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Gaudeamus Music Week 2010

Are you a composer, born after 6 September 1979? Submit an application to the Gaudeamus Music Week and compete for the Gaudeamus Prize 2010: a commission worth €4550. Deadline for submissions for the Gaudeamus Music Week is 31 January 2010.


Submit your compositions in the appropriate categories.

Works can be entered into the following categories with a maximum of 1 work per category and 5 works in total.

    Compositions for the Holland Symfonia with a maximum of: strings:, wood:, brass:, 1 timp., 3 perc., 1 harp., 1pno/celesta
    In theory, everything is possible in this category, within the limits of solo instruments to ensembles consisting of maximally 16 instruments; with or without electronics, video, etc.; written for specific performers or for any musician /ensemble. Also choir compositions with a maximum of voices: 2 sopr., 2 mezzo., 2 alt., 2 ten., 2 bas.
    Ensemble Gending
  4. D – ORGAN
    There will be a Special Prize for compositions for organ. During the Gaudeamus Music Week 2010 one concert will take place at the “Orgelpark”, a concert hall which hosts 4 different organs.
    The Orgelpark offers this Special Prize for the best organ composition. Only works can be entered which suit the disposition of one of these 4 organs: The Special Prize is an amount of 4.550 euro as a commission to write a new organ composition to be premiered in during the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition.
    Electronic music meaning tape compositions, music for instruments and electronics, music for live controlled electronic music, or sound installations. For this category add an audio or video file and no computer programs.


This Gaudeamus Prize consists of €4.550 as a commission for a new composition that will be premiered during the Week the following year, 2011.


  • Entries for the Gaudeamus Music Week 2010 must be received by 31 January 2010.
  • Composers of any nationality who are born after 6 September 1979 may enter works which may already have been performed, but they must have been composed not more than three (3) years ago.
  • An international selection committee will select the works that will compete for the Gaudeamus Prize.
  • After the performance of the selected compositions during the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2010, from 6 to 12 September, the selection committee will award this prize.
  • The composer’s name may not appear in the materials so that the selection committee can judge the score anonymously.

How to enter?

Composers can enter their work(s)

  • by providing the link to download the files on the online entry form.
  • by sending to our email address in one mail (for each work): your score (PDF) and audio or video file (mp3/wav/avi/mp4) named after the title of the work or over 10 MB via as one zip file.
  • by sending the material together with a print of your entry form to our postal address: International Gaudeamus Music Week 2010, c/o Music Center the Netherlands, 111 Rokin 1012 KN Amsterdam, the NetherlandsThe composer must provide the performance material if the work has been selected by the selection committee. The performance may not result in charges, such as rental fees, for Music Center the Netherlands, the performers, the radio, or cd-producer.
    During the International Gaudeamus Music Week composers, whose work have been selected will be hosted by Music Center the Netherlands. Accommodation will be provided.

    By entering his/her work(s), the participant indicates his/her acceptance of these conditions and the decisions of the selection committee. Works by composers who do not comply with the requirements above will be disqualified.

    Click here to download the complete rules and regulations and the entry form.

Entry fee

The entry fee is € 25 for each work and should be paid before 31 January 2010 using the online payment system PayPal on the