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Albany Symphony - Composer to Center Stage
posted: Monday, October 5, 2009
The Albany Symphony Orchestra presents an Open Call for works. Deadline is November 14, 2009. The winners will be announced in January 2010. A forum will take place March 25 – 27, 2010 and the reading session will occur May 20 – 22, 2010. If selected, composers must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association. Eligibility/Guidelines: Applicant must be either a US citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States. There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers. Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration. Only one work per composer will be considered. Only works that will not have been performed or read by a professional orchestra or received public performances prior to the reading date are eligible. Only works completed within the last five years will be considered. Works may be up to 15 minutes in length. Sections of longer works will be considered. Instrumentation should not exceed ASO’s standard symphonic complement: 3*3*3*3* 4331 timp, perc(3) pno,hrp str(8-8-6-6-4) (The Symphony strongly discourages writing divisi parts for strings. Should the Composer desire to do so, prior authorization must be obtained.) Percussion is limited to the following: chimes, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, crash cymbal, xylophone, tambourine, bass drum, suspended cymbal, ride cymbal, woodblock, snare drum, castanets, tom-tom, maracas, cow bell, triangle, tubular bells, auto horn, tam-tams, temple blocks, crotale, and trap set. Works with instrumentation which exceed the above will be considered only with advance approval. Not eligible are concertos, choral works, works with excessive electronic elements. Works with electronic elements are discouraged, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For works with electronics, MIDI, and/or digital technologies: include a one page statement describing the rationale for its use, as well as any pertinent production requirements and technical specifications. The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criteria. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer’s work. Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered. Submission Materials: One bound and legible score of one orchestral work written within the last five years. Label the cover with your name, composition’s name, mailing address, email address, telephone number. Instrumentation should be labeled on or near first page. 11x17 size scores preferred. Recording or MIDI, if available. A current resume for the composer including educational background, major teachers, awards, professional affiliations. A list of works, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration, and performance history. One letter of recommendation from an established composer or other music professional, attesting to the applicant’s accomplishments and potential as an orchestral composer. The recommendation may be sent under separate cover. A program note and information detailing the complete performance or reading history (if any) of the submitted work, including all dates and names of performing ensembles. A self-addressed, stamped envelope suitable for the return of materials. All supporting materials remain the property of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The ASO is not responsible for any lost scores. For works with electronics, MIDI, and/or digital technologies: include a one-page statement describing the rationale for its use, as well as any pertinent production requirements and technical specifications. Send to: Albany Symphony Orchestra Attn: AMF Open Call 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY 12207 Phone: 518.465.4755 Email: info@albanysymphony.com (“AMF Open Call” as the subject) Web: www.albanysymphony.com


Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2009
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. The 2009 Institute will take place November 14-22, 2009 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, business and professional development issues. The Institute nurtures the participating composers’ musical acumen and broadens their career management skills, assisting in their growth as artists and community leaders. Composers receive consultations with Kernis and Music Director Osmo Vänskä before and after the rehearsals. They also meet with Orchestra members and attend small-group sessions with leading music industry professionals. Composers’ travel and hotel will be provided. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Composer participants and alternates will be selected by a panel of prominent composers and announced in early summer 2009. Performance materials for chosen works will be due no later than August 1, 2009. Eligibility/Guidelines: Composers must submit: (1) One bound and legible score of one orchestral work written within the last five years. Label the cover with your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number; (2) Recording if available (CD or cassette); (3) Bio/resume, including current address, telephone, email, fax; (4) One letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or other music professional who is familiar with your work (send to Craig Carnahan via mail or email – addresses below); (5) A program note and information detailing the complete performance or reading history (if any) of the submitted work, including all dates and names of performing ensembles; (6) A complete performance history (if any) of any other orchestral works you have written, with names of works and performing ensembles and dates performed; (7) A check for return postage (made out to ACF) if you want your materials returned. Submission Materials: Applicants must be U.S. resident composers at early stages of their professional careers. Composers who have participated in previous Institutes may not reapply. Previous applicants: Only composers awarded Alternate or Runner-Up status in past years may resubmit works previously entered, or they may choose to reapply with a new work. Composers awarded Honorable Mention may not submit previously entered works, but may choose to reapply with a new work. Only one work per composer will be considered. Submitted works may not have received a performance or a reading by a major orchestra (over $3.6M annual budget). Preference will be given to unperformed works. Works may be up to 15 minutes in length (sections of longer works will be considered). Concertos, choral works, and works for strings, winds or brass only are not eligible. Works with electronic elements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Instrumentation must not exceed: 4 fl (1 doubling picc), 4 ob (1 doubling Eng hn), 4 cl (1 doubling bass cl), 4 bsn (1 doubling contra bsn), 4 hrn, 4 trpt, 3 trbn, 1 tba, 1 timp, 3 perc, harp, pf/cel (no organ), strings. American Composers Forum 332 Minnesota Street #E145 St. Paul, MN 55101 Contact: Craig Carnahan Phone: 651.251.2833 Email: ccarnahan@composersforum.org


ASCAP Foundation—Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2009
Open to composers in all musical genres, The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. This program selects several young composer recipients each year to receive the cash awards. Awards for the youngest recipients from K-12th grade are funded through a bequest from John DeVries, writer of "Oh Look at Me Now" and The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship made possible by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation for a composer 18 years of age or younger. Each year the top award winner receives an additional cash prize, The ASCAP Foundation Leo Kaplan Award, named in memory of the distinguished jurist and music lover who served from 1967-1995 as ASCAP's Special Distribution Advisor. Eligibility/Guidelines: Those wishing to apply must be composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with student visas, who have not reached their 30th birthday by January 1, 2009. A panel of ASCAP composers selects the winners. Submission Materials: Each applicant must submit a completed application form—due by March 1st 2009, one reproduction of an original score, biographical and educational information, and a list of compositions to date. All materials must be postmarked no later than March 1st each year. Application materials are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer, you may download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free. For information or an application write to: Frances Richard, c/o ASCAP One Lincoln Plaza New York, NY 10023 Phone: (Not Provided) Email: concertmusic@ascap.com


Cabrillo Composers Workshop
posted: Monday, February 2, 2009
Composers 30-years-old or younger are invited to submit an orchestral score for consideration for the 2009 Cabrillo Composers Workshop, July 31 thru August 5. Led by Maestra Marin Alsop, the Cabrillo Conductors/Composers Workshop brings together leading faculty, the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and early career conductors and composers for a professional training program which focuses on the creation and performance of new music. The five-day program is held in downtown Santa Cruz, California, and involves 3 selected composers, 7 participating conductors, and up to 15 auditing conductors. Selected composers will have their work conducted by participating conductors, under the direction of Marin Alsop, and performed by members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Three dedicated rehearsals will take place, culminating with an "In the Works" concert where each piece will receive two performances. Composers will receive recordings from each rehearsal and the final concert. Composing faculty will offer guidance and seminars throughout, other Festival composers-in-residence (to be announced) will participate, and direct feedback will be offered from the players and conductors. Composers are invited to submit one score ONLY, recording on CD (MIDI versions are acceptable), and a resume to arrive no later than March 17th. Materials may be mailed or sent digitally, as specified below. After reviewing the details outlined below, if you have any questions or wish to discuss the program in greater detail, please feel free to contact Ellen Primack, Executive Director of the Cabrillo Festival at 831.426.6966 or via email at ellen@cabrillomusic.org. COMPOSERS are requested to submit the following to arrive no later than MARCH 17th: 1. send a short curriculum vitae 2. send one score which you believe might fit the project along with a recording, OR a score representative of your work (w/ recording) if you intend to compose a new piece for the program. (Selected composers will be required to submit final scores and parts to arrive no later than June 16, 2009.) 3. email your intent to apply to composers@cabrillomusic.org; or contact the CABRILLO FESTIVAL OFFICES at 831.426.6966. Physical materials to: Attn: Composers Workshop Coordinator Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music 174 South River Street, Suite 232 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to have your materials returned, please indicate so by including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to accommodate their mailing. Digital submissions to: composers@cabrillomusic.org


Making Music Work
posted: Monday, January 5, 2009
The American Composers Forum and McNally Smith College of Music are soliciting submissions from composers and performers for a New Music Salon, 7:30 p.m., on April 4, 2009 at McNally Smith Auditorium in Saint Paul, MN This Salon will be the new music showcase of Making Music Work, a two-day conference focusing on career building essentials for the contemporary composer. Workshop topics will include successful business models, grant writing, marketing and self-promotion, new technologies, community engagement, and copyright and contract basics, among others. The conference will also provide one-to-one consultation to answer specific questions of conference attendees. For more information, please visit our website at www.composersforum.org/MakingMusicWork. Questions? Call Wendy Collins at 651-251-2824 or email wcollins@composersforum.org


Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
posted: Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, business and professional development issues. The Institute nurtures the participating composers’ musical acumen and broadens their career management skills, assisting in their growth as artists and community leaders. Composers receive consultations with Kernis and Music Director Osmo Vänskä before and after the rehearsals. They also meet with Orchestra members and attend small-group sessions with leading music industry professionals. Composers’ travel and hotel will be provided. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Application deadline: March 9, 2009 (postmark) Further information: Craig Carnahan (651) 251-2833 or ccarnahan@composersforum.org online: www.composersforum.org


Detroit Symphony Competition for Women Composers
posted: Monday, June 30, 2008
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is accepting entries for its third annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition for Women Composers. Each year, one winner receives $10,000 and the opportunity to have her work played on the DSO’s Classical Subscription Series during the following season. The competition is open to all female composers of any age or nationality; entrants may submit sample scores of up to three completed works, including one scored for full symphony orchestra. The submission deadline is July 31, and winners will be announced no later than December 1. Previous winners include Stacy Garrop (Becoming Medusa) and Margaret Brouwer (untitled work, to be performed in January 2009). The award is made possible by an anonymous donor; it was inspired by the composer, teacher, poet, artist, and lecturer Elaine Lebenbom, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who died in 2002. Application information is available at detroitsymphony.com.


Minnesota Orchestra - Composers Institute
posted: Monday, February 4, 2008
Minnesota Orchestra—The Eighth Annual Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute The Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Forum, in cooperation with the American Music Center, present The Eighth Annual Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Future Classics! Concert. The Institute will take place at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, November 1–8, 2008. The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, business and professional development issues. Composers receive consultations with Kernis and Music Director Osmo Vänskä before and after the rehearsals. They also meet with Orchestra members and attend small-group sessions with leading music industry professionals. Composers’ travel and hotel will be provided. The Institute nurtures the participating composers’ musical acumen and broadens their career management skills, assisting in their growth as artists and community leaders. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, on Friday, November 7, 2008, 8 pm. Composer participants and alternates will be selected by a panel of prominent composers and announced in early summer 2008. Performance materials for chosen works will be due no later than August 1, 2008. In cooperation with the University of Minnesota, one composer participant may be chosen from the University of Minnesota School of Music. Applicants must be U.S. resident composers at early stages of their professional careers. Composers who have participated in previous Institutes may not reapply. Previous applicants: Only composers awarded Alternate or Honorable Mention status in past years may resubmit works previously entered, or they may choose to reapply with a new work. Only one work per composer will be considered. Submitted works may not have received a performance or a reading by a major orchestra (over $3M annual budget). Preference will be given to unperformed works. Works may be up to 15 minutes in length (sections of longer works will be considered). Not eligible are concertos, choral works and works for strings, winds or brass only. Works with electronic elements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Instrumentation must not exceed: 4 fl (1 doubling picc), 4 ob (1 doubling Eng hn), 4 cl (1 doubling bass cl), 4 bsn (1 doubling contra bsn), 4 hrn, 4 trpt, 3 trbn, 1 tba, 1 timp, 3 perc, harp, pf/cel (no organ), strings. Please submit: (1) One bound and legible score of one orchestral work written within the last five years. Label the cover with your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number. (2) Recording if available (CD or cassette). (3) Bio/resume, including current address, telephone, email, fax. (4) One letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or other music professional who is familiar with your work (via mail or e-mail to addresses given below). (5) A program note and information detailing the complete performance or reading history (if any) of the submitted work, including all dates and names of performing ensembles. (6) A complete performance history (if any) of any other orchestral works you have written, with names of works and performing ensembles and dates performed. (7) A check for return postage (made out to ACF) if you want your materials returned. Please send score and materials to: American Composers Forum 332 Minnesota Street #E145 St. Paul, MN 55101 Contact: Craig Carnahan Phone: 651.251.2833 Email: ccarnahan@composersforum.org Web: www.composersforum.org


ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
posted: Monday, February 4, 2008
ASCAP—The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards The Young Composer Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. Named in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP President Morton Gould, the cash prizes are awarded each year to composers who are under 30 years of age. A panel of ASCAP composers selects the winners. Original Concert Music of any style will be considered. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with a student visa who have not reached their 30th birthday by January 1, 2008. Each applicant must submit a completed application form (available online); one original score; biographical and educational information; and a list of compositions to date. Completed materials should be sent to the New York office: Attention: Frances Richard The ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards One Lincoln Plaza New York, NY 10023 Phone: (Not Available) Email: (Not Available) Web: www.ascap.com/concert/gouldapp.pdf


Mata Festival-Call for Submissions
posted: Monday, February 4, 2008
MATA (Music at the Anthology) is currently accepting scores for consideration for commissions and performances for the 2009 MATA Festival in New York City, in the spring of 2009. Selected works will be performed as part of the 2009 MATA Festival, taking place in Brooklyn in April, 2009, and 3-4 composers will be commissioned to write new works. In the past, MATA has commissioned works for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gamelan Son of Lion, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, the Vox Vocal Ensemble, and many others. Although commissions are only awarded to composers under 40 at the time of submission, composers of all ages who are at the early stages of their careers will be considered for programming on the festival. Commission amounts range from $1500 to $5000, depending on the parameters of the work. Composers are expected to attend the premiere of their work. Please include a sentence in your cover letter specifying if you would like your works to be considered generally for the festival in the event that you are not chosen for a commission. MATA accepts submissions of any instrumentation, style and duration, including electronics, sound art, and multimedia works. In addition to our traditional festival programming, MATA encourages submissions in the following sub-categories. (1) Site-Specific Works: Works conceived for and directly influenced by particular indoor or outdoor spaces, ranging from non-performative speaker-based installations to spatialized instrumental ensembles. For multidisciplinary collaborations, please include a detailed description of the role your composition played in the resultant work. DVD or online video documentation is encouraged. Works of extensive duration will be considered in this category. (2) Electro-Acoustic/Computer Works: Live ensemble works utilizing electricity as a primary element in their execution and/or construction. Works that incorporate improvisative/indeterminate notation as core components are strongly encouraged. (3) Chamber Music for Wind Instruments: Works for brass and woodwind ensembles ranging from solo to quintet. Non-tradtional groupings are encouraged, but conventional quintet submissions will receive equal attention. If your music has been programmed by MATA, or you have received a commission, you must wait three years before re-applying. Only 1 commission will be awarded to any 1 composer in his or her lifetime. Materials for submission must include: 2 recordings of samples of recent work- a maximum of two works may be submitted (MIDI tapes will not be accepted), scores to accompany the above recordings (unless scores are not pertinent), biography or résumé, list of works, contact information, SASE if you wish to have your materials returned. To submit or for more information, contact: MATA 293 Warren Street #2 Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 212.563.5124 Email: info@matafestival.org Web: www.matafestival.org


Cabrillo Composers Workshop
posted: Monday, February 4, 2008
Led by Maestra Marin Alsop, the Cabrillo Conductors/Composers Workshop brings together leading faculty, the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and early career conductors and composers for a professional training program which focuses on the creation and performance of new music. Maestra Alsop and Maestro Gustav Meier serve as faculty for the Conductors Workshop sessions, and composers Michael Daugherty and John Corigliano join them as faculty for the Composers Workshop. The five-day program is held in downtown Santa Cruz, California, and involves 3 selected composers, 7 participating conductors, and up to 18 auditing conductors. Selected composers will have their work conducted by participating conductors, under the direction of Marin Alsop, and performed by members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Three dedicated rehearsals will take place, culminating with an "In the Works" concert where each piece will receive two performances. Composers will receive recordings from each rehearsal and the final concert. Composing faculty will offer guidance and seminars throughout, other Festival composers-in-residence will participate, and direct feedback will be offered from the players and conductors. Notification will take place on April 2, 2008. If you are a composer 30-years-old or younger, you are invited to submit one orchestral score for consideration for the 2008 Cabrillo Composers Workshop, July 25 through July 30. The 2008 instrumentation for Composers Workshop is as follows: 5 violin I - 4 violin II - 3 violas - 3 cellos - 2 basses; 2 flutes (1 dbl pic & 1 dbl alto) - 2 oboes (1 dbl eng horn) - 2 clarinet (1 dbl e-flat & 1 dbl bass) - 2 bassoons (1 dbl contra); 2 horns - 2 trumpets - 2 trombones - 1 tuba; 1 timpani – up to 4 percussion - harp – keyboard. Please submit one score, recording on CD (if available, MIDI versions are acceptable), and a resume to arrive no later than February 29th. Email your intent to apply or contact the Cabrillo Festival Offices. If you wish to have your materials returned, please indicate so by including a SASE. Visit the website for complete information. Send materials to: Attn: Composers Workshop Coordinator Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music 104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 206 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Contact: Ellen Primack, Executive Director Phone: 831.426.6966 Email: ellen@cabrillomusic.org Web: www.cabrillomusic.org


BMI Student Composer Awards
posted: Monday, February 4, 2008
BMI and the BMI Foundation announce the opening of the 56th annual BMI Student Composers Awards. The competition, which is co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, will award $20,000 in prizes. The Student Composer Awards were established in 1951 to encourage young composers in the creation of serious music, and through cash prizes, to aid in continuing their musical education. Celebrated composer Milton Babbitt serves as the Awards Chairman. Composer luminaries such as William Bolcom, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Donald Martino, Steven Mackey, Philip Glass, Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Torke and Charles Wuorinen received their earliest recognition through this program. The prizes, which range from $500 to $5,000, are awarded at the discretion of the final judging panel and compositions are judged completely under pseudonyms. Student composers under the age of 28 who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere (North, South and Central America, the Caribbean island nations and the Hawaiian Islands) may apply. There are no limitations as to instrumentation, style or length of work submitted. All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 15, 2008. Official rules, certification blank, entry blank and score identification form are available online. The forms are to be filled out, endorsed and returned with the composition by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Director. The composition must be marked with a pseudonym and must carry the notation “BMI Student Composer Awards.” Composer’s name must not appear any place except on the entry blank, certification, and large self-addressed return envelope. Entries with incomplete applications or lacking teacher certification forms or text permission (if applicable) will not be considered. Please visit the website below for forms and official rules. Mr. Ralph N. Jackson, Director BMI Student Composer Awards 320 W. 57th Street New York, NY 10019 Phone: (Not Available) Email: classical@bmi.com Web: www.bmifoundation.org


Brooklyn Philharmonic Composer Mentorship Program
posted: Monday, November 20, 2006
The Brooklyn Philharmonic announces an opportunity for composers who work outside the orchestral medium to bring their ideas to the orchestra realm. Composers from classical and non-classical backgrounds (including world music, hip hop, electronica, salsa/meringue, etc…) are welcome. The Composer Mentorship program is designed to bring forward composers whose work reflects the diverse energy, power, and pulse of the orchestra’s home borough. Residency in Brooklyn is not a requirement, but Brooklyn composers are encouraged to apply. Two composers will be selected to participate in 2007. The mentorship will include: --meetings with Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie --ten one-on-one sessions with composer Randall Woolf --a reading session with the Brooklyn Philharmonic --performance of a chamber work on the Music off the Walls series --$2500 stipend To apply, please complete the application form at http://www.meetthecomposer.org/brooklynphilmentorship.htm The appliation deadline is Wednesday, December 13, 2006.


Carmago Foundation Residencies
posted: Thursday, November 9, 2006
The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, is a residential center for composers, writers, and visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, video artists, and new media artists) pursuing creative projects as well as for scholars pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. Residencies are one semester (either early-September to mid-December or mid-January to the end of May) and are accompanied by a stipend of $3500. The Foundation’s campus includes thirteen furnished apartments, a reference library, and three art/music studios. Applicants from all countries are welcome to apply. The application deadline is January 12 for either semester of the following academic year. For more information and to apply, please consult our web site at www.camargofoundation.org or write to apply@camargofoundation.org.


NY Youth Symphony - Making Score
posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006
Making Score is a program of the New York Youth Symphony for musicians - age 22 and under - who are seeking to explore the compositional process. The program consists of 10 seminars covering compositional structure, form, harmony, rhythm, and the many issues involved in putting musical ideas down on paper. At the end of the year, members of the Youth Symphony perform music by the program participants on a final concert at Symphony Space. All students receive scholarship; they pay only for materials + an application fee. Faculty includes Derek Bermel and Lisa Bielawa; guests this year will include: Carol Wincenc, Midori, David del Tredici, Susie Ibarra, Samuel Adler, DJ Spooky aka that subliminal kid, Steve Mackey, and Chen Yi. Deadline for applications is October 2. Applications are available for download at: http://www.nyyouthsymphony.org/nyys44app.pdf


Guggenheim Fellowship Applications Available
posted: Monday, July 3, 2006
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. The fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline to apply: October 1, 2006 (U.S. and Canada); and December 1, 2006 (Latin America and Caribbean)


Detroit Symphony Award for Female Composers
posted: Thursday, May 4, 2006
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, an annual competition awarding a cash prize to 1 living female composer for an orchestral work to be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on its Classical Subscription Series. The winning composer will be asked to compose an original work to be performed during the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2007-08 season. Works that have already been composed but that have not yet been premiered will also be eligible for consideration. This competition is eligible for any living female composer. To apply, send a completed application form, available from the website and also include: 1 bound score (not the original) of 1 published original concert work for large ensemble, and a recording of the work on CD or cassette tape, if possible, or sample scores of up to 3 completed works with supporting audio or video representations of the works. Any work that has not yet received its premiere is eligible. If the applicant chooses this option, she will be asked to compose an original work to be performed during the 2007-08 season of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Also include a resume and an SASE for return of materials. For more information, please check the website and send all submissions to: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Attn: Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award 3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 Tel: (313) 576-5100 Web: http://www.detroitsymphony.com


MIT Media Center - Ringtone Competition
posted: Thursday, January 19, 2006
The MIT Media Lab has launched a make-your-own-ringtone competition using Hyperscore, software developed at MIT that allows composers to write music with computer graphics. The contest started on Monday, Jan. 9, and entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday, Jan. 21. The competition is staged by Harmony Line Inc., a start-up company launched to further develop and disseminate Hyperscore. Hyperscore can be downloaded free through Harmony Line's community music web site, where participants can create original music, share, edit and comment upon it. Ringtone submissions will be judged by a panel that includes Machover; David "The Edge" Howell Evans, guitarist for U2; MIT Professor Marvin Minsky; and award-winning Hyperscore inventor Mary Farbood, a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab. Participants must have an MIT e-mail account. For more contest information and to enter, visit www.h-lounge.com.


ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
posted: Friday, December 23, 2005
The ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards are open to composers in all musical genres and are intended to encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. Named in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP President Morton Gould, the cash prizes are awarded each year to composers who are U.S. citizens; permanent residents of the U.S.; or enrolled students with student visas who have not reached their 30th birthday by January 1, 2006. The winning composers share over $30,000 in ASCAP Foundation Awards, including the annual Leo Kaplan Award, given in memory of the distinguished jurist and music lover who served from 1967 to 1995 as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor; and a grant from the Meyer Fund for our youngest creators (grades K-12). For complete information, visit the website or contact: Frances Richard The ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards One Lincoln Plaza New York, NY 10023 Tel: (212) 621-6329 Email: frichard@ascap.com Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2006


Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
posted: Friday, December 23, 2005
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, under the direction of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, is a unique, week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Up to 8 composers will have orchestral works read and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of professional workshops. Send score and materials to: American Composers Forum c/o David Wolff 332 Minnesota St. #E145 St. Paul, MN 55101 Tel: (651) 251-2833 Email: dwolff@composersforum.org


BMI Student Composer Awards
posted: Saturday, November 19, 2005
Applications are being accepted for the 54th annual BMI Student Composer Award competition. A total of $20,000 will be awarded to young composers, in cash prizes of from $500 to $5,000. The 2006 competition is open to students who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere and who will be under 25 years of age on December 31, 2005. Applications must be postmarked by February 3. Official rules and entry forms are available for download at www.bmifoundation.org.


Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center
posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Located in Lake Como, Italy, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center offers opportunities in two programs. The residency program allows individuals the time to advance an idea, write up a significant outcome, or advance strategic planning for the future of their organization or field. The Conference and team Program brings together individuals for intense periods of discussion, debate, and collaboration around significant issues and problems within a given field or across disciplines. Application deadlines for these programs are August 1 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. For more information visit www.rockfound.org/bellagio.


The Camargo Foundation Fellowship Program
posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005
The Camargo Foundation, based in Cassis, France, supports creative projects by visual artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, media artists, composers and writers. The Fellowship Program offers, at no cost, thirteen furnished apartments, a reference library, a darkroom, artists's studios, and music composition studios. The residential fellowship is accompanied by a stipend of $3500, awarded automatically to each recipient of the grant. The normal term of residence is one semester (early September to mid-December or mid-January to the end of May). Application deadline is January 15 for the following academic year. For more information, visit www.camargofoundation.org


Knoxville Symphony Composer Competition
posted: Saturday, April 2, 2005
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will host its first annual statewide competition for young composers this summer. Aspiring composers under the age of 25 who are residents of Tennessee are eligible to enter. The winning composition will be performed by the KSO in November. For more information, visit www.knoxvillesymphony.com.


Westchester County - 9/11 Memorial Seeks Scores
posted: Monday, March 7, 2005
Westchester County is soliciting works by a living New York composers to be performed at the dedication of the September 11 memorial "The Rising," "The Rising" pays tribute to the 109 Westchester county residents who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center and on that day. The ceremony is set for September 11, 2005 at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY. The work will be performed by the Westchester Philharmonic and other performers. Entries may be new or previously performed work and must be submitted by April 16, 2005. For complete information visit www.westchestergov.com.


Zemlinsky Prize
posted: Friday, February 11, 2005
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is accepting submissions for the second Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. The prize was created to promote and encourage young composers internationally and to identify new symphonic works that have the power to communicate with a broad audience. The competition is open to composers of any nationality born after April 1, 1970. Three composers from a pool of 20 finalists will be commissioned to write works for full orchestra. The first prize winner will receive $30,000 and a world premiere performance by the CCM Philharmonia during the 2006-07 season. Deadline for applications is May 1. For more information, send an e-mail to: zemlinsky.ccm@uc.edu


Internships Available at New York State Council on the Arts
posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
TWO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS I. The Individual Artist (IND) Program is looking for Film & Media interns to work closely with Program Director Don Palmer. This internship is available immediately. For more information about NYSCA you may visit our website at www.nysca.org. II. The Music (MSC) Program is looking for interns to work closely with the two-person Program staff. This internship is available immediately. For more information about NYSCA you may visit our website at www.nysca.org . HOW TO APPLY: Please send your resume and brief cover note via Email to Arian Blanco at ablanco@nysca.org or FAX your information at 212-620-5676. Reference either IND Internship or MSC Internship and send it to Attn: Arian Blanco, Program Arts Associate. For Email submissions put all information into the body of the email, attachments will NOT be opened. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


BMI Student Composer Awards
posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Deadline: February 11, 2005 Co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, the BMI Student Composer Awards were established in 1951 to encourage young composers in the creation of serious music and, through cash prizes, to aid in continuing their musical education. The competition will award $20,000 to young coposers, with no limitations as to instrumentation, style, or length of work submitted. Prizes will range from $500 to $5,000. The 2005 competition is open to students under the age of twenty-six by December 31, 2004, who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere, which includes North, South, and central America; the Caribbean Island nations; and the Hawaiian Islands. See the BMI Foundation Web site for complete award information and application procedures as well as information on other BMI Foundation awards program. more info at: http://bmifoundation.org/news/200411/20041123a.asp


BMI Student Composer Awards
posted: Friday, November 19, 2004
The 53rd annual BMI Student Composer Award competition will award $20,000 to young composers. The postmark deadline for entering the 2005 competition, which is sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, is Friday, February 11, 2005. The BMI Student Composer Awards were established in 1951 to encourage young composers in the creation of serious music, and to taid in continuing their musical education. There are no limitations as to instrumentation, styleo or length of work submitted. Prizes range from $500 to $5000. The competition is open to students who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere and who are under 26 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2004. Official rules and entry forms are available for download at www.bmifoundation.org


HADDONFIELD SYMPHONY YOUNG COMPOSERS' COMPETITION 2004-05
posted: Sunday, March 14, 2004
HADDONFIELD SYMPHONY YOUNG COMPOSERS' COMPETITION 2004-05 PRIZE INCLUDES: § Performance of the winning work by the Haddonfield Symphony, conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov, on March 14, 2005. § 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. RULES AND ELIGIBILITY: § Only composers born after March 14, 1975 may apply. § Works with a performance history *are* eligible. § Instrumentation may not exceed 3-3-3-3 (incl. standard doublings), 4-3-3-1, Timp., 3 Perc., 1 Keyboard, Harp, Strings. Works with soloists are not eligible. *Frequently asked questions about instrumentation details are answered at: www.danieldorff.com/youngcomp-faq.htm * § Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply. § Duration should be between 8 and 15 minutes. § The winning composer must provide 3 full scores and a full set of parts, with a sufficient string count. § Scores must be of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance. Parts must be carefully proofread, and of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance, with good page turns, and ample rehearsal numbers and cues. We recommend that all entrants consult our guidelines for preparing score and parts. You can download a copy in pdf format at: www.danieldorff.com/images/haddonfield-tipsheet.pdf HOW TO APPLY: § Send all materials to the Haddonfield Symphony Young Composers’ Competition, 41 S. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Packages must be postmarked by December 7, 2004. § Submit 2 copies of the full score and 2 copies of a sample instrumental part. § Only one work may be submitted by each composer. § A stamped, addressed return envelope with sufficient size and postage must be enclosed for return of all materials. Submissions sent without a return envelope will not be considered. § Two copies of a recorded performance or reading session, or a piano or midi demo may be included, but are not required. Recordings should be sent as an Audio CD or cassette tape. § Each application must include a completed entry form, available at www.danieldorff.com/entryform.htm § Supplementary bio materials (2 copies) may be included but are not required. § Previous winners are not eligible. § Any questions about the application process should be directed to Daniel Dorff, Composer-in-Residence, at 610-446-0376, or competition@danieldorff.com - Please do not direct general inquiries to the orchestra’s office. Past Winners: 1997: Michael Karmon - And the Rhythm Is Just a Little Bit Off... 1998: Amy Scurria - Beyond All Walking 1999: Paul Yeon Lee - Silhouette 2000: Carter Pann - Slalom 2001: Dan Coleman - The Voice of the Rain 2002: David Laganella – Lamentoso 2003: Anthony Cheung – Serendipitous Scenes 2004: John Kaefer - Mosaic


American Composers Competition
posted: Saturday, February 28, 2004
The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra is accepting entries for its American Composers Competition. The competition is open to composers who are U.S. citizens, for works that have not had a public performance. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash award and his or her work will be performed by the orchestra in March of 2005. For more information, visit www.loudounsymphony.org.


June in Buffalo
posted: Monday, January 26, 2004
June in Buffalo 2004 will offer an extraordinary opportunity to work with a distinguished, international faculty of composers and researchers, leading experts in interactive, multimedia, acousmatic, and electroacoustic computer music. Presented by the Department of Music, June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers, will take place from June 1-6, 2004 at the University at Buffalo. June in Buffalo offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, master classes with selected faculty composers, panel discussions, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals as well as afternoon workshops and evening concerts open to the general public and critics. Each of the invited composers can have one of his/her pieces performed in an afternoon workshop presentation (please see application process for specifics). Evening performances feature resident ensembles and soloists renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music. This year's faculty will include Edmund Campion, David Felder, Lars Graugaard (Denmark), Mara Helmuth, Elainie Lillios, Cort Lippe, Tristan Murail (France), Robert Normandeau (Canada), Åke Parmerud (Sweden), Miller Puckette, Takayuki Rai (Japan), Roger Reynolds, Robert Rowe, Zack Settel, Jeff Stadelman, Rand Steiger Ben Thigpen (France), and Horatio Vaggione(France). The festival will also feature peformances by the Baird Trio, Mosaic, the Slee Sinfonietta and other distinguished soloists. For general information, application procedures and deadlines please visit the June in Buffalo website at http:// www.music.buffalo.edu/juneinbuffalo/Cover/JIB2004.htm or contact J.T. Rinker at jtrinker@buffalo.edu


BMI Fellowship for TV/Film Composers
posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2004
The BMI Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 16th Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring TV/film composers under the age of 35. The deadline for application will be 1/15/2004. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work for 4-5 weeks on a day-to-day basis with television composer Mike Post, Pete Carpenter’s partner and friend, and writer of such TV themes as NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, and Law and Order. There will also be an opportunity to meet with other distinguished theatrical, film and television composers and the winner will receive a $2,000 stipend for travel and expenses. For more information and application download see: http://www.bmifoundation.org/pages/PCarpenter.asp


Rome Prizes Announced
posted: Monday, April 28, 2003
The American Academy in Rome has named 31 winners of its annual Rome Prizes, among them composers mason Bates and Jefferson Friedman. Bates is a Young Concert Artists' composer-in-residence currently working on his PhD in composition at the University of California, Berkeley. Jefferson Friedman holds an MM in music composition from the Juilliard School.


Composer Libby Larsen Gets Library of Congress Appointment
posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Composer Libby Larsen has been named to the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology in the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress beginning in June. The holder of this chair addresses issues of education and technology that have an impact on the Library of Congress and the nation. Larsen will work to connect music education organizations with artists to plan new ways for arts educators and world-class artist practitioners to work together. In addition, she will work to organize "The Global Green Room," bringing together leading practicing artists to identify issues concerning "the soul" of America's culture and to create ways in which artists may regularly interact with each other and with the population at large through technology.


Philadelphia Music Project Grants
posted: Friday, April 4, 2003
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Classical Symphony are among sixteen regional music organizations to receive grants from the Philadelphia Music Project, a grant-making and professional development program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by Settlement Music School. The Philadelphia Orchestra has been awarded a grant of $160,000 over two years to support performances of eleven works by living composers, including four world premiere commissions by Gerald Levinson, Ned Rorem, Richard Danielpour, and Nicolas Maw. The Philadelphia Classical Symphony receives $60,000 over two years in support of Composer Connections, a program that brings together Philadelphia-based composers and performers as partners in the creation and performance of new concertos written for underused solo instruments. Maurice Wright and Andrea Clearfield will composer works for trombone and percussion, respectively.

 

 


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