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 San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 13 November 2019
Details: Since 2005, San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project has solicited and performed original compositions to promote the composition of high-quality music for chamber choir by the next generation of USA-resident composers. The first-prize winner receives a $500 cash prize, and all winners receive a professional-quality recording of the performance.

The 2019-2020 Competition
Deadline March 1, 2020
Eligible composers are encouraged to submit new and creative works on themes of transportation for consideration for a June 2020 concert set entitled “Boats & Trains & Flying Machines.”

Basic Requirements
1. Composer must be under age 30 as of July 1, 2020, and a USA resident.
2. Composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.
3. A composer may submit only one work.

Requirements of the Work
1. The work may be up to 4 minutes in length, and the length must be listed on the score.
2. The work may not have had prior public performance or publicly available recording, nor may one take place before July 1, 2020.
3. For SATB a cappella chamber choir. The work may include some body percussion. Any divisi must be limited to no more than 8 parts.
4. A brief description of how the work addresses the concert theme must be included.
5. Text may include spoken word, and may be in any language. A typed copy of the full original text, with facing line-by-line English translation, must be provided. If non-standard language(s) are used, a pronunciation guide must be included.
6. Include a note with your text stating whether it is in the public domain. If texts are copyrighted, written proof of permission of use must be provided.
7. Score and texts should be submitted in PDF format. MP3 files are encouraged in addition to scores. A link to SoundCloud or similar audio sharing site is acceptable. All PDF and MP3 file names should include composer’s name and the title of the work.
8. Composer’s name, birth date, and complete composer contact information–including USPS postal address–should be printed on the score.
Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.

Up to three winners will be selected. The first-prize winner will receive $500*. All composer(s) and work(s) selected for participation in this program will receive the following:
1. The selected work(s) will be premiered by SFCA at three concerts in Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Francisco, California, on June 7, 13, 14, 2020.
2. One or more phone consultations with SFCA’s Artistic Director, Magen Solomon, on vocal, notation, and performance issues, and in order to prepare the work for rehearsal and premiere.
3. Two complimentary tickets for each performance of the work.
4. A professional-quality recording of one performance of the work.
We regret that no travel funds are available.

*SFCA reserves the right to divide the prize money between two winners in the case of a tie.


 Ithaca College Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 06 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: The Choral Composition Contest
41st Annual Choral Composition Contest
The Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50, Endowed Choral Composition Prize will be awarded to the first place winner in the annual Choral Composition Festival.
Sponsored by Ithaca College School of Music and Mark Foster Publishing (a division of Hal Leonard).


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

• First -- $1200
• Second -- $700
• Winners will be announced at the March 28, 2020 concert.
• Finalists are required to be present at the performance of their work. Ithaca College will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $250.

• Six scores will be selected for performance by high school choirs on March 28, 2020 at Ithaca College
• Finalists will be announced at by Friday, December 20, 2019
• Scores will be reviewed for possible publication by Mark Foster Publishing (a division of Hal Leonard).
• At the March 28, 2020 concert, the Ithaca College Choir will premiere a commissioned choral work

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

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


Summary:Call for Arrangements
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: KC VITAs is seeking an arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to use at various events throughout the year. Scores must be a cappella, for mixed SATB ensemble (up to 8 voices), and include a piano reduction. Scores will be accepted until Dec. 1st.

Arrangers are limited to one submission and will be notified by early 2020 if their submission was selected. KC VITAs reserves the right to select none or more than one submission.

 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 06 December 2019
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: 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 during the Festival’s Choral Symposium. 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.

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

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.

More information:

 Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: Emerging Composers Competition
Nurturing choral music as a living, evolving art is central to Cerddorion’s mission. In 2013 we launched our annual Emerging Composers Competition to foster the creation and performance of new works for mixed chorus.

Our eighth annual Emerging Composers Competition is now open! Deadline for scores: March 1, 2020. Click here for competition entry form and a PDF of the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

1. Works must be:
– Scored for SATB a cappella (some divisi acceptable)
– Approximately 3-5 minutes in length
– Unpublished and unperformed

2. The winning compositions will be premiered in May 2020 as part of a program featuring music composed by and about women, in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment (recognizing women’s right to vote). Although there are no thematic restrictions on the competition, entries related to this theme are encouraged.

3. Composers may submit more than one work, but must complete a separate entry form and fee for each.

4. Submission of MIDI realizations is encouraged, but not required.

Visit to get a sense of the styles and level of difficulty of Cerddorion’s repertoire.


Composers should be in the early stages of their professional careers, without substantial publishing credit, national awards, or commissions. There is no age limit.

Panel of Judges



1­st Prize – $500 plus performance and archival live recording

2nd Prize – performance and archival live recording

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize.


 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (CIMCF)
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: The 2018 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (CIMCF) saw record entries from 49 composers. It was a truly international affair with the winning composer coming from across the pond, Seattle, with the runner up representing Norway but resident in Shanghai.

For the 2020 Composers Competition, CIMCF is welcoming submissions that will have a chance at winning a staggering £1,000 first prize........

Compositions for Male Voice and Cambiata Choirs
Two cash prizes, each of £1000 will be awarded to the winner of both Categories (Adult Male Choir and Cambiata Choir), plus a runner-up and third prize of £500 and £250 for the Adult Classes only.

Closing date: 31 March 2020

No restrictions on the number of compositions submitted by a composer
Adjudicated by an internationally renowned composer

Apply online through the CIMCF website:

 Astoria Choir
Summary:Choral Competition for Female Composers
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Astoria Choir invites women composers to submit works for its sixth annual score call to be programmed on the choir’s Women In Song concert on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

- This call is open to all composers who identify as female.
- Composers must reside in the Northeast United States (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, or DC).
- Works must be written for mixed choir and can be a cappella or with piano accompaniment.
- Works of any length are welcome; however, the choir may choose to perform a movement or excerpt of longer works.
- Composers may submit multiple works with each work sent as a separate submission with separate submission fee.
- Electro-acoustic works will not be considered
- Works previously selected in TAC’s score calls are ineligible; however, those composers may submit different works.
- Up to three works may be chosen to be performed.
- Each selected composer will be invited to attend a rehearsal and meet with the choir.
- Composer(s) are highly encouraged to attend the concert. No additional funding is available for travel costs.

Submission Process:
- Please submit using our website:
- An anonymous copy of the full score as a PDF, free from any identifying markings including name, commissioning party, or dedication.
- MIDI realizations are permitted.
- An anonymous recording of the work as an .mp3 file or link to streaming audio in Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Information Sheet with the following details, as a separate PDF:
- Composer’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address
- Title and duration of work
- Statement that the text is in public domain or written permission for use of text
- Submission Fee: $10, payable through PayPal
- You may follow the links below to pay the fee and submit your score.
- You needn't set up a PayPal account if you don't have one. Simply click on the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" button instead of signing in.

- $250 for each selected composer and a performance of the work
- Digital recording of the performance for promotional purposes
- Selected composer(s) will be notified via e-mail by January 6, 2020 and announced on our social media platforms and website

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Entry Fee:$10

 Walter Hussey Young Composer Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is a choral music composition competition that was launched in January 2018.

The 2020 competition follows Reading Phoenix Choir’s aim of working with young people and is for composers aged between 16 and 24.

With a 1st prize of £500 and a 2nd prize of £200, and a line-up of top judges from the choral and composition world, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition continues to be one of the leading choral composition competitions of our time.
The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime.

Entry for the 2020 competition will start in January 2020, with a deadline for entries of 30th June 2020. The winner is expected to be chosen by December 2020 and the winning piece will receive its world premiere in March 2021.
The 2020 Walter Hussey Composition Competition is being promoted by Reading Phoenix Choir and having celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2019, the theme for the competition is both encouraging the musicians of the future and looking forwards, and is therefore ‘New Horizons’.

 International Tapiola Choir Choral Composition Competition 2020
Summary:Children' Choir Competition
Deadline: 06 January 2020
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Tapiola Choir announces an international choral composition competition 2020. The competition is open for all applicants internationally and has no age limit.

The aim of the competition is to find new and interesting compositions especially for children’s and youth choirs (SSA). The results of the competition will be announced in June 2020.

The category of the competition is SSA, children’s choirs, a cappella. The adaptation of the piece needs to be suitable for children’s choirs of all ages. The composition must be previously unperformed as well as unpublished and its duration must be between 2 and 4 minutes.

The members of the jury are Tapiola Choir’s artistic director Pasi Hyökki, publishing director Reijo Kekkonen (Sulasol), choral director Sanna Salminen (Vox Aurea) and choral director Viena Kangas (CandoMini).

A total of €3,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The jury also reserves the right to not to distribute prizes.

The compositions can be submitted by email to
The submission closes on the 6th of January 2020 at 24 hours
(UTC +2). All the applications must fulfil the requirements of the rules of the competition. Any applications submitted after this will not be taken into consideration.

Inquiries:, +358 50 314 06 03

 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composer Competition
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: On April 25, 2020 the Canadian Men's Chorus will present a concert entitled 10! A Decade of Song.

This 10th anniversary celebratory concert will be an all-Canadian program, highlighting selections from Canada’s best low-voice repertoire and some of the CMC’s past commissioned works. It will also include the winner of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Composition Competition.

Emerging Canadian composers who have been composing professionally for ten years or less are invited to submit a new composition with a text written by a Canadian individual.

There is no age restriction.

The winning composer will receive a $2000 prize, donated by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

Work submitted must be:

• an original composition that has not previously been performed which, if chosen, will have its world premiere performance by the CMC on April 25, 2020.
• 4-6 minutes in length
• a cappella or with piano accompaniment
• English or French text
• written for four part men’s voices TTBB. (Occasional divisi and solo lines are permitted, but cannot be a significant portion of the piece.)
• newly created works; arrangements of existing works are not accepted

Note – it is important to understand the size and nature of the group for which you are writing. The CMC is a 12-singer chamber ensemble comprised of advanced amateur singers. Standard vocal ranges for T1/T2/Bar/Bas voices apply, but please contact Lynn McMurray with any specific questions you may have.

Submission details:

• Scores must be computer generated, and accompanied by a midi file and a short note about the composition.
• As this competition will be judged by a blind jury, please remove everything from the score that would identify you as the composer. Attach a cover page with your name, email address, a short bio and any program notes you would like the jury to read concerning your piece. Should your piece be selected to win the competition, you will have the opportunity to re-submit the score with your name and copyright details properly affixed.
• Send submissions to Executive Director, Lynn McMurray at:

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

The Winning Composition:

• The winning composition will be selected by a blind jury of choral professionals and announced on February 11, 2020 via social media. By submitting to this contest, the winning composer agrees to the aforementioned social media announcement.
• The winner will be awarded $2000 generously donated by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation and two tickets to the concert on April 25, 2020. The prize will be presented to the composer at the post-concert reception. If the composer is unable to attend, it will be mailed within ten (10) business days of the concert.
• The CMC Board of Directors reserves the right to declare that there is no winner in the unlikely event that none of the submissions merit the prize money.

Regarding Copyright:

• A letter of permission from the copyright holder must accompany all submissions with texts not currently in the public domain. Failure to provide proof of permission will result in disqualification.
• Caution: do not assume a text is automatically in the public domain simply because the creator has been dead for the requisite number of years. Some heirs to poets and writers such as Lucy Maud Montgomery maintain copyright for their works. Likewise some universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK continue to hold the copyright in the estates of some writers.

The Canadian Men's Chorus is committed to the creation of new Canadian music for men’s voices and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

 CDA-PA Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: All student composers connected to PA - residency, or education - are invited to submit works to the Annual ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition.

The winning composer will receive a $500.00 prize and the winning composition will be premiered at the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.

Entry Deadline is March 15, 2020

1. Student composers with a Pennsylvania connection (see above) who are currently enrolled in an Undergraduate music program. Graduate and Post Graduate students are not eligible.
2. Students do not need to be composition majors.
3. Previous winners of the ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition are not eligible to enter the competition.
4. Current board members of ACDA-PA are not eligible to enter the competition.

1. Duration: approx 3-5 min
2. Voicing: SATB, divisi acceptable
3. Accompaniment options: unaccompanied, or piano accompaniment
4. Text may be secular or sacred and may be in any language. An English translation must be provided for any text not in English.
5. If the text is not in the public domain, the composer must enclose a written statement of permission to use the text signed by the copyright holder.

In addition to the above requirements, submitted works must
1. Be original, nor an arrangement of another composer’s work.
2. Not be a commissioned work.
3. Currently be unpublished and must not be published before August 31, 2020, including self-published.
4. Not be performed prior to the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.
5. Not have been recorded or broadcast prior to the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020
6. Not have won or placed in any prior composition contest.
7. Only be entered in the ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition from March 15, 2020 until the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.
1. Copyright ownership will be retained by the composer.
2. Publication rights will be retained by the composer.


Or write to:

Peter de Mets, Choral Development Chair, ACDA-PA 529 Lafayette Street
Newtown, PA 18940

 Derby Cathedral Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 05 March 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14 June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering.

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications (where appropriate) will be given to the composer of the winning entry.

See overleaf for submission details.

Composition Competition
• The work should be scored for SATB choir and organ. Some occasional divisi is permitted
• Scores must be typeset and a midi file of the work should also be submitted
• The score and midi file should not bear your name and must be submitted
with a competition application form
• The work must be set to the translation of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in the Book of Common Prayer
• Scores and midi files should be sent to Rachel Randall, Choir Clerk, Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GP or
• The competition deadline is noon on Thursday 5 March 2020
• The work must be original and must not have been performed or recorded
• The panel will consist of Alexander Binns (Director of Music at Derby Cathedral), Christopher Gower (former Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral and Grants Secretary and Trustee of the Friends of Cathedral Music) and Edmund Hunt (Lay Clerk at Derby Cathedral and Postdoctoral research fellow in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
• The decision of the panel is final
• The panel reserve the right not to award the prize
• Composers will retain all copyright to their works, except in the case of
the winner, to whom a publishing contract with Encore Publications may be offered. Subject to negotiation, the winner will assign the copyright in his/
her entry to Encore Publications on completion of the publishing contract. The publishing contract with the winner will be in line with industry standards in respect of royalty rates and other arrangements. If a publishing contract cannot be agreed between Encore Publications and the winner, or no entries are deemed suitably creditworthy for publication, then the judges and Encore Publications reserve the right not to publish any of the entries. If a publishing contract is awarded then the winner must submit a Sibelius file of the work.

Please direct any queries to Rachel Randall at:

 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova»
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Open to composers of any country, age and style, we present the 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova». Compositions for mixed choir “a capella” with religious text in Latin may be presented, for a minimum of 4 voices (SATB) and a maximum of 8 voices (SSAATTBB), and a duration of approximately 4 to 6 minutes.

The best work of the contest will be awarded with its absolute premiere at the Lent concert of the Coral Cármina Nova, and with the publication of the work.

The deadline for submission of works is December 15, 2019.

The competition rules and registration form are available here.

 Tonality is Collecting Composer Submissions
Summary:Choir seeks scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Tonality, a professional choral ensemble that focuses on issues of social justice through diverse lenses, is looking for compositions to present for its 2019-20 season!


Immigration, Migrant Children, Refugees,
LGBTQ Support
Climate Change / Environmentalism
Restorative Justice

Prison Experience
Mental Health
Suicide Prevention

We will be offering three $300 cash prizes for compositions received. Preference will be given to scores that have not yet been performed. Additionally, in our quest to present diverse voices, we hope to receive compositions from composers from underrepresented demographics.

Please fill out the application below with a $15 submission fee. If the fee will cause significant financial hardship, please email for further instructions.
Entry Fee:$15

Summary:St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Republic of Ireland seeks new work
Deadline: 29 November 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: This award is for the commission of a new sacred work for the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Organ.

The new work will be premiered at the opening Festival Service of the 150th anniversary year on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 4pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, giving the composer a platform to showcase their talent.

The work will also be recorded by the Cathedral Choir on their new CD,
which will be produced earlier in the year and launched on Friday 25th September, 2020.

• Entry is open to anyone.
• Entrants must set the Evensong Canticles ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc dimittis’ in English and scored for SATB choir (with soprano divisi only, if deemed necessary) and an independent organ part. The texts are included at the end of this document and are in the original Book of Common Prayer translation.
• The work must be original and contain a written guarantee that it is solely the work of the composer.
• The work should not have been performed either in concert or service, or recorded commercially or privately.
• The panel reserves the right not to award the prize.
• In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the panel is final and is not open to appeal.
• Scores are sent at entrants’ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores nor return any material submitted.
• Scores may be submitted by hard copy (three copies of each piece) by post, or as a pdf by email.
• A completed application form must accompany each entry.
• Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 29th November 2019.
• €2,000 will be awarded to the winning composer.
• Only one application per composer will be accepted.
• The winning composer will retain the copyright of the commissioned work.

Questions relating to the 150th Anniversary Composition Competition 2020 can be sent to:

 Liturgy Alive: The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Composition Commission Competition
Summary:Choral competition with four categories
Deadline: 05 January 2020
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
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, four 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. More information and specific rules are available on the university website (see link, bottom).

2020 Competition Details
Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM EST on June 26, 2019 and 11:59 PM EST on January 5, 2020. The winner will be announced by February 17, 2020.

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

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

The University of Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $300
2nd prize: $150

The University of Notre Dame Basilica Schola Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $1,000

For details on each: