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 OPUS IGNOTUM
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2020
Date Posted: 24 December 2019
Details: COMPETITION RULES
I. General Conditions

Art. 1
The Competition is announced every year. The deadline for children’s choir compositions in odd years alternates with the deadline for youth and adult choirs in even years. All categories have identical General Conditions, however, there are specific rules for each target group.

Art. 2
The scores must be sent by 31 May of the respective year either by e-mail in pdf format to opusignotum@nipos.cz, or by post in A4 format (legible manuscripts, their copies or prints) to the Competition Organizer’s address, labelled with „Opus ignotum“ (date is determined by the postmark). We also recommend sending a demo recording of the composition.

Art. 3
The Competition is anonymous. Each piece must be labelled solely by its category and a codename, which substitutes the author’s name for the duration of the Competition. The email must also contain a text document named with the author’s codename and containing the author’s name, address, phone number, postal and email address.[1] In case of sending by post, a sealed envelope labelled by the codename and containing the aforementioned data should be enclosed.

Art. 4
Each author is allowed to submit one composition in each category. Compositions that have already been awarded a prize in another competition, have been commercially published or do not meet the conditions set out in the Competition Rules, will not be admitted.

Art. 5
The received scores, manuscripts, copies or prints will not be returned, they will remain property of the Competition Organizer. Following the end of each Competition, selected scores will be placed in musical section of the NIPOS library, where it will be available for borrowing.

Art. 6
Official results of the Competition will be published in October of every year. Winning compositions may be published in the Polyhymnia Bohemica edition and will be presented at national festivals and seminars organized by NIPOS. The award ceremony will take place at an upcoming choir festival or competition organized by NIPOS.

Art. 7
The Competition Rules are published in the Czech and English language. In case of doubt or ambiguities, the Czech version takes precedence.

II. Conditions for Children’s Choirs (deadline May 31, 2021)
Art. 1
The composers may send their scores intended for children’s choirs, composed with lyrics primarily in Czech, Slovak or Latin.

Art. 2
Categories of children’s choirs:
A1 (children up to ~10 years)
A2 (children up to ~15 years)
A3 (children up to ~18 years)

Art. 3
Recommended voice types for each category:
Category A1: one or two voices (SA)
Category A2: two voices (SA), three voices (S1, S2, A), or four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2)
Category A3: two voices (SA), three voices (S1, S2, A), or four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2)

Art. 4
Recommended vocal range for each category:
Category A1: B♭3 – E♭5
Category A2: A♭3 – F5
Category A3: G3 – G5

Art. 5
Compositions may be a cappella, accompanied by piano, or other commonly available instruments (accompaniment is recommended especially for the A1 category).

Art. 6
Duration of the compositions should not exceed:
Category A1: 2 minutes
Category A2: 3 minutes
Category A3: 4 minutes

III. Conditions for Youth Choirs (deadline May 31, 2020)
Art. 1
The composers may enter the Competition with their compositions intended for youth choirs (boys’, girls’, mixed), with regard to the vocal abilities of young people and the specifics of the work in youth choirs.

Art. 2
The Competition will accept scores with lyrics primarily in Czech or Latin, possibly in other languages. Lyrics written in other than the Latin script need to be supplemented by phonetic transcription in the Latin script (incl. the names of the composer and lyricist) as well as indicative Czech or English translation.

Art. 3
Categories of youth choirs:
B1 (compositions for girls’ choirs)
B2 (compositions for boys’ choirs)
B3 (compositions for mixed choirs)

Art. 4
Recommended voice types for each category:
Category B1: four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2), or three voices (S, Mz, A)
Category B2: four voices (T1, T2, B1, B2), or three voices (T, Bar, B)
Category B3: four voices (SATB), or three voices (SAB)
The voices in youth choir compositions should not be further divided.

Art. 5
Recommended vocal range for each voice:
Soprano: highest note G5
Alto: lowest note G3
Tenor: highest note
E4Bass: lowest note G2

Art. 6
Compositions may be a cappella with the possibility of piano, percussion, or one or two melodic instruments, but primarily based on singing, with the possibility of using other means of expression or spoken word. Required duration is 2–4 minutes.

IV. Conditions for Adult Choirs (deadline May 31, 2020)
Art. 1
The composers may send adaptations or original scores intended for adult choirs (women’s, men’s, mixed).

Art. 2
The Competition accepts adaptations or original scores composed from specific textual and melodic incipits, stated below. The authors can choose one of two incipits in each category and adapt it for three- or four-part harmony, or create their own composition based on it. The authors do not have to observe the original key of the melody, they should however respect the character of the song.

Art. 3
Categories of adult choirs
C1 (compositions for women’s choirs)
C2 (compositions for men’s choirs)
C3 (compositions for mixed choirs)
The composers may send a maximum of one adaptation/original composition for each category.

Art. 4
Recommended voice types for each category:
Category C1: four voices (S1, S2, A1, A2), or three voices (S, Mz, A)
Category C2: four voices (T1, T2, B1, B2), or three voices (T, Bar, B)
Category C3: four voices (SATB), or three voices (SABar)
The voices should not be further divided.

Art. 5
Recommended vocal range for each voice:
Soprano: B3 – G5
Alto: G3 – D5
Tenor: E3 – F4
Bass: G2 – D4

Art. 6
Adaptations/compositions may be a cappella, accompanied by piano or with the possibility of using other commonly available instruments or spoken word but primarily based on singing.
The duration should not exceed 4 minutes.

Art. 7
Melodic incipits
In each category, the composer may choose one from two incipits, which will form the base of the composition. For further information, we also provide the name of the collection, from where the incipits were taken, and literal translation.

Art. 7
Melodic incipits
In each category, the composer may choose one from two incipits, which will form the base of the composition. For further information, we also provide the name of the collection, from where the incipits were taken, and literal translation.

C1 (women’s compositions):
Co se to tam blejská (Holas, Čeněk: České národní písně a tance. Part 3, Jižní Čechy, Praha 1909, 157, no. 232.)
Což ten slavíček (Jindřichův chodský zpěvník. Part III, Kdyně 1928, p. 25, no. 18.)

C2 (men’s compositions):
Sluníčko polední (Bělík, Vratislav: Horácký zpěvník, Havlíčkův Brod 1954, s. 40.)
Ešče som sa něoženil (Poláček, Jan: Slovácké pěsničky VI., Praha 1951, p. 33, no. 47.)

C3 (mixed compositions):
Už je słúnko (Kunc, Jan: Slovácké jednohlasé písně, Moravská Ostrava 21918, p. 151, no. 194.)
Zelené sem seła (František Bartoš: Nové národní písně moravské, Brno 1882, p. 22, no. 56.)
Literal translation

Web Site:www.nipos.cz/propozice-opus-ig...

 Busan Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: General Regulations

Throughout its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work will be premiered at the 2020 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of October 21-24,2020.

Eligibility
1. Composer must be born between MAY 31, 2000 and MAY 31, 1980. (exceptions may be considered under the BCFC committee's review.)
2. Compositions must not have been previously published or awarded in previous composition competitions and never publicly performed.

Length and Format
1. 3-10 minutes in duration
2. Piece must be for unaccompanied, equal or mixed voices choir.
3. Smaller, portable percussion instruments are allowed. (Xylophone, vibraphone and timpani not allowed).
4. Text can be chosen from Latin, English or Korean. If another language is chosen, a detailed English synopsis and pronunciation must be included in the score.

Application (May 31, 2020 Deadline / Korea Standard Time)
1. Complete Online Application Form
2. Resume/CV (*.doc / *.docx)
3. Copy of passport or ID Card with date of birth in JPEG format
4. Score in PDF format
5. English synopsis and pronunciation
6. Midi recording (by computer software) in MP3 format
7. 3 original copies of the score mailed to the Busan Choral office by May 31, 2020 (postmark deadline). Submitted original copies of
scores will be used only for judging so there MUST be No Personal Information Included on the score for a fair evaluation.
Scores submitted to the Busan Choral office will not be returned (Address: Busan Choral Festival & Competition / Busan Cultural
Center, UN pyeonghwa-ro 76-1, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea 48534).

Application Fee
1. Free

Results
1. Winners will be announced on July 20, 2020 on BCFC Website.
2. Composition will be judged by a panel of international jury. The jury's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Awards
1. First Prize: $1,000
-The top prize winning work will be premiered at the 2020 BCFC in the week of October 21-24, 2020.
- Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
- International composers will be provided with round-trip ticket up to $2,000. Domestic composers will be provided with travel expenses.
2. Second Prize: $800
- Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
- International composers will be provided with HALF of round-trip ticket up to $1,000. Domestic composers will be provided with travel expenses.
3. Third Prize: $500
- Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
4. All meals including BREAKFAST are to be borne by winners.

Publication and Rights
1. Busan Choral Festival & Competition and the Korea Choral Institute will hold publication rights of the score. Busan Choral Festival & Competition will hold performance and recording rights for up to two years following the results of the competition. This will be negotiated between Busan Choral and the composer.
2. Copyright will be retained by the composer.
3. The winning work cannot be submitted for future composition competitions.

Deadline
1. Online Application: By May 31, 2020
2. Result Announcement: On July 20, 2020
Web Site:www.busanchoral.org/bcfc/compe...

 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 Ł1,000 first prize........

Compositions for Male Voice and Cambiata Choirs
Two cash prizes, each of Ł1000 will be awarded to the winner of both Categories (Adult Male Choir and Cambiata Choir), plus a runner-up and third prize of Ł500 and Ł250 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:
Web Site:www.cimcf.uk/rules-regulations...

 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 Ł500 and a 2nd prize of Ł200, 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’.
Web Site:walterhussey.com