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 Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Programs
Summary:Choral project
Deadline: 21 March 2018
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Details: Student Composer Project
Monday, May 7, 2018

The Student Composer Project encourages young people to compose choral music. This annual event has been a great success since its inception in 1990. The project offers 3 student composers the opportunity to receive feedback on their works from a well-known guest composition clinician, Music Director Anthony Blake Clark, Associate Conductor Leo Wanenchak, and the BCAS Chamber Chorus in a Master Class in the spring of 2018. Additionally, Dr. Scott McAllister, Professor of Composition at Baylor University School of Music will be our distinguished guest clinician. Selected composers will receive the opportunity to work with Dr. McAllister prior to the event, and will receive further feedback and suggestions from the clinicians, composers and singers during the Master Class. A recording of the read-through of their work will be given to each composer. The day prior, students accepted into the Student Composer Project will attend the BCAS rehearsal, concert, and round-table discussion on May 6th with Maestro Clark and Dr. McAllister to discuss how the works being performed by the chorus (works by Bernstein, Durufle, and Britten) are well-written for voices and how composition students might use these concepts in their own choral writing.

2017-18 Guidelines for Submission of Compositions
• Composers must commit to traveling to Baltimore at their expense for the Master Class, and must live within 150 mile radius of Baltimore County.
• Composers must have been enrolled in high school or college as of December 31, 2017.
• Composers whose works have not been chosen previously will be given preference.
• The piece must be no longer than five minutes.
• The work may be scored for Chorus and Piano or Unaccompanied Chorus (mixed chorus, women’s chorus, or men’s chorus). Works for larger instrumental forces are accepted provided that there is an adequate piano reduction score to be used in the clinic.
• All compositions must be newly composed works. Arrangements of pre-existing compositions (i.e. carols, etc.) will not be considered. The text may be sacred or secular, in any language. The composer must secure copyright and permission to use published texts.
• Hand-written manuscripts will not be accepted.
• Deadlines for Submission: March 21, 2018

Submit Manuscript to:

Mail: Baltimore Choral Arts Society, 1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

For questions and further information call Karena Ingram at 410-523-7070 ext 306, or email