Competition time...?

Hi, 

I thought I would go through the latest batch of composition competitions that arrived in my inbox yesterday, and see if there is anything of interest to me. 

NB: All the comments are about the relevance of the competitions to me personally and not about the competitions themselves. 

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective Announces 2016-17 Student Composer Competition 

I'm not a student at a "school" in New York... 

Chamber Music Amici Composition Competition 

I'm not a legal resident of Oregon... 

SOUNDSTREAM EMERGING COMPOSERSʼ FORUM CALL FOR SCORES 

I'm not an Australian citizen and "emerging" is pushing things a bit... 

Call for Scores: Ensemble Schallfeld and Francesco Filidei Workshop with Ensemble Schallfeld 

"For composers taking part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016"... 

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC COMPETITION 2016 

"Composers of any age, nationality and place of residence who haven’t scored nor orchestrated more than three feature films (longer than 60 minutes) are eligible to enter." So far so good... Pay 75 euros to write a symphony orchestra score for a given 6-minute film. The best 5 get a big performance in Zurich with the winner getting an award and CHF 10,000...  

Sounds interesting, but I haven't got the time at the moment. This would make sense particularly if the resulting score was composed in such a way that it works on its own without the pictures - giving you a 6-minute stand-alone orchestral piece - but the whole point of film scores is to subtly support and not over-power the images...  

 Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra Call for Scores 

Instrumentation. Must consist of the following make-up: Mandolin 1 (4), Mandolin 2 (7), Mandola (2), Mandocello (2), Contrabass (1), and Guitar (4). Divisi may be used as much as wanted but may not exceed the numbers listed above. Guitars are classical 6-string standard tuned guitars. 

Length. There is no restriction on length of the work. 

This is just a group fishing for new pieces scored for their bizarre line-up. There is no prize to speak of... Anything written for this group couldn't easily be recycled and used with any other group, so why bother - unless you are a mandolin-geek (a lesser known relative of the ukulele-geek). 

Latitude 49 announces a call for scores, 

Goal for Call for Scores: 

To build connections and relationships with composers and to surface new works that could possibly be programmed in future Latitude 49 programs, or recorded on future albums 

This is Pierrot-like Ensemble - replace the flute with sax - looking for new works. Interesting details: travel expenses for the composer from any US city, and you are encouraged to send a head-shot photo (!)... 

The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION 2016 

The problem is in the title... 

The Vancouver Performance Scorebook Project 

The Vancouver Performance Scorebook Project (Maren Lisac and Alanna Ho) is looking for musical and performance scores by people currently based in the GVRD, for publication in a collective book project. The book will consist of music scores in non-conventional types of notation, e.g. graphic and verbal, as well as instructions for non-musical performance pieces, for all kinds of people to explore and perform. When the book is complete, we intend to put on a combination concert and book release party featuring selected pieces from the book...  

Where is the GRVD? I don't think I live there... 

Fifth Piano Composition Competition Fidelio via Internet 

Dear friend, if you think that you are capable of composing a piano piece 1-3 minute long, perhaps you may be interested in this competition via Internet from home. No matter how far you live. To enter this piano competition you only have to send your audio file. It costs 7 euros or equivalent in dollars and there are five prizes , three of them in cash. http://concursodecomposicionparapianofidelio.com/ 

Bizarre! 

2016 University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival - Yarn/Wire Call for Scores 

Composers must submit two scores of any style, instrumentation, and length for this call for scores. These scores need not conform to Yarn/Wire’s instrumentation, but should showcase the composer’s best work. Yarn/Wire will then choose one composer to receive a $500 award and to create a new work approximately 10 minutes in length to be premiered by Yarn/Wire in October as part of the festival. The new work will be written for two pianists (two pianos or one piano 4-hands) and two percussionists and may include electronics. 

I don't have anything close to that line-up, and anyway, it's a pig in a poke... submit 2 pieces to get the commission to write another one... 
 

All in all not a very interesting batch from my point of view. Maybe next time... 

If any of these are up your street, go for it. You have to be in it to win it...

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