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 Composition Competition for Young Women Composers in Ireland
Summary:Competition for women composers
Deadline: 05 January 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: South Tipperary Arts Centre is delighted to announce a composition competition for young women composers as part of its exciting new concert series of music by women composers, set to take place in Clonmel in March 2018. South Tipperary Arts Centre invites women composers born or resident in Ireland, and under 30 years of age on 1st January 2018, to submit works for the three-part vocal ensemble Voice of between 3-5 minutes duration for performance at the Finding a Voice Concert Series to celebrate International Women’s Day 8th-10th March 2018 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

The winning composition will be selected anonymously by a panel comprising members of Voice vocal trio and award-winning Irish composer Marian Ingoldsby. The winning piece will receive its premiere performance by Voice on 8th March 2018 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary as part of the opening concert in the Finding a Voice Concert Series. The winning composer will be invited to attend the concert series as its guest and will receive a cash prize.

Deadline for submission is Friday 5th January 2018.

Application form below

For further information, please contact South Tipperary Arts Centre:
+353 52 612 7877

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

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

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

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

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

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

 14th Composition Competition Contemporary Spiritual Music
Summary:Sacred Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: For the promotion of contemporary sacred music, the Festival of European Church Music has been holding an international composition competition since 1990, alternating with a composition commission.

For the festival theme 2018 "With all senses" a composition for choir a cappella (SATB) is to be created, which refers to the Bible verses Preachers 9, 7-10. The duration of the work should be 8-12 minutes. The composition has to be submitted by 1 February 2018 (postmark) at the latest. Detailed information can be found in our invitation to tender for download (see PDF).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 2018 Choral Canada Competition for Choral Writing
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 January 2018
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: Choral Canada’s Competition for Choral Writing is a biennial program.
The composer must be a Canadian citizen (or permanent resident).
The winner of the 2018 competition will receive:

• the Diane Loomer Award of $1500
• a publishing opportunity through Cypress Music
• a premiere performance by the 2018 National Youth Choir, conducted by Jeff Joudrey, at PODIUM 2018 in Newfoundland and Labrador

For SATB choir, more details here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

【Documents Required for Submission】 * submit to before the deadline

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

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

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

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

【Point of Contact】
The International Choral Organization of Tokyo
2-29-12 B1F, Kinugaoka, Hachioji-city, Tokyo 192-0912, JAPAN
Tel: +81-42-689-5641

Summary:International Choir Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: VocalEspoo Festival has announced an international choral composition competition 2018 together with the choirs Tapiola Choir, Spira Ensemble, EMO Ensemble, Female Choir KYN and YL Male Voice Choir. The aim of the competition is to find new and interesting compositions for children’s choirs, mixed choirs and male voice choirs. The results of the competition will be published during the opening concert of VocalEspoo Festival, June 3, 2018, where the best compositions will be performed and awarded. The prize money, 15 000 euro, will be divided between the winners according to the jury’s decision. The members of the jury are Kaija Viitasalo, Cecilia Damström, Kari Turunen and Pasi Hyökki.

1. The organiser of the competition is Espoo Music Festivals Association together with Tapiola Choir, Female Choir KYN, Spira Ensemble, EMO Ensemble and YL Male Voice Choir.

2. The competition is open to all nationalities with no age limit. The number of submissions is not limited but each submission should be under separate pen name. The participation fee is 50 Euro for each composer regardless of the number of submissions. Payment should be transferred to Espoo Music Festivals IBAN: FI60 8000 1770 8312 96, BIC: DABAFIHH. Reference: Surname, first name & date of birth. Participation fees are non-refundable.

3. The last date of submission is 31 January 2018 at 24.00 (UTC +3). Any entries that reach the Competition Office after that date will be disqualified.

4. Categories: Children’s choirs (SSA), women choirs (SSAA), male choirs (TTBB) and mixed choirs (SATB). The composition may be either an a cappella or an accompanied (max. 5 musicians) piece. The instruments that may be employed are those of a symphony orchestra, big band, rock band and the computer.

5. The composition must be previously unperformed and unpublished, and its duration is to be between 4 and 8 minutes. The text of the composition may be sacred or secular and in any language. If the text is not in the public domain, and the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the text, it is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission from the copyright holder before the application deadline.

 Heriot-Watt University Composer Competition
Summary:Choir Call
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: An invitation to write an ensemble piece open to all un-published composers in SCOTLAND. No age limit.

The piece is to be written for the group, ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The INME has a policy of commissioning composers to write for a flexible ensemble. We have premiered over 50 new works in the last 19 years.

The composition starting point [inspiration] shall be the Celtic plainchant composed and sung on Inchcolm, an Island in the river Forth near Edinburgh where hundreds of years ago, Augustinian monks lived and worshiped in the Abbey.

The composition should have a duration of around ten minutes, and be written for voices and any combination of orchestral instruments [not keyboard]. Pieces must be written with flexibility of voicing and/or instrumentation in mind as the group that will perform the piece could be formed of any combination of voices and instruments.

The voice parts may be:

Four part: SATB

Three part: SAB

Two part: Mezzo sop and Baritone or ST singing in unison and AB singing in unison.

The instrumental parts must be written as part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Parts one and two written in the treble clef for instruments such as flute, violin and oboe. Part three in the treble or alto clef for instruments such as viola, clarinet or horn. Parts four and five written in the bass clef for instruments such as bassoon, cello or double bass.

Please take into consideration that the standard of the ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, although amateur, is high.

1st Prize £500

Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2018.

For further information and sample plainchant music, please contact:

Steve King

Director of Music at Heriot Watt University


 Los Angeles Master Chorale
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 09 August 2017
Details: The Los Angeles Master Chorale is pleased to sponsor its third Young Composers Competition and seeks a new work to be premiered at its annual High School Choir Festival on May 18, 2018, performed by 16 members of the Master Chorale.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival, now in its 29th year, is the culmination of a year-long education program in which 900 high school students come together to sing as a massive choir under the direction of Artistic Director Grant Gershon at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For more information about the HSCF please visit this page.


For full details:

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

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

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

Entry forms for UK entries can be obtained by post, enclosing a stamped (93p) C5 envelope, from:
The Sanders Society,
144 Tuffley Avenue,
Overseas applicants please contact