Synchronised // Composition competition // 2020

Organised by the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble Association (Stowarzyszenie Spółdzielni Muzycznej)

Co-financed from the A. Szczypiorski funds of the creativity support fund of the ZAiKS association

Terms and Conditions

1. Preliminary provisions

  • The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after 1989.

  • Only one score per composer is permitted.

  • The competition will be held in two rounds: a preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert.

  • Submitted works cannot be previously published or performed in other competitions until the Final Concert of the competition.

  • The Organiser of the competition reserves their rights to the first performance of awarded compositions.


2. The subject of the Competition

  • Only compositions written for solo instrument with electronics will be considered

Composers can choose one instrument from the list below:

  • flute (bass, alto, grande, piccolo)

  • clarinet (bass, in B)

  • saxophone (baritone, tenor, alto, soprano)

  • bassoon (also contrabassoon)

  • trumpet in B

  • Percussion. Below you can find an extensive range of instruments possible to use: However, rather smaller setups up to 10 instruments/objects are welcome. glockenspiel f5-c8, crotales (two octaves), acoustic drum kit (kick, snare, two toms, two cymbals, hh, also double pedal for kick drum - instruments possible to use separately), up to three tom toms of any size between 10-18”, bongos, mini bongos, cymbals of multiple sizes and kinds (Turkish/Asian), up to 4 octobans, mini roto tom, dundun, wind gong (100cm and 60cm), Chau gong (tam tam) 85cm or 35cm, Thai gong F1, 1-3 tuned thai gongs (grom highest octave), Beijing opera gong, Chinese heng gong (4”, 10”), Paiste Symphonic gong 24”, temple bowls (nut tuned), temple and wood blocks, Almglocken: a#, e’, a’, d#’’, various metals: thunder sheets (100cm), thunder strip, steel bell plates (50cm, or smaller), alu/steel/copper pipes (not tuned), brake drum, wood bars, log drum (two tone), chimes (key, metal, bamboo, bulb), Mbira, flex-a-tone, vibraslap, raganella, glissando flute, oil barell,, PVC tube, shakers, sand blocks, paper and plastic trash, vibrators, milk frotters, teeth brushes, bottles, spring coils, drill, compressed air, Korg KAOSSILATOR KO-1, Roland SPD-sx (samples in 44.1/16 provided by composer). Usage of voice possible.

  • Acoustic and electric guitar (Danelectro ’59 orange) also looper (TC Electronic Ditto) and MIDI converter (Sonuus G2M V3)

  • piano

  • violin

  • viola

  • cello


Any objects/instruments not listed above are welcome but must be provided by the composer for rehearsals and concert (eg. sent by post).



The organizer can provide the listed below setup. All devices and software that cannot be replaced with listed below must be provided by the composer if the piece is selected for the final round (for the rehearsals and concert).


  • Usage of the following software is allowed: Ableton Live 10 Suite; Reaper; Max/MSP (ver. 7, 8)

  • The composer must provide a ready-to-play project created in one of the mentioned above programs


  • Mixer (analogue: Mackie FX12, Soundcraft EFX-8 with Lexicon Effects Processor; digital: Behringer x18)

  • Interface audio (Focusrite Scarlett 18i20; 2x Focusrite Scarlett 4i4)

  • Laptop [2x Macbook Pro]

  • Microphones

  • 4 Speakers 

  • Wire click track 


Duration: from 5 to 10 minutes.


3. Jury 

The jury is composed of renowned personalities — composers, conductors and instrumentalists:

  • Marek Chołoniewski (composer)

  • Szymon Bywalec (conductor)

  • Martyna Zakrzewska (pianist, member of SMce)

  • Piotr Peszat (composer, member of SMce)


4. Awards

  • Performance and recording of the compositions selected for the Final Concert

  • material awards

  • Ensemble’s award - performance of the selected composition during the 2020-21 concert season

  • Decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to any appeal.


5. Final Concert

  • The Final Concert of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble Composition Competition 2020 will be performed in October 2020.

  • Four selected compositions will be performed by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble during the Final Concert.

  • The results of the competition will be announced after the performance.

  • The list of finalists will be announced by 5th of October 2020 on the Organizer’s website as well as Spółdzielnia Muzyczna’s Facebook account. 

  • All the finalists will be invited to the Final Concert. Transport costs (up to 300 PLN) will be refunded and accommodation, if necessary, provided.


6. Entries

The application must consist of several files marked with the same ID name: 

  • pdf 1. — the score that should be submitted anonymously and marked only with an ID name

  • pdf 2. — the file containing personal details of the participant (name, address, e-mail as well as a short bio [max. 100 words])

  • pdf 3. — entry fee proof 

  • jpg/tiff — composer’s photo in high resolution

  • Zipped folder containing all materials (anonymous!) necessary for the performance (ready-to-play electronics project, created in Ableton, Reaper or Max/MSP 7/9; an explanation as well as a technical rider)

Huge files (like projects with electronics) should be sent with non-expiring links (eg. Dropbox). All materials will be delivered anonymously to the Jury, by the secretary of the competition.

The entries should be sent to the following e-mail address: and titled “Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble — Composition Competition 2020”.


The deadline for submission of applications is September 25th, 2020 (CET 23:59:59)


7. Copyrights

By sending in their Submission to the competition the Participants:

  • consent to the use by the Organiser of their image, first name, surname for the purposes of promotion and advertising of the Organiser of the Competition

  • represent and warrant that she/he is the sole author of the submitted Work and is in possession of full proprietary and moral copyrights to the Work and has the Work at his/her full disposal of to the extent specified in the Terms and Conditions,

Once the Participants Work is qualified to the second round of the Competition, the Participant grants the Organiser a royalty-free license authorising the use of the Work in all fields of operation. This covers in particular:

 1) recording and reproduction in any technology (in any system, format and on any medium), including print, photographic film, magnetic tape, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, digitally,

2) launching on the market,

3) entering into computer memory, computer and / or multimedia networks, databases,

4) providing public access in such a way that everyone can have access to them at a place and time individually chosen by them (such as sharing them on the Internet, e.g. on any websites or any paid or unpaid services available by downloading, streaming and in any other technology), and as part of any telecommunication services using any of the systems and devices (including landline and / or mobile phones, desktop and / or mobile computers, as well as transfers using all available technologies such as GSM, UMTS, etc., via data telecommunication networks),

5) public performance, public viewing,

6) lending and / or rental,

7) introduction of changes, adaptations, citation,

8) analogue and digital video and / or audio broadcasting (coded or uncoded, paid or unpaid, in any system, format or technology), wired and wireless, via a ground station, via satellite including via digital platforms, cable networks, telecommunications connections, mobile TV, any computer network (including the Internet), etc.,

9) analogue and digital video and / or audio transmitting and / or rebroadcasting (coded or uncoded, paid or unpaid, in any system, format or technology), including via digital platforms, cable networks, telecommunications connections, mobile TV, any computer network (including the Internet).

The Organiser is also entitled to sublicense, which includes granting the so-called open sub-licence.


The license is granted for a period until 31 December 2020.


8. Entry Fee

Entry fee for participants is 10 PLN.

The amount should be payable to the following bank account (bank charges covered by the sender):

Stowarzyszenie Spoldzielni Muzycznej

ING Bank Śląski: PL30 1050 1445 1000 0090 8015 3209


  • The proof of payment must be enclosed with the submitted score.

  • Cheques will not be accepted.

  • The entry fee is not refundable.


9. Final provisions

  • Entering the Competition is synonymous with acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

  • These Terms and Conditions are the only document, which governs the Competition and any other information is for information purposes only.

  • Compositions not meeting the requirements stated in these Terms and Conditions will not be admitted to the Competition. In such cases, the entry fee is not refundable.

  • The submitted scores will not be returned.

  • In matters unforeseen by these Term and Conditions and relating to the Competition, the Organiser shall have a decisive say.