Keuris Composers Contest

The Keuris Competition invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest with self-made compositions for the youth. The compositions should be challenging, but at the same time accessible, nowadays and playable by young talented amateur players. Deadline February 18th 2016.

There will be two categories:
1) clarinet, cello and piano
2) youth symphony orchestra

For further details are available here.


A Short Chamber Opera Contest

The Opera Factory Trust is pleased to offer a compositional contest for a short chamber opera.

Entries close on Monday 18th 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)

Further details and the entry form are available here:

Opera Factory Composition Contest 2015 – 2016 Information Sheet

Opera Factory Composition Contest 2015 – 2016 ENTRY FORM


Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at NZSM 2016-2017

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington invites applications for the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at NZSM for the period July 2016–June 2017. The appointment is jointly funded by Creative New Zealand and private donor Dr Jack C. Richards, with the NZSM as host organisation. This position fosters and expands the New Zealand musical landscape by providing an established composer with the opportunity to write full-time for the period of tenure.

Benefits, Opportunities & Sector Partnerships

The residency provides numerous benefits and opportunities for the promotion, presentation and professional development of the successful candidate in the following ways:

  • Orchestra Wellington will offer the nominal position of Composer-in-Residence to the successful candidate, if an orchestral work is included in their Work Proposal document. The orchestra will guarantee performance of one new work written by the composer.
  • The Lilburn Residence Trust normally offers the use of the former home of Douglas Lilburn in Thorndon to the Composer-in-Residence for a modest rental. The house is located in an enclave of artist residences, including the Rita Angus Cottage and the Randell Cottage, and is within walking distance of the NZSM.
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington offers to facilitate access to Wellington-based performers and ensembles (e.g. NZSQ, Stroma, Strike, Orchestra Wellington, Baroque Voices) who have agreed to consider programming new works written by the composer.

Please click the following links for further details of the position.

VUW Composer in Resdience 2016 – Role Description

VUW Composer in Residence 2016- Application Details


2015 ISCM World Music Days in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 2015 International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days festival, an annual fixture in the contemporary music calendar, was held in Ljublijana, Slovenia, and New Zealand was once again well represented thanks to the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ), which holds New Zealand’s membership to the ISCM.

Each year, provided that certain criteria are met, CANZ is guaranteed a performance in the World Music Days festival of at least one work submitted in the annual call for scores. New Zealand’s represented composer for 2015 was Chris Cree Brown. The standard of performances, given by Slovenia’s top ensembles and comprised almost exclusively of Slovenian performers, was extremely high. Chris Cree Brown’s piece Sound Barrel, for euphonium and electronics received an outstanding performance by Luka Einfalt and contributed to a particularly strong field of works with electroacoustic components.

Together with the festival itself, ISCM World Music Days is also the setting for the ISCM General Assembly meetings. CANZ President Glenda Keam is currently serving a two-year term on the ISCM executive committee and CANZ Committee member Mary Binney attended as New Zealand’s delegate in the General Assembly, representing and voting on behalf of New Zealand in these meetings.

For several year now, CANZ has been discussing the possibility of hosting the 2020 World Music Days festival in New Zealand. Mary gave a presentation on behalf of CANZ by way of an update to the General Assembly and this was warmly received.

The CANZ Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Creative New Zealand in enabling Mary and Chris to attend this year’s World Music Days, and looks forward to the 2016 festival in Tongyeong, South Korea, at which event Neville Hall will be New Zealand’s represented composer.

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

ISCM Ljubljana

CANZ delegate Mary Binney gives a presentation to the ISCM General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia on New Zealand’s bid to host the 2020 World Music Days festival


Risuonanze 2016 Call for Scores

Associazione Culturale TKE is calling for pieces to be performed at the “Risuonanze 2016 – incontri di nuove musiche” Festival, which will take place early June, 2016, in Friuli Venezia Giulia region – Italy.

  • The Call is open to composers of any nationality and age.
  • The submitted works should not have been premiered in any public performance in Italy; if selected, these works will be presented as “world premieres” or “Italian premieres”.
  • All music performed in the Festival will be radio-broadcast and professionally recorded; composers will be given a copy of the recording of their works.
  • 15 Euros (non-refundable) must be payed via bank transfer or PayPal as a donation for contribution to costs; this amount allows to submit 1 to 5 different works.
  • Festival “Risuonanze 2016” is based on the direct relationship between composers and audience, so composers attending the performances are much appreciated. In that case, there is no refund for travel and lodging fees.
  • Associazione Culturale TKE may select one or more pieces in each category; it may also decide not to choose any composition.

Submission deadline: February 22nd, 2016

  • Works written for:
    a) UNACCOMPANIED: solo piano, or solo violin, or solo flute [C and/or Piccolo and/or G Alto flute], or solo trombone, or solo voice [mezzo-soprano, range: F3 to F5 (piano dynamics) or Ab5 (forte dynamics)]
    b) DUOS: voice [mezzo-soprano, range as before] and piano, or two flutes [both doubling piccolo, one of them also doubling G Alto flute], or two violins, or flute [C] and piano
  • Regarding vocal works, the text should be in the public domain, otherwise the composer should be authorized for its utilization
  • Works from 1 to 6 minutes in duration
  • All submitted works must be “world premieres” or “Italian premieres” in the Festival
  • Submissions via email only
  • Each submission consists in:
    a) one to five scores
    b) payment proof 15 Euros (bank transfer: IBAN IT58P0634067684510701023136, BIC/SWIFT IBSPIT2U, beneficiary: Associazione culturale TKE, or Pay Pal: please see the Risuonanze website – as description of payment please write “Call for Scores Risuonanze 2016”)
    c) a short biography (200 words max.)
  • The scores must be attached as PDF files
  • The biography (in Italian or English) must be pasted as text in the body of the email, together with first name, last name, date of birth and nationality
  • The payment proof (bank transfer or PayPal) must be attached as PDF file
  • In the body of the email, please specify whether the pieces, if selected, should be presented as “world premiere” or “Italian premiere”
  • Send the submission via email to


The results will be announced not later than April 25th, 2016 on the Risuonanze website, and composers of the accepted works will be notified by email.


For any further information, please visit: or email:


5th Solo Harp Composition Contest – 2015

The Composition Contest for the USA International Harp Competition takes place prior to the triennial performance competition. It was established in 2003 to promote the harp as a solo instrument and to encourage composers to write new works for the harp. To date over 250 composers from 40 countries have been Composition Contest participants.

Cash Award: $2,000 USD
Performance: The winning composition will be included in the 2016 USA International Harp
Competition’s required third stage repertoire. It will also be performed by the Gold Medalist at 10th Competition-related debut recitals.
Recording: The winning composition may be included in the CD recording produced by Lyon & Healy Harps for the 10th Competition winner.
Publication: The winning composition will be published by Lyon & Healy Harps.

Duration: 6-8 minutes.
Instrumentation: Solo harp (Other instruments may be included if played by the harpist. Electronics are permitted if no additional personnel are required. Please contact the Composition Contest Chair in advance of submission to be certain that the planned approach will be accepted.)
Eligibility: The work must be unpublished, unawarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution. Previous Composition Contest winners are not eligible.
Submissions: Online application form, PDF of anonymous score, MP3 recording played by a harpist.

October 30, 2015: Online application form, brief bio, PDF of anonymous score.
November 30, 2015: MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist. No digital or midi recordings will be accepted. Please find your harpist early to permit enough preparation time.
January 30, 2016: Winning composition announced.

Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, Composition Contest Chair:


ensemble mise-en ( is very excited to announce a call for scores for mise-en music festival 2016!

Deadline: September 1, 2015 (EST 11:59PM)

Submission Fee: $15 (USD)

The guidelines for the submissions:
1. Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
2. Selected composers must be present at the festival (June 22-25, 2016) in New York City.
3. You may only send one piece per category. Please notice that multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted as a separate entity.
4. Those composers chosen to write new works (CATEGORY #4) will be notified by October 1, 2015. All other composers chosen to participate in the festival will be notified by December 1, 2015.

CATEGORIES (Click one to apply)
1. Mixed Ensemble (2-15 instruments with/without electronics/tape)
2. Solo instrument (with/without electronics/tape)
3. Tape/electronics
4. Proposal for a new piece (flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin and contrabass with/without electronics)

IMPORTANT — we will not accept any hard copies or email submissions. All submissions should be made via the following website. (