Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra – 15th International Composer’s Competition


Theme: A symphonic poem based on intonations and rhythms from Bulgarian folklore

Deadline for scores and sound recordings: August 15th 2015

Those willing to compete can find detailed information and the rules of the competition on the web site of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

First prize $ 5,000
Second prize $ 3,000
Third prize $ 1,000
Encouraging prize $ 500


1. Composers of any nationality without age limit have the right to participate in the competition. The competition is not anonymous.

2. The music pieces must be new and original and must not have been performed, even partially, prior to the competition.

3. There are no restrictions for composers nominated in previous competitions.

4. Each participant may submit only one piece with a total duration of not more than 15 minutes .

5. The works must have strong tonal and rhythmic techniques / syncopated rhythms / characteristic of the Bulgarian folklore.

6. If there is a solo instrument in the composition, the composer is expected to provide the soloist and to pay him/her.

7. Works must comply with a composition of the orchestra no greater than:

2*,2*,2*,2*,- 4,2,3,1-timp.+2, Harp, Pianoforte, Str.


1. Each participant can express his/her willingness to participate in the competition on the e-mail address:;, by sending a brief artistic biography, a photo for publication, an address and a telephone number.

2. The composers participating in the competition must send by August 15th 2015 5 copies of the score and sound recording/instrumental, synthesizer or keyboard/ of his/her work to the following address:

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
for the competition in 7/8
1 Benkovski st., 1000 Sofia

3. Musical scores of the nominated works /full set voices duplex printed and glued/ must be submitted to the same address within 20 days after the announcing of the results. The composers who have not submitted their music material in time are eliminated automatically from the final round.


1. Five-member professional jury will nominate the finalists.
The jury’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.
Jury members are not allowed to participate in the competition.

2. Up to four nominated works will be performed at an organized concert-competition of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

3. The election of the winner and runners-up should be done by audience vote at the end of the concert with special bulletins attached to the purchased ticket or to a special invitation.

4. Composers must give the rights for the performance of their composition at this concert, as well as subsequent concert performances and issuing CDs to promote the competition free of charge.

5. Prizes will be awarded on the same evening as the concert.

The symbol * means that an orchestration is permited in which one of the instrumentalists in the group can play more than one instrument in a different order, such as flute – piccolo and /or/ alto flute, oboe – English horn, clarinet- bass clarinet and /or/Eb clarinet, Fagot-Contrafagot .

Note: percussion instruments and keyboards can not be more than two and the piece must be so composed that at any moment a percussionist is playing an instrument and enough time is provided for changing and preparing of the instruments.

In the event that the work can not be performed due to a breach of that condition, due to a written “not playable” elements thereof, or due to failure to comply with the specifics of each instrument, the nominated work is eliminated from the competition.


The International Society of Contemporary Music World Music Days 2016 will take place in Tongyeong, Korea from 29 March to 3 April 2016.

As a member of ISCM, CANZ will submit six works by six CANZ members for consideration for performance at the festival. You may submit up to two works to CANZ for consideration.

DEADLINE for submission to CANZ for consideration: Friday 7 August 2015 (receipt of submission).

You may also enter works as an individual directly to ISCM for consideration, however this incurs an entry fee of 50 Euro. Please see the following website for details about making individual submissions:

According to the regulations issued by ISCM, preference will be given to shorter compositions, and to pieces composed in, or after, 2007. Only one work per composer can be submitted for a given ISCM-WMD Festival, whether through the official CANZ entry or as an individual submission.

For submission to CANZ for consideration, please send the following materials electronically to CANZ President Glenda Keam at with the subject line ‘ISCM 2016 Submission’:

• PDF version of the score/description, or in the case of compositions/projects without a written score – audio/video documentation
• Wherever possible, an audio or video recording of the work
• Proof of nationality of the composer (PDF copy of passport)
• Current photograph of the composer (jpeg or similar)

Please also include the following in a single text file:

* A short biography of the composer in English (max 150 words)

* Programme notes of the submitted work in English (max 150 words)

* Technical rider with the specification of all equipment that is necessary to perform the work

* Website of the composer or the publisher if available

* Statement of which category the work fits (see categories list below)

A panel of CANZ members (including at least two CANZ committee members) will select the six works that will comprise the submission from CANZ. Glenda will not participate in the selection of the six works to be sent by CANZ to the international jury, as she is a member of the ISCM International Executive; she will simply collect all eligible entries and pass them on to the CANZ selection panel.

The six works selected by CANZ will be submitted electronically to an ISCM international jury, and the chosen work will be announced on 30 October 2015, on the ISCM World Music Days 2016 website.

1.Symphony orchestra (without soloist)
max 2+1.2+1.2+1.2+1.- tmp, perc3/ pf, hp /strings, duration max. 15 min
percussion may include bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, triangle, slap stick, guiro, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba,gong, conga, sleigh bells, bongo, tubular bells, glockenspiel, claves
2.Chamber Orchestra (without soloist)
2222-2200/ tmp,perc/ strings 86442/ duration max. 15 min
percussion may include bass drum,cymbals, chimes, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, snare drum, cymbals, triangle, gongs
3.Ensemble (with or without Korean traditional instrument)
3 to 10 instruments to choose from: 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, ob, cl, bn, Daegeum or Gayageum, dur. max. 10 min
4.Ensemble (with or without Solo voice)
solo voice (S/A/T/B), and between 3 and 9 instruments to be chosen from: 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, ob, cl, bn, duration max. 10 min. Added electronics possible (up to 4 speakers / 4 channels available/ real time availble/ audio-visual available)
5.Mixed choir
10/10/10/10, duration max. 10 min
6.String Quartet
duration max. 10 min
7.Brass Quintet
duration max. 10 min
8.Music for Children
a) Piano Solo max. 5 min
b) Vn/ Voice with piano accompaniment max. 5 min
9.Solo instrument / mixed media
solo instrument (flute, clarinet, violin, cello) with or without electronics, or electronics without instruments (live or pre-recorded, up to 4 speakers / 4 channels available/ real time availble/ audio-visual available),
duration max. 10 min
10.Musical Fairytale for Children
narrator and ensemble of between 3 and 9 players to choose from pf, 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, cl, perc,
duration max 30 min incl. narration.

sound installations linked to existing festival spots/venues, i.e. Isang Yun Memorial Theme Park, Concert Hall terrace, Concert Hall rooftop terrace, concert hall driveway
sculptures with sound installations, where the sculptures are provided by the artists
virtual (sound) gates: small sound installations, which can be placed inside or outside the concert venues

NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award

Now in its eleventh year, the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards is an exciting opportunity for young New Zealand composers to have their work recorded by the NZSO over a three-day residency.

Submitted works are assessed by a panel of industry professionals, and those selected for the awards will be flown to, and accommodated in Wellington for the duration of the recordings and awards. The students selected are given the opportunity to receive mentoring from an established New Zealand composer and will also participate in industry seminars and instrument workshops. The best overall composition will win the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award. The composer receives a cash award of $750.


  • Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
  • Composers must be 25 years of age or younger as of 3 December 2015
  • Maximum duration of 5 minutes
  • Work to be for full symphony orchestra without soloists
  • Maximum instrumentation is as follows: 3333 4331 timpani +2 percussion harp strings (including the following woodwind auxiliary instruments: piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet and contrabassoon).
  • One entry per person
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form, which can be downloaded here. All entries must be submitted as digital PDFs.
  • Applications should also be accompanied by a short composer biography, as well as programme notes for the work.  All of this information should be provided in the score file.
  • A complete and accurate instrumentation listing must be provided at the beginning of the score as well as the duration.
  • Composers should note that if used, any non-standard items such as string practice mutes will need to be provided by the composer.
  • NZSO reserve the right to ask composers to revisit any composition that includes extended techniques that may damage instruments.
  • Revisions to the submitted score won’t be accepted.

Deadline for entries: 4 May 2015

For further information and the online entry form please see the NZSO website.


Singapore Asian Composers Festival 2015 – Call for Scores

The Singapore Asian Composers Festival (SACF) calls for submissions for a three-night event at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore (8th-10th Dec 2015). This competition is open to citizens of the Asia-Pacific region (Asia and Oceania). They do not need to be currently residing in the region. Selected composers are required to attend the festival. The festival will include pre-concert talks and other networking opportunities to bring together composers, musicians and the public.

Composers can write for solo or chamber music up to 10 instruments for a maximum duration of 10 minutes. The available instrumentation are 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 French Horn, 1 Piano, 2 Violins, 1 Viola, and 1 Cello. No electronic music would be accepted. Prepared piano is not allowed. Playing inside the piano is restricted to simple techniques such as plucking of strings. Composers can choose to write in either one of the following styles: classical, neo-classical, new age, film music and avant garde.

Works must be world premiere or Singapore premiere and cannot be accessed online. Works cannot be commercially recorded and/or released, and cannot be prize winners at other competitions. About 24 works will be chosen to be performed at the festival. Each submission must be complete by itself and not be part of a larger work. Only one work based on one of four themes can be submitted per composer. For information on themes, please refer to website link below.

All submissions will be judged anonymously. The deadline for submission is 31st July 2015.

Competition details

Call for scores: 2015 SMCO-SOUNZ Composer Workshop

The SMCO-SOUNZ Composer Workshop is a collaboration between the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music. The aim is to create a collection of high quality resources for composers, non-professional orchestras and orchestra directors. The project will deliver a documentary resource that will be streamable on the SOUNZ website, a workshop with the composers and a concert performance.

SOUNZ is calling for submissions from Auckland-based composers, who are willing to attend and take part in rehearsals, a workshop and video interviews. We strongly encourage secondary and tertiary students, as well as established composers, to apply.

The work may have been performed before and should be a maximum of eight minutes duration.

Submissions must reach SOUNZ no later than 5pm, 30 April 2015. No late entries will be accepted.

Please email the complete score in PDF format and completed submission form to

All composers who submit scores will be advised of the panel’s selections by late May 2015.

Download the submission form here