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 Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2018
Date Posted: 15 August 2018
Details: Description
The Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in the Choral Composition Contest. Sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Choral Department.

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $15.00.

The currency is U.S. Dollar (USD).

Postmark Deadline
The postmark deadline is November 1, 2018.

• Mixed choir (SATB)
• Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
• Two to five minutes' duration
• Unpublished works only
• Rights to text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown.
• Choral music suitable for high school ensembles
• Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are not eligible

• First—$500
• Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
• Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2019
• Finalists are required to be present for one performance of their work. Eastern Michigan University will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $250. Lodging and food are the responsibility of the finalists.

• Finalists will be announced at by February 1, 2019.
• Winning competition will be performed multiple times throughout Michigan, Ohio, Germany, Austria and Poland as a part of the EMU Choir performance 2018–2019 touring repertoire.

Submission and Return Guidelines
• Entry fee of $15 per score. Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University Choir.
• Include your name, email, phone number(s) in a sealed envelope.
• Names must not appear on the score.
• Size of manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2" by 11."
• All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by Eastern Michigan University and all copies destroyed after the concert.
• No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided.

Mail entry to
Dr. Brandon Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Choral Department
N 101 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Please send any questions to:


 Young New Yorkers’ Chorus
Summary:Choir Call
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: Since the spring of 2001, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus has provided a close¬knit fellowship for talented singers in their twenties and early thirties, assembling some of the finest choral musicians from the many young people seeking an artistic life in this dynamic city. Under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Kerschner, YNYC’s 80+ mixed voice choir and 40+ Women’s Ensemble (WYNYC) perform works by classical greats such as Brahms, Duruflé, and Bernstein and has commissioned more than thirty new works through the annual Competition for Young Composers, which counts Joshua Shank, Jake Runestead, and other now-¬familiar names among its alumni. In the 14 years of the Competition, over $20,000 has been awarded to exciting young artists from all over the world.

We are excited to continue this tradition of supporting new choral work and talent in our 15th year of organizing the Competition. We invite interested artists under the age of 35 to apply with a sample of work written for choir alone or for choir and an accompanying instrument. Previous entrants not chosen as finalists are encouraged to re¬apply. Applicants should submit their application by September 15th, 2018.

Three competition finalists will be notified by November 2nd, 2018. YNYC’s Mixed Ensemble will commission a new work from each finalist and premiere the pieces at our June 2019 concert, at which a Competition winner is announced. Concerts are built around a theme, which also serves as a prompt for the composed works. Commissioned pieces should be for a cappella mixed choir. Composers are responsible for securing rights to textual material. The first place winner will receive the $1,000 Nathan Davis Prize in Composition. The two finalists will each receive $500.

Program Timeline
September 15, 2018 Postmark date for completed applications.
November 2, 2018 Finalist announcement.
January 15, 2019 Draft due of finalists’ commissioned works. (Please note that finalists who have not submitted a draft of their work by this date will forfeit their finalist status in the YNYC Competition for Young Composers. Their piece will not be performed and they will not receive award money or compensation for travel expenses, etc.)
February 15, 2019 Final draft due of finalists’ commissioned works.
June 2019 Premiere of finalists’ commissioned works and announcement of awards for the 15th Annual Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Competition for Young Composers.

Judging Panel
Judged by the Artistic Director and members of the leadership team/ensemble.

Eligibility and Guidelines
Applicants must be under the age of 35 years old at the time of the premiere concert in June 2019. If chosen as a finalists, applicant must be willing to travel to New York City for concert week rehearsals and June concert. YNYC anticipates awarding small travel grants up to $250 to finalists if needed, and can also can arrange homestays with choir members.

All submissions must be submitted by September 15, 2018 must contain:
1. Completed Application – Available at while applications are being accepted.
2. One-Page Professional Resume
3. Score and Recording of an Original Composition – The submitted composition may be scored for mixed choir or women’s choir. It can be a cappella or with piano, organ, harp, or percussion accompaniment. The recording must be between 3 and 10 minutes in length. Excerpted or partial recordings of a larger work are acceptable, but please send only one work. Midi recordings are acceptable, but a live recording is preferred.
4. One-Page Description of the Submitted Work – (Approx. 250 words)
5. $25 Application Fee – This fee can be paid through our secure online payment form; if you would prefer to pay by check or money order, please contact Dan at for mailing information. Checks and money orders must be in US dollars, made payable to The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus.


 HEX Ensemble
Summary:Vocal sextet call
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: HEX is a contemporary vocal sextet based in Los Angeles interested in performing works that reimagine the expressive potential of the human voice and reframing the human voice in interesting ways. Our group features singers who have performed with LA Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Choral Lab, C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, Tonality; and have interests as wide as Renaissance madrigals to musical theater to microtonal singing. Take a look at our Repertoire page to find more info about what we have performed in the past, and take a look at our Upcoming Events to see what we’ll be performing in the upcoming season.

HEX is looking for pieces from California composers that best showcase the flexibility, adaptability, and virtuosity of the group. Our group consists of a soprano, mezzo-soprano/alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, and bass, as well as yodelers, beatboxers, MCs, and overtone singers. Some pieces will be considered for our local composers concert in June 2019 at the Pasadena Performing Arts Center, as part of the Sound and Fury Concert Series, and may be considered for performances and recordings in the future.

Here are our specifications:
• Pieces can be any length.
• These pieces MUST be written for six voices. We will not accept pieces of any other voicing. Acapella pieces are preferred, but we will consider pieces that include instruments and electronics.
• We encourage composers to send us pieces that are “outside the box.” Graphic scores, scores with alternate notation, scores with no notation, and text scores are all welcome.

If you have a score, please e-mail it to Please include your name, where you are based, and any additional information about the piece. Feel free to send recordings and/or MIDI realizations as well. We will accept scores until Sept. 1st, 2018.

If you have any questions, or you are not sure if your piece fits the qualifications, please feel free to contact us at We look forward to hearing what you have to offer!


 A Hymn for Mercy
Summary:A new piece for Pentecost
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: General information
Composers who are 21 years of age or under are invited to submit a new piece for Pentecost, suitable for upper voices. The piece can be for unison, SA or SSA choir, or for choir and congregation. The accompaniment may be piano and/or organ, or may be unaccompanied. Composers, if they wish, may include parts for a C instrument.

The piece may be a hymn, psalm or motet. Hymn settings may be responsorial or strophic or another form suitable for the liturgy.

There will be a single prize of €350 awarded for the best entry, and the winning piece will be performed by the Schola at the Confirmation services which take place in St Mary's Church, Navan during May 2019.

Competition guidelines
• Only one submission per composer.
• Composers must be 21 years or younger on 15 September 2018.
• Submissions must be unpublished and written specially for the competition. Arrangements of traditional hymns will not be considered.
• The piece can be for unison, SA or SSA choir, or for choir and congregation. It may include piano and/or organ accompaniment, or be unaccompanied.
• The duration of the piece must not exceed 5 minutes.
• Submissions will be evaluated on textual, musical and liturgical merits.

• The text of the piece must be religious, in keeping with the Feast of Pentecost, or suitable for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and can be in English, Irish or Latin (or any combination).
• The composer must obtain permission for any copyrighted text.
• Music must be submitted by email only, in Finale, Sibelius or pdf format. Please include your name, address and a brief note on the piece in your email.
• Submissions must be received by 15 September 2018. Winners will be notified by 31 October 2018.
• Submissions or further information from:


 Worcester College Carol Composition Competition
Summary:Carol Composition Competition
Deadline: 08 October 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: The third annual Worcester College Carol Composition Competition (2018) is now underway.

Compositions are invited from composers aged 26 or under to set the Advent antiphon, Rorate Coeli, in English as Drop Down, ye Heavens, from above, for four part mixed choir (with optional divisi). Settings may be unaccompanied or with organ accompaniment and should last no longer than 4 minutes. Compositions must be currently unpublished works. The winning composition will be premiered at the College Carol Service on November 25th 2018, and may be included in the College’s recorded Christmas message. Entries will be adjudicated by Professor Robert Saxton, Dr Thomas Hyde, Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, and Thomas Allery. The deadline for entries is October 8th 2017.

The winning composition will win a prize of £350.

Text to be set:

Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth be fruitful, and bring forth a Saviour.

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

Or by post to:
Carol Competition, Worcester College, Oxford, OX1 2HB
to arrive no later than October 8th 2016.

All entries received will be acknowledged.


 BFC Carol Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 22 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: A chance to have an original carol performed by one of the UK’s finest choirs and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Brighton Festival Chorus is delighted to announce a carol competition for choral composers. The winning carol will be performed by BFC and, if orchestrated, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at our Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday 9 December 2018.

Prize: In addition to the performance, the winning composer will receive £100 and the offer of having the carol orchestrated by renowned composers Morgan Pochin.

Closing date: 22 October 2018.

What we're looking for:
• Your carol must be a new and original work which has not previously been performed.
• It should be no more than three minutes long.
• The text must be:
o Christmas-related
o Out of copyright or used with the written permission of the author
o Suitable for a family audience
o Non-political.
• It is the responsibility of the composer to ensure there are no copyright infringements.
• You may submit any of the following:
o melody only
o a cappella
o with a basic accompaniment (for judging and rehearsal only)
o orchestrated for concert orchestra (in which case, separate choir and orchestra parts must be provided).
• Your carol should be written in musical notation and delivered as a PDF file, Sibelius file or hard copy.
• The stave size for your orchestral parts (if any) should be at least 7.5mm.
• A recording (MP3: keyboard / midi) would also be helpful but is not essential.
• The winning carol will either be performed a cappella or with orchestra. If the winning composer opts to have their carol orchestrated by Morgan Pochin, or to orchestrate their carol themselves, the full orchestration must be received by BFC by 20 November 2018.

• Open to all. No entry fee.
• Only one carol per composer. Multiple entries are not permitted.
• If you're a BFC member, please use a pseudonym to prevent any suspicion of bias in the judging.
• The decision of the judging panel is final.
• All entrants who provide an email address will be notified of the result by email on 14th November 2018.
• If you submit your carol by post and would like it to be returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope.
• All submitted carols remain the copyright of the composers.

How to enter:
• Download the entry form.
• Send your carol and completed form by email to:

or by post to:

Compose A Carol
Brighton Festival Chorus
c/o 11 Charleston Rd
Eastbourne BN21 1SE

• Closing date: 22 October 2018.

Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: The Claremont Chorale, a volunteer, independent community chorus based in Claremont, California, is sponsoring a choral music composition competition. The winning composition will be given its world premier performance by the Chorale in a Spring 2019 concert. The Claremont Chorale expects that it will receive complimentary performance and mechanical rights for all of its performances of the winning entry.


DIFFICULTY LEVEL - The winning composition must be at a technical level that makes its performance possible by a volunteer adult choir of 60 voices.

• SATB with optional occasional divisi
• Moderate vocal ranges within each voice part
• Moderate harmonic language

• Text must relate to themes of love and/or light.
• Text must be in the Public Domain, of the composer's own creation, or else be accompanied by documentation clearly confirming the the composer has secured permission to set it 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 entry.
• English is preferred, but pieces that use Latin, German, French, or Spanish will be considered. All other languages must include transliteration within the staves of the music to be considered.

• A capella and/or
• Piano

• Minimum = 4 minutes and 30 seconds (4:30)
• Maximum = 10 minutes (10:00)
• Multi-movement submissions will be evaluated as a single submission and must meet all submission criteria including total length of all movements together.


• Compositions need not be newly created for this competition; however, all submissions must have not been previously performed in public. The Claremont Chorale will make the world premier performance of the winning entry in Spring of 2019.
• An Entry Fee of US$25.00 per entry is required for consideration. (Pay online at
• Maximum of two (2) entries per composer/arranger.
• Entries using copyrighted lyrics and/or music must include written permission to use the lyrics and/or arrange the music.
• Submit electronically to with subject "2018 Composition Contest" and the score attached as a PDF file.
• Scores must be in American letter-size (8.5 x 11 inches) portrait format.
• Entry scores must have no composer/arranger information on it, including the name of the copyright holder. Please do include the copyright symbol and year. Judging will be conducted anonymously.
• Scores must be clear and ready for duplication and performance using standard music printing notation.
• A completed copy of the ENTRY FORM (below) must accompany each submission.
• The names of all participants will be held in confidence. Only the winner will be announced publicly.
• All costs of preparing and submitting an entry are to be borne solely by the entrant. The Claremont Chorale shall not be liable for any costs incurred in association with the preparation or submission of any entry.

A panel comprised of two guest judges and the Chorale's Artistic Director will review all submissions meeting the specified criteria and will select the winning composition. This evaluation will take into account the quality of the piece and its suitability for a successful performance by the Chorale.

The winning piece and composer will be announced by December 31, 2018.

The decision of the judging panel is final.

The Claremont Chorale reserves the right to make no award.

AWARD US$750.00
Submit PDF scores as attachment to email addressed to with subject line "2018 Composition Contest."

Please contact us with your questions.


Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2018
Details: 2018 Competition submission deadline: October 15, 2018

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launched a new annual Choral Composition Competition for emerging composers in June 2015. The winners of this competition receive the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition in the amount of $1,000, and the winning work is premiered by the TMC at one of their concerts.

Debbie Fleming is a TMC alumna who sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 40 years and who retired in June 2015. The TMC is grateful for Debbie’s commitment to the enrichment of the TMC’s education program and to the growth of Canadian choral music.

2018 Competition Eligibility and Guidelines
The TMC Choral Composition Competition is open to unpublished Canadian composers. There is no age restriction.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.

Works to be submitted must be
• not more than 5 minutes in length.
• a sacred or secular work for the Christmas season. Arrangements of already-composed Christmas carols are acceptable. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of listeners.
• scored for SATB or double choir, either a cappella or accompanied by organ.
• composed using a text that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
• in manuscript produced using music notation software.

TMC Interim Conductor David Fallis and a jury of peers will review the applications. One winner will be announced.

Submission details:
• Applicants should send two copies of the composition with the Choral Composition Competition Entry Form and a $35 non-refundable fee to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, 720 Bathurst Street, Suite 404, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R4. Submissions may be made electronically to
• The composer’s name, text source and any other identifying marks should appear only on the first page of the manuscript, and only on the first copy. (The jurors will receive anonymized scores to review.)
• A cappella works should be written in open score with a piano reduction underneath.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.

The Winning Composition
The winning composer will receive the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition, a cash award of $1,000.

The winning composition will be performed at the TMC’s Festival of Carols performances on December 4 & 5, 2018.

The winner of the competition will give the right to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to webcast the premiere performance of the winning composition live on and post a video of the performance on YouTube.

For more details:
Kathleen Stevenson, Manager of Artistic Operations
416-598-0422 ext 223


 Allmänna Sången and Anders Wall Composition Award, Sweden
Summary:Female Composers Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2018
Details: Deadline: Saturday 1 December 2018
Details: The Allmänna Sången and Anders Wall Composition Award aims to draw attention to female composers and their work. The competition is international and targets female composers irrespective of profession or nationality. The premiere of the winning composition and award ceremony will take place at the Allmänna Sången’s Annual Spring Concert in May 2019 in Uppsala, Sweden.

The composition has to be new and unpublished. The lyrics can be new or pre-existing and are chosen by the composer but has to be in the language of English, Swedish or Latin. The music shall be written for mixed voice a cappella choir with 4–12 parts and the duration of the piece shall be 6–9 minutes.

Application Fee: SEK 350
Prize: SEK 50,000
Contact: For more information please visit the website:

 Third-Annual John Kuzma Young Composers Award
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 14 September 2018
Date Posted: 24 May 2018
Details: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado USA, is pleased to announce the Third-Annual John Kuzma Young Composers Award, for Excellence in Choral Composition.

The competition is open to any composer aged thirty or younger (born after December 2, 1987). The winning composer will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well as a $500 travel stipend to attend the premiere of the work at Montview Church in Denver, CO on December 2, 2018.

Named in honor of Montview’s Minister of Music from 1987-2015, the Kuzma Award strives to encourage and support emerging composers of sacred choral music.

The winning piece will receive an in-concert performance by the 85-voice Westminster Choir (SATB) of Montview Church. The winning composer is also encouraged - but not required - to orchestrate an accompaniment for the professional 50 piece Montview Orchestra.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018

Submit materials to See guidelines and instructions below.

Guidelines and Rules
• The work must not have been performed publicly in concert in the United States.
• The work must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length.
• Only one score can be submitted for consideration.
• The work must be suitable for SATB Choir.
• The work may be a cappella or with piano/organ accompaniment. The winning composer will be invited - at his/her discretion - to orchestrate the accompaniment, if so desired.
• A sacred text setting for the work, appropriate to Advent and/or Christmas, is preferred.

Submission Instructions
There is no application fee. Applicants must submit the following materials via email to
• Score, in PDF format
• A brief biography of the composer
• Any applicable program notes
• Date of birth

All materials must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Four finalists will be chosen, with a winner named by a judging committee, comprised of several Denver-based choral composers and conductors, chaired by Minister of Music Adam Waite. All applicants will receive notification by October 12, 2018. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 (USD) honorarium, as well as a $500 (USD) travel stipend to attend the concert premiere of the selected work at Montview Church on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The winning composer will also receive a professional live concert recording of the piece.

About Montview Church
Through its more than 100 year history, the first church in Denver's historic Park Hill neighborhood has built a legacy of great music, progressive theology and courageous social witness. A congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Montview’s membership numbers over fifteen hundred, fielding active education, mission and music ministries.

Montview’s broad music program has long embraced the promotion and performance of new music. This includes works written by former and current music ministers Austin Lovelace, John Kuzma, Wes Selby and Adam Waite. The church’s Westminster Choir has collaborated on numerous occasions with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Brass. Recent major works performed include: Holst, The Cloud Messenger (Colorado Premiere); Galbraith, Missa Mysteriorum(Colorado Premiere); Paulus, Heritage Songs; Poulenc, Gloria; Hindemith, When Lilacs last in the Dooryard Bloom;Vaughan-Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem; Thompson, Frostiana; Kuzma/Whitcomb, Redemption Cantata.

For more information, please write the committee at


Summary:Women's Chorus Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus is pleased to announce its first women’s choral composition contest. Female (including trans women) students in two age categories are eligible to submit compositions for women’s chorus for consideration.

Composers are invited to submit compositions to Indianapolis Women’s Chorus to be considered for the final concert of the 2018-2019 season (concert dates will be announced before August 2018). The concert theme will concern the power of voices.

Categories/Eligibility (eligibility requirements are determined by an applicant’s age and school-level on October 1, 2018)

• Young Adult applicants must be ages 18-25 but not yet in graduate school.
• Young Adult applicants must live 75%+ of the year in Indiana (this may include being enrolled in an Indiana college or university).
• Young Adult applicants must be female (including trans women).

• Teen applicants must be ages 15-19 but not yet in college.
• Teen applicants must be residents of one of these Indiana counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan or Shelby.
• Teen applicants must be female (including trans women).

• The winning applicant in each category will receive a $200 award.
• The winning composition in each category will be performed by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus at the final concert of the 2018-2019 season. Winning composers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal of their composition.
• Winning composers are required to attend the premiere of their compositions. The winning composer will receive free tickets for themselves and immediate family to attend the performance of their composition.

General Requirements
• All submissions must be original compositions and must be written for women’s voices.
• Text must be in alignment with IWC mission and values (
• For any text not in the public domain, written permission from the publisher or author must be submitted for its use and performance.
• Compositions must be unpublished, and the composer’s own original work.
• No arrangements (folk songs, carols, pop songs, etc.) will be accepted.
• Composers may submit only one composition.

Specific Requirements
• Scored for three or four-part women’s chorus (e.g. SSA, SAA, SSAA) with or without piano accompaniment.
• The choral parts should be written with intermediate, community chorus members in mind.
• Small solo parts can be used.
• A percussion part is optional but must be playable by a single percussionist.
• Choral Range: F3-F5. Brief extensions outside of this range are acceptable.

• Text: Both secular and sacred texts are acceptable. However, sacred texts must be spiritually inclusive or spiritually universal. Texts that support a single religion, advocate for a single religion, or denounce other religions will not be accepted.
• Length: 3-5 minutes with a maximum length of 6 minutes.
• Languages: For languages other than English and Latin, please provide a pronunciation guide or a spoken recording of the text.

Composers retain copyright of music submitted. By submitting a composition in this competition, you (the composer) agree that your composition maybe photocopied for the purposes of adjudication and rehearsal by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. Also, you (the composer) grants Indianapolis Women’s Chorus the right to audio and video record the live performance and/or a studio performance of the composition, to distribute the recording for marketing/PR purposes, and to feature the recording on our YouTube page, website, and social media account.

Piece will be adjudicated via the following categories:
• Interest of musical ideas
• Formal design of composition
• Text setting
• Textures
• Appropriateness for IWC to sing
◦ Difficulty
◦ Range
◦ Text source

Listening Samples
These pieces are representative of the level of difficulty for the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus’s standard repertoire.
• Lineage composed by Andrea Ramsey (Listen Here)
• Still I Rise composed by Rosephanye Powell (Listen Here)
• O Great Spirit composed by Shawn Kirchner (Listen Here)
• Arise My Love composed by Joan Szymko (Listen Here)
• For more listening samples see our Past Performances page at Here you will find PDFs of our past concert programs.

• Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2018. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2018.

How to Submit
• A Cover Letter form can be found Click Here. Each applicant must include the filled-out form in their submission
• Email all parts of the submission to

• Items to submit:
◦ Computer notated score (without composer name) in PDF format
◦ Computer notated obbligato part(s) (without composer name) in PDF format
◦ Cover Letter, found Click Here
◦ Permission for text or information on public domain
◦ Text in its own document for reprint in the concert program
◦ Recording (MIDI recordings are acceptable) in MP3 format
◦ If applicable, a pronunciation recording
◦ Brief description of the piece (500 word maximum)

Questions can be directed to

Download the Cover Letter PDF by Click Here The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Download a PDF of the above submission guidlines by Click Here
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 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Announces Ninth Annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition
Summary:Christmas Carol Commission
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: INDIANAPOLIS – April 16, 2018 – The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces the ninth annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB (divisi is acceptable), mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.

Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.

“Inspiring composers to create new, beautiful choral music is among the greatest obligations of a leading chorus today,” states Artistic Director Eric Stark. “Elementary as it may appear initially, we are wise to remind ourselves that all music was once new. It is imperative that recognized musical institutions like the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are at the fore of commissioning new works, consistently expanding the body of choral music.”

Adds General Manager Michael Davis, “With more than 35 million Americans singing in a chorus, more people participate in choral music than are involved with any other art form. Bringing to life a new work for chorus is an avenue to reach a large, impressive number of artists and audiences alike.”

Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2018) who are United
States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2018. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be emailed to There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.

Further requirements include: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry) or verse (secular or sacred). Hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged.

The winner will be notified by September 30, 2018 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2018, will be awarded to the winning composer. Full details are available at

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of the nation’s largest, most active and respected choral musical institutions, marking its 82nd season in 2018/2019. Among the most prolific independent symphonic choruses in the United States, the Choir reaches in excess of 25,000 people each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational outreach program. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir performed at The Kennedy Center in April 2018 as part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras soon after their October 2016 return to Carnegie Hall to perform Zabur, a Symphonic Choir-commissioned work by composer Mohammed Fairouz. The 200 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each 42-week season. The choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 at the ISO’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. This continued partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals – two independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results. The Choir is dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music, the creation of new choral masterworks, and to community outreach and education throughout the community. The Choir is now in its ninth year as the official choral partner of the Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music. For more information about the Symphonic Choir, visit

 5th International Composition Competition of the City of Homburg / Saar
Summary:Composition for choir
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: The Homburg Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the 5th International Competition for Composers organized in cooperation with the City of Homburg.

The theme for this competition is „Psalm 39“. The composition should be a work for mixed choir (S,A,T,B / 8 voices maximum) and symphonic orchestra. As for the lyrics, the following text, from psalm 39 (5-8) is to be used:

Herr, lehre doch mich,
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß. Und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß.
Siehe, meine Tage sind
einer Hand breit vor Dir,
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor Dir.

The lyrics should be in German.

Participation: Only work by composers born after January 1st 1983
is eligible to be accepted for the competition. Submissions must be unpublished work. The level of difficulty should be consistent with the expectations of a highly ambitious amateur orchestra and choir.

Duration: 5-7 minutes

The submission should include one full score of the composition in print, one copy of the score in digital form (pdf) and all instrumental parts in digital form (pdf) either on CD or USB.

In order to participate it is important to carefully hide the name of the composer on the orchestral scores and the orchestral material (in both digital and paper form). Instead it is required to mark all the material with the same code.

The code should also appear on an additional separate envelope in which the candidate should provide the following information and documents:

• Name, address, phone number, and email address
• curriculum vitae
• a recent photograph
• a written statement which confirms that the submitted work is the candidate’s own original creation, has not yet been published else- where and that he/she gives permission to the Homburg Symphonic Orchestra to perform and disseminate the work.

Awards: The jury will award 3 prizes. These allow laureates to work on their composition together with members of the jury and the con- ductor. In preparation for the concert, laureates will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals, work with the orchestra and make corrections or changes to their composition, if needed. A first series of rehearsals is planned on October 13th and 14th in the Thomas Morus Haus, Schleburgstr. 17, 66424 Homburg – Erbach.

Costs for travel and accommodation will be reimbursed.


Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 29 March 2018
Details: The VBC is pleased to announce the inaugural year of a new Choral Composition Competition. The competition was established by a generous private donor to encourage the creation of new choral music by Canadian composers and to honour the organization’s history of engaging local and national composers.

The competition is open to unpublished composers who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant. If a citizen, you are not required to be currently residing in Canada. There is no age restriction.

The winner of the competition will receive:
• A cash prize of $2000 issued after the premiere performance.
• A premiere of the work presented at Christmas with the Bach Choir on December 2nd, 2018.
• Access to an archival recording of the premiere.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition. You may only submit one composition per year for consideration.

Submissions must be:
• Target length is 4-6 minutes.
• A sacred or secular work for the winter holiday season. Arrangements of already-composed Christmas carols are not eligible. However, text from already composed carols may be used in a newly composed format. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of listeners.
• Scored for SATB, either a cappella or accompanied by organ, brass quintet or organ and brass quintet. Occasional divisi is allowed.
• Composed using a text that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
• Submissions must be written in a computer engraved format such as a PDF and written in open score with a piano reduction underneath. The successful applicant will be asked to provide appropriate instrumental parts if necessary. Please note that e-mail attachments must not exceed 8MB in size. If your manuscript is larger it must be sent via dropbox or other file transfer method.
• Do not include any identifying marks on the manuscript. Please add a cover page with title, composer and text source details.

VBC Music Director’s Leslie Dala and Marisa Gaetanne with a jury of peers will review all applications. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously. One winner will be contacted by October 15, 2018 with a public announcement being made by November 1st, 2018.

The deadline for submission of all materials is August 31st, 2018. To apply, click here to complete the application form. If you have any questions, please direct them to