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 Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 07 January 2019
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: 2018-19 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition
The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is seeking submissions for our 2018-19 Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition, and thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous funder, there is a cash prize of $500, which will be awarded to the composer of the winning composition. There is no entry fee for submissions.

Please review the complete competition guidelines below:

Entries should be:
• suitable for young men ages 12-18
• written for 3-part or 2-part Men’s Choir (TBB, TTB, or TB); click here for detailed notes for composers
• a capella, or with piano accompaniment
• three to eight minutes in length
• original and with no prior public performance (public performance is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family)
Preference for:
• themes celebrating diversity, inclusion, empowering underrepresented voices, and/or the pursuit of scientific discovery will be given priority. Text can be original or in the public domain. The copyrighted text is permissible as long as permission is received from the copyright owner.
• pieces that are rhythmic, fast-paced, and uplifting
• pieces that provide both the ensemble and the audience with a rewarding and enjoyable musical experience

• Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 12:00 pm ET – Please note all submissions must be received by Noon.
• Fri, Feb 1, 2019 – Announcement of the winning composition
• May 2019 – Premiere performance of the winning composition (exact date TBD)

• open to all composers regardless of age or nationality

• Scores must be submitted via our online submission form
• There is no entry fee for this competition thanks to a donation from a generous funder
• Entry scores should NOT include composer’s name so that evaluation and judging of each composition may be conducted anonymously

The competition winner will receive a:
• Prize of $500 USD
• World premiere performance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble
• Well-rehearsed recording of the live performance

• All submissions that meet the above guidelines will be reviewed by the conductor of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble
• Taken into consideration will be the quality of the piece, and its suitability for a successful performance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble


Summary:Young Composer Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Introducing ION, a composer competition designed to give a voice to emerging talent. We are developing a fully unique Dallas choral voice through passion, exploration, and innovation, putting Dallas at the forefront of choral innovation in the United States.

High school and undergraduate composers, ages 13-25, who are currently living or attending school in the Greater Dallas Area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties), are invited to submit original compositions for a 16-voice SATB choir. The works should focus on innovation, creativity, and the cultural diversity of Dallas proper. Entrants may submit up to 3 choral pieces (no longer than 6 minutes in duration recommended). Works should be all or mostly unaccompanied. Creative uses of percussion, multi-media, or multi-sensory elements (i.e. dance, movement, spoken word,technology, audio-visual components) are encouraged.

A $10.00 entry fee is required for the first piece; $5 for each additional piece. Submissions will be accepted via registration form online. Students who cannot afford the entry fee will have the option to apply for scholarship funds in the application.

Winners will be announced in early January and will receive a prize package, which will include one $250.00 cash prize for the winner and public performances at Verdigris Ensemble’s “Faces of Dallas” concert series in April 2019, sponsored in part by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA festival. Additional works may be recognized for honorable mention, with possibility of future performances. Verdigris Ensemble reserves the right not to select a winner.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

 Busan Choral Festival
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Date Posted: 29 November 2018
Details: Throughout its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work will be premiered at the 2019 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of October 16-19, 2019.

Composer must be born between JUN 30, 1999 and JUN 30, 1979
(exceptions may be considered under the BCFC committee's review.)

Length and Format
1. 3-10 minutes in duration
2. Piece must be for unaccompanied, equal or mixed voices choir.
3. Smaller, portable percussion instruments are allowed. (Xylophone, vibraphone and timpani not allowed).
4. Text can be chosen from Latin, English or Korean. If another language is chosen, a detailed English synopsis and pronunciation must be included in the score.
5. Compositions must not have been previously published or awarded in previous composition competitions and never publicly performed.

Application (May 31, 2019 Deadline / Korea Standard Time)
1. Complete Online Application Form
2. Resume/CV (*.doc / *.docx)
3. Copy of passport or ID Card with date of birth in JPEG format
4. Score in PDF format
5. English synopsis and pronunciation
6. Midi recording (by computer software) in MP3 format
7. 3 original copies of the score mailed to the Busan Choral office by May 31, 2019 (postmark deadline). Submitted original copies of
scores will be used only for judging so there MUST be No Personal Information Included on the score for a fair evaluation.

Scores submitted to the Busan Choral office will not be returned (Address: Busan Choral Festival & Competition / Busan Cultural
Center, UN pyeonghwa-ro 76-1, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea 48534).

Application Fee

1. Winners will be announced on July 18, 2019 on BCFC Website.
2. Composition will be judged by a panel of international jury. The jury's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.


 Westminster Cathedral
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 29 November 2018
Details: Composers are invited to submit a new unaccompanied choral motet for Westminster Cathedral's inaugural Composition Competition. A prize of £750 will be awarded to the winner, and the winning motet will be premiered at the 10am Solemn Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019 by Westminster Cathedral Choir.

The competition is open to all composers aged 35 and under, and the deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday 15 February 2019. There is an entry fee of £10.
2019 marks the sixtieth anniversary of George Malcolm's legendary 1959 recording of Victoria's Tenebræ Responsories with Westminster Cathedral Choir; it was one of the first recordings of Renaissance music committed to LP, and is still today a benchmark recording of these dramatic works, music that Westminster Cathedral Choir sings every Holy Week.

As well as the Cathedral's Master of Music and Assistant Master of Music, the adjudication panel will include the renowned composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan, who has had a long relationship with Westminster Cathedral Choir, resulting in many commissions and premieres, including a setting of 'Tu es Petrus' for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

Entry requirements
Composers are to submit a motet which, as a minimum, conforms to the following requirements:
• Is an unaccompanied setting of the given text (the motet should set the Latin text, not the English translation).
• Is scored in line with the Victoria Tenebræ Responsories (SATB without divisi).
• Lasts no longer than four minutes (based on a metronome mark for the piece).

The score may be typeset or handwritten, but should either way be a suitable performing edition. Scores should not include the name of the composer, but instead a pseudonym (which should also be marked clearly on the application form). The competition is open to composers of any nationality aged thirty-five and under on 15 February 2019. An entry fee of £10 will be due along with the application forms.

Omnes amíci mei dereliquérunt me, et prævaluérunt insidiántes mihi: trádidit me quem diligébam: Et terribílibus óculis plaga crudéli percutiéntes, acéto potábant me.
Inter iníquos proiecérunt me, et non pepercérunt ánimæ meæ. Et terribílibus óculis plaga crudéli percutiéntes, acéto potábant me.

All my friends have deserted me, and plotters have prevailed over me. He whom I loved has betrayed me. And with fierce looks and cruel blows they gave me vinegar to drink.
They cast me among the wicked and did not spare my soul. And with fierce looks and cruel blows they gave me vinegar to drink.

Application process
Completed applications should be sent by post to:
Jonathan Allsopp
Westminster Cathedral Clergy House 42 Francis St
London SW1P 1QW

Applications should include:
• Two unbound copies of the score.
• A completed application form.
• A cheque for £10 made payable to ‘Westminster Cathedral Music Department’.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 15 February 2019; Westminster Cathedral will not be obliged to accept any applications received after this date. Applicants should therefore ensure that appropriate steps are taken to avoid any delays caused by postage. Applications will be acknowledged via email by 6pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019. For any enquiries, please contact Jonathan Allsopp (

Web Site:www.westminstercathedralchoir....

 Cincinnati Youth Choir Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: What:
The Cincinnati Youth Choir Composition Competition is a contest promoting outstanding repertoire for treble choirs from children’s through youth ensembles. CYC serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and regularly performs with the regions most celebrated professional and amateur ensembles. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of CCM faculty and CYC artistic staff. The winning entry will be contacted and announced in Spring 2019.

The Award:
The cash prize for the winning composition will be $1,000.00. The Cincinnati Youth Choir, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Robyn Lana, will premiere the work in March 2019 with the winning composer’s possible attendance at the premiere. Publication possible and may be discussed. The panel reserves the right to void selection if no winning selection is submitted.

1. Suggested length: 3 to 6 minutes
2. Voicing: treble voices, unison to multiple parts
3. Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate or advanced
4. Accompaniment instrumentation: a capella or piano accompaniment, opt 30 sec. solo voice, opt solo or duet obligato instruments (ie: violin, cello, flute, recorder, clarinet)
5. Lyrics and arrangements must be available for use and not protected by copyright laws or permission must be secured and demonstrated by the composer
6. Composer will retain the copyright
7. CYC may retain winning manuscript for future performance
8. Composition must be composed/arranged within the past three years and never performed
9. The composer must be an emerging composer.
10. The composer must presently reside in North America.
11. $25 application fee per composition

Completed submission must include:
1. One rehearsal ready copy which will include all necessary markings and composer sited.
2. 5 unsigned, clearly legible copies with no identifying marks to insure anonymity during the selection process.
3. Complete biography of the composer.
4. $25 registration fee payable to Cincinnati Youth Choir
5. One completed application form (page 2 of this document) or by writing to:

Robyn Lana, Artistic Director
Cincinnati Youth Choir
UC- College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0236

6. Contest deadline is December 31, 2018. All materials must arrive on or before the posted deadline.


 Spark Composition Competition
Summary:SATB Call
Deadline: 01 February 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: We hope our program theme, combined with the opportunity to have your new composition premiered by a professional chamber choir, will light a spark of inspiration to compose a new work!


Our final concert this 2018-19 season will coincide with Rhode Island Pride and will feature music by, about, and for LGBTQIA* individuals and communities. We are seeking choral scores featuring texts that may be directly relevant to LGBTQIA* experiences, but may also deal with broader intersecting themes, such as the general theme of PRIDE, celebrating diversity & inclusion, empowering marginalized voices, etc.

Entrants are encouraged to submit a brief explanation of why they chose their text and explain its connection to the theme of our concert. Collegium Ancora will perform the world premiere of the winning entry during our June 2019 performance.


February 1, 2019 All submissions and entry fees must be received by 11:59pm EST
March 1, 2019 Announcement of the winning composition
June 2019 Premiere performance of the winning composition by Collegium Ancora


All submissions must:
- be original and not previously performed in a public performance*
- fit within the thematic criteria outlined under “Contest Details” above
- adhere to the additional specific criteria outlined below
* public performance is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family.

Difficulty Level
Any level of technical difficulty is welcomed. We are mainly interested in pieces that provide both the ensemble and the audience with a rewarding musical experience.

SATB, with possible divisi

- Text must be related to the theme of the concert program, as described above.
- Any language will be considered; however, please include a transliteration of non-English texts.
- Text must originate from one of the following options:
1. In the Public Domain
2. Of the composer’s own creation
3. Accompanied by documentation clearly confirming the composer has secured permission to set the text to music and to present it in public performance.*
* any and all costs related to securing said copyright permission is solely the responsibility of the person submitting the composition entry.

- a cappella
- Piano

Duration (Length of Composition)
- Minimum: 2 minutes
- Maximum: 8 minutes

- There are no restrictions regarding who may enter.
- There is no limit to how many compositions any one composer can submit; however, an entry fee is required per composition.


All submissions will be initially reviewed by the Artistic Director of Collegium Ancora to ensure each submission meets the specified criteria.

A panel comprised of three judges will review the contending entries and will choose the winning composition. This evaluation will take into account the quality of the piece, the relationship to the thematic content, and its suitability for a successful performance by Collegium Ancora.

In the event that the panel decides to perform more submissions in addition to the winning composition, those composers will be notified and permission to perform their composition requested.

Scores that are not selected for performance will be deleted.


First Prize: $500 (US) plus a world premiere performance by Collegium Ancora
Runner(s) up: $50 (US) plus a world premiere performance by Collegium Ancora

The winning composer and composition will be announced on March 1, 2019. Winners are welcome to attend the premiere performance, but will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

Collegium Ancora reserves the right not to award a prize.


Scores must be submitted via our website. Click the "Submit Score" button below to complete the entry form (Google account required, please contact us if this is a problem) and upload your PDF, then click the "Submit Entry Fee" button to provide the entry fee via our secure PayPal account.

Submission Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2019, 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time

Application/Entry Fee:
$35 entry fee per submission is required for consideration

Criteria for submitting scores:
- Scores must be in American Letter-size (8.5 X 11 inches) portrait format
- Scores must be clear and ready for performance, using standard music printing notation and readable text size.
- Entry scores must have no composer/arranger information on it so that evaluation and judging of each composition can be conducted anonymously.
- All scores must be submitted electronically as a PDF.

Supporting material (encouraged, but not required):
- A narrative about the piece indicating the choice of text and how it relates to the theme, as well as information relating to the composer and/or compositional process, if desired.
- Some type of recording of the piece (e.g. synthesized, keyboard, multitrack, etc.); it is of course understood that a full choral recording will not be available.

 Siena College Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: The Siena College Creative Arts Department announces a call for score submissions for the inaugural annual Siena College Choral Composition Competition. The winning work will be premiered by the Clare Ensemble Singers, a professional chamber choir in residence, on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A prize stipend of $450 will be available to the winning work.

The Siena College Choral Composition Award recognizes the creative talents of an artist whose work produces an innovative piece of choral music inspired in some way by The Saint John’s Bible (, an illuminated manuscript bible created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson.

Submissions must be accompanied by an explanation of the work’s relevance to the Saint John’s Bible, as well as the theme, “Songs of Experience.” Composers are encouraged to spend time with The Saint John’s Bible in person, by visiting a Heritage Edition site such as Siena College. A complete site listing may be found at:

Works will be judged through a blind process by a panel consisting of Dr. Timothy Reno, Associate Professor of Creative Arts, members of the Clare Ensemble Singers, and local professionals.

The competition is open to all composers within the United States of America, regardless of background, origin, level of training, or experience. The deadline for submission completion is December 31, 2018.

Scores may be submitted via Google Forms:
Questions? Email

 El Coro universitario Sant Yago de Valencia
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 28 December 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: El Coro universitario Sant Yago de Valencia convoca, con motivo de su 50 aniversario, un concurso de composición coral que tiene como objetivo fomentar la creación de nuevo repertorio por parte de compositores jóvenes e incipientes, nacionales e internacionales.

Como bases del concurso se establecen las siguientes:
1. El concurso va dirigido a compositores de cualquier nacionalidad con una edad no superior a 35 años en la fecha de finalización del plazo de entrega.
2. Las obras presentadas serán originales e inéditas, quedando excluidas las armonizaciones y los arreglos. Han de estar escritas para una plantilla habitual de coro mixto de SATB “a capella”, siendo aceptado un razonable número de “divisi”. El nivel de dificultad será el de un coro “amateur”, y la duración no será superior a 5 minutos.
3. El texto, de temática libre, deberá estar escrito en una de las siguientes lenguas: valenciano, castellano, latín o inglés. Cada compositor será responsable del libre uso de los textos utilizados, y en todo caso se respetarán los derechos de autoría recogidos en el Real decreto Legislativo 1/1996, de 12 de abril, de Propiedad Intelectual. En el encabezamiento de la partitura figurará únicamente el título de la obra y un pseudónimo del autor.
4. Cada compositor podrá presentar un número ilimitado de obras inéditas y no interpretadas nunca en público. La/s enviará, en grafía clara y formato pdf, por correo electrónico a la dirección, desde una dirección de e-mail que evite revelar datos sobre su identidad. Esta forma de proceder obedece al aseguramiento de la imparcialidad y transparencia necesarias. Cualquier incumplimiento de esta condición significará la eliminación de la obra afectada.

Los concursantes deberán enviar una única obra en cada correo electrónico, pudiendo enviar tantos correos como obras deseen presentar.
La organización responderá a los correos electrónicos recibidos confirmando la correcta recepción de las obras.

5. El plazo de entrega de las obras presentadas finalizará el 28 de Diciembre de 2018 a las 23:59h.
6. El jurado estará integrado por personas vinculadas al ámbito coral valenciano y su decisión será inapelable.
7. El resultado del concurso se dará a conocer, en primer lugar, mediante un e-mail a las cuentas desde las que los participantes hayan remitido las obras. Esta comunicación con los participantes se realizará entre el 14 y el 21 de Enero de 2019. Será este mismo el medio de contacto con el ganador, quien, una vez conocedor del veredicto, comunicará sus datos personales a la organización. En caso de que la organización no reciba respuesta, el vencedor tendrá un mes de plazo para reclamar el premio. Pasado el plazo perderá todos los derechos del mismo, quedando el concurso desierto.

Una vez conocida por la organización la identidad del ganador, se anunciará el resultado del concurso en la web y en las redes sociales del Coro Sant Yago.
En caso de que el jurado considere que ninguna de las obras presentadas merece ser galardonada, el concurso quedará desierto.

Se establece como premio lo siguiente:
• Un premio económico por la cantidad de 300 €.
• El estreno de la obra ganadora, por parte del Coro Universitario Sant Yago, en el concierto de clausura de un Taller Coral de música contemporánea que se celebrará el día 7 de abril de 2019 en Valencia.
• Además, se intentará dar promoción a la obra ganadora, que añadirá el subtítulo siguiente en su partitura definitiva: “Obra ganadora del Concurso de Composición Coral 50 aniversario del Coro Universitario Sant Yago”.

Las consultas sobre estas bases podrán enviarse a la dirección de correo electrónico, siempre desde una dirección de e-mail que evite revelar datos sobre la identidad del participante.

La participación en el presente concurso implica la aceptación total de estas bases.


Summary: Choral Music Composition Contest

Deadline: 28 December 2018

Details: On occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the Sant Yago University Choir, from Valencia (Spain), is pleased to announce a Choral Music Composition Contest. The aim of this competition is to promote the creation of new repertoire by young, emerging composers from all over the world. In addition to a monetary prize (300€), the winning piece will premiere, performed by the Sant Yago University Choir, at the closing concert of a contemporary music Coral Workshop to be held in Valencia on April 7th, 2019.

The choir is looking for young composers, up to 35 years old at the end of the deadline, to submit their compositions. They must be original, unpublished ones; written for a regular mixed choir (SATB), a cappella. The maximum duration must be kept to five minutes and its performance must be possible for an amateur choir. The text can be about any topic as long as it’s in English, Latin, Spanish or Valencian, always respecting the copyright contained in the Spanish Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996 of April 12 on Intellectual Property. The author’s name will remain anonymous. The heading of the score shall include the title and a pseudonym.

Composers are entitled to submit an unlimited number of unpublished pieces, which must have not been previously performed in public. Entries must have a clear spelling and be sent by email to with the score attached as a PDF file from an email address which avoids revealing the identity of the author.

The deadline is December 28th, 2018 at 23:59 (Central European Time).

The results will be announced by email to the contestants between the 14th and 21st of January, 2019. The winner will reveal his or her personal data to the organization and the results will be announced on the website and in the choir's social media.

Further questions can be addressed to, from any address that avoids revealing the contestant’s identity"

 The Manchester Chorale Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: In preparation for its 40th anniversary season, The Manchester Chorale invites composers to write a work of a celebratory nature.

1st prize of £1,000
No restrictions on age or nationality
Text, in English, to be chosen by the composer
No entry fee

Deadline for submission of pieces: 31st March 2019

The Manchester Chorale will be marking its 40th anniversary in the 2019/20 season.
With this in mind, we are inviting composers to submit a piece for chamber choir, to be performed during the season, with which we can celebrate the joy of singing and making music together.

The Work
Length – between 3 and 6 minutes.
A capella, or with piano accompaniment.
The piece should be primarily for SATB choir (about 45 singers); however, some divisi of the soprano, alto or bass parts can be accommodated.
Short solo passages could be included in any part, although it is recommended they are marked “optional”.
The text must be in English. Composers are asked to check that a text is out of copyright before using it. If it is not, please obtain written permission for its use from the copyright holder before submitting your composition to us. We may ask you to send this to us later. You may, of course, set a text that you have written yourself.
The piece must not have been published or performed previously.

For full details, please click on the link below:


 The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: In order to encourage the composition of music suitable for the liturgy, The Sanders Society is developing a 3-yearly competition for young composers under the age of 30 years. The winning composition, an Introit of up to 5 minutes in length for SATB choir with optional organ accompaniment suitable for performance within a cathedral setting, will receive its first public performance in the glorious settings of Gloucester Cathedral during Choral Evensong at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in the summer of 2019.

In addition the winning composer will receive an award of £1000, and the possiblity of a publishing contract with Encore Publications.

The next composition competition for young composers will be judged in April 2019:

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 22nd March 2019

Judging: April 2019

The winning composer will be notified by email, (confirmed by letter) and details of the winning composition will be announced on 15th June 2019 on this website

Dr. Christopher Robinson
Bob Chilcott
Adrian Partington
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,

Overseas applicants please contact

 The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition 2018-19
Summary:AATTBarB Voice Competition
Deadline: 18 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Composers are invited to submit a new work for The Gesualdo Six’s second Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the ensemble at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 7 March 2019 and will be considered for publication by Novello & Co Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. A prize fund of £1000 is available.

About the competition

Composers are invited to set one of the texts printed below, with the final a cappella composition lasting between three and five minutes in total. Successful compositions will take into account the vocal requirements of the ensemble.

This competition is open to all composers, divided into two age categories: 21 years and under, and 22 years and above. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War; three texts have been chosen with this in mind, including poems by Christina Rossetti and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Words by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge and Ivor Gurney are also included, alongside two sacred Latin antiphons.

The competition will be judged by a specially convened panel including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Nigel Short, Kate Johnson, Owain Park and members of The Gesualdo Six. In addition, John Rutter will hold an online Q&A session on score presentation before the submission deadline, providing composers with an opportunity to learn from his vast experience of publishing scores and notating music for their own submissions.

1. Entrants are required to submit a setting of one of the six texts printed within this document. 2. The work should be scored for six unaccompanied voices (AATTBarB).
3. The work should ideally last between three and five minutes based on a metronome mark given at the head of the composition, but works outside of this guideline will be considered.
4. Scores may be handwritten or computer-set but in any case should be suitable for performance without further typesetting. Entries must not bear the name of the composer but should use a pseudonym (or a random code of letters/numbers).
5. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and of any age. 6. Only one application per composer will be considered.

1. Postal submissions
a. Scores should be sent to: Owain Park, The Old Music Office, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the printed score.
c. One unbound copy of the score should be sent.
d. The application form below should be completed, and should be enclosed with a copy of the first page of music from the score in a separate sealed envelope marked clearly with the pseudonym used.
e. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm. 2. Email submissions
a. Scores should be sent in PDF form to: This email address will be monitored by an external administrator; only the scores will be seen by members of the panel when adjudicating.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the score.
c. The application form below should be completed, and should be attached as part of the email submission.
d. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

1. A prize fund of £1000 is available, to be allocated at the panel’s discretion.
2. In the event of a winning entry in both categories, the prizes will be split accordingly: - 21 years and under: £400
- 22 years and above: £600

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 Call for Scores: 1st Annual Choral Composition Competition
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Receiving submissions now through February 15, 2019. Open to all ages.

If you have any issues or questions after reviewing this page please email

Entry Fee
There is a non-refundable submission fee of $25 per entry. After the submission form has been filled out (at the bottom of this page) you will be taken to a secure PayPal page where you can pay with either a PayPal account or any major Credit/Debit card (PayPal account not required).

Age and Experience
• Open to non-professional composers.
• No age requirements.
• Composers with a PhD or DMA in composition may not submit.
• Any current member of the MidCities Chamber Singers is not eligible to submit.

There are no nationality or citizenship requirements.

All applicants must disclose any relationship with members of our judging panel. This will NOT result in disqualification but is important to know if that particular judge needs to abstain from grading your submission.

History of Work
Previously performed works MAY be submitted.

All submitted works must be for SATB chorus, either unaccompanied or with piano. If unaccompanied, a piano reduction of vocal parts is suggested to be included in the score. No other instrumentation will be accepted nor will we accept performance audio that is to be played during performance.

Submitted works may include non-vocal instructions for the choir such as clapping, speaking, stomping, snapping, etc. No extra props.

Sacred or secular texts are permitted but must be considered by the judging panel to be appropriate for a public audience or the text may be edited or the submission disqualified. Vocalise (non-textual sounds such as “ooh” or “ah”) is allowed.

Our target choir size is 24 singers. Please consider this when submitting and you are encouraged (but not required) to avoid dividing parts beyond SSAATTBB.

Pieces should be between 3 and 8 minutes in length when performed.

Submission Process
This will be a “blind submission” where you may not include any personally identifiable information on your scores, in the audio of a submitted recording (not required), or in the file names of submitted files. Your form and score will be cross-referenced by a non-judging administrator for the sake of awarding and notification.

Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2019. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 per submission. Multiple entries are allowed and will require a separate submission form and non-refundable fee for each entry. There is no discount for multiple entries.

All entries must be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page. After submitting the form you will be taken to a secure PayPal checkout page where you can pay the fee with either a PayPal account or any major credit/debit card. Your entry will not be eligible unless the fee has been successfully paid. If you have any issues with payment, please email
All scores must be in PDF format and submitted through the form below. Recordings (which are not required) must be submitted through the form below. Do not email files or send links to files. Any links to files will be disregarded and any email attachments will not be opened.

While we prefer all entries to be submitted with the form below, if you have issues with the form or need to request an alternate method of submission, please email with your request.


 Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden, invites entries for its Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition.

Compositions are invited from composers aged 28 or under on 31 December 2018 to set a biblical text from Haggai Chapter 2, for four part mixed choir (with optional divisi in the soprano line). The choir is a small but musically competent chamber choir. Settings must include organ accompaniment and should last no longer than 4 minutes. The compositions must be currently unpublished works.

The winning composition will be premiered at the Tercentenary Celebration Service on Sunday 24 March 2019, and it is hoped that it will become part of the regular anthem repertoire of the choir.

Entries will be adjudicated by eminent British composer Professor Robert Saxton (Worcester College, Oxford), Kyle Macdonald (Senior Social Media Editor, Classic FM), and Director of Music Dr Geoffrey Higgins.

The winning composition will receive a prize of £600, with a runner-up prize of £150.

The deadline for entries is Friday January 11 2019.

Text to be set: Haggai: Chapter 2

Be strong all you people of the land,
for I am with you and my spirit remains among you.
I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all nations,
and the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,
and in this place I will grant peace.

Entries should be accompanied by a short biography of the composer and sent by PDF to:

Or by post to:

Tercentenary Composition Competition
Crown Court Church of Scotland
Russell Street

to arrive no later than January 11 2019.

All entries received will be acknowledged.

 The Italian Society of Contemporary Music
Summary:Choral Music for Communion
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: The Italian Society of Contemporary Music (SIMC) in collaboration with the Cappella Musicale of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo announces a Call for Scores to promote new choral music for the Eucharistic Celebration. With this competition notice, both institutions, convinced that there is still the need today to create new music at the service of the liturgy, strongly express the will to respond to the mandate expressed by Article 114 of the Conciliar Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “...The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care ".

Composers can participate without limits of age and nationality.

Each composer can send one or more works of a maximum duration of 4 minutes, on text (Latin or Italian) pertaining to the communion rite.

Each work, even in the freedom of form, style and language must necessarily reflect those characteristics that the liturgical period prescribes, as suggested by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal in Article No. 87: “Pro cantu ad communionem adhiberi potest aut antiphona ex Graduali Romano sive cum psalmo sive sola, aut antiphona cum psalmo e Graduali simplici, aut alius cantus congruus a Conferentia Episcoporum approbatus. Cantatur sive a schola sola, sive a schola vel cantore cum populo”.

Works may be submitted in the following categories:
1. A) Monodic and organ accompaniment.
2. B) 4 voices a cappella (without subdivisions) in organic mixed or even voices: SATB / SSAA / TTBB
3. C) 4 voices (without subdivisions) in mixed or even voices: SATB / SSAA / TTBB with organ accompaniment
4. Candidates must submit an application to the email address: attaching:
• the full score (or scores if you send more than one) in PDF format, • duly completed registration form,
• receipt of the participation fee.

The participation fee for the non-registered SIMC composers is € 40 while for the regularly registered SIMC members the fee is € 20. For each additional work submitted the non-registered applicant SIMC will have to integrate the registration fee of € 20, while SIMC members of € 10.

The payment of the registration fee will be made by bank transfer (causal: Call Nuova Musica Corale per la Liturgia Eucaristica), using the following data:

Società Italiana Musica Contemporanea IBAN: IT 48 Q 05584 12700 000000005765

The scores must be received no later than 11.59pm (Italian time) on December 31st, 2018.

The SIMC will then communicate the first 5 selected works that will be performed by the Cappella Musicale of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, conducted by Maestro Cristian Gentilini, during the Liturgical Year 2019-2020 with the possibility of further subsequent executions, also in concert form.

For information:

 The Virginia Chorale Composition Competition
Summary:Choral competition (female composers)
Deadline: 25 February 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Description:
The Virginia Chorale seeks to identify a talented female composer and support her in the performance of an original work for cham- ber chorus to be premiered by the Virginia Chorale in celebration of its 35th year. The commissioned work will be rehearsed, pre- pared, and integrated into the ensemble’s final program of the 2018/19 season, Pioneering Voices: Celebrating Women Composers, which will be presented on May 12, 2019.

About the Virginia Chorale:
The Virginia Chorale is a highly skilled, auditioned, professional choral ensemble based in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded 34 years ago, the ensemble has grown from a community-based early music chorus to today’s dynamic group of professional singers, performing rep- ertoire ranging from the Middle Ages to the music of today. Highlights of past performances include Handel’s L’allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato with the internationally-acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group; Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc in collaboration with the Virginia Symphony, featuring the 1928 silent film by Carl Dreyer; Jody Talbot’s Path of Miracles; Herbert Howells’ Requiem; David Lang’s The Little Match Girl; Handel’s Messiah at historic pitch accompanied by a chamber orchestra of period instruments; Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil; the premiere of Kristin Kuster’s opera KEPT: A Ghost Story, produced by the John Duffy Institute for New Opera; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year; and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Vir- ginia Symphony, as part of the Virginia Arts Festival’s Bernstein at 100, among others.

Composition details:
• Original, never before performed composition for mixed voices (SATB – may include divisi (up to two per voice)
• If the intended lyrics are not in 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 and submit proof of permission with the score
• under 10 minutes in length
• text may be sacred/secular and in any language and should be celebratory in nature
• composition may be unaccompanied, or with piano, and/or flute

Entry/application fee:
• $25 in US funds

Participant needs to send
• Cover sheet to include composer’s name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, brief biographical information
• Score in pdf format, from computer programs Finale or Sibelius (scores in hand notation will not be accepted)
• Permission from copyright holder of text, if not an original text
• Recording or audio file (optional, but recommended) These may be acoustic recordings or MIDI renderings. The quality of the recordings will NOT be judged. MP3 files only. (File name: Composer’s last name, first name, title)
• Application fee (US dollars only) app fees are non-refundable and will not be returned to those disqualified for not meeting the requirements of the competition. Checks should be made payable to Virginia Chorale. Credit card charges may be made by calling the VC office at 757-627-8375

Competition Prize
• The winner will receive a prize of $3,000. Payment will be in US funds. Prize monies will be subject to applicable tax laws and it is the responsibility of the winner to properly report the prize.
• A performance in concert of the newly-composed work will be recorded electronically. One copy of any such recording will be given to the composer.

Deadline and Process for Submissions
• Materials must be submitted on or before February 25, 2019
• Materials may be sent via email to , or mailed to this address: Virginia Chorale, P. O. Box 3455, Norfolk VA 23514
• Late entries will not be accepted.

Disqualified Submissions
• Late applications
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

No materials submitted for this competition will be returned. Judging
The compositions will be examined by a 5-person jury chosen by the Virginia Chorale Board of Directors and will include the artis- tic director, a current member of the ensemble, and two or three professional musicians not otherwise affiliated with the Virginia Chorale and a member of the VC Board of Directors. The jury will select a winner and identify any applicants deserving of an ‘honorable mention.’
Virginia Chorale, with 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
Virginia Chorale will publicly announce the names of the competition winner (and ‘honorable mentions,’ if applicable), no later than April 1, 2019. The names of non-winners will NOT be made public and will be held in strict confidence. works do not win the prize will be informed no later than March 30, 2019

 Liturgy Alive: The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Composition Commission Competition 2019
Summary:Liturgical Choral Competition with Three Categories
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce Liturgy Alive, a composition competition to foster creative new choral music for the Catholic Mass. In an effort to encourage composers to write music for the Church, three choirs that lead music in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be awarding prizes for winning sacred choral compositions. In addition, the winning composition will be premiered at the Basilica in the Spring of 2019. More information and specific rules are below.

Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM EST on August 15, 2018 and 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2019. The winner will be announced by February 15, 2019.

The University of Notre Dame Women's Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $500

Competition details found here

The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $500

Competition details found here

The University of Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $500
2nd prize: $250

Competition details found here