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 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 The compositions must be currently unpublished works.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

 Seventh Annual BNMI Commissioning Competition in Collaboration with the Cambridge Chamber Singers
Summary:Choir and instruments competition
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Opens: September 1, 2018
Deadline: October 31, 2018

The Boston New Music Initiative is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Commissioning Competition. This year’s competition will be in collaboration with the Cambridge Chamber Singers. The purpose of this competition is to further the mission of The Boston New Music Initiative to maintain an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Incorporated in 2010, the organization aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming. The Cambridge Chamber Singers (CCS, formerly known as Cambridge Madrigal Singers), now in its 37th season, offers exciting and eclectic concert programs to connect audiences in Greater Boston with the best in choral music, from traditional masters to talented new composers. Under Musical Director Dr. Raymond Fahrner, CCS seeks out innovative programming and creative collaborations. Recent repertoire has included works by Josquin des Prez, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott, G.P. da Palestrina, Orlando Gibbons, Claudio Monteverdi, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Duruflé, arrangements of traditional hymns and spirituals, and much more.

The 7th Annual Competition will be open to any representative work that demonstrates the ability to write for both voice(s) and instrument(s). The work(s) submitted may utilize electronics, but the commissioned work will not. Composers may also enter two representative works: one for voices and one for instruments. Composers are encouraged if at all possible to show their ability to write for the BNMI core ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc) or a similar instrumentation and for amateur singers. The ensemble of the commissioned work will be the Cambridge Chamber Singers and the BNMI sextet.

Composers currently or formerly on the staff of The Boston New Music Initiative and past commission winners are ineligible to apply. The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winner(s) being selected by an external panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process. The winner of this competition will be awarded a grand prize of at least $1,350 USD, in addition to being engaged to compose one new acoustic work, approximately 8-12 minutes in length, for joint performance by The Boston New Music Initiative and the Cambridge Chamber Singers in a future concert season. At least one winner will be named for this competition, and the winner will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance for the premiere performance. The winner of the 2017 competition, Charles Peck, received a $1,000 prize and had his new work, Kindling, premiered on BNMI’s April 2018 concert, conducted by Yuga Cohler.

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

1. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of submissions per composer. Each submission should include one work for voice and instruments, or two works (one for voice and one for instruments). Any other submissions should be submitted as separate entries. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.) If a composer would like to submit multiple instrumental works, but only has one vocal work for submission, (or vice versa) the second work may be submitted multiple times to accompany each instrumental work.
2. 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, see submission process below) before submitting. Please make sure no meta-data including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. Please do not use a pseudonym or code number, simply remove your name.
3. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 per year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
4. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
• For the score: .pdf
• For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
• For (optional) video: .mov or .m4v
• All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
5. Questions? Please address any questions to Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity.

Submission Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process.
1. One (1) anonymous score of a representative work for voice and instruments or two (2) anonymous scores of representative works, one for voice and one for instruments, in PDF format only. If submitting two works, please include both titles as the title of your submission, e.g. “String Quartet No. 1 and Five English Songs.”
2. A recording of the work(s) (not required but encouraged)
3. Proposed text of the new work should the composer be selected (optional)
4. An entry fee for each submission, which will consist of: one work for voice and instruments, or two works, one for voice and one for instruments. The entry fee for each submission to this competition is $20 for Associate Members, and $10 for Full Members. Membership information can be found here.
5. An information sheet containing the following:
• Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
• Composer biography (maximum 300 words) to be used in publicity if the composer is selected.

To Apply:
Please click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

Helpful Hints:
1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Composers signing up as new members who wish to submit to this competition should be sure to allot enough time for the approval process to complete in order to meet the June deadline.
2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Composers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: in order to create login credentials.
3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to complete your payment in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Full members must have dues paid in full in order to receive full membership benefits, including discounts on Calls for Scores and commissioning competitions. For those composers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.
4. More questions? Please see our submission guide.

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 Radio 3 Carol Competition 2018
Summary:Christmas Carol Commission
Deadline: 02 November 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, it's time for Radio 3 Breakfast’s annual carol competition. This year we’re challenging amateur composers to create new music for The Bee Carol, a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

We’re looking for new carols of up to four minutes, set for SATB choir, with or without piano accompaniment. Please note that in order to enter, you must not be a professional composer and should not have had a piece of music commercially commissioned or published within the last five years. You must also be at least 16 by the competition closing date (Friday 2 November 2018).

The competition opens on Wednesday 5 September 2018. When you’ve written your carol, you can send your score to us by post or submit it online. Full details of both submission methods are in the Terms and Conditions (below).

After the closing date, a panel of judges headed by the composer Bob Chilcott, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers, will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of six. These will be performed live on air on Radio 3 by the BBC Singers, and listeners will be asked to vote for the overall winner in December.

The winning carol will be played on Radio 3 as part of our festive celebrations. The closing date is 2 November 2018 – so get composing, and good luck!

 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


 Cambridge Chamber Singers
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: Composition Competition

Competition Details

There is no entry fee.

Submission Criteria
1. Original composition for a cappella, 4-6 part mixed choir, occasional divisi is acceptable;
2. Approximately three to six minutes long;
3. Not previously performed in Massachusetts;
4. Anonymous submission:
1. Remove all names and identifying marks;
2. Provide a separate document (PDF or Word) containing your name, address, email, and phone number;
5. Submit a legible score. In addition, recordings or synthesized versions are stronglyencouraged but are not required;
6. A maximum of two different scores may be submitted by each composer;
7. If the text is not public domain, include written permission to use it;
8. You must submit electronically via email to competition@cambridgemadrigals.orgwith your piece as a PDF attachment. Sibelius, Finale and other formats will not be accepted. Attachments larger than 5MB are blocked, so use a Dropbox, such as SendStuffNow, for larger audio files.

The prize for the winning composition is $700. The piece will also be performed by the Cambridge Chamber Singers at their two concerts in the Boston area. CCS encourages the composer’s attendance.

The Cambridge Chamber Singers reserves the right to not award a prize.

There are no restrictions according to age or residency. The text may be in any language. A composer may submit no more than two pieces, but composers are welcome to resubmit non-winning works again.

Composers will receive an e-mail confirming their completed application at the close of the competition. Before that time, composers will only be contacted if their submission is incomplete.

For further information, email


 Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 23 September 2018
Date Posted: 22 August 2018
Details: Congratulations to Matthew Lyon Hazzard, last season’s winner among 40 submissions in the inaugural year of the competition!

For the 2018-19 competition, the winning work will be performed on November, 2018 concerts of American music that honor veterans and commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.

The text to be set for the competition is an excerpt from The Hosts, written by American poet Alan Seeger while he served in World War I, in which he was killed:

In their new dedication charged
With something heightened, enriched, enlarged,
That lends a light to their lusty brows
And a song to the rhythm of their trampling feet,
They are moved by the powers that force
The sea for ever to ebb and rise,
That hold Arcturus in his course,
And marshal at noon in tropic skies
The clouds that tower on some snow-capped chair
And drift out over the peopled plain.
They are big with the beauty of cosmic things.

This text is in the public domain.

The submission due date has recently been extended to September 23, 2018.

Submit your score (pdf format) and recording (mp3 format, MIDI realizations accepted) by emailing by September 23, 2018. Please send a link to your audio file, if possible.

Submissions will be adjudicated by prominent American composers. Last year’s adjudicators were Dan Asia, Jocelyn Hagen and Dale Warland.

More information:

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

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $15.00.

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

Postmark Deadline
The postmark deadline is November 1, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The winning composition will win a prize of £350.

Text to be set:

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

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

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

All entries received will be acknowledged.


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

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

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

Closing date: 22 October 2018.

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

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

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

or by post to:

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

• Closing date: 22 October 2018.

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


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

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

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

• A capella and/or
• Piano

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


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

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

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

The decision of the judging panel is final.

The Claremont Chorale reserves the right to make no award.

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

Please contact us with your questions.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions can be directed to

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

Download a PDF of the above submission guidlines by Click Here
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