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 Oxford Harmonic Choir
Summary:Choral/orchestral commission
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Date Posted: 17 August 2017
Details: We are holding a competition to select a composer to write a brand new work for choir and orchestra, for first performance by the choir in 2019. The piece will be 15-20 minutes long with orchestral accompaniment and be based on a text to be selected by the composer from five chosen by the choir.

The competition is open to all UK and foreign nationals resident in the UK and there is no age limit. The prize will be awarded on the basis of entrants’ previous compositions and their vision for the new work.

CLOSING DATE
The closing date for entrants to send previous compositions and their vision for the new work is 30 November 2017. The winner will be announced in February 2018 and then compose the new work during that year.

HOW TO ENTER
To download full details including how to enter the competition, click here:
Web Site:oxfordharmonicchoir.org/competition/

 SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS CAROL COMPETITION ANNOUNCED…
Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 13 October 2017
Date Posted: 17 August 2017
Details: The Bach Choir is delighted to announce the first year of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition, following on from the competitions held during Sir David’s time as Musical Director of The Bach Choir.

Composers of any age are invited to submit an original carol for adult SATB choir with or without organ accompaniment, which will be rehearsed and performed by The Bach Choir at its ‘Carols at Cadogan’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on 22 December 2017 at 7.30pm.

The competition will be judged by David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, the Choir’s President, John Rutter, and Sir David’s son, Jonathan Willcocks.

The competition will be judged in two categories:
• Composers aged 18 and under
• Composers aged over 18
The deadline for submissions is Friday 13th October and winners will be announced on Friday 3rd November. The winner in each category will receive a small cash prize, kindly donated by the David Willcocks Music Trust, and up to three complimentary tickets to the Cadogan Hall on Friday 22 December to hear their carol performed by The Bach Choir, conducted by David Hill.

For further information please contact Nick Cutts - genman@thebachchoir.org.uk

Conditions of entry:
• Composers may use their own or others’ words, but precise details of the source of the text must be provided. Text must be out of copyright.
• Carols submitted should have not received a public performance, and the music must be original (i.e. not an arrangement of existing music)
• The Bach Choir shall have all rights in connection with the first public performance of the prize-winning carol (s), but thereafter the composer shall have all rights in respect of the carol.
• The Bach Choir shall have all rights in connection with the first recording of the prize-winning carol (s), but thereafter the composer shall have all rights in respect of the carol. The exclusivity of this period shall be one year.
• Entries will be judged by David Hill, John Rutter, Jonathan Willcocks and such other person (s) as The Bach Choir may appoint.
• The Panel of judges reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more composers, or withhold the prize if there are no entries of sufficient merit to justify an award being made. The decision of the Panel shall be final and binding.
• Entries should be sent to Nick Cutts, General Manager, The Bach Choir, PO Box 61756, London, SW1H 0UZ. Please don’t include your name on the printed music.
• Each entry should be accompanied by a covering letter, which includes the title of the work, composer’s name, date of birth (if 18 or under) and address.
• Competitors should enclose a stamped, addressed envelope, for return of their scores, if required.


Web Site:www.thebachchoir.org.uk/news/sir-david-willcocks-carol-competition-announced/

 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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2018 Deadline TBD

For full details:
Web Site:lamasterchorale.org/young-composers-competition

 Leatherhead Choral Society
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: Leatherhead Choral Society is announcing a composition competition for a new work to be performed at a gala concert on July 7th 2018 as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. The competition is free to enter and is open to all composers.

The composer of the winning entry will be presented with a cash prize of £350 and the opportunity to workshop the piece with the choir.

The competition will be judged by a panel consisting of the internationally-known composer Alan Bullard along with the choir’s musical director Ian Assersohn and chair Lindsay Sampson.

Deadline for entries is October 31st 2017.

Further details:
Web Site:www.leatherhead-choral.net/lcscompcomp.html

 Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition.

Entry Fee £15 with £10 for each additional work.

Closing Date 1st November 2017

Winning Entry to be performed at the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert
and to be
Published by the Royal School of Church Music

Competition Regulations
1. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and age.
2. The composition should be written for SATB choir a cappella, or with organ accompaniment. Whilst limited divisi will be accepted, special consideration will be given to works that communicate their musical ideas with efficiency, and demonstrate an understanding of the practicalities of learning new repertoire at this busy time of year.
3. The nature of the work shall be sacred, on a Christmas theme.
4. The selected text should either be in public domain or else requires the written consent of the author or the copyright holder (to be enclosed with the application). Text can be in any language but works set to languages other than Latin or English need to be accompanied by an English translation and, if applicable, guidelines for pronunciation.
5. The composition must have never been publicly performed, published or recorded before December 14th 2017.
6. The duration of the work should not exceed 5 minutes.
7. There is a participation fee of £15 for every composer. However, composers may submit more than one work but in such cases an administrative fee of £10 for every extra work will be charged. Each work must be accompanied by a different application form and nom de plume.
8. Payment of the participation fee/s should be made by cheque or bank transfer to:
Payee/Account: Leeds Philharmonic Society Sort Code: 05-04-49
Account: 17555174
9. There will be one prizewinner who will receive £750, and the first performances and recording of the work will be at the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts in Leeds Town Hall on 14th December 2017. The work will also be published by the Royal School of Church Music.
10. The Jury will consist of the Society’s Musical Director David Hill and Chorus Master Richard Wilberforce, Organist Simon Lindley, and Tim Ruffer, Head of Publishing at RSCM Press.
11. The results of the competition will be announced in Leeds Town Hall on November 25th at the Society’s performance of Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi.
12. The decisions of the Jury are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.
13. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize if it feels that none of the submissions meets the required standard.
14. The copyright of the work belongs to the composer. Nevertheless, whenever the winning work is performed, recorded or printed, the following sentence must be included: “Winner of the 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition”.
15. The application shall be submitted as follows:
a. 3 copies of the score, preferably not handwritten and identifiable only through the title of the work and the nom de plume;
b. written statement by the author or copyright holder of any non-public domain texts allowing the use of the text for this competition;
c. copy of bank transfer payment confirmation or a cheque made payable to the “Leeds Philharmonic Society”;
d. completed application form and signed declaration in a sealed envelope marked only by the name of the work and the nom de plume;
e. translation of text into English and/or guidelines for pronunciation (if applicable).
16. Received scores will not be returned to composers.
17. Competition material must be sent to the following address:
Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition, c/o Philip Ratcliffe, 7 West Royd Villas, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3LS
And received there no later than 1st November 2017
18. Submitted competition material cannot be returned after the conclusion of this competition.
Web Site:www.leedsphil.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/1st-Leeds-Philharmonic-Christmas-Carol-Competition1.pdf

 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: THIRD INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FOR CHORAL COMPOSITION
NOTIFICATION AND REGULATIONS
1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the ‘Third International Competition for Choral Composition’, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.
2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality or age.
3. The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced youth choirs. The text of the composition, sacred or secular, in any language, written for the occasion or pre-existing should be in the public domain. If not, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form.
4. There is a 50 USD entry fee payable at the time of submission for each entry.
5. Only one work per composer may be submitted. Scores must be sent electronically either in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale files or in a similar program. A midi file may also be included with any submission. Tapes or CDs may not be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Office will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the ICB and in the IFCM website. Each participant must include a document (.doc or .PDF file) with full address, contact details and title of the composition submitted. This document must also contain a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished, has never previously been performed, and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 1st December 2017. Works cannot be revised after submission.
6. The competition will be judged by a five-member jury consisting of international choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.
7. Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and for the prospect of repeated performances by a medium to advanced SATB (SSAATTBB) youth choir possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of compositional craft, imagination, ‘sing-ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic effectiveness and, most importantly a fresh approach to choral writing.
8. The winning works will receive the following:
First Prize: 5,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Second Prize: 2,500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Third Prize: 1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
The composers of the three winning works will be invited to Shanghai for the IFCM Choral Expo 2018, where their pieces will be premiered by appointed participating choirs. IFCM will take care of travel and lodging expenses of the invited composers. In consultation with the composers, the three winners will be featured in the ‘Composers’ Corner’ column of the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composers and some excerpts of the winning scores may be published in print and on-line.
9. The copyright to the winning works will always remain with the composers and librettists.
10. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Andrea Angelini, Artistic Director of the Competition (aangelini@ifcm.net)
Web Site:ifcm.net/composition-competition/

 The Choral Composition Contest
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: The Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50, Endowed Choral Composition Prize will be awarded to the first place winner in the annual Choral Composition Festival.
Sponsored by Ithaca College School of Music and Mark Foster Publishing (a division of Hal Leonard).

Postmark Deadline: August 25, 2017

Guidelines:
• Mixed choir (SATB)
• Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
• Three to five minutes' duration
• Unpublished works only
• Rights to text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown
• Secular or sacred, and suitable for public high school
• Open to all composers*
* Prior winners of this contest may enter only after five years. Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students are not eligible

Prizes
• First -- $1200
• Second -- $700
• Winners will be announced at the November 11, 2017 concert.
• Finalists are required to be present at the performance of their work. Ithaca College will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $300; lodging and food are the responsibility of the finalists

Performance
• Six scores will be selected for performance by high school choirs on November 11, 2017 at Ithaca College
• Finalists will be announced at ithaca.edu/music/ensembles/choir/choralcompfest by September 30, 2017
• Scores will be reviewed for possible publication by Mark Foster Publishing (a division of Hal Leonard).
• At the November 11, 2017 concert, the Ithaca College Choir will premiere a commissioned choral work

Submission and Return Guidelines
• Entry fee of $25 per score. Make checks payable to Ithaca College
• Include your name, address, phone number(s), social security number, and e-mail in a sealed envelope
• Names must not appear on the score
• Size of manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2" by 14"
• No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided
• Mail entry to:

Janet Galván, Director of Choral Activities
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7000


Web Site:www.ithaca.edu/music/current_students/competitions/choralcompetition/

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

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

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

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


Web Site:www.sanderssociety.org.uk/Competition.aspx

 Chronos Vocal Ensemble Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 04 September 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: Chronos Vocal Ensemble is an ambitious non-professional choir based in the Edmonton area. Founded in 2013, we aim to produce high-calibre choral performances in Edmonton, around Alberta and across Canada. We produce an annual season of concerts in Edmonton and perform regularly in the surrounding area. In 2015, we won the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. We have released two recordings: Presenting Chronos Vocal Ensemble (2015) and The Simplest Way: The Music of Trent Worthington (2016). We have toured around Alberta and the Prairies, and anticipate an international tour soon.

Since its inception, Chronos Vocal Ensemble has championed Canadian music and supported the creation of new works. With the launch of the first Chronos Vocal Ensemble Choral Composition Competition, the choir is taking that focus to the next level by bringing new, engaging Canadian works to the attention of the choral community.

We believe in supporting both established and emerging choral talent, creating two eligibility categories: Grand Prize (General) and Emerging Alberta Composers. Anyone who fits the general criteria is eligible to enter. To qualify for the Emerging category, an entry must meet all the general guidelines and also some additional age and education requirements outlined below. Prizes for the competition have been generously provided by an anonymous supporter.

Categories
1. General (All Canadian composers)
To be eligible, a composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant. The work submitted must be original, not an arrangement of a pre-existing piece or melody. The composition must not have been commissioned, published, performed or recorded at the time of entry, and must remain so until performed by Chronos Vocal Ensemble within the following year.

2. Emerging Alberta composers
To be eligible for this category, all the requirements of the general category must be met AND the following additional requirements must also be met: The composer must be a current Alberta resident, age 25 and under at time of entry and have not completed a graduate degree in composition.

Prizes
• The winning compositions in each category will be performed by Chronos Vocal Ensemble in the 2017-2018 season.
• Prizes of $1500 for the General category and $500 for the Emerging category.
• Winners will receive a recording of the performance.
• Chronos Vocal Ensemble will champion the winning compositions and endeavour to promote these works further as appropriate (possibly including release on a commercial recording, performance on tour, recommendation to publishers).
• For a competition winner interested in attending the premiere, Chronos Music Society may be able to contribute to costs, depending on timing and budgets.

General Guidelines
• Deadline for submissions is September 4, 2017.
• Entrants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed immigrants.
• Entries must be unpublished and unperformed.
• Entries must not have been commissioned, published, performed or recorded at the time of entry,
and must remain such until after performed by Chronos Vocal Ensemble within the following year.
• Multiple entries by a single composer will not be accepted.
• Entries that use a text under copyright must provide a letter of permission from the copyright
holder.
• The composer shall retain the copyright of the work.

Composition and Submission Requirements
• Entries should be of a duration between three and five minutes.
• Entries must be original music. Arrangements of existing music will not be accepted.
• Entries must be digitally notated. No hand scores.
• Entries must be submitted electronically in PDF format, copy-ready.
• The composer’s name, text source and any other identifying marks should appear only on the first
page of the manuscript. This will be removed from copies evaluated by the jury.
• If possible, include an mp3 or MIDI file of the composition.
• Entries may be a cappella or include piano or organ accompaniment.
• A cappella works written in open score should include a piano reduction.
• The text material should appear in the score (e.g., on inside cover page) in the author’s original
formatting where applicable, or be submitted as such in a separate document.
• Texts not in English should include a translation, and texts not in English, French, German, Italian,
Spanish or Latin should also include an IPA transcription.
• Entries must include an entry form and a $35 entry fee; for those entering the Emerging category
the fee is $25. Entry forms that do not include a completed and signed declaration will be
considered ineligible.
• Entries must be accompanied by a headshot (colour if possible) and medium-length biography.

All entries must be submitted to the email chronosscores@gmail.com. All entries will be acknowledged by email. If confirmation has not been received within one week of submission, please email admin@chronosvocalensemble.com to inquire.
Web Site:www.chronosvocalensemble.com

 VOCES8
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: With VOCES8 and Apollo5 we place great emphasis on supporting the creation of new choral music and bringing new compositions to the world stage.

With that in mind, we are delighted to announce this inaugural VCM Foundation composition competition.

We are excited to receive your compositions, and to prepare the winning entry for a world premiere performance at the Gresham Centre in London in November.

Composers are invited to submit an original composition for SATB divisi a cappella. The composition must not be one that has been performed before.

Duration
Four minutes maximum.

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 con rming 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.

Number of entries
No limit per composer. However, each composition must be submitted as a separate entry.

Anonymity
All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page).

Evaluation
Compositions will be evaluated by a panel comprised of:
Jonathan Dove Composer
Barnaby Smith Artistic Director VOCES8
Paul Smith CEO VCM Foundation
Robin Tyson Head of Artist Management Edition Peters Group

Submission Process
1. An anonymous PDF file of the score together with a MIDI or Sibelius le.
2. £25 entry fee for each submission.
3. Completed information sheet:
• Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
• Title and duration of the work
• Scores and Entry Form should be sent to Ann Wright, VCM Foundation ann@vcm.foundation

The shortlisted compositions will be sung at a workshop led by Barnaby Smith on Saturday 11 November at the Gresham Centre. Composers may attend. However, there will not be time for them to discuss their works with Barnaby or the singers.
The winning composition will be performed in a concert by VOCES8 and Apollo5 on Tuesday 14 November at the Gresham Centre. The winning composer is encouraged to attend (travel expenses will not be provided).

Deadline
Friday 15 September 2017

Web Site:www.voces8.com/education

 Juice Vocal Ensemble: Call for Works
Summary:Vocal trio call
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: Juice Vocal Ensemble are excited to announce a call for works as part of the City, University of London's Meredith Monk 75th birthday tribute concert. The call is open to all composers of any nationality and age. It should be no more than 4 minutes in length and should be lucidly inspired by Monk's work.

Instrumentation can be either a cappella SSA or SSA voices plus handheld percussion/found sounds etc. (to be played by the ensemble). The works can include extra-vocal techniques and graphic notation.

We strongly recommend visiting our Writing For Juice guidelines, and also listening to our albums on Spotify, as well as of course, the work of Meredith Monk!

If you have a query about the music you're writing, email: juicevocalensemble@gmail.com

All submissions should be sent as PDFs; audio files (recommended) should be sent as links to (for example, Dropbox or WeTransfer), or as private links to SoundCloud pages. Please do not email mp3s directly.

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) September 1st 2017

Works selected will be announced in mid-September and performed at City University, London on October 10th.

Send your piece to: leo.chadburn@city.ac.uk
Web Site:www.city.ac.uk/events/2017/october/juice-to-meredith-monk

 Call for Submissions: Chor Leoni’s Canadian Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: (Vancouver, BC) Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce the second annual Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4). Three finalist compositions will be selected by the choir’s Artistic Director, and an independent panel of judges will determine their rankings (first prize $2000, second prize $1000, third prize $500).

In addition to the financial prizes, the composers of the three works will be brought to Vancouver in February 2018, where they will stay in the luxurious Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for three nights. They will collaborate in a rehearsal with Chor Leoni, attend the premiere, participate in a dialogue with the audience at C/4 on Friday, February 23rd at the Orpheum Annex (8pm), and also receive a recording. This competition is generously sponsored by James and Leslie Carter.

Prizes
• $2000 first prize | $1000 second prize | $500 third prize;
• travel to and accommodation in Vancouver from Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 23, 2018;
• attendance of a workshop/rehearsal with Chor Leoni on their works on Wednesday, February 21st;
• attendance of the premiere at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Orpheum Annex;
• participation in an in-concert conversation with Erick Lichte from the stage at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018;
• a professional recording of Chor Leoni singing the work.

Requirements
• The composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or landed immigrant.
• The work must be for up to 4-part male choir, TTBB voicing; occasional divisi is allowed.
• The work may be a cappella or include piano accompaniment.
• Target length of work should be 3 – 6 minutes.
• Preference will be given to new works but previously performed compositions may be accepted.
• The composer must secure rights to any non-public domain texts, and verification of secured rights for use of texts must be included with submission;
• Scores must be submitted in computer engraved format as a PDF file;
• Submissions must include an mp3 of the score’s midi file.
• Preference will be given to works newly composed for this competition.

Deadline for submissions: Scores must be received by 6pm PST December 15, 2017.

Send scores for consideration to Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni, at c4@chorleoni.org. Finalists will be notified the week of Jan 15, 2018.

Questions? c4@chorleoni.org

Web Site:www.choralcanada.org/call-for-submissions-chor-leonis-canadian-choral-composition-competition-c4/

 Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: Two Emily Dickinson texts have been chosen for the inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition (both should be set for SATB):

1.

In this short Life
that only (merely) lasts an hour
how much—how
little— is
within our
power

2.

Look back
on Time
with kindly
Eyes—

He doubtless
did his best—
How softly
sinks his
trembling Sun
in Human
Nature’s West—

These Dickinson texts are in the public domain. True Concord thanks The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections as the source of the original.

Submissions will be adjudicated by Dale Warland, composer, founding conductor of Dale Warland Singers, and frequent collaborator with Stephen Paulus; and Dan Asia, professor of composition at University of Arizona.

You can submit your score and MIDI recording by emailing composercompetition@trueconcord.org. Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.

Web Site:www.trueconcord.org/composercompetition/

 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

 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

 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