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Deadline - 28/02/2006

Workshop in writing for the violin scheduled for March 2006. Looking for short extracts, exercises in particular techniques or even just a question, or they could be short pieces (1page max). The session will be recorded by a top UK violinist. By sending an entry you give permission for your work to used on the CompositionToday website., Red Balloon, PO Box 850, St Albans, AL1 9BE, UK
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Deadline - 01/03/2006

Works for solo piano and the ensemble of the Luxembourg Sinfonietta. Instrumentation: 1 Bb cl, 1 bass cl, 1 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, hn in F, tuba in C, 2 vlns, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db. Optional: 1 mandolin, 1 accordion, 1 perc player. One entry per composers. Must have been written especially for this competition. Duration 8 - 12 mins. Send 3 copies of score. Anon entry. Up to 6 works will be selected for performance and judged at a public concert in Oct 2006. Performance material to be provided by the composer free of charge. Prizes of EUR 3000, 2000 & 1000. Prizewinning works will be issued on CD. Scores will not be returned., Luxembourg Sinfonietta, 7 Place du Theatre, B.P.828, L-2018 Luxembourg
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Deadline - 15/03/2006

Open to composers born after 1 Jan 1966. Works for solo voice or instrument or for chamber ensemble up to 15 performers. 6 - 15 mins. Instruments taken from: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, trb, tba, perc (2), harp, keyboard, gtr, strgs (, tape, voice. Must be unpublished and unperformed or broadcast before Sept 2006. Anon entry. Finalists supply parts by 1 June 2006. One work will receive a US$ 2500 award., Alea 111 Composition Prize, Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Music, 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215, USA,
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Deadline - 31/03/2006

Open to composers up to 35 years. Prize: EUR10,000 and performance.,
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Deadline - 31/03/2006

Scores will be accepted from emerging composers who have not yet established widespread peer recognition. Works will be selected from scores submitted, to be presented in a program in the context of pieces by established composers, including classics. This is to demonstrate that orchestral music is a living, evolving tradition. Full details on website.,


Deadline - 31/03/2006

Sounds Underground is looking for music for clarinet, oboe or piano or any combination of the three, containing an element of improvisation or chance. Max 10 mins. The chosen piece(s) will be performed in a concert at the Warehouse, London on 27 May 2006.,
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Deadline - 31/03/2006

Wolfhead Music, a small independent music publishing house announces a call for compositions for mandolin. Classical works only, of any duration for 1 - 5 instruments, one of which must be mandolin. Preference will be given to mandolin solo, mandolin + piano; or mandolin + guitar. Selected works will be under contract for publication. Submit works by mail or e-mail (see website for details)., Wolfhead Music, PO Box 1444 Bedford, IN 47421, USA
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Deadline - 31/03/2006

A piece for guitar with flute, violin, or harp. 9 - 15 mins. Prizes: EUR 2600 & 1300 & 600. All three winners to be published. 1st prize receives performance during the finals of the Pittaluga Int. guitar competition. Free accomodation and travel for the prizewinner., Piazza Garibaldi 16, I-15100 Alessandria, Italy
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Deadline - 31/03/2006

Composrs under 29 who are studying or have studied at a UK Conservatoiure or university are eligible to enter a portfolio of 3 existing pieces. Two commissions will be awarded: £5000 to write a work for the Philharmonia; £3000 to write a work for the Cheltenham Festival. Need application form., RPS, 10 Stratford Plcae, London W1C 1BA
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Deadline - 28/04/2007
SCORE! in Wales

The new music day in Wales is FREE of charge and offers composers, performers and anyone interested in new music a packed day of workshops, seminars, concerts and networking opportunities. Event on 28 April 2007.


Deadline - 29/06/2007
Pianocircus call for works

Pianocircus invites composers to submit new works written for 6 pianists at 6 pianos/keyboards in any combination. For information on pianocircus, visit and www.myspace.com/pianocircus. Email for details of how to apply.
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Deadline - 31/03/2008
60x60 Call for one-minute works 2008

Vox Novus is inviting composers to submit works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in its fifth annual 60x60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be performed continuously in a one-hour concert, in conjunction with multimedia elements and an analogue clock marking the passage of time. During the concert each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long will be ‘padded’ with silence. The 60x60 project's definition of a record work is as follows: any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media, which does not require live performers for its production in broadcast at concert halls, radio, multi-media, etc. Its creation can include but not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, MIDI, C Sound, ProTools, etc.). Acoustic compositions should be submitted with the understanding that it is their recording that is of prime importance and is what will be used to determine its selection. Scores of works are strongly discouraged and will not be used in the selection process. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works submitted must not have been previously performed or broadcasted. For full details of the call and to download a copy of the submission form, visit


Deadline - 15/04/2007
Fifth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 - Call for scores

As part of the Fifth Biennial ICMSN in York, Ensemble 360 will workshop five pieces on Wednesday, 8 July, and perform them on the opening concert of the conference, on 9 July. The available instrumentation is: fl, ob, cl, hn, 2vn, va, vc, pf. Works may use any combination of these instruments. The duration of the piece should be stated on the score and should not exceed 15 minutes. Composers whose pieces are selected for performance are required to register and attend the conference for its full duration. For further details, email Dr Jenny Doctor on
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Deadline - 11/05/2007
BBC Proms Composer Labs and Young Composers' competition

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 can enter the competition and participate in the Composer Labs and music can be in any style. The entries are judged by a panel of top composers from varied musical fields and the winning pieces are performed in concert by professional musicians in the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Concert at Cadogan Hall on 17 August 2007, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Winning composers, for the first time, will receive a commission to write for the 2008 Composer Labs. For full rules and an application form, visit


Deadline - 01/06/2007
AFNOM 2007 ‘New for Old Commission’

All composers are invited to write a short work (or collection of works) for an Iberian baroque organ. Concerts will be given on the historic 1789 António Xavier Machado e Cerveira organ in the Basilica da Estrela (Lisbon) towards the end of 2007, featuring as many new works as possible. The concert will be recorded and details of each score will be made available in the same way as the festival’s exhibition-concerts.
Compositions must be:
- between 3 and 10 minutes in duration
- original in style (not pastiche)
- clearly presented (preferably type set)
- within the manual compass of the instrument
It is not a requirement that all works are new. If some have already been performed, it is still acceptable to submit them.
See website for further details.
Send submissions to:
AFNOM New for Old Commission, 2 Ray Court, Ray Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 3DR.

Deadline - Ongoing
LCMG Call for Works

The London Contemporary Music Group (LCMG) is looking for new works for octet (cl, bn, hn, 2 vns, va, vc, db) and for quintet (fl, cl, pf, vn, vc), or other smaller combinations of the instrumentation for their forthcoming concerts. The LCMG undertakes to perform one piece by an unestablished composer in every concert that it does. Submissions cost £5, payable through the LCMG website.
07752 297 573

Deadline - 01/09/2007
English Poetry & Song Society - Ivor Gurney settings competition

Competition for composers to set poems by Ivor Gurney.
Details & Rules from:
76, Lower Oldfield Park

enclosing SAE please.

Deadline - 25/01/2008
SPNM Shortlist 2008 - Call for scores

The spnm Shortlist is a group of the UK’s most exciting composers and sonic artists. To apply, you submit one work, which can be in any style and for any forces and media. If you’re one of up to 30 composers shortlisted, spnm will offer you performance, professional development and promotion opportunities for three years. Click here for more info.
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Deadline - 01/09/2008
Call for pieces for SCA performers for Raymond Warren birthday concert in October

Pieces for some or all of the following instrumentation: Piano (duet, 2 pianos?), Cello, Double Bass, Clarinet (Bb, A, alto, bass) or saxophone/oboe/recorder.
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Deadline - 01/01/2010

rarescale on Skye - a music course on the idyllic Scottish island of Skye for the alto and bass flute , oboe and cor anglais as well as a electro acoustic course and composers retreat.
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Deadline - 09/11/2013
Call for Piano Triets

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Deadline - 1/12/2013
Arizona Pro Arte 2013-2014 'Call for scores' Project, USA

Open to any person of any nationality, age, gender or race. Please see website for details.
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Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble - Call for scores, PO Box 17387, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269, USA

Deadline - 27/1/2014
Risuonanze 2014 - incontri di nuove musiche

The Associatione Culturale TKE is calling for scores to be performed at the 'Risuonanze 2014 - incontri di nuove musiche' in early June 2014. Works can be for any of the following solo instruments; piano, flute, oboe, trombone, harp, toy-piano, solo voice. Any texts should be in the public domain or be authorised for its utilisation. Submission via email only using pdf files. Please see website for full details. There is an entry fee of 15 Euros to cover expenses.
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Deadline - 18/01/2014
Call for scores for London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Workshop

Maximum length of score 5 minutes. Hear your piece played at a workshop and receive feedback from the orchestra and conductor. Open to all composers able to attend the London workshop. Workshop and discussion of selected pieces will be March 29th, 2014. Concert of pieces selected from the workshop will be October 4th. Please email address below for details, which should be read before commencing composition.
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Deadline - 31/03/2014
Citta di Udine International Composition Competition

A composition competition offering two categories -1. Compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument. 2. Electro-acoustic music. The rules and conditions for this competition are quite extensive, so please visit the website for all details.
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The Competition Secretary, TEM - Taukay Editioni Musicali, via del Torre 57/5, 33047 Remanzacco (Ud), Italy.

Deadline - Occasional
Call for orchestral scores for composer workshop - BRISTOL MILLENNIUM ORCHESTRA

CALL FOR SCORES - works for full (but not Wagnerian) symphony orchestra, ideally between 3-7 minutes (but do send any length).

The Bristol Millennium Orchestra will be spending a 2-hour rehearsal on Monday 13 July 2015 (date tbc - the alternative is 6 July) on 2 or 3 new pieces, playing through with composers present.

The aim is to give composers an opportunity to hear their orchestral works tried out, and for the orchestra to experience some more new music. In July 2014 we workshopped two beautiful pieces by Martin Bills and Jonathan Oestlund, and we'll be giving the first concert performance of Oestlund's "Ethereal Night's Ascendance" on Saturday 14 March 2015 at the Cresswell Theatre, Bristol.

Please email scores (ideally Sibelius file and pdf) ideally plus mp3 to bristolcomposers@blueyonder.co.uk and contact details. Please also say whether you’d be able to attend. Composers of selected pieces will be contacted soon after the deadline and will then need to provide a set of parts (at their own cost). We’ll aim to record the sessions for each composer’s interest.

Please email scores (ideally Sibelius file and pdf) ideally plus mp3 to bristolcomposers@blueyonder.co.uk and contact details. Please also say whether you’d be able to attend. Composers of selected pieces will be contacted soon after the deadline and will then need to provide a set of parts (at their own cost). We’ll aim to record the sessions for each composer’s interest.
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Deadline - 15/04/2016
The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition - a capella works

Composers are invited to submit a new work for The Gesualdo Six’s inaugural Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the group at St John’s Smith Square on Sunday 19 June 2016 and will be considered for publication by Novello & Co Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. A prize fund of £1000 is available.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the 450th anniversary of Gesualdo’s birth. Works by Shakespeare and words set by Gesualdo make up some of the chosen texts for composers to set, alongside poems by Christina Rossetti and Emily Brontë.

This competition is open to all composers, divided into two age categories: 18 years and under, and 19 years and above. The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 April 2016 at 5pm.

The competition is supported by St John’s Smith Square and Novello & Co Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. Further details here: www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The-Gesualdo-Six-Composition-Competition-2016-details-1.pdf


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