Ostrava Days 2017

Ostrava Days 2017 (August 14 – September 2, 2017) is a working environment with a focus, among others, on compositions for orchestra. There are three resident orchestras: the 85-piece Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, the 80-piece Ostrava New Orchestra (ONO) and the 35-piece Ostravská banda. Additionally, there are resident ensembles (e.g. Momenta String Quartet), Canticum Ostrava choir, and many soloists. The Ostrava Days Institute is linked with the Ostrava Days Festival, which includes compositions by students and lectors as well as composers like Petr Bakla, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Hans Werner Henze, Rudolf Komorous, Klaus Lang, Alex Mincek, Alfred Schnittke, Bent Sørensen, Galina Ustvolskaya, Iannis Xenakis, among others. OD Institute accepts up to 35 resident-students to ensure one-on-one interactions among all participants. The working language is English. Resident-students will be chosen through a review of no more than three scores and audio samples. Housing will be provided in the centrally located Kampus Palace (new student residence with limited single room availability) in the immediate proximity of the Janáček Conservatory and the Triple Hall Karolina (the main venues).

Lectors: Muhal Richard Abrams (New York), Richard Ayres (Amsterdam), Christopher Butterfield (Victoria), Petr Kotík (Ostrava / New York), Bernhard Lang (Wien), George Lewis (New York), Roscoe Mitchell (New York), Olga Neuwirth (Wien / Berlin), Pavel Zemek Novák (Brno), Frederic Rzewski (Brussels), Salvatore Sciarrino (Milano), Kate Soper (New York), Miroslav Srnka (Prague), Jennifer Walshe (Dublin)

Participants: ONO (Ostrava New Orchestra), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostravská banda, Canticum Ostrava & Jurij Galatenko, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Momenta Quartet

Conductors: Johannes Kalitzke (Wien), Rolf Gupta (Oslo), Petr Kotík (Ostrava/New York), Joseph Trafton (Mannheim), Ondřej Vrabec (Prague), Carl Bettendorf (New York/Hamburg)

For more detailed information please visit http://www.newmusicostrava.cz

Call for Scores: ACL Special Event Japan

The Asian Music Festival (AMF) 2017 in Japan will be held on November 2 and 3, 2017 in Tokyo, with two days of events aimed at providing enjoyment for a broad variety of audiences, composers and musicians on the theme ”Prayer”

When: November 2, 3 2017 (2 days, 4 concerts)

Venues: Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple (Chuo City), Anyouin Temple (Itabashi City)


Eligibility

1. Each entrant is allowed to submit one work only.

2. The work must be in only one category from the following list:

a) Chamber orchestra “Conductors are Composers”

Maximum of 15 performers from the following instruments: 1fl, 1ob, 1cl, 1bsn, 2hn, 1tpt, 1tbn, 1hp, perc(2 performers), 2vln, 1vla, 1vc, 1cb.

The maximum duration is 15 minutes, in order to perform as many pieces as possible.

b) Chamber music

Chamber music of up to 12 minutes, for 5 performers from the following instrumentation:

1fl, 1ob, 1cl, 1bsn, 1hn, 2vln,1vla, 1vc, 1 shakuhachi, 1shamisen and 1koto.

c) Electroacoustic music

Electroacoustic work of up to 10 minutes. (2 channel speaker)

Composer must operate the computer by her/himself at the concert on
3rd November.

3.The score, along with the title of the work, the composer’s name in English on the cover and the following information (a–k) must be submitted. The information should be written either in Japanese or in English and, where applicable, Chinese names should include the equivalent Chinese ideographs.

 a. Name
b. Nationality, date of birth
c. Address, e-mail address
d. Title of the work
e. Year composed (pieces composed in or after 2012 are especially encouraged)
f. Duration, instrumentation
g. Biography of composer (maximum 100 words)
h. Program notes (maximum 100 words)
i.  Has the work been performed? If yes, where?
Has the work been performed in Japan? If yes, when?
j.  CD of the work (if available)
k. Photo of the composer

4. The application must reach the secretariat before March 31st, 2017.

5. The applicants will be informed of the contest results by July 1, 2017. The individual parts of selected scores should be submitted at a later date (to be announced).

6. The copyright fee for the work performed will be paid in accordance with the regulations of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers & Publishers.

The composers are asked to waive the right to any and all possible broadcasting of the selected work (in part or in whole, in any style or method of program; news, musical or otherwise).

7. The organizers are unable to cover the performance fee, airfare and accommodation
for composers.

8. The application should be mailed to:

The Japan Federation of Composers
#101 Mimori Bldg., 1-19-4 Hatsudai Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0061 Japa
Tel: (81)3-6276-1177 / Fax: (81)3-3376-3371 e-mail: info@jfc.gr.jp

2018 Barlow Prize – $12,000 Commission

New Work for Reed Quintet

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for Reed Quintet.  The winning composer’s work will be premiered in 2019 by a consortium of three quintets:  Akropolis (Michigan), BYU (Utah) and the Calefax (Netherlands).

The 15-20 minute work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium.  Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium.

Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. 

For further info see http://barlow.byu.edu/prize-applications-guidelines/

[‘tactus] Young Composers’ Forum 2017

The seventh edition of [‘tactus] Young Composers’ Forum will take place in Brussels and Mons, Belgium from September 25th to 29th, 2017, under the presence of maestri Ann McKay, Jean-Paul Dessy, Kimmo Hakola, Claude Ledoux, and others to be confirmed.

The first session, held in Brussels, Belgium from September 25th to 27th and with the collaboration of the Brussels Philharmonic, will feature writing for orchestra. Candidates are asked to submit a piece or part of a piece (movement) for symphony orchestra approximately 10 minutes in duration.

Orchestral accompaniment cannot exceed the following instrumentation:

Woodwinds in groups of 3: 3 flutes [including piccolo] – 3 oboes [including English horn] – 3 clarinets [including bass clarinet or soprano clarinet] – 3 bassoons [including contrabassoon]

Brass: 4 horns – 3 trumpets – 3 trombones – 1 tuba

Percussion: 3 players [1 timpanist and 2 percussionists]

Harp: 1 player

Strings: 14 – 12 – 9 – 8 – 6

Piano

The second session, held in Mons, Belgium from September 27th to 29th, 2017 and with the collaboration of the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, will feature writing for chamber ensemble. Candidates are asked to submit a piece for chamber ensemble approximately 10 minutes in duration. Applicants are encouraged to submit a work with particular emphasis on either the piano and / or marimba part/s.

Instrumentation for the chamber ensemble work should not exceed the following (9 musicians):

1 flute (including piccolo, alto flute and bass flute) – 1 clarinet (including bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet) – 1 trombone – 1 guitar (including electric guitar) – percussion* – 1 piano – 1 violin – 1 viola – 1 cello.

* Accepted percussion instruments:
• 1 * timpani 20 inches
• 1 * timpani 26 inches
• 1 * timpani 29 inches
• 1 * timpani 32 inches
• 1 * concert bass drum
• 1 * tubular bells
• 1 * concert tam tam
• 1 * gong tuned . C .
• 1 * gong tuned . B .
• 1 * marimba
• 1 * vibraphone
• 3 * conga
• 3 * bongo paired 7 inches . and 8 inches 5/8
• 1 * complete drum set with 2 snares
• 1 * glockenspiel
• 1 * octave of crotales C6 – C7
• 1 * xylophone
• 2 * bar chimes
• 5 * cow bell
• a set of suspended cymbals

Composers 35 years and younger are invited to apply for one or both sessions submitting work/s as indicated in the application requirements. Candidates interested in both sessions need to submit two works (one for each session).

Launched in 2003, this biannual event offers the opportunity for young composers to increase their understanding of what is involved in writing for a symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble. A maximum of six composers, to be selected on the basis of an online submission, will be given the privilege of workshopping a work or part of a work (a movement) of about 10 minutes in length with the Brussels Philharmonic and the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles.

The working sessions will be followed by discussions in the presence of internationally renowned composers. Lectures will also be given on various aspects of composing as well as other topics related to composers’ careers, etc.

At the end of the sessions an international reading panel will select one or more works that may be programmed by a professional orchestras. In the past these have included the Orchestre National de Lille, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic.

The forum will end with a closing concert given by the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles in Mons, Belgium on September 29th, 2017.

Applications can be submitted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform: http://ulysses-network.eu/web/competitions/.

The deadline for submission is June 1st, 2017.

For more information see www.tactus.be

Creative New Zealand Edwin Carr Music Scholarship for 2017

Support for composers of all ages, is available via the Creative New Zealand Edwin Carr music scholarship. Up to $12,000 is available this year to support a composer/composers.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship close at 5pm on Friday 10 March.

More information about the scholarship, and how to apply, can be found at the following link:http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/find-funding/funds/edwin-carr-foundation-scholarship

Music scholarships are designed to enable New Zealand musicians to progress their career into a global setting.

These scholarships assist musicians to develop their career, profile and potential.

Advice on applying can be sought from the Senior Music Advisor lee.martelli@creativenz.govt.nz

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Applications for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are due January 18! Please help us spread the word to any composers and performers in the early stages of their careers. The Summer Festival has been descried as “life-changing” by our past participants, and we are very proud of this project.

Online applications and more info here: http://bangonacan.org/summer_festival/info_for_applicants

Deadline: Weds, January 18, 2017. 5pm EST

Festival dates: July 17 – Aug 6, 2017

About the Festival:

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The Festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will spend three weeks immersed in today’s most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The Festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the festival ensembles and special guests. The Festival also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.

2017 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival

The 2017 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival is happy to announce our International Call for Applications. The VIPA Festival takes place June 28-July 8 within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaguín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain.

Our 2017 composition faculty includes Jorge Villavicencio GrossmannMelinda Wagner, and Stefano Gervasoni, with guest composer José María Sánchez-Verdú and lectures on special topics by Gregorio Jiménez and Jason Thorpe Buchanan.

VIPA‘s 2017 Soloists and Ensembles-in-Residence include the critically-acclaimed Mivos QuartetEnsemble InterfaceSmash EnsembleB3:Brouwer Trio, and flutist Erik Drescher.

Visit our website for more information, and apply by the early deadline of Jan. 15 for a lower application fee.  www.vipafestival.org 

Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence 2017-2018

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE 2017–2018

Composers are invited to apply for the position of Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2017–18.

Applicants should hold a current New Zealand passport or have been residing in New Zealand for the 12 months prior to the application deadline, and be composers of proven merit. The appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2017 to 31 June 2018, with a salary of NZ$50,000. Partner organisations include: Orchestra Wellington, Lilburn Residence Trust, Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ), Wai-te-ata Music Press, Rattle Records, as well as numerous Wellington-based performers and ensembles who have expressed interest in working with the successful candidate.

Further enquiries may be made to Michael Norris, Programme Leader (Composition), Michael.norris@nzsm.ac.nz phone (04) 463 7456.

Please complete the online application form and submit your CV, cover letter, a portfolio of representative works and a work proposal by attachment at
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/careers/current-vacancies

Accompanying materials requested:

— A portfolio of no more than 4 representative works. For notated works, please submit both scores and recordings. Upload music scores in PDF format, and recordings in either MP3, AIFF or WAV format. Audio or video files larger than 20Mb may be hosted via an online video service such as Vimeo or YouTube, and submitted as a web link (URL).

— A Work Proposal document (PDF or Word format).

For further information about these materials, go to the vacancies website and download the Role Description from vacancy 1324.

Applications close midnight Friday 9 December 2016 NZ time.

International Composers Festival – University of Missouri

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is excited to announce the Eighth Annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, July 24 – 29, 2017 on the campus of the University of Missouri. July 21 and July 30 are travel days with events starting at 5PM on July 21, 2016 for selected resident composers.

Application Deadline: 5 PM Central November 18, 2016

Festival Application Submission Guidelines

Complete the online application process here: https://app.getacceptd.com/mizzou
Under the Program Groups tab, select 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival
Under the Program tab, select Online Application

Follow the Online Application Guidelines

Pay the $22.00 application fee.

Upload three scores of original works with contrasting instrumentation.

One score must be written for chamber orchestra or large ensemble. If you have a piece scored for Alarm Will Sound’s instrumentation, listed on the webpage, please include that work as one of the three submitted scores.

Label all scores with your name and contact information.

Upload recordings of the same works. Live recordings preferred but MIDI recordings are accepted.

Upload a Resume (two page maximum)

Further information: https://music.missouri.edu/mnmi/international-composers-festival?q=mnmi%2Finternational-composers-festival-application

TRACKING THE CREATIVE PROCESS IN MUSIC

International conference, 4th edition
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
September 14-16, 2017

The TCPM international conference brings together researchers interested in artistic creativity and the study of processes of musical and sound creation of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of disciplines (history, music analysis, psychology, philosophy, cognitive science, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, dance, theatre, film, amongst others) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in the last thirty years in their respective areas from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Submission deadline 2nd December 2016

Further information here:

http://tcpm2017.com/