From TWO ensemble

TWO is a music ensemble consisting of Drake Mabry, Turkish ney and Maria Dorner-Hofmann, recorders (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Paetzold ). Our music combines elements of both Eastern and Western musical styles and our repertoire includes Medieval, Contemporary, Bulgarian and Turkish traditional music and jazz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the Turkish ney has been associated with the recorder in this way. I have enclosed two photographs of our duo.

Our website is:

We had a successful concert tour last May in Germany and Austria and recorded our latest CD and downloadable album in Eggenfelden, Germany. The downloadable album features six premieres by François Rossé, Stéphane Bonneau and myself. You can see this program at:

We thought your readers might be interested in knowing about us and also that we are currently looking to contact composers who might be interested in writing for this original and unique East meets West instrumental combination.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you know of any interesting composers that might be interested in our ensemble.

all the best,

Drake Mabry and Maria Dorner-Hofmann

Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2014–2015

The New Zealand School of Music invites applications for the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2014–2015. The appointment is jointly funded by Creative New Zealand and private donor Dr Jack C. Richards, with the New Zealand School of Music acting as host organisation. It has been created to foster New Zealand musical composition by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time for the period of tenure.

Applicants should be composers of proven merit and be New Zealand citizens or hold New Zealand residency. Applicants may not be employees of, or have been employed by, the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), Victoria University or Massey University 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 composer residency within the previous twelve months are not normally eligible. In extenuating circumstances, the panel may waive this restriction. Applicants may not be on salary or paid leave during the period of the residency, and must demonstrate that they will not be receiving any other salaried income during the residency.

The Orchestra Wellington has also agreed in principle to offer the successful applicant a nominal position as Orchestra Wellington Composer-in-Residence, providing a guaranteed performance of a new orchestral work written during the term of the residency.

Tenure and Terms

The appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The appointee must be resident in Wellington for the full term of employment (with absences to be negotiated with the Programme Leader (Composition) of the NZSM). While there is no obligation of formal teaching at the NZSM, some contribution is expected to be made to the NZSM’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Programme Leader (Composition) of the NZSM.

The successful applicant’s work proposal should include: 1) a solo piece suitable for student performance (for example, as part of performance exam or competition); 2) a statement of agreement that one or more of the works written during the residency will be recorded, as a means to publicise the residency and to add to the residency archive. Indication should given as to which proposed work(s) will be suitable for recording. The NZSM will be responsible for making a high-quality recording of at least one work written during the residency and will provide the recording free-of-charge to the composer for non-commercial purposes. The NZSM reserves the right to use the recording as it sees fit. The successful applicant will be hired as an NZSM employee, and will be provided with access to administrative, library and other facilities upon request.

The appointee is required to submit a written report to the Programme Leader (Composition) within one month of the end of the tenure, which is submitted to Creative New Zealand in accordance with their residency regulations. The gross annual salary for the position will be NZ$50,000 for the twelve-month period, which includes 8% holiday pay to be paid when the term of appointment ends. Neither the NZSM nor Creative New Zealand can provide living accommodation, but the Lilburn Residence Trust has agreed in principle to offer the former home of Douglas Lilburn at 22 Ascot St, Thorndon to the appointee at a modest rental for the term of the residency.

Application process

A selection committee will comprise at least 3 members of the composition staff of the NZSM. Further enquiries may be made to Dugal McKinnon, Programme Leader (Composition), NZSM. Email:; Ph: (04) 463 6448. Electronic applications (in MS Word or PDF format) and support material (in MP3 and/or PDF files) should be sent via email to HR Coordinator, NZSM ( Applications may also be posted to: HR Coordinator, New Zealand School of Music, PO Box 2332, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

The following information must be submitted with applications:

(a)       A current CV, which must include your qualifications, compositional experience, current employment status and a list of selected compositional output

(b)       No more than 4 representative works. For notated works, please submit both scores (PDFs) and recordings (MP3s); for works with a visual component, please submit links to online videos (such as Youtube or Vimeo).

(c)       A work proposal document for the tenure (see below), including details of any external funding for intended projects

(d)       Confirmation that you are a New Zealand citizen or that you hold New Zealand residency 

The work proposal document must include an outline of the works you intend to compose during the period of the residency.

In order to develop relationships between Wellington musicians and the composer-in-residence, applicants are encouraged to write for specific Wellington-based performers and ensembles selected from a list available for download from the following URL: Although the purpose of this partnership is for the mutual benefit of both composer and performer/ensemble, neither composer nor performer(s) is bound contractually in any legal sense.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 22 November 2013.

Redshift Music Society”Ringtone Project” Call for Scores

Redshift Music is seeking short ‘ringtone’ pieces for a unique chamber music concert and recording initiative in late 2013.  Specifically, we are looking for short miniature compositions (5 – 20 seconds long) designed as mobile ringtones to be performed by the Negative Zed Ensemble and recorded for free download from our website. Composers and practitioners of contemporary art music of any age or nationality are eligible.

On the heels of our recent ‘Postal Pieces’ call for scores, the ringtone project seeks to foster the creation of interesting, humorous, and/or effective ringtones as part two of a musical exploration of communication methods, then (postcards) and now (ringtones). 10 – 20 submissions will be selected for performance by Redshift’s ensemble-in-residence, Negative Zed duringPing!, a late 2013 concert. From this group, a final winner will be selected by the live concert audience, given a $200 honorarium, and be proclaimed ‘Lord of the Ringtones’.Each selected work will be recorded and made available for free download from the Redshift website. Who knows? Maybe you may be riding the subway one day and hear your work chiming from someone else’s phone!

INSTRUMENTATION: Flute (C or alto flute), Saxophone (alto, soprano, or baritone), Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Percussion (or any subset)

Please submit by email only! Send scores as pdf files and recordings, if available as mp3s (MIDI is ok).
Please include as many details as possible about your piece.
No submission fee is required.
Please send your submission to the following EMAIL:

Deadline: 1 November 1 2014

Organ Composition Contest

Encouraged by the great success of the first contests, the Catholic Parish of Saarlouis-Lisdorf has decided to organise, with the kind assistance of the town of Saarlouis, a 7. contest for Organ Compositions this year. The compositions considered  admissible to the contest are those written for organ and a solo instrument chosen by the composer, organ and voice chosen by the composer, or organ and a solo instrument with voice chosen by the composer.The registered association for the  promotion of music “Förderverein Klingende Kirche Saarlouis-Lisdorf” is the official organiser.The general terms, rules and conditions of the contest, the Jury, as well as the prizes, may be consulted at our internet-addresses or

Deadline 31 March 2014.


SCO Contemporary Music Concerts (ongoing opportunity)

The MUSIC CONTEMPORARY is an ongoing event of contemporary music concerts for orchestral compositions of contemporary composers.  Conducted and directed by Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, the concert is hosted by the The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO); an ensemble of young professionals who are dedicated to explore and promote orchestral music of contemporary composers. The concerts will be held in Sydney Australia at the end of September each year.

Composers of all nationalities are invited to submit orchestral scores.

  • Age limited: No limit
  • Instrumentation: Any combination of instruments up to full double wind symphony orchestra
  • Duration: 5′ – 10′ ca
  • Style: Any style in high level of artistic value and techniques
  • Number of submissions: No limit
  • Entry fee: AU$70 each submission*.

Please submit your PDF score and parts (SCORE and PARTS must be provided by the composer even the work has been published) and MP3 audio files (if it has been performed) via the online score submission available on the website (For more than one submissions please use zip files or re-fill the Application Form)


Please post your hard copy of the score and orchestral parts (if it has been published or if it is a oversized score) and  DVD/CD (if available) to:

The Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 828
Castle Hill NSW 1765

(For return of materials, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped mailing folder)

There is no deadline for score submission.  The finalised compositions for the concert of the year will be announced at the end of June of each year. (The submissions will be kept for future concerts, if are not selected for the current year concert.)

Call for Score – Risuonanze 2014

Associazione Culturale TKE is calling for pieces to be performed at the “Risuonanze 2014 – incontri di nuove musiche” Festival (early June, 2014, Friuli Venezia Giulia – Italy). The Call is open to composers of any nationality and age. Pieces should be 2 to 6 minutes in duration and can be written for solo piano, or solo flute [C Flute, and/or Piccolo, and/or G flute, one only player], or solo oboe, or solo trombone, or solo harp, or solo toy-piano [Schoenhut Traditional Spinet – 25 keys, range: C2 to C4], or solo voice [mezzo-soprano, range: F3 to F5 (piano dynamics) or Ab5 (forte dynamics)], or voice [mezzo-soprano, range as before] and piano; use of tape and/or electronics is not allowed. The submitted works should not have been premiered in public performances before the Festival.

Festival “Risuonanze 2014” is based on the direct relationship between composers and audience, so composers attending the performances are much appreciated. Attending the concert is considered as an advantage in the selection. For more information visit the website or email

Deadline: 27 January, 2014

LCCO Call for Scores – Chamber Orchestra Workshop

Hear your piece played at a workshop, and receive feedback from the orchestra and conductor. Open to all composers who would be able attend the workshop in London. The London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (LCCO) is a good amateur orchestra, of single wind and brass, strings, percussion, and piano. Workshop performance to take place on 29 March 2014 and concert on 4 October. There is a fee of £30 for taking part.

For more information see the website: or for full details email

Deadline: 18 February 2014

Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum Composers’ Program

The 2014 edition of the professional summer program for emerging composers Collegium Musicum offers to a small number of selected composers from around the world the opportunity to have their works rehearsed and performed by a professional orchestra, the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum. The composers will engage in a week of intensive workshops and conferences – live, and streamed online, – form professional connections and network with colleagues from the arts industry. The program will take place between July 6th and July 15th, 2014 in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Note that selected active participants don’t have to write works specifically for the internship if they don’t want to. The main working language will be English. All relevant information can be found at the website or by emailing

Deadline: 2 February 2014