Friday, December 03, 2010

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2011


London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2011

The London Festival of Music invites submissions of both choral and organ works for inclusion in the 2011 Festival (7-15 May), based primarily at St Pancras Church, Euston, London. For more information on the Festival, please visit the website:


Settings of an Easter text, either accompanied (SATB - one per part) or accompanied (up to SSAATTBB - one per part), up to 5 minutes in length.


Up to 5 minutes in length.

Please email a pdf of your submission, along with a CV, to by 15 December 2010.

Sequenza 21/MNMP Call for Scores

Deadline: 5 PM on January 31, 2011 (receipt of materials; not postmark deadline)

Age limit: none

Entry fee: none

Limitations: only one (1) work per entrant will be considered.

Instrumentation: vlns (2), vla, clo, pno, perc

Prize: a New York performance by ACME, sponsored by Sequenza 21 and MNMP.

Return of materials: With SASE

Friday, September 10, 2010

Other Minds Composer Fellowship

The Other Minds Composer Fellowship presents composers with the opportunity for a unique residency in conjunction with the 16th Other Minds Festival of New Music, dubbed by the LA Times "the premier new music festival west of the Rockies."

Works by OM Fellows will be performed by the resident Other Minds Ensemble, in a concert in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. In addition, Fellows will participate in a series of residency events from Sunday, February 27 through Saturday, March 5, 2011, including lecture-presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and seminars.

To apply, please submit to Other Minds the following:

  1. A résumé, curriculum vitae, or description of your education, experience, and creative activity.
  2. A proposal for a work to be performed:

    Applicants may submit an existing work or propose to write a new piece. Instrumentation must be flute, Bb clarinet or bass clarinet, violin, cello or a subset thereof; an applicant may also perform in his/her own work (piano not available) or make use of electronics. We regret that works with duration greater than 20 minutes cannot be considered.

    • For a completed work, submit score, recording, and/or any other appropriate documentation, and list of past performances of the work.
    • To propose a new work, submit instrumentation, approximate duration, and a preliminary description. In addition submit one to three recent or related works (scores, recordings, and/or any other documentation).

    For online applications, please send scores as .pdf and recordings as .mp3 (please use a fileshare service if files exceed 15MB) or direct links to downloadable files.

  3. A brief statement (500 words or less) about why you want participate, what you hope to gain, and/or how the OM Composer Fellowship fits into your other creative activities.

All materials must be received by October 15, 2010.

More . . .

Wednesday, September 08, 2010







1 ONLY PRIZE: 15.000 €


The rules

Saturday, September 04, 2010

BCA Student Competition

BASCA is delighted to announce a student competition which will run alongside the 2010 British Composer Awards.

To apply, students must submit a work in two sections for voice accompanied by a portable acoustic instrument.

The winning work will be performed at the prestigious British Composer Awards ceremony on 30 November 2010, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The closing date is Friday 24 September. Applicants must be aged 26 or under on the closing date.

UnTwelve announces its 2nd annual composition competition

We are delighted to offer yet again a unique opportunity for composers and for the budding field of new tunings, temperaments, and microtonality! We are looking for NEW works in any medium (do not send us things which were sitting on your shelf, or things you have already released in any manner---the idea is that this competition spurs you creativity NOW) which reflect the potential of using tunings/temperaments other than 12-equal.

First prize is $400.00 (USD). We will also recognize 2nd and 3rd place finalists, but these prizes will carry no cash award. There will be a "dark concert" presentation in January (date TBA) in Evanston, IL of the highest-rated hour of music from the submissions. In addition, your music will be promoted from our website in the form of artist interviews of the top 3 finalists, and a downloadable audio tracks consisting of the finalist's pieces. All contestants who enter will at the very least have a mention of their participation, which can include, should they choose, a link to their music or site from

Work and online application data must be presented to us by the deadline of Dec. 15th, 2010

Orchestra of Our Time

Composers are invited to submit a work, for chamber ensemble (any combination of instruments from a solo piece up to a maximum of 5 instruments consisting of string quartet, contra bass, trumpet, clarinet, oboe, two percussionists, piano, flute, bassoon, trombone and electronics. Submitted pieces may be up to 5 minutes. The scores will be adjudicated by a professional composer/performer panel. The criteria for the selections are based on innovation, imagination and originality with preference for scores that have not been premiered. The call for score is open to composers of any age or nationality and all genres.

Deadline: December 31, 2010

A non-refundable registration/processing fee of $25 per composition must accompany all submissions.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Embedded - writing for the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Writing for the BBC Symphony Orchestra:

Call for proposals

As the first opportunity in our new artist development programme, Embedded, Sound and Music is joining forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to create an opportunity for composers to work closely with the orchestra, developing their skills in writing for orchestra and for two composers to have new works premiered. Sound and Music announces a call for proposals from composers of up to age 35 at 1 September 2010 and of any nationality living in the UK or British composers living abroad.

This collaboration is a unique opportunity for composers to gain inside knowledge of working with players and conductors. The 12-month process will involve a workshop of initial ideas and sketches, which may be open to the public; a closed workshop on the further developed pieces; a final performance which will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 3’s Hear and Now.

The deadline for this call is Monday 27 September 2010

More . . .

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia! Composition Competition

Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia! announces its first Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia! Composer Competition. The Competition seeks to promote young composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions.

In partnership with numerous local community groups, Seattle Symphony honors and celebrates Seattle’s Asian community with an annual Celebrate Asia! event. The concept originated in 2008, when local Asian leaders wanted to find a way to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration. Celebrate Asia! is part of Seattle Symphony’s Around the World series.

Seattle Symphony, presenting its 108th season, has been under the artistic leadership of Music Director Gerard Schwarz since 1985. Maestro Schwarz has led Seattle Symphony to international prominence, with more than 125 recordings, 12 Grammy nominations, 2 Emmys and numerous awards. Maestro Schwarz celebrates his Farewell Season as Music Director in 2010–2011, after which he will become Conductor Laureate. Newly named Music Director Designate Ludovic Morlot will begin his role as Music Director in the 2011–2012 season. The Orchestra performs in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The Symphony is internationally recognized for its adventurous programming of contemporary works, its devotion to the classics, and its extensive recording history. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people.

  • Award and Performance
    The winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash award and an opportunity to visit Seattle for the world premiere. The winning score will be performed by Seattle Symphony and conductor Carolyn Kuan on January 14, 2011, in Benaroya Hall at the annual Celebrate Asia! concert.
  • Eligibility
    All composers born after January 1, 1968, are eligible.
  • Jury
    Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Music Director
    Elena Dubinets, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning
    Carolyn Kuan, Celebrate Asia! Conductor
    Samuel Jones, Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence
  • Submission Guidelines
    1. Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments).
    2. Works must be original and accessible.
    3. Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration. (30 minutes rehearsal time is currently scheduled for the composition.)
    4. Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 – 4331 – T+3 – hp – kybd – str. Woodwind doublings are allowed.
    Interested composers should submit:
    • A legible, bound, full score
    • A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)
    • A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)
    • A biography, with current address, e-mail address, and phone number
    • If selected, professionally prepared parts will be required 60 days before the concert.
  • Entry Fee and Deadline
    There is no entry fee. All entries must arrive no later than Friday, September 24, 2010. Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia! is not responsible for lost or damaged material. The winning composition will be announced before Friday, October 22, 2010.

Send submission to:
Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia! Composer Competition
ATTN: Amy Stagno
Seattle Symphony
P.O. Box 21906
Seattle, WA 98111-3669

Questions and inquiries may be emailed to:


Call for Scores and Projects

Redshift Music, a Canadian New Music Organization, is seeking scores and project ideas for possible future performances. Specifically we are looking for chamber music compositions or project ideas of a spatial nature (i.e. with the musicians surrounding the audience).

If you have composed or are composing spatial music please let us know about it.


Redshift Music has presented numerous spatial music events in unique venues such as atriums, parks, libraries, and are interested in new and exciting ideas.

To see what we have done in the past please check out our website:


Composers and Practitioners of Contemporary Art Music of any Age or Nationality are eligible.


There are no restrictions on instrumentation or duration although we are more interested in acoustic projects not involving electronics.


November 1, 2010 for consideration in our 2011-2012 season.


Please submit by email only. Send scores as pdf files and recordings, if available, as mp3's.

Please include as many details as possible about your piece or project idea.

No submission fee is required.


Sonic Rain

In association with the completion of new facilities at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, we are pleased to invite electroacoustic composers and new media artists of all ages and nationalities to submit their sonic-based works for programming consideration in the Sonic Rain Concert Series. The Sonic Rain Concert Series will feature new electroacoustic and intermedia musical creations with and without live-performers. The Sonic Rain Concert Series represents the commitment of Future Music Oregon and the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon to beautifully and musically present great electroacoustic and sonic-based new media works from around the world to appreciative audiences within the intellectually rich environment of a world-class university.

Deadline: November 1, 2010


emp’óra is issuing a call for projects, period 2011-2012. It is aimed at composers and soloists or ensembles (instrumental and/or vocal) involved mainly in contemporary music.

In the text below, the performing part of the project is called ensemble (from two performers), but may be a soloist, and may incorporate electroacoustics. The pieces may also be of improvisational character.

Directions for entries of projects to temp’óra (must be followed to be considered) :

The project must consist of an exchange between, at least, three different countries. From these countries each ensemble will commission a piece from a composer of its own country.

The exchange is in form of a collaboration between these countries, so that each ensemble will play a programme including the new commission in the two or more other countries of the collaboration. The programme may be performed in one concert or consist of a tour. This part of the project takes place between 1st of September 2011 and 31st of December 2012.

temp’óra will pay a commission fee of €1000 minimum for each granted commission. temp’óra will not pay or have any expenses connected with the traveling, the accommodation or the payment for concert venues.

Special consideration will be given to projects which develop in their programmes the artistic and conceptual idea of exchange between countries in the world.

Application deadline: 30th of September 2010

CINESONIKA: The First International Film and Video Festival of Innovative Sound Design

The theme of this international film and video festival is to celebrate the soundtrack. Usually in cinema festivals there is a fixation on movie stars, or captivating imagery, or the literary qualities of screenplays, or the abstract concepts of film theory. Sound tends to be relatively unvalorized in moving-image making. The intent of the festival is to give attention to innovative work in the creation of film and video soundtracks, and to give due credit to the importance of audio in audiovisual media. This first annual festival will showcase international works of film and video with fascinating soundtracks, idiosyncratic sound design, eclectic scoring and innovative approaches to the sound-image relationship.

Deadline: September 1, 2010

$25 CAD fee


2011 marks the 10th anniversary of NAISA’s Deep Wireless and SOUNDplay festivals and so it is an opportunity for NAISA to both reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. With this in mind, New Adventures in Sound Art invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme ABOUT TIME for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2011 programming for its annual Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay festivals presented in Toronto, Canada. Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories (Note: please send separate submissions for each entry).

  1. Radio Art
  2. Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art
  3. Videomusic
  4. Installation Art

Individual interpretations or variations on the theme ABOUT TIME are encouraged, but should be realized with sound as the primary component.

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hartford Opera Theater Announces “New in November”

Hartford Opera Theater would like to announce a call for scores for the exciting event “New in November”. The event will take place in Hartford, CT on the weekend of November 12-14, 2010 with a final performance on Sunday, November 14th. A total of five short operas will be learned, staged, rehearsed, and performed in the span of 48 hours.

Composers are asked to submit opera scores written for 2-3 singers, with at least one part written for a soprano or mezzo-soprano. Please note that scores with more opportunities for women will be more likely to be chosen for this event. The< operas may be no longer than 10 minutes in length, English only, and written for piano or a piano reduction. Material for librettos should be original, in the public domain, or if copyrighted permission must be submitted with the score. Each opera should require minimal sets and costumes.

Composers chosen to participate in New in November are welcome to attend the rehearsal period and should be open to minor revisions and changes. Please note that there is no remuneration for this project. In addition, the company is not able to provide travel or housing compensation for those composers who wish to attend rehearsals.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Scores may be mailed to: Hartford Opera Theater, P.O. Box 270108 
West Hartford, CT 06127-0108. Electronic submissions will also be accepted at the following email address: More information can be found on the website:

Friday, May 21, 2010

CALL FOR SCORES: Mahler-Composition Competition 2010/11

In cooperation with the International Gustav Mahler Society, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO) and the Vienna Konzerthaus the Austrian Composer Society initiates an international composition competition on the occasion of the upcoming Gustav Mahler years 2010/11 (his 150th birthday, 100th anniversary of his death) and invites the composers of the 21st century without restriction of age to hand in their works for Orchestra.

Maximum instrumentation: 3/3/3/3, 4/4/3/1, 1 Kettledrum, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 14/12/10/8/6 (woodwind instruments incl. additional instruments)

Deadline: 30 September 2010

Duration: max. 15 min

Premiere of the winning piece: 25 March 2011 at the Vienna Konzerthaus in the context of an RSO concert with its chief conductor Cornelius Meister. Those orchestral pieces awarded second and third will be produced by the ORF radio.

Competitions / Awards


An international jury will award three prizes. The selected works of this competition shall be staged and heard in as many "Mahler-cities" as possible together with selected examples from Gustav Mahler's oeuvre. For the fact that the winning pieces will be premiered by ensembles and artists of highest internationally reputation such as Marijan Lipovsek or the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO) no prize money will be awarded.

Terms of participation:

No specific reference to Gustav Mahler is demanded, however the submitted works should be clearly inspired by Mahler's modernity and his far reaching influence on the musical development in the 20th century and they should be in the best meaning innovative and forward-looking. The submission of one or more work(s) needs to be done anonymously in such a way that the author's name does not appear on the score material, but can be retrieved from a sealed envelope incl. his/her name, address, phone number and email address as well as his/her artistic curriculum vitae (and a photo). Both the submitted work as well as the connected envelope should be provided with an identical password.

Please send your scores to:
Oesterreichischer Komponistenbund
Password: Mahler composition contest 2010/11
Baumannstrasse 8-10, 1031 Vienna

In case of successful selection by the jury the author needs to ensure that the complete sheets of music are available in time for the performance.

For any questions or enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Phone: +43 (0) 1 / 714 72 33
Fax: +43 (0) 1 / 714 72 33-12,
email: info[at]

More information about organizers and partners


The Ansae Ensemble Call for Scores

The Ansae Ensemble is pleased to announce a CALL FOR SCORES

The new Canadian chamber group Ansae is programming a concert of compositions for their particular ensemble in the fall of 2010. These works must be scored for the quintet’s unusual combination of flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, saxophone (sop/alto/tenor/bari), piano, and alt. keyboard (electronic keyboard, melodica, toy piano, or combination of the above). Structured improvisation and extended techniques are permitted and encouraged.

The quintet, made up of senior students and alumni of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Composition and Improvisation programs, are all experienced performers of new music and avid improvisers. They have worked collectively with Charity Chan, Linda Catlin Smith, Glenn Buhr, Kathryn Ladano and others; this will be their third year performing together. Their first performance as an exclusive ensemble was in April 2010, performing pianist Andrew Mellanby’s “Resonances” on a recital of his compositions and improvisations.

Every work will be read and recorded and sent to the composers. As many new works as possible will be performed live in-concert in Kitchener-Waterloo.


  • Applicants must be aged 30 or under on the date of submission.
  • The work should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit their entries digitally (pdf) to, or mail them to

264 Ottawa St S
Kitchener, ON
N2G 3T7

Please Include:

  1. a legible score of the work
  2. transposed parts
  3. a separate document giving your name, a brief biography, contact information, and any program notes
  4. a self-addressed, stamped envelope should you wish your scores to be returned

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2010

2010 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest

Now in its thirteenth year, the VocalEssence & American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas Carol Contest provides composers of all ages with the opportunity to compose a modern-day carol, celebrating the holiday tradition in their own unique way.

This year, the contest seeks carols for SATB chorus accompanied by handbells (3-5 octaves).

Winning composers will receive a prize of $1,000 and will have their carols premiered at the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas concerts on December 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12, 2010. The performances will be recorded for a 2011 national broadcast via American Public Media.

Complete information about the VocalEssence / American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas Carol Contest, including complete contest guidelines, submission requirements, a helpful guide to composing for handbells, and information on the selection process is available at and at

Applications must be postmarked on or before August 6, 2010. Faxes will not be accepted. Composers will be notified by late September 2010.

ContemporarY Ensemble (CYE) Call for Scores

ContemporarY Ensemble (CYE) challenges you to write for an exciting ensemble!

CYE is an open ensemble focusing on contemporary music and has the ambition to develop new ensemble forms through unusual combinations of instruments.

Composers are invited to write new works for three odd quartets, as well as open pieces for an unspecified ensemble. To our premiere concert in November 2010 we are looking for new pieces of music!

The composer has four options and it is free to choose which group he/she wants to write for. All four instruments in the selected group (Option I-III) should be represented.

Option I:

  • Trombone
  • Vocal – soprano
  • Accordion
  • Cello

Option II:

  • Tenor saxophone
  • Recorder
  • Viola
  • 5-string banjo/guitar

Details: the banjo player also plays guitar. It is possible to choose one of these instruments, or combine both in the same part. All sizes of recorders are available.

Option III:

  • Harp
  • Jazz vocal – alto
  • Clarinet
  • Percussion - vibraphone, 4 wood-blocks, 1 cymbal, bass drum (kick), 3 tom-toms

Details: Choose appropriate setup consisting of a selection or all of the above percussion instruments.

Option IV:

Open ensemble form. Piece for an unspecified ensemble, i. e. a score that could be played by any ensemble or almost any ensemble.

Composition Details:

  • Duration: ca 5-10 min/piece.
  • Up to three contributions per person.
  • Open to all composers, regardless of age and nationality.
  • The works may not be previously published and shall be created after 2000.
  • Additional electronics are possible. If this is not governed by the composer, it should be easy to operate.
  • A live recording of the concert will be available for the participating composers.

Deadline: August 24, 2010

Concert: November 14, 2010 Palladium, Malmö, Sweden

For submission and any questions contact us at

Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize

Application Deadline: June 30, 2010 (receipt)

The School of Music of the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2010 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, a National Competition for New Works for Mixed Chorus.

The generosity, vision and abiding interest in music as a living art on the part of Craig and Janet Swan have come together in the establishment of an annual competition for music for large ensembles, the Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize. This competition, underwritten by the Swans, is administered by the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, where Dr. Swan served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

The competition is held in a continuing three-year cycle of music for Chorus, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra in rotation.

2009 Orchestra: prize of $2,500

2010 Chorus: prize of $1,500

2011 Wind Ensemble: prize of $2,000

The single prize-winning work will receive a monetary award, and its world premiere by the appropriate large ensemble of the School of Music University Singers. The prize- winning work will be announced in September 2010 and will be awarded publicly at the time of the premiere performance in Spring 2011. In addition, the School of Music will invite the composer of the winning work to the Twin Cities campus for rehearsals, composer master class, and to be present at the premiere performance.

Contest Guidelines and Application Form are available at:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

call for audio art on the subject of speed

everglade records and the Florida International University-Wolfsonian Museum announce a call for audio works related to the theme of speed. Slated for release to coincide with a forthcoming multi-museum exhibition entitled Speed Limits sponsored by the FIU-Wolfsonian Museum (Miami Beach) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA, Montreal), works submitted for publication consideration to the audio Speed Limits project can address one or more of the following issues with respect to speed: pace, traffic, construction, efficiency, motion, and mind+body.

To submit a composition for consideration, please upload a single zip file containing a brief biography, program notes, and a stereo mix/downmix (MP3 format preferred) to by June 1, 2010. Please name your zip file The composers of winning submissions will be asked to send uncompressed data files of their audio works at a later date. Works from 0.1–16 channels will be considered. There are no restrictions on the duration of compositions.

For more information, please contact us.

Call for audio/audiovisual works

The submission of audio or audiovisual pieces is invited for consideration at this exciting conference. The 2010 event aims to maintain and enhance the Sounding Out’s already impressive reputation as a major forum for discussion and interaction between practitioners, artists and academics working in the field of sound.

We are planning to base the conference on the overall theme of Soundworlds – Sonic Arts, Film and Radio and are willing to include audio or audiovisual works relating to the theme of the conference.

The works will be played continuously in a dedicated space, The Atrium Gallery, before, during and after the conference. The gallery will be equipped to accommodate multi-channel pieces (up to eight channels) as well as video projection.

Submit your works

Please send your submission along with a one-page description (including technical requirements) to:

Dr Alain Renaud
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB

Alternatively you may submit your works online by sending an email by 1 June, 2010 to Alexandra Peirce along with your one page description (including technical requirements) and a link to the contents of your work.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bournemouth in September

Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) 2010


Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2010 (postmarked)

  • The CEC is pleased to announce that ACMA (Australasian Computer Music Association) has accepted our invitation to collaborate on JTTP 2010. This year’s edition is therefore open to young and/or emerging sound artists/composers from (or living in) Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Exceptionally for the 2010 edition, the deadline has been moved to June 1.
  • As of the 2010 edition, multichannel submissions and videomusic works may be submitted to JTTP. Due to recent changes in arts council funding programmes, the CD component of JTTP, Cache, may no longer be produced. The remainder of the project remains however intact.

More . . .

Monday, March 15, 2010

Utrechts Blazers Ensemble Call for Scores

The Utrecht Wind Ensemble ("Utrechts Blazers Ensemble") issues a Call for Scores. The UBE focuses on playing modern classical music and therefore finds itself in a unique place among Dutch student ensembles. Even though this niche is not always appreciated by the large public, the members are not afraid to choose for challenging and original programmes. The UBE considers it important that new music has a place in Dutch (and student) musical culture. With this Call for Scores we would like to gain access to a new musical reservoir and play works of the next generation of composers.

Composers are invited to submit works for wind ensemble (with or without piano). Selected pieces will be performed by the UBE during two concerts in January 2011. Submission deadline: 1st of June, 2010.

For more information, please visit:

Destellos Competition 2010

The Foundation Destellos , call for works for the Third Competition of Electro-acoustic Composition, open to composers and artists of any nationality, up to 50.

The objectives of this competition are the promotion and development of the artistic creation in relation with new technologies. Likewise, it is an intention of the Foundation Destellos to stimulate the creativity of the young generations of artists and to provide to them new routes of diffusion of their works.

The first prize will be attributed by Destellos and will consist of 500 American dollars and a residence of study of Mar del Plata (Argentina).

  The second two prizes, consisting of paths collections of CD of electroacoustic music, will be granted for:

  • The organization Akusma<Motus , of France
  • The foundation Phonos of Barcelona, Spain.

The institutions participants will offer likewise the diffusion of the winning works, across concerts and festivals.


1. Composers and artists of any nationality up to 5O. No entry fees.

2. Will be accepted stereophonic works of electro-acoustic music up to 11' duration.

3. Will be accepted works of electro-acoustic music with video, up to 6' duration. The work must follow an abstract esthetics and to be interrelated in musical and visual languages, either in their technical and esthetical characteristics. In case of works in collaboration the prize will be considered ex-æquo and the authors will have to determine a representative to receive it.

4. Are excluded pieces using instruments, live electronics and improvisations.

5. Each candidate can send only one work, not been edited or prized before.

6. The participants will have to register before, sending for e-mail the attached form due completed by computer. Manuscript forms will not be accepted.

Submission form

To send as attached document to:

7. Each candidate will receive an e-mail of confirmation and a Code of inscription.

8. The materials must be sent by post with the only mention, on all the supports, of : the title of the work and the Number of Code assigned by e-mail.

9. Admitted supports: DVD and CD: The works with video must be sent in format QuickTime without compression (.mov), the electroacoustic works in CD audio.

10. The works will not be returned and will be conserved in the archives of the Foundation.

11. Prize winners of Destellos Competition 2009 cannot participate, neither members of the jury and their families.

12. The works must be send before 30 April 2010 (postmarked) by ORDINARY MAIL, with mention "For educational use, no commercial value", to:

            Dr. Elsa Justel

            Fundación Destellos

            Rodriguez Penia 1226

            7600 Mar del Plata


13. The jury will be integrated by members of recognized international prestige.

14. The jury has the right to declare the prize deserted and give one or more mentions, also to design an "ex-æquo" prize to works of the same quality level. Jury's decision is unquestionable and definitive and will be published on August 30 th , 2010.

15. The foundation has the right to postdate, to annul or to modify the rules of the competition at any moment. All changes will be published at the time.

16. Candidates are asked to accept all the conditions of these regulations.

17. The prizewinners are engaged to write the mention "Prix Destellos 2010" in all concert programs including the work. The authors must inform the Foundation of the public presentations of the prized work.

The candidates can ask for the submission forms by email:

More info:

Friday, February 05, 2010

MrMcFall’s Chamber Call for Scores

MrMcFall’s Chamber, in association with the Scottish Arts Council, is pleased to announce a


Scottish-based chamber ensemble, Mr McFall’s Chamber, is looking to commission four settings of English poems and one extended four-movement setting of English poems from young composers aged 30 and under. The commissioned works will become companion pieces to Gavin Bryars’ ‘Eight Irish Madrigals’, and will be scored for the same unusual combination of soprano, tenor, two violas (or violin and viola), cello and double bass. The chosen works will be performed alongside Bryars’ ‘Eight Irish Madrigals’ by Mr McFall’s Chamber during 2011.

Interested applicants should submit an existing example of their work by 30th April 2010, to be reviewed by the panel. The piece submitted should be one which includes a part for voice (or voices) and at least two instrumental parts. The reviewing process will be completed by 1st June 2010, at which point four settings of English poems will be commissioned from the four composers chosen. The four chosen composers will each receive a commissioning fee of £500. They will be performed together early in 2011.

One of the four composers will then be chosen and commissioned to write three further settings to make a four-movement piece (one movement of which would be their previously written individual movement). This chosen composer will receive a further fee of £1,000. This resulting four-movement complete piece will be performed during the summer or autumn of 2011.


  • Applicants must be aged 30 or under on the date of submission (30th April 2010)
  • The submitted score should be no longer than 15-minutes duration.

How to Apply:

Please send the following to the address below:

  • A bound and legible score of one work for voice or voices and at least two other instruments – please ensure your name does NOT appear on the score
  • A separate sheet, giving details of your name, address, and duration of the work
  • A recording of the submitted work, if available
  • Program notes, including the work's performance history
  • Composer biography
  • Optional: Self-addressed/stamped envelope for return of materials. Note: All other scores will be discarded the week following the judges' decision

Application Deadline: All packages must be received at 2 Downing Court, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PN by Friday 30th April 2010 to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted.

  • All applications will be acknowledged on receipt
  • All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by 1st June 2010
  • The reviewing process will be ‘blind’: each score will be numbered and the panel will not know the names of the composers until after a decision has been made.

Enquiries: Please direct any queries to Jo Buckley:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Non-Cochlear Sound

Diapason will be working with sound artist and author Seth Kim-Cohen to present an exhibition of "Non-Cochlear Sound", as formulated in Kim-Cohen's book "In the Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art" (Continuum).

The exhibition is scheduled for October, 2010.


Non-Cochlear Sound organized by Seth Kim-Cohen


Non-Cochlear Sound describes a form of sonic practice not primarily concerned with the ear. Marcel Duchamp’s famous call for a non-retinal visual art was answered (eventually) by minimalism, conceptual art, social-based practice, and a host of approaches that appeal not to the eye, but to other concerns. In his new book, In The Blink Of An Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art, artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen asks why sound has been slower to make the conceptual, linguistic, and social turns. As a way of responding to this question and of “redressing” this perhaps unfortunate sonic situation, we seek sound work that engages any or all of the following: sociality, conceptualism, politics, textuality, discursivity, subjectivity, history, economics, or philosophy.


Major criteria for artist participation is:

  • Artists working with sound (although the work can include other materials and media as well)
  • Work that engages concerns beyond hearing or the senses in general
  • No history of previous exhibition, performance, or recording is required


Submissions to participate are due by June 3, 2010. Participants will be contacted by July 1, 2010.


All submissions and contact will be by email.

Send an email to that includes the following information in the body:

  • Your contact information (Name, Email Address, Phone Number)
  • A brief bio/artist background describing what you do in general and what you've been doing lately
  • A brief statement about how your work relates to the idea of the non-cochlear
  • A proposal for the project you would like to include in the exhibition


Please do not attach any work-samples or documents. All work samples must be available online, and all information must be submitted in the body of the email.

Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.