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 CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION DIPERPANJANG
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: SATB Choir competition as part of Satya Dharma Gita National Choir Festival.

Details available here:

Web Site:sdgncf2017.satyadharmagitachoir.com/2017/05/20/poster-choral-composition-competition/

 Adopt a Composer scheme now open
Summary:Composer scheme
Deadline: 08 June 2017
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: Are you a composer ready to be 'adopted'?

The Adopt a Composer scheme - which pairs amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year - is now open for applicants.

This project is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation, and run by Making Music in association with BBC Radio 3.

Adopt a Composer

Adopt a Composer pairs amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to premiere. The group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule

'Anna has been a joy to work with. She has been sensitive to the unique nature of the choir and has written a piece that stretches them but also celebrates who they are. She has involved them in the writing from the start and has incorporated their ideas into the final piece. We are very excited about the performance and the prospect of hearing ourselves on national radio.'

The Quirky Choir - paired with Anna Braithwaite in 2014/15

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, fill in the online form on the Making Music website.

Deadline: Thursday 8th June 2017

Web Site:www.soundandmusic.org/projects/opportunity-adopt-composer-scheme-now-open

 The 2018 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize
Summary:Children's Choir Competition
Deadline: 20 June 2017
Date Posted: 17 May 2017
Details: The 2018 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize is sponsored by the Doug and Ruth Boshkoff family in order to encourage the composition of high-quality octavos for elementary, middle school and high school choral groups. Ruth Boshkoff received a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College and a Master of Music Education from the University of Buffalo. In addition, she has earned both Kodály and Orff certifications. She was a member of the faculty and choir director at the St. Charles School in Bloomington for 20 years and, after retirement, became director of the Indiana University Children’s Choir. Ruth has served on the National Board of the Organization of Kodály Educators and is the Associate Editor of its journal, The Kodály ENVOY. With Mary Goetze and Angela Broeker, she co-authored the book Educating Young Singers: A Choral Resource for Teacher-Conductors. Ruth composes for children’s choirs. With this initiative she hopes to encourage teachers to write for their own choirs, and to help children in their classrooms and choirs to create their own music.

Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize Application | Deadline: June 20
Entry Fee: Non-refundable $5.00 USD for non-OAKE members. Fee waived for active OAKE members.

Rules, Requirements and Timeline | PDF Version:

TIMELINE:

• June 20: Composers’ portfolios are due. Please apply using the online form found at www.oake.org.
• June 20-25: Committee will select finalists. These portfolios will be submitted to Ruth Boshkoff, who will select the winner.
• July 1: Winner will be notified and will consult with Ruth regarding the selection of a text for the National Children’s Choir piece (approximately 150 singers who will be in grades 4 – 5 with treble voices).
• August 15: Winner sends composition manuscript to Ruth Boshkoff for comments.
• September 15: Composition is completed and submitted to OAKE for inclusion in all choral packets for the 2018 National Children’s Choir.
• March 2018: Winning composition will be premiered at the 2018 OAKE National Conference in Oklahoma City, OK March 22nd – 25th with the composer being recognized at the National Conference Choirs concert, Saturday March 24th.
Cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the composer.
Opportunities to meet and work with the children’s choir members and the conductor can be arranged.

OAKE reserves the right to not award a prize.


Web Site:www.oake.org/contests-and-awards/

 International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: 1. The Aequalis Foundation announces the first edition of the International Choral Composition Competition "Alberto Grau", as a tribute to the trajectory of this distinguished composer, arranger and Venezuelan choral conductor of Catalan origin, who will turn 80 years old in November 2017.

2. The main objective of the competition is to promote the creation in the field of choral music, encouraging the growth, renewal and diffusion of repertoire written in Spanish for mixed and equal voices in the 21st century from Venezuela, a country recognized by the development of choral art in its different areas.

3. The competition is focused on the creation of new choral music suitable for choirs in the following categories: mixed, female voices, male voices and children. An international jury made up of renowned musicians from different countries in America and Europe: Robert Sund (Sweden), Javier Busto (Spain), Zimfira Poloz (Kazakhstan-Canada), César Alejandro Carrillo (Venezuela), Ana María Raga (Venezuela) will be in charge of the selection of the winning works.

4. Each category will be awarded by a unique prize, as described in the bases. The Competition will award a VoxPopuli mention to the work for mixed choir, composed by a participant from the American continent. The work will be chosen by internet voting. The winner composition will be interpreted by choristers in different parts of the world who will sing in a virtual choir modality. The works to be voted in this category will have been previously selected as finalists by the jury.

5. The Competition will be launched on May 2 and the reception of works will last until August 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm (Venezuela time).

6. The Competition is endorsed by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, in strategic partnership with the Europa Cantat XX Festival, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, 2018.

7. A ceremony to announce the winners will be held within the framework of a gala concert in honor of Alberto Grau between November and December 2017.

8. The works will be premiered in 2018 by recognized choirs from Venezuela and other places of Latin America, in an event that will be announced in due course. The winning composition of the VoxPopuli category will be presented in virtual modality on November, 2018.

9. The International Choral Composition Competition "Alberto Grau" will take place every 3 years.
Web Site:www.ciccag.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/presentation-and-bases-international-choral-comp-competition-ag-en.pdf

 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: About Ruth Watson Henderson and the Competition
One of Canada's foremost musicians, Ruth Watson Henderson is renowned internationally both as a composer and pianist. Her works are acclaimed, performed, and recorded worldwide. The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition was established in 1996 to recognize Ms. Watson Henderson’s invaluable contribution to the art of choral music. Ms. Henderson is very pleased to encourage the contribution to Canadian choral music that the competition provides, and appreciates the work of Choirs Ontario who administers this program.

The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition is a biennial contest for new choral works with categories alternating between pieces for treble voice choirs and pieces for mixed voice adult choirs. The competition exists to provide Canadian composers with the opportunity of contributing to Canada’s rich choral tradition through the writing of original choral works. The winning entry receives a premiere performance with one of the Ontario choirs and a cash award of $2,000.00.

Composition Guidelines for the 2017 Competition (SSA Composition)

• The composition must be an original work for SSA choir 4 – 6 minutes in length. It may be a cappella or accompanied by piano.
• Texts may be sacred or secular and can be in languages other than just English and French (languages that would be familiar to most singers are preferred, especially for SSA compositions). The text must be either original or known to be in public domain, or not currently under copyright but with written permission of the copyright holder. In this case, a copy of the written permission must be submitted with the entry.
• All submissions must not have been previously commissioned, published or performed and must have been composed within the last two years. Arrangements of previously composed works are not acceptable.
• The composer shall retain the copyright of the work.
• Previous award winners are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines:

• Entries should be sent to info@choirsontario.org (electronic submissions are preferred, but if you wish to submit your application by mail, please send it to Choirs Ontario office - 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R1)
• Scores must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2017.
• More than one entry may be submitted, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a fee of $25.00 (CDN).
• Four clearly legible copies of the score must be submitted, preferably in pdf format. Scores will not be returned.
• The composer's name must not appear on any score.
• The Award winner will be announced in December, 2017. The Toronto Children’s Chorus, conducted by Elise Bradley, has been selected to perform the winning composition at the spring of 2018.

Eligibility

Composers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Canada. There is no age limit.


Web Site:www.choirsontario.org/ruthwatsonhenderson.html

 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition
Summary:Christmas Competition
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 03 May 2017
Details: We are pleased to announce guidelines for the 2017 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition Get Adobe Reader. Now in its third year, the competition welcomes composers of any age or nationality to submit works for consideration. This year, compositions must be a cappella and compatible for programming following the reading of the second lesson in the service (Genesis 22: 1-3, 9-13, 15-18). Texts may be in any language(s), but must reflect upon or relate to these verses in some way; likewise, composers may choose to use the verses themselves as their text. Submissions are due August 1, 2017 via email. A group of finalists will be judged by a review committee including guest judges Dr. Deanna Joseph (Georgia State University) and Dr. Ryan Board (Pepperdine University), Hendrix College music major Noah Adams '19, Dr. Karen Griebling, and Dr. Andrew Morgan. The winner will be announced by October 2, 2017. The winning composer will receive $1,000 plus up to $300 in travel reimbursement to attend a performance. Complete information may be found in the link above.

Please send questions to carolcompetition@hendrix.edu.

Past winners include Gentle Mary Laid Her Child by Alan MacMillan (Connecticut) and A Christmas Lullaby by Edmund Jolliffe. Competition judges in previous years have included Dr. Stephen Caldwell (University of Arkansas), Dr. Dominick DiOrio (Indiana University), and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey (University of Minnesota).
Web Site:www.hendrix.edu/candlelightcarol/

 Capital Hearings 2017 Competition: New, Non-Traditional Holiday Music
Summary:Young Composers Competition
Deadline: 03 June 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: The Capital Hearings are proud to announce the 2017 Young Composers Competition! We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit works for mixed a cappella ensemble that reflect this year’s call for non-traditional holiday music.

A summary of the rules is below. However, prospective entrants should review the complete 2017 rules here.

Eligibility
• Open to U.S. and Canadian composers who are not older than 40. The Capital Hearings, family members, those with close professional relationships (e.g., teacher/student), and previous winners are not eligible.
• Entries for 2017 will be for a non-traditional holiday piece. We encourage submissions that reach beyond the realm of traditional holiday music, which could include setting new or unfamiliar texts, distinct settings of familiar texts, and/or secular, seasonal, or sacred themes of any faith tradition. Submissions should be through-composed rather than strophic.
• Entries must be scored for unaccompanied mixed choir, suitable for performance by 12-14 voices, either with or without divisi. Entries must be between two and five minutes in length.
• Any style or genre of music is permitted (e.g., works need not be “classical”). Jazz, pop, rock, world, crossover works, etc., are all welcome.
• Works must be original compositions (not arrangements), except that limited excerpting for artistic reasons is allowed.
• Works must not have received a premiere, and must be unpublished. Exception – self-published, unsold works that are withdrawn from sale during the competition (see rules).
• All texts must be cleared for performance and commercial recording, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown. For further guidance, see here.

Prize
• $500 cash award. We will also provide the winner with an archival recording of the premiere or an early performance.
• The winner will be announced in June 2017. All entrants will be notified by email, and the winner will also be announced on our website.
• The Capital Hearings will have a two-year exclusive right to make the first commercial recording, with standard royalty rates paid to the composer. Any future publication of the score must reference that the work was a prize-winner in this competition.

Submission Guidelines
• Only one work per composer will be accepted.
• The competition will be judged anonymously. Finalists will be selected by the music director with input from a committee. The full ensemble will select the winner.
• Entrants must submit an online application form, full score, audio realization (MIDI, MP3, etc.), standalone version of the underlying text (if not included in the score), translation (if not in English), and a resume, curriculum vitae, or program biography.
• See rules for complete submission instructions.

Web Site:www.thecapitalhearings.com/competition/

 Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Summary:Soprano Voice Trio/Quartet Call
Deadline: 05 June 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Call for Scores

Seeking works for 3-4 adult treble voices, under 7 minutes duration, composed after Jan 1, 1993, and which have already received a premiere. No submission fee; no demographic restrictions; one submission per composer. Selected works will receive one public performance and a live recording. For complete guidelines and to submit, visit http://www.quince-ensemble.com/call-for-scores.

STIPULATIONS:
*No Submission Fee!
*Must be a piece that has already been premiered (You will be asked to please provide date and performing ensemble info for first performance)
*3-4 adult treble voices (SSA, SAA, SSSA, SSAA , or 4 unspecified voices)
*Only 1 submission per composer
*Less than 7 minutes
*No language restrictions
*Graphic scores welcome
*Electronics are welcome but no engineer should be required
*No instrumental accompaniment
*Open to any composer regardless of residency or immigration status
*Open to any composer regardless of age, gender, race, or orientation
*Must have been composed and premiered within last 25 years (after Jan 1, 1993)

OUTCOME:
*Selected Pieces/Composers will be granted one public performance and composer will receive recording from live performance.
*Composer will be listed and promoted in public performance materials.
*Composer will not be required to be at performance (although you are more than welcome to come, but we unfortunately cannot cover travel)

TIMELINE:
*Deadline: June 5, 2017
*Results will be announced in July 2017!
Web Site:www.quince-ensemble.com/call-for-scores
Email:info@quinceensemble.com

 Composition competition LAUDEM 2017
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 28 March 2017
Details: LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, organizes a composition competition on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montréal

Eligibility:

Every person, regardless of nationality or age, who is not member of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM, is eligible to apply.

Important dates:

Friday, September 15, 2017: Deadline for submitting the works.

Monday, October 9, 2017: finalists and winner(s) are announced during the annual Study Day, organized by LAUDEM, which will take place on October 9.

Sunday, November 12, 2017: concert featuring the works of the finalists and the winner(s), included in the Oasis Musicale concert series at Saint George Anglican Church in Montréal.

Le mercredi 22 novembre 2017, Interprétation de certaines œuvres retenues au Concours LAUDEM à l’occasion d’une messe en l’honneur de Sainte Cécile à l’église montréalaise dont elle est patronne.

Wednesday, November 22 2017: Presentation of certain works during a mass honouring Saint Cecilia at the Montréal Catholic church of which she is the Patron Saint.

Beginning of 2018: publications of the winning compositions (and others, as per discretion of the jury) by LAUDEM Publishing House.



Jury and prizes:

The jury will comprise the members of the Administrative Council of LAUDEM.

The composer will receive a monetary prize of CAN $500

The winning work will be published by LAUDEM Publishing House.

The jury can choose more than one winning work. In this case, the monetary prize will be divided between the composers of the winning works.

The jury can accord more than one prize and can recommend more than one work for publication.

The decisions of the jury are final.

Participation:

The work must use the text provided, but it does not have to be necessarily composed for the competition.

The work may have been performed before the competition.

Each composer may submit more than one work.

The work will be scored for SATB without divisi, a cappella, or with organ.

Fees:

There are no fees to participate in the competition.



Submission:

The following information and documents will be sent to laudem.canada@gmail.com:

1) A word of PDF file containing your name, nationality, date of birth, e-mail address and phone number.

2) Score in PDF format, letter size or A4 size.

Text (translation included to facilitate comprehension):

The psalmody is included here as information only. You do NOT have to use it in your composition.

Tubas cum cytharis jam nunc assumite. Now take hold of trumpets and zythers

Triumphum Martyris jam nunc celebrate. Now celebrate the triumph of a martyr.

Angelorum et Virginum agmina. Troops of the Angels and Virgins,

Et cum voce laetitiae dicite. With the voice of gladness say:

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]

Praeclara sitiens illa victoriae Thirsting for a brilliant victory,

In corpus saeviens virtute gratiae. In her body to fury burst the strength of grace,

Tradit furentibus. (Her body) that she delivers to the furious.

Membra mucronibus. Her members (which she delivers)

to their sharp instruments.

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]

Et nos qui gemimus favens nos respice. And we who moan, look at us favorably.

Saepe quem laesimus sta coram judice. Stand before the Judge whom we have often offended:

Liberis det mentibus ad caelum tendere. May He give our souls, when detached from their bodies,

to go to Heaven.

Purgatosque sordibus fac tecum vivere. And purified from their defilements,

make them live in your company.

[O felix Caecilia! O felix Caecilia!] [O blessed Cecilia! O blessed Cecilia!]
Web Site:www.laudem.org/accueil/actualites#concour

 Call for Pieces
Summary:Choir and ensemble competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 25 March 2017
Details: Choir and improvising ensemble

We are looking for new compositions for jazz ensemble and choir for a small festival in Bern (CH). We are interested to explore the relationship between written and improvised music, between music that is programmatic through its lyrics and instrumental parts.

The choir is put into place for the festival and will feature amateur singers, standing on stage with ten jazz musicians in varying combinations.

Image a campfire atmosphere, songs about nature, loneliness or protest, rooted in an american tradition of blues, folk, jazz, combined with modern composition techniques and ideas.

Guidelines:
- two works will be chosen and performed and recorded (audio/video) at the festival, winning composers will be rewarded 200£
- submitted works must be new, unpublished and not yet performed
- instrumentation: choir, alto and tenor saxophone, two guitars (acoustic or electric), piano. Works can feature either choir+saxophones, choir+guitars, choir+piano, choir+piano+guitars, or choir only. The choir consists of 10-15 singers (soprano, alto), choir parts should preferably be in unisono or two parts, in a comfortable range for amateur singers
- works should be between 1-5 minutes in length
- works can, but don't have to, include lyrics. Lyrics can be provided if needed
- scores must be submitted via e-mail (vignettiste (at) gmail.com), an administrative fee of 15£ will need to be transferred via Paypal
- additional information on www.vignettiste.ch

Deadline: June 1, 2017
Web Site:www.vignettiste.ch

 Christmas Carol Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: The Hallé Choir is delighted to announce that our Christmas Carol Competition is now open. The winner will be the entrant whose composition, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates originality and flair.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 1700 hours BST on 31 May 2017. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

THE RULES
• One entry per person only
• The composition (original music) must be written for performance by the Hallé Choir (i.e. SATB a cappella choir), and be not more than 5 minutes in length
• Open to UK residents born after 1st January 1987
• Entries may be sacred or secular, using new or existing text, but must be an original musical composition

THE JUDGING PANEL
▪ Matthew Hamilton – Hallé Choral Director
▪ Jonathon Heywood – Hallé Assistant Conductor
▪ Prof. Adam Gorb – Head of Composition, RNCM
▪ Merryl Webster – Chair, Hallé Choir

THE PRIZE
The winning entry will receive its first public performance by the Hallé Choir in a Christmas Concert in December 2017
The winning composer will be awarded a commission by the Hallé Concerts Society to write for the Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir or Hallé Youth Orchestra, at the sole option of the Hallé Concerts Society
One winner will be chosen from the shortlist by the final judges. Results of the competition will be published in October 2017 on http://www.halle.co.uk/the-halle-family/halle-choir/christmas-carol-competition/.
The prize includes reasonable standard class travel to and from the December 2017 concert and, if necessary owing to distance, to one night’s accommodation for the winner and a guest. The accommodation will be on a room-only basis sharing one twin/double room. The travel method(s) and level of accommodation and exact location will be selected by the Promoter at its sole discretion and notified reasonably in advance to the winner.

HOW TO ENTER
Entrants should send 3 printed copies of their entry, along with full contact details, proof of age, and (if applicable) proof of permission to use any text in copyright, to:

Hallé Carol Competition
FAO Jo Pink,
Hallé Concerts Society
The Bridgewater Hall,
Manchester M1 5HA
Entries will be anonymised before being passed to the judging panel.
Web Site:www.halle.co.uk/the-halle-family/halle-choir/christmas-carol-competition/

 Orchestre d’Auvergne Composition Contest
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: The Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie are organizing a composition contest for the creation of a participative piece for amateur singers. This will be a short piece for string orchestra and amateur singers. This contest is inviting composers of all nationalities and aged up to 40 years old at the due date of registrations. Deadline for submissions: 31st of May 2017. 1st Prize awarded by the jury: 3 000 € 2nd Prize awarded by the public: 1 500 € The winner’s composition will be recorded and performed.

Web Site:www.orchestre-auvergne.fr/en/composition-contest

 Pacific Edge Voices Call for Scores
Summary:Vocal call
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: February 25, 2017
Pacific Edge Voices, Call for Scores 2017

Berkeley CA, 2/20/17 - Pacific Edge Voices announces a call for scores for performance in 2018. This is an opportunity for composers to hear their work performed live and in concert. Scores must be submitted by August 1st, 2017.

This call for scores is open to composers of all ages and of all nationalities. Up to two compositions will be selected.

“Pacific Edge voices is a vocal ensemble with deep experience in rhythmic, innovative work,” explains Director Dr. Lynne Morrow. “We have a fondness for texts that speak to the best of the Human Condition.”

Pacific Edge Voices prides itself on performing cutting-edge music. Works that stand out as genre-bending or out of the ordinary will be given special consideration. Scores do not need to be premieres although never-performed work is encouraged. Pieces should be under 30 minutes in length. Longer works may be considered for performance in 2019. This call is for music written for mixed chorus, SATB, with up to eight parts. Scores can be a cappella arrangements or have piano accompaniment. Mp3 is desired but not required for entry.

Composers will be notified about score selection by October 1st, 2017.

Scores can be submitted in one of two ways. PDF scores can be emailed to info@pacificedgevoices.org. Printed scores can be mailed to:

Pacific Edge Voices
PO Box 8568
Berkeley, CA 94707

More information about Pacific Edge Voices is available at pacificedgevoices.org
Web Site:www.pacificedgevoices.org

 Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 June 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: NDSU Music honors the legacy and traditions of noted choral composer and long-time NDSU choral conductor Edwin Fissinger with its annual choral composition competition.

The Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

2017 Deadlines
-Score submission: must be received by June 1, 2017
-Announcement of winners: September 1, 2017
-Premiere of winning composition: October 2017
-Application fee: $25 per composition
Pay online at NDSU Marketplace
Or mail check (payable to North Daktoa State University) to:
Dr. Jo Ann Miller, NDSU Challey School of Music, Dept 2334, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Must be postmarked by June 1, 2017

Guidelines
Entries should be:
-for mixed choir (SATB), divisi is acceptable
-unaccompanied, or with keyboard accompaniment, obbligato instruments ok
-three to eight minutes in duration
-original, not previously performed publicly, and unpublished (by an -established commercial firm) works only. The text may be sacred or secular, either in the public domain or copyrighted, as long as a letter of permission from the copyright owner is included with the submission
suitable for an accomplished high school or university choir

Qualifications
-Open to all composers, except for current NDSU faculty, staff, and students.
Prior winners may re-enter only after five years.
Prizes/Performance
-First: $1,000
-Second: $500
-NDSU reserves the right to not award prizes in any given year.
-The composer of the first prize work must be present at the premiere performance in October 2017.
-NDSU will reimburse actual travel, lodging and food expenses up to a maximum of $750.
-Winners will be announced at www.ndsu.edu/music/fissinger/index by September 1, 2017.
-The first prize winner's piece, with the approval of the composer, will have their composition considered for publication in Pavane Publishing for placement in the Jo Ann Miller Choral Series. The second prize piece will be considered for publication.

Judging Panel
Jo Ann Miller, Director of Choral Activities, NDSU
Michael Weber, Associate Director of Choral Activities, NDSU
Charlette Moe, Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Music Education, NDSU
Dale Warland
Allan Petker, Pavane Publishing

Submission Guidelines
-Include name, address, phone number(s), and email address when making payment via NDSU Marketplace or if paying by check, in a sealed envelope accompanying the score.
-Send by PDF file to Jo.Miller@ndsu.edu
-Submitted scores must be in Finale or Sibelius.
-A midi file is strongly recommended
-All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by NDSU
-Submissions must be submitted via email by 11:59 PM on June 1, 2017 or postmarked by June 1, 2017.
-If not submitting a PDF, mail submissions to:
Dr. Jo Ann Miller, NDSU Challey School of Music, Dept 2334, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
-Email compositions to:
Jo Ann Miller, Director of Choral Activities, Jo.Miller@ndsu.edu

Web Site:www.ndsu.edu/performingarts/music/fissinger/

 The Claremont Chorale
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 February 2017
Details: The Claremont Chorale, a volunteer, independent community chorus based in Claremont, California, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the 2017-2018 season. As a part of a year-long celebration, the Chorale is sponsoring a choral composition competition. The winning composition will be performed by the Chorale in a Spring 2018 concert that will conclude the anniversary year.

Criteria:
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 occasional divisi, moderate vocal ranges and harmonic language. Due to the intention of performing the winning work, this criteria will be very important in the judging process.

Text: of the composer’s choosing, sacred or secular. The text should be in the Public Domain, of the composer’s own creation, or else be accompanied by documentation clearly confirming that the composer has secured permission to set it to music and to present it in public performance. [Any costs related to securing said permission are solely the responsibility of the composer.] Texts that somehow relate to themes of singing or the anniversary occasion are particularly encouraged. English is preferred, but pieces that use other languages will be considered.

Accompaniment: a cappella or with piano accompaniment Length: less than 10 minutes

Submission Process:
Submissions must be received by September 1, 2017

• Compositions need not be newly created for this competition; however all submissions must not have been previously performed in public.
• Electronic submissions (PDF) are strongly preferred, using the email address below. Scores submitted in hard copy will only be returned if they are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
• Scores must be clear and ready for duplication and performance, using one of the standard music printing programs (Sibelius, Finale, etc.).
• A completed copy of the form below must accompany each submission (see p. 3). Please remove all identifying marks from submitted scores as the judging will be conducted anonymously.
• The names of all participants will be held in confidence. No more than two compositions will be accepted from a single composer.

Evaluation: A panel comprised of two guest judges and the Chorale’s Music Director will review all submissions and 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 before December 31, 2017. The decision of the judging panel is final; the Claremont Chorale reserves the right to make no award.
Web Site:www.claremontchorale.org

 Leith Hill Musical Festival Competition for Composers
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: This renowned Choral Festival now in its one hundred and twelfth year provides a wonderful opportunity for hundreds of amateur singers. Each year twelve local choirs join together over three days to sing in competition and then perform concerts of music by some of the great composers of yesteryear and always some living composers. The Festival is very keen to support new music and to this end is launching this competition.

Entries are invited from UK resident composers of any age. The music must be written for TBB voices and piano and the text must be in English. Three prizes will be awarded and the winner will have his or her work performed in the Leith Hill Musical Festival. The entries will be judged by Jonathan Willcocks, Festival Conductor and another member of the LHMF Music Committee.

Full details of the competition can be found on the LHMF website: www.lhmf.org.uk

Web Site:www.lhmf.org.uk