The DilettanteMusic website announced that it is launching a Digital Composer-in-Residence competition, with a deadline of September 1 for online submissions of works less than eight minutes in length and scored for eight instruments or fewer. Dilettante says it aims to globalize the composer-in-residence concept with the competition. A panel of judges—Andrew Burke, Michael Christie, Jennifer Higdon, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Jonathan Nott—will select three finalists in the fall, and beginning on October 15 an online voting process will begin at the website to choose a winner. On November 5, the compositions by the three finalists will be performed at London’s Wilton Music Hall and a winner announced. The winner will receive the Digital Composer-in-Residence Award (£1,000), and a year-long digital residency on the Dilettante website, including a Composer’s Corner blog on the homepage and a podcast series. The winner will also lead online masterclasses and take part in forum discussions with Dilettante members. The residency will conclude with a live event in 2010, which will include a performance of a new work. DilettanteMusic is a London-based online classical-music site established in January 2008. Detailed information on the competition is available here.

Posted July 24, 2009