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Summary:Women's Chorus Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 26 April 2018
Details: The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus is pleased to announce its first women’s choral composition contest. Female (including trans women) students in two age categories are eligible to submit compositions for women’s chorus for consideration.

Composers are invited to submit compositions to Indianapolis Women’s Chorus to be considered for the final concert of the 2018-2019 season (concert dates will be announced before August 2018). The concert theme will concern the power of voices.

Categories/Eligibility (eligibility requirements are determined by an applicant’s age and school-level on October 1, 2018)

• Young Adult applicants must be ages 18-25 but not yet in graduate school.
• 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).

• Teen applicants must be ages 15-19 but not yet in college.
• Teen applicants must be residents of one of these Indiana counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan or Shelby.
• Teen applicants must be female (including trans women).

• The winning applicant in each category will receive a $200 award.
• The winning composition in each category will be performed by the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus at the final concert of the 2018-2019 season. 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• Compositions must be unpublished, and the composer’s own original work.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
◦ Difficulty
◦ Range
◦ 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.

• Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2018. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2018.

How to Submit
• A Cover Letter form can be found Click Here. Each applicant must include the filled-out form in their submission
• Email all parts of the submission to

• Items to submit:
◦ Computer notated score (without composer name) in PDF format
◦ Computer notated obbligato part(s) (without composer name) in PDF format
◦ Cover Letter, found Click Here
◦ Permission for text or information on public domain
◦ Text in its own document for reprint in the concert program
◦ Recording (MIDI recordings are acceptable) in MP3 format
◦ If applicable, a pronunciation recording
◦ Brief description of the piece (500 word maximum)

Questions can be directed to

Download the Cover Letter PDF by Click Here The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Download a PDF of the above submission guidlines by Click Here
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 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Announces Ninth Annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition
Summary:Christmas Carol Commission
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: INDIANAPOLIS – April 16, 2018 – The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces the ninth annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB (divisi is acceptable), mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.

Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.

“Inspiring composers to create new, beautiful choral music is among the greatest obligations of a leading chorus today,” states Artistic Director Eric Stark. “Elementary as it may appear initially, we are wise to remind ourselves that all music was once new. It is imperative that recognized musical institutions like the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are at the fore of commissioning new works, consistently expanding the body of choral music.”

Adds General Manager Michael Davis, “With more than 35 million Americans singing in a chorus, more people participate in choral music than are involved with any other art form. Bringing to life a new work for chorus is an avenue to reach a large, impressive number of artists and audiences alike.”

Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2018) who are United
States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2018. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be emailed to There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.

Further requirements include: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry) or verse (secular or sacred). Hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged.

The winner will be notified by September 30, 2018 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2018, will be awarded to the winning composer. Full details are available at

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of the nation’s largest, most active and respected choral musical institutions, marking its 82nd season in 2018/2019. Among the most prolific independent symphonic choruses in the United States, the Choir reaches in excess of 25,000 people each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational outreach program. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir performed at The Kennedy Center in April 2018 as part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras soon after their October 2016 return to Carnegie Hall to perform Zabur, a Symphonic Choir-commissioned work by composer Mohammed Fairouz. The 200 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each 42-week season. The choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 at the ISO’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. This continued partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals – two independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results. The Choir is dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music, the creation of new choral masterworks, and to community outreach and education throughout the community. The Choir is now in its ninth year as the official choral partner of the Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music. For more information about the Symphonic Choir, visit

 5th International Composition Competition of the City of Homburg / Saar
Summary:Composition for choir
Deadline: 01 September 2018
Date Posted: 19 April 2018
Details: The Homburg Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the 5th International Competition for Composers organized in cooperation with the City of Homburg.

The theme for this competition is „Psalm 39“. The composition should be a work for mixed choir (S,A,T,B / 8 voices maximum) and symphonic orchestra. As for the lyrics, the following text, from psalm 39 (5-8) is to be used:

Herr, lehre doch mich,
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß. Und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß.
Siehe, meine Tage sind
einer Hand breit vor Dir,
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor Dir.

The lyrics should be in German.

Participation: Only work by composers born after January 1st 1983
is eligible to be accepted for the competition. Submissions must be unpublished work. The level of difficulty should be consistent with the expectations of a highly ambitious amateur orchestra and choir.

Duration: 5-7 minutes

The submission should include one full score of the composition in print, one copy of the score in digital form (pdf) and all instrumental parts in digital form (pdf) either on CD or USB.

In order to participate it is important to carefully hide the name of the composer on the orchestral scores and the orchestral material (in both digital and paper form). Instead it is required to mark all the material with the same code.

The code should also appear on an additional separate envelope in which the candidate should provide the following information and documents:

• Name, address, phone number, and email address
• curriculum vitae
• a recent photograph
• a written statement which confirms that the submitted work is the candidate’s own original creation, has not yet been published else- where and that he/she gives permission to the Homburg Symphonic Orchestra to perform and disseminate the work.

Awards: The jury will award 3 prizes. These allow laureates to work on their composition together with members of the jury and the con- ductor. In preparation for the concert, laureates will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals, work with the orchestra and make corrections or changes to their composition, if needed. A first series of rehearsals is planned on October 13th and 14th in the Thomas Morus Haus, Schleburgstr. 17, 66424 Homburg – Erbach.

Costs for travel and accommodation will be reimbursed.


 VOICES 21C – First Annual Call for Scores
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 21 July 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: Deadline: July 21st 2018

Our mission:
VOICES 21C is a Boston-based chamber choir who seeks to combine high technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. The choir creates personal meaning in performance by connecting their musical messages to social justice issues in the USA and abroad, representing the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized. VOICES 21C Is a welcoming space for LGBTQ, committed to contemporary composers, and improvisational, interdisciplinary modes of performance through their co- creating, egalitarian leadership model.

Coming up on our 4th year, we want to reach out to composers outside of our own circle. We are a group of 20+ teachers, composers, and conductors looking to establish connections with composers and refine the 21st Century components of our voice.

For those Chosen:
Winners of our 2018 Call for Scores will receive a live performance recording and a spot in our 2019 season, including our performance at the renown 2019 Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France! Composers are also offered a chance to come workshop their piece at a live rehearsal in 2019. (V21C is not able to cover any travel expenses for this opportunity).

What we are looking for:
-Unaccompanied SATB (divisi conscious that we are +-6 on a part)
-Pieces that align with our group mission (note: we are not an overtly political or protest-based organization)
-Preferably pieces able to show, more than instruct/tell our audience about their messages
-Music that could cater well to elements that VOICES 21C showcases in performance:
-Group movement in performance
-Concert programs presenting a constructed narrative
-Improvisation on the individual and collective level
-Potential for an added instrumental solo - please consult with Michael from our leadership team at in order to explore instrumental capabilities, as these options are based upon our roster for the season.

Submission Fee:
Our $20 submission fee goes directly towards defraying the cost of this season’s expenses for our singers. As a non-profit organization, our singers are not compensated for our work in VOICES 21C, which includes purchasing airfare for our season’s performances, performance preparation, and all that goes into planning each year of our existence. Your submission fee is tax deductible, and greatly appreciated as part of our 2018 fundraising efforts. Composers are encouraged to send as many pieces as they like, while filling out our form and submitting separate payment for each entry. (Ex: 2 submissions - $40, etc).

Please go to to make your submission by July 21st, 2018. Results will be announced via our monthly newsletter in December 2018!

Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 29 March 2018
Details: The VBC is pleased to announce the inaugural year of a new Choral Composition Competition. The competition was established by a generous private donor to encourage the creation of new choral music by Canadian composers and to honour the organization’s history of engaging local and national composers.

The competition is open to unpublished composers who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant. If a citizen, you are not required to be currently residing in Canada. There is no age restriction.

The winner of the competition will receive:
• A cash prize of $2000 issued after the premiere performance.
• A premiere of the work presented at Christmas with the Bach Choir on December 2nd, 2018.
• Access to an archival recording of the premiere.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition. You may only submit one composition per year for consideration.

Submissions must be:
• Target length is 4-6 minutes.
• A sacred or secular work for the winter holiday season. Arrangements of already-composed Christmas carols are not eligible. However, text from already composed carols may be used in a newly composed format. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of listeners.
• Scored for SATB, either a cappella or accompanied by organ, brass quintet or organ and brass quintet. Occasional divisi is allowed.
• Composed using a text that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
• Submissions must be written in a computer engraved format such as a PDF and written in open score with a piano reduction underneath. The successful applicant will be asked to provide appropriate instrumental parts if necessary. Please note that e-mail attachments must not exceed 8MB in size. If your manuscript is larger it must be sent via dropbox or other file transfer method.
• Do not include any identifying marks on the manuscript. Please add a cover page with title, composer and text source details.

VBC Music Director’s Leslie Dala and Marisa Gaetanne with a jury of peers will review all applications. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously. One winner will be contacted by October 15, 2018 with a public announcement being made by November 1st, 2018.

The deadline for submission of all materials is August 31st, 2018. To apply, click here to complete the application form. If you have any questions, please direct them to


Summary:Competition for vocal ensemble
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018

Ein in Regensburg stattfindender Kompositionswettbewerb zum gegenwartsbezogenen Jahresthema des Kulturreferats 2018: „Stadt – Land – Fluss “. Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an Komponistinnen und Komponisten jeden Alters, die neue Werke komponieren und nach Regensburg zur Uraufführung bringen.
Neben dem Jahresthema wird als Vorgabe lediglich die Besetzung des ausführenden Ensembles (Sextett, SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt), sowie eine Gesamtwerklänge von maximal 6 Minuten angegeben. Den Komponisten wird somit ein möglichst kreativer Umgang mit frei gewählten Texten eingeräumt.

Die Kompositionen müssen folgende Kriterien erfüllen
• Inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Motto „Stadt – Land – Fluss“
• Textgrundlage frei wählbar
• Aufführungsdauer maximal 6 Minuten
• Sechsstimmige A‐cappella‐Komposition für das StimmGold Vokalensemble (SMezATBarB, solistisch besetzt)
• Nur eine Komposition pro Komponist
• Falls es sich beim vertonten Text um nicht gemeinfreies Material handelt, muss das Nutzungsrecht zur Aufführung und Veröffentlichung in einem Verlag vorliegen.
• Das eingesendete Werk darf weder publiziert noch Preisträger bei einem anderen Wettbewerb sein.

Der Wettbewerb wird anonymisiert durchgeführt. Folgende Unterlagen müssen eingereicht werden:
• Partitur in fünffacher Ausfertigung, gebunden und gut leserlich ohne Namensnennung
• Anmeldeformular mit Name, Anschrift, Telefon und E‐Mail‐Adresse des Komponisten/der Komponistin und Angabe des Titels der eingereichten Komposition
• Kurzbiografie des Komponisten/der Komponistin mit Foto

Die WettbewerbsteilnehmerInnen erklären ihr Einverständnis mit Rundfunk‐ und Fernsehaufnahmen sowie mit Aufzeichnungen auf Ton‐ und Bildträgern (einschließlich deren Vervielfältigung) im Zusammenhang mit dem Wettbewerb. Etwa hieraus entstehende Rechte übertragen sie mit der Anerkennung der Teilnahmebedingungen des Kompositionswettbewerbs auf die Veranstalter.
Die Organisatoren sind nicht verantwortlich für Verlust oder Beschädigung der eingereichten Unterlagen. Die eingereichten Unterlagen werden nicht zurückgesandt.

1. Platz: 1.500 € (gestiftet vom Deutschen Komponistenverband)
2. Platz: 1.000 € (gestiftet von der REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3. Platz: 500 €

Einsendeschluss: 01. Juli 2018 (Poststempel)
Jury-Auswertung: Juli 2018
Bekanntgabe der Preisträger: Ende August 2018
Preisträgerkonzert: 20. Oktober 2018

Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Musik Regensburg
Untere Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Bewertende Jury
Prof. i. K. Steven Heelein (Komponist, Prof. für Dirigieren, HfK Bayreuth)
Prof. Kunibert Schäfer (Prof. für Dirigieren, HfKM Regensburg)
Tomasz Skwerez (Komponist, Solocellist Theater Regensburg)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (StimmGold Vokalensemble)

Die Entscheidung der Jury ist endgültig und unanfechtbar.

StimmGold Vokalensemble
Als Ensemble für das Abschlusskonzert wurde das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold ausgewählt.
Das junge Regensburger Vokalensemble StimmGold wurde Anfang 2014 von Studierenden der Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) und der Fakultät für Musikpädagogik an der Universität Regensburg gegründet. Die sechs klassisch ausgebildeten Sänger verbindet neben jahrelanger Ensemblepraxis und reichhaltiger Chorerfahrung (u.a. im Neuen Kammerchor Regensburg) vor allem die Freude am gemeinsamen Singen anspruchsvoller Werke.
Als Schwerpunkt des Ensembles gilt die deutsche romantische Vokalmusik sowie aktuelle a cappella-Literatur, darunter Uraufführungen zeitgenössischer Werke (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) und moderne Volksliedbearbeitungen, in der die professionellen Stimmen mit Ausdrucksstärke und harmonischer Transparenz überzeugen.


A composition competition in Regensburg for the present-day theme of the Kulturreferats 2018: "City - Land - River". The competition is aimed at composers of all ages who compose new works and bring them to world premiere in Regensburg.
In addition to the annual theme, the default is only the cast of the performing ensemble (sextet, SMezATBarB, solo cast), as well as a total length of a maximum of 6 minutes. The composer is thus given the most creative possible use of freely chosen texts.

The compositions must meet the following criteria
• Content related to the motto "City - Country - River"
• Textual basis freely selectable
• Performance duration up to 6 minutes
• Six-part a cappella composition for the StimmGold vocal ensemble (SMezATBarB, solo part)
• Only one composition per composer
• If the text that is set to music is non-public domain material, the right of use must be available for the performance and publication in a publisher.
• The submitted work may neither be published nor awarded a prize in another competition.
conditions of participation
The competition will be conducted anonymously. The following documents must be submitted:
• Score in five copies, bound and legible without attribution
• Registration form with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the composer and the title of the composition submitted
• Short biography of the composer with photo
Competitors declare their consent to radio and television recordings as well as recordings on sound and image media (including their duplication) in connection with the Competition. Any rights resulting therefrom shall be transferred to the organizers upon acceptance of the conditions of participation in the composition competition.
The organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of the submitted documents. The submitted documents will not be returned.

1st place: 1,500 € (donated by the German Composers' Association)
2nd place: € 1,000 (donated by REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3rd place: 500 €

Closing date: 01. July 2018 (postmark)
Jury Evaluation: July 2018
Announcement of the winners: end of August 2018
Prizewinners Concert: October 20, 2018

Closing Address
Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Music Regensburg
Lower Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Evaluation jury
Prof. i. K. Steven Heelein (Composer, Prof. for Conducting, HfK Bayreuth)
Prof. Kunibert Schäfer (Prof. for Conducting, HfKM Regensburg)
Tomasz Skwerez (Composer, Solocellist Theater Regensburg)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (vocal gold vocal ensemble)

The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

StimmGold vocal ensemble
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was chosen as the ensemble for the final concert.
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was founded at the beginning of 2014 by students of the Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik Regensburg (HfKM) and the Faculty of Music Education at the University of Regensburg. The six classically trained singers, in addition to years of ensemble practice and rich choir experience (including the Neue Kammerchor Regensburg), primarily combines the joy of singing together demanding works.
The focus of the ensemble is German romantic vocal music as well as current a cappella literature, including world premieres of contemporary works (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) and modern folk-song arrangements, in which the professional voices convince with expressiveness and harmonious transparency.

 Boston Choral Ensemble
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: Boston Choral Ensemble's Commission Competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble. The commissioned work will be rehearsed, prepared, and integrated into the Ensemble’s program during the calendar year 2018-19.

Boston Choral Ensemble is a highly-skilled, auditioned choir of volunteers. Applicants are encouraged to consult past programs and audio samples to learn more about what might be appropriate for the ensemble.

The Ensemble is soliciting proposals for unaccompanied choral works under 10 minutes in length. The texts may be sacred or secular and in any language.

Details of the 2018 competition may be found below. Applicants with further questions are encouraged to contact the competition coordinator at

This competition is open to composers regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

The following groups are ineligible to enter the competition:
• current Boston Choral Ensemble singing members;
• current Boston Choral Ensemble board members;
• current members of the Commission Competition Jury;
• spouses, partners, or family members of any of the above groups; and
• those who were members of any of the above groups within one year of entry deadline.

If selected as the competition's winner, the commissioned piece will meet the following criteria:

• for UNACCOMPANIED mixed voices (SATB)
• up to 10 minutes in length
• generally no more than 4 parts but may include limited divisi (up to two per voice)
• limited or no solo vocal material
• the work must not have been performed in any public setting, recorded, promised to another group for first performance or first recording

This piece will be performed in our 2018-19 season. Texts may be sacred or secular, and in any language provided it meets the parameters for the new work. If the intended lyrics are not in the public domain, and the composer is not the author and copyright holder of the lyrics, it is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission from the copyright holder before the application deadline.

A completed online application form including
1. A short proposal idea for the new work outlining the details, at the discretion of the composer including, but not limited to proposed text, compositional technique, etc. (File name: Last Name, Proposal.pdf)
2. A short biography (about 250 words) and (File name: Last Name, Bio.pdf)
3. A works list, PDF files only. (File name: Last Name, Works.pdf)
4. Three (3) work samples that demonstrate current compositional activity. (File name: Last Name, Sample 1.pdf, Last Name, Sample 2.pdf, Last Name, Sample 3.pdf)
o It is recommended that composers include work samples that indicate skills appropriate to write for an unaccompanied choral ensemble.
o PDF files only. Notation files will not be accepted. Please combine ancillary materials—such as notes, texts, instructions—into a single PDF per work.
o Include (within the score PDF) an English translation for any text not in English.
o Include date of composition on the score.
5. Recordings of the submitted work samples (optional but recommended). Although this is optional, audio may assist in the initial assessment. These may be acoustic recordings or MIDI renderings; the quality of performances or MIDI renderings will not be judged. MP3 files only. (File name: Last Name, Audio 1.mp3, Last Name, Audio 2.mp3, Last Name, Audio 3.mp3)
6. An application fee of US $25 submitted via the application form.

Did you try to submit your application to Boston Choral Ensemble's Composition Competition but receive an error message or a blank screen? If so, please try one or all of the following to complete your application:
1. Update your browser to the most recent version
2. Make sure javascript is enabled for your browser
3. Download Google Chrome
4. If all of these do not work, please email all of your attachments to and we will make sure that your application is submitted.

Thank you so much for your dedication to the competition. We are so excited to review all of this new music!

• Late entries
• Incomplete entries
• Illegible copies

Materials must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018. Questions should be directed to Late applications will not be considered.

The $25 application fee can be paid on the application form.
Application fees are non-refundable and will not be returned to those disqualified for not meeting the requirements herein.

The winner will receive a prize of $1,500. Payment will be in US funds only. Prize monies will be subject to applicable tax laws and it the responsibility of the winner to properly report the prize.
The performance in concert of the newly-composed work will be recorded electronically. One copy of any such recordings will be furnished to the composer.

No materials submitted for this competition will be returned.

The winner is encouraged to attend the final concert as well as any rehearsals for this event. Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for the winner will not be covered by Boston Choral Ensemble.

The applications will be examined by a 4-5 person Jury chosen by Boston Choral Ensemble and will include the artistic director, a current member of the group, and one or two professional musicians not otherwise affiliated with Boston Choral Ensemble. The Jury will select a winner and identify any applicants deserving of an "honorable mention.” Boston Choral Ensemble, at the advice of the Jury, reserves the right not to award the prize. The Jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed.

Boston Choral Ensemble will publicly announce the names of the competition winner (and "honorable mentions", if applicable), no later than June 1, 2018. The names of non-winners will not be made public and will be held in strict confidence. Composers whose works do not win the prize will be informed no later than June 1, 2018.

The following rights will be given to Boston Choral Ensemble before disbursement of prize monies:
1. Boston Choral Ensemble will have exclusive performance rights through July 1, 2019.
2. Boston Choral Ensemble reserves the right to perform the work in perpetuity.
3. Boston Choral Ensemble will have exclusive recording rights through July 1, 2020.
4. Boston Choral Ensemble reserves the right to record the work in perpetuity.
5. following dedication must appear just above or below the title of the work in all manuscript and published editions:

Commissioned by Boston Choral Ensemble, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Premiered [Date to be inserted]

Andrew Shenton, Artistic Director
1. Boston Choral Ensemble will have the right to make copies for distribution to the choir.
2. The winning composer will be asked to provide biographical information and a photograph for publicity purposes. Boston Choral Ensemble will have the right to use the composer’s photo, name, and composition title in future Boston Choral Ensemble communications without fees.

The following rights are retained by the winning composer:
1. Copyright ownership
2. Publication rights, however, the composition may not be published prior to July 1, 2019.
In the event that a sponsor is found for the Competition, and consequently the name of the prize is changed, the composer agrees to use the new name, as above.

Although every effort will be made to protect and safeguard all manuscripts and recordings, neither Boston Choral Ensemble nor anyone connected with this contest will assume responsibility for loss, damage, or disclosure. It is strongly recommended that contestants keep the original copies of their scores and recordings.


 Composers’ Competition Opus Ignotum
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: 6th International Composers’ Competition for Compositions for Youth Choirs

National Information and Counsulting Center for Culture (NIPOS), Non-professional Art Department (ARTAMA).

Contact: Zuzana Kacafírková, kacafirkova(at), +420 778 702 375

Competition Aims:

The organizers set themselves the task of initiating and supporting creation of new works which would be distinctive in composition and accessible for interpretation and which would be of benefit for the repertoire of non-professional choirs.

Deadline: 31st May 2018

General Conditions:
Art. 1

Each composition should be sent by e-mail (address: or by post (easy legible manuscript, copy or computer printout) to the address: Zuzana Kacafirkova, Narodni informacni a poradenske stredisko pro kulturu (NIPOS), Fügnerovo namesti 1866/5, P. O. Box 12, 120 21 Praha 2, Czech Republic. Demo recordings are appreciated.

Art. 2

The competition is anonymous. Each composition should be marked by code-name only. The author should attach to an e-mail with the contest composition a text document with the data about the composer (name and address, both mail and e-mail and telephone number). If sent by mail, sheet of paper with the data about the composer should be enclosed in a sealed envelope marked by the same code-name.

Art. 3

The manuscripts, copies and printouts shall remain in the possession of the competition organizers. By entering into the competition, the author confirms his/her permission with the reproduction of his/her composition for the purpose of the potential presentation and with possible non-commercial publishing for NIPOS.

Art. 4

Any failure to meet any of the requirements mentioned results in the composition refusal from the competition.

Art. 5

The accurate and complete terms and conditions of the competition in Czech and English are for your disposal on the website of NIPOS-ARTAMA ( In case of any doubts or ambiguity of their interpretation, the decisive version is Czech.

Competition Rules:
Art. 6

Composers, without any limitations, may enter into the competition with their compositions for youth choirs (mixed, female, male), written on a text of their choice – preferably in Czech, Slovak or Latin language – or alternatively in other language.

All texts, submitted in languages which use other than Roman alphabet, should be underlined with phonetic transcription in the Roman alphabet (including the names of the authors of both lyrics and music) and accompanied with a rough translation into Czech or English language.

Art. 7

We recommend to apply the compositions for

female cast: four-part (soprano I, soprano II, alto I, alto II) or three-part (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto)

male cast: four-part (tenor I, tenor II, bass I, bass II) or three-part (tenor, baritone, bass)

mixed cast: four-part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)

Those parts should not be further divided.

Recommended range in individual voices, taking into account the age singers:

soprano: maximum pitch g2

alto: maximum pitch g

tenor: maximum pitch e1

bass: maximum pitch G

The applied composition should be a cappella (with the possible use of percussion), based principally on singing, with the possible use of other means of expression or spoken words. The individual composition should be 2 – 4 minutes in length.

Art. 8

Each composer can enter into the competition with only one composition for each cast type which has never been awarded in any competition nor commercially published (i.e. up to 3 compositions in total).

Art. 9

The composition should be sent to the organizer of the Competition till 31st May 2018 (postage stamp date is the deciding factor).

Art. 10

The results of the competition will be announced officially in October 2018. The winning compositions, that obtain the required number of points, will be performed during the 11th National Competition of Youth Choirs, will get financial reward and will be published by NIPOS.

 Walter Hussey Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is a brand new choral music composition competition launched in January 2018.

With a prize of £750 for the winning entry and a line up of top judges from the choral and composition world, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition promises to become 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.

The inaugural competition takes place in 2018, with a deadline for entries of 1st July 2018. The winner is expected to be chosen by 1st December 2018 and the winning piece will receive its world premiere on 9th March 2019.

The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is being promoted by Reading Phoenix Choir as part of its 50th anniversary season. The theme for the inaugural competition is therefore ‘Gold’.

 Barlow Prize 2019
Summary:SATB choir competition
Deadline: 01 June 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: $12,000 Commission
New Work for SATB Unaccompanied Choir

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work of 9-12 minutes for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work will be performed by a consortium of choirs: BYU Singers (Utah); two-time Grammy nominated choir, Seraphic Fire (Florida); and the 2017 Grammy nominated choir and Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence recipient, The Crossing (Pennsylvania).

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the commission is signed, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.

There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are:

1) Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered in the Prize competition. FAQS

2) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible. FAQS

New procedures for applying: Start the application process for the Barlow Prize by clicking on the application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and with the application PDF attached.

• Note: Your application is saved automatically and closing the browser will not result in lost data. In order to resume the application process, you must re-open the application link on the same device you began your application.
• Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
• Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores. (REMINDER: submit EXACTLY two physical scores. No electronic scores will be accepted.) FAQS
• Of the two works you submit, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation).
• The other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. It need not be exact, but can feature the category in another context. The judges will be interested in seeing how you handle the instrument(s) in as close a context as you can show.
• Additionally, one of these two chosen compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five (5) years old.
• The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities.
• Recordings should be uploaded as part of the application form and should be uploaded in .aac or .mp3 formats only. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Live recordings are strongly encouraged; MIDI realizations are discouraged. Judges will not review DVDs or CDs. FAQS