Wednesday, 20 May 2009

CFS: Miami ISCM World Music Days (Sydney)

30 APRIL - 9 MAY 2010

The Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music  (ISCM) at Florida International University (FIU) is pleased to announce a call for scores for submission to the 2010 World Music Days being held in Sydney, Australia April 30 through May 9, 2010. As an Associated Section of the ISCM we will be submitting up to 6 works to represent the USA at the festival. Although the ultimate programming choices are made by the festival, in only our 7th year submitting works we are proud to be able to state that a number of works chosen by our panel and submitted to the WMD have been selected for inclusion in several of these important international festivals. Most recently music by William Kleinsasser, Aaron Cassidy, Dorothy Chang, Ashley Rose Fure, and Sam Pluta has been selected and presented at these events.

Please note that this call is for US composers only (i.e. citizens or permanent residents of the US). In addition as per WMD guidelines composers whose works were selected for submission by us in 2008 for Sweden and/or performed at the World Music Days in Lithuania in 2008 are not eligible.

Works for the following forces are being requested (please note specific details): All submissions must come from within these categories. No addition of extra instruments to categories is allowed. Works written for subsets of these categories are permitted. Submitted works must have been composed in 2004 or later.

1. Large chamber ensemble: 2Perc Pno Hp, woodwind with standard doublings, saxophone available; 2. Ensemble Offspring lineup: flute, 2 clarinets (both double on bass clarinet), piano, 2 perc, 2 violins, cello, optional didjeridu (n.b. the didjeridu is an improvising tradition); 3. Solos, duos, and trios from the Ensemble Offspring, lineup listed above, with electronics; 4. Young composer special entry section: Ensemble Offspring lineup (without
didjeridu) - open to composers aged 35 and under as of Thursday 6, May, 2010; 5. Topology lineup: soprano or alto sax, piano, vln, vla, db (all amplified, video playback available). Pieces with a political agenda or intent are especially welcome in this category; 6. String octet (4.2.2);
7. Big band; 8. Saxophones: solo and multiple saxophones (including saxophone orchestra); 9. Electric guitar, bass guitar (4 string fretless, 6 string or 8 string), drumkit (acoustic or v-drums,
double-kick welcome); 10. MATCH Percussion with Michael Duke lineup: 2 perc (economical setups welcome though not necessary), one saxophone; 11. Flute, bassoon, piano, harpsichord; 12. Cello and piano; 13. Solo piano or duo pianos (2 pianos or piano 4 hands); 14. Sydney Children's Choir lineup: SA, SSA, SSAA (further divisions possible); 15. Sydney Chamber Choir lineup: a capella choral music on a sacred theme (SATB, max divisi SSAATTBB, solos possible within the choir); 16. Sound sculptures and audio video installation art; 17. Radiophonic works
duration of up to 30 minutes, for broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

Up to 2 works may be submitted with a processing fee of $10 US for the first work and $5 US for the second. Please make checks payable to the FIU SCHOOL OF MUSIC – checks made out incorrectly will cause the submission to be returned/rejected (do not send cash). Credit card
payment is acceptable in which case you must include a signed statement authorizing the use of the card for the amount specified with the type of card, card number, and expiration date (credit card submissions with incomplete authorizations will not be accepted). Submissions without the
proper method of payment will be returned/rejected.

All submissions must be accompanied by the following materials and information:

a. Two copies of the score or two copies of audio / video material for non-notated works and projects.
b. A short biography of the composer in English (maximum 200 words in Word or RTF format saved onto a CD or USB flash drive).
c. A recent photo of the composer (TIFF or JPEG format saved onto a CD or USB flash drive).
d. Proof of composer’s nationality (passport preferred).
e. Mailing address and email address of the composer, with website of the composer or link to the publisher, if available.
f. A recording of the submitted work if possible (CD preferred or DVD for sound installations, MIDI recordings are fine).
g. Program notes of the submitted work in English (maximum 200 words in Word or RTF format saved onto a CD or USB flash drive).
h. The year of composition. It is required that the submitted works must be composed in or after 2004. Please specify if the work has not been premiered, or not performed in Australia.
i. An accurate estimate of the duration of the work. Duration of up to a maximum of 15 minutes for any submitted work is recommended. Shorter works are welcome.
j. Any other necessary information/documentation relevant for consideration by the Jury and organizers, apart from the recording or score (e.g., list of equipment and amplification etc.).
k. Notification of the category or categories into which this composition falls (1-17).
l. Declaration of authorship, including a declaration that the submitted work does not infringe upon the copyright of any other person or company in any way.

By submitting to the festival, the composer or publisher must provide all necessary performing materials (including scores and parts, special uncommon instrument(s), audio video materials, etc.) at a date specified by the festival, if selected.

Given the nature of the requirements from Sydney scores should not be submitted anonymously – however the identity of the composer will be masked from the jury during the selection process. All entries will be treated with great care however the ISCM and the organizer will not take responsibility for the loss or damage of scores, audio/video discs or any other submitted materials. Please send SASE if you wish that your materials be returned. Submissions received without SASE and not selected may be recycled.

All submissions must be postmarked by July 1, 2009. Selected works will be announced in August. Submissions that do not meet the conditions or deadlines specified will not be considered.

Please send all materials to:

Orlando Jacinto Garcia, ISCM Miami Section
Florida International University
School of Music WPAC 145B
Miami, Florida 33199 USA

For more information regarding the World Music Days please visit the
ISCM page at

For more information about the Miami ISCM please visit our web page

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