Composer Opportunities

Foothills Brass Quintet Call For Scores: International Women’s Day 2014

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 Foothills Brass (Calgary Alberta, Canada) in association with Laura Pettigrew Publications, Productions, etc. (Laura Pettigrew, composer, Regina, Saskatchewan Canada) are pleased to announce a global Call for Scores by women composers.


Foothills Brass will present the chosen works in concert on March 8, 2014, at River Park Church in Calgary, Alberta.  To create a global celebration of women, all works received through this call will be made available to interested brass quintets throughout the world to present in concert in their respective locations on the same date i.e. International Women’s Day.


This call is open to women composers of any age and country of residence. Works must be written for brass quintet (5) at an intermediate/advanced level.

Instrumentation is 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba.


To accommodate as many works possible, we are looking for the following: Time limit of 4-7 minutes, although works of all duration will be considered. Original compositions only (no arrangements or transcriptions, please). Previously commissioned or published works may be submitted.


Deadline: September 8, 2013

More Information: laura at

September 8, 2013

Contempo Festival (Boston) International Composers’ Competition 2014

Sponsored by the Boston Metro Opera, the Boston-International Contempo Festival (formerly The Contemporary Americana Festival) is an international new music festival, “highly regarded as one of North America’s most important venues for new works in opera, musical theatre, choral music, and art song”.
Entering its fifth consecutive year, the Boston International Contempo Festival, also home to one of the leading Composer Competitions, offers free performances of new choral works, art songs and cycles, musicals, and operas, submitted by composers worldwide.

Deadline: October 18, 2013
More information: available here

October 18, 2013

Redshift Music Society Call For Scores: Ringtone Project

Deadline: November 1, 2013
More Information: available here

Redshift Music is seeking short ‘ringtone’ pieces for a unique chamber music concert and recording initiative in late 2013.  Specifically, we are looking for short miniature compositions (5 – 20 seconds long) designed as mobile ringtones to be performed by the Negative Zed Ensemble and recorded for free download from our website.

On the heels of our recent ‘Postal Pieces’ call for scores, the ringtone project seeks to foster the creation of interesting, humorous, and/or effective ringtones as part two of a musical exploration of communication methods, then (postcards) and now (ringtones).

10 – 20 submissions will be selected for performance by Redshift’s ensemble-in-residence, Negative Zed during Ping!, a late 2013 concert. From this group, a final winner will be selected by the live concert audience, given a $200 honorarium, and be proclaimed ‘Lord of the Ringtones’.

Each selected work will be recorded and made available for free download from the Redshift website. Who knows? Maybe you may be riding the subway one day and hear your work chiming from someone else’s phone!
November 1, 2013
3:00 pm

Vancouver Pro Musica Sonic Boom 2014: Call For Scores

Vancouver Pro Musica is happy to announce the call for scores and featured artists for the 2014 Sonic Boom Festival! Vancouver Pro Musica invites any and all BC composers to submit new works for presentation at the 27th annual Sonic Boom Festival. This event will be held March 26‐30, 2014 at Pyatt Hall (VSO School of Music) and the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver.

This year, Vancouver Pro Musica is proud to announce the participation of the following artists:
Composer in Residence: John Oliver
Ensemble in Residence: Erato Ensemble
Featured Artist: Heidi Krutzen (harp)

SUBMISSION DEADLINES (please note that there are two different submission deadlines):
Heidi Krutzen (harp): Submissions must be received by Friday, November 15, 2013
Erato Ensemble and Mixed Ensemble: Submissions must be received by Saturday, December 7, 2013

More information: available here

November 15, 2013
5:00 pm
December 7, 2013
4:00 pm

Association Of Canadian Choral Communities Competition For Choral Writing 2014

Deadline: Tuesday, October 1
More Information: available here

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) encourages and supports the composition of new choral works by Canadian composers. To that end, ACCC invites submissions to the 2014 ACCC Competition for Choral Writing. Open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants 35 years of age or less at competition deadline. Entry fee: $25.00.

Duration of the work: 3-5 minutes.

Type of work: Original work.

October 1, 2013

Langley Community Music School Pulse Young Composers Competition

Deadline: Monday, July 15

Competition: Friday, July 26
Cost of Level A – Pre-collegiate: $50

Cost of Level B – Collegiate: $75

More Information: available here

Young composers are invited to participate in the LCMS Young Composers’ Competition as part of PULSE Music Program and Festival. Composers will have the opportunity to work with Pulse faculty during an afternoon workshop where their pieces will be performed and critiqued by the ensemble and jury. The winning compositions will be premiered by the faculty during the festival.


Rules and Regulations


Each composer may submit only one work.

The submission should consist of one full score and performance parts. The score and parts must be professionally rendered. The work may be scored for the following: piano duo, violin and piano, piano trio (violin, piano, cello). The duration of the work must be no more than five minutes. The submission must be an original, un-commissioned and un-published work withno previous public performance. The submitted compositions will be judged by a three member jury comprised of respected members of the music community, including a member of the Pulse faculty

Following the workshop, a winner will be announced. Cash prizes will be awarded. All decisions of the judges are final. Contact: Elizabeth Bergmann, Director Summer Programmes, LCM.

July 15, 2013
5:00 pm
July 26, 2013

CNMN Call For Proposals FORUM 2014 Calgary

Deadline: August 15, 2013

Session Dates: January 24-26, 2014

More Information: available here

The FORUM 2014 steering committee is pleased to announce a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the Canadian New Music Network’s 6th national FORUM being held in January 24 to 26, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta.

August 15, 2013

Montreal Nouvelles Musiques Festival 2015 Call For Proposals

The SMCQ plans well in advance! Walter Boudreau and the Artistic Committee is already working on the 2015 Montreal/New Music International Festival. The theme for the 7th Edition: Surroundings and New Technologies. Have you any suggestions for creative music projects that would suit this theme? You are invited to submit them by completing the online form. A selection will be made from among all received proposals by the Artistic Commitee and its Directors, and participants will be advised during the three months following the September 6th submissions closing date.

More information available here.

September 6, 2013

2013 Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition – Call for Scores

The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and will annually host an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. Promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.


Composers of any nationality will submit ONE complete original work composed after January 1st, 2008. Composers must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of submission. Past winners and current students of the jury are not eligible to participate. The composition must be between 8 and 15 minutes in duration. It must be scored for 3 to 8 players from the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, or piano. Any combination is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, piano four hands, etc. Works for two or more pianos or electronic/amplified instruments are not acceptable.


One winner will be selected to have their work performed live at the Lake George Music Festival’s forthcoming season. The winning composer will be invited to Lake George to work with the musicians performing their piece (August 14-22, 2013) where lodging and 2 meals per day will be provided free of charge. The winner will also be awarded a modest stipend to assist with travel costs and a professional audio recording of the performance. Attendance at the festival is encouraged but not required. Several finalists will also be announced; these works will be kept in the LGMF music library for future programming considerations. There is no cash prize.


Submissions will be reviewed anonymously in two rounds. A preliminary screening will be conducted by members of the Lake George Music Festival Administration. A final round will be adjudicated by David Ludwig, Composition Faculty and Artistic Chair of Performance, Curtis Institute of Music.


The submission period is from November 1st, 2012 to January 31st, 2013.  Please submit the following via ONE email with attachments.

1) An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score and an accompanying anonymousrecording in either MP3 or AAC file format. No third-party submission sites, MIDI files or ZIP files will be accepted. 25 megabytes (MB) is the total combined maximum for attachments. Both files shall be named with only the title of the work. Any materials submitted with composer identifying marks (e.g. full or partial name, affiliated institution, publisher, etc.) will be immediately disqualified.

2) A curriculum vitae with complete contact information (this will not be viewed by jury members).

There is no application fee. There is no formal application form. Please email submissions to: The subject line of the email should be “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name. Application materials must be submitted electronically; no postal mail submissions will be accepted. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Results will be announced by March 15th, 2013. Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to Alexander Lombard at

For more information, please click here.

January 31, 2013

Victoria Symphony – Call For Scores: Composers’ Workshop Program

Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2013

The Victoria Symphony is now accepting submissions for its Composers’ Workshop program. Approximately five new, orchestral works will be rehearsed and performed by Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony March 16, 2013 in a public workshop at Alix Goolden Performance Hall. These works will be written by BC residents studying composition or those in the early stages of their professional career. The works will be chosen by a jury led by VS Composer in Residence Michael Oesterle. Successful applicants are required to attend the workshop, which may include direct involvement with the orchestra regarding the performance of his/her work, and feedback from Michael Oesterle. The workshop itself is open to the public.

Please click VS Composers’ Workshop Submission Guidelines for complete submission guidelines.


January 11, 2013