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ECM Emerging Composer Festival | No deadline

About the Festival

Welcome to ECM's monthly emerging composer festival series. Each month we host a new ensemble-in-residence with high-profile and world-renowned performers. Composers are encouraged to apply with their submission portfolio (details below). Up to ten composers are selected each month, who will compose short pieces for the ensemble, under the direction of the composer-in-residence. We also hold a week-long hands-on workshop and lectures prior to the world premieres of composer pieces. See below for this month's performers and submission details. We encourage past applicants who were not selected to re-apply in the following months.

Accepted participants will be excpected to write a 3-4 minute piece for the ensemble, receiving a world premiere online release. Composers will also receive a video file of their final performance for their records, with a limited promotional use. This festival is intended to further the compositional and collaborative skills of emerging and early-career composers as well as to provide them with an opportunity to have their music reach audiences across the globe. At the festival, composers will have a chance to connect with world-renowned and high-profile musicians, opening up possibilities for future commissions and collaborations. Guest artist, Ronald Royer from the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, will also give talks on career opportunities, working with an orchetsra and becoming composer-in-residence, receiving commissions and studio recordings and much more.

Visit our page for submission details or email us at


RIVERS: A Resource for Artists | No deadline

Preamble | A significant feature of CMC Ontario operations is our consulting with, and advising community members. Numerous artists approach our office for guidance and support related to a variety of topics: grant and sponsorship opportunities, designing programming, event coordination, community- and relationship-building, and more. These topics are likely relevant to you as well. Rivers is our initial effort to open up and formalize what has been a more casual, incidental, and conversational, yet persistent feature of our work.

About Rivers | We invite artists to connect with CMC Ontario. Whether you have questions about your career and project planning, or would like some insights as you pursue a particular career opportunity, we are interested to learn about your work and support you.

How it goes | Use our Rivers submission form to provide basic information about the nature of your inquiry, the timeline that you are working with, and any preferences you might have for the style of communications in our follow up. CMC staff will reach out to address your inquiry. If you want to submit information in a different way, contact

In the event that we receive a large volume of submissions, we will prioritize requests from artists from under-represented communities in our existing membership: folks who are disabled, recent migrants, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQIA2S+.

We want to thank our friends at the ICEBERG composer collective whose ADVICEBERG initiative offered insights and inspiration during the development of Rivers.


Centrevisits Education Program | No deadline

Centrevisits provides resources for you and your students to study and share contemporary Canadian composition. The program can be tailored to suit your curriculum needs, including music history, careers in the arts, and more.

Centrevisits is an education workshop presented by the Canadian Music Centre. Students and teachers participate in guided research, discussion, and creative programming that focus on art-making and the context of music composition in 20th and 21st century Canada. A Centrevisits workshop allows students to engage with professionals in the music industry such as composers, musicians, audio engineers, administrators and others.

DURING THE PANDEMIC | CMC Ontario is offering short introductory sessions that will guide your group through our online resources and programming. Sessions can run from 20-45 minutes, and grow to encompass other topics—we offer these short online sessions facilitated by CMC staff for free. We can also support artist outreach to introduce creative programming into your online classroom—artist fees would vary with the requested programming.

We ask for at least two weeks notice if you are requesting a session at a specific date and time. Depending on availability, we may be able to coordinate a session with less notice.

To request an online Centrevisit, fill out the form linked at the button below.


Piano Composition Recording | No deadline

Composition recording by professional concert pianist

Dear composers,

Do you have a piano piece that you would like recorded?

I'm a UK-based concert pianist and I've worked with many leading composers, including for performances at the BBC Proms. I offer a bespoke recording service for composers requiring acoustic performances of their music, made on my Yamaha C3X Grand Piano. These can be used for personal or promotional purposes and my rates are from just £10 (13 US dollars) per page.

Please get in touch and see further information (including samples) at my website.

Biography excerpt:

"Edward collaborates frequently with leading composers and has worked with Sally Beamish, Pierre Boulez, Gary Carpenter, James Dillon, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Charlotte Seither, Elliott Schwartz, and Judith Weir, amongst others. He has given many world premieres of his own pieces as well as works by composers including Rory Boyle, Nicholas Olsen, Jim Perkins, Lenny Sayers, John Stringer, and Harry Whalley."

For more information and to contact me:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Web site:


“NMK – Neue Musik aus KOREA” hosts <2021 Seoul International Online Composition Festival “RE-CREATE”> with the support of the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the worldwide spread of World-Korean new music and the international exchange of composers from around the world.

The theme of the 2021 festival is “Re-Create”. We actively encourage compositions in which pieces are re-interpreted by composers’ new idea of traditional music from around the world, classical music, or folk songs from each country.

Guideline for Submission

a. Eligibility: Composers from all over the world
– regardless of age or nationality
b. Theme: “Re-Create”
– Re-interpreted traditional music (folk songs, classical music, etc.)
c. Submission could be both new work or previous performed work
d. One score per each composer allowed to submit
e. Length of work: 8 to 12 minutes

Category 1 : Chamber Orchestra
a. Instrumentation
-2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone
-Strings (15 players: 5-4-3-2-1)
b. Orchestration min.20 to max.25 players in above instruments
c. Concerto for solo instrument(in category 1,2) is possible
Category 2 : Chamber Music
a. Instrumentation
-2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Violins, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Double Bass, 1 Piano,
-1 Daegeum, 1 Piri/Taepyeongso, 1 Haegeum, 1 Gayageum, 1 Korean-Percussion
b. No more than 8 players in above instruments (solo is allowed)

a. Application form
b. Score (PDF-format)
c. Recording of the submitted work (if available)
– Audio (mp3 file)
– Video (YouTube, Vimeo, Link of url)
Send to E-mail:
Submission deadline: ~2021.10.15. (23:59 / Seoul, GMT+9)

– Performer: Orchestra NMK
– Performance (filming) location: Traditional venues in Seoul (hanok, etc.) and studio hall
– Festival schedule: 2021.12.17.- 12.19.
– Broadcast on NMK YouTube Chanel
– Benefit for selected works
1. Performance at the 2021 Seoul International Online Composition Festival
2. Production of high-quality video/audio recording
3. Opportunity to commission for NMK 2022-23 season of excellent composer
4. Provide to work-fee and festival package ticket

E-Mail :

Deadline: 15 Oct 2021


VOICES UP! | Oct 31, 2021

Call for art songs: Voices Up! The Justice Concert.

Voices Up! is a series of annual spring recitals of new vocal music at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus. The series will return in 2022 after a two-year Covid hiatus with a concert devoted to themes of social justice and injustice, past, present, and future. Composers living in the New York Metropolitan area are invited to submit pertinent scores of one or more songs for mezzo soprano and piano, totaling not less than 8 and not more than 14 minutes. Submission is open to all composers in the region with no restrictions whatever. There is no submission fee. Up to four composers will be selected to have their work performed. The chosen composers should expect to attend the concert and say a few words about their work. BIPOC composers are especially encouraged to apply.

Submissions should be sent electronically to under the subject heading “Voices Up! Submission.”

Please include:

A PDF of a score or scores, preferably produced on Finale, Sibelius or other software but in any case clearly legible.

A recording of the music: live if available, MIDI if not.

A brief program note and copies of the texts of the songs (PDF). Both of these may be included in the score.

Proof of permission to set the texts if they are not in the public domain.

A brief bio (300 words or less; PDF).

Submissions should be sent between September 1 and October 31, 2021.

Deadline: Oct 31, 2021

Gregg Smith Choral Composition | Oct 31, 2021


In honor and memory of the historic work of American composer/conductor Gregg Smith and the Gregg Smith Singers, the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, Department of Choral Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest. This is a biennial event with the specific Syracuse University Setnor School of Music choral ensemble named for each contest.

The award: Award winning composer will receive a $1,200 prize. The selected composition will be premiered in Spring, 2022 on the Syracuse University campus. Travel expenses to the premiere are the responsibility of the prize recipient. The presence of the winning composer at the premiere is welcomed and encouraged, but not required.

Composer age limit:

Composer must be 21 to 35 years of age at the time of submission.

Due date:

Scores must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2021.

Choir to present the premiere for Spring 2022:

Crouse Chorale conducted by Dr. Wendy Moy

Submission criteria:

• 3-4 minutes’ duration

• Unpublished and unperformed works only

• The SU Department of Choral Studies will reserve the right to the world premiere of the winning piece and to release the first recording of the piece until July 1, 2022.

• Accessible 3 or 4-voice work for soprano and alto voice a cappella or accompanied by piano or organ; additional instruments optional

• Crouse Chorale is a treble voice ensemble. Students from any major are welcome in this non-auditioned choir. The choir will perform SSA and SSAA repertoire in 2021-2022.

• Rights to texts must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown.

• Composer will retain the copyright of the piece.

• May be secular or sacred

• The SU Department of Choral Studies will retain copies of winning scores for future performances.

• The composer must reside in North America.

• Composer must include a biography, list of works, and proof of age (copy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) with submission.

• The winner will need to submit tax forms in order to receive the prize. Taxes may be withheld from winnings.

Please include your name, email address, postal address, and phone number(s) in a sealed envelope together with your score. Size of original scores must not exceed 8   x 14”. No materials will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided. The winner will be notified by December 1.

Submit to:

Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest

Department of Choral Studies

208 Crouse College

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

For additional information contact:


Stephen Paulus | Nov 15, 2021

Stephen Paulus Emerging Composers Competition

In January 2022, True Concord presents "From Silenced to Singing," a concert expressing the power and beauty of giving voice to those who have been silenced. The program features music celebrating women’s voices plus music by or inspired by African Americans and Native Americans. The winning piece will be given its world premiere in this three-performance project.

Submit a pdf and midi realization of a 5-6 minute setting of one of three selected poems, found at Please send all materials to

The setting should be for choir (SATB, up to double divisi), with piano and/or a single obbligato orchestral instrument.

Women and BIPOC composers are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Nov 15, 2021


Ballora-Wang Young Composer Award | Nov 5, 2021

2022 Ballora-Wang Young Composer Award at Penn State

Application Deadline: November 5, 2021 (11:59pm EST)

Attention Young Composers!

The School of Music at Penn State University is pleased to announce the 2022 Ballora-Wang Young Composer Award at Penn State. This contest is open to students in high school during the 2021/2022 school year. Three composers will be named winners of the 2022 Ballora-Wang Young Composer Award. A minimum of one winner will be selected from the state of Pennsylvania. Composers of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee. A panel consisting of Penn State faculty and students will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entries. All applications must be completed and received by November 5, 2021 (11:59pm EST). The winning entries will be announced by February 1, 2022.

Each of the winning composers will receive:

>$100 prize

>1-hour virtual or in-person composition lesson/consultation with a Penn State Composition and Technology faculty member.

>Possible performance of the winning work at a Penn State Living Music event.

>Work and composer featured on the Penn State Composition social media sites.

Rules & Guidelines:

>Composer must be a freshman-senior in high school during the 2021/2022 school year.

>Work can be any duration.

>Any instrumentation, including works for digital media, are eligible.

>Works for acoustic ensembles or instrumental soloists must be submitted with a notated score (PDF file only). The PDF file must be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar file sharing service and shared as a link on the form below.

>Works for digital media must include a one-paragraph description of the work and the hardware/software used to create it. The PDF file must be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar file sharing service and shared as a link on the form below.

>Recordings are optional for acoustic compositions.

>Recordings are required for works for digital media only.

>No more than two submissions per composer.

Penn State 2021 Young Composers Contest Winners:

Sointu Aalto (composition: Spider Web)

Luca Bardelle (composition: HYBRIS)

Jackson Hunt (composition: Five Images)

Penn State 2020 Young Composers Contest Winners:

Owen Johnson (composition: Humming)

Ash Paris-Carter (composition: the unlit place)

Rohan Srinivasan (composition: Hesitation)

Please direct any questions to Dr. Baljinder Sekhon:

Learn more about the Penn State Composition and Technology Programs here:

Alba Music Festival | Dec 15, 2021

Alba Music Festival Composition Program

The Alba Music Festival Composition Program takes place in the picturesque small town of Alba, nestled in the foothills of the Alps in Italy’s Piedmont region, also a UNESCO world heritage site, during the annual Alba International Music Festival from May 21st to May 30th. Now in its seventh year, the 2022 program features Composer-in-Residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (, and Ensemble-in-Residence The Estrella Consort ( The 2022 resident composition faculty includes Wang Jie (, Kevin Scott ( Giacomo Platini ( and several special guest artists including jazz guitarist, composer, and musicologist Enrico Merlin.


The composition program features daily workshops and masterclasses hosted by the Composer-in-Residence and resident faculty covering a wide range of topics from compositional craft to career development. Participants will also receive one-on-one private lessons with the Composer-in-Residence, the resident faculty, and distinguished guests. An optional add-on electronic and acoustic music production mini course run by faculty member J Anthony Allen, in partnership with Slam Academy ( is available.


Participants of the composition program will be invited to compose a new work of up to five (5) minutes for The Estrella Consort (or a subset of the groups instrumentation: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone). Each work will be premiered on an afternoon festival concert, and subsequently recorded as part of a dedicated, professional recording session at the end of the week. All participants will receive an edited, 24 bit/48Khz stereo master of their work on completion of the program (raw ProTools muti-track stems may be made available on request).


There is no fee to apply, and the program is open to composers of any age, nationality, and at any stage of their career.


Tuition for the 2022 composition program is €2,395, which is inclusive of the performance, recording, private lessons, masterclasses and workshops. The fee also includes reserved seating at the evening festival concerts, access to the Alba Campus Center facility, a private wine tasting event at a local area winery with a professional sommelier, and all travel to runout concerts with the resident ensemble. An all-inclusive housing and meal package is also available for the participants and any companions. Composers wishing to attend the festival, concerts, and participate in the masterclasses and workshops, but not needing or wanting a performance or recording, may participate as an auditor for a reduced fee. Please visit our website for details.


Applicants who are currently enrolled in a US-based college or university music program, are eligible for financial aid in the form of undergraduate scholarships (in honor of the late composer David Stock) and graduate fellowships (in honor of the late composer Leslie Bassett) and an additional award is available for composers identifying female/BIPOC in honor of American composer Julia Perry.


To learn more about the program, and to apply, please visit our website:


December 15, 2021


Dr. Elliott Miles McKinley, Director




Walter Beeler Memorial Prize | Jan 1, 2022

The Ithaca College School of Music announces the 2022 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize.

Beeler Competition 2022

The Ithaca College School of Music announces the 2022 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize. This prize succeeds the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series established in 1975. Funded by the Ithaca College School of Music, its alumni, and friends, this highly successful original series has recognized over a dozen compositions for wind band. 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.

Submission deadline: January 1, 2022


Entries must be original compositions for wind ensemble/concert band, utilizing standard wind band instrumentation. No transcriptions/arrangements (except those of original music by the composer) will be eligible.

There is a limit of one entry per composer.

The composition may have already been performed, but shall have been written (completed) no more than two years prior to the contest deadline. [That is, since January 1, 2020.]

The composition should be conceived and composed to ensure an effective performance by professional, university, and high school bands alike. Performance time shall be a minimum of seven minutes.

Compositions must be submitted with a full score and compact disc or Flash Drive digital (WAV) recording. A "hard copy" (paper) version of the score is required. Scores may be in manuscript (hand-copied) form, but composers are highly encouraged to submit computer-typeset scores. Compositions without recordings will not be considered; while synthesized versions are acceptable, they are discouraged. Do not send parts with your submission.

All rights, including those pertaining to copyright, remain with the composer.

The competition is open to all composers except:

• Past winners of the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

• Any composer who received a commission from the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission

• Ithaca College faculty


There will be a cash prize of $6,000, with the performance of the work in spring or fall of 2022. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the performance. Travel and accommodation support, up to a further $1,000, is available to the winner upon the furnishing of the appropriate receipts.

The Ithaca College School of Music has the option of withholding the award if no entry is found to be suitable.

Submission and Return Guidelines:

A sealed envelope containing (only) the name and address, (physical and email), of the composer should be paper-clipped to the title page of the score. The date of the composition must appear on the title page of the score and the outside of this envelope. The composer's name, (or any other identifying marks), must not appear on the score, the recording, or on the outside of the envelope.

All entries must be received by the committee chair not later than January 1, 2022. Entries received after that date will not be considered. Do not include any materials other than those specifically asked for with your submission.

The winning composition will be selected and the composer notified no later than February 1, 2022. Parts for the winning composition must be received by the Ithaca College School of Music no later than March 1, 2022. Prize monies will be processed on receipt in good order of the performance parts.

A self-addressed, stamped mailer must be included for return of materials (if desired). All precautions will be taken to ensure that manuscripts and CDs are returned safely, but Ithaca College cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage in transit.

The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize specifically encourages submissions from under-represented composers.

Mail entry to:

Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, 2022

Attention; Professor Grant Cooper

Ithaca College

School of Music

953 Danby Road

Ithaca, NY 14850-7000

All Inquiries:

Grant Cooper

Interim Director of Instrumental Ensembles

ABLAZE Records Orchestral Masters | Feb 1, 2022


Now in it's TENTH YEAR, ABLAZE Records seeks exciting new orchestral scores for recording and publication worldwide.

For this series ABLAZE will record your work with the tremendous

BRNO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA or the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA conducted by new music specialist conductor Mikel Toms. If selected, we will then record your work to ABLAZE Records award winning standards with our tremendous engineering team in Brno or Glasgow and New York. ABLAZE Records takes care of everything from planning right through to distribution and advertising.

Send a score of your work to us for your chance to secure a place on our Orchestral Masters, Vol. 10 CD. If our expert panel of composers chooses your work, you will win a spot on our TENTH Orchestral Masters CD.

If selected, the submitter retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition. Selection will entitle you to a partially subsidized commercial release of your work worldwide.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2022

Entry Fee: $17 USD


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