Monday, October 31, 2011

Ex Stabilimento Florio della Tonnare di Favignana e Formica Favignana Island Italy

Call for Proposals - Sound Installations in
Ex Stabilimento Florio della Tonnare di Favignana e Formica
Favignana Island Italy

AntiTesi in collaboration with the Superintendence for Cultural and
Environmental Heritage of Trapani,, is announcing a Call for Proposals for
Sound installations to present at Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di
Favignana e Formica in Favignana island.
This call is connected to the Eighth edition of the Live!IXem festivals of
music, sound and electronic arts.
The aim is to highlight the works of those artists who, involved in an
experimental and creative exploration, use sound, integrating it with
electronic audio-visual and digital design for Art installations in specific
Another aim is to witness the new aesthetic in contemporary art through a new
way to conceive and carry out works within (or outside) of architectural
In this regard, the spaces that will host this could not be more appropriate:
the former Florio Tuna factory on the island of Favignana in Sicily, the
largest of the Mediterranean, which takes its name from a family of
entrepreneurs that at the beginning of the twentieth century was the great
protagonist in Sicily, the Belle Epoque. The ancient structure located in the
largest of the Egadi islands, were obtained after the recent restoration of
museum space, a conference room with 400 seats and a guest room.

To make this call even stronger there will be a collaboration between
Live!iXem and OpenSound a platform that brings together seven European
partners to create a project for cooperation and exchange that puts the sound
in the middle of a series of outreach and artistic initiatives.

Open Sound is in fact a Grundtvig project for mobility and partnership in the
training supported by the EU through through the agency LLP - Life Long
Learning Programme. Thanks to this partnership, Sicily will be the first venue
where the festival will converge with some of the major representatives linked
to the European art scene and musical sound research. During the festival,
workshops will be conducted by some of the guest artists (the access to
workshops is free of charge): this will contribute to become familiar with the
locations of the former Florio Tuna factory on the island of Favignana.


We encourage proposals for site specific Sound Installations that will have to
be set up in one of the locations of the Ex Stabilimento Florio della Tonnare
di Favignana e Formica in Favignana Island Italy.
Subscription and participation to the call are free of charge.
It will be necessary to explore the locations through specific preparatory
visits during Live!iXem Festival 2011, from 8 to 11 december 2011.

Suggested topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:

Best practices in Sound and architecture
Techniques used for Sound/Art Installation
Sound and environment/Sound ecology
Site specific
Software & network management
History & aesthetic theory of Sound Art/Installation
Teaching & pedagogical strategies
Hardware (audio, interface, computers, loudspeakers)
Software environments & frameworks
Artists/Composers’ perspectives on their own works

For more information and instructions for submissions, please refer to the
website, .
Email contact:
The deadline for submission is February 26, 2012, but preliminary and
preparatory visits will take place btw 8-11 dec 2011.

Friday, October 21, 2011

15 minutes to 12: piéces pour la fin du monde

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute works for piano or works for piano and
electronic playback (tape) composed for 15-Minutes-of-Fame: Shiau-uen Ding
to be performed at the February 12, 2012 Composer's Voice concert in New
York City. The one-minute piano works are to be written specifically for
this project, which will be performed by Shiau-uen Ding. All works must be
60 seconds or less.

"15 minutes to 12: pi?ces pour la fin du monde": Fifteen one-minute works
for piano or piano and electronics are to be associated with the end of the
world in 2012, written specifically for this project for pianist Shiau-uen
Ding. No intervals for either hand should exceed an octave, except possibly
a minor ninth with one note on a black key (e.g. F#-G) , as well as a major
ninth with two white keys played by a thumb (e.g. F-G-G on the RH).
Electronics are optional, and are for one-track, fixed sound only.

Works should be submitted as PDF files in two formats; one as the published
score, the other without the composer's name for screening. A picture of the
composer, 50-word biography, and 50-word program note about the piece should
be submitted with works.

-Works need to be submitted via email to: by
December 12, 2011.
-The subject line of the email should read - 15-Minutes-of-Fame: Shiau-uen
Ding - Composer Name - Composition Title
-Email submissions should include the 50-word bio and 50-word program notes
as text in the body of the email.
-The composer's a picture must be attached as a jpg file.
-The two scores must be attached as two separate files in pdf format.
(performance notes should be included with the score.) NO ZIP FILES.
-The optional electronic part should be submitted as an attached MP3 file -
if selected you will be asked to send a WAV or AIFF file.
-No works over a minute will be reviewed.
-Include the dedication to Shiau-uen Ding on the score
-Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer. All
pieces must be premieres and not previously written or performed.
-The results will be announced by December 31, 2011 on the Vox Novus
website, and composers of the fifteen accepted works will be notified by

For more information, visit:

Monday, October 17, 2011

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2012

Call For Works

The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is seeking "fixed" electroacoustic works (aka works for tape alone) for possible performance in our next festival.
We perform all pieces over a 16+ speaker system capable of BEAST-style diffusion of stereo works, multi-channel works, and works in B-format ambisonics.

Please limit yourself to TWO submitted works per year.
You have the option to use this submition for broadcast on sfSoundRadio as well.

The January 2012 festival DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31, 2011, 11:59pm PDT.

Questions or comments can be sent to:

Thanks for your interest

Thursday, June 16, 2011

a very small consortium

Receipt Deadline: August 1, 2011


The newly renamed ensemble “a very small consortium” (previously known as the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble, then “An Evening of Miniatures” at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) seeks miniature compositions for performance during the 2011-2012 concert season. Our first concert will be Saturday, September 24th at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

All submitted works must be "miniatures." A work may qualify as a miniature in one of three ways:

the piece consists of 100 or fewer notes (with the definition of “a note” left to the discretion of the composer);

the piece is 60 seconds or less in duration;

the work is obviously based on a very limited amount of material (i.e., drones, small pitch collections, a single motif). Please keep our mantra “we do more with less” in mind if selecting this option.

We seek works that utilize the following forces in any combination or as soloists:

  • Soprano voice (1)
  • Mezzo-soprano voice (1)
  • Baritone voice (1)
  • B-flat clarinet (1)
  • Alto saxophone (1)
  • Trumpet (1)
  • Horn (1)
  • Trombone (1)
  • Viola (1)
  • Cello (1)
  • Piano (1)
  • Percussion (1) – (available instruments: all standard orchestral percussion, 4-1/3 octave marimba, vibraphone)

Submissions are accepted via email only. Please send scores (and parts, if necessary) in PDF format to the email address below. MP3 recordings are welcome but not necessary. Please also include composer contact information, a very small biography and very small program notes. Scores must be received by Monday, August 1, 2011 to be considered for the first concert. Scores arriving after this deadline will be retained for future consideration.



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Call for works/ BabelScores® Reading Panel 2011

BabelScores® is pleased to announce the Call for Works for the First BabelScores® Reading Panel 2011. BabelScores® is looking for the most creative and innovative composers from all over the world to continue building a quality catalog with important contemporary music pieces.

We strongly encourage composers of any age or nationality to submit one to three works of any instrumentation or for electronics or mixed media to the BabelScores® Reading Pannel. If the submitted piece/s is/are accepted then BabelScores® will invite you to upload more pieces to the catalog for promoting your music worldwide and selling your scores. As composer, you will get the mayor part of your scores sales. The remaining part shall be kept by BabelScores® to cover its operative costs and financial autonomy.

The strong web traffic and the Institutional Subscriptions (conservatories, universities, etc. from all over the world) allows BabelScores® to diffuse its music massively.

The BabelScores catalog offers a lot of advantages to composers:

- BabelScores® is a web platform which allows people to buy, rent and consult scores all over the world.

- BabelScores® do not retain any copyright.

- BabelScores® do not ask for exclusivity (you can offer or sell your scores by other means if you'd like to)

- BabelScores® creates cooperation agreements with different cultural institutions such as ensembles, festivals, universities, etc. in France and abroad for playing the music of our catalog.

- The composers are able to resign their engagement with BabelScores® at any time and with no penalty

- To be part of BabelScores® catalog is completely free.

How to submit your work:

It is really easy and quick.

Via internet, in our website Click on submit your work and then click effect submission. Please complete the online form and send it. You will need to upload at least one piece. BabelScores® guarantees not to use or diffuse your submitted work in anyway or by any media without your agreement.

Deadline for submitting your work: 31 May 2011

Results of the BabelScores® Reading Panel: late June 2011

We are acting intensively to diffuse the music of our time because we really care about music. And we encourage you to submit your work to BabelScores® to take part in the project that is challenging the present of contemporary music.

We invite you to visit our site . Should you have any questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to write to us at

Sunday, March 27, 2011

One Minute Soprano Works

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute soprano solo composed for 15-Minutes-of-Fame: Beth Griffith to be performed at the September 25th, 2011 Composer's Voice concert in New York City. The one-minute vocal works for soprano are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by Beth Griffith. All works must be 60 seconds or less.

Dramatic works and extended vocal techniqes are strongly encouraged.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submission Deadline June 1, 2011
  • Works written for soprano solo. (extended vocal techniqes are strongly encouraged) -Works must be submitted as a PDF file with a picture of the composer, 50-word biography, and 50-word program note about the piece.
  • Works must be one minute in length. No works over a minute will be reviewed.
  • Works need to be submitted via email to:
  • The subject line should read - 15-Minutes-of-Fame: Beth Griffith - Composer Name - Composition Title
  • The 50-word biography and 50 word program notes must be pasted as text in the body of the email.
  • The composer's a picture must be attached as a jpg file.
  • The score must be attached as a pdf. (performance notes should be included with the score.)
  • Include the dedication to Beth Griffith on the score
  • Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer. All pieces must be premieres and not previously written or performed.

No works over a minute will be reviewed. Multiple submission are discouraged. Send your best work! The results will be announced by August 1, 2011 on the Vox Novus website, and composers of 15 accepted works will be notified by email.

For more information, visit:

Sunday, February 13, 2011


CALL FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED till 15.03.2011 The Goethe-Institut of Belgrade, the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics Karlsruhe, Götz Naleppa (producer and media artist), Programme 3 of Radio Belgrade, the European Broadcasting Union¹s Ars Acustica Group and Deutschlandradio Kultur warmly invite you to take part in the following project:


This is a call to all European sound artists to compose a contribution made up of acoustic impressions of a European venue or landscape selected by them and rendered in artistic form. No contribution should exceed five minutes in duration. The aim of this project is to produce a sound composition which conveys an impression of the particularities of different parts of Europe.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

String Quartets and Choirs

Conductor, Sarah John is currently looking for new works for the following ensembles.


  • women's choir with piano or organ, women's choir a cappella


  • 1111, 1000, 0000, string quintet and piano
  • 1111, 1000, 0000, string quintet, piano, women's choir and/or female vocalist

Contact : sarahjohn64(at)

Monday, January 24, 2011

International Noise Music Contest

Luigi Russolo - Rossana Maggia

For young composers under 35

Theme for 2011: Eros's weapons

Deadline February 15th

CLIEC 2011 - Concordia Live and Interactive Electroacoustic Colloquium

Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research Creation in Media Arts and Technologies In collaboration with the Department of Music CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY Montreal - Canada

Saturday 26th of March, 2011

A call for proposals for paper presentations and live performances

Deadline: 1st of February 2011 (one week left)


Hexagram Concordia will be hosting CLIEC 2011 – a one-day colloquium focused on live and interactive electroacoustic music, organized in collaboration with the Music Department.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 26th 2011 and will include paper sessions, a roundtable discussion, and an evening concert.

We are inviting artists and researchers to propose paper presentations and performances focusing on live and interactive electroacoustics and related issues, including artistic and technological innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, human-machine interface, laptop orchestras/ensembles, comprovisation, stage techniques, audience interactivity, aural and visual perception, related educational and pedagogical aspects, social and cultural contexts, and others.

More information:


Paper presentation: please email an abstract (250 words or less), a short biography ready for printing (250 words or less), and a 3 page CV.

Performance: please email a short description of the proposed performance piece (250 words or less), detailed technical needs, a short biography ready for printing (250 words or less), a 3 page CV, and audio samples when relevant (please send a link to download the files through yousendit, soundcloud or a similar service. Do not send audio files by email).

The basic available setup allows up to 10 channels of audio. If your setup requires additional channels or for any other special technical consideration please send an email with specific questions.

Email abstracts to:


Paper presentations: each paper will be presented in person for about 20 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion.

Performances: the evening concert will consist of selected live electroacoustic performances, which may include multiple channels, multimedia, dance, theatrics, and interactive components.

Roundtable discussion: an hour-long open discussion on key issues related to the main theme of the colloquium.


  • Deadline for reception of proposals: February 1st, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: February 12th, 2011
  • Confirmation of attendance by artist/researchers: February 25th, 2011
  • Colloquium CLIEC-2011: Saturday, March 26th, 2011



  • Eldad Tsabary (co-director)
  • Ricardo Dal Farra (co-director)
  • Paul Scriver (collaborator)

Call for Works - audiograft jukebox

Short electroacoustic; computer music; or sound art works are required for the audiograft jukebox. The jukebox will be available from February 17th-19th at audiograft and will also be placed online on the Sonic Art Resarch Unit webpages at Oxford Brookes University

Audiograft will take place in Oxford from 17th-19th February and will feature Tim Howle, Joseph Anderson, Rob Mackay, Max Eastley, Rhodri Davies, SET ensemble; Stephen Cornford and Paul Whitty; Ray Lee; Automated Noise Ensemble; Paul Dibley and more…

Please upload your works (as mp3 files) using:

Deadline for Submissions is February 12th 2011.

For more information about the event please visit

audiograft is a project of the SARU at Oxford Brookes University

Friday, January 21, 2011

The 2011 ALEA III International Composition Competition Prize

The ALEA III Prize: $2,500

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Composers of any nationality born after January 1, 1971 may participate. Only one composition per composer is permitted.

No entry fee.

Works of any aesthetic direction from 6 - 15 minutes in duration may be submitted. Works may be for solo voice or instrument or for an ensemble up to fifteen players. Available instruments are: one flute (doubling piccolo or alto), one oboe (doubling English horn), one clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), one saxophone (a, s, t or b), one bassoon, one horn, one trumpet, one trombone, one tuba, two percussion players, one harp, one keyboard player, one guitar, two violins, one viola, one cello, one bass, tape and one voice.

One of the fifteen performers could play a traditional, folk, or rare instrument (solo or as a part of the ensemble), or could be an unusual specialized vocalist. Check here for more information.

One work per composer. All works must be unpublished and must not have been publicly performed or broadcast in whole or in part or in any other version before the announcement of the Prize in late September, or early October 2011. Works that have won another award are not eligible.

Anonymous entry.

6 - 9 works will be selected for performance in Boston by ALEA III under the direction of Theodore Antoniou in late September, or early October 2011. At the end of the concert one piece will be selected to receive the $2,500.00 ALEA III prize. The judges reserve the right to divide the award money or to decline to make an award.

The judges will be prominent personalities residing or working in the Boston area. The panel, consisting of composers, performers, conductors, musicologists and educators, aims for a balance among a variety of musical approaches.

For information and application form please check the ALEA III web site: or email to Alex Kalogeras

Application Form must accompany the score at the time of submission.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Vox Novus 60x60 deadline extended

Vox Novus is inviting composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in its ninth annual 60x60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour concert.

The call is open to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage.

Deadline for 60 second compositions for 60x60 is DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31ST,2011

There is no admission fee.

Audio submissions must be in either AIFF or WAV file format.

Multiple submissions are accepted from a single composer/sound artist; however, only one submission will be allowed per email address submitted.

All submissions must be uploaded by DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31ST,2011

Composer will be notified of the results by email or they can visit

Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brass Initiative 2011 Composition Contest

We are looking for programmatic diversity and need new compositions in any style. The biggest criteria we will listen for in these submissions are melodic and commercial appeal. It can be intense, joyful, angry, mysterious - whatever you like. Please keep in mind that one of our primary goals is listener entertainment. There are some additional criteria:

  1. Work must be a stand alone piece approximately 2-7 minutes in length or a multiple movement work approximately 5-10 minutes long.
  2. Scored for horn, trombone, bass trombone, and two trumpets keyed in Bb or C. Eb and piccolo trumpet may also be employed as well as flugel horns. (Tuba may not be used unless pertaining to 2a below.)
    1. Works written for ensembles larger than quintet will also be considered.
    2. Works written for ensembles smaller than quintet will not be considered.
    3. The addition of a rhythm section, (drums, bass, piano, guitar, or any part of that group would be a welcome addition.)
  3. Works must be submitted no later than April 15th, 2011.
  4. All works must be submitted digitally. Please do not mail hard copies unless requested. Please submit all works to
  5. Submissions must include, in PDF form, a score, individual parts, and a midi or audio recording of the work.
  6. In the email of the submission include the following:
    1. Composer Name:
    2. Email Address:
    3. Phone Number:
    4. Mailing Address:
    5. Composition Name:
    6. Number of Movements:
    7. Composition Length:
    8. Copyright Information:
    9. Instrumentation:
    10. A short description that can be used as a program note:
  7. Works must not be previously published or you, the composer, must be the sole copyright holder of the work.
  8. The work cannot be previously released as a commercial recording.

Works selected for the project will be recorded in summer 2011 and released as an album in the winter of 2011/12. In lieu of commission fees, the composers of selected works will receive a portion of download sales once annually for three years after the release of the album. For this reason, please keep in mind the commercial appeal of the work. As an additional incentive, composers of selected works will have the option of having their piece(s) published and sold as part of the Brass Initiative Editions with a generous royalty rate for sheet music sales included.

Composers may submit multiple works.

For additional submission questions please contact us at or

Manhattan New Music Project Call for Scores

Call for Scores Deadline: January 31, 2011

The contemporary classical music website Sequenza 21, in partnership with Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP), is pleased to issue a call for scores.

Composers of any age may submit a single work with the following instrumentation: violins (2), viola, cello, piano, and percussion. Works for smaller groupings (solos, duos, trios, etc.) that employ the above instruments are especially welcome. In the interest of performing as many entries as possible, pieces that are shorter in duration may be preferred. Sound recordings may be submitted on a CD in MP3 format.

Several pieces will be selected from these entries for our 2011 concert in New York City (date/location TBA), performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble – ACME. The program committee will include Christian Carey (Sequenza 21), Clarice Jensen (ACME), and Hayes Biggs (Manhattan School of Music).

There is no entry fee. There is also no remuneration apart from the performance. Those composers selected for the concert will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they wish to attend the event.

Scores with CD recordings (if available) will be accepted at the address below until 5:00 PM on Monday, January 31, 2011. Please do not send parts at this time. Materials will be returned if accompanied by an SASE with appropriate postage.

Mail to

Sequna21/MNMP 2011 Concert
243 West 30th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001


Deadline: 5:00 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

Submitted works that do not conform to the above guidelines cannot be considered for inclusion on the program.

For any questions please email

Contemporaneous Call for Scores

In the spirit of keeping up with the music of now, Contemporaneous holds an annual Call for Scores open to composers of all ages and origins. We are open to a wide variety of instrumentations and can accept works with electronic components. While we may consider works that slightly exceed these limitations, we mostly accept works for the following instrumentation, including solos and subsets:

  • 1 flute
  • 1 oboe
  • 1 clarinet
  • 1 bassoon
  • 1 horn
  • 1 trumpet
  • 1 trombone
  • 2 percussion
  • 1 piano
  • 1 electric guitar
  • 1 harp
  • 2 violins
  • 1 viola
  • 1 cello
  • 1 contrabass

At least one work submitted to our Call for Scores will be selected to be programmed during the Contemporaneous 2011-2012 concert season. Composers may submit up to three compositions to each annual Call for Scores. Each submission should include the following:

  • Score (.pdf or hard copy)
  • Recording, if available (CD or .mp3 - MIDI renderings are acceptable)
  • Contact information (name, e-mail address, physical address, telephone number)
  • Bio, résumé, or CV

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, although mail-in submissions will be also be accepted. Please send electronic submissions to Composers wishing to mail in their submissions should e-mail for details. If return of materials is desired, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with correct postage. For questions about the call for scores, please contact us.

The deadline for the 2011-2012 season Call for Scores is March 1, 2011. Winning scores will be selected and composers notified of the news by April 15, 2011. With composers' permission, scores and recordings that are not selected for programming next season will be kept for consideration for future programs.

Contemporaneous is a versatile, entirely youth-run new music ensemble based in New York, devoted to presenting programs of music by living composers both emerging and established. Founded in 2010, Contemporaneous regularly gives passionate performances of cutting-edge music for audiences throughout the Hudson Valley and in New York City. Hailing from four continents, the over 35 members of contemporaneous are avid entrepreneurs and enthusiasts for the promotion of awareness and appreciation of new music among audiences of all types. Though most of our musicians study at Bard College, Contemporaneous is an independent ensemble not supported financially by the College. We are a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of New York.

The Sixth International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers

(Moscow 2011)

The Sixth International Jurgenson Competition for young composers has been organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Centre for Contemporary Music (Moscow) and Jurgenson Charity Foundation.

Open to: Composers born after 15 March 1975

The competition invites submissions in the following categories:

  • compositions for soloist ensembles or for voice and soloists (6-16 musicians);
  • string trio or quartet
  • compositions for marimba or percussion ensemble (up to 6 musicians).

Duration: 6 -15 minutes

The instrumentation for soloist ensembles could include: 1 flute (also piccolo, also alto), 1 oboe (also English Horn), 1 clarinet (also clarinet bass), 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, percussions (2 musicians), 1 piano, 1 harp, 2 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double-bass.

Instruments in scores for percussion ensemble must be grouped by performers.

The competition will only accept compositions that are unpublished, and which have not been performed publicly. Applicant may not submit compositions in more than two categories.

Deadline: 15 March 2011 (by postmark)

Prizes: Grand Prix (60.000 rubles), I award in each category (30.000 rubles)

According to the rules of Competition Laureates transmit the rights for publishing the composition which won to the Jurgenson Charity Foundation.

The competition will have two rounds. 10 participants will be admitted to the second round after adjudication of scores. Awards will be conferred on September 2011 after the performance of compositions by soloists from the Studio for New Music (Moscow) and Mark Pekarsky's percussion ensemble.

Chairman of the jury committee is Vladimir Tarnopolski

The application package must be postmarked no later than 15 March 2011. It should contain the following:

  • 2 copies of the score (if your score is selected for a final reading, parts must be sent by May 31, 2011). A password should be clearly written on the manuscript submitted; the applicant's name shall not appear on the manuscript)
  • 2 photos of the applicant
  • A complete signed application form in English or Russian

The application package, marked "To the organizing committee of the International Jurgenson competition for young composers", should be submitted to the following address:

Centre for Contemporary Music
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
B.Nikitskaya 13, of.316,
Moscow 125009 Russia

Tel/fax (+7 495) 690 51 81

2011 4th UnCaged Toy Piano Call for Submissions: Toy Toy Toy!

The UnCaged Toy Piano Composition Competition is a call-for-scores to expand the music for toy piano. This competition was formed to encourage composers to write for this unusual instrument that has rapidly gained attention and interest from many pianists, composers and musicians. The toy piano has many ranges, shapes and sizes, but the standard concert instrument has a chromatic range beginning from the F below middle C (F3-F6). Made of metal rods instead of strings, the toy piano has a bell-like metallic quality that sounds nothing like the standard-sized "string" piano.

The theme for the 4th UnCaged Toy Piano is Toy Toy Toy! Music for Toy Piano and Toy Instrument(s).

Here are the rules for this year's competition:

  1. Pieces written for toy piano and any toy instrument is strongly encouraged, but must be able to be played by a solo performer. Some of these toy instruments include (but are not limited to) melodica,toy drums, toy cymbals, toy gongs, two toy pianos, toy xylophone, or toy handbells.
  2. Electronics is optional, but must work for a Mac OS X with an Intel processor
  3. Pieces can be of any length
  4. Pieces for solo toy piano are also acceptable

The UnCaged Toy Piano is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.


Phyllis Chen, Margaret Leng Tan, Angelica Negron

Unlike previous UnCaged Competition performances, the winning works this year will be performed at our 1st UnCaged Toy Piano FESTIVAL scheduled to take place in the Fall of 2011, New York City. The top selection will be awarded an honorarium of $800. Aside from this top prize, other winning works will be chosen to be performed as part of the festival and each composer will receive a studio recording of his/her piece. For the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, other artists, musicians, composers, improvisers from New York and abroad will be joining in the Toy Toy Toy festivities!

For all scores that are sent to UnCaged Toy Piano, a copy of your score will also be sent to the Toy Piano Collection located at UC San Diego Geisel Library. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores because of the activities at the library. Even if your piece is not chosen for the festival, we hope that your piece finds its rightful performer by being placed in an organized catalog of toy piano music.

For your submission, you may either EMAIL your score, mp3(if available), short bio, and contact information to Or MAIL to:

P.O. BOX 2341

Deadline: July 15, 2011 (results announced August 15)

πολυφωνος POLYPHONOS

2011-2012 Competition

The Esoterics announces an international call for a cappella choral scores— its annual competition for choral composition, POLYPHONOS, from the Greek πολυφωνος,” having many voices” or “manifold in expression”.

The Esoterics is dedicated to performing and perpetuating contemporary a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world. The purpose of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS is to encourage today’s choral composers to broaden the scope of the a cappella choral repertory by setting texts from beyond the Western classical canon so as to support a thriving choral repertoire reflecting the universal beauty and power of unaccompanied voices joined in song.

Each winning composer will receive a commission from The Esoterics to plan and compose a new choral work that will be premiered by the ensemble in 2012. In addition to this commission, each of the winning composers will receive $1000 US plus airfare and accommodations to attend the Seattle premiere of their commissioned work. There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards:

  • International composer’s 2011 commission (for choral composers who are not US citizens)
  • National composer’s 2011 commission (for choral composers who are US citizens)
  • Young composer’s 2011 commission (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2011)

The application package consists of a completed application form, three completed compositions, a complete composer biography, and a $25 application fee. *

Entry form, portfolio requirements and complete rules can be found

All applications must be complete and received by 15 May 2011

The winners of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS will be announced on 1 July 2011

For questions, please contact

* This blog does not encourage the charging of entry fees to composers or performers participating in competitions, calls for scores, festivals, or other opportunities. And strongly objects to charging entry fees while reserving the right not to award any prize at all.


Aiming to deepen the cultural connections between the established organ music traditions of Canada and Mexico, the International Research and Information Centre (IRIC) Thracica invites all Mexican composers regardless of age to submit a solo organ work up to five minutes in length for possible inclusion in the concert The organ as a mediator between the North and the South.

The concert will take place on Saturday, 14. May 2011 at 17h00 in ChristChurch Cathedral in Montréal, QC, Canada and will feature a work by Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer commissioned by IRIC Thracica specifically for this event.

Interested composers should submit the following by 1. April 2011 at

  1. Name as one wishes for it to appear in the programme
  2. E-mail address
  3. Score(s) in PDF format, landscape orientation
  4. Recording of the organ work (optional)
  5. Short biography (optional)

The stop list of the organ can be found here:

For more information, please, contact Alexandra Fol at

Monday, January 17, 2011

Call for String Quartets

Deadline: February 1, 2011 receipt.

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: Performance at Fast Forward Austin by the Aeolus String Quartet on April 9, 2011

Open to: All ages.

Scores: Works for string quartet, completed within the last 10 years, and no longer than 10 minutes.

Contact Info:

Winning composer must be present when piece is performed in Austin, Texas. Lodging is provided, but travel stipends are not.

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