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Composer Opportunities, Awards, & Commissions2019-08-14T09:04:01+00:00


Problematic Orchestra is an eclectic semi-professional chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon. The ensemble is administered by Longest Night Society.
For information visit longestnight.ca

P.O. performs an eclectic and diverse repertoire that crosses genres and styles, and includes new commissions. The group often incorporates singing by ensemble members as a kind of ‘in situe’ choral texture. Instrumentation is flexible, alternative instrumentation is often available based on the following:

Flute 1 and 2, oboe, clarinet 1 and 2, saxophone(s), trumpet, trombone, keyboards/piano, electronics, perc, 1-marimba, perc. II-misc., perc. III-timpani, strings: 3/3/3/3/2


Problematic Orchestra is seeking scores from Canadian composers for their December ‘Canadiana’ concert series. Any and all types of works will be considered. Works with some sort of additional ‘Canadiana’ theme, aside from the composer being Canadian, would be welcome but not necessary. Decisions will be made based on overall program balance, musicality, and viability for our ensemble.

P.O. is a developing ensemble, located in Northern Canada, and made up of a diverse group of musicians with varying skill levels. Scores should not be too difficult. Comprovisation or improvisation is welcome.

Contributing composers must be able to deliver parts by September 15, 2019.
P.O. / Longest Night Society is committed to paying a performance royalty to all contributing composers on a pro-rated basis, and to an amount based on our annual find-raising efforts – to be determined. Performance recordings will be made available.

Please send PDF of scores, and MP3 recordings if possible to:
c/o Daniel Janke
[email protected]

Calling all Canadian composers! We are collaborating with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to offer an orchestral composition career development session, Explore the Score. Submissions are now open and close on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

The purpose of the session is to offer composers an opportunity to hear their works rehearsed in a professional orchestral setting. Participants will receive feedback from TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and will have an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with a TSO Guest Conductor, members of the orchestra, the TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin, and the TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel.

For more information and to apply online, visit
👉 TSO.CA/CallForScores 👈

Deadline: September 8, 2019

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Azrieli Music Prizes – AMP. Sponsored by the The Azrieli Foundation, it’s described as “Canada’s largest prizes for music composition.”

Composers are invited to compete for one of three prizes, which each include $50,000 cash, a live performance of the composition by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the AMP gala concert in Montréal and a commercial recording on the Analekta label.

The winning works will also be performed at an international concert arranged by the Azrieli Foundation. Each prize package is valued at over $200,000, placing the AMP among the most significant composition competitions in the world.

Deadline: September 1, 2019
Submission details

The Electronic Music Composition Contest is a juried competition that spotlights global musical talent while offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

First prize is $500 (Can.), a composer profile in Musicworks 136, Spring 2020 issue (both in print and online) and the composition released on the Musicworks 136 CD.
Second prize is $200 (Can.) and composer coverage on the website in 2020.
Third prize is $100 (Can.) and composer coverage on the website in 2020.

How to Enter
Interested parties must compose and submit an experimental piece in any electronic-music genre—acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music (IDM), turntable art, or video music.

The contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world and from artists at any stage of their careers. Pieces must be previously unpublished, i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission.

Contest Entry Fee is $25 (Can.) All entrants receive a FREE, one-year subscription to Musicworks. Additional entries are $5 each, unlimited.

Our 2019 EMC Contest closes October 25, 2019.

For more information please visit musicworks.ca

The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to launch its 2019/20 Young Composers Competition.  Once again we will recognize the Grand Prize Winner with a $2,000 prize, plus a performance of the winning composition.  The Runner-Up will receive a $1,000 prize, and we will award $500 to the winner of the Promising High School Composer category.

This is the EPO’s fifth Young Composers Competition, and we are very proud to support the work of young Canadian composers of orchestral music.  For more information about the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra visit www.eporchestra.ca

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Submission details