ISCM World Music Days 2019 in Estonia

The official Call for Works is now released for ISCM’s World Music Days 2019 in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia. The 2019 event will be held in collaboration with the Estonian Music Days’ 40th Anniversary, 2-10 May 2019.

Choral music is a particular strength of this festival (hence the multiple submission categories dedicated to it), as well as an interest in experiments between music and other artistic disciplines, including the intersections between music and architecture, theatre, audiovisual art, and literature. Also of note is the category for free improvisation, which may interest composer-performers active in this area.

Young composers are also encouraged to apply. Composers up to the age of 35 are eligible for the ISCM Young Composer’s Award, which includes a €5000 prize and a commission for a future ISCM event.

CANZ is the official NZ member (Section) of the ISCM, and will be selecting and submitting six works to the ISCM International Panel for consideration, from which at least one work will be selected for performance at the festival. We now invite members to submit works to CANZ for the initial selection. The deadline for submission to CANZ is Friday 14 September 2018. Please send all materials electronically to <president@canz.net.nz>. Receipt of your submission will be acknowledged.

You must be a current member of CANZ to make a submission to our official NZ entry (if you wish to join CANZ, please see http://canz.net.nz/join-canz/). Preference will be given to works composed after 2013, and to composers who are yet to experience an ISCM WMD festival. The Official Submission from CANZ will aim to include six works fitting at least four of the 14 submission categories. It is essential that you ensure your entry matches the specifications for one of the categories, described below:

Category 1 Orchestral works
Category 2 String orchestra
Category 3 Wind ensemble with conductor
Category 4 Ensemble with conductor
Category 5 Chamber music 1-6 players (“Pierrot Plus Percussion” etc. and subsets) Category 6 Chamber music 1-5 players (ensembles involving the traditional Estonian kannel)
Category 7 String quartet
Category 8 1-2 instruments
Category 9 Mixed choir
Category 10 Male choir
Category 11 Female choir
Category 12 Electronic pieces & Installations
Category 13 Jazz ensemble
Category 14 Free improvisation

World Music Days 2019 is jointly present with the annual contemporary music festival Estonian Music Days, organized by Estonian Composers’ Union.
The event takes place from 2-10 May in Tallinn and Tartu.

More info: www.worldmusicdays2019.ee
info@worldmusicdays2019.ee

Category 1 

Orchestral works
(Max: 4fl, 4ob, 3fag, 4cl, 4Hn, 4trpt, 4tbn, 1tb, 5perc, 1hp, Strings: 17, 14, 12, 10, 8)

For further reference please visit:
http://www.erso.ee/about/musicians_/?lang=en#95

10′-15′
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra www.erso.ee

Soloists are possible, if the section covers the costs.

Category 2 

String orchestra

a) String orchestra 

55432 (players, not desks) 10′-15′
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra http://www.filharmoonia.ee/tko

b) String orchestra with mixed choir 

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir 6666
10′-15′
http://www.filharmoonia.ee/tko

Category 3 

Wind ensemble with conductor *
2 fl, 1 ob, 3 cl, 1 fag, 2 alt-sax, 1 ten-sax, 1 bar-sax, 3 Corni, 4 trbe, 3 trni, 2 euf, 2 tb, 1 Cb, 4 perc, guit.
3′-10′

The event takes place in open air. Traditional brass band genres such as marches etc are welcome.

https://www.ppaorkester.ee/

Category 4 

Ensemble with conductor

a) Large ensemble 6-8 players and mezzo soprano with conductor 

with optional electronics
fl, cl, 2 perc, pf, vln, vla, vc and mezzo-sopr
up to 15′
Norrbotten NEO (Sweden) http://norrbottensmusiken.se/ensembler/norrbotten-neo/

b) Ensemble works with audiovisuals 

fl, cl, e-guitar, perc, vno, vla, vc, electronics up to 20′
Tallinn New Music Ensemble – https://enmtallinn.com/

Category 5 

Chamber music 1-6 players

a) Ensemble with optional live electronics. Works will be staged in a theatrical context
Fl, Cl, Perc, Pf, Vno, Vc
up to 15′

http://uuu.ee/

By submitting to this category, the composers confirm to agree that their pieces will be performed in a theatrical context and setting.
All possible combinations of given instruments from solos to the full ensemble are welcome.

b) Ensemble 1-5 players with electronics 

Fl, Cl, Arpa, Pf, Vc
up to 15′
Defunensemble (Finland) http://www.defunensemble.fi/

All possible combinations of given instruments from solos to the full ensemble are welcome.

c) Ensemble of 4 players ob, perc, vc, cb
up to 20′
Copeco All stars http://www.copeco.net/

All possible combinations of given instruments from solos to the full ensemble are welcome.

Category 6 

Chamber music 1-5 players

a) Ensemble of 4 players with vocal soloist. 

Concert will have literary addition (in the format of Poetry slam). Composers are encouraged to offer a poem or literary excerpt, which is to be read before or after the performance of the piece
Fl, Kannel, Vc, alto

up to 10′
Ensemble Resonabilis
http://www.resonabilis.com/index_eng.html
All possible combinations of given instruments from solos to the full ensemble are welcome.

Pieces originally conceived for other instruments that are similar to the Kannel (e.g. kantele, kokle, kankles, harp, guitar, koto, gayageum, qin etc) are welcome. If it is not possible to perform the part written for that instrument on a kannel, then the composer who is proposing the piece is expected to rework the part so that it is playable on the kannel .

b) Ensemble of 1-3 players 

harp, kannel, harpsichord up to 15′
Ensemble Una Corda http://unacorda.net/

All possible combinations of given instruments from solos to the full ensemble are welcome.

Scores featuring instruments similar to the kannel would also be considered if the part is playable on a kannel or could be adapted by the composer, as per Category 6a above.

Category 7 

String quartet
up to 10′
Ensemble Yxus http://www.yxusensemble.ee/

Category 8 

1-2 instruments

a) 2 pianos (solo or duo) + optional electronics (prerecorded material) 

Pieces up to 10′
Kadri-Ann Sumera / Talvi Hunt

b) 2 Double bases
Pieces up to 5’
Jaanus Siniväli / Kristin Kuldkepp

c) 2 percussionists (non pitched percussion instruments only)
Pieces up to 5’
Vambola Krigul / Madis Metsamart

d) 2 clarinetists (available instruments 2 Cl in B, 1 Cl in basso and 1 Cl in Es) Pieces up to 5’
Signe Sõmer / Helena Tuuling

e) Koto and Estonian chromatic Kannel (solo or duo)
Pieces up to 15’
Kristi Mühling / Naoko Kikuchi
http://kristimyhling.com/kannel/ http://www.resonabilis.com/index_eng.html

Works originally scored for other instruments would also be considered if the composer is willing to adapt them so that they are playable as per Categories 6a and 6b above.

f) flute, soprano and electronics 

Pieces up to 15’
AFEKT Soloists: Monika Mattiesen
Sirje Aleksandra Viise, Tammo Sumera (electronics)

g) organ solo (with optional electronics)
Pieces up to 15’
Ulla Krigul

h) Violin and electronics (live electronics or Buchla) George Kentros / Mattias Petersson http://nomoremusic.se/
Pieces up to 5’

Category 9 : Mixed choir 5′-15′

a) a cappella
b) with electronics (pre-recorded only)
c) with solo instrument (Fl, Cl, Perc, Vno, Vc and C-b are possible) and optional electronics.
Please choose one solo instrument from the list above.
d) with 1 tenor soloist 

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir 

6666

https://www.epcc.ee/en/

A cappella, electronics, Solo instruments 

Vox clamantis 

4344 (2+2)

www.voxclamantis.ee

A cappella, electronics 

Latvian Radio Choir 

6666

http://www.radiokoris.lv/en/choir

A cappella 

Collegium Musicale 

6666

http://www.collegiummusicale.ee/en/

A cappella, Tenor Soloist 

Category 10 

Male choir
49 singers
up to 10′
a) a cappella
b) with 1-4 string instruments (2 Vno, Vla, Vc)
Estonian National Male Choir https://concert.ee/en/kollektiiv/eesti-rahvusmeeskoor/

Category 11 

Female choir
16, 12, 15, 9
up to 10′
a) a cappella
b) with early music instruments 

Ellerhein

http://ellerhein.ee/en/

Hortus Musicus

https://concert.ee/en/kollektiiv/hortus-musicus/

1) discant and alto bombard (also recorders from soprano to bass)
2) recorders from sopranino to bass, dulcian, tenor bombard, rauschpfeiff 3) tenor and bass trombones
4) violin
5) g-violone (tuning from up c-g-d-a-e-b)
6) double bass
7) cembalo/organ
8) tenor voice, percussion*
9) baritone voice, percussion*
10) bass voice, percussion*

* renaissance drums, cymbals, tambourines etc.

Category 12 

Electronic pieces & Installations

Estonian Electronic Music Society ́s Ensemble 

live electronics (up to 6 players). Possible equipment: Max Msp, C-sound, DIY electronics, synthesizers (analog, digital, modular).

a) Electroacoustic pieces for tape (prerecorded MP3 file) only. 

up to 20′

b) Electroacoustic pieces for live electronics (up to 6 players. Max Msp, C-sound, DIY electronics)

c) Installations 

Sound installations of smaller size, which will be placed in the context of the concert venues

Category 13 

Jazz ensemble
up to 6-7 players, chosen from:
voice, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums (additional instruments can be added). Different combinations are encouraged: 2 voices; 2 drums, etc.

The use of pre-recorded electronic sound is also welcome. Composers should submit stereo sound files along with their performance materials.
Priority given to works of 6′ or less. All combinations of saxophones is also suitable. It is possible to submit a piece that uses 2 drummers.

In collaboration with Estonian Jazz Union

www.jazz.ee

Category 14 Free improvisation 

up to ca 15’-20’
Hosted by Improtest series

This category is open to composers-improvisers. It is possible to perform with the Improtest house band (1 keyboard player, 1 electric guitarist). The composers are requested to send some demo material.

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
accepted.

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
better).

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

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

For further information including application form and fees see http://www.taukay.it/pdf/2017_2018_bando_eng_ita.pdf

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: www.icch.be

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 www.icch.be

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 (http://www.matrix-new-music.be/).

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.

For more info see http://www.icch.be/

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
Course.

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: http://www.synthetis.pl

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 biblioteca@filologicafriulana.it).

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: concorsosmareglia@libero.it

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 http://artefactosonoro.artefacto-ec.com/en/

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

For more info email artassoundasart@gmail.com

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, www.harp.com.

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 USAHARPCC@gmail.com. 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 USAHARPCC@gmail.com 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 www.usaihc.org.

For more information visit https://usaihc.org/2018-application

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

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.i-park.org/2018grp