Call For Scores

Selected Composers 2018

After a very difficult selection we are excited to announce the 14 composers, who will be writing for ensembles

hand werk, Platypus Verein und Ensemble für neue Musik, Duo Enßle-Lamprecht, Hebrides Ensemble and NAMES ensemble

at the Crossroads – International Contemporary Music Festival 2018!


Call for Scores

CROSSROADS aims to promote international cooperation between composition, and contemporary music performance students from different countries. Its main goal is to create an opportunity for young artists to learn from each other, to get to know different cultures and to build international relationships.

This year the Festival is interconnected with the 60th Anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music of Mozarteum University of Salzburg. This connection has set the focus of the Festival to be electro-acoustic and electronic music. The program will feature composers as Javier Torres Maldonado, Francois Bayle, Barry Truax, Jean-Luc Hervé, Curtis Roads and Elian Radigue, performed by ensembles Dedalus, Hand Werk, Enssle-Lamprecht, Hebrides Ensemble, Platypus and NAMES. CROSSROADS also aims strongly for contemporary music education: four lectures will be held about various issues on composing and working with ensembles.

But the most exciting part is that the Festival will invite 12 young student composers from all around Europe to be performed, alongside the renowned composers, by 5 of the ensembles in the concerts, held during the Festival!

If you are studying composition in Europe and want to be a part of our adventure in Salzburg during the 6-8th of December 2018, APPLY NOW!

All you need to do is send us some information about yourself (please check the application requirements below) before the 15th of June, 2018 and after the selection is finished, 12 of the most interesting candidates will be invited to compose new pieces for the chosen ensembles and to participate in the Festival.

The selected students will have their travel and accommodation costs covered by the Festival!


Who can apply?

Composers of any age and nationality, studying in Europe (geographical – not EU).


Send us the following:

  • Short biography in English or German

  • Link(s) to (a) recording(s) of any of your recent works

  • Copy of the document, proving your current studies

  • Short motivational letter

  • Preference of the ensemble you want to compose for (information below). If you have more than one preference, please write them in the order from the most preferred.

Applications have to be sent by e-mail to the


(For your information: deadline for complete scores and parts: 1st of October 2018)

Please note: applications, received after the deadline or missing any of the required files will not be considered!

All applicants will be informed about their participation within 3 weeks after the application deadline. The selected composers will be given more detailed information about the composition requirements then.

Additional Information:

12 selected composers will be invited to compose for and participate in the Crossroads Festival and its events, held at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg on 6-8th of December, 2018

The selection of the students will be made by the ensemble members, the main criteria being originality, quality and style of the recent pieces, provided in the recordings of the application.

The Festival and the ensembles keep the right to cancel the performance of the selected composer’s piece if the composer fails to provide good quality score and parts on time, or if any other objective problem occurs.

Ensembles to choose

HAND WERK (Cologne, Germany)

Concert: 06.12.2018, 19:00 Solitär


ENSSLE-LAMPRECHT (Salzburg, Austria)

Concert: 07.12.2018, 17:00 Kleines Studio

Voice (Soprano)

HEBRIDES (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Concert: 07.12.2018, 20:00 Solitär


PLATYPUS (Vienna, Austria)

Concert: 08.12.2018, 17:00 Kleines Studio

Voice (Soprano)
Flute (+alto and bass flute)
Clarinet (+bass clarinet, clarinet in e-flat, possibly basset horn)

NAMES (Salzburg, Austria)

Concert: 08.12.2018, 20:00 Solitär

Voice (Soprano)
Flute (+ piccolo, alto, bass)
Bb clarinet (+ A clarinet, bass, contrabass)
E-Organ (Hammond, or keyboard, sampler, synthesizer on demand, 
performed whether by pianist or organist)

Please note:

  • The larger ensembles can also perform pieces for a semi-full instrumentation, but we encourage you to consider all the instruments as equals and not to exclude any of them!

  • If you have a composition, which is already written and matches all of the requirements, you can still apply!

  • all of the ensembles may include the use of electronics (please ask for available setups/devices etc.) !

More details about the composition requirements will be given to the selected composers after the selection is over.

Better ask than fail your application!

All questions welcome: