2015 International Music Composition Competition – Sejong Prize

1. Mission: Traditional Korean music contains many unique elements. The Sejong Music Composition Competition encourages composers to explore these elements and incorporate them into their compositions to create contemporary pieces for Western instruments that evoke Korean themes. Using these pieces in performances, we hope to bring the world of Korean music not only to composers, but performers and listeners, as well. For Sejong Prize Competition, we are looking for high quality Korean-themed pieces that can be performed frequently. Our goal is to encourage composers to write music that is appealing to general public and has clear expression of Korean themes.

2. Competition Rules:
– Eligibility: Open to composers of all ages, all nationalities, and all ethnic backgrounds.
– Judges’ decisions are final.
– Prizes may not be awarded at the judges’ discretion.
– Please keep in mind that we are looking for pieces that can strongly convey Korean themes.

3. Submission Requirements:
– Submit a work for 2-5 instruments chosen from violin, cello, piano, flute, and clarinet that can strongly convey Korean themes and is no more than twelve minutes in length. The piece must contain elements of traditional Korean melodies or rhythm.
– Representative samples of Korean traditional music transcriptions and recordings of traditional Korean instruments can be found on our website as examples.
– The application should include a short paragraph (up to 500 words) that explains how the Korean theme was expressed in the composition.
– The contestant’s entry and application form must be sent as email attachments to sejong@sejongculturalsociety.org.
– The music score must be submitted in a PDF file. Printed scores or other file types will not be accepted.
– Anonymous submission of score: the entrant’s name and contact details must not appear on any page of the score. Having a name on the score will result in disqualification. File names should include the contestant’s name (eg. JohnSmith.pdf)
– First prize winners of the previous competition (2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition, 2008 International Sejong Music Composition Competition, 2012 Sejong Prize Competition) may not enter this competition.

4. Submission deadline: Jun 30th, 2015 (*No application fee)

5. Winners and prizes: First place $2,000; Honorable Mentions (2-3) $500
In addition, the winning entries will be performed for recording, may be submitted for publication of music scores or performance of the music to be broadcasted by television and radio stations.

6. Judging Criteria: Works will be judged based on originality, technique, and use of Korean themes

7. For more information:
Visit our website at www.sejongculturalsociety.org or email us at sejong@sejongculturalsociety.org.

CALL FOR PAPERS The Enterprise of Musicology: Trends in our New Age

The East Asian Regional Association of the International Musicological Society (IMS-EA) have announced a call for papers for ‘The Enterprise of Musicology: Trends in our New Age’ to be held in Hong Kong, 4-6 December 2015.

Deadline: 10 April 2015

Musical and musicological trends are ever changing with evolving sociological, economic, and political climates; at the same time, trends can also be geographic-specific. IMS East Asia 2015 sets out to examine current trends of musicological thoughts, and in particular, ‘Asian trends’ – if such a phenomenon could be discerned. Asian countries are some of the fastest growing in the world: in technology, in science, in cultural development, and in educational innovation. Are such elements influential factors in musicological trends in Asia and world-wide?

Read more at http://www.imsea2015.org/



Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition – Piano Pieces for Children

The competition is held by the Institut Ludwig van Beethoven at the Music University Vienna. It is looking for piano pieces written for children and young adults which, although limited in their technical difficulty, remain uncompromising in their artistic aim; pieces written with a contemporary compositional technique which offer the young student stimulus, insight and new experiences: experiences about oneself and the world in which we live.

Invited are composers under the age of 40 and participation deadline is 15th August 2015. The total prize pool is € 10´000.

For further information/registration, please refer to the following links.

The East Asian Regional Association of the International Musicological Society

The Enterprise of Musicology: Trends in our New Age
Hong Kong, 4-6 December 2015 (Submission Deadline: 10 April 2015)

Musical and musicological trends are ever changing with evolving sociological, economic, and political climates; at the same time, trends can also be geographic-specific. IMS East Asia 2015 sets out to examine current trends of musicological thoughts, and in particular, ‘Asian trends’ – if such a phenomenon could be discerned. Asian countries are some of the fastest growing in the world: in technology, in science, in cultural development, and in educational innovation. Are such elements influential factors in musicological trends in Asia and world-wide?

IMSEA 2015 would like to call for papers to brainstorm themes associated with such thoughts; they could embrace:

• New approaches to music performance
• Interdisciplinary, and multi-disciplinary practices
• Concepts and histories of music theory
• Technology in music
• Science(s) of music and music-practice
• Practice as research/performance-based research
• Asian studies
• Orientalism
• Popular music in East Asia
• The musician as creative entrepreneur

Abstract Submission Guide

DEADLINE: Friday, April 10, 21:00 (UTC+8). To avoid online problems, please submit at least 24 hours before the deadline.

AUTHOR NOTIFICATION: Friday, May 15, 2015.

PARTICIPATION: Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are all welcome. An individual may submit no more than one proposal in each category.

PANEL: Among the categories, panels are especially encouraged, in particular those with researchers from different regions/disciplines. The organizer of a panel should act as the corresponding author and submit the proposal as a package that includes the abstracts of each paper as well as a rationale of the whole.

LENGTH: Max. 250 words for each abstract or rationale.


ENCODING: Only plain text without any formatting.

SUBMISSION: Only online through the following links (accessible during the submission period stated above); submissions by post or by e-mail are not accepted. Each abstract should include its author’s name, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and email address. PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE FORMS CAREFULLY.

1. Panel Session: 90-min./3-papers or 120-min./4-papers; panels with researchers from different regions or disciplines are encouraged.
2. Individual Paper: 20-minute report followed by 10-minute discussion.

Website: http://www.imsea2015.org/

For any enquiries, please contact us at imsea2015@gmail.com.

Arizona Pro Arte – Call for Scores

Have your work featured at Arizona Pro Arte’s September 19, 2015 concert. The winning works will be performed with our musicians, and original choreography and dancers from ELEVATE DanceWorks.

Submissions may consist of any combination of standard orchestral instruments up to eight (8) performers plus prerecorded tape/audio track. Of the performers, a maximum of two may be percussionists. A maximum of one piano may be utilized. Entries with harp will be considered.

Deadline: April 3, 2015

No Application Fee or Eligibility Restrictions

Further details can be found at: http://www.azproarte.com/call-for-scores/


Auckland Regional Parks Residency

From Auckland Council:


Here’s something for musos to act on now, at the start of a fresh year!

It’s a residency opportunity offering free beachside accommodation, a weekly artist’s fee and a ‘studio’ in scenic surroundings.

We are looking for an adventurous artist or creative composer who would like to live and work from either Duder or Waitawa Regional Park.

Applications must be in by the 17th February 2015 but the residency is not till mid Oct-mid Dec 2015.

For more information, to download application forms and to get the flavour of previous residencies go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/arts

Aroha Quartet/SOUNZ/RNZC Recordings Project 2015

In association with CANZ and Chamber Music NZ

The inaugural Aroha Quartet/SOUNZ/RNZC Recordings Project 2015 calls for scores for string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello) by New Zealand composers.

This is a new collaborative project between SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, the Aroha Quartet, Radio New Zealand Concert, the Composers Association of New Zealand and Chamber Music New Zealand.

As a result of this initiative, 80 minutes of previously unrecorded string quartets by New Zealand composers will be made available for free online streaming through partner websites.

The project is open to all New Zealand composers (composers must be New Zealand born, resident or hold New Zealand citizenship).

Submissions should be sent as a PDF to info@sounz.org.nz no later than 20 February 2015.

Full details can be downloaded here or visit SOUNZ online.

Contact info@sounz.org.nz for further information about this project.

For information about the Aroha Quartet, visit their website www.arohaquartet.co.nz

Creative New Zealand: Calls for proposals for Te Manu Ka Tau 2015 Showcases

Deadline Monday 1 December

Creative New Zealand in association with the Auckland Arts Festival is calling for proposals from theatre, dance, music and cross artform companies and artists to showcase work for international presenters. This will take place during the Auckland Arts Festival, 7 – 14 March 2015 as part of Creative New Zealand’s annual Te Manu Ka Tau programme

Showcases will be held in both Auckland and Wellington, depending on the home base of successful companies/artists.

Current possible showcase dates are:

Auckland: Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 March
Wellington: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March

Final dates will be confirmed after TMKT guest’s schedules are finalised.

Costs associated with your showcase will not be eligible for additional funding from either Creative New Zealand or the Auckland Arts Festival, but a venue and some technical support may be provided.

Artists and organisations must be able to provide up to 20 minutes of a work that is complete and ready for touring. We are looking to provide some central city venues, so that our international manuhiri can experience as many showcases as possible within a limited time-frame. However, if you have specific venue requirements or wish to present in your own rehearsal rooms please include this in your proposal.

We will also consider pitches for works that are in development, depending on available time, especially if the works have an Asian partner or are wishing to find a presenter in Asia. Please include any Asian connection in your proposal and your reasons for wishing to engage with Asia.

The opportunity to submit a proposal closes at 5pm on Monday 1 December 2014 and decisions will be made by Friday 19 December. Late proposals will not be accepted. The proposals will be assessed by a panel made up of Creative New Zealand staff, the Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director, the New Zealand Festival Artistic Director and at least one independent industry representative.


The company must be a Creative New Zealand client; for example previously or currently funded though the Toi Tōtara Haemata, Toi Uru Kahikatea or Arts Grants/Quick Response funding processes.
The company must provide evidence of national and/or international touring experience and have suitable work appropriate for international markets.
The company must be available for touring in 2015 and 2016.
The company must have the rights to tour the work internationally.
The work to be showcased must be described fully (synopsis, story board and/or DVD, YouTube links provided) and evidence of availability of artists to perform in the showcase must be confirmed in writing.
The work to be showcased should be a completed work that has already been presented, is about to be presented, or is a work in development that has been well progressed. Key company personnel other than performers, for example director and producer, must be available to attend and speak to the work via a Q and A process.
Companies must be aware that although a venue will be provided, the venue will come with limited production facilities for showcases so the company/artist will need to cover the costs of any specialist equipment.

Support material

The proposal should include; name of the work, art form, stage of development, previous performances, if any, a description of the intended audience for work and reasons for wishing to tour internationally, and in which markets.
The proposal should be brief and to the point.
Reviews or critical commentary should be attached to the proposal, which should be no more than four A4 pages. Please do NOT attach lengthy CVs or bulky back ground paper-based information. Support letters from other Festival directors and venue presenters are useful.
YouTube or vimeo is the preferred visual support material.
Expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, but if any information is missing from the proposal as outlined above, your proposal will not be considered.


Can be electronic or hard copy. Electronic is preferred
Must arrive by 5pm on Monday 1 December 2014

Sent to Sally Woodfield, Te Manu Ka Tau Administrator, sally.woodfield@aaf.co.nz
PO Box 5419, Wellesley St, Auckland 1140

Invited Guests

In 2015 we hope to welcome a variety of Festival presenters, venue programmers and producers from:


The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Annual residency program for composers and performers – July 13-Aug 2, 2015

Application Deadline: Thurs, January 15, 2015


The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily recitals in the museum galleries, and the residency concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty ensembles. The program also includes world music workshops, an orchestra of original instruments, technology and music business seminars and more.

Past participants have said: Bang on a Can has changed my life. I never thought it would be possible to find a community that is devoted to new music with such a high caliber of musicianship, such enthusiasm and mutual supportiveness, and such a sense of joy for everything we do. I know I’ll be looking to recreate this feeling in my future collaborations, always.

Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be — inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time from ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, California EARUnit and more: Gregg August, bass; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Vicki Ray, piano; Todd Reynolds, violin; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; and more special guests!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored. Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

Contact: Philippa Thompson, Manager
+ 718-852-7755, philippa@bangonacan.org