The Canadian University Music Society

2013 Student Composer Competition

Deadline: January 21, 2013

Prize: $750 honorarium and a performance by Faculty Members of the University of Victoria School of Music

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Instrumentation: Any combination of the following instruments: flute, saxophone, viola, cello, keyboard instruments (piano and/or harpsichord), guitar, trumpet, trombone, double bass

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 the University of Victoria, School of Music, Victoria, British Columbia, June 6-9, 2013 in conjunction with the Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The winning piece will be performed by faculty members of the University of Victoria School of Music, as part of a concert of contemporary music to be presented on Friday evening, June 7, 2013 at UVic’s Philip T. Young Recital Hall. The winning composer is required to attend the performance of their work.

To Apply:
Step 1
: no later than January 21, 2013, 6:00 pm PST
Send (per email only) one copy of each score as a pdf file and, if available, a recording as an mp3 file to: Dániel Péter Biró at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Step 2, if selected: no later than March 25, 2013 A composer whose piece is selected for performance must submit by March 25, 2013: 1.    A set of parts and a biography of no more than 100 words. 2. Proof of paid-up CUMS membership for 2013 and proof of CUMS 2013 conference

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 2013 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 2013.

The Jury:
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 February 18, 2013.

For further information, please contact Dániel Péter Biró at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..