Regional Reports 2010 and 2011

Regional Report writers needed for the Canzona 2010/2011 Edition:

-Auckland 2011
-Hamilton 2010 & 2011
-Wellington 2010 & 2011
-Christchurch 2010 & 2011
-Dunedin 2010 & 2011

Please email samuelholloway [at] gmail [dot] com for more info

Boston Metro Opera 2013 International Composers' Competition

Boston Metro Opera is now accepting scores of new art songs/cycles, music theater works, and operas for the 2013 International Composers’ Competition. Works selected will receive a full concert performance, as part of the 4th Annual Boston Contempo Festival (formerly The Contemporary AmericanaFestival). Some works may also be considered for production, as part of Boston Metro Opera’s regular season.

1.) The competition is open to all living composers. Previous winners are welcome to re-apply but must submit a new composition. Persons affiliated with Boston Metro Opera are not eligible to compete. Any works currently entered in a Massachusetts-based competition are ineligible. Published works are likewise ineligible.
2.) Applicants may enter an unlimited number of compositions per category. A panel of opera professionals and new music specialists will review these submissions and make repertory decisions for each division. As stated in the Standard Release, the panel is not obligated to program selections in every category nor does a submission guarantee a performance. Repertory decisions will be announced via e-mail and posted on this site no later than November 25 (for operatic/music theater works) and December 10 (for art songs/cycles).
3.) Operatic works have no length requirements or restraints and may contain up to ten roles (not including chorus). Operatic works must be scored with piano but may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the festival in May. Select operas may also be considered for the BMO Mainstage Award (fully-staged performances in 2013-2014), the BMO Concert Award (full concert performances in 2013-2014) and/or the Director’s Choice Award (fully-staged performances with orchestra in 2013-2014/ 2014-2015). Works selected for one of these Special Awards will be programmed during Boston Metro Opera’s regular season, not at the festival.
4.) Music Theater Works have no length requirements or restraints and may contain up to ten roles (not including chorus). Music Theater Works must be scored with piano but may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the Festival in May. Select Music Theater Works may also be considered for the BMO Mainstage Award (fully-staged performance in 2013-2014).
5.) Art Song/Cycle Works should not exceed thirty minutes in length and may contain up to four voices. Vocal works must be scored with piano and may include two additional instruments. Winners will receive a performance at the festival in May.
6.) Each complete application package should include (i) a completed application form/release (available for submission online or download at, (ii) one copy of the score, and (iii) a $10.00 processing fee (non-refundable) made payable to Boston Metro Opera, Inc. These are all mandatory fields in the online application process. Recordings and supplementary biographical materials are encouraged but not required.
7.) Applications may be submitted online at, as e-mail attachments sent to, or by mail (in hard copy or on a data disc) addressed to:

David Edgar Walther
Festival Director
Boston Metro Opera
126 Newburg St.
Roslindale, MA 02131

8.) Scores submitted online must be sent in PDF format. Other documents may be sent in PDF or DOC format.
9.) Please do not enclose self-addressed, stamped envelopes, as scores and materials will not be returned. Envelopes submitted for this purpose will be discarded.
10.) All packages must be received before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 15, 2012.
11.) Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the panel. Only complete applications will be considered. No exceptions.
12.) After you have submitted your application package, you will receive an e-mail the purpose of which is to a) confirm receipt of your materials and b) inform you whether or not the application is complete. If you do not receive this application within 3-4 days (for online submissions) and 1-2 weeks (for mailed submissions), please contact us for assistance.

Composition Competition for Witold Lutos?awski's 100th Birthday

In order to celebrate and popularise the 100th birthday of Witold Lutos?awski, the Witold Lutos?awski Society and the Polish Composers’ Union announce a composition competition.
The competition is international in character and has no territorial restrictions or age limit for competitors. The task of the competition is the competition of a piece for a symphonic orchestra similar to those employed by Lutos?awski in his last symphonies.
The members of the jury are: Luca Francesconi, Kazimierz Kord, Magnus Lindberg, Steven Stucky, Pawe? Szyma?ski and Tadeusz Wielecki.
Deadline is 25 January 2013 (the 100th birthday of the competition’s patron of the competition)
First prize – 10 000 Euro
The winning composition will be performed during the International Festival of Contemporary Music, ‘Warsaw Autumn 2013’.
Further questions should be addressed to the Witold Lutos?awski Society’s office by telephone/fax (+48 22 826 90 25) or email (

On behalf of the Witold Lutos?awski Society I would be much obliged if you could publicize the rules competition at Composers Association of New Zealand and on your web site, and forward this information to the composers.

Symphony Composition Contest – City Of Torrevieja

The municipal cultural institute, ‘Joaquin Chapaprieta’ has organised the (tenth) 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’ (not allowed to work for solo instrument and wind orchestra), 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 2012 and the jury’s decision will be announced before the end of the year 2012.
6. Entries should be sent, within the specified time, to:


7.1. A single prize of twelve thousand euros (12,000€) 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 2013.
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 X ANNUAL SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST “CIUDAD DE TORREVIEJA”. 2012.
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)

Second International Competition for Musical Composition "marenostrum" Città di Fossacesia

The Association ITACA and the city administration of Fossacesia in collaboration with Ensemble Commedia Nova and the publisher Edizioni Sconfinarte are pleased to announce the

Second International Competition for Musical Composition “marenostrum” Città di Fossacesia.

The competition is devoted to a subject which connects the 4th international Festival dell’Armonia “marenostrum” for early music and theatre (28-30 September 2012 in the Abbazia di S. Giovanni in Venere di Fossacesia) with the forthcoming canonization of Hildegard von Bingen.

The prescribed task is to compose a work based on, or applying in some way, a fragment or a part of a melody by Hildegard von Bingen for recorder solo presenting it in the light of contemporary composition. The melody can be freely chosen and it’s title should be indicated. The original manuscript of her songs can be found in the internet under

Deadline (postmarked): 20th July 2012.

Full details: Competition Announcement.

Call for Submissions – Graphic Scores

Waiteata Music Press is planning a new edition on NZ graphic scores. They are looking to create a collection that embraces the widest definition of ‘what is a graphic score?’ They have invited contributions from composer/artists with whose work in this area we are already familiar, but we are keen to have contributions from as wide a range as possible. Works do not have to be newly made – we are including material from the 1960s. They may also include colour prints.

Please send material as photocopies or as email attachments to

Jack Body
New Zealand School of Music (Kelburn Campus)
PO Box 600


New Zealand has a proud history of success at the ACL Young Composers competition. We have had numerous first placings, including five in the last twelve festivals.

We are now seeking entries from CANZ members born after 14 October 1982 to represent New Zealand at the Asian Composers League Young Composers Competition being held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Full details here

Deadline: All required materials must be received by FRIDAY 11 MAY 2012