December Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Christmas is now upon us once more and with it comes our December 2016 Newsletter. In this issue, we have news of the ‘Bang on a Can’ Festival, new composers’ opportunities as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.

As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events in or after February. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me at malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.

All of us at NewMusicSA wish our subscribers a very happy festive season and productive New Year.


The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Annual residency program for composers and performers -- July 17-Aug 6, 2017

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform publicly in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission. And the residency concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty ensembles. The program also includes world music workshops, an orchestra of original instruments, technology and music business seminars and more.

Past participants have said: Bang on a Can has changed my life. I never thought it would be possible to find a community that is devoted to new music with such a high calibre of musicianship, such enthusiasm and mutual supportiveness, and such a sense of joy for everything we do. I know I'll be looking to recreate this feeling in my future collaborations, always.

Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be -- inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time from ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, California EARUnit and more: Gregg August, bass; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Vicki Ray, piano; Todd Reynolds, violin; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; and more special guests!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored. Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

Contact: info [at] bangonacan [dot] org

Application Deadline: Weds, January 18, 2017

Applications can be made online.

Please read these wonderful and informative online articles (with video) from NewMusicBox:

‘A World of their own making’

‘A Sandbox of Sounds’

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival as featured on PBS, see the NewsHour segment.

In 2014, two of our faculty, Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe appeared on PBS's 'The Arts Assignment'.


Composers’ Opportunities

  1. Listening to Ladies

            Elizabeth Blair, founder and director of Listening to Ladies has drawn our attention to a new composer opportunity for women. Men, please don’t switch off here as you might know a female composer who is not a subscriber to this newsletter and who might be interested in participating.

Elizabeth showcases contemporary classical music written by women. She is conducting a call-for-scores in collaboration with a brass and wind ensemble. Full details are available here or by downloading the pdf file here.

            You can also visit:



Patreon (fundraiser)

Promo video

         2. Concours Hélianthe

Grégoire Feybesse, saxophone teacher at the Music Conservatory of Angoulême, writes:

The goal of this contest is to compose a pedagogical piece of music, no more than 5 minutes duration, which has a link to another type of art (free choice). This piece should be for alto saxophone which can be solo or accompanied by another alto saxophone, a piano, percussion, theatre, dance, video or audio file (4 channels max with stereo reduction mandatory). The composition, (including accompaniment) should not exceed ABRSM level 7. There should be a maximum of two players on stage with, eventually, a video or audio file.

Composition(s) submission(s) deadline is January, 9th 2017. Registration fee is 10 € per composition.

A maximum of ten compositions will be selected to participate to the final. Those pieces will be sent to saxophone class partners (at least thirty), where teacher and student, will vote for their favourite before June, 4th 2017. The top 3 will receive the following prizes:

In addition, the finalist’s pieces will be offered an edition by our partner MDpublications.

More information (overview, rules and composition tips) are available in the attached file.


Further opportunities

For a list of the many opportunities for composers, whether call for scores/submissions, competitions, collaborations or residencies, visit The Composer’s Site and click on the relevant link.


Reminders of Call for Scores

  1. Trio Siciliano

Trio Siciliano, in collaboration with U07 Records, is pleased to announce the first "call for scores", which aims to issue a recording during 2017. They are looking for authors who wish to submit their compositions for the following formation: Piano, Violin and Cello. All the information related to the Trio can be found on their website.

Submission rules and guidelines can be found here.

Please note the deadline is 31 January 2017.

  1. Risuonanze 2017 Call for Scores

               Associazione Culturale TKE is announcing a Call for Scores ‘Risuonanze 2017’.

       The Call is open to composers of any nationality and age; its deadline is February 27, 2017.

               Please download here for detailed information.

  1. Competition: Ensemble Nuove Musiche

Ensemble Nuove Musiche association announces an international competition whose award ceremony will take place in Savona (Italy) in 2017. The award ceremony of this call will be part of the 5th edition of the Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona organized by them in the city of Savona.

Please visit their website for details. Note that there is no age limit and the deadline for submission is 15 April 2017. Full competition rules may be downloaded here.

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