Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sybarite Chamber Composition Contest

This contest is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The winner of the 2007 contest will receive a $500 cash award, a performance by the Sybarite Chamber Players on their concert season, and a compact disc recording of the performance.


Works submitted must be for the following quintet instrumentation: 2 Violins, Viola, cello and double Bass. Works using other instruments will not be considered. Works with tape are eligible

deadline: November 30 2007 (deadline)

fee: $25 USD

(This is rather steep. Composers are encourage to NOT enter contests where the fees pay for the award, as these are basically a lottery. I don't have any knowledge of this prize in particular.)

51st ABA/Ostwald Original Band Composition Award

The American Bandmasters Association will hold the 51st ABA/Ostwald Original Band Composition Award during the winter of 2007 with a November 9, 2007 deadline for submission.

The ABA/Ostwald Award was the first competition for compositions of band music in the United States, and is one of the most prestigious awards in that field. Since 1956 it has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions, thereby enriching the entire spectrum of concert band activity. Because of its continuity, this award has produced more concert band music than any other competition of its kind. Literally thousands of musicians have performed the works of contest winners for their appreciative audiences.

The Contest Committee composed of ABA members, reviews the rules, then screens and judges the entries annually. Entries are unidentified as to composer and are judged entirely on merit, thereby insuring complete artistic integrity.

The winning composition will be performed during the 2008 annual American Bandmasters Association Convention in Miami, Florida.

deadline: November 9, 2007


Flute/s, Oboe/s, Bassoon/s, 1st-2nd-3rd Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone/s, Bb Tenor saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Cornets/Trumpets (at least three parts), 1st-2nd-3rd-4th F Horns, Trombones (at least three parts), Euphonium/s, Tuba/s, Percussion. Score may include Piccolo, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet, Eb and/or Bb Contra Bass Clarinet/s, String Bass, etc. Percussion may include Piano or any other keyboard instrument, and anything else from which a sound can be produced. The composer may specify one player per part (Wind Ensemble) or multiple players per part (Symphonic Band).

Pacific Chorale Young Composers Competition

Pacific Chorale invites America’s young composers to participate in a contest designed to encourage the proliferation of America’s choral music. The Chorale is seeking new a cappella works for mixed choral ensembles, 3-5 minutes in length.

We invite choral composers under the age of 35 to apply. All interested applicants must submit a sample of their choral writing by Friday, September 14, 2007. Only choral works will be considered. You are encouraged to explore our web site to learn more about Pacific Chorale’s performance ensembles and their artistic breadth.

Finalists will be selected and notified by Friday, October 12, 2007. Finalists will be asked to write an original work utilizing text of American poetry or an original work based upon a lesser-known American folk song (composers are responsible for securing rights to their text.) All finalist submissions will be due on Friday, January 4, 2008. Finalist submissions must be camera ready and contain a piano reduction. Up to two winners may be selected. Winner(s) will be notified by Friday, January 18, 2008.

deadline: September 14, 2007


  • Composer must be a U.S. citizen (finalists will be required to show proof of U.S. citizenship).
  • Composers must be under the age of 35 by April 23, 2008 (finalists will be required to show proof of age).
  • Be willing to travel to Orange County, California during the week of April 21, 2008 (domestic airfare and accommodations will be provided).

fee: $25

Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

A Competition of orchestral composition will take place each year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Younger composers all over the world are urged to submit their newly created works to their preferred year competition.

deadline: 31 August 2007 (arrival)

eligibility: Any person who was born after 1969.

fee: free