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ISCM Canadian Section Call for Works for ISCM World Music Days 2016, in TONGYEONG, KOREA,  29 March - 3 April, 2016
 
** Application Deadline: Sunday, 14 June 2015 **
(11:59 pm - received by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 
The ISCM Canadian Section will hold a peer assessment jury to select works that will represent the ISCM Canadian Section at the World Music Days 2016 in Tongyeong, South Korea. The selected works will form the Canadian Section’s submission to the international jury of the 2016 World Music Days, and will also be included in the 2016 ISCM Canadian Section Promotional CD (not for sale or broadcast).

For all works being submitted to the ISCM Canadian Section for WMD 2016, it will be the responsibility of the composer to secure rights for the inclusion of his/her work in the ISCM Canadian Section promotional recording. 

For more information provided by the festival organizers, please click here:


Eligibility:

1. Composers with Canadian citizenship are entitled to submit works to the jury of the ISCM Canadian Section.  It is also possible to submit work(s) directly to the international jury of the ISCM by individual submission, conforming to the application fees and regulations of ISCM WMD 2016.  Only one work may be submitted per composer, whether through the ISCM Canadian Section or by individual submission.

The ISCM Canadian Section will make every attempt to notify the public in a timely fashion of the ISCM Canadian Section jury's selected works for World Music Days 2016, Tongyeong, Korea. Please note that the postmark deadline for composers to submit works for individual submission to the ISCM WMD 2016 is 31st August 2015. Individual submissions are not submitted to the ISCM Canadian Section (see WMD 2016 International Call for Scores for details).

Note: Composers whose work is selected for the official ISCM Canadian Section submission must be members of the Canadian League of Composers. If you are not a member, you may still submit, but if your work is chosen, we will ask you to join the CLC before we submit your work. The CLC will waive the $60 membership fee for the first year for composers whose works are part of the ISCM Canadian Section official submission.
 
2. The ISCM Canadian Section will select six works for consideration by the 2016 ISCM World Music Days Selection Jury. These works will come from at least four available categories

3. Works by a composer whose piece(s) have been performed or programmed at the 2015 ISCM World Music Days are not eligible for submission.

4. Works must be composed after 2007.

5. Works by a composer whose work was included in the ISCM Canadian Section’s official selection for the 2015 ISCM World Music Days are not eligible for submission to the ISCM Canadian Section for the 2016 ISCM World Music Days.

6. All works submitted to the ISCM Canadian Section for the Call for Scores for the 2016 ISCM World Music Days must conform to the instrumentations (or subsets thereof) of the available categories, as set out herein or in the International Call for Works on the South Korea Section website. 

7. Failure to conform to this will, at the discretion of the 2016 World Music Days jury, disqualify the entire submission from the ISCM Canadian Section. 

8. Please note, the South Korean Section adds: “Preference will be given to shorter compositions”.
 

Call for Works: ISCM Categories

All submissions must come from within the following categories. No addition of extra instruments to categories is allowed. Works written for subsets of these categories are permitted in some cases (please contact the ISCM Canadian Section for more information). Submitted works must have been composed after 2007. Works selected by the Selection Jury that have been submitted as part of the ISCM process will be given Official Selection status.
 
Categories:

1. Symphony orchestra (without soloist) max 2+1.2+1.2+1.2+1.-4.3.3.1./ tmp, perc3/ pf, hp /strings, duration max. 15 min percussion may include bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, triangle, slap stick, guiro, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, gong, conga, sleigh bells, bongo, tubular bells, glockenspiel, claves

2. Chamber Orchestra (without soloist) 2222-2200/ tmp, perc/ strings 86442/ duration max. 15 min percussion may include bass drum, cymbals, chimes, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, snare drum, cymbals, triangle, gongs

3. Ensemble (with or without Korean traditional instrument) 3 to 10 instruments to choose from: 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, ob, cl, bn, Daegeum or Gayageum, duration max. 10 min

4. Ensemble (with or without Solo voice) solo voice (S/A/T/B), and between 3 and 9 instruments to be chosen from: 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, ob, cl, bn, duration max. 10 min. Added electronics possible (up to 4 speakers / 4 channels available/ real time available/ audio-visual available)

5. Mixed choir 10/10/10/10, duration max. 10 min

6. String Quartet duration max. 10 min

7. Brass Quintet duration max. 10 min

8. Music for Children a) Piano Solo max. 5 min b) Vn/ Voice with piano accompaniment max. 5 min

9. Solo instrument / mixed media solo instrument (flute, clarinet, violin, cello) with or without electronics, or electronics without instruments (live or pre-recorded, up to 4 speakers / 4 channels available/ real time available/ audio-visual available),
duration max. 10 min

10. Musical Fairytale for children, narrator and ensemble of between 3 and 9 players to choose from pf, 2vn, va, vc, db, fl, cl, perc,
duration max 30 min incl. Narration.

11. Installations
•    sound installations linked to existing festival spots/venues, i.e. Isang Yun Memorial Theme Park, Concert Hall terrace, Concert Hall rooftop terrace, concert hall driveway
•    sculptures with sound installations, where the sculptures are provided by the artists
•    virtual (sound) gates: small sound installations, which can be placed inside or outside the concert venues


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The listed instruments in all categories are standard instruments; scores with non-standard instruments will not be accepted for the Canadian Section submission.

  
Submitting Works to the ISCM Canadian Section:
The preferred means of submitting works by Canadian composers for consideration is through the ISCM Canadian Section. Please note, however, that only one work may be submitted. The ISCM Canadian Section will select six works for consideration by the 2016 ISCM World Music Days Selection Jury. These works will come from at least four available categories.
 
Required Materials:

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

(by email: electronic copies only.  Allowed file types: mp3  pdf  jpg  jpeg  gif  png  txt  doc  xls  ppt  pps  odt  ods  odp  avi  mpeg  mpg  mov  rm  flv  wmv  3gp  mp4  dir  dcr  ogg.  Each text file must be less than 25 MB.  Audio/video files may be larger if accessible on external servers such as Dropbox, Sound Cloud, etc)

a) Completed, signed and scanned (as electronic file) application form, available on the World Music Days 2016 website here.  

b) PDF version of the score/description

c) Wherever possible, an audio or video recording of the work  (as per above list of file types)

d) A short biography of the composer in English (max 150 words)

e) Program notes of the submitted work in English (max 150 words)

f) Technical rider with the specification of all equipment that is necessary to perform the work

g) Proof of nationality of the composer (copy of passport)

h) Current photograph of the composer (high quality preferred; if your piece is chosen by WMD 2016, it will be used in concert program)

i) Website of the composer or the publisher if available

j) Signed declaration of authorship, including a declaration that your work and the submitted recording of your work do not infringe upon the copyright of any other person or company in any way, and that the Canadian Section ISCM has permission to use the submitted recording on a not-for-sale demo CD if it so chooses.

Note: Your application will only be considered complete when electronic copies of all the above files (via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are received.

Information:

For general information on the International Society for Contemporary Music, click here.
For additional information specific to the ISCM Canadian Section, click here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 

ISCM Canadian Section succeeds in bid to host 2017 World New Music Days in Vancouver
 
The ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) Canadian Section is pleased to announce that its bid to host the 2017 World New Music Days in Vancouver was unanimously approved!

ISCM Canadian Section President Jim Hiscott presented the bid in partnership with Vancouver-based organization Music on Main's artistic director David Pay during the recent 2014 World New Music Days in Wroclaw, Poland.  After the bid was approved, Jim signed the official festival contract with ISCM President Peter Swinnen.

 
This marks a significant achievement, as the WNMD festival has been around for 91 years, and Canada has only had the privilege of hosting once before (in Toronto and Montréal in 1984). The week-long festival will showcase Canadian music on the international stage and will be attended by delegates from around the world.

See you in Vancouver in 2017!
 

ISCM Canadian Section
 



 
 
 
 
 
ISCM Canadian Section Announcement of Selected Works for the World Music Days 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 26 September - 1 October 2015
 
The ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) Canadian Section is pleased to announce the composers and works selected to represent Canada for 2015.
 
A committee consisting of Heather Hindman, Monica Pearce, Patrick Saint-Denis, and chaired by Jim Hiscott (non-voting) convened recently and selected six works as Canadaʼs official submission to the international jury of the 2015 World Music Days. These works will be featured on the annual ISCM Canadian Section CD, which will be handed out to presenters and interpreters from countries around the world.

World Music Days 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia
ISCM Canadian Section Selected Works (no order of preference):


Samuel Andreyev
À propos du concert de la semaine dernière (chamber ensemble with piano solo)

Brian Current
Rounds (string quartet)

Gordon Fitzell
Pangaea Ultima (chamber ensemble)

Robert Lemay
Urban Influx (Afflux urbain) (saxophone quartet)

Juliet Palmer
Bout (chamber ensemble)

Rita Ueda
Enthalpy of Vaporization (orchestra)

The ISCM Canadian Section is pleased to be associated with the above works, and we look forward to hosting our selected composers at the World Music Days Festival in 2015. For more information on ISCM activities, and on the artists and their works, please review the websites listed below and/or contact the ISCM Canadian Section representatives. 

At least one of the six works included in our national submission will be performed during the festival (the international jury can, however, select more than one of these works); we will endeavour to promote and disseminate all of these works with the hope that they will receive performances in Canada and abroad, in addition to the eventual World Music Days performance and annual ISCM Canadian Section CD printing.

Sincerely,

Jim Hiscott, President, ISCM Canadian Section 
Brian Harman, Vice-President, ISCM Canadian Section




For information on the ISCM and the World Music Days 2015 visit:
www.worldmusicdays2015.si
www.iscm.org
www.composition.org

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