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 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 Currently be unpublished and must not be published before August 31, 2020, including self-published.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

 Triad Pride Performing Arts
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: Contemporary Issues in Choral Composition 2019 Prizes

Triad Pride Performing Arts is pleased to announce two (2) 2019 Contemporary Issues in Choral Composition Prizes. This year the competition will award one prize for best work for tenor-bass chorus and one prize for best work for soprano-alto chorus.

Triad Pride Women’s and Men’s Choruses are community choirs for LGBTQ+ people and their allies. As such, compositions should address topics of contemporary social justice, such as gender identity, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic identity, or women’s rights, to name a few.

Compositions should recognize the capabilities of amateur adult choral music singers with no less than three and no more than five voice lines. Ranges should be reasonable for untrained singers (if unsure, inquire for more details). Style should be contemporary, preferring lyric vocal lines, and avoiding overly complex rhythms. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but accessible acapella will be considered. Inclusion of instrumentation (strings, brass) is strongly encouraged. The work’s duration must be a maximum of 5-7 minutes.

Pieces submitted to the competition may have been previously performed, recorded, or awarded other prizes. Pieces should not have been previously published; composers must control its copyright. Triad Pride Performing Arts does not require a transfer of copyright for any compositions. Winning composers will be required to agree to a non-exclusive, perpetual use license. Triad Pride will work with composers toward the publication of the work, if the composer is interested.

Composers of the winning compositions will receive $500 and performances of their work by the Triad Pride Women’s and Men’s choruses June 6th-7th, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. Winning compositions will also be considered for performance at the international GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. The composer of the winning work is encouraged to attend performances, but attendance is not required.

A video or audio recording of the performance will be provided. Triad Pride Performing Arts is not able provide a travel allowance for attendance at performances; housing can be arranged at a member’s home.

Submission deadline is November 15, 2019. The winning work will be announced on the Triad Pride Performing Arts website by January 1, 2019. The winner will also be contacted via e-mail.

1. Only ONE submission per composer in each category (T/B and S/A) will be considered. Recording submissions are strongly encouraged but are optional.

2. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be disqualified.

3. For submitting materials electronically, email materials to and include the following information in the body or attached to the email:
• Score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)
• Recording (if available), audio or video. For audio, mp3 is preferred.
• Composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

4. If you are submitting materials in hard copy, please provide the following information in the shipping package:
• Bound score
• Recording (if available; audio CD or USB flash media, mp3 format preferred)
• Composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

Please send all physical materials to:

Triad Pride Performing Arts
Attn: Choral Composition Competition 200 N. Davie St. Box 20
Greensboro, NC 27401

Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to William Southerland

Deadline: 15 Nov 2019
Entry Fee: 0.00
Web site:
Web Site:www.triadprideperformingarts.o...

 Radio 3 Carol Competition 2019
Summary:Christmas Carol Competition
Deadline: 05 November 2019
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Do you love Christmas music?
And have you ever thought about writing a carol of your own?

If so, Radio 3’s Breakfast Carol Competition is your chance! Now in its sixth year, our competition is an opportunity for amateur composers to try their hand at writing a brand new carol for the festive season.

This year, we’re challenging you to set to music the words of Go to the Child, a beautiful new poem written especially for the competition by Imtiaz Dharker. You can read the poem and hear it performed by Imtiaz on this page.

We’re looking for new carols of up to four minutes and 30 seconds (4’30), set for SATB choir, with or without piano accompaniment.

Please note that our competition is strictly for amateur composers – so if you have had a piece of music commercially published within the last five years, we’re afraid you are not eligible to enter. You must also be at least 16 by the competition closing date, 5 November 2019. For more information about who can enter, please read the Terms and conditions of entry.

The competition opens on Monday 2 September 2019. When you’ve written your carol, you can send us your score by post or upload it to our website. Full details of both methods can be found in the Terms and conditions of entry.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of six. These carols will be performed live on Radio 3 by the BBC Singers in December before we turn it over to listeners to vote for an overall winner. The winning carol will be played on Radio 3 as part of our festive celebrations.

The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 5 November 2019 – so get composing, and good luck!

 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:

Summary:Compeition with 5 categories
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 27 August 2019
Details: Lviv Chamber Choir – KLK Symphony Orchestra

International Composers’ Competition 2019 – 6th Edition
City: Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by : Lviv Philharmonic Society
Date: 28 > 31 October 2019

The International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM was born from the idea to create a project that will work on the meeting of the contemporary music of our time, with the writing of sacred music who combines musical genres associated with a sacred or religious theme.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2019 must write an original work for mixed chamber choir and string orchestra, associated with a religious theme, or tied to a specific liturgical function or must write a music inspired to elevate our souls to God, even without being embedded in a context of religious practice.

The 5th International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2019 is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the sacred art of our time, on the contemporary sacred music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select 12 composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2019 from 28 to 31 October in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

The 12 composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concert of the forum by Lviv Symphony Orchestra and Lviv Chamber Choir inside the Concert Hall of Lviv Philharmonic Society in Lviv.

The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer with the selected works. A movie director will make a video of the concert.

The International Music Composers’ Competitions is open to a maximun of 12 composers of whatever age or nationality.

Each composer must submit – deadline: 1 October 2019 – a music score choosen in the following categories:
a) strings orchestra (8,6,4,4,3);
b) chamber choir (16 elements) and strings orchestra;
c) soprano and strings orchestra;
d) symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).
e) soprano and/or choir, and symphonic orchestra ( 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 hor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, strings 8,6,4,4,3).

The sacred text can be chosen from the Old and New Testament in latin or english.

The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

Bohdana Frolyak – President
Ferdinando Nazzaro – Member and Artistic Director KLKnewmusic
Yury Laniuk – Member
Domenico Clapasson – Member and Artistic Director Aldebaran Editions

The International Music Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2019 will take place from 28 to 31 October 2019 in Lviv (Ukraine) – Address: Tchaikovsky str. 7 (Lviv Philarmonic). All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, at Each email sent to submit a score shall include: – the score, in A4 format, as a PDF-file, the software used can be Sibelius or Finale software; – a by the composer stating that the submitted work has never before been published, performed in public and/ second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV) and a statement or broadcast before, nor prized in any composer’s competition. Other file format than PDF are not acceptable and will result in the submission being rejected! There is no registration form. The Composition Staff will select 12 composers, from all the application submitted, no later 3 October 2019. Each composer selected for the International Music Composers’ 2019 will be notified by email and must send the instrumental parts no later then 05 October 2018. One prize will be awarded during the International Composers’ Competition Sacrarium 2019. The prize of $800, will be awarded by the Composition Staff.

For all partecipants, selected for The International Music Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2019 the tuition fee is:

Section a) b) c) € 690 (euro 690). Euro 200 to be paid no later than 5 October 2019 by Paypal email : ; Euro 490 payable on 28 October upon arrival at Lviv;
Section d) e ) € 890 (euro 890). Euro 300 to be paid no later than 5 October 2019 by Paypal email : ; Euro 590 payable on 28 October upon arrival at Lviv;

The entry fee include :
– check sound of their works;
– final concert, with the 12 works selected by Lviv Chamber Choir and KLK Symphony Orchestra ;
– professional AUDIO / VIDEO recording of the 12 selected works during the final concert;

The entry fee does not include: – accomodation, food and flight.

Administrative secretary for The International Music Composers Competition SACRARIUM 2019 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola. For any question about the tuition fee and payment method write to Please send a PDF file with your payment check to


 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.

 Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Description:
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. The goals of this program are to support composers of new music and to offer high quality, new literature for high school music education settings.

Entry Fee:
Checks & money orders can be mailed. For your convenience, electronic payment is available

U.S. Dollar (USD)

Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2019

· Mixed choir (SATB) limited division is acceptable
· Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
· Two to five minutes' duration
· Unpublished works only
· Rights to the 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
· Multiple submissions are permissible
· Sound files or links to recordings are encouraged
· First -- $500
· Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
· Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2020

· Finalists will be announced at by February 1, 2020
· The winning submission will be performed multiple times as a part of the repertoire for the 2020 National Tour through Michigan, Ohio & The Western United States.

Submission and Return Guidelines
· Entry fee of $15 per score. Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University Choir.
· Size of the 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 is provided.

Mail entry to:
Dr. Brandon Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Choral Department
N 101 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Electronic submissions can be made to:
Entry Fee:$15.00

Summary:Choir seeks scores
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: KHORIKOS, one of NYC's premier vocal ensembles, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 4th ORTUS International New Music Competition.

Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! Previously unperformed pieces are welcome, but not required; premieres are not the focus of this competition.


-One submission per composer. No age limits. Only submissions made by the composers themselves will be considered.
-Submission deadline is October 1st, 2019.
-15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome.
-Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details).

-KHORIKOS is a balanced choir of 30 SATB voices.
-Any level of technical difficulty welcome, from the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling—your imagination is the limit.
-Winning compositions will be announced around the new year.
-We will confirm receipt of your submission once the deadline has passed.
-Previous winners are ineligible.

We will select 15-30 finalists from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the singers of KHORIKOS will select the winning compositions from among those finalists.

If selected, your music will be given meaningful aesthetic attention during a thorough rehearsal cycle—not just a clean reading by a group of professionals.

The winning compositions will be performed in our beautiful home space, The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, in New York City’s historic SOHO, on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. We hope to live-stream this performance, making your music accessible worldwide. Previous ORTUS concerts have drawn thousands of online viewers.


Sending an audio file along with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process. This could be a MIDI realization, a rehearsal/performance recording, or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. There’s nothing wrong with using MIDI, and the quality of the recording you send will not reflect on your submission as long as the audio sufficiently represents the score.

Please submit your scores and audio realizations via email to and include "new music for Khorikos" in the subject. Attachments or direct links to downloadable files are preferred, and please make sure any download links remain active until November 1st, 2019. Please do not link to a streaming platform.

Lastly, whether or not you’re submitting, please help us share this post with music communities and composers around the world. Like us on Facebook to receive updates on the competition, profiles of the winning composers, and more.

Thank you for your music!

 2019 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition
Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: For over 50 years, the Hendrix College Choir has been presenting an annual Christmas service of lessons and carols, known as the Candlelight Carol Service. Four performances are held each December in Greene Chapel on the campus of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Additionally, the Choir performs regionally in Methodist churches in Arkansas and neighboring states. In total, over 1,500 audience members attend the performances each year. It is a beloved tradition of the Christmas season throughout the region.

The Choir, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Morgan, is pleased to announce guidelines for the 2019 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition. The winning composition will be performed in all Candlelight services. The composer will receive an award of $1,000.00, up to $300.00 in travel reimbursement to attend a performance, and a recording of their work following the conclusion of the services. The competition is open to composers of any age or nationality. Submitted works must be unpublished and have received no prior performances.

For the 2019 competition, composers must submit an original composition that employs William Blake’s A Cradle Song as the text. The complete poem may be found at the end of this document (and here). Composers may use the entire text or excerpt from it as they see fit. Compositions may be written for either SATB or SSA/SSAA choir. Additionally, works may be a cappella or feature organ accompaniment. Piano accompaniment or other obbligato instrumental parts may not be used. Submitted works must be 5 minutes or less in duration, and appropriate for a collegiate choir performing a Christmas season service.

Compositions are to be submitted electronically as .PDF files in their final version (MIDI files are optional, and may be considered by the judges at their discretion) by September 1, 2019. Submissions will be screened for completeness and compatibility with the Candlelight Service and the contest guidelines. A committee, including Dr. Andrew Morgan, a Hendrix College music student, and additional choral conducting professionals will review finalists and select a winner, who will be notified by October 1, 2019.

Contest Guidelines (continued on p. 2)
• Only one piece per composer may be submitted.
• Submitted works must be unpublished and unperformed. The Hendrix Choir will give the world premiere of the winning composition.
• Works must be complete and in their final version at the time of submission.
• The composer must omit their name from the composition document and file name (title page as well as subsequent pages) in order to ensure anonymity in the evaluation process. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
• Compositions must be written for SATB choir or SSA/SSAA choir. Additional divisi parts are acceptable within reason (there are approximately 35-40 members of the Hendrix Choir). Works may be a cappella or may feature organ accompaniment.
• Maximum duration of 5 minutes.
• If the winning composer chooses to pursue publication of the work, he or she must acknowledge the Hendrix College Choir and the Candlelight Carol Competition in the published version.

Submission Guidelines

Composers must submit the following materials as attachments to a single email message by September 1, 2019, sent to

• Complete score, submitted as a single .PDF document. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
• The composer’s name must not be included on any pages of the composition or in the file name(s).
• The composer’s name must be included only in the text of the email itself, along with email and phone contact information.
• MIDI files of the work (optional, and given the same file name as the score .PDF); judges may use the MIDI files at their discretion in evaluating the works.
• One page of program notes (optional). N.B.: the printed program of the Candlelight Carol Service cannot accommodate a large body of program notes. Therefore, the composer must accept that their remarks will be excerpted and edited by Dr. Morgan for use in the service program.

Send any questions to Dr. Andrew Morgan (

A Cradle Song (from Songs of Innocence) - William Blake
Sweet dreams form a shade,
O'er my lovely infants head.
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams,
By happy silent moony beams

Sweet sleep with soft down.
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep Angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child.

Sweet smiles in the night,
Hover over my delight.
Sweet smiles Mothers smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes,
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Sleep sleep happy child,
All creation slept and smil'd.
Sleep sleep, happy sleep.
While o'er thee thy mother weep

Sweet babe in thy face,
Holy image I can trace.
Sweet babe once like thee.
Thy maker lay and wept for me

Wept for me for thee for all,
When he was an infant small.
Thou his image ever see.
Heavenly face that smiles on thee,

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,
Infant smiles are His own smiles,
Heaven & earth to peace beguiles.


 John Kuzma Young Composers Award
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 27 September 2019
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado USA, is pleased to announce the Fourth-Annual John Kuzma Young Composers Award, for Excellence in Choral Composition.

The competition is open to any composer aged thirty or younger (born after December 8, 1988). The winning composer will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well as a $500 travel stipend to attend the premiere of the work at Montview Church in Denver, CO on December 8, 2019.

Named in honor of Montview’s Minister of Music from 1987-2015, the Kuzma Award strives to encourage and support emerging composers of sacred choral music.

The winning piece will receive an in-concert performance by the 85-voice Westminster Choir (SATB) of Montview Church. The winning composer is also encouraged - but not required - to orchestrate an accompaniment for the professional 50 piece Montview Orchestra.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019

Submit materials to See guidelines and instructions below.

Guidelines and Rules
• The work must not have been performed publicly in concert in the United States.
• The work must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length.
• Only one score can be submitted for consideration.
• The work must be suitable for SATB Choir.
• The work may be a cappella or with piano/organ accompaniment. The winning composer will be invited - at his/her discretion - to orchestrate the accompaniment, if so desired.
• A sacred text setting for the work, appropriate to Advent and/or Christmas, is preferred.

Submission Instructions
There is no application fee. Applicants must submit the following materials via email to
• Score, in PDF format
• A brief biography of the composer
• Any applicable program notes
• Date of birth
• All materials must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Four finalists will be chosen, with a winner named by a judging committee, comprised of several Denver-based choral composers and conductors, chaired by Minister of Music Adam Waite. All applicants will receive notification by October 11, 2019. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 (USD) honorarium, as well as a $500 (USD) travel stipend to attend the concert premiere of the selected work at Montview Church on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The winning composer will also receive a professional live concert recording of the piece.

 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

 JUBILATE 25th Anniversary Compostion Compeition
Summary:Christmas Carol Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Jubilate Chamber Choir is pleased to announce details of a new Composition Competition, as part of our 25th anniversary season 2019-20.

The winning entry will receive a prize of £250 and a performance as part of the choir’s Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Friday 13 December 2019, in Keble College Chapel, Oxford. The composition is open to composers of any nationality aged sixteen and over.

Entries will be judged by a panel of choral experts including Dr Stephen Darlington MBE, Organist Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Dr Phillip Cooke, Head of Composition at Aberdeen University, and James Morley Potter, choral director and conductor of Jubilate Chamber Choir.

•Entrants are invited to submit a composition of up to 5 minutes’ duration of one of the following two medieval texts, to be set for unaccompanied voices comprising SATB with divisi and/or solos if desired, as appropriate for a good amateur chamber choir. This must be an original composition, not an arrangement of pre-existing music.

1. I sing of a maiden
That is makeless
King of all kings
To her son she ches.

2. He came all so still
Where His mother was,
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass.

3. He came all so still
To His mother's bower,
As dew in April
That falleth on the flower.

4. He came all so still
Where His mother lay,
As dew in April
That falleth on the spray.

5. Mother and maiden
Was never none but she:
Well may such a lady
God's mother be.

[Anon 15th Century]

1. Rorate, celi, desuper!
Heavens distill your balmy showers, For now is risen the bright day star From the rose Mary, flower of flowers. The clear son whom no cloud devours, Surmounting Phebus in the east
Is coming of His heavenly towers;
Et nobis puer natus est.

2. Archangels, angels, and dominations, Thrones, powers, and martyrs seir [many], And all ye heavenly operations,
Star, planet, firmament, and sphere,
Fire, earth, air, and water clear,
To Him give loving, most and least, That come into so meek manner; Et nobis puer natus est.

3. Sing, heaven imperial, most of height, Regions of air make harmony;
All fish in flood and fowl of flight
Be mirthful and make melody.
All Gloria in excelsis cry –
Heaven, earth, sea, man, bird, and beast – He that is crowned above the sky
Pro nobis puer natus est.

William Dunbar (c.1460-1520), abridged and modernised

• PDF scores should be submitted to the competition administrator, Laura Jones, at , no later than 1 October 2019. Scores should be anonymous and contain no identifying names or markings – composers should simply include on the score a pseudonym of their choice.
• The shortlist and winner will be announced on 1 November 2019. Feedback will be provided to shortlisted entries only.
• There is no fee to enter the competition.
• Entries are limited to one per composer.
• The piece should have received no prior public performances – Jubilate Chamber Choir
reserves the right to give the world premiere. After this, no exclusivity applies.
• The jury reserves the right not to award a winner, or to award multiple winners. The decision
of the jury shall be final and binding.
• Jubilate Chamber Choir waives the right to the first commercial recording of the piece, but may use a recording of the first performance for promotional purposes.

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:

Summary:Catherdral Choir Competition
Deadline: 08 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral invites composers to submit a brand new choral work for unaccompanied SATB choir to mark either the Baptism of Christ or the Wedding at Cana.

SINGLE PRIZE £1,000 and a première performance by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral

1. Entrants are required to submit a setting of a text associated with the Baptism of Christ or the Wedding at Cana. Possible suggestions are included below and you may use these (or portions of these) at your discretion. Composers may also choose their own words but must have permission for the use of any copyright text.
2. The work should be scored for SATB choir without accompaniment. Divisi is not permitted.
3. The work should not last more than four minutes based on a metronome mark given at the head of score.
4. The work should be written with the Choir of St Paul‟s Cathedral in mind, and must be appropriate to performance within the liturgy.
5. Scores must be typeset and performance-ready.
6. The competition is open to composers of any age.

1. Applications should be sent by post to William Fox, Sub-Organist, 5b Amen Court, London EC4M 7BU.
2. Scores must not include the name of the composer or any distinguishing marks thereof. The panel will judge the pieces submitted solely on artistic merit and without prejudice.
3. The deadline for submissions is 8th October 2019. Please send five copies of the score, together with a completed application form.

1. The work must be original and contain a written guarantee that it is solely the work of the composer.
2. The work should not have been performed either in concert or service, or recorded commercially or privately.
3. The three pieces adjudged the most successful from all the applicants will be performed at a recital given by the St Paul‟s Cathedral Consort on the evening of 28th October 2019. The competition will be judged by a specially convened panel, with a winner being chosen during the course of evening.
4. The winner will be notified on the evening of the recital performance or, in the case of inability to attend, as soon as possible after the event.
5. The panel reserves the right to withhold the first prize.
6. In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the panel is final.
7. Scores are sent at entrants‟ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores nor return any material submitted.

If you have any queries, please contact William Fox, Sub-Organist:

 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:

Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 2nd Leeds Philharmonic Society Christmas Carol Competition.

Competition Regulations
1. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and age.

2. The composition should be written for SATB choir a cappella, or with organ accompaniment. Whilst limited divisi will be accepted, special consideration will be given to works that communicate their musical ideas with efficiency, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the practicalities of learning new repertoire at this busy time of year.

3. The nature of the work shall be sacred, on a Christmas theme.

4. The selected text should either be in public domain or else requires the written consent of the author or the copyright holder (to be enclosed with the application). Text can be in any language but works set to languages other than Latin or English need to be accompanied by an English translation and, if applicable, guidelines for pronunciation.

5. The composition must have never been publicly performed, published or recorded before December 19th December 2019.

6. The duration of the work should not exceed 5 minutes.

7. There is a participation fee of £25 sterling for every composer. However, composers may submit more than one work, but in such cases an administrative fee of £10 for every extra work will be charged. Each work must be accompanied by a different application form and nom de plume.

8. Payment of the participation fee/s in £ sterling should be made one of the following methods:

Direct Payment into the Society’s Bank Account:

Bank Name: Yorkshire Bank
Sort Code: 06-04-49
Account Number: 17555174
Account Name: Leeds Philharmonic Society (CIO);

By Cheque: Payable to Leeds Philharmonic Society (CIO);

By Paypal: Go the Leeds Philharmonic Society’s web-site competition page

Click on the button provided and make a payment through Paypal. Keep a copy of your payment confirmation for the application submission.

9. There will be one prize-winner who will receive a prize of £750, and the first performances will be given during the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts in Leeds Town Hall on 19th December 2017.

10. The Jury will consist of the Society’s Musical Director David Hill and Chorus Master Joseph Judge, Simon Lindley, and Tim Ruffer, the editor at the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

11. The results of the competition will be announced on December 3rd 2019

12. The decisions of the Jury are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.

13. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize if it feels that none of the submissions meets the required standard.

14. The copyright of the work belongs to the composer. Nevertheless, whenever the winning work is performed, recorded or printed, the following sentence must be included: “Winner of the 2nd Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition”.

15. The application shall be submitted as follows:
a. 3 copies of the score (2 bound and 1 loose sheets), preferably not handwritten and identifiable only through the title of the work and the nom de plume;
b. written statement by the author or copyright holder of non-public domain texts allowing the use of the text for this competition;
c. copy of payment confirmation or cheque;
d. completed application form and signed declaration in a sealed envelope marked only by the name of the work and the nom de plume; e. translation of text into English and/or guidelines for pronunciation (if applicable).

16. Received scores will not be returned to composers.

17. Competition material must be sent to the following address:
Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition, c/o Philip Ratcliffe, 7 West Royd Villas, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3LS
by no later than 20th October 2019

18. Submitted competition material cannot be returned after the conclusion of this competition.
Entry Fee:£25

Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: 26th Season of IWC (2019-2020)

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus is pleased to announce its second women's choral composition contest. Composers are invited to submit compositions to Indianapolis Women’s Chorus for performance at a regular IWC concert and a monetary award.


• Young Adult applicants must be ages 18-25 but not yet in graduate school as of October 1, 2019.
• 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).
• Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2019. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2019.

• Teen applicants must be ages 15-19 but not yet in college as of May 15, 2020.
• Teen applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana.
• Teen applicants must be female (including transwomen).
• Submissions will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.

• Compositions created as the result of a collaborative group effort or high school class project are eligible.
• Age and other requirements as outlined above for the TEEN category apply to this category as well.
• Submission deadline are the same as the TEEN category.

• The winning applicant in each category will receive a $200 award.
• The winning composition in the Young Adult category will be performed by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus at the final concert of the 2019-2020 season. The winning composition in the Teen category will be performed by IWC in a regular season concert in fall 2020. 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
o Difficulty
o Range
o 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.

• YOUNG ADULT: Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2019. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2019.
• TEEN: Submission will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.
• GROUP/HIGH SCHOOL CLASS: Submissions will be accepted through May 15, 2020. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020.

Complete submission documents and information will be available by August 1, 2019.

Questions can be directed to

Web Site:www.indianapoliswomenschorus.o...

 2019 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition is a biennial contest for new choral works with categories alternating between pieces for treble voice choirs and pieces for mixed voice adult choirs. The competition exists to provide Canadian composers with an opportunity of contributing to Canada’s rich choral tradition through the writing of original choral works. The winning entry receives a premiere performance with one of the Ontario choirs and a cash award of $2,000.00.

Composition Requirements:

1. The composition must be an original SATB work, 4-6 minutes, a cappella or piano accompaniment
2. A cappella submissions MUST include piano reduction.
3. Texts may be sacred or secular and can be in languages other than English/French. The text must be either original, known to be in public domain or be accompanied by a letter of permission from copyright owner.
4. All submissions must not have been previously commissioned, published or performed and
must have been composed within the last two years. Arrangements of previously composed works are not acceptable. The composer shall retain the copyright of the work.
5. Previous competition finalists reapplying must submit a different piece.

Please submit a PDF copy of your composition without you name anywhere on the body of composition. The PDF copy must be clear, clean and legible. No handwritten scores will be considered. Graphic scores may be a PDF scan of a written score if applicable.

• $40 Application Fee applies and should be sent via e-Transfer to

You will also need a cover letter that includes the following information:
1. Composer’s name
2. Physical Address
3. Phone Number
4. Email Address
5. Composition Title
6. Text Source

Judging criteria includes, but is not limited to:
1. Compositional structure
2. Voice Leading
3. Harmonic language
4. Adherence to concert theme
5. Text selection and setting
6. Piano accompaniment (if applicable)
7. General understanding of choral idiom

All entries must be submitted by November 1, 2019 to be considered. The winner will be notified no later than February 15, 2020. Please send submissions to Choirs Ontario Managing Director at

History of the Composition
The competition was born out of a concert held in November 1992 to honour Ruth’s 60th birthday including Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, Bach Children’s Chorus, Elora Festival Singers, Oriana Women’s Choir, and TMC Youth Chorus. The proceeds of this joint concert were used to establish the RWH competition. The administration of the competition was handed over to Choirs Ontario with Ruth Watson Henderson involved in judging the competition up until 2017.

One of Canada’s foremost musicians, Ruth Watson Henderson is renowned internationally both as a composer and pianist. Her works are acclaimed, performed, and recorded worldwide. The Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition was established in 1996 to recognize Ms. Watson Henderson’s invaluable contribution to the art of choral music. Ms. Henderson is very pleased to encourage the contribution to Canadian choral music that the competition provides, and appreciates the work of Choirs Ontario who administers this program.

Entry Fee:$40

 International Federation for Choral Music
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 January 2019
Details: 1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the ‘Fourth
International Competition for Choral Composition’, the chief aim of which is to pro-mote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.

2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality or age.

3. The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced choirs. The text of the composition, sacred or secular, in any language, written for the occasion or preexisting should be in the public domain. If not, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form.

4. There is a 25 USD entry fee payable at the time of submission for each entry.

5. Up to two works per composer may be submitted. Scores must be sent electroni-
cally either in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale fi les or in a similar program. Midi Files, Tapes or CDs may not be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Offi ce will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the ICB and in the IFCM website. Each participant must include a document (.doc or .PDF fi le) with full address, contact details and title of the composition submitted. This document must also contain a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 30 September 2019. Works cannot be revised after submission.

6. The competition will be judged by a five member jury consisting of international
choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.

7. Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and for
the prospect of repeated performances by a medium to advanced SATB (SSAATTBB) choir possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of compositional craft , imagination, ‘sing¬ ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic eff ectiveness and, most importantly a fresh approach to choral writing.

8. The winning works will receive the following:
First Prize:
1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Second Prize:
500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Third Prize:
300 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque

The first winning composition will be performed by one the presenting choir at the
WSCM (World Symposium of Choral Music) in Auckland, 2020. In consultation with the composers, the three winners will be featured in the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composers and the entire scores will be published in print and online. The three winning composers will receive a 20% discount in participation at WSCM activities.

9. The copyright to the three winning works will be transferred to IFCM.

10. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these

Andrea Angelini, ICB Managing Editor & Director of the Competition
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Entry Fee:$25