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 Derby Cathedral
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 05 March 2020
Date Posted: 15 August 2019
Details: Settings of Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for SATB choir and organ.

Closing date Thursday 5th March 2020.

Full details available here:
Web Site:www.derbycathedral.org/compone...

 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 Submitted works must be unpublished and have received no prior performances.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 carolcompetition@hendrix.edu:

• 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 (morgana@hendrix.edu).

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.

Web Site:docs.google.com/document/d/1dq...

 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 kuzmaaward@montview.org. 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 kuzmaaward@montview.org.
• 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.

Award
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.
Web Site:www.montview.org/
Email:kuzmaaward@montview.org

 THIRD INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN’S CHOIR COMPOSITION CORINFESTA
Summary:Compositions for Children's Choir
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: 1.Associazione Emiliano Romagnola Cori (AERCO), in partnership with Fondazione C.G. Andreoli from Unione dei Comuni dell’Area Nord di Modena, announces the Third International Competition for children’s choir composition CORINFESTA with the aim of promoting the creation and the wide distribution of new children’s choir repertoire.

2.Participation is open to musicians from any country and any nationality.

3.The Competition is articulated in two Sections:

Section A: Educational – Pedagogical: Towards Polyphony
• a.two voices (SA), no divisi;
• b.a cappella or with piano accompaniment and eventual small percussions or body percussions;
• c.with a maximum duration of 3 minutes;
• d.the text of the composition must be secular or sacred, in Italian (even dialectal) or in English or in Latin, Italian translation must be attached; if secular, the text must be suitable for the age of the singers (6-16 years old).
• e.the difficulty and general setting of the piece should bear in mind the didactic-pedagogical context of a “school choir”.

Section B: Artistic: Many Voices, a School of Life
• a.three voices (SSA), no divisi;
• b.a cappella or with piano accompaniment and eventual small percussions or body percussions;
• c.with a maximum duration of 4 minutes;
• d.the text of the composition must be secular or sacred, in Italian (even dialectal) or in English or in Latin, Italian translation must be attached; if secular, the text must be suitable for the age of the singers (6-16 years old).

4.A maximum of two works per composer may be submitted (one for each Section or both for only one Section). Entries must arrive by the dedicated online form (https://goo.gl/YjeRuX) no later than the midnight of 31 August 2019.

5.The entry fee is 25 euro for every submitted work.

6.Every work must be submitted in PDF format. The composer’s name should not appear anywhere on the scores. A.E.R.CO. office will receive the entries, which will be sent to the jury members. The composer’s identity will be released from A.E.R.CO. office only after judging has taken place.
Each participant must include a document in DOC or RTF format with:
• a.name, surname, address, phone number, e-mail address;
• b.curriculum;
• c.a statement declaring that the submitted score(s) is/are unpublished and that it/they has/have never been awarded prizes in previous contests;
• d.source of the text (if existing);
• e.the permission of use and publication for those texts eventually protected by the author, the publisher or whoever owns the rights;
• f.suggestion for the performance (if needed).

7.The competition will be judge by a five-member jury consisting of choral conductors and composers. The judges’ decision is final.

8.The evaluation criteria will be:
• a.relation between text and music (only for Section A);
• b.global artistic impression.
• c.performability: compositional attention to vocal and perceptive needs.

9.The following prizes will be assigned:
First place (one for each Section)
• money prize of 1.000 Euros (one thousand Euros).
• performance by the Choir Aurora (Fondazione C.G. Andreoli) during the tenth edition of CORINFESTA that will take place in Mirandola (MO) in May 2020.
• performance as compulsory piece for the special category CORINFESTA at seventh Choral Competition Città di Riccione, edition 2020 (www.coroallegrenote.it);
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

Second place (one for each Section)
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

Third place (one for each Section)
• publishing, with the permission by the composers, in the magazine FarCoro;
• diploma.

For all the submitted music scores
• publication, with the authorization of the authors, on the website www.corinfesta.it;

10.The jury reserves the right to report other compositions in addition to the winners. Composers of reported compositions will receive a mention diploma.

11.Participation in the Competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

Artistic direction: Andrea Angelini, Luca Buzzavi, Gianni Guicciardi

For further information: ufficio@aerco.emr.it – phone +39 051 0067024 – www.aerco.it

Entry Fee:€25
Web Site:www.corinfesta.it/en/rules-201...

 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!

WE ARE COLLECTING SUBMISSIONS FROM COMPOSERS ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

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 info@ourtonality.org for further instructions.
Entry Fee:$15
Web Site:ourtonality.org/composers/

 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.

RULES
•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.

TEXT OPTION ONE
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]

TEXT OPTION TWO
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 jubilatecarols@gmail.com , 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.
Web Site:www.jubilateoxford.com

 150th ANNIVERSARY COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2020
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.

Guidelines
• 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:
directorofmusicsfb@gmail.com
Web Site:corkcathedral.webs.com/composi...

 NEW MUSIC FOR ST PAUL’S
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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
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.

APPLICATIONS
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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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: wfox@stpaulscathedral.org.uk
Web Site:www.stpauls.co.uk/worship-musi...

 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:
Web Site:campusministry.nd.edu/get-invo...

 SECOND LEEDS PHILHAMONIC SOCIETY CAROL WRITING COMPETITION
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 http://www.leedsphil.com/carol-competition/

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
Web Site:www.leedsphil.com/carol-compet...

 VBC CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summary:Competition fo Canadian Composers
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The VBC is pleased to announce the second year of our 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 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. Works must be unpublished and not have received any previous public performance.

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 1st, 2019.
• Access to an archival recording of the premiere.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, and have not received any previous performance in any previous editions or arrangements of the work. 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 a jury of peers will review all applications. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously. One winner will be contacted by October 18, 2019 with a public announcement being made by November 1st, 2019.

The deadline for submission of all materials is August 31st, 2019. To apply, click here to complete the application form. If you have any questions, please direct them to competition@vancouverbachchoir.com.


Web Site:www.vancouverbachchoir.com/com...

 EMERGING VOICES WOMEN'S CHORAL COMPOSITION CONTEST
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.

Categories/Eligibility

YOUNG ADULT
• 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
• 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.

NEW CATEGORY: TEEN GROUP/HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
• 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.

Prizes
• 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 (www.indianapoliswomenschorus.org/about).
• 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.

Copyright:

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 https://www.indianapoliswomenschorus.org/pastperformances. Here you will find PDFs of our past concert programs.

Deadline
• 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 emerging@indianapoliswomenschorus.org

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 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 info@choirsontario.org

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 info@choirsontario.org

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
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 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
regulations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Andrea Angelini, ICB Managing Editor & Director of the Competition
(aangelini@ifcm.net) | https://ifcm.net/projects/choral-composition-competition
Entry Fee:$25
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