Competitions, Awards,
and Calls for Scores

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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.

The American Prize
ACF Philadelphia Chapter Young Composers Scholarship
ACF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Musical Grant Program
The ASCAP Foundation Composition and Performance Awards
Arizona Pro Arte Call for Scores
Barlow Prize Competition
The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize
Berkeley Community Chorus Young Composer Competition
Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Scholarships
BMI Student Composer Awards
Cambridge Chamber Singers Annual Choral Composition Competition
Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition
Clefworks Composition Competition
The Choral Composition Contest
Community Music Center of Boston Young Composers Festival
Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) Call for Composer Teaching Artists
DOWNBEAT Student Music Awards
Earplay Composers Competition
Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award
Festival dell’Armonia Competition
Finale National Composition Contest
From the Top Radio Show Call for Scores
Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Award
Harvey Gaul Biennial Composition Competition
Glenn Gould @ 80 On-line Tribute: Piano Invention App
International Orange Chorale/Santa Barbara Music Choral Publishing Series
International Society of Bassists David Walter Composition Competition
International Songwriting Competition
Iowa State University Carillon Competition
Brian Israel Award
Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize
Kronos Quartet: Under 30 Project
League of Composers/ISCM Composition Competition
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Contest
The Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition
Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize
MATA Festival open call for submissions
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival Call for Scores
MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award
National Academy of Music International Music Prize
The National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
National Guild of Piano Teachers Composition Contest
Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composer Competition
New England Philharmonic Call for Scores
Charles Olson Young Composers Contest
Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition
PARMA Student Composer Competition
Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition
Pulitzer Prize in Music
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program
Singing City Prize for Young Composers
Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition
Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition
United States Air Force Band Sammy Nestico Award For New Jazz Composition
Washington International Competition
Women Composers of Hartford Festival Call for Scores


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The American Prize

The American Prize in Composition recognizes and rewards the best composers in America of new works for orchestra, chorus, concert band or chamber ensemble that have been publicly performed. The American Prize is more than monetary. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners are announced to national arts media and on our websites, where winners are profiled. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners earn the right to use The American Prize logo and official seal on printed programs and other documents, and on the web.

For more information: http://www.theamericanprize.org/composition.html

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ACF Philadelphia Chapter Young Composers Competition

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum announces its Young Composers Scholarship, awarded annually in the amount of $500 to one high school senior who intends to major in music composition at the post-secondary level.

For more information: http://www.acfphiladelphia.org/programs/programs/scholarship.html

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ACF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Musical Grant Program

The Musical Grant Program is the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s most successful funding program that supports professional ensembles, composers and presenters in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Composers may apply to the MGP as part of an application that includes an ensemble, but may only appear in one application per program cycle.

For more information: http://www.sffcm.org/programs/musical-grant/resources/

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The ASCAP Foundation Composition and Performance Awards

Competitions occur annually.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Additional eligibility requirements vary by competition.

Deadlines vary.

The ASCAP Foundation provides awards to emerging composers and songwriters and recognition to honor the achievements of established composers and songwriters. Eligibility for awards and honors varies greatly. Please consult the ASCAP website For more information.

For more information: http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/index.aspx

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Arizona Pro Arte Call for Scores

The winning work will be performed on Arizona Pro Arte’s April 10th, 2014 concert at The Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. The program is titled “Apotheosis of the Dance.” The winning work will be performed with a live solo dancer or duo of dancers. The concert also includes Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

For more information: http://www.azproarte.com/call-for-scores/

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Barlow Prize Competition

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for A Cappella Choir. The winning composer’s work will be premiered in 2014 by a consortium of three choirs: BBC Singers (London), LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR (Latvia), and VOLTI (San Francisco).

For more information: http://barlow.byu.edu/Pages/Prize%20Guidelines.html

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Berkeley Community Chorus Young Composer Competition

The Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra (BCCO) announces a Young Composer Competition. Its purpose is to encourage outstanding young composers in the U.S. and to provide a forum for their recognition.

The judging panel includes composer John Adams as honorary chair; conductor and former director of Cal Performances Robert Cole; composer Gabriela Lena Frank; UC Berkeley professor Ken Ueno; BCCO member Christian Fritze; and BCCO music director Ming Luke.

Up to three finalists will have their scores performed during the Spring 2013 concert season and will receive a CD of the performance. Each finalist will receive a prize of $500 and travel funds to participate in a rehearsal of his/her work. The winning composer will receive an additional prize of $500 (for a total of $1,000), and his/her composition will be featured in the Spring 2014 concert series.

For more information: http://bcco.org/young-composer-competition

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Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Scholarships

Every year, the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Centre awards substantial scholarships to high-level young musicians studying in France and rigorously selected in their respective disciplines – interpretation, composition and musicology – by a jury appointed for that occasion.

The Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Centre’s artistic council in charge of the scholarships part, meets three times a year: in February to form an international jury; in July to select the applications for the scholarships; in October to fix the amount of the awards.

Renewed every year, the international jury of five outstanding personalities in music is called upon to give its advice.

For more information: http://www.cnlb.fr/enb/bourses/acc_bourses.html

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BMI Student Composer Awards

Competition held annually.

Applicants must be citizens of countries in the Western Hemisphere and meet certain student qualifications. Consult website for more information.

Deadline in early February.

The BMI Student Composer Awards is a competition for young composers of classical music. Founded in 1951, the competition has become one of the most coveted and prestigious awards for young composers in the Western Hemisphere. Co-sponsored by the BMI Foundation and by BMI, the awards are made on an annual basis for compositions submitted by students actively engaged in the study of music and all works are judged under pseudonyms. The current Advisory Board for the competition includes John C. Adams, Milton Babbitt (Chair Emeritus), Del Byant, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Susan Feder, Ralph N. Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, Gunther Schuller, and Joseph Schwantner. The Awards Chair is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Applicants must be citizens of countries in the Western Hemisphere and must be either enrolled in accredited public, private or parochial secondary schools, in accredited colleges or conservatories of music, or engaged in private study of music with recognized and established teachers. Applicants must be under the age of 28 as of the competition postmark deadline. The postmark deadline is usually in early February and applications are available as of the preceding November. A special William Schuman Prize, given in memory of the late William Schuman, who served for 40 years as Chairman, then Chairman Emeritus, of the BMI Student Composer Awards, is awarded to the composer whose work is judged “most outstanding” in the competition. Additionally, two special Carlos Surinach Prizes, underwritten by a fund established by the late composer, are awarded annually to the two youngest winners of the competition.

For more information: http://bmi.com/foundation/program/bmi_student_composer_awards/

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Brian Israel Award

Awarded annually.

Applicants must be 30 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline.

Deadline in early May.

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs sponsor the annual Brian M. Israel Competition open to composers living in New York State who are 30 years of age or younger as of May 1, whose music has not previously been performed by the Society. Composers may submit one work for 1 – 7 performers, in any combination, and may include tape or solo voices, but no choral pieces. Scores and tapes must be submitted anonymously.

For more information: http://www.societyfornewmusic.org/resources.cfm

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Cambridge Chamber Singers Annual Choral Composition Competition

Competition recurs annually.

There are no restrictions according to race, sex, age, or residency. The text may be in any language. A composer may submit no more than two pieces.

Deadline in early October.

The Annual Choral Composition Competition is an opportunity for composers to submit an original composition for a capella, 4-6 part mixed choir. The winning composition will be performed in May at the Cambridge Chamber Singers concerts in the Boston area.

For more information: http://www.cambridgemadrigals.org/compcomp.html

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Iowa State University Carillon Composition Competition

The purpose of the competition is to encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers under age 35. Prizes include one cash award of $500 and the premiere performance of the winning composition at the Carillon Festival to be held on September 21, 2013 in Ames, Iowa.

Further information: http://www.music.iastate.edu/carillon

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Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition

Competition occurs annually.

Deadline at the beginning of December.

The Carlsbad Music Festival, in partnership with its Founding Ensemble-in-Residence, the Calder Quartet, announces its annual composition competition with a prize of $3,000. The Festival and Quartet seek to commission a new string quartet from a highly original, creative, and compelling composer age 35 or under at the time of application (born after 12/9/1975). The winning composition will be premiered at the annual Carlsbad Music Festival in September. The $3,000 prize includes the commission fee and a travel stipend for the Carlsbad Music Festival concert, free room during residency, and a professional recording of the premiere.

Further information: http://www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org/competition/

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Charles Olson Young Composers Contest

Competition occurs annually.

Applicants must be between 15 and 22 years of age.

Deadline at the beginning of May.

This prize has been created to encourage developing composers 15-22 years of age and to promote the performance of high-quality wind band literature in honor of the Encore Wind Ensemble’s founding conductor Charles B. Olson.

Entries must be original unpublished compositions for wind ensemble, utilizing standard wind band instrumentation. No transcriptions or arrangements (except those of the composer) will be eligible. The composition may already have been performed, but shall have been written within the past two years. The compositions must be conceived and constructed by the composer. Entries shall be between 5-8 minutes in length. Instrumentation may be written for as few as 8 and as many as 42 individual parts. Compositions must be submitted with a full score. Recordings are welcome but not mandatory.

Further information: http://www.encorewind.com/a_composer_contest.html

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The Choral Composition Contest

Contest held annually.

Open to all composers.

Deadline in mid-August.

The Choral Composition Contest, sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Music and Theodore Presser Company, has been held annually for more than 30 years. Entries must be mixed choir (SATB), unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment, be 3 to 5 minutes in duration, and an unpublished work. Rights to text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown. Entries can be secular or sacred, and suitable for public high school. Open to all composers except prior winners (up to 5 years prior) and Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students.

For more information: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/current_students/competitions/choralcompetition/

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Clefworks Composition Competition

ClefWorks is a nonprofit chamber music organization that incorporates new and traditional music with other relevant art forms and a unique social twist. The Composition Competition is designed to encourage the creation of original works for chamber music ensembles and to enable a new collaboration between performers and composers. ClefWorks held its Premiere Season in Montgomery, Alabama, during the summer of 2007, and extraordinary composers have been able to premiere their original compositions each season since then.

For more information: http://clefworks.org/?page_id=129

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Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Award

Contest held irregularly, but never more than once per year. Consult website for confirmation.

Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

Deadlines vary.

This prestigious competition, named for the conductor emeritus of The United States Air Force Band, solicits unpublished works for symphonic band. Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. Persons currently involved in a military music program or who have been commissioned to write a composition for an Air Force Band are not eligible to compete. When a composition is selected, the United States Air Force Concert Band will produce a professional quality recording for the winner and perform the composition during a special concert. Additionally, the winner will have an opportunity to receive a $5,000 follow on commission for an additional work.

For more information: http://www.usafband.af.mil/gabrielaward/

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Community Music Center of Boston Young Composers Festival

Annual festival for pre-college composers. Events include a reading session, a concert for presenting one’s own work entitled Written and Performed By, and jazz composition workshop.

For more information: http://jhmedu.org/YCF/.

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Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) Call for Composer Teaching Artists

Composers and Schools in Concert is a nonprofit organization that connects professional composers with high school music programs to promote awareness of contemporary music and to provide students with the opportunity to study the compositional practices of our time.

CSIC believes that composers have a wealth of resources to offer to students, whether it be writing a piece for students to premiere, or conducting workshops to expose students to the skills required in the field of composition. For most young students, the composer may be the most remote figure in the musical process–often merely a famous name in a history book. By bringing composers into the classroom, CSIC strives to deepen the students’ overall relationship to the culture of music, introduce composition as a possible career, and encourage students to create!

CSIC recently launched Composer Workshops, a program where composers can apply for a grant to conduct workshops at high schools in their region. The CSIC Composer Workshops provide opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of music genres such as Classical, Jazz, Experimental, World, Electronics/Instrument-Building/DIY, Songwriting, Scoring and Sound Design for Film, Television, and Games, and Cross-Disciplinary instruction. The process begins with composers conceptualizing and designing their own workshops in alignment with CSIC guidelines, and concludes with students creating an original final product.

For more information: http://composersandschools.com.

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DOWNBEAT Student Music Awards

Contest held annually.

Contestants must be US or Canadian citizens in grades 6-12, or full-time undergraduate or graduate students to apply.

Deadline mid-December.

The DOWNBEAT Student Music Awards are open to students (U.S. or Canadian citizens) in junior high school, high school, or college. Various categories are available, including instrumental performance (jazz, classical, pop/rock), arranging, and composition. Instrumentalists should submit a cassette or CD of a performance 10-20 minutes in duration and recorded within the past year. Composition entries must include copy of full score (accompanied by CD or “low noise” cassette tape) and notice of copyright or copy of signed application for copyright registration. To ensure anonymity, do not include names of composer and school on the score. Be sure to make a copy of all submissions; after the competition is over, all materials will be destroyed. The competition is not open to student musicians engaged in full-time professional work. There are a variety of prizes, including scholarships and cash awards. To enter, follow the steps carefully as listed on the website (see below). Judging criteria are similar to those used by DOWNBEAT in its CD reviews: Musicianship, creativity, improvisation, technique, sound quality and balance, excitement, authority, etc. High school students are judged as aspiring professionals, college students are judged as working professionals.

For more information: http://www.downbeat.com/sma

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Earplay Composers Competition

Competition held annually.

Applicants may be of any nationality and age.

Deadline in late March.

Applicants may be of any nationality and age. Works may include electronics. Works may be or any duration (8-15 minutes preferred). Any number of pieces may be submitted. Works limited to 1-4 players chosen from Earplay’s ensemble.

For more information: http://www.earplay.org/competitions/

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Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award

Awarded annually.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Deadline in autumn.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the best in current American composition and to provide composers with a prominent forum for their work. All composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to enter. Submit works requiring 1-5 performers, with or without electronic media.

For more information: http://www.composersinc.org/ettelson.php

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Festival dell’Armonia Competition

The Association ITACA and the city administration of Fossacesia in collaboration with Ensemble Commedia Nova and the publisher Edizioni Sconfinarte are pleased to announce the

International Competition for Musical Composition “marenostrum” Città di Fossacesia.

The competition is devoted to a subject which connects the International Festival dell’Armonia “marenostrum” for early music and theatre in the Abbazia di S. Giovanni in Venere di Fossacesia with the forthcoming canonization of Hildegard von Bingen.

For more information: http://www.festivaldellarmonia.it/sito/bando-2012/competition-2012/

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From the Top Radio Show Call for Scores

Open call. No deadline.

Entrants must be ages 8 – 18 and live in or have a significant training connection to the United States. Further restrictions may apply.

From the Top, a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians, seeks talented young musicians, ages 8-18, to participate in its unique radio, television and education programs. Musicians must live in the United States or have a significant training connection to this country. Classical soloists, small ensembles, large ensembles and composers are encouraged to apply. 2,000 young people ages 8-18 from nearly all of the 50 states have been featured on From the Top’s radio and television programs.

For more information: http://www.fromthetop.org/

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Finale National Composition Contest

In partnership with MakeMusic, Inc., and the acclaimed American string quartet JACK Quartet, the American Composers Forum announces the Finale National Composition Contest.

Three students from the total applicant pool will be chosen as finalists. Each will receive a cash prize and be asked to write a string quartet for JACK Quartet, which will be workshopped and performed by the ensemble. Ultimately, one of these pieces will be chosen to receive the final prize, which includes an additional cash award and future public performances by JACK Quartet.

For more information: http://www.composersforum.org/program/2012-finale-national-composition-contest

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Harvey Gaul Biennial Composition Competition

Held in odd-numbered years.

Contestants must be US citizens. No age restriction.

Deadline January 1 of odd-numbered years.

The Harvey Gaul competition was established in memory of Pittsburgh composer and conductor Harvey Gaul, who was Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside for many years in the 1920′s and 30’s. Following Gaul’s sudden death in 1945, the “Friends of Harvey Gaul” was established to “perpetuate the name and remembrance of the humanitarianism of Harvey Gaul, the furtherance of music and other arts, and the promotion of musical education and appreciation. ”

In 1980, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble took over administration of the contest and became its sole sponsor. PNME is honored to continue recognizing the contributions of Harvey Gaul by commissioning new works by composers of the highest caliber and professionalism. The biennial competition is held in odd-numbered years, and the winning compositions performed in the following even-numbered years.

For more information: http://www.pnme.org/HarveyGaul/HarveyGaul.html

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Glenn Gould @ 80 On-line Tribute: Piano Invention App

In 1969, Glenn Gould imagined an app that would let users create their own music using ‘kits’ of recorded elements. To honor Gould for his contribution to classical music, and for anticipating today’s interactive music scene, the developers of the free iPhone/iPad app Piano Invention and The Glenn Gould Estate are launching Glenn Gould @80 Online Tribute.

For more information: http://pianoinvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Glenn-Gould-@80.pdf

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International Orange Chorale/Santa Barbara Music Choral Publishing Series

In March 2011, The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco inaugurated a new choral music publication series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Edited by Artistic Director Zane Fiala and Founding Director Jeremy Samuel Faust, the partnership was established in order to:
•Promote the creation of new choral music, primarily unaccompanied.
•Promote the publication of works by young/emerging composers and eventually established composers.
•Promote choral music that is both practical and engaging for choral ensembles as well as their audiences.
•Encourage our own ensemble to create, seek out, perform, and promote new music.

For more information: http://www.iocsf.org/choral-publication-series/

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International Society of Bassists David Walter Composition Competition

The biennial competition, which honors the memory of double bass professor, performer and composer David Walter, is open to all composers. The ISB renamed the competition as a tribute to his legacy as a champion of the double bass and expanding repertoire for the instrument in 2004.

All entries, submitted anonymously, are unpublished works in any style that have not been given a formal world premiere. The grand prize in each division is $1,000 and a premiere performance at the ISB Annual Convention.

For more information: http://www.isbworldoffice.com/composition.asp

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International Songwriting Competition

With a high-profile judging panel, ISC offers songwriters and artists the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by iconic recording artists, as well as many major and indie record label Presidents, A&R executives, producers, music supervisors, and more. Amateur and professional songwriters are invited to participate.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline to November 1, 2011. Entries will be accepted online until 11:59 PM EST. Mail-in entries must be postmarked on or before November 1. Online entry platforms include Sonicbids, Broadjam, ReverbNation, Myspace; and ISC’s own platform.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes. Open to all levels of songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories that include all genres of popular music. Past winners have included artists from Grammy winners to hobbyist songwriters and everyone in between.

For more information: http://songwritingcompetition.com

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Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2012 Heckscher International Composition Prize. This year the competition is for the best work, submitted by a composer of any age or nationality, for a duo made of piano and another instrument of choice (this instrument must be found in conventional orchestra and band instrumentation; music for piano duo or piano 4 hands is excluded.) The work’s duration must be 10 minutes minimum.

The composer of the winning work will receive $2,500, and is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College in the spring of 2013. ($500 will be provided toward travel, and accommodations and meals will be provided while in Ithaca.) There is no entrance fee.

For more information: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/current_students/competitions/heckscherprize/

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Kronos Quartet: Under 30 Project

The Kronos: Under 30 Project was created in 2003, Kronos’ 30th anniversary year, to support the creation of new work by young artists, and to help Kronos cultivate stronger connections and develop lasting artistic relationships with the next creative generation. Four pieces have been commissioned through Kronos: Under 30 so far. Since the program’s inception, nearly 1,000 applications from 49 countries on six continents have been received.

For more information: http://kronosquartet.org/projects/detail/under_30

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League of Composers/ISCM Composition Competition

The League of Composers Competition is open to all composers with US citizenship or legal residence. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed under League/ISCM auspices.

For more information: http://leagueofcomposers.org/competition/competition-2012-entry/

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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Contest

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble has run an annual competition for many years. Please note that scores are submitted anonymously — a pseudonym is required! The composition must be 10-20 mminutes in length, and for a combination of member instruments of the ensemble.

For more information: http://leftcoastensemble.org/composition-contest/

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The Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition

Competition held annually.

Please see website for eligibility requirements.

Deadlines vary.

Since 2008, The Longfellow Chorus and The Longfellow Chorus Orchestra of Portland, Maine, Charles Kaufmann, director, have premiered and recorded over thirty new vocal/instrumental settings of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — all winners and finalists of The Longfellow Chorus international Composers Competition.

For more information: www.longfellowchorus.com/

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Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize

For more information: http://www.lydianquartet.com/prize.html

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MATA Festival open call for submissions

Call held annually.

Applicants must not have reached their 40th birthday by the submission deadline.

Deadline in early March.

Music At The Anthology (MATA) holds an annual open call for scores from which a panel of established composers selects composers who will participate in that year’s festival. For most of these composers, the performance of their work on the MATA Festival represents one of their first commissions and their first significant exposure to New York audiences. MATA prides itself on giving young composers an outlet for their work, thereby helping them acquire the skills necessary to begin their musical career. MATA will consider works of any instrumentation and duration; please send whatever you consider to be your best work. In addition to traditional instrumental and vocal combinations, MATA also accepts works that include digital media, speaker-based sound pieces, electro-acoustic compositions, and audio/visual presentations.

For more information: http://matafestival.org/submit-your-work-2/composers/

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MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival Call for Scores

For more information: http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/application.html

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MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award

For more information: http://www.mtna.org/programs/awards/

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National Academy of Music International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition

Prize awarded annually.

Competition open to composers of all ages and nationalities.

Deadline in early October.

The goal of this competition is to stimulate composers of all ages and nationalities to write new, high-quality music for educational purposes and motivate highly talented composers to persist in building a career in composition by rewarding them with recognition and honor. Each entry consists of an original composition, an online entry form and an entry fee. The competition’s Artistic Committee, a team of composers, performers, theorists and musicologists, will evaluate all submissions and select the winning entries

For more information: http://composition.musicprizes.com/

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The National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)

Competitions held annually.

Entrants must be native-born or naturalized American citizens. Further restrictions may apply. Please consult the NFMC website for details.

Deadlines vary.

The National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) offers more than $750,000 in competition and award prizes on the local, state and national level. The Biennial Young Artist and Ellis Duo-Pianists competitions award a total of $50,000 in awards and two years of performance bookings. Additional competitions are sponsored by the Federation in a wide range of categories, including voice, instrumental music, composition, dance, conducting, handicapped and visually impaired, and music therapy. NFMC also sponsors more than 40 annual and biennial awards for students desiring to attend Summer Music Centers.

For more information: http://www.nfmc-music.org/index.php?submenu=Competitions&src=gendocs&ref=Competition %26 Awards

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National Piano Guild Composition Contest

For more information: http://pianoguild.com/page/nztq/Composition_Contest.html

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Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition

For more information: http://tribecanewmusic.org/styled-2/index.html

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Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composer Competition

Since its founding in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center has been one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 50 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.

For more information: http://www.garthnewel.org/Home/Composer-Competition-2012.aspx

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New England Philharmonic Call for Scores

The Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence, David Rakowski, selects a winner annually and the winner’s composition is performed at one of the Philharmonic’s concerts.

For more information: http://www.nephilharmonic.org/call-for-scores/

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Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition

The Pacific Musical Society is committed to assisting young musicians, including composers, in developing their talents to the highest possible degree. Composer applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 22 residents of San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Sacramento or Placer counties.

For more information: http://www.pacificmusical.com/competitions/2012_Competition.htm

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PARMA Student Composer Competition

PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the inaugural PARMA Student Composer Competition, the first in a series of annual competitions for student composers. Ten winners will be selected by an award-winning panel of three independent judges, and the winners’ pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2012 PARMA Anthology Of Music: Student Edition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece performed at the PARMA Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. All recording, performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized, and the master will be released on a collection from PARMA to be distributed through industry leader Naxos.

For more information: http://www.parmarecordings.com/composercompetition/

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Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition

Contest held annually with occasional hiatus years. Consult website for current information.

Consult website for eligibility requirements.

Deadline in early February.

Please visit website for past winners and information on recent competitions.

For more information: http://www.pcmf.org/

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Pulitzer Prize in Music

Columbia University, on the recommendation of The Pulitzer Prize Board, annually awards a Pulitzer Prize in music of $10,000 “for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.” Entries should reflect current creative activity. A public performance or the public release of a recording shall constitute a premiere. If an entry consists solely of a recording, the work should be first performed and recorded not earlier than two years prior to its public release date.

For more information: http://www.pulitzer.org/files/entryforms/2013musicbbn.pdf

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San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Grant Program

This program supports professional ensembles, composers, and presenters in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information: http://www.sffcm.org/programs/musical-grant/

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Singing City Prize for Young Composers

Singing City invites young musicians to submit original choral compositions arranged for SATB, 3-5 minutes in length. Submitted works undergo a rigorous jury process, after which winners and runners up are chosen in each of two categories: Ages 15-18 (High School) and Ages 19-30

Cash prizes will be awarded. The competition will be adjudicated by a professional panel selected by Singing City; panelists will be assessing the originality and craftsmanship of the music and, where appropriate, the words. First Prize compositions will be performed at Singing City’s Winter Concert, held in February 2013 in Philadelphia, or at a later date.

For more information: http://singingcity.org/composers-prize.html

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Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition

Contest held annually.

Contestants must be under the age of 30 and US citizens, permanent residents, and current foreign students at American schools may apply.

Works of a duration between 8-15 minutes are required. Performance of the winning work by Symphony in C, conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov. Professional archival recording of the performance. Round-trip domestic airfare to attend rehearsals and concert. Winning work to be considered by Theodore Presser Company for inclusion in its rental library. Concert later broadcast on WRTI-FM and webcast on http://wrti.com.

For more information: www.danieldorff.com/youngcomposers.htm

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The United States Air Force Band Sammy Nestico Award For a New Jazz Composition

Contest held annually.

Open to composers 35 years of age or younger, with certain few additional restrictions. Consult website for more information.

Deadlines vary.

Named after a former director of the Airmen of Note and famed jazz arranger, composer and orchestrator Sammy Nestico, this competition is a call for unpublished works for jazz ensemble. Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States age 35 or younger. Individuals who are currently involved in a military music program or who have been commissioned to write a composition for an Air Force Band are not eligible to compete. When a composition is selected, the Airmen of Note will produce a professional quality recording for the winner and perform the composition during the Jazz Heritage Series. Additionally, the winner will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the performance and will have an opportunity to receive a $2,000 follow-on commission for a second work.

For more information: http://www.usafband.af.mil/nesticoaward/index.asp

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The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

Contest held in even-numbered years.

Open to all composers with certain few restrictions. Consult website for more information.

Deadline in mid-October.

This prize succeeds the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series established in 1975. Funded by the Ithaca College School of Music, its alumni, and friends, The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize has been created to further encourage the composition and performance of the highest quality wind band literature in honor and memory of Ithaca College’s renowned director of bands.

For more information: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/current_students/competitions/beelerprize/

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Washington International Competition

The Washington International Competitions (WIC), sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, are held for singers, pianists, string players, and composers. Through the authority of its judges, high musical standards, and the quality of young performers attracted, the Washington International Competitions offer—both in the United States and abroad—a significant opportunity for young artists to step upward from the ranks of talented students to recognition as professionals. Winners of these competitions have gone on to win other important contests and achieve distinction on concert and opera stages. Winners receive substantial cash awards, complementary membership in the FMMC for five years, and the opportunity to perform in recital or as soloist with orchestras in prestigious Washington venues.

For more information: http://www.fmmc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=15

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Women Composers of Hartford Festival Call for Scores

For more information: http://womencomposersfestivalhartford.com/?page_id=396

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