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