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 RAYMOND W. BROCK STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Brock Student Composition Competition Apply Now
Deadline: October 1, 2017, for 2018 Division Conferences. Winner's Division will premier the winning piece.

Downloadable Brock Composition Competition poster

In an effort to further its mission to promote choral music and ensure its future, ACDA established the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition in 1998. The student competition is an outgrowth of the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Choral Commission. The objectives of the contest are three-fold:

To acknowledge and reward outstanding undergraduate and graduate student composers
To encourage choral composition of the highest caliber
To further promote student activity at ACDA divisional and national conferences

The winner of the composition contest will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, airfare to the ACDA conference, hotel accommodations, conference registration, and a performance of the winning work on the main stage by a choral ensemble selected by the conference committee.

Applications are typically made available on May 1 of each year in Choral Journal and on the ACDA website.

For more information:
Web Site:acda.org/ACDA/About-Root/Brock_Contest/Brock_Home.aspx

 Heriot-Watt University Composer Competition
Summary:Choir Call
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: An invitation to write an ensemble piece open to all un-published composers in SCOTLAND. No age limit.

The piece is to be written for the group, ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The INME has a policy of commissioning composers to write for a flexible ensemble. We have premiered over 50 new works in the last 19 years.

The composition starting point [inspiration] shall be the Celtic plainchant composed and sung on Inchcolm, an Island in the river Forth near Edinburgh where hundreds of years ago, Augustinian monks lived and worshiped in the Abbey.

The composition should have a duration of around ten minutes, and be written for voices and any combination of orchestral instruments [not keyboard]. Pieces must be written with flexibility of voicing and/or instrumentation in mind as the group that will perform the piece could be formed of any combination of voices and instruments.

The voice parts may be:

Four part: SATB

Three part: SAB

Two part: Mezzo sop and Baritone or ST singing in unison and AB singing in unison.

The instrumental parts must be written as part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Parts one and two written in the treble clef for instruments such as flute, violin and oboe. Part three in the treble or alto clef for instruments such as viola, clarinet or horn. Parts four and five written in the bass clef for instruments such as bassoon, cello or double bass.

Please take into consideration that the standard of the ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, although amateur, is high.

1st Prize £500

Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2018.

For further information and sample plainchant music, please contact:

Steve King

Director of Music at Heriot Watt University

e-mail: s.king@hw.ac.uk
Email:s.king@hw.ac.uk

 The Esoterics’ annual competition for choral composition
Summary:Choral Commission
Deadline: 30 September 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: POLYPHONOS is The Esoterics’ annual competition for choral composition. The name of the competition comes from the Greek πολυφωνος, meaning “many voices” or “manifold in expression.” Now in its eleventh season of hosting this competition, The Esoterics is excited to announce its international call for a cappellachoral scores for POLYPHONOS.

The Esoterics is dedicated to performing and perpetuating contemporary a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world. The purpose of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS is to encourage today’s choral composers to broaden the scope of the a cappella choral repertory by setting sacred and poetical texts found beyond the Western classical canon in order to create a repertoire of choral concert music that reflects the universal beauty and power of unaccompanied voices joined in song.

2017 Competition:
Each winning composer will receive a commission from The Esoterics to plan and compose a new choral work that will be premiered by the ensemble in its 25th anniversary season in 2018. In addition to this commission, each of the winning composers will receive $1000 US plus airfare and accommodations to attend the Seattle premiere of their commissioned work. There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards:

• International composer’s 2017 commission (for choral composers who are not US citizens)
• National composer’s 2017 commission (for choral composers who are US citizens)
• Young composer’s 2017 commission (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2017)

THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE FOR THIS COMPETITION!
Download the application here.
NEW DATES for 2017!
The 2017 POLYPHONOS submission deadline has been extended to 30 September.
All applications must be complete and received by that date.
The winners of the competition will be announced on or around 10 October.
Entry requirements:

Please send all submissions to:

The Esoterics
POLYPHONOS
1815 24th Ave
Seattle WA USA 98122-3014

Please include in your submission:
• A completed application entry form
• A current composer’s biography (including date of birth) and works list or CV.
• A portfolio of three (3) contrasting a cappella choral scores,
including separate pages that include song texts and translations.
The scores must follow these requirements:
o At least one submitted score must be in a language other than English.
o At most one sacred score should be submitted, regardless of religious tradition.
o Include the date of composition on the score.
o All scores must be composed in the last 10 years.
o All identifying marks from submitted scores must be removed,
including names of composer, publisher, dedication, performers, commissioners, etc.
o Arrangements of preexisting tunes will not be considered, however limited quotation is allowed.
o All scores should be generated in music notation software.
Hand-written (manuscript) scores will not be accepted.

Other rules and guidelines:
• Please do not send recordings.
• Only one portfolio will be allowed per composer.
• Incomplete applications will be neither considered nor returned.
• All application materials are considered property of The Esoterics, and will not be returned.
• All composer portfolios must be received by the submission deadline.
Hand-delivered scores will not be accepted or considered as valid entries.
• All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of composers, conductors, and experienced choral singers.
• All commissioned works will be reproduced solely for performance by The Esoterics.
• All POLYPHONOS commissions are to be completed within a theme and by a date
to be determined by the winning composer and The Esoterics’ director, Eric Banks.
• The Esoterics will have a non-exclusive, worldwide license to perform each commissioned work.
• The Esoterics will retain the right to record the first performance of each commissioned work.
• The Esoterics will retain the right to record and release the first CD of each commissioned work.
• Winners of POLYPHONOS are encouraged to apply again in the year AFTER the premiere of their POLYPHONOS commission.
Questions? Please send an e-mail to polyphonos@TheEsoterics.org.

Web Site:www.theesoterics.org/polyphonos

 Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

The 2017 Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition challenges amateur composers to create a new carol for SATB choir (a cappella or with piano accompaniment) set to the words of Sir Christemas, a text thought to be written in the late 15th century.

David Hill (former chief conductor of the BBC Singers) will chair the judging panel, which will also include Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music and associate composer with the BBC Singers), Jonathan Manners (BBC Singers producer), Margaret Cameron (an alto with BBC Singers) and Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson (choral promotion manager with Oxford University Press).

Six shortlisted carols will be performed live on Radio 3’s Breakfast programme in the lead up to Christmas by the BBC Singers, directed by David Hill.

The winning carol, which will be decided by public vote, will be announced live on Breakfast on 22 December, and played throughout Christmas day on Radio 3.

The deadline for submissions is 1 November.

www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

Sir Christemas

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell.
Who is there that singeth so,
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell?

I am here, Sir Christemas.
Welcome, my lord Sir Christemas!
Welcome to us all, both more and less!
Come near, Nowell.

Dieu vous garde, beaux sieurs, tidings I you bring:
A maid hath borne a child full young,
The which causeth you for to sing:
Nowell.

Christ is now born of a pure maid;
In an ox-stall he is laid,
Wherefore sing we all at a brayde:
Nowell.

Buvez bien par toute la compagnie,
Make good cheer and be right merry,
And sing with us now joyfully: Nowell
Web Site:www.rhinegold.co.uk/choir_organ/radio-3-launches-breakfast-carol-competition-2017/

 2017 CONTEST NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Summary:Choir Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: Competition Details
There is no entry fee.

The 2017 contest deadline is October 15, 2017.

Submission Criteria
1. Original composition for a cappella, 4-6 part mixed choir, occasional divisi is acceptable;
2. Three to six minutes long;
3. Not previously performed in Massachusetts;
4. Anonymous submission:
1. Remove all names and identifying marks;
2. Provide a document, PDF or Word, containing your name, address, email and phone number;
5. Submit a legible score. In addition, recordings or synthesized versions are strongly encouraged but are not required;
6. A maximum of two different scores may be submitted by each composer;
7. If the text is not public domain, include written permission to use it;
8. You must submit electronically, to the e-mail below, with a PDF attachment. Sibelius, Finale and other formats will not be accepted. Attachments larger than 5MB are blocked, so use a Dropbox, such as SendStuffNow, for larger audio files. Please make sure files can be accessed through October 31, 2017.

The winning composition will be performed by the Cambridge Chamber Singers at two concerts in the Boston area. CCS encourages the composer’s attendance.

The Cambridge Chamber Singers reserves the right to not award a prize.

There are no restrictions according to age or residency. The text may be in any language. A composer may submit no more than two pieces.

For further information, email competition@cambridgemadrigals.org.

Web Site:cambridgechambersingers.org/compcomp/

 Oxford Harmonic Choir
Summary:Choral/orchestral commission
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Date Posted: 17 August 2017
Details: We are holding a competition to select a composer to write a brand new work for choir and orchestra, for first performance by the choir in 2019. The piece will be 15-20 minutes long with orchestral accompaniment and be based on a text to be selected by the composer from five chosen by the choir.

The competition is open to all UK and foreign nationals resident in the UK and there is no age limit. The prize will be awarded on the basis of entrants’ previous compositions and their vision for the new work.

CLOSING DATE
The closing date for entrants to send previous compositions and their vision for the new work is 30 November 2017. The winner will be announced in February 2018 and then compose the new work during that year.

HOW TO ENTER
To download full details including how to enter the competition, click here:
Web Site:oxfordharmonicchoir.org/competition/

 SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS CAROL COMPETITION ANNOUNCED…
Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 13 October 2017
Date Posted: 17 August 2017
Details: The Bach Choir is delighted to announce the first year of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition, following on from the competitions held during Sir David’s time as Musical Director of The Bach Choir.

Composers of any age are invited to submit an original carol for adult SATB choir with or without organ accompaniment, which will be rehearsed and performed by The Bach Choir at its ‘Carols at Cadogan’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on 22 December 2017 at 7.30pm.

The competition will be judged by David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, the Choir’s President, John Rutter, and Sir David’s son, Jonathan Willcocks.

The competition will be judged in two categories:
• Composers aged 18 and under
• Composers aged over 18
The deadline for submissions is Friday 13th October and winners will be announced on Friday 3rd November. The winner in each category will receive a small cash prize, kindly donated by the David Willcocks Music Trust, and up to three complimentary tickets to the Cadogan Hall on Friday 22 December to hear their carol performed by The Bach Choir, conducted by David Hill.

For further information please contact Nick Cutts - genman@thebachchoir.org.uk

Conditions of entry:
• Composers may use their own or others’ words, but precise details of the source of the text must be provided. Text must be out of copyright.
• Carols submitted should have not received a public performance, and the music must be original (i.e. not an arrangement of existing music)
• The Bach Choir shall have all rights in connection with the first public performance of the prize-winning carol (s), but thereafter the composer shall have all rights in respect of the carol.
• The Bach Choir shall have all rights in connection with the first recording of the prize-winning carol (s), but thereafter the composer shall have all rights in respect of the carol. The exclusivity of this period shall be one year.
• Entries will be judged by David Hill, John Rutter, Jonathan Willcocks and such other person (s) as The Bach Choir may appoint.
• The Panel of judges reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more composers, or withhold the prize if there are no entries of sufficient merit to justify an award being made. The decision of the Panel shall be final and binding.
• Entries should be sent to Nick Cutts, General Manager, The Bach Choir, PO Box 61756, London, SW1H 0UZ. Please don’t include your name on the printed music.
• Each entry should be accompanied by a covering letter, which includes the title of the work, composer’s name, date of birth (if 18 or under) and address.
• Competitors should enclose a stamped, addressed envelope, for return of their scores, if required.


Web Site:www.thebachchoir.org.uk/news/sir-david-willcocks-carol-competition-announced/

 Los Angeles Master Chorale
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 09 August 2017
Details: The Los Angeles Master Chorale is pleased to sponsor its third Young Composers Competition and seeks a new work to be premiered at its annual High School Choir Festival on May 18, 2018, performed by 16 members of the Master Chorale.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival, now in its 29th year, is the culmination of a year-long education program in which 900 high school students come together to sing as a massive choir under the direction of Artistic Director Grant Gershon at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For more information about the HSCF please visit this page.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2018 Deadline TBD

For full details:
Web Site:lamasterchorale.org/young-composers-competition

 Leatherhead Choral Society
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: Leatherhead Choral Society is announcing a composition competition for a new work to be performed at a gala concert on July 7th 2018 as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. The competition is free to enter and is open to all composers.

The composer of the winning entry will be presented with a cash prize of £350 and the opportunity to workshop the piece with the choir.

The competition will be judged by a panel consisting of the internationally-known composer Alan Bullard along with the choir’s musical director Ian Assersohn and chair Lindsay Sampson.

Deadline for entries is October 31st 2017.

Further details:
Web Site:www.leatherhead-choral.net/lcscompcomp.html

 Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition.

Entry Fee £15 with £10 for each additional work.

Closing Date 1st November 2017

Winning Entry to be performed at the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert
and to be
Published by the Royal School of Church Music

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, and 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 14th 2017.
6. The duration of the work should not exceed 5 minutes.
7. There is a participation fee of £15 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 should be made by cheque or bank transfer to:
Payee/Account: Leeds Philharmonic Society Sort Code: 05-04-49
Account: 17555174
9. There will be one prizewinner who will receive £750, and the first performances and recording of the work will be at the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts in Leeds Town Hall on 14th December 2017. The work will also be published by the Royal School of Church Music.
10. The Jury will consist of the Society’s Musical Director David Hill and Chorus Master Richard Wilberforce, Organist Simon Lindley, and Tim Ruffer, Head of Publishing at RSCM Press.
11. The results of the competition will be announced in Leeds Town Hall on November 25th at the Society’s performance of Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi.
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 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition”.
15. The application shall be submitted as follows:
a. 3 copies of the score, 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 any non-public domain texts allowing the use of the text for this competition;
c. copy of bank transfer payment confirmation or a cheque made payable to the “Leeds Philharmonic Society”;
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
And received there no later than 1st November 2017
18. Submitted competition material cannot be returned after the conclusion of this competition.
Web Site:www.leedsphil.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/1st-Leeds-Philharmonic-Christmas-Carol-Competition1.pdf

 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC
Summary:Choral competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: THIRD INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FOR CHORAL COMPOSITION
NOTIFICATION AND REGULATIONS
1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the ‘Third International Competition for Choral Composition’, the chief aim of which is to promote 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 youth choirs. The text of the composition, sacred or secular, in any language, written for the occasion or pre-existing 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 50 USD entry fee payable at the time of submission for each entry.
5. Only one work per composer may be submitted. Scores must be sent electronically either in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale files or in a similar program. A midi file may also be included with any submission. Tapes or CDs may not be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Office 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 file) 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, has never previously been performed, and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 1st December 2017. 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) youth choir possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of compositional craft, imagination, ‘sing-ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic effectiveness and, most importantly a fresh approach to choral writing.
8. The winning works will receive the following:
First Prize: 5,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Second Prize: 2,500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
Third Prize: 1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
The composers of the three winning works will be invited to Shanghai for the IFCM Choral Expo 2018, where their pieces will be premiered by appointed participating choirs. IFCM will take care of travel and lodging expenses of the invited composers. In consultation with the composers, the three winners will be featured in the ‘Composers’ Corner’ column of the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composers and some excerpts of the winning scores may be published in print and on-line.
9. The copyright to the winning works will always remain with the composers and librettists.
10. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Andrea Angelini, Artistic Director of the Competition (aangelini@ifcm.net)
Web Site:ifcm.net/composition-competition/

 The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Liturgical Choral Competition
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: In order to encourage the composition of music suitable for the liturgy, The Sanders Society will develop a biennial competition for young composers under the age of 30 years. The winning composition, a choral work of up to 6 minutes in length for SATB choir suitable for performance within a cathedral setting, will – if of sufficiently high quality – receive a first performance at a Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral during the summer of 2018.

In addition the winning composer will receive an award of £1000.
The next composition competition for young composers will be judged in April 2018:

• Closing date: 23rd March 2018
• Judging: April 2018
• The winning composer will be notified by email, (confirmed by letter) and details of the winning composition will be announced on 15th June 2018 on this website
• First performance of the composition: Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral: Summer 2018
• Judges:
o Dr. Christopher Robinson
o Bob Chilcott
o Adrian Partington
o Tim Rogers (Encore Publications)
Full rules of the composition competition for young composers and an entry form may be downloaded below:
• Competition Rules
• Entry Form

Entry forms for UK entries can be obtained by post, enclosing a stamped (93p) C5 envelope, from:
The Sanders Society,
144 Tuffley Avenue,
Gloucester
GL1 5NS
Overseas applicants please contact info@sanderssociety.org.uk.


Web Site:www.sanderssociety.org.uk/Competition.aspx

 Call for Submissions: Chor Leoni’s Canadian Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: (Vancouver, BC) Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce the second annual Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4). Three finalist compositions will be selected by the choir’s Artistic Director, and an independent panel of judges will determine their rankings (first prize $2000, second prize $1000, third prize $500).

In addition to the financial prizes, the composers of the three works will be brought to Vancouver in February 2018, where they will stay in the luxurious Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for three nights. They will collaborate in a rehearsal with Chor Leoni, attend the premiere, participate in a dialogue with the audience at C/4 on Friday, February 23rd at the Orpheum Annex (8pm), and also receive a recording. This competition is generously sponsored by James and Leslie Carter.

Prizes
• $2000 first prize | $1000 second prize | $500 third prize;
• travel to and accommodation in Vancouver from Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 23, 2018;
• attendance of a workshop/rehearsal with Chor Leoni on their works on Wednesday, February 21st;
• attendance of the premiere at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Orpheum Annex;
• participation in an in-concert conversation with Erick Lichte from the stage at C/4 on Friday, February 23, 2018;
• a professional recording of Chor Leoni singing the work.

Requirements
• The composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or landed immigrant.
• The work must be for up to 4-part male choir, TTBB voicing; occasional divisi is allowed.
• The work may be a cappella or include piano accompaniment.
• Target length of work should be 3 – 6 minutes.
• Preference will be given to new works but previously performed compositions may be accepted.
• The composer must secure rights to any non-public domain texts, and verification of secured rights for use of texts must be included with submission;
• Scores must be submitted in computer engraved format as a PDF file;
• Submissions must include an mp3 of the score’s midi file.
• Preference will be given to works newly composed for this competition.

Deadline for submissions: Scores must be received by 6pm PST December 15, 2017.

Send scores for consideration to Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni, at c4@chorleoni.org. Finalists will be notified the week of Jan 15, 2018.

Questions? c4@chorleoni.org

Web Site:www.choralcanada.org/call-for-submissions-chor-leonis-canadian-choral-composition-competition-c4/

 Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 07 June 2017
Details: Two Emily Dickinson texts have been chosen for the inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition (both should be set for SATB):

1.

In this short Life
that only (merely) lasts an hour
how much—how
little— is
within our
power

2.

Look back
on Time
with kindly
Eyes—

He doubtless
did his best—
How softly
sinks his
trembling Sun
in Human
Nature’s West—

These Dickinson texts are in the public domain. True Concord thanks The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections as the source of the original.

Submissions will be adjudicated by Dale Warland, composer, founding conductor of Dale Warland Singers, and frequent collaborator with Stephen Paulus; and Dan Asia, professor of composition at University of Arizona.

You can submit your score and MIDI recording by emailing composercompetition@trueconcord.org. Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.

Web Site:www.trueconcord.org/composercompetition/

 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: About Ruth Watson Henderson and the Competition
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.

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 the 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 Guidelines for the 2017 Competition (SSA Composition)

• The composition must be an original work for SSA choir 4 – 6 minutes in length. It may be a cappella or accompanied by piano.
• Texts may be sacred or secular and can be in languages other than just English and French (languages that would be familiar to most singers are preferred, especially for SSA compositions). The text must be either original or known to be in public domain, or not currently under copyright but with written permission of the copyright holder. In this case, a copy of the written permission must be submitted with the entry.
• 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.
• Previous award winners are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines:

• Entries should be sent to info@choirsontario.org (electronic submissions are preferred, but if you wish to submit your application by mail, please send it to Choirs Ontario office - 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R1)
• Scores must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2017.
• More than one entry may be submitted, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a fee of $25.00 (CDN).
• Four clearly legible copies of the score must be submitted, preferably in pdf format. Scores will not be returned.
• The composer's name must not appear on any score.
• The Award winner will be announced in December, 2017. The Toronto Children’s Chorus, conducted by Elise Bradley, has been selected to perform the winning composition at the spring of 2018.

Eligibility

Composers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Canada. There is no age limit.


Web Site:www.choirsontario.org/ruthwatsonhenderson.html