The Canadian University Music Society

2012 Student Composer Competition: works for string quartet

Deadline: January 20, 2012

Prize: $750 honorarium, a performance and an archival recording by the Penderecki String Quartet

Duration: 10-15 minutes

The Canadian University Music Society invites student composers to submit works for performance during the next annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society, to be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music, Waterloo, Ontario, May 31–June 3, 2012 in conjunction with the Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The winning piece will be performed by the Penderecki String Quartet, as part of a concert of contemporary music to be presented on Friday evening, June 1, 2012 at WLU’s Maureen Forrester Hall. The winning composer is required to attend the performance of their work and may be eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses from CUMS.

The competition is open to any university student who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or who is studying at a Canadian institution, does not yet hold a doctorate and does not hold a full-time teaching position. Previous winners of the CUMS Composition Prize, or the Canadian League of Composers/ CUMS Composition Prize, are not eligible to apply.

Submission of a score indicates willingness to become a member of CUMS and willingness to register for and attend the 2012 CUMS conference. The winning composer must, if not at the time of submission, become a member of the Canadian University Music Society (annual fee of $35). CUMS membership information is available through its web site Information on registering for the conference will be posted on the web site in early 2012.

Submissions will be assessed by a four-member jury. The jury will select up to two pieces for recognition: the winning submission ($750 prize) and, if appropriate, a runner-up (honourable mention). The jury reserves the right to withhold the prize if, in its judgment, there are no suitable submissions to the competition.  The winner of the competition will be announced by Friday, February 172012.

A composer whose piece is selected for performance must submit by Friday, March 23, 2012:
1. A set of parts and a biography of no more than 100 words.

2. Proof of paid-up CUMS membership for 2012 and proof of CUMS 2012 conference registration.


Send one copy of each score (hard copies only) to:

Dr. Peter Hatch

Faculty of Music

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario

N2L 3C5


Composers who wish their scores to be returned should include a postage-paid self-addressed envelope.


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Posted August 3, 2011.

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