General Call for Scores
Canadian League of Composers / CUMS Composition Prize

The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce a call for scores for potential inclusion in the contemporary music concert to be performed at its 2011 conference, which is to be held at Mount Allison University, Department of Music, Sackville, NB, June 2–5, 2011. Included in this Call for Scores is announcement of the Canadian League of Composers/Canadian University Music Society Composition Prize for 2011: together, the CLC, CUMS and Mount Allison University, will provide a prize totaling $2500 for the best composition by a student composer in 2011. The jury reserves the right not to award the cash prize if no worthy score is submitted by a student. Students whose compositions are selected for performance may be eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with CUMS guidelines (receipts are required).

All submissions should be from Canadian citizens or landed immigrants,


The score or scores chosen will be performed at a concert on the evening of Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 p.m. in Sackville by Motion Ensemble.

Scores submitted must conform to the following specifications: 

  1. a five- to eight-minute instrumental work, in a single movement or multiple movements;
  2. scored for at least three members of the following four-member chamber ensemble: flute (including piccolo/alto flute/bass flute), clarinet (including alto/bass clarinet), double bass, percussion; electronics also available.

Guidelines for submitting scores:

  1. Submission of a score to the competition denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2011 CUMS conference.
  2. Each composer may submit up to two scores.
  3. Scores should not give any indication of the composer’s name or affiliation(s). A cover letter should accompany the score, indicating the composer’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone number(s), postal and email addresses, the title of the work submitted, the instrumentation, and the duration of the work.
  4. Four (4) copies of each score should be submitted, along with four copies of an audio (or MIDI) recording on CD, if available. PDF files of scores and MP3 audio files may also be included.
  5. Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 21, 2011.  Late submissions and/ or illegible scores/parts will not be considered.
  6. Composers whose scores are selected for performance must be members in good standing of the Canadian University Music Society, and must register for the conference. Membership applications are available on the CUMS website <> or by contacting CUMS, c/o Becker Associates, 10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2J1; (416) 538-1650 (phone), 489-1713 (fax), or <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> (e-mail). Annual dues, beginning 2011, are $70 for regular members, and $35 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons.
  7. Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines cannot be considered.  
  8. Winners whose pieces are selected for performance must submit legible parts by Friday, April 15, 2011 at the latest. 
  9. Composers who wish their materials to be returned: please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Please send materials to:

Dr. Alasdair MacLean
Department of Music
Mount Allison University
134 Main Street
Sackville, NB, Canada E4L 1A6
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Office: (506) 364-2378 / Fax: (506) 364-2376

Selection Process:

Submissions will be assessed by a four-member jury. From the best student composition(s), the jury will select up to two pieces: the winning submission ($2500 prize) and, if appropriate, a runner-up (honourable mention). The number of scores selected to be performed at the June 3, 2011 concert will be at the discretion of the jury and, in addition to the winning student submission, will consist of no more than one other submission.  The winners will be announced by Monday, March 14, 2011. Winners whose pieces are selected for performance must submit legible parts by Friday, April 15, 2011 at the latest.

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