentation with other disciplines, research, academic meetings, exhibition and circulation, etc.

We offer furnished apartment with all the services, tools and spaces for creation, exhibition spaces, links and accompaniment with actors in the territory.

Aimed at creators, researchers, producers and other agents of the world of music and the sound arts; artists and professionals from other disciplines who wish to explore possibilities of dialogue with music and the sound arts.

Interested artists can apply to one of our scholarships until March 15, 2018.

To know more about the conditions, requirements and characteristics of the call and the cultural and social context of Ecuador

Edwin Carr Scholarship Applications Open for 2018

Support for accomplished young New Zealand musicians and composers of all ages is available via Creative New Zealand’s music scholarships. Up to $60,600 in total is available this year to support four scholarship programmes.

The Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship is open to outstanding New Zealand composers wanting to further their studies overseas.

Applications for the 2018 music scholarships close at 5pm on Friday 6 April.

Art as Sound as Art Exploratory Music School

Art as Sound as Art exploratory music school in conjunction with Artist Open Studios for composers and performers.

March 23 – 25 2018, Opera House, Whanganui

Extreme flute and voice, Taonga Puoro, electronics, with tutors Elise Goodge, Ingrid Culliford, Judith Dodsworth, Susan Frykberg

Performances, open rehearsals, audience participation, improvisation, graphic scores, new works in artists studios.

Register by 20th Feb 2018

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International Harp Competition 2018

The USA International Harp Competition was founded in 1989 by world-renowned harpist and teacher Susann McDonald. The triennial Competition is hosted by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

As part of its mission to promote harp and harp music, the USA International Harp Competition sponsors a Composition Contest that occurs every three years, prior to the performance Competition. Composers are invited to submit new works for solo harp. A distinguished panel of harpists plus one composer select the winning composition.

A $2,000 USD prize is awarded to the winner and the new work becomes part of the 3rd Stage required repertoire for the upcoming performance competition. The work is also performed by the Competition’s First Prize winner on their debut concerts. It is published by Lyon & Healy and made available for purchase on their website,

Solo harp composition contestants have included composers from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Wales.

6th Composition Contest – Rules & Procedures

1. The work for solo harp must be unpublished, un-awarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution.

2. Though the composition is for solo harp, other instruments may be included if played by the harpist.

3. The work must be between six and eight minutes in duration.

4. The contest is open to composers of all nationalities.

5. Previous winners are not eligible.

6. A distinguished panel of harpists including one composer, chaired by Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, will select the winning composition. The decisions of the jury are final.

Important Deadlines:

October 15, 2018:

– Online application form
– One PDF of anonymous 8.5” x 11” score sent as an attachment to an email addressed to Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer’s name in the body of the email message. The score should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Please note that the jury will refer to scores by title only. Program notes are acceptable, as long as they do not include clues to the identity of the composer and are included in the same PDF as the score, not sent separately. The PDF should be “camera-ready” – meaning publishable quality. Immediately after the announcement of the winning composition, the winner will be asked to send an identical PDF with the composer’s name added. This PDF will be used for printing by the publisher.

November 15, 2018:

– MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist sent as an attachment to an email to Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include the title, the composer’s name, and the name of the recorded harpist in the body of the email message. The MP3 file should not show the name of the composer or harpist anywhere. Digital or Midi recordings will NOT be accepted. Scores submitted without a recording will NOT be considered.

December 15, 2018:

Winning composition announced on

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I-Park’s 2018 Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency

I-Park’s Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency gives composers an opportunity to complete a new composition in tandem with an acclaimed chamber music ensemble.

Five composers will get to spend two weeks with members of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, shaping and polishing substantially complete new works to an exquisite state of concert readiness. This intensely collaborative residency will culminate in a pair of all-premiere performances in Connecticut and New York City.

The residencies are fully funded, and include a private room, a meal program, a studio recording of the new works, and a $1,000 stipend.

Submissions are due February 19

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New Music New Video Composition Competition

The Anderson and Roe piano duo are excited to announce their New Music • New Video composition competition!

The purpose of this call is to encourage composers to create new, impactful works for piano duo. The winning submission will be performed in a fully produced Anderson & Roe music video, to be shared over all our social media channels.

This is a unique opportunity for a composer—young or old, brand new or well established, self-taught or conservatory educated—to have their work potentially reach millions of new listeners all over the world by featuring their talents on the global stage: social media.

Submission deadline is May 1st 2018

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