Finding A Voice 2022 and CMC Ireland present the 5th Annual Composition Competition for Emerging Women Composers

Finding a Voice and the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland are delighted to announce details of the fifth Composition Competition for Emerging Women Composers in Ireland.

Once again, with the support of the Contemporary Music Centre, the composition competition will include a workshop for shortlisted candidates, offering a unique opportunity for professional development for both winning and shortlisted composers. This year’s workshop will be with renowned Australian flutist Lina Andonovska and the winning composition will be premiered at Finding a Voice Festival (3rd-8th March 2022) in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

From the initial submissions, composers will be shortlisted for a workshop with Lina Andonovska in January 2022, hosted by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Following the workshop, a winning composition will be selected by adjudicating composer Judith Ring and will be premiered by Lina Andonovska at the opening concert of Finding a Voice on Thursday 3rd March 2022.

We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland for a third year to offer shortlisted candidates a workshop with Lina Andonovska. Lina is a wonderful performer, and this represents a great opportunity for emerging composers to work with her. Every year we have had an increased number of entries for this competition and I’m really looking forward to seeing what interesting new compositional voices emerge in 2022.

(Róisín Maher, Artistic Director of Finding a Voice.)

What we ask of applicants:

  • Be an emerging woman or female-identifying composer
  • Be born on or currently resident on the island of Ireland

Application process

Please include the following:

  • One piece that is reflective of your work which will be used for the adjudication process. Send your score as a PDF, with an MP3 or electronic mock-up if you have one
  • A short statement (max. 200 words) outlining your ideas for a composition for solo flute for Finding a Voice 2022 and explaining how you would benefit artistically from the process
  • Your name, contact details and an up-to-date CV

Please note that previous winners of the competition are ineligible although previous applicants are welcome to apply.

Submissions should be sent to: Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd January at 5pm.

Finding a Voice 2022 will take place from Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8th March 2022 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and will feature performances by Cassiopeia Wind Quintet, pianists Fiachra Garvey, Gary Beecher and Yonit Kosovske, singers Michelle O’Rourke, Julie Camparini, and Pauline Scanlon, flutist Lina Andonovska and many more. See for details.