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.

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