Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2021 · Posted: August 26, 2021

Musical instrument inventors from around the world are invited to submit their instrument to the 2022 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Approximately ten finalists will be invited to attend the 2022 edition of the Guthman Musical Instrument competition at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 11 and 12; finalists must attend the competition in person to present their work to the judges, perform on a public concert, and compete for $10,000 in prizes. A limited number of travel subsidies will be available to help defray the cost of traveling to Atlanta.


The 2021 Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 31, 2021 · Posted: August 26, 2021

Syracuse University seeks 3-4′ works for 3-4 soprano and alto voices (accompanied by piano or organ or a cappella) from composers ages 21-35. The award-winning composer will receive $1,200 prize. The selected composition will be premiered in spring 2022 on the Syracuse University campus. The presence of the winning composer at the premiere is encouraged but not required.


National Opera Association: Dominick Argento Fellowship for Opera Composition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 15, 2021 · Posted: August 26, 2021

The National Opera Association is pleased to announce the Dominick Argento Fellowship for Opera Composition, which will provide full graduate-level tuition and living expenses to a composer who attends or will attend a U.S. accredited post-secondary educational institution in a degree for graduate study in composition. Eligible students must have completed an appropriate undergraduate program or equivalent, or be in the last quarter/semester/year of an undergraduate program; students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their current program or last completed degree. See call for full list or eligible degree programs. The selected fellow will receive a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to two years for a master’s-level degree, or for up to three years for a doctoral-level degree.


Education Through Music-Los Angeles: Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest

Fee: $5 · Deadline: October 15, 2021 · Posted: August 26, 2021

ETM-LA seeks submissions of previously unpublished songs for young treble voices (SA) on the theme of “music unites the world.” Songwriters and composers are asked to submit a full score, vocal score, and recording (MIDI is acceptable). The winner will be invited to attend the premiere where the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The composer will also meet and work with the choir and director prior to the premiere ini Los Angeles, CA in March 2022.


West Edge Opera and Earplay SNAPSHOT Call for Scores

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2021 · Posted: August 26, 2021

West Edge Opera is soliciting excerpts of unproduced musical theater works from composer/librettist teams, one of whom must have resided in CA, OR, or WA for at least 4 of the last 20 years. Excerpts should be 10-20′, must not have received a fully staged production, and should use a maximum of 4 performers/singers. Selected composers will be asked to orchestrate for the ensemble (piano and up to 6 instruments), and the works will be performed the weekend of April 9-10 at the Wilsey Center in San Francisco. Either the composer or the librettist must be present in the San Francisco Bay Area for the week of the performance to participate in rehearsals and related activities; West edge is unable to offer a travel stipend but can help arranging home stays.


Victory Players Call for Proposals

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 1, 2022 · Posted: August 25, 2021

Composers are invited to submit a proposal for an 8-12′ work to be premiered by the Victory Players ensemble. The commissions for 2022 and 2023 are focused on the Mexican American experience. Selected composers will be invited for a two-week workshop in early summer 2022; composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the ensemble and rehearse their piece. Portions of the work will be featured and performed in a concert at the end of the workshop on June 10-11, 2022; the final work will be premiered in June 2023, where it will be recorded in its entirety.


Buehlman Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2021 · Posted: August 25, 2021

Composers born after January 1, 1987 are invited to submit <4' works for middle school wind band; works must be Grade 2-3. The winning compositions will be announced in December 2021 and will be premiered by an ensemble selected to perform at the 76th Midwest Clinic, taking place in Chicago in December 2022.


Call for Art Songs: Voices Up! The Justice Concert

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 31, 2021 · Posted: August 25, 2021

Composers living in the New York Metropolitan area are invited to submit 8-14′ songs for mezzo soprano and piano that focus on themes of social justice and injustice, past, present, and future. Selected pieces will be performed at Fordham University in 2022; composers are asked to attend the concert to speak about their music.


Call for Scores: University of Kansas Midwest Music Research Collective and Musicians for an Anti-Racist College

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 30, 2021 · Posted: August 24, 2021

MMRC and MARC seek <10' works from graduate student composers; composers do not need to be music students. Chamber and solo works are preferred, but larger ensemble works are also welcome (see call for full list of available instrumentation). Selected works will be performed at MMRC and MARC's Spring Conference, which will take place March 19-20, 2022.


Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 1, 2022 · Posted: August 24, 2021

Ithaca College seeks original, >7′ compositions for wind ensemble/concert band from composers of all ages. The composer of the winning piece will receive $6,000, as well as travel support up to $1,000 to attend the performance in spring or fall 2022.


National Young Composers Challenge

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2021 · Posted: August 19, 2021

Composers ages 13-18 are invited to apply to this year’s National Young Composers Challenge. YCC seeks ~5′ works for either chamber ensemble or full orchestra (see call for full list of instruments). Six winning compositions will include three pieces for full orchestra and three pieces for chamber ensemble; all compositions will be performed by a professional symphony orchestra, and each winner will receive a professional recording of their piece. Each orchestral winner will receive $1,000, and each chamber ensemble winner will receive $500.


Ruth and Clarence Mader Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: December 17, 2021 · Posted: August 19, 2021

Now accepting 8-12′ organ works from composers who are residents of the US. Works must be based upon the pitches D C E A D E-flat D-flat. The winner will receive $10,000, publication, and a premiere performance of the work (details to be determined).


Stephen Paulus Young Composers Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: November 15, 2021 · Posted: August 19, 2021

True Concord seeks submissions of 5-6′ settings of one of three poems (see full call for details) from composers ages 18-40. The winner will receive $1,500, a performance by True Concord in three January 2022 concerts in Tuscon, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the concerts.


USAIHC Ruth Inglefield Composition Contest

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2021 · Posted: August 19, 2021

The USA International Harp Competition seeks 6-8′ unpublished solo pedal harp works from composers of all nationalities; previous winners are not eligible. The composer of the winning composition will receive $2,000 USD, inclusion in the 12th USAIHC’s required repertoire, performance by the 2022 Gold Medalist at debut concerts, and will have the score published by Lyon & Healy publications.


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).


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.


NYC Contemporary Music Symposium: Solo Timpani/Percussion Call for Submissions

Fee: $15 · Deadline: November 1, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

NYC Contemporary Music Symposium seeks <10' works scored for solo timpani and/or other single-player configurations of available percussion instruments (see call for full list). This call is open to composers of all musical aesthetics, and works do not need to be premieres or composed for this specific project. 4-8 winners will receive a performance by award-winning percussionist Jeffery Kautz and professional audio and video recordings of the performance.


Hillcrest Wind Ensemble – Prospectus: 2021 Composition Contest

Fee: $20 · Deadline: September 27, 2021 · Posted: May 21, 2021

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble seeks 4-10′ works written for HWE’s instrumentation from composers of any age, nationality, and experience level. Works should be previously unperformed, and should be written for medium to advanced-level players (Grade 3 to 5). A $500 and $250 award will be given to the first and second-place winners, respectively, and winning pieces will be performed as allowed given the COVID-19 pandemic; a recording of the piece will be available for the composers.