Call for scores: saxophonist Tom Sanderman

Gaudeamus invites composers worldwide to write for soprano or tenor saxophone for Tom Sanderman.

Saxophonist Tom Sanderman works as a soloist, is the co-founder of the Dutch experimental ensemble VONK and is a member of Het Nederlands Saxofoon Octet. He also performs as a guest player with other ensembles such as Temko and Bang On A Can. A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Tom has already worked with and commissioned a number of composers, performing and recording several new works and world premieres. He studied saxophone with Ties Mellema and Niels Bijl. He took part in the Bang On A Can Summer Festival 2016 at MASS MoCA (USA) where he collaborated with composers such as Julia Wolfe and John Luther Adams. Tom released his second solo album Whoever You Are Come Forth in 2018 on the label Alaska Records.

Call for sketches
Send a composition sketch with a maximum length of one minute before 1st August via the form below. We would like to receive sheet music/PDF and a midi file.

Reading Session
From the entries, a selection will be made for the Reading Session. On 8th August we will make known which sketches are selected. During the Reading Session on 6th September, all selected sketches are played, and you have the opportunity to work with Tom Sanderman. At the end of the Reading Session, several composers will be able to develop their sketch for a whole 5-7-minute composition with a possible performance in Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020.

New notes for James Oesi

Are you a composer between 10 and 35 years old? Do you live or study in the Netherlands? Would you like your music to be performed during the Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music? Keep on reading!



Write for James Oesi
James Oesi is a virtuosic double bass player, who is very much involved in the classical repertoire, but also has a great interest in contemporary and experimental music. Besides his experiences as a guest musician in ensembles such as the ASKO|Schönberg, Ensemble Modern, Insomnio and Ives Ensemble, his solo performances are praised in The Netherlands and abroad. Do you feel challenged to compose a innovative piece for double bass? James Oesi is curious to see and hear your ideas.

The Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music invite young composers to write new compositions. Please submit a composition outline with a maximum of 1 minute. We would like to receive a score/PDF and a midi-file (MP3). A selection of the competing entries will be made in due course. Contenders will get the chance to work with James Oesi at the Reading Sessions, where selected entries will be performed and judged.

And what’s next?
Does James Oesi see potential in the excerpt? Do you get along well? Then there is a chance that you can complete your composition and have it premiered at the Grachtenfestival and have performances at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019 and November Music 2019 as well!

Gaudeamus Award 2019

In 1957 the very first Gaudeamus Award was awarded to a promising young composer, the 22-year-old Peter Schat. Since then professional juries have annually selected compositions, chosen from hundreds of submissions and nominated these works for the Gaudeamus Award. Only five composers younger than 30 years will be eligible for the Award. Winning the Gaudeamus Award is seen as an international recognition of a young composer and his work and an important springboard into their career.

Composers of any ethnicity, citizenship, gender and background who were born after October 1, 1988 may enter their works. Gaudeamus aims to make new music accessible to audiences and participants from any background, nationality, gender or religion. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organization and encourage diversity in our participants, audience as well as our own organisation. We see talent and motivation as the basis of what we are about, and diversity as unifying and empowering force.

If you would like to apply for the Gaudeamus Award 2019, please read the setup and terms & conditions here below thoroughly. Please note that all scores should be anonymous, since all works will be objectively judged by the jury.

REGISTRATION FOR THE GAUDEAMUS 2019 IS NOW CLOSED.