Competitions, Awards,
and Calls for Scores

  • Without fanfare, The Walden School takes musically inclined children for five weeks each summer and gently guides them to be composers.

    – Associated Press

The Walden School is happy to provide this list of competitions, awards, and calls for scores of interest to current and prospective members of the Walden community. In doing so, The Walden School in no way endorses these opportunities above others that may not appear, nor does it claim to have achieved a comprehensive listing. If you feel there is an opportunity that we have omitted from our list, we encourage you to contact us. We also encourage you to check out The Composer’s Site, which maintains extensive and up-to-date opportunities listings.

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Also, you can search for “free” for a list of opportunities without an application fee.

Name of opportunity
How often it's offered
Deadline month
Application fee
ACF Philadelphia Chapter Young Composers Competition $500 scholarshipMust be a student in the ACF Philadelphia service area (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey) intending to major in music after high schoolAnnually??
Alabama Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores works will be read by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.Anyone?JanuaryFree
American Modern Ensemble Composition Competition pieces are performed by the ensemble in New York City.Three categories:
1. ages 22 and under;
2. ages 18-35;
3. all ages.
All composers must be North, Central, or South American residents.
American Prize for new works for orchestra, chorus, concert band, chamber ensemble, and theater music.Separate awards for student and professional composersFebruary$40
Arizona Pro Arte Call for Scores winner will receive a performance of his or her work by Arizona Pro Arte with the possibility of professional recording.AnyoneAnnuallyAprilFree
ASCAP Foundation Awards ASCAP Foundation provides awards to emerging composers and songwriters, and recognition to honor the achievements of established composers and songwriters.Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Additional eligibility requirements vary by competition.
Astoria Choir Call for Scores$250 cash prize and performances by the choir for each selected work.Composers in the NYC area (5 boroughs plus Nassau, Westchester, Hudson, Bergen, and Essex counties)AnnuallyDecember$10
Baltimore Composers Forum Call for Scores works will be performed by the Azimuth String Quartet.Active members of the Baltimore Composers Forum?MarchFree
Barlow Prize Competition winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission to compose a major new work, performed by a consortium of musicians.Anyone.AnnuallyJuneFree?
Berkeley Community Chorus Young Composer Competition winner will recieve $7,500 cash, a commission of a new symphonic choral work, a premiere of that work by the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, and travel expenses to attend the work's premiere.All emerging composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligibleAnnuallyMayFree?
BMI Student Composer Awards ranging from $500 to $5000 for instrumental, vocal, or electronic compositions.Must be a citizen of a country in the Western Hemisphere. Currently studying music, either in an educational institution or privately. Under the age of 28 as of time of submission. Has not won a BMI Student Composer Award more than two times (Honorable Mention excluded)AnnuallyFebruaryFree?
Cambridge Chamber Singers Composition Competition$700 and two performances of a 3-6 minute work for mixed choir.AnyoneAnnuallyOctoberFree
Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Scholarships scholarship each per year for a performer, composer, and musicologist, adapted to the needs of each candidate.Candidates must be at least 20 years old and at most 32 years old by the deadline, and must pursue their studies in France.AnnuallyJuneFree
Chorosynthesis Call for Scores by the Chorosynthesis Singers ensemble.AnyoneRollingRollingFree
Città di Udine International Composition Competition prizes between 200-1000 Euros, and public performances and recordings of the winning worksAnyoneAnnuallyMarch35 Euros
ClefWorks Composition Competition
Community Music Center of Boston Young Composers Festival and performance opportunities.Open to pre-college composers.AnnuallyVaries?Free?
Composers & Schools in Concert: Composer Commissions and Workshops for professional composers to write pieces for high-school students; opportunities to develop music-creation workshops for students.Professional composersRollingRollingFree?
Composers & Schools in Concert: Vic Salvo Music Composition Scholarship student will win 5 hours of mentoring from a professional composer and an ensemble reading of the student's piece.Open to students in high school.AnnuallySeptemberFree?
Composers, Inc. Ettelson Award$1000 award and a performance by Composers Inc. during their concert season in Berkeley. Citizens or permanent residents of the United StatesAnnuallyJanuary$25/score
Downbeat Student Music Awards award categories include various genres and styles, including jazz, blues/pop/rock, Latin, and original compositions for small and large ensembles; there are also awards for sound engineering.Separate awards for students in middle school, high school, and college. Students may not be enrolled in full-time professional work.AnnuallyDecemberFree?
Earplay Composers Competition$1000 cash prize and a performance by Earplay in their next season, for compositions for 1-6 players, with or without electronics.Anyone.AnnuallyMarch$26/score
Ecce Ensemble Call for Scores of the winning work by the Ecce Ensemble.Anyone?AnnuallyJanuary$30 for one score, $45 for two scores
Edison Denisov Young Composers Competition prizes of 1500 and 1000 Euros, and premieres of the winning works.Composers born after September 1, 1981AnnuallyAugustFree?
Encore Wind Ensemble Charles Olson Young Composers Contest winning composition will receive a $1,000 cash award with a public performance and compact disc recording by the Encore Wind Ensemble.Composers must be between the ages of 15 and 22.AnnuallyMay$25
Face the Music Composer Lab, rehearsals, recordings, and commissions for composition students. Students are encouraged to submit works for orchestra, jazz band, string quartet, and mixed chamber ensember, and will be asked to play in at least one Face the Music piece during the season.Composers under college age, and studying a musical instrument.AnnuallyMay$40
Florence International Choir Festival prize: 2000 Euros cash, publication of the work and its premiere during the festival; second prize: 1000 Euros; third prize: 750 Euros.AnyoneAnnuallyMarch75 Euros
Florence String Quartet Call for Scores prizes up to 1000 Euros, performances and recordings of the selected works, and publication by Sconfinarte Editions.AnyoneAnnuallyMarch52.50 Euros
Friends of the Brandenburg Symphony Composition Competition by the Brandenberg Symphony OrchestraAnyone?BienniallyMay10 Euros (20 Euros if you want your scores back)
From the Top Radio Call for Scores
Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize$2000 cash prize for a new composition, to be premiered at Ithaca College.Anyone.AnnuallyAugustFree
International Society of Bassists: David Walter Composition Competition$1000 and world premieres for new works in three categories: 1. unaccompanied solo bass, 2. chamber ensemble featuring bass, and 3. bass ensemble.Anyone.AnnuallyJune$50/composition
International Songwriting Competition prizes for original songs in various categories: Pop/Top 40, Rock, Hip-Hop, etc.Anyone.AnnuallySeptember$25/song
Iowa State University Carillon Competition
Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest prizes and performances for 3-5 minute works for mixed choir.Anyone.AnnuallyAugust$25/score
Juventas New Music Ensemble Call for Scores Juventas ensemble is looking for works to program on their concerts next year.Composers ages 35 or under on January 1 of the present yearSemi-annuallyMay and October$15/composition
Keuris Composers Contest pieces are premiered by the Amersfoort Youth Orchestra and Keuris Ensemble.AnyoneBienniallyFebruaryFree?
Kronos Quartet: Under 30 Project quartet commission and performance.????
Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition of winning works at the Lake George Music Festival.Composers must be between the ages of 18 and 35.AnnuallyFebruary$10
League of American Orchestras Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program works will be read by various partner orchestras. Selected composers will receive $15000 commisions.Women composersAnnually??
League of Composers/ISCM Composition Competition
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Contest$1500, a performance by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and a recording of the performance.Anyone.AnnuallyApril$16/score
Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize $15000 commission for a 15-30 minute string quartet.Anyone, except for current Brandeis studentsAnnuallyDecember$25
MATA Festival Call for Submissions works will be performed at the MATA Festival in New York City. All sorts of music is accepted: fully notated, improvised, sound art, video, electronic, found instruments, toys, installations, and everything in between.Composers under age 40AnnuallyFebruaryFree
mise-en Music Festival Call for Scores of works at the mise-en festival.Anyone?AnnuallyJulyFree?
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival Call for Scores composers will be selected to compose a work for a renowned new music ensemble.?AnnuallyNovember$22
MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award award is given to a selected composer of a state-commissioned work.MTNA membership required
National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) prizes for various types of pieces: choral works, piano solos, small ensemble pieces, and pieces for voice and accompaniment.Must have reached the 19th but not the 26th birthday by the application deadline. Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student in college, majoring in composition. Must be an NFMC member.AnnuallyMarch$20
National Guild of Piano Teachers Composition Contest $20-$40
New England Philharmonic Call for Scores of an orchestral work on a New England Philharmonic concert.Emerging composersAnnuallyApril$40/score
New Sound Publications Call for Scores first place winner will receive a professional recording and a premiere by Lineage Percussion Trio (GA). Three winners will receive publishing contracts with New Sound Publications.Anyone?March$10 for the first submission, $5 for each additional submission
nief-norf Summer Festival Call for Scores works are premiered at the nief-norf Summer Festival.AnyoneAnnually?$15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work.
North/South Consonance Call for Scores works will be performed and recorded by North/South Consonance (NYC).AnyoneAnnually??
Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition $1300 prize.Composers between the ages of 17-22. Applicants must be residents of San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento, or Placer counties.
PARMA Student Composer Competition winners will be selected to have their works published in the PARMA Anthology of Music, and three Grand Prize Winners will receive readings and archival recordings of their scores by a full symphony orchestra.Composers must be under the age of 30.AnnuallyJanuaryFree
Patricia Surman Concert Etudes for Piccolo Composition Competition prizes between $100-500, and premieres of winning works.AnyoneOnceMarchFree
Polyphonos Choral Composition Competition$1000 cash prize plus arifare and accommodations to attend the Seattle premiere of a newly-commisioned work.Anyone. Up to three separate prizes for 1. a U.S. citizen; 2. a non-U.S. citizen; 3. a young composer (under age 30 as of 31 December 2015).AnnuallyMayFree
Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition!composers-competition/clix$1,000 cash prize, and performance at the festival on August 11, 2016Anyone.AnnuallyMarchFree
Portland Percussion Group Call for Scores $500 cash prize and professional recording. Three works will be performed by the Portland Percussion Group.Anyone?April$25
Premio Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition receive a commission project with the Assicurazioni Generali.Anyone?AnnuallyMarch40 Euros
Pulitzer Prize in Music!composers-competition/clixOne $10,000 prize.Anyone.AnnuallyDecember$50
Random Access Music Call for Scores works will be performed by Random Access Music (NYC).AnyoneAnnuallyFebruaryFree
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program for composers, performers, and presenters to cover composer fees, performance and rehersal fees, production costs, etc. for a concert series or festival.Must reside in one of the 15 counties of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Must be at least 18 years old. Must confirm eligibility with the organization prior to applying.AnnuallyFebruary?
Society for New Music: Brian Israel Award $750 awards and a performance of concert music for one to seven performers.Open to any composer in New York State who's under the age of 30.AnnuallyMayFree?
SPLICE Ensemble Call for Scores of selected works at the SPLICE summer program in Kalamazoo.Anyone?FebruaryNone
Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition winning work will be performed by the Symphony in C.Composers must be under 30 at the time of the work's performance by the symphony orchestra.AnnuallyAugustFree
Symphony Number One Call for Scores winner will be selected to compose an extended work for orchestra (25-55 minutes). Each winning composer receives an honorarium of $200.AnyoneAnnuallyNovember$25
Toru Takemitsu Composition Award cash prize of 3,000,000 yen and performances of selected orchestral works.Composers 35 years old or younger this yearAnnuallySeptemberFree
Treefalls Music Call for Scores prizes from $150-250, and a performance of the winning work.Composer must be a resident of SC, NC, or GA, and must not hold a graduate degree in music theory or composition.AnnuallyJanuaryNone
Tribeca New Music Festival Young Composer Competition winner in each division will receive $1,000, a performance at the festival, and a recording.Two divisions: 1. composers ages 22-35; 2. composers ages 21 and youngerAnnuallyJanuary$25/work
Underwood New Music Readings and Commission composers will have their works read by the American Composers Orchestra (NYC). One will receive a $15000 commission to write a new work for the orchestra.U.S. citizens or non-citizens lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States.AnnuallyDecemberFree
Versipel New Music Call for Scores of selected works by Versipel New Music (New Orleans).AnyoneAnnuallyAugust$12
Vox Novus Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Project Call For Scores of one-minute-or-shorter works.AnyoneRollingRollingFree
Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize$3,000 and a performance of the work by Ithaca College's wind band.Anyone.AnnuallyNovemberFree
Washington International Competition for a new string quartet, piano quartet, piano quintet, piano trio, or string trio.?Every three years??
wasteLAnd Call For Scores of selected works on the wasteLAnd ensemble's concert series.AnyoneAnnually?Free?
Wild Rumpus Call for Scores and commissions by the Wild Rumpus ensemble.Composers who are under 40, or composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence.RollingRollingFree
Wild Shore New Music Call for Scores of selected works by the Wild Shore Players.AnyoneOnceMarchFree
Women Composers of Hartford Festival Call for Scores works will be performed at the festival.Women composersAnnually??

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