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 Knapp Award
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 03 March 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2018
Details: Postmark Deadline: March 3, 2018

Prize:
• $500.00
• At least one performance by Meistersingers
• Archival recording for use toward publishing

There is a $25 entry fee

Submission Guidelines:
• Complete Competition Submission Form (can be downloaded from www.meistersingers.org) •
• Original Composition for 4-8 part SATB choir (further divisi possible and range is not an issue)
• Texts should have a clear connection to the elements (earth, air, fire, water) as this is for inclusion in a concert following that theme.
• For a cappella choir or choir with piano accompaniment.
• 4-8 minutes long
• Must be a world premiere performance (rehearsal read-throughs are acceptable)
• Anonymous Submission
- Remove all names (except poet, if necessary) and identifying marks;
- Provide a sealed envelope containing your name, address, email, the title and performance history of the piece (if applicable), and phone number.
• Submit a legible, photo-copy ready, score with piano reduction for rehearsal purposes
- including a recording (MIDI, piano, etc.) is strongly encouraged but not required.

Selection Process:
• The Music Director/Conductor, Brian Dehn, shall review all scores received.
• A Selection Committee, consisting of members chosen by the Music Director/Conductor and

Board, shall review many of the scores received.
• The decision of the Music Director/Conductor and Selection Committee will be final.

Winning Composer will be notified by March 25, 2018

Other Items of Interest:
• This will be included in a concert of all elemental texts. Highlights include Laurdsen’s ‘Fire Madrigals’, Water Night of Eric Whitacre and Earth Song by Frank Ticheli.
• The winning composition is scheduled to be performed in June of 2018 in the Southern California area. Meistersingers encourages the composer’s attendance and cooperation in media publicity and press coverage.
• The winning composer must provide a final performance score by April 1, 2018.
• Meistersingers shall make 35 copies for the chorus, director, and rehearsal accompanist.
• There are no restrictions according to race, sex, or age or any other criteria.
• A composer may submit more than one piece.
• Meistersingers reserves the right not to select a winning composition and/or award a prize.
• A brief description of Meistersingers, including Mission Statement and type of literature performed, can be found on their website: www.meistersingers.org

Send all Submissions, along with form to: Meistersingers, Inc. Knapp Award
8941 Atlanta Avenue #187 Huntington Beach, CA 92646

For further information, visit the website or email bdehn@meistersingers.org
Web Site:meistersingers.org/index.php?c...

 2018 CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summary:Choral Competition (US)
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2018
Details: The 18th Street Singers are excited to announce our second Choral Composition Competition. The winner will receive a grand prize of $1,500 as well as travel and lodging for our June 2018 concert at which the winning composition will be performed.

All composers are welcome and submissions will be judged anonymously; however we especially encourage entries from composers who identify as female, LGBTQIA+, a Person of Color, or a member of any other under-represented group.

Overview of Contest Rules:
• Composers of any age and nationality who currently live in the United States are invited to submit an original, unperformed work composed in any style, for SATB a cappella mixed choir, not exceeding 6 minutes.
• Submissions will be judged anonymously; works submitted with identifying marks will not be considered.
• Works must not have been published or previously performed in public
• Works submitted should have been composed within the last 7 years.
• Works may be in any language.

Interested in throwing your hat into the ring? Electronic submissions are due by March 15, 2018. The winner will be announced on or around April 4, 2018!

Download the submission form HERE.
Web Site:www.18thstreetsingers.com/comp...

 REGENSBURGER KOMPOSITIONSWETTBEWERB 2018
Summary:Competition for vocal ensemble
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: (ENGLISH BELOW)

Ein in Regensburg stattfindender Kompositionswettbewerb zum gegenwartsbezogenen Jahresthema des Kulturreferats 2018: „Stadt – Land – Fluss “. Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an Komponistinnen und Komponisten jeden Alters, die neue Werke komponieren und nach Regensburg zur Uraufführung bringen.
Neben dem Jahresthema wird als Vorgabe lediglich die Besetzung des ausführenden Ensembles (Sextett, SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt), sowie eine Gesamtwerklänge von maximal 6 Minuten angegeben. Den Komponisten wird somit ein möglichst kreativer Umgang mit frei gewählten Texten eingeräumt.


Die Kompositionen müssen folgende Kriterien erfüllen
• Inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Motto „Stadt – Land – Fluss“
• Textgrundlage frei wählbar
• Aufführungsdauer maximal 6 Minuten
• Sechsstimmige A‐cappella‐Komposition für das StimmGold Vokalensemble (SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt)
• Nur eine Komposition pro Komponist
• Falls es sich beim vertonten Text um nicht gemeinfreies Material handelt, muss das Nutzungsrecht zur Aufführung und Veröffentlichung in einem Verlag vorliegen.
• Das eingesendete Werk darf weder publiziert noch Preisträger bei einem anderen Wettbewerb sein.

Teilnahmebedingungen
Der Wettbewerb wird anonymisiert durchgeführt. Folgende Unterlagen müssen eingereicht werden:
• Partitur in fünffacher Ausfertigung, gebunden und gut leserlich ohne Namensnennung
• Anmeldeformular mit Name, Anschrift, Telefon und E‐Mail‐Adresse des Komponisten/der Komponistin und Angabe des Titels der eingereichten Komposition
• Kurzbiografie des Komponisten/der Komponistin mit Foto

Die WettbewerbsteilnehmerInnen erklären ihr Einverständnis mit Rundfunk‐ und Fernsehaufnahmen sowie mit Aufzeichnungen auf Ton‐ und Bildträgern (einschließlich deren Vervielfältigung) im Zusammenhang mit dem Wettbewerb. Etwa hieraus entstehende Rechte übertragen sie mit der Anerkennung der Teilnahmebedingungen des Kompositionswettbewerbs auf die Veranstalter.
Die Organisatoren sind nicht verantwortlich für Verlust oder Beschädigung der eingereichten Unterlagen. Die eingereichten Unterlagen werden nicht zurückgesandt.

Preise
1. Platz: 1.500 € (gestiftet vom Deutschen Komponistenverband)
2. Platz: 1.000 € (gestiftet von der REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3. Platz: 500 €

Zeitplan
Einsendeschluss: 01. Juli 2018 (Poststempel)
Jury-Auswertung: Juli 2018
Bekanntgabe der Preisträger: Ende August 2018
Preisträgerkonzert: 20. Oktober 2018

Einsendeadresse
Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Musik Regensburg
UNTERNEHMEN GEGENWART
Untere Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Bewertende Jury
Prof. i. K. Steven Heelein (Komponist, Prof. für Dirigieren, HfK Bayreuth)
Prof. Kunibert Schäfer (Prof. für Dirigieren, HfKM Regensburg)
Tomasz Skwerez (Komponist, Solocellist Theater Regensburg)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (StimmGold Vokalensemble)

Die Entscheidung der Jury ist endgültig und unanfechtbar.

StimmGold Vokalensemble
Als Ensemble für das Abschlusskonzert wurde das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold ausgewählt.
Das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold wurde Anfang 2014 von Studierenden der Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) und der Fakultät für Musikpädagogik an der Universität Regensburg gegründet. Die sechs klassisch ausgebildeten Sänger verbindet neben jahrelanger Ensemblepraxis und reichhaltiger Chorerfahrung (u.a. im Neuen Kammerchor Regensburg) vor allem die Freude am gemeinsamen Singen anspruchsvoller Werke.
Als Schwerpunkt des Ensembles gilt die deutsche romantische Vokalmusik sowie aktuelle a cappella-Literatur, darunter Uraufführungen zeitgenössischer Werke (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) und moderne Volksliedbearbeitungen, in der die professionellen Stimmen mit Ausdrucksstärke und harmonischer Transparenz überzeugen.

ENGLISH:

A composition competition in Regensburg for the present-day theme of the Kulturreferats 2018: "City - Land - River". The competition is aimed at composers of all ages who compose new works and bring them to world premiere in Regensburg.
In addition to the annual theme, the default is only the cast of the performing ensemble (sextet, SMezATBarB, solo cast), as well as a total length of a maximum of 6 minutes. The composer is thus given the most creative possible use of freely chosen texts.

The compositions must meet the following criteria
• Content related to the motto "City - Country - River"
• Textual basis freely selectable
• Performance duration up to 6 minutes
• Six-part a cappella composition for the StimmGold vocal ensemble (SMezATBarB, solo part)
• Only one composition per composer
• If the text that is set to music is non-public domain material, the right of use must be available for the performance and publication in a publisher.
• The submitted work may neither be published nor awarded a prize in another competition.
 
conditions of participation
The competition will be conducted anonymously. The following documents must be submitted:
• Score in five copies, bound and legible without attribution
• Registration form with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the composer and the title of the composition submitted
• Short biography of the composer with photo
 
Competitors declare their consent to radio and television recordings as well as recordings on sound and image media (including their duplication) in connection with the Competition. Any rights resulting therefrom shall be transferred to the organizers upon acceptance of the conditions of participation in the composition competition.
The organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of the submitted documents. The submitted documents will not be returned.

Prices
1st place: 1,500 € (donated by the German Composers' Association)
2nd place: € 1,000 (donated by REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3rd place: 500 €

schedule
Closing date: 01. July 2018 (postmark)
Jury Evaluation: July 2018
Announcement of the winners: end of August 2018
Prizewinners Concert: October 20, 2018

Closing Address
Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Music Regensburg
COMPANY PRESENT
Lower Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Evaluation jury
Prof. i. K. Steven Heelein (Composer, Prof. for Conducting, HfK Bayreuth)
Prof. Kunibert Schäfer (Prof. for Conducting, HfKM Regensburg)
Tomasz Skwerez (Composer, Solocellist Theater Regensburg)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (vocal gold vocal ensemble)

The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

StimmGold vocal ensemble
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was chosen as the ensemble for the final concert.
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was founded at the beginning of 2014 by students of the Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) and the Faculty of Music Education at the University of Regensburg. The six classically trained singers, in addition to years of ensemble practice and rich choir experience (including the Neue Kammerchor Regensburg), primarily combines the joy of singing together demanding works.
The focus of the ensemble is German romantic vocal music as well as current a cappella literature, including world premieres of contemporary works (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) and modern folk-song arrangements, in which the professional voices convince with expressiveness and harmonious transparency.
Web Site:www.unternehmengegenwart.com/k...

 Boston Choral Ensemble
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: Boston Choral Ensemble's Commission Competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble. The commissioned work will be rehearsed, prepared, and integrated into the Ensemble’s program during the calendar year 2018-19.

Boston Choral Ensemble is a highly-skilled, auditioned choir of volunteers. Applicants are encouraged to consult past programs and audio samples to learn more about what might be appropriate for the ensemble.

The Ensemble is soliciting proposals for unaccompanied choral works under 10 minutes in length. The texts may be sacred or secular and in any language.

Details of the 2018 competition may be found below. Applicants with further questions are encouraged to contact the competition coordinator at Competition@BostonChoral.org.

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to composers regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

The following groups are ineligible to enter the competition:
• current Boston Choral Ensemble singing members;
• current Boston Choral Ensemble board members;
• current members of the Commission Competition Jury;
• spouses, partners, or family members of any of the above groups; and
• those who were members of any of the above groups within one year of entry deadline.

PARAMETERS OF NEW WORK
If selected as the competition's winner, the commissioned piece will meet the following criteria:

Essentials
• for UNACCOMPANIED mixed voices (SATB)
• up to 10 minutes in length
• generally no more than 4 parts but may include limited divisi (up to two per voice)
• limited or no solo vocal material
• the work must not have been performed in any public setting, recorded, promised to another group for first performance or first recording

Texts
This piece will be performed in our 2018-19 season. Texts may be sacred or secular, and in any language provided it meets the parameters for the new work. If the intended lyrics are not in the public domain, and the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the lyrics, it is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission from the copyright holder before the application deadline.

ITEMS TO SUBMIT
A completed online application form including
1. A short proposal idea for the new work outlining the details, at the discretion of the composer including, but not limited to proposed text, compositional technique, etc. (File name: Last Name, Proposal.pdf)
2. A short biography (about 250 words) and (File name: Last Name, Bio.pdf)
3. A works list, PDF files only. (File name: Last Name, Works.pdf)
4. Three (3) work samples that demonstrate current compositional activity. (File name: Last Name, Sample 1.pdf, Last Name, Sample 2.pdf, Last Name, Sample 3.pdf)
o It is recommended that composers include work samples that indicate skills appropriate to write for an unaccompanied choral ensemble.
o PDF files only. Notation files will not be accepted. Please combine ancillary materials—such as notes, texts, instructions—into a single PDF per work.
o Include (within the score PDF) an English translation for any text not in English.
o Include date of composition on the score.
5. Recordings of the submitted work samples (optional but recommended). Although this is optional, audio may assist in the initial assessment. These may be acoustic recordings or MIDI renderings; the quality of performances or MIDI renderings will not be judged. MP3 files only. (File name: Last Name, Audio 1.mp3, Last Name, Audio 2.mp3, Last Name, Audio 3.mp3)
6. An application fee of US $25 submitted via the application form.

TECH TIPS
Did you try to submit your application to Boston Choral Ensemble's Composition Competition but receive an error message or a blank screen? If so, please try one or all of the following to complete your application:
1. Update your browser to the most recent version
2. Make sure javascript is enabled for your browser
3. Download Google Chrome
4. If all of these do not work, please email all of your attachments to competition@bostonchoral.org and we will make sure that your application is submitted.

Thank you so much for your dedication to the competition. We are so excited to review all of this new music!

DISQUALIFIED SUBMISSIONS
• Late entries
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

DEADLINE AND PROCESS FOR SUBMISSIONS
Materials must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018. Questions should be directed to competition@bostonchoral.org. Late applications will not be considered.

APPLICATION FEES
The $25 application fee can be paid on the application form.
Application fees are non-refundable and will not be returned to those disqualified for not meeting the requirements herein.

COMPETITION PRIZE
The winner will receive a prize of $1,500. Payment will be in US funds only. Prize monies will be subject to applicable tax laws and it the responsibility of the winner to properly report the prize.
The performance in concert of the newly-composed work will be recorded electronically. One copy of any such recordings will be furnished to the composer.

RETURN OF MATERIALS
No materials submitted for this competition will be returned.

ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
The winner is encouraged to attend the final concert as well as any rehearsals for this event. Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for the winner will not be covered by Boston Choral Ensemble.

JUDGING
The applications will be examined by a 4-5 person Jury chosen by Boston Choral Ensemble and will include the artistic director, a current member of the group, and one or two professional musicians not otherwise affiliated with Boston Choral Ensemble. The Jury will select a winner and identify any applicants deserving of an "honorable mention.” Boston Choral Ensemble, at the advice of the Jury, reserves the right not to award the prize. The Jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed.

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE
Boston Choral Ensemble will publicly announce the names of the competition winner (and "honorable mentions", if applicable), no later than June 1, 2018. The names of non-winners will not be made public and will be held in strict confidence. Composers whose works do not win the prize will be informed no later than June 1, 2018.

RIGHTS TO EACH PARTY
The following rights will be given to Boston Choral Ensemble before disbursement of prize monies:
1. Boston Choral Ensemble will have exclusive performance rights through July 1, 2019.
2. Boston Choral Ensemble reserves the right to perform the work in perpetuity.
3. Boston Choral Ensemble will have exclusive recording rights through July 1, 2020.
4. Boston Choral Ensemble reserves the right to record the work in perpetuity.
5. following dedication must appear just above or below the title of the work in all manuscript and published editions:

Commissioned by Boston Choral Ensemble, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Premiered [Date to be inserted]

Andrew Shenton, Artistic Director
1. Boston Choral Ensemble will have the right to make copies for distribution to the choir.
2. The winning composer will be asked to provide biographical information and a photograph for publicity purposes. Boston Choral Ensemble will have the right to use the composer’s photo, name, and composition title in future Boston Choral Ensemble communications without fees.

The following rights are retained by the winning composer:
1. Copyright ownership
2. Publication rights, however, the composition may not be published prior to July 1, 2019.
In the event that a sponsor is found for the Competition, and consequently the name of the prize is changed, the composer agrees to use the new name, as above.

LIABILITY
Although every effort will be made to protect and safeguard all manuscripts and recordings, neither Boston Choral Ensemble nor anyone connected with this contest will assume responsibility for loss, damage, or disclosure. It is strongly recommended that contestants keep the original copies of their scores and recordings.

Web Site:www.bostonchoral.org/commissio...

 Composers’ Competition Opus Ignotum
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: 6th International Composers’ Competition for Compositions for Youth Choirs
Organizer:

National Information and Counsulting Center for Culture (NIPOS), Non-professional Art Department (ARTAMA).

Contact: Zuzana Kacafírková, kacafirkova(at)nipos-mk.cz, +420 778 702 375

Competition Aims:

The organizers set themselves the task of initiating and supporting creation of new works which would be distinctive in composition and accessible for interpretation and which would be of benefit for the repertoire of non-professional choirs.

Deadline: 31st May 2018

General Conditions:
Art. 1

Each composition should be sent by e-mail (address: kacafirkova@nipos-mk.cz) or by post (easy legible manuscript, copy or computer printout) to the address: Zuzana Kacafirkova, Narodni informacni a poradenske stredisko pro kulturu (NIPOS), Fügnerovo namesti 1866/5, P. O. Box 12, 120 21 Praha 2, Czech Republic. Demo recordings are appreciated.

Art. 2

The competition is anonymous. Each composition should be marked by code-name only. The author should attach to an e-mail with the contest composition a text document with the data about the composer (name and address, both mail and e-mail and telephone number). If sent by mail, sheet of paper with the data about the composer should be enclosed in a sealed envelope marked by the same code-name.

Art. 3

The manuscripts, copies and printouts shall remain in the possession of the competition organizers. By entering into the competition, the author confirms his/her permission with the reproduction of his/her composition for the purpose of the potential presentation and with possible non-commercial publishing for NIPOS.

Art. 4

Any failure to meet any of the requirements mentioned results in the composition refusal from the competition.

Art. 5

The accurate and complete terms and conditions of the competition in Czech and English are for your disposal on the website of NIPOS-ARTAMA (www.artama.cz). In case of any doubts or ambiguity of their interpretation, the decisive version is Czech.

Competition Rules:
Art. 6

Composers, without any limitations, may enter into the competition with their compositions for youth choirs (mixed, female, male), written on a text of their choice – preferably in Czech, Slovak or Latin language – or alternatively in other language.

All texts, submitted in languages which use other than Roman alphabet, should be underlined with phonetic transcription in the Roman alphabet (including the names of the authors of both lyrics and music) and accompanied with a rough translation into Czech or English language.

Art. 7

We recommend to apply the compositions for

female cast: four-part (soprano I, soprano II, alto I, alto II) or three-part (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto)

male cast: four-part (tenor I, tenor II, bass I, bass II) or three-part (tenor, baritone, bass)

mixed cast: four-part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)

Those parts should not be further divided.

Recommended range in individual voices, taking into account the age singers:

soprano: maximum pitch g2

alto: maximum pitch g

tenor: maximum pitch e1

bass: maximum pitch G

The applied composition should be a cappella (with the possible use of percussion), based principally on singing, with the possible use of other means of expression or spoken words. The individual composition should be 2 – 4 minutes in length.

Art. 8

Each composer can enter into the competition with only one composition for each cast type which has never been awarded in any competition nor commercially published (i.e. up to 3 compositions in total).

Art. 9

The composition should be sent to the organizer of the Competition till 31st May 2018 (postage stamp date is the deciding factor).

Art. 10

The results of the competition will be announced officially in October 2018. The winning compositions, that obtain the required number of points, will be performed during the 11th National Competition of Youth Choirs, will get financial reward and will be published by NIPOS.
Web Site:www.nipos-mk.cz/?p=33437

 The Uncommon Music Festival
Summary:SATB Composer Competition
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: 2018 Composer Competition
Accepting Applications January 16, 2018 - March 1, 2018

The Uncommon Music Festival is seeking submissions of new compositions for its 2018 Festival in Sitka Alaska. Compositions must fit the following criteria:

• Scored for SATB vocal quartet with optional piano accompaniment
• 3-5 minutes in length
• English text
• The composition must not have received a public performance prior to the Festival

The composition can set any text, as long as that text is in English and used with permission. It may deal with any subject matter.

The winner will receive a live performance of the composition, a high-quality audio/visual recording, and a $200 cash prize.

Note that the Festival reserves the right to freely distribute any recordings of the composition through physical or online media. Royalties from paid distribution will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must submit the following:
• A PDF of the score
• An MP3 rendering (audio created by notation software is fine)
Applicants will be notified of the decision by March 31, 2018

Web Site:www.uncommonmusicfest.org/comp...

 Walter Hussey Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is a brand new choral music composition competition launched in January 2018.

With a prize of £750 for the winning entry and a line up of top judges from the choral and composition world, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition promises to become one of the leading choral composition competitions of our time.

The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime.

The inaugural competition takes place in 2018, with a deadline for entries of 1st July 2018. The winner is expected to be chosen by 1st December 2018 and the winning piece will receive its world premiere on 9th March 2019.

The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is being promoted by Reading Phoenix Choir as part of its 50th anniversary season. The theme for the inaugural competition is therefore ‘Gold’.
Web Site:walterhussey.com

 The Sewanee Church Music Conference Choral Composition Prize
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The Sewanee Church Music Conference was founded in 1951, and since then it has been a leader in continuing education for liturgical church musicians. We are honored to hold our first choral composition competition, which is generously supported by Don Dupee in memory of Everett Summerall and by an anonymous gift.

• Opportunity: The Sewanee Church Music Conference seeks original, unpublished works for mixed chorus (SATB) with organ, or unaccompanied. One cash prize of $1500.00 US will be awarded.
• Application deadline: Scores must be received by March 1, 2018
• Award notification: March 15, 2018
• Eligibility: no restrictions with regard to age, gender, nationality, etc.
• Submission fee: $25.00 US per composition
• Award: The winner will be awarded $1500.00 US and have his/her work performed at the 2018 Sewanee Church Music Conference.
• Details: We are seeking a work of 3 to 6 minutes duration written for mixed (SATB) chorus with organ or unaccompanied. No piano-accompanied works will be considered. Liturgical settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis will be considered as a single composition (one fee), and together may exceed the 6 minute limit.
o Text: Must be in English or Latin, and suitable for performance in a Christian worship service. The text should be in the public domain, or be free of copyright restrictions.
o The work should be of medium or average difficulty.
o The work must be currently unpublished. The composer is free to pursue publication after the competition.

Submitting your work:
1. Fee: $25.00 US per composition. Fees may be paid through PayPal using the email address below; or by check payable to Sewanee Church Music Conference mailed to E.L. DuBose at the address below. Composers may submit as many works as they like.
2. The winner retains all rights to his/her work.
3. Any work with a copyright-protected text must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, poet or author.
4. By submitting your score, you authorize SCMC to make copies of your work for rehearsal and performance purposes. Publishing rights are yours after the competition. No further distribution of the work will occur via SCMC.
5. Scores may be submitted as hard copies or in a portable data file (pdf) format. Please submit a copy with the composer's name removed or blotted out. All aspects of judging are "blind".
6. Recordings of your work, live or audio file, are strongly encouraged, if available. This may be submitted on CD or as an mp3 file.
7. Do not send originals. Copies only. No materials will be returned.
8. Please send a letter containing your name, address, phone number and email address so you may be contacted if you are awarded.
9. Please send a brief composer biography.
10. A performance history and composer's program notes for each work submitted.

Scores should be sent to:
E.L. DuBose
P.O. Box 240742
Montgomery, AL 36124-0742
eldubose@gmail.com
(334) 313-0667

Deadline: Submissions must be received by March 1, 2018

If there are any questions, or if you do not receive confirmation of receipt from us within 48 hours via email or seven days via postal service (or by the competition deadline), please give us a call at the number above.


Web Site:www.sewaneeconf.com/2018-compo...

 City Chorus
Summary:Call for Choral Scores
Deadline: 24 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: ‘Songs of Travel’ call for choral scores deadline: 24 March 2018

City Chorus (www.londoncitychorus.com) is an unauditioned mixed choir in London UK. Our summer 2018 concert is entitled Songs of Travel, and we would love to include new pieces on this theme.
In the following guidelines, “You” and “Your” refer to the composer/arranger submitting scores, “We” and “Us” refer to City Chorus.

Eligibility
All composers and arrangers, without any restriction, are welcome to submit scores. You may submit only one piece.

Scoring
Your piece should be scored for mixed choir, in four parts (SATB) or three parts (SABar).
Also possible are pieces that are flexibly scored for any voices (e.g. “group I / group II / group III”). Please do not exceed four vocal parts in total. No divisi. No solos.
Your piece can have piano accompaniment, or be written for voices unaccompanied. No other instruments are available.

Theme & Style
Your piece should relate in some way to the theme of travel. You are welcome to interpret this as literally or as metaphorically as you like!
We are not looking for any one particular musical style. In fact, we are hoping for a wide range of approaches, in order to make our final programme as interested and as varied as possible.
We welcome both original compositions and arrangements of existing music.
Please bear in mind that we are an unauditioned amateur choir. Some of our members read music, while others learn primarily by ear. Our singers are prepared to work hard learning new repertoire, but pieces written with advanced chamber choirs or professional vocal ensembles in mind will probably not be suitable for us. Do not exceed four parts (i.e. no divisi passages).

Copyright
You retain copyright of music submitted.
You should submit only material for which you hold copyright – not pieces that have been assigned to publishers or agents or third parties.
Your music will not be copied or performed without your permission.
If you use, quote or adapt any musical or text material that is not in the public domain, then you must send written evidence of permission from the copyright holder. Please note that, according to European law, intellectual property enters the public domain 70 years after the death of the creator. So, for example, words by a poet who died in 1950 (even if the poem itself was published in 1895), would still be under copyright.

Your piece
It’s OK if the submitted piece has already been performed or recorded.
2-5 minutes is our preferred length, but shorter and longer pieces will be considered too.
Your score should be A4 or letter size, portrait format.
Make sure your score has a title, page numbers and bar/measure numbers, and that your name and the source of the text is listed.

Text/language
Your piece can use any words, in any language.
If the text(s) used is/are not in the public domain, then you must have permission from the copyright holder.
For languages other than English, French, Italian, German and Latin, please include a phonetic guide for English-speaking singers.

Performance(s) and recording
Our “Songs of Travel” concert will be held on 6 July 2018 at St Pancras Parish Church, London – and we will be taking most of the same musical selection on tour to the Isle of Man (one or two performances, details tbc, 28/29 July 2018). We hope to have our concerts recorded, though we cannot guarantee this. If performances are recorded, we will share the recording with selected composers. We will not distribute or make the recording public without your permission.

Financial arrangements
There’s no fee to submit a score.
For each piece that we select, we will pay the composer/arranger a fee of GBP100 (one hundred pounds sterling), for permission to print out a set of copies.
Payment will be by cheque or PayPal only, in British pounds.
You will be responsible for any bank charges, recipient fees, or currency conversion charges, and for paying your own tax on this income.
We will keep copies of your piece, and you will give us permission to perform it in the future, for no additional fee.
Deadline
Please submit your score by 11.59pm (GMT) on Saturday 24 March 2018
We cannot take responsibility for items lost in the post, or for non-delivery of emails.

What to send
A score of your piece, clearly marked with your name, and the source of the text.
Please name PDF files “composer surname – title” (for example: “Schubert – Winterreise”). Include your contact details in your message (if submitting via email), or in a covering letter (if submitting by post).
Include written permission to use any copyright material.
Send the PDF as an email attachment to music@londoncitychorus.com or a printed copy in the post to:
City Chorus call for scores, Flat 44, New Atlas Wharf, 3 Arnhem Place, London E14 3SS (UK). Scores will not be returned.

What not to send
Please don’t send Sibelius or Finale files, or jpegs, etc – PDFs, or hard copies, only.
Please don’t send recordings, photographs, CVs, catalogues, etc.
Please don’t send more than one piece.
Please don’t send music scored for more than four vocal parts, or that has no connection to the theme of travel, or that requires soloists or any instruments except piano.
Please don’t ask us to download your piece from a website, or dropbox, or shared folder, etc. Send it as an attachment to an email message, or as a printed copy in the post.

Response
We will acknowledge receipt of your entry, and will inform you if your piece has been selected or not. We will be unable to enter into any further correspondence.
From this call-for-scores hope to choose three pieces for performance. Maybe more, maybe fewer. And it is possible (though we hope this will not be the case) that none of the submitted pieces is suitable for our concert.

Thankyou!

Thankyou for your creative contribution. Please don’t be disappointed if your piece is not selected. It may be that you have written a wonderful work that just isn’t quite suitable for this particular choir at this particular time.
Composers and arrangers whose work is selected will be offered four free tickets, and everyone who submits a piece will be offered one free ticket, to our London concert on 6 July 2018.

We cannot pay for travel or accommodation.

Information correct at time of going to press (1 December 2017).
Web Site:www.londoncitychorus.com/call-...

 Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary Children’s Choral Composition Selections
Summary:Children's Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: “The Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary Children’s Choral Composition Selections” aims to promote choral compositions for treble voices, and is part of the HKCC Golden Jubilee celebratory activities.

1. Participation is open to composers of all nationalities and ages
2. Requirements for entry
a. Submitted work(s) must be original, unpublished
b. The children’s choral composition selections are divided into 2 categories
i. HKCC’s Intermediate Level (For ages 8-11): Mainly for 2-part (SA) children’s choral works (occasional divisi), or simple 3-part (SSA)
ii. HKCC’s Senior Level (For ages 10-16): 3-part (SSA) to 4-part (SSAA) or more
c. Instruments: The work can be written with piano accompaniment or a cappella or with optional instrumental accompaniment
d. Text: Text should be in the public domain, or obtained permission from the author or copyright holder
e. Format: PDF format, with page numbers, generated by Sibelius, Finale or other similar computer programs. Midi, mp3 or similar audio files should also be included upon submission. Composers’ name should appear only on the first page of the work. The adjudicators will receive anonymized scores to review.
f. Duration: Maximum 4 minutes for HKCC’s Intermediate Level; Maximum 6 minutes for HKCC’s Senior Level. Duration should be indicated on the first page of the work.
g. Language: Any languages
h. Each composer may submit 3 works maximum in total#. Works cannot be revised after submission.
3. Selection Criteria
a. Text content, musical style and techniques
b. Relationship between text and music
c. Effectiveness of piece for a children’s choir
d. Efficiency and Effectiveness of Accompaniment
e. Overall Artistic Presentation and Creativity
4. Prizes and Awards
Each selected piece in HKCC’s Intermediate Level will be awarded US$600
Each selected piece in HKCC’s Senior Level will be awarded US$1000
10-15 pieces will be selected from each category. Selected work(s) will be published in The Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary Children’s Choral Songbook.
Web Site:www.hkcchoir.org/50thChoralSel...

 INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION 2018
Summary:Choir competition with two categories
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: RULES AND ENTRY DETAILS
1. The Competition is open to any composer.
2. The Competition has no age restrictions.
3. Two cash prizes, each of £1000 will be awarded to the winner of both Categories (Adult Male Choir and Cambiata Choir), plus a runner-up and third prize of £500 and £250 for the Adult Classes only.
4. Other ‘Certificates of Commendation’ may be awarded. In the event of an entry being submitted by two or more people (e.g. lyricist and composer) the cash prize will be shared.
5. The composition must be completely original. Arrangements are not allowed. However, lyrics can be used which the composer can prove are out of copyright or for which the composer has written permission for their use. (Evidence must accompany the entry.)
6. The composition must not have previously been submitted for any form of publication (including self publishing on any internet site), any form of competition or previous performance.
7. The composition must be set for male choir (TTBB or Cambiata). Scores not appropriately laid out for the selected ensemble will be rejected from the adjudication process.
8. The composition should not exceed three minutes in length and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. The composition will be judged on its musical merit, appropriateness for the selected genre and the suitability of the text setting. The actual choice of lyrics / text will not be adjudicated.
9. If the composition is not of English text/lyrics, then a translation into English must also be provided on a separate sheet, if needed.
10. By entering this Competition, the composer gives permission for the Festival to copy and distribute any entry for four distinct purposes only:
a. For the winning entry to be sung by an ensemble at the Presentation Evening in the Autumn of 2018;
b. For any choir wishing to sing a Competition entry during the 2019 Festival and specifically for the winning entry to be officially premièred during the 2019 Festival;
c. For choir learning audio tracks to be produced to facilitate learning of the music.
d. For the winning entry to be available on our website and for use of participating choirs of the Festival , and at any point present or future (see note under ‘Publication and Copyright’)
11. In all cases, the decision of the Adjudicator is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
12. Entries may be submitted on paper or electronically.
13. Electronic submission can be in any music scoring software format though Sibelius is preferred. Please discuss (by email or telephone) other formats with the Festival Director prior to submission
14. If using Sibelius, please also send a version in Sibelius Student, and a PDF.
15. Please be aware that all paper entries and those submitted as .pdf files will be electronically scanned into Sibelius for ease of adjudication and for purposes as described in 8 above.
16. Paper entries must be submitted only on white, A4 size manuscript paper, written in black ink. Such manuscript entries must be written on one side of the paper only. Please be aware that, while every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the finished electronic file following the entry being scanned, no guarantees are either given or implied that such scanning will result in a 100% accurate copy of any manually submitted original. The Festival cannot be held liable for any scanning errors and scanned files will not be returned to composers for proofing. If a handwritten score proves incapable of being scanned, the composer will be notified and offered advice for resubmission (as long as the competition closing deadline can still be met). Hand written scores along with their electronic equivalent will be submitted together for adjudication.
17. Composers submitting entries on paper are advised to keep copies in case their work becomes lost in the post. The Festival is unable to return any material submitted on paper.
18. Since all scores will be submitted to the adjudicator anonymously, entries (in any format) must only contain the title of the piece (which can be repeated as a footer on each page if desired). Entries must NOT be identifiable by containing either copyright information or the composer’s name. Pages should be numbered sequentially. If composers feel insecure regarding copyright issues, the UK Copyright Service (http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/) has further information on the matter.
19. The Festival accepts no responsibility for the non-arrival of any entries submitted by post.
20. The cost of entry is £20 per item submitted. You may submit more than one entry.
21. Entries, the application form and appropriate fee should be submitted either by post to:

Robert T. Elliott, Festival Director, Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, 19 Shakespeare Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8HD, or electronically to rob@cimcf.uk
to arrive no later than Saturday 31st March 2018.

23. Wherever possible, entries will be acknowledged by return.
22. For internet bank payments, the details are: Barclays, King Street Truro Branch
Sort Code 20-87-94 Account Number 20851167
Account Name Cornwall International Male Choral Festival Ltd (or CIMCF LTD)
Reference Your surname preceded by the letters “CC”
N.B. if payments arrive to our account without the correct reference, your entry will not be valid.

PUBLICATION AND COPYRIGHT
24. The winning composition(s) will be put onto the Festival website, and then available as a PDF for any choir to download and use it/perform it without charge. This will give the composition maximum coverage and hopefully be sung by many more choirs than could be imagined otherwise, enabling the composer to become more widely known and thus leading to future commissions and projects.
25. From October 1st 2019, the winner shall have the option of continuing to allow the composition to be accessed via the website, as above, or having it withdrawn for the purposes of publication independently. If the latter is chosen, then this request must be made in writing to the Festival Director any time from 1st October 2019, allowing 4 weeks from the date of the notification for the removal from the website.

ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE PRESENTATION
26. Adjudication will take place during April and May 2018.
27. The Prize winners of each category and those receiving commendations will be notified during June 2018 and then subsequently announced on the Festival website and in a press release.
28. The prize and any commendation certificates will be awarded at the Presentation Evening to be held in Autumn 2018 (Date TBA) in Truro. All competition entrants will be invited.
29. The Festival is unable to pay any expenses towards entrants attending the Presentation Evening.
30. The winning items will be sung by an appropriate ensemble to an audience of sponsors, patrons, board and company members, and other invited guests.
31. During the Presentation Evening, the Adjudicator will make general remarks related to the quality of the compositions and important issues he feels need expanding upon. He will also comment briefly on selected individual entries. He will outline his reasons for selecting the winning entry and any selected for special commendation. Time will not permit a detailed adjudication on each entry during the evening. However, a short written critique of each entry will be provided to composers attending the Presentation Evening or in the post afterwards.
32. The Adjudicator will be available for short discussion with individual composers following announcements and the presentation.
Web Site:www.cimcf.uk/2018/composers.ht...

 Barlow Prize 2019
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: $12,000 Commission
New Work for SATB Unaccompanied Choir

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work of 9-12 minutes for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work will be performed by a consortium of choirs: BYU Singers (Utah); two-time Grammy nominated choir, Seraphic Fire (Florida); and the 2017 Grammy nominated choir and Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence recipient, The Crossing (Pennsylvania).

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the commission is signed, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.

There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are:

1) Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered in the Prize competition. FAQS

2) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible. FAQS

New procedures for applying: Start the application process for the Barlow Prize by clicking on the application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and with the application PDF attached.

• Note: Your application is saved automatically and closing the browser will not result in lost data. In order to resume the application process, you must re-open the application link on the same device you began your application.
• Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
• Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores. (REMINDER: submit EXACTLY two physical scores. No electronic scores will be accepted.) FAQS
• Of the two works you submit, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation).
• The other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. It need not be exact, but can feature the category in another context. The judges will be interested in seeing how you handle the instrument(s) in as close a context as you can show.
• Additionally, one of these two chosen compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five (5) years old.
• The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities.
• Recordings should be uploaded as part of the application form and should be uploaded in .aac or .mp3 formats only. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Live recordings are strongly encouraged; MIDI realizations are discouraged. Judges will not review DVDs or CDs. FAQS


Web Site:barlow.byu.edu/prize-applicati...

 International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2018
Summary:International Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 02 November 2017
Details: 【Purpose】
The International Choral Organization of Tokyo announces the International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2018 (ICCC Japan 2018), the aim of which is to promote choral music through the creation of new and innovative choral repertoire.

【Qualification】
Participation is open to composers of any nationality and any age, whether professional or amateur.

【Jury Members】
The jury will be consisted by the members below:
Chief Jury: John August Pamintuan (PH)
Jury: Ēriks Ešenvalds (LV), Stephen Leek (AU), Paweł Łukaszewski (PL), Teruaki Suzuki (JP)

The Artistic Committee will support the juries.
Artistic Director: Ko Matsushita (JP)

【Judgement Criteria】
The judgement process is based on the assessment of the submitted music score.

【Award / Commendation】
The composer of the winning work will receive a prize of 100,000 Japanese Yen and a diploma. The composer of the works in 2nd and 3rd place will receive a diploma. The winning work will be published by Pana Musica Co., Ltd. Following recommendation by the jury, there may be a possibility that the work in 2nd and 3rd place would also be published. From these award winning works, the set piece of the 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition (to be held in 2019) will be selected.

【Application Rule】
The ICCC Japan 2018 is dedicated to choral compositions defined, written and stated as below:

・ SATB a capella, basically each voice must not be divided, except when fulfilling the condition as follows: a maximum of two division per one voice, and the length of the divided section being around 10 % of the whole work. No accompaniment including percussion and bodywork is allowed.
・ The work must stand on its own and should not be in the form of a suite, i.e. consisted of multiple pieces.
・ Duration: 2 to 3 minutes.
・ Text: Latin and English (or mixed Latin & English) only, contents may be either sacred or profane. If the text is not in public domain, a written statement by the author or copyright holder for the use of the text must be attached to the entry e-mail.

【Application Format】
・ State the performance duration on the top of the 1st page of the score.
・ Format: PDF, made from Finale, Sibelius, or a similar scorewriting program.
・ If possible, attach the MP3 audio file extracted from the scorewriting program when submitting the work.
・ Do not state the composer’s name anywhere on the score. If there is an author of the text, the name of the author shall be clearly stated. The original Latin text and its English or Japanese translation should be attached to the score.

【Application Deadline】
All entries must be sent by 23:59 31st March 2018 GMT (16:59 31st March Pacific Daylight Time, 19:59 31st March Eastern Daylight Time, 00:59 1st April British Summer Time, 01:59 1st April Central Europe Summer Time, 08:59 1st April Japanese Standard Time).

【Application Process】
・ Participation to the ICCC Japan 2018 will be finalized by filling the web entry form, submitting the composed work and other documents (as applicable) to the administrative office by e-mail, and paying the participation fee.
・ All materials are to be sent by e-mail to apply@icccj.org. Other methods of application are basically not applicable. If other methods are preferred, please contact the administrative office.

【Application Fee / Payment】
Entry fee is 5,000 Japanese Yen per composition.
Please make the payment via Paypal in the currency of Japanese Yen within 3 days of submitting the work. There is a link on the ICCC Japan website to make this payment, otherwise please make payment to info@koyukai.info. Please notify the administrative office (info@icccj.org) if payment via Paypal is not possible.

【Timetable】
The initial judgment will be done by mid-May 2018. The title of the qualifying compositions of the initial judgment will be published on the ICCC Japan website. The final judgment will follow, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd award winning works along with the work to be published will be determined around mid-June 2018. There will be no public announcement of the results until as stated below, however the award winners will be individually notified via e-mail.

【Announcement of Award Winners】
The results will be announced during the 14th Karuizawa International Choral Festival. Announcement is to be held on 26th August 2018 at Karuizawa Ohga Hall. Exact date and time will be announced on the ICCC Japan website or Facebook page.

【Privilege for Award Winners】
The premiere performance of the awarded works will be made by The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, conducted by Ko Matsushita. The announcement and performance will be web broadcasted worldwide via YouTube LIVE.

【Important Notes before Submission】
・ The work must not been performed, awarded nor published before. A declaration that the work fulfills this condition (any format is allowed) must be submitted.
・ A participant can apply as many works as wanted. One entry form for each work must be filled.
・ Upon the awarded works that will be published, the copyright and publishing rights belong to Pana Musica Co., Ltd.
・ Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.
・ The jury’s decision is final.
・ For works selected as a set piece of the 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition, its composer must arrange the work for TTBB, SSA (or SSAA).


【Documents Required for Submission】 * submit to apply@icccj.org before the deadline

1. Composed work (which clearly state the performance time and does not state the name of the composer, in PDF format)

2. Original text and the English or Japanese translation of the text (no format restrictions)

3. Declaration that the work has not been performed, awarded nor published before (no format restrictions)

4. Permission from the text author if the text is not in public domain (no format restrictions)


【Point of Contact】
The International Choral Organization of Tokyo
2-29-12 B1F, Kinugaoka, Hachioji-city, Tokyo 192-0912, JAPAN
Email: info@icccj.org
Tel: +81-42-689-5641
Web Site:icccj.org

 The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Liturgical Choral Competition
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: In order to encourage the composition of music suitable for the liturgy, The Sanders Society will develop a biennial competition for young composers under the age of 30 years. The winning composition, a choral work of up to 6 minutes in length for SATB choir suitable for performance within a cathedral setting, will – if of sufficiently high quality – receive a first performance at a Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral during the summer of 2018.

In addition the winning composer will receive an award of £1000.
The next composition competition for young composers will be judged in April 2018:

• Closing date: 23rd March 2018
• Judging: April 2018
• The winning composer will be notified by email, (confirmed by letter) and details of the winning composition will be announced on 15th June 2018 on this website
• First performance of the composition: Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral: Summer 2018
• Judges:
o Dr. Christopher Robinson
o Bob Chilcott
o Adrian Partington
o Tim Rogers (Encore Publications)
Full rules of the composition competition for young composers and an entry form may be downloaded below:
• Competition Rules
• Entry Form

Entry forms for UK entries can be obtained by post, enclosing a stamped (93p) C5 envelope, from:
The Sanders Society,
144 Tuffley Avenue,
Gloucester
GL1 5NS
Overseas applicants please contact info@sanderssociety.org.uk.


Web Site:www.sanderssociety.org.uk/Comp...