Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2024

Call for Scores 

The aim of the award

This award is dedicated to stimulating recently graduated composition talent in the Netherlands and bridging the gap between education and professional practice. The reward of €2,000 enables the composer to write a new short composition for a professional ensemble, to be performed during the next Gaudeamus Festival.


We are looking for a work (a graduation project or other composition project realized during or shortly after the conservatory studies) that distinguishes itself by quality of composition and score, originality, and feasibility and engages the audience in a story, in its commitment, or atmosphere. There are no restrictions as to musical genre; pieces with electronics or performance elements may also compete for the award.

Who can compete?

All students who completed a BA or MA program at one of the Dutch conservatories in the academic year 2021/22, 2022/23, or 2023/24 and are residents of the Netherlands can compete for the award.

Nomination process

A jury of composers, musicians and professionals from the wider artistic field, presided by David de Marez Oyens, will nominate three or four pieces, which will be performed during the Gaudeamus Festival 2024. After this concert, the award ceremony will take place. The selected composers will be informed of their nomination no later than July 19th.

The Tera de Marez Oyens Award is an incentive award, reaching a relatively large audience due to its collaboration with the Gaudeaumus Festival. When offering your composition, keep in mind that as a composer you are asked to take care of the performance of the piece in question, including the organization of performers (maximum 3). The piece should not exceed 10 minutes, and will take place on a small (chamber music) stage.

Where and when can you apply?

Works and additional documentation materials can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 23th, 2024. Please email your motivation and contact information. Please include four attachments:

1: the score (in PDF);

2: (if available) a sound recording, preferably as a web link and otherwise as an MP3;

3: a reflection or explanatory comments on the piece (max 1 A4);

4: a Curriculum Vitae (max 1 A4).

The total package should not exceed 20 MB.

More information

David de Marez Oyens: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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