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Call For Composers: 11th International Forum for Young Composers CANADA & SCANDINAVIA

Call For Composers: 11th International Forum for Young Composers


November 5 to 29, 2012
Montreal, Canada
Deadline: October 31, 2011

The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt, is pleased to announce its 11th International Forum for young composers devoted for the first time to music from Canada and Scandinavia. Forum 2012 will take place from November 5 to 29, 2012 in Montreal in collaboration with the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music.

Submission Instructions
All composers under the age of 30 born in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden are invited to submit before October 31, 2011:
> a work for chamber orchestra or small ensemble
> a work of their own choice

Submit one copy of the score of each work you would like to be considered and a recording if available.
You may submit up to 2 works for consideration.
> the filled application form Download here
> a copy of ID as proof of age and nationality(passport)
> a self-addressed stamped-envelope (SASE) for the return of materials (optional)

Submit the scores, recording, application form and copy of ID in a single package postmarked on or before October 31, 2011 to:
FORUM 2012
a/s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
200, avenue Vincent-d’Indy, B-386
Montréal (Québec) H2V 2T2
Material sent by email will not be considered

Download an application form here
For more information, please visit:

The 2012 Forum international jury will meet in December 2011 to select four composers from Canada and four from Scandinavia who will attend the Forum.
The selected composers commit themselves to:
> write a 15 to 20 minutes new piece for the 15 musicians of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) (fl , ob, cl1, cl2, bs, tp, horn, tb, vl1, vl2, vla, cello, db, pn, pc). The conductor score and individual parts of this new work must be sent by August 31, 2012
> provide a short introduction to the composition, biography and photo by August 31, 2012
> allow the NEM to perform the composition at the concert and to record the performance
> take part in all activities for the duration of Forum and attend both concerts on November 28 and 29, 2012.

During the Forum 2012
The selected composers will take part in Forum from November 5 to 29, 2012 at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music. This workshop will lead the composers to work directly and daily with the orchestra and its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt (rehearsals, recording, preparation of both concerts and other activities of the Forum). Forum 2012 will cover the accomodation costs. Composers will assume travel costs from their countries of residence. (Forum 2012 will endorse any requests for travel grants to the country of residence). The international jury will attend both concerts in Montreal on November 28 and 29, 2012.

About NEM
Founded in 1989 by pianist and conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne  (NEM) is one of the most talented defenders of contemporary music on both the Montreal and international stage. First permanent chamber orchestra devoted to contemporary music in Canada, The NEM delivers a convincing interpretation of today’s musics, by granting them the time and attention they deserve. Reflecting a variety of aesthetics, its repertoire, is open to the music from all continents and leaves a large amount of room to premieres. Its concerts, public rehearsals and meetings with the composers are all privileged moments of exchange and reflection.

Composed of 15 musicians, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) also devotes an importance place to the creation. Over 130 works were composed for the ensemble since its foundation. Ensemble in residence at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of music, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne has performed concerts in Canada, United States, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Singapore and 7 European countries (Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands). The NEM is going for the first time to China to take part in the New Music Week ofShanghaiin September 2011. Furthermore, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne released 25 CDs.

Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) also organizes events promoting the training of composers and performers of the next generation, such as the International Forum for Young Composers (every 2 years old), on Rencontres de musique nouvelleat Domaine Forget (every year) or various workshops at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music.


October 31, 2011

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2011 – Composition Competition 2011

Queen Elisabeth Competition – Composition 2011

Application deadline : 31 October 2011

The Queen Elisabeth Competition 2011 – composition competition is now open for applications.

The purpose of this competition is to select the work that will be compulsory for participants in the final of our violin competition in 2012. The work, which can be in any form, must last about 10 minutes and be written for violin accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Age limit : Only works by living composers, born after 31 October 1971, will be accepted.

Work for violin and symphony orchestra to be played in the final of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium for violinists in 2012 (Brussels Centre for Fine Arts).

Grand Prize
Prize: eur 10,000 [Prize presented by SABAM]
12 performances broadcast live on radio, television and internet
CD and/or DVD release

Prize: eur 1,500 [Prize presented by the National Lottery]

For more information, please visit

Download the rules for this competition.
Download the application form here.

October 31, 2011



The CMC Prairie Region invites emerging composers to enter this annual competition to be produced in February 2012 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Deadline: October 31, 2011

Composers age thirty-five and younger as of September 30, 2011 who are current residents of, were born in, or who have completed a substantial portion of their musical education in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba may enter.  Eligibility should be addressed in a cover letter.  Entrants are eligible to win the prize once only.


Entries should be scored for orchestra.  The resources available are:
2222/4331 timp, perc, harp, strings.
Please note
: There will only be one 20-30 minute rehearsal plus the dress rehearsal before the performance of the winning work.


The submitted piece can be a MAXIMUM of 10 minutes.


A cheque for $1,000 and a performance of the winning work at a concert during the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival (February, 2012). A national CBC broadcast may result. The winner will also receive a residency at The Banff Centre. The winner will be chosen by an independent jury.


Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2011. The winner will be notified by December 15, 2011.


Applicants must send two copies of the score. Scores should not be identified by name in order to preserve anonymity.  The name of the score should be included in the cover letter, as well as contact information of the applicant, and eligibility qualifications.

Send submissions to:
Emerging Composer Competition 2012
Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4


For more information contact us at:
(403) 220-7403


Download a PDF Version Here:

October 31, 2011

The 7th Dutilleux International Composition Competition

The 7th Dutilleux International Composition Competition

The 7th Dutilleux International Composition Competition will be held in Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps (France).

President : Henri Dutilleux – Vice-President : Betsy Jolas

  • 2- The competition is open to composers of all nationalities and with no age limit. Each candidate must present a work from one or both of the following formations :
    Category A
    Quintet with piano – Sextet
    with pianoSeptet with piano / Duration : 10 to 15 mns

    Category B
    Soprano and Quartet / Duration : 8 to 12 mns

  • 3- The competition will be conducted as follows:
    First session (elimination) : the works will judged anonymously.

    The composers must not indicate any codes on their scores. The Dutilleux Competition Organisation Committee check the scores and allocate a special Dutilleux Competition Code therefore ensuring that the composers remain anonymous. Please help us by deleting the following information on 2 of the 3 copies requested: title, signature, name of composer….. We will do this for you if you forget.

    Second session : the works qualifying for the finals will be judged in public.

  • 4- Works must be sent before 31 october 2011 with the stamp well post-marked. Results of the first round will be communicated by post. Three copies of the scores must be sent. Candidates through to the final must then send a copy of each part within four weeks following the annoucement of the results of the firt round.
  • 5- An entry fee of 50 € is to be paid when you enter. Competitors entering several works (in two different formations or in the same formation) will pay
    20 € extra per work.

    Payment methods
    1. Money order
    2. International money order
    3. Bank transfer
    Crédit Agricole Touraine Poitou
    39 avenue de la République
    37700 Saint-Pierre-des-Corps
    For France: 19406-37042-78675510001-43
    For other countries: FR76-1940-6370-4278-6755-1000-143
    Bank identification code (swift) AGRIFRPP894
    4. Credit card using Paypal
    5. Check (French banks only)
    6. Bank check
    *For further payment information, please visit

  • 6- The compositions must be original. They must never have been published, they must never have entered for a similar competition but they can. however have been performed.
    Category A
    1st Prize – 6000 euros / 2nd Prize – 2000 euros / 3rd Prize 1000 euros

    Category B
    1st Prize – 4000 euros / 2nd Prize – 1500 euros / 3rd Prize 1000 euros

    Category A and B
    Public Prize – 1000 euros.

  • 7- Candidates may only claim prizes that they have obtained in the competition. Any false claims will be publicly denounced and candidates prosecuted under common law by Concours Dutilleux.
  • 8- Finalists must remain present throughout the final or be disqualified. The order of rehearsals will be communicated one month before the final. The 1-cults will be declared at the conclusion of the final. Expenses for the finalists will be completely paid by Concours Dutilleux.
  • 9- The decisions of the jury are final and undisputable. The organizers reserve the right to replace any member(s) of the jury who are not able to be present.
  • 10- Should the competition not take place. entries will be cancelled, fees will be refunded, and scores will be returned . Candidates will have no claims whatsoever in the organizers. Entry into the competition requires unconditional acceptance of these regulations. In case of complaints or claims, the only valid text is that of the regulations in french.

To register the 7th Dutilleux International Composition Competition, please click here

October 31, 2011

The Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011

The Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011

Deadline: October 31, 2011

Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a mixed-voice (SATB) community choir that sings music from and about Atlantic Canada. This is our second Choral Composition Contest, and the choir is looking for quality choral music with an East Coast flavour. We are offering two prizes, a 1st prize of $500 and a 2nd prize of $200, for original choral works by Canadian composers. The winning works will be programmed on Atlantic Voices’ spring 2012 concert. This competition is open to all residents of Canada, of all backgrounds and all ages. Note: the winning entrant need not have a particular connection to the Atlantic region.

Contest submissions must fall into one of the following categories:
a) An arrangement of a folksong or set of folksongs from one of the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island)
b) An original choral composition based on a text with an obvious connection to Canada’s East Coast. This may include a text by an East Coast writer or a text with Atlantic Canadian subject matter. If in doubt concerning the suitability of a proposed text, please contact for clarification.

All styles of composition will be considered, but one of the judging criteria is the suitability of the work for performance by Atlantic Voices, so entrants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our choir and particularly with some of our recent concert programmes. In addition, although all submissions will be accepted and adjudicated equally, entrants are strongly encouraged to avoid submitting new arrangements of pieces which have already been repeatedly arranged for choral performance or pieces which Atlantic Voices has previously performed on multiple occasions. For a list of choral arrangements that Atlantic Voices has performed please visit our website:

The arrangement being submitted must not have been previously published for any choral combination (SSA, SSAB, SAB, SATB, etc.).

The composition should be no more than 6 minutes in length.

Works for any of the following voicings will be considered: SATB, SAB, SSAA, SA. The composition may be unaccompanied or have piano accompaniment. Instrumental obligato may be included; however, please avoid extensive solo voice parts.

The work should be of no more than moderate difficulty — it should be within the capabilities of our volunteer community choir.

If the text and music are not in the public domain, it is up to the entrant to ensure that he or she has the right to use the text and/or music in his or her work and be prepared to show supporting documentation.

The entrant must acknowledge anyone who has aided substantially in the creation of the work, such as a co-arranger or a teacher who has provided a substantial creative contribution and could conceivably claim rights to the work. (Please note that multiple composers will not be awarded multiple prizes. In such a case, a single cash prize would be awarded, and it would be up to the parties to determine equitable distribution of the funds.)

Entries will be judged blindly on quality of musical ideas, competency of choral writing, and appropriateness for performance by Atlantic Voices. In order to maintain anonymity in the judging process, the composer/entrant’s name should not appear on the score, but only on a detachable cover page. The detachable cover page should clearly indicate the name of the submission, the name of the composer/arranger, and the number of pages in the score. The submission should include only the name of the piece, on each page, and the page number should be clearly indicated. Please avoid submitting entries under a pseudonym.

The choir reserves the right to ask for modifications to a prospective winning entry before awarding either of the prizes. Entries will be reviewed initially by a two-person panel consisting of Atlantic Voices’ Director and one other qualifying choral director/adjudicator, chosen by Atlantic Voices. The panel will provide the executive of Atlantic Voices with a shortlist of entries, who, along with Atlantic Voices’ Director, will determine the awarding of the two prizes. Should no submitted work be deemed deserving of an award, or should only one work be judged deserving, Atlantic Voices reserves the right not to award one or both of the cash prizes.

Atlantic Voices may choose, at a later date, to program a non-winning entry into a scheduled concert. In this circumstance, Atlantic Voices will contact the entrant to arrange for permission and/or modifications to the score and to make arrangements for financial remunerations.

The choir is interested in developing long-term connections with promising new choral composers and arrangers, and so we encourage entrants to send the organizers a brief c.v. and/or bio. However, you need not send any supporting documents, and the prior experience or musical reputation of the contest entrant will not be taken into account in the judging.

Please submit your work in musical score, preferably produced through music notation software. Entries in the form of sound recordings will not be accepted (no CDs, please).

Please provide your mailing address, phone number, and an e-mail address for contest correspondence. Atlantic Voices shall not be held responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.

Copyright for all entries will remain with the composer; however submitted scores become the physical property of Atlantic Voices, and will not be returned to entrants. The choir will have the exclusive right to perform the winning compositions for 2 years. By submitting an entry to the contest, the entrant agrees to be bound by Atlantic Voices’ Choral Composition Contest entry rules and regulations established herein. Entry into this contest constitutes permission to use winner’s name for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Contest entries must be received electronically or postmarked no later than October 31st, 2011. Late submissions will not be accepted. Changes or modifications to any submitted score will be accepted until midnight on the closing day of the contest, October 31, 2011.

If mailing your work, please send one copy of each entry to:
Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011
82 Prince Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1K 2A1

Submissions in .pdf format are also welcome.  Please e-mail to: and cc

October 31, 2011

IX Annual Symphony Composition Contest for Bands: CITY OF TORREVIEJA

IX Annual Symphony Composition Contest for Bands “CITY OF TORREVIEJA”

The municipal cultural institute, ‘Joaquin Chapaprieta’ has organised the (ninth) annual ‘SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST – CITY OF TORREVIEJA’ which will take place under the following rules:


1. All those composers who wish to participate may do so.

2. The compositions should be original and unedited an-d not be a copy, modification or a version of any existing composition nor have been previously published through any media. Any entry which has been, or appears to have been previously presented to the public or received its ‘premier’ outside of this competition may be disqualified by the decision of the jury. The composition should have a duration of more than fifteen minutes and less than twenty minutes.

3. The content of the work, as well as its form, shall be of ‘free choice’ and arranged for the instruments detailed in the attached annex. It should be noted that the jury will expect the use of ALL of the instruments listed in the annex except those which are indicated as optional. Failure to comply with this rule could result in the disqualification of the entry.

4. Works should be submitted in quintipulate “printed” on paper size DIN A3 (297mmx420mm), and accompanied by the individual material (partichelas) of the corresponding part for each of the instruments as detailed in the annex.

The individual material (or partichelas) of the work may be sent optionally on a CD (in PDF archives), in order to reduce the cost of shipping by the composer.

Together with the work and the individual material submitted, which should not bear either the name nor known pseudonym of the composer but merely a chosen title, should be enclosed a separate, sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title of the work. Within this envelope should be enclosed details of the composer: name, surnames, address, copy of national identity document or passport, telephone number and electronic mail address if applicable. Any non-compliance of this rule may lead to disqualification.

5. All entries must be received by 31st October 2011 and the jury’s decision will be announced before the end of the year 2011.

6. Entries should be sent, within the specified time, to:


7.1. A single prize of fifteen thousand euros (15,000€) will be offered to the winner.

7.2. The prize will be subject to taxes according to law. This will apply both to Spanish nationals as well as non Spanish competitors regardless of their place of residence.

8. The jury which will decide the winning entry will be composed of five members, all recognised within the world of music and nominated by the Ayuntamiento de Torrevieja (Town Council).

9. The prize-winning composition will receive its “PREMIER” during a special concert by the “UNION MUSICAL TORREVEJENSE” ( sometime during the first semester of 2012.

9.1. Regardless that the rights of ownership of the entry will remain with the author, he / she, in accordance with the rules of this competition, will be obliged to ensure that, in any future publication of the composition, the winning entry will be publicised with the following annex: “PRIZEWINNER OF THE IX ANNUAL SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST “CIUDAD DE TORREVIEJA”. 2011.

10. All other works submitted and not deemed to be the winner will be kept by the ‘Ayuntamiento’ of Torrevieja for a period of three months from the date of the publication of jury’s decision, after which the composers may collect their entries in person or by sending an authorised representative.

11. The competition shall be declared void if the jury should decide that the standard required has not been reached.

12. The submission of any entry to this competition shall be considered as a full acceptance by the competitor of these rules. Any decision by the jury, with regards to the winning entry or any other matter relatining to this competition, shall be considered as final.


Flute 1,2
Oboes 1,2,
English Horn
Bassoons 1,2,
Clarinet E Bemol
Clarinet B Bemol Solo and 1º
Clarinet B Bemol 2º 3º
Bass Clarinet
Sax Sopr B Bemol
Alt Sax E Bemol 1,2
Tenor Sax B Bemol 1,2
Bariton Sax E Bemol
Bass Sax (Opcional)
Horn F 1,2,3,4
Trumpets B Bemol 1,2,3,4
Trombone 1,2,3 y 4 (Trombone 4º may be replaced by Bass Trombone)
Flügelhorn B Bemol 1, 2 (Fliscorno)
Euphonium B bemol 1, 2 (Bombardino)
Tubas in C
Double Bass
Piano (Opcional)
Arpa (Opcional)


The spirit and intention of this competition is that the entries should be suitable for playing by musician members of a “Banda Sinfónica”, (as understood in Spain). Works which do not strictly meet this criteria may be disqualified.



1st Edition: “SINFONIA HAMLET” by D. Santiago Quinto Serna (Spain) (2003).
2nd Edition: “CUMBRE DE MASADA” by D. José Miguel Fayós Jordán (Spain) (2004).
3rd Edition: “VENTS DEL GARBI” by D. José Miguel  Martínez Giménez (Spain) (2005).
4th Edition: “FANTASIA PER LA VITA E LA MORTA” by D. Bert Apermont (Belguim) (2006).
5th Edition: PRIZE NOT AWARDED (2007).
6th Edition: “ELEMENTS” by Pablo Anglés Galindo (Spain) (2008).
7th Edition: “CASTELO DO INFERNO” by Ferrer Ferran (Spain) (2009).
8th Edition: “THE SECRET OF THE HILLS” by Andre Waignein (2010).




October 31, 2011



The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra announces the second National Student Composer Competition.

The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in a full time undergraduate or graduate program at a Canadian post secondary institution.

The deadline for submissions to be received by the Orchestra is October 31, 2011.

The winning work will be performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra on March 4, 2012.

The winning composer will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Download and Print the Entry Form

Download and print the Rules and Regulations

Winner of the 2010 Competition is Roydon Tse from the University of British Columbia.

For more information, please visit:

October 31, 2011