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

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

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

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

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

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


 The 2019 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition for Irish Composers
Deadline: 07 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 November 2018
Details: What is the Seán Ó Riada Competition?
The Seán Ó Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers. The competition is a collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland. The winning composition will be selected by a panel, comprising of composers and choral experts, and will be a featured work at the Seminar on New Choral Music, organised as part of the Festival’s Choral Symposium. This Seminar will feature Chamber Choir Ireland and its internationally renowned conductor, Paul Hillier, as artists in residence. The selected composition will receive its premiere performance during the Festival at a Gala Concert given by Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier. The composer of the work will be invited to attend the Festival as its guest and play an active part in the Choral Symposium.

What composers are eligible?
Composers born, or resident, in Ireland are eligible to apply. Applications are welcomed from both established and emerging composers.

What general compositional parameters apply?
The performance in which the winning entry will be premiered will be a programme entitled ‘Before Bach and After’ as part of a series of programmes by Chamber Choir Ireland in which the motet will be explored in all its forms from the earliest medieval representations of the early motets through to contemporary interpretations – full details of the programmes can be viewed at With this in mind, we ask that applicants consider the motet as a form in writing for the competition and write their interpretation of a motet, or write in response to the rest of the programme being performed. An essay by Paul Hillier on the motet and this series of concerts by Chamber Choir Ireland can be downloaded directly here.

While Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI)—a chamber choir of 16 voices—will give the premiere performance of the work, it should have the potential to be accessible for performance by a wider range of high standard amateur Irish choirs.

The following parameters apply:
• An original work
• Written for a cappella choir
• Up to 5 minutes in duration
• 4 parts (SATB with no divisi)
• The selected text may be original or existing, in the English, or Irish, language. If in Irish, it is requested that the applicants provide a pronunciation guide/phonetic guide to account for dialect.
• Texts should be non-liturgical.
• Any rights related to the use of existing/copyright texts are a matter for the composer to clarify, and receive permission for their use.

Presentation format of score?
The work must be presented in computerised notation A4 format (Sibelius or other). The text utilised, including its writer and source, should be detailed on a separate page and form part of the score presentation.

Application Process?
In keeping with best practice, and to ensure the anonymity of composers’ identities in the application, assessment, and selection process the method of application will be as follows.

• All applications will be in hard copy and forwarded by registered post to the Cork International Choral Festival, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork.
• The composer should use a pseudonym on the printed score.
• Five (5) unbound copies of the score should be provided.
• The composer should retain the original manuscript.
• Each entry should be accompanied by a sealed envelope (one), enclosing the attached form, detailing the name and contact details of the composer. The pseudonym of the composer should be clearly detailed on the exterior of this envelope.
• Should the composer require confirmation of receipt, a pre addressed envelope to an address of the composer’s choice (utilising your pseudonym) or an independent email address, should be included with the application. Festival staff will confirm receipt.
• Subsequent to the decision of the Assessment Board, the sealed envelope will be opened and the composer will be informed of the success or otherwise of their application.
• Confidentiality will be maintained by Festival staff about composers’ identities in relation to any specific queries received from the composer.


 San Francisco Choral Artist's Call for Scores
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: New Voices Project

First Prize: $500*

SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL ARTISTS, a 20-voice chamber choir, announces its 15th annual New Voices Project competition for composers under age 30.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: We seek an unperformed work, 4 minutes or less in length, for SATB a cappella choir, on a nature theme. It may include simple body percussion; divisi to 8 parts or fewer. Composers must be under 30 years of age as of June 1, 2018 and USA residents. For full requirements, please visit our website:

Incomplete submissions, or those not meeting the stated requirements, will be eliminated.

THEME: For our March concert entitled “Out of the Garden, Into the Woods: from Paradise to Scary” we seek a new and creative work based on themes of nature. Note: The composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.

COMPOSER BENEFITS: The selected work(s) will be premiered by the SF Choral Artists at three concerts in March 2019, in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto, CA. Up to three winners will be selected. The first-prize winner will receive $500*, and all winners will receive a professional-level recording from a live concert.

SUBMISSIONS: must be mailed by Dec 1, 2018 as a PDF file with covering email to [with composer’s name in the subject line], or two, unbound copies via USPS to: SFCA, New Voices Project, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3619

* the committee reserves the right to divide the prize money between 2 winners in the case of a tie

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


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

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


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


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

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

SATB, with possible divisi

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

- a cappella
- Piano

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

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


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

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

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

Scores that are not selected for performance will be deleted.


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

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

Collegium Ancora reserves the right not to award a prize.


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

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

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

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

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

Summary:Choral work call
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: Boston-based Analog Chorale is developing an album of world-premiere recordings for production in January, 2019. The album will include original unrecorded works by David Lang, Krishan Oberoi, and other contemporary composers. We’re currently searching for 2-3 additional pieces, not previously recorded, to be featured on the album.

Submissions must be original works that have not been previously recorded.
The entry fee is $25 per score.

1. Our Call for Scores is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality.
2. Composers may submit as many scores as they like.
3. Scores may be in any language.
4. Scores should be 2-7 minutes in length.
5. Multi-movement works cannot be accepted; however, single movements from larger works will be considered.
6. Scores may be for SATB, up to SSAATTBB divisi.
7. Preference will be given to avant-garde works, and/or works displaying a unique style. Extended techniques and non-traditional notation are permitted.
8. Submissions will only be accepted until 12:00am EST on December 9th, 2018.
9. One to three submissions will be recorded by Analog Chorale on our Album [1] in January 2019, to be released Summer 2019.

• Fill out the form below.
• Upload PDF file of the submission to the form.
• Pay $25 Entry Fee (per score) using the PayPal link once the form is submitted.

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

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

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

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

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

Scores may be submitted via Google Forms:
Questions? Email

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Summary: Choral Music Composition Contest

Deadline: 28 December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for submission of pieces: 31st March 2019

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

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

For full details, please click on the link below:


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

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

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

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 22nd March 2019

Judging: April 2019

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

Dr. Christopher Robinson
Bob Chilcott
Adrian Partington
Tim Rogers (Encore Publications)
Full rules of the composition competition for young composers and an entry form may be downloaded below:

Competition Rules
Entry Form
Entry forms for UK entries can be obtained by post, enclosing a stamped (93p) C5 envelope, from:

The Sanders Society,
144 Tuffley Avenue,

Overseas applicants please contact

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

About the competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are no nationality or citizenship requirements.

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

History of Work
Previously performed works MAY be submitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The deadline for entries is Friday January 11 2019.

Text to be set: Haggai: Chapter 2

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

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

Or by post to:

Tercentenary Composition Competition
Crown Court Church of Scotland
Russell Street

to arrive no later than January 11 2019.

All entries received will be acknowledged.

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

Composers can participate without limits of age and nationality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information:

 Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame Commissioning Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: About the Choir
Our Lady's Consort is a student choral club at University of Notre Dame that sponsors and maintains an advanced 16-member chamber choir made up of Notre Dame undergraduate students. Formed in early 2016, the ensemble gave its inaugural performance in New York City at the place where the University’s founder first presided at Mass upon his arrival to the America from France. Since that performance, the choir has performed such major works at Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Copland’s In the Beginning, among several world premieres. In its upcoming season, Our Lady’s Consort will premiere Caleb Wenzel’s Seven Last Words, an immersive interdisciplinary performance work exploring the injustice of capital punishment.

The composer must set this text, in Latin, in its entirety:
Senex puerum portabat:
puer autem senem regebat:
quem virgo peperit,
et post partum virgo permansit:
ipsum quem genuit, adoravit.

An ancient held up an Infant,
but the Infant upheld the ancient.
A Child he was that a Virgin bore,
and kept her as Virgin evermore.
The one whom she brought forth, she did adore.
Translation by David Fraser

Composition Guidelines
The composition must be for unaccompanied mixed choir, up to SSAATTBB.
The composition must be an original work with no prior performances.
Duration should not exceed 5 minutes.

All United States of America residents or in all 50 states aged 18 or older. There is no entry fee.
Members of Our Lady’s Consort and their immediate families are inelligible.

Score Submission
Scores must be typeset using notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Scores must be submitted as a PDF attachment to with the subject line “OLC Call for Scores.” An MP3 mock-up of the composition may accompany the submission but is not required.
In publications of the winning composition (whether self-published or with a publishing house) must contain the following subheading:
for Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame
Caleb R. Wenzel, music director
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The winner will be announced by January 1, 2019.
The composer retains all copyright ownership of the composition.
The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort to present the premiere public performance on February 2, 2019. The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort use of the composition for social media, and other information campaigns.

A world premiere performance during our annual Candlemass Vespers on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame.
An audio/video recording of the premiere for composer’s use without restriction.
A cash prize of $500.
Our Lady’s Consort reserves the right to not award a prize if no submitted works are satisfactory. The decision of the judges are final.

Our Lady’s Consort is a student club of University of Notre Dame; this call for scores and its prize are entirely awarded by Our Lady’s Consort.

 ORA Singers Composer Competition
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 14 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Here at ORA Singers, we know that our music relies on you. It is your compositions, your work, and your talent that we celebrate. We’re so proud to have commissioned over 36 living composers to date, and are always on the lookout for the next rising stars of choral composition...

Split into two categories, Open and Youth Competitions, we’re looking for a selection of finalists to have their works performed by members of ORA Singers at our Competition Final Concert in July 2019. All finalists will receive a live performance recording of their works, and a Winner will be announced for each category by the Chair of our adjudication Panel, Stephen Fry.

Our Open Competition is aimed at composers of all ages, and our Youth Competition is looking for potential composers from non-fee paying schools who will receive compositional mentoring and help to write a brand new choral work!

Applications to both Competitions should be submitted to us no later than noon on Friday 14th of December 2018 and full details of the Competition can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

ORA Singers is delighted to have partnered with Signatur, the umbrella name for The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation’s work for the advancement of the art of music, who are generously supporting our Youth Competition mentoring programme.


7th September 2018- Call for scores
14th December 2018- Deadline for scores
March 2019- Finalists selected to write reflective works
June 2019- Deadline for final reflective works
July 2019- Competition Final Concert


We want to find young individuals with the passion for choral writing, but not necessarily the experience!

This competition involves an intensive course of mentoring for 10 successful applicants, who will receive specialist lessons and support from an assigned mentor, a workshop day with industry professionals and be asked to write a reflection piece on a Renaissance choral work. These final compositions will be performed by members of ORA Singers at the Competition Final Concert, a winner will be chosen by our panel of professionals, and all the Finalists will receive a live recording of their work performed by members of ORA Singers.


1. Applicants must be born on or after 1st September 2000.

2. Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom.

3. Applicants must be a pupil at a UK non fee-paying school (e.g. state, grammar, or comprehensive school). Applicants from fee-paying or private schools will not be accepted.

4. Applicants for the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition may not also enter the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition.

Applicants should:

Have a strong interest in composition and/or choral singing

Be able to read music to a reasonable level

Be in full agreement with the terms of the competition, including availability for agreed mentoring, the competition Workshop Day and the final concert day

Have full consent from a parent/guardian for participation in the Competition

Applicants must submit to ORA Singers:
An Entry Composition, or part of a composition, no longer than 10 minutes (pdf score and mp3 sound file). The composition must be an original work and can be for any instrumentation/voices. The composition must be provided as a score (pdf) and sound file (mp3).

Application Form. All questions must be answered and applicants will be required to confirm acceptance of the Terms and Conditions outlined in this document. Applicants under the age of 18 will need consent from a Parent/Guardian to participate in the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition. Details and confirmation of consent must be provided on the Application Form.

Personal Statement. Applicants must download and complete the Personal Statement. Personal statements must be completed by the Applicant themselves, not a Parent/Guardian.


Open to all...

The ORA Singers Open Composer Competition is for applicants of any age who are resident in the United Kingdom. Three finalists will be chosen and asked to write a new choral work, which will be a reflection on a Renaissance choral piece. These final compositions will be performed by members of ORA Singers at the Competition Final Concert, a winner will be chosen by our panel of professionals, and all the Finalists will receive a live recording of their work performed by members of ORA Singers.


1. Applicants may be of any age.

2. Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom

3. Applicants for the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition may not also enter the ORA Singers Youth Composer Competition.

Applicants should:

Have a strong interest in composition and/or choral singing

Be in full agreement with the terms of the competition, including availability for the final concert day

Applicants must submit to ORA Singers:
An Entry Composition, or part of a composition, no longer than 10 minutes (pdf score and mp3 sound file). The composition must be an original work and can be for any instrumentation/voices. The composition must be provided as a score (pdf) and sound file (mp3). Please note, the Applicant’s name must be removed from the Entry Composition score pdf.

Application Form. All questions must be answered and applicants will be required to confirm acceptance of the Terms and Conditions outlined in this document. Applicants under the age of 18 will need consent from a Parent/Guardian to participate in the ORA Singers Open Composer Competition. Details and confirmation of consent must be provided on the Application Form.


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

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

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

Entry/application fee:
• $25 in US funds

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

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

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

Disqualified Submissions
• Late applications
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

No materials submitted for this competition will be returned. Judging
The compositions will be examined by a 5-person jury chosen by the Virginia Chorale Board of Directors and will include the artis- tic director, a current member of the ensemble, and two or three professional musicians not otherwise affiliated with the Virginia Chorale and a member of the VC Board of Directors. The jury will select a winner and identify any applicants deserving of an ‘honorable mention.’
Virginia Chorale, with the advice of the jury, reserves the right not to award the prize. The jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed.

Public disclosure
Virginia Chorale will publicly announce the names of the competition winner (and ‘honorable mentions,’ if applicable), no later than April 1, 2019. The names of non-winners will NOT be made public and will be held in strict confidence. works do not win the prize will be informed no later than March 30, 2019

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

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

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

Competition details found here

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

Competition details found here

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

Competition details found here


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

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

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