FORUM 2010 10th International Forum for Young Composers

The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt, is pleased to announce its
10th international Forum for young composers, combining for the first time music and video art. Forum
2010 will take place in Montreal in collaboration with the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music and

All composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit before October 31, 2009 the scores of
two works accompanied by a recording on CD or DVD :
1. A work for chamber orchestra or large ensemble
2. A work of their own choice with ou without video medium

The International Jury of Forum 2010 will meet in December 2009 to select eight composers from any

The eight selected composers will have to choose one video art (10 minutes) of the four available on
the website of the NEM from January 2010 (artists : Nathalie Bujold, Chantal duPont,
David Manseau, Leighton Pierce). Afterwards they will have to write a new piece for the 15 musicians
of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (fl, ob, cl1, cl2, bs, tp, horn, tb, vl1, vl2, vla, cello, db, pn, pc). The
conductor score as well as the individual parts of these new works must reach Forum 2010 by August
31st, 2010.

The eight composers will be invited to a 3-weeks workshop with the NEM (rehearsals, recording and
preparation of the closing evening) at the University of Montreal Faculty of Music from November 8th
to 26th, 2010. This workshop will lead the composers to work directly and daily with the orchestra and
its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt. Forum 2010 will cover the costs of accommodation. The
composers will assume travel costs from their countries of residence. (Forum 2010 will endorse any
requests for travel grants to the country of residence). These works will be recorded on DVD on
November 24th and 25th, 2010. An international jury will attend the closing evening in Montreal on
November 26th. At the conclusion of the evening, four prizes will be awarded : 1st prize : $3000, 2nd
prize : $2000, 3rd prize : $1500 and audience prize : $1000.

Forum 2010’s advertisement campaign and press relations will ensure that the event is widely

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Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2010/2011

The appointment is jointly funded by the New Zealand School of Music, and Creative New Zealand (subject to annual confirmation) with additional sponsorship from Dr Jack Richards. It has been created to foster New Zealand musical composition by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure. Applicants should be composers of proven merit and be New Zealand citizens or hold New Zealand residency. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington campus), or have been employed by Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington) in the twelve months prior to the closing date. Students working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification (in the year of the residency) are also ineligible. Individuals who have been a composer in residence in a Creative New Zealand financially supported residency within the previous twelve months are not eligible (this does not include recipients of grants). In extenuating circumstances, the panel may waive this restriction.

The Victoria University appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2010 to 31 June 2011. The appointee will be resident in Wellington for that time and will be attached to the New Zealand School of Music as a Victoria University employee. While there is no obligation of formal teaching, some contribution is expected to be made to Victoria University and to the New Zealand School of Music’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Head of School. Victoria University will provide access to administrative, library and other facilities.

Salary is expected to be NZ$45,000-$50,000 for the twelve-month period + 8% holiday pay to be paid when the term of appointment ends. Limited assistance may be given towards payment of travel and removal expenses, but neither the University nor Creative New Zealand can provide living accommodation. However, in collaboration with the Lilburn Residence Trust, the former home of Douglas Lilburn at 22 Ascot St. Thorndon, is available for the appointee’s use, at a modest rental, for the term of the residency. This is subject to approval by the trust.

Further enquiries may be made to Michael Norris, New Zealand School of Music, tel 04 463 7456 or email

Closing date for applications is 13 November 2009.

For further information and to apply online please visit:


Magistralia Foundation organizes the second edition of this bi-annual competition, aimed at improving the presence of women in classical music.

The competition is open to women composers of all nationalities and ages, who will be able submit original compositions for symphonic orchestras of 10 to 15 minutes of length before January 31st 2010. Application forms can be downloaded at