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Knapp Award

 Knapp Award
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 03 March 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2018
Details: Postmark Deadline: March 3, 2018

• $500.00
• At least one performance by Meistersingers
• Archival recording for use toward publishing

There is a $25 entry fee

Submission Guidelines:
• Complete Competition Submission Form (can be downloaded from •
• Original Composition for 4-8 part SATB choir (further divisi possible and range is not an issue)
• Texts should have a clear connection to the elements (earth, air, fire, water) as this is for inclusion in a concert following that theme.
• For a cappella choir or choir with piano accompaniment.
• 4-8 minutes long
• Must be a world premiere performance (rehearsal read-throughs are acceptable)
• Anonymous Submission
- Remove all names (except poet, if necessary) and identifying marks;
- Provide a sealed envelope containing your name, address, email, the title and performance history of the piece (if applicable), and phone number.
• Submit a legible, photo-copy ready, score with piano reduction for rehearsal purposes
- including a recording (MIDI, piano, etc.) is strongly encouraged but not required.

Selection Process:
• The Music Director/Conductor, Brian Dehn, shall review all scores received.
• A Selection Committee, consisting of members chosen by the Music Director/Conductor and

Board, shall review many of the scores received.
• The decision of the Music Director/Conductor and Selection Committee will be final.

Winning Composer will be notified by March 25, 2018

Other Items of Interest:
• This will be included in a concert of all elemental texts. Highlights include Laurdsen’s ‘Fire Madrigals’, Water Night of Eric Whitacre and Earth Song by Frank Ticheli.
• The winning composition is scheduled to be performed in June of 2018 in the Southern California area. Meistersingers encourages the composer’s attendance and cooperation in media publicity and press coverage.
• The winning composer must provide a final performance score by April 1, 2018.
• Meistersingers shall make 35 copies for the chorus, director, and rehearsal accompanist.
• There are no restrictions according to race, sex, or age or any other criteria.
• A composer may submit more than one piece.
• Meistersingers reserves the right not to select a winning composition and/or award a prize.
• A brief description of Meistersingers, including Mission Statement and type of literature performed, can be found on their website:

Send all Submissions, along with form to: Meistersingers, Inc. Knapp Award
8941 Atlanta Avenue #187 Huntington Beach, CA 92646

For further information, visit the website or email