//Composing Opportunities

New Composition Contest for Teens!

I'm thrilled to be able to tell you that there is a brand new composition contest for teenagers beginning this year! There are no limits on style or content, so this competition is literally open to any teenage student. I have added this contest to the Composition Contests for Students [...]

Opportunity for Composers

The Boston New Music Initiative announces a call for works to be programmed on its sixth concert season, which will run from September 2014 through June 2015. It doesn't appear to have an age restriction, but let me know if you find out otherwise. Call For Music Scores Deadline: December 31, 2013 [...]

By | November 30th, 2013|Composing as a Career, Composing Opportunities|0 Comments

New Competitions for Student Composers!

One of the purposes of this blog is to help teachers encourage student creativity, improvisation and composition. You can find practice articles on how to teach composition in the Composition for Kids category as well as a comprehensive list of all the competitions available to students composers. I have recently [...]

Christmas Carol Contest for Composers

I received this information about the sixteenth Christmas Carol contest and was thrilled that this years' instrumentation is SATB plus piano! The deadline to enter the contest is August 2. This year marks the sixteenth year of the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest, as VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum provide composers with [...]

By | April 15th, 2013|Composing, Composing Opportunities|0 Comments

Composing in Alaska?

I received information on what seems to be a beautiful opportunity to compose in Alaska. Here is that information: 2013 Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar A one-of-a-kind experience for adventurous composers. Draw inspiration from Alaska's wilderness, write original music about it, and hear it performed - all within two [...]

By | February 26th, 2013|Composing as a Career, Composing Opportunities|2 Comments

Composition Competitions for Students

Composition Competitions and Contests for Young Students Here is a list of some of the composition competitions of which I am aware. If you know of others that are national, please leave them in the comments section and I'll add them! (updated 2016) NextNotes High School Composition Awards This is [...]

Rudolf Nissim Prize: $5,000

Here’s a wonderful composition contest to enter for all my composer friends: This $5000 cash prize is presented annually to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. A jury of conductors selects the winning score. Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of [...]

By | October 8th, 2011|Composing, Composing Opportunities|0 Comments

Finale Music Composition Contest

Here is a great opportunity for collegiate students from Finale Music, makers of Finale notation software. 2012 Finale® National Composition Contest In partnership with MakeMusic, Inc., and the acclaimed American string quartet JACK Quartet, the American Composers Forum announces the 2012 Finale® National Composition Contest. The objective of this competition is to encourage [...]

By | September 27th, 2011|Composing, Composing Opportunities|0 Comments