Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency

Fee: $35 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: July 19, 2021

Kimmel Harding Nelson (KHN) invites applications from established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from around the world. Annual deadlines to apply are September 1 and March 1. Up to seventy residencies are awarded per year; residencies are available for 2-8 week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio.


Musiqa Emerging Composer Fellowship

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 14, 2021 · Posted: July 12, 2021

Musiqa is now accepting applications from emerging composers living in the Houston area for its Emerging Composers Fellowship. Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree in music within the last five years, preferably in music composition. The Composer Fellow will receive mentorship from MUSIQA’s artistic board composers, a commission for a 4-7′ work to be premiered at a Musiqa performance, and a $1,500 stipend.


Pacific Chamber Orchestra – Dream American Reading Workshop

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 20, 2021 · Posted: July 12, 2021

Pacific Chamber Orchestra is now accepting submissions of complete orchestral pieces and movements or sections of larger works from emerging composers (see full call for instrumentation requirements). 6-8′ long pieces are preferred, with 4′ as the minimum length and 10′ as the maximum length. 6 composers total will be selected to participate in workshops and a reading of their piece during October 30-October 31; all works will be rehearsed, played, discussed with conductor Lawrence Kohl and a composer mentor (Kurt Rhode and Jean Ahn) and read by the PCO.


Saint Mary’s University Concert Band – Kaplan Commissioning Project

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 15, 2021 · Posted: July 12, 2021

Now announcing the tenth annual Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission project for a new Concert Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage. Applicants must send a letter of introduction, a resume/CV, and scores and recordings of two representative compositions (scores do not need to be band compositions, but must demonstrate wind and percussion writing). One composer will receive a $10,000 commission to write a 5-7′ wind ensemble work based on Jewish melodic material, either folk or religious sources. The composer will also interact with SMU band students regarding the composition and will attend the premiere to present a lecture/seminar on the commissioned work and music composition (additional travel/expense allowance will be provided).


Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University: Lecturer & Princeton Arts Fellow Opportunity

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 14, 2021 · Posted: July 12, 2021

Princeton University seeks early career composers, conductors, and musicians for a 2-year Arts Fellowship during the Princeton academic year. Fellows will be in residence for academic years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 at Princeton, interacting with students, faculty, and staff as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music, teaching one course each semester; fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Applicants are not required to have prior teaching experience. An $86,000 salary for each year is included.


Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University – Hodder Fellow Opportunity

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 14, 2021 · Posted: July 12, 2021

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Composers are asked to submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance. Fellows will spend an academic year at Princeton and will receive an $86,000 stipend for the 10-month appointment.


Strange Trace Stencils Festival 2022 Call for Proposals

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 1, 2021 · Posted: July 9, 2021

Strange Trace is seeking proposals for <20' chamber operas to be workshopped and produced by Strange Trace throughout their 2021-22 season. Stencils is open to artists of all ages and nationalities, and proposals can come from composers, librettists, teams, and music makers new to opera. Each selected work will be paired with a Strange Trace member project lead, who will help guide the show through a workshop process including table reads, brainstorming sessions, libretto readings, rehearsals, and proposals. The work will be performed at the June Stencils Festival in 2022.


Charlotte New Music – Writing Submissions

Fee: $0 · Deadline: December 31, 2021 · Posted: July 9, 2021

Composers are encouraged to submit 250-1,000 word articles about their music, workflow, production setups, career building, and other topics related to the music scene. Inclusion of graphics, music samples, and music links are encouraged. Charlotte New Music will post articles on its website and social media channels.


Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: November 1, 2021 · Posted: July 9, 2021

The Garth Newel Music Center is now accepting submissions of works for piano quartet (violin, viola, cello, and piano) from composers of any age and nationality. The winner will receive the Glovie and Dick Lynn New Music Prize of $3,000; a performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet during the 2022 Summer Music Festival; a travel stipend to work with the Quartet and the premiere in Hot Springs, VA; and the opportunity to participate in a short-term residency in conjunction with the premiere.


CCRMA Workshop: Audio Plugins with Faust and JUCE

Fee: $200 · Deadline: July 25, 2021 · Posted: July 8, 2021

Now accepting applications for Stanford’s Audio Plugins with Faust and JUCE workshop, taking place July 26-30, 2021 online. This workshop is intended for musicians, makers, engineers, computer scientists, etc. Previous background in computer programming is recommended. From 9am – 12:30pm PST, participants will learn how to design sound synthesis and processing objects in the Faust programming language and then port these algorithms as cross platform plugins using C++ and JUCE.


CreArt Music Box Classical Commission Program

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 22, 2021 · Posted: July 8, 2021

CreArt Box is accepting proposals for new works for composers of any age, nationality, career stage and style. Proposals must address how the new work will fit with the organization’s mission of creating new music and live art performances, inspiring and educating future generations, and using and revitalizing unconventional spaces. CreArt Box will provide the composer with a composer fee according to the length and instrumentation of the piece, and will rehearse and perform the work in Spring 2022.


Art Beyond the Ink’s EXPO: New Works Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 15, 2021 · Posted: July 8, 2021

Art Beyond the Ink (ABI) seeks submissions of 4-10′ works in any genre/style for 1-5 players for its inaugural EXPO: New Works Competition. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 and a commission for new work (5-7′) to be used in a collaborative video project; second and third prizes will receive $450 and $250, respectively, and a video project made with their existing, submitted score.


OMEA Young Composers Initiative 2022 Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 15, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

Composers who are Ohio residents between ages 13-20 are invited to submit 3-10′ works of any style or aesthetic direction for any combination of flute, oboe, and piano. Applicants must be sponsored by an OMEA member. Winning composer(s) will receive virtual mentorship from OMEA members and will have their work performed by Diverge Trio at the 2022 OMEA Conference.


Baltimore Choral Arts Student Composer Project

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

High school and college students living within a 125-mile radius of Baltimore County are invited to submit a <5' work for chorus and piano or unaccompanied chorus with either sacred or secular texts in any language. Three participants will be selected for the project, and will receive a live reading of their choral work and a $250 prize; one of the students will also receive an additional Singer's Choice award of $250. Composers must commit to traveling to Baltimore at their expense for the Master Class.


Emory University Symphony Orchestra – Call for Compositions

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 15, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

Emory University seeks submissions of 2-3 compositions in any genre and instrumentation (one composition employing traditional notation with notated score) from female-identifying BIPOC composers. Composers of any age and any career stage are invited to apply. One selected composer will receive a $3,500 commission to compose a ~10′ orchestral work. $2,000 of the award covers the commission fee, and $1,500 of the commission is to defray travel and and related costs for 2 trips to Atlanta, GA for January 2022 workshops and the April 2022 rehearsals and premiere.


Houston Grand Opera Lunar New Year Call for Proposals

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 2, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

HGOco seeks proposals for 45-60′ chamber operas based on the story of the Jade Emperor and the Great Race from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) composers and composer/librettist teams residing in North America. The work will include stage performers (singers, actors, dancers) and 4-6 instrumentalists, and will be suitable for children, families, and adults. The selected composer or composer/librettist team will be commissioned to create a new chamber orchestra (deadline March 1 2022), which will be workshopped in Spring 2022 through Fall 2023 in Texas and premiered at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston in February 2024.


McDuffie Center for Strings: New Music Initiative for Black Voices

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

Composers of any age who self-identify as Black are welcome to submit original <10' works for string quartet written after January 1, 2010. Composers must not be under professional management. A panel consisting of students at the McDuffie Center will choose five winning submissions, and each winning piece will be worked on throughout the course of the 2021 Fall Semester and recorded at the historic Capricorn studios; each selected composer will receive a polished recording of their piece. Composers and students will meet over zoom multiple times over the semester, and student groups will receive coachings prior to the recording.


ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 16, 2021 · Posted: June 28, 2021

ASCAP Foundation seeks applications from composers members of ASCAP (no age or geographic restrictions) for itsSymphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize project. Composers must submit representative instrumental work written since 2021, ideally scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large ensemble that integrages elements of jazz or other related genres. One composer will receive a $5,000 commissioning prize to compose a new work for the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.


Call for Compositions: Ding Yi Composium 2021

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 25, 2021

Composers of all nationalities and ages are invited to submit 6-8′ works for Chinese chamber ensemble for Ding Yi’s fourth annual Composium. Works may be centered around two themes: Category A, Chinese Festivals and Customs; and Category B, Life Sentiments (each category includes specific instrumentation. Please refer to submission guidelines for details). Composers selected for the final round must attend Composium 2021 in person or virtually, during which winning composers will be selected to receive awards and prizes in their respective categories.


San Columbano International Competition

Fee: $30.48 · Deadline: September 10, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

San Colombano Competition seeks <8' contemporary arias setting a sacred text in English or Italian from composers of all nationalities age 18+. Any stylistic form, and any vocal register (bass, baritone, tenor, contralto, mezzo-soprano, soprano, countertenor) is welcome. The winner of the selected composition will receive a prize of 300 EUR, and the work will be performed in a concert during the San Colombano 2022 music festival