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 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (CIMCF)
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: The 2018 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (CIMCF) saw record entries from 49 composers. It was a truly international affair with the winning composer coming from across the pond, Seattle, with the runner up representing Norway but resident in Shanghai.

For the 2020 Composers Competition, CIMCF is welcoming submissions that will have a chance at winning a staggering £1,000 first prize........

Compositions for Male Voice and Cambiata Choirs
Two cash prizes, each of £1000 will be awarded to the winner of both Categories (Adult Male Choir and Cambiata Choir), plus a runner-up and third prize of £500 and £250 for the Adult Classes only.

Closing date: 31 March 2020

No restrictions on the number of compositions submitted by a composer
Adjudicated by an internationally renowned composer

Apply online through the CIMCF website:

 Mosaic Voices
Summary:Choral commissions
Deadline: 22 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: Mosaic Voices, Britain’s leading Jewish male voice choir, is calling for submissions from composers of all backgrounds to write settings of sacred Orthodox music for performance in two concerts on January 28th, 2020 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.

The choir, which was founded in 2012, has been broadcast on BBC Radio's In Tune programme (October 8th 2019) and has a released an album 'The Blue Book'.

The new commissions will also be recorded and filmed as part of the concert and it is hoped they will enter the Jewish liturgical repertoire as well as becoming potential stand-alone concert works.

The commissions are for pieces which should last 4-6 minutes and composers will be paid £500 for the work - which should include a full score and be written for four-part, unaccompanied male voice choir. All compositions will be settings of religious texts in Hebrew, but transliterations and translations will be provided, and chosen composers will be invited to attend a workshop which introduces them to some of the common modes and motives used in Jewish liturgical music.

Three commissions are available and we are searching for candidates from all backgrounds and genders and welcome applications from non-Jewish composers.

Those interested in being considered for the commission should submit:
2 recordings of previous work - including at least one vocal piece.
A full score for at least one of these pieces.
A cover note stating why you’re interested in being chosen for this commission and your full contact details.

For an example of Mosaic Voices’ sound go to:
Kol Nidrei (You Tube):
Song from Blue Book (You Tube):

Please make submissions available via links on Soundcloud or YouTube. Scores should submitted in PDF format.

Applications should be sent to

 Astoria Choir
Summary:Choral Competition for Female Composers
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Astoria Choir invites women composers to submit works for its sixth annual score call to be programmed on the choir’s Women In Song concert on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

- This call is open to all composers who identify as female.
- Composers must reside in the Northeast United States (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, or DC).
- Works must be written for mixed choir and can be a cappella or with piano accompaniment.
- Works of any length are welcome; however, the choir may choose to perform a movement or excerpt of longer works.
- Composers may submit multiple works with each work sent as a separate submission with separate submission fee.
- Electro-acoustic works will not be considered
- Works previously selected in TAC’s score calls are ineligible; however, those composers may submit different works.
- Up to three works may be chosen to be performed.
- Each selected composer will be invited to attend a rehearsal and meet with the choir.
- Composer(s) are highly encouraged to attend the concert. No additional funding is available for travel costs.

Submission Process:
- Please submit using our website:
- An anonymous copy of the full score as a PDF, free from any identifying markings including name, commissioning party, or dedication.
- MIDI realizations are permitted.
- An anonymous recording of the work as an .mp3 file or link to streaming audio in Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Information Sheet with the following details, as a separate PDF:
- Composer’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address
- Title and duration of work
- Statement that the text is in public domain or written permission for use of text
- Submission Fee: $10, payable through PayPal
- You may follow the links below to pay the fee and submit your score.
- You needn't set up a PayPal account if you don't have one. Simply click on the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" button instead of signing in.

- $250 for each selected composer and a performance of the work
- Digital recording of the performance for promotional purposes
- Selected composer(s) will be notified via e-mail by January 6, 2020 and announced on our social media platforms and website

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Entry Fee:$10

 Walter Hussey Young Composer Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is a choral music composition competition that was launched in January 2018.

The 2020 competition follows Reading Phoenix Choir’s aim of working with young people and is for composers aged between 16 and 24.

With a 1st prize of £500 and a 2nd prize of £200, and a line-up of top judges from the choral and composition world, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition continues to be one of the leading choral composition competitions of our time.
The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime.

Entry for the 2020 competition will start in January 2020, with a deadline for entries of 30th June 2020. The winner is expected to be chosen by December 2020 and the winning piece will receive its world premiere in March 2021.
The 2020 Walter Hussey Composition Competition is being promoted by Reading Phoenix Choir and having celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2019, the theme for the competition is both encouraging the musicians of the future and looking forwards, and is therefore ‘New Horizons’.

 International Tapiola Choir Choral Composition Competition 2020
Summary:Children' Choir Competition
Deadline: 06 January 2020
Date Posted: 02 October 2019
Details: Tapiola Choir announces an international choral composition competition 2020. The competition is open for all applicants internationally and has no age limit.

The aim of the competition is to find new and interesting compositions especially for children’s and youth choirs (SSA). The results of the competition will be announced in June 2020.

The category of the competition is SSA, children’s choirs, a cappella. The adaptation of the piece needs to be suitable for children’s choirs of all ages. The composition must be previously unperformed as well as unpublished and its duration must be between 2 and 4 minutes.

The members of the jury are Tapiola Choir’s artistic director Pasi Hyökki, publishing director Reijo Kekkonen (Sulasol), choral director Sanna Salminen (Vox Aurea) and choral director Viena Kangas (CandoMini).

A total of €3,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The jury also reserves the right to not to distribute prizes.

The compositions can be submitted by email to
The submission closes on the 6th of January 2020 at 24 hours
(UTC +2). All the applications must fulfil the requirements of the rules of the competition. Any applications submitted after this will not be taken into consideration.

Inquiries:, +358 50 314 06 03

 Triad Pride Performing Arts
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: Deadline: 15 November 2019

Details: This year the TPPA choral competition will award one prize for best work for tenor-bass chorus and one prize for best work for soprano-alto chorus. Compositions should recognize the capabilities of amateur adult choral music singers with no less than three and no more than five voice lines. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but accessible acapella will be considered. Inclusion of instrumentation (strings, brass) is strongly encouraged. The work’s duration must be a maximum of 5-7 minutes. Composers of the winning compositions will receive $500 and performances of their work by the Triad Pride Women’s and Men’s choruses June 6th-7th, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. Winning compositions will also be considered for performance at the international GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis, MN.

Prize: $500

Contact: For more information, please visit:
Web Site:www.triadprideperformingarts.o...

 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composer Competition
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: On April 25, 2020 the Canadian Men's Chorus will present a concert entitled 10! A Decade of Song.

This 10th anniversary celebratory concert will be an all-Canadian program, highlighting selections from Canada’s best low-voice repertoire and some of the CMC’s past commissioned works. It will also include the winner of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Composition Competition.

Emerging Canadian composers who have been composing professionally for ten years or less are invited to submit a new composition with a text written by a Canadian individual.

There is no age restriction.

The winning composer will receive a $2000 prize, donated by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

Work submitted must be:

• an original composition that has not previously been performed which, if chosen, will have its world premiere performance by the CMC on April 25, 2020.
• 4-6 minutes in length
• a cappella or with piano accompaniment
• English or French text
• written for four part men’s voices TTBB. (Occasional divisi and solo lines are permitted, but cannot be a significant portion of the piece.)
• newly created works; arrangements of existing works are not accepted

Note – it is important to understand the size and nature of the group for which you are writing. The CMC is a 12-singer chamber ensemble comprised of advanced amateur singers. Standard vocal ranges for T1/T2/Bar/Bas voices apply, but please contact Lynn McMurray with any specific questions you may have.

Submission details:

• Scores must be computer generated, and accompanied by a midi file and a short note about the composition.
• As this competition will be judged by a blind jury, please remove everything from the score that would identify you as the composer. Attach a cover page with your name, email address, a short bio and any program notes you would like the jury to read concerning your piece. Should your piece be selected to win the competition, you will have the opportunity to re-submit the score with your name and copyright details properly affixed.
• Send submissions to Executive Director, Lynn McMurray at:

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

The Winning Composition:

• The winning composition will be selected by a blind jury of choral professionals and announced on February 11, 2020 via social media. By submitting to this contest, the winning composer agrees to the aforementioned social media announcement.
• The winner will be awarded $2000 generously donated by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation and two tickets to the concert on April 25, 2020. The prize will be presented to the composer at the post-concert reception. If the composer is unable to attend, it will be mailed within ten (10) business days of the concert.
• The CMC Board of Directors reserves the right to declare that there is no winner in the unlikely event that none of the submissions merit the prize money.

Regarding Copyright:

• A letter of permission from the copyright holder must accompany all submissions with texts not currently in the public domain. Failure to provide proof of permission will result in disqualification.
• Caution: do not assume a text is automatically in the public domain simply because the creator has been dead for the requisite number of years. Some heirs to poets and writers such as Lucy Maud Montgomery maintain copyright for their works. Likewise some universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK continue to hold the copyright in the estates of some writers.

The Canadian Men's Chorus is committed to the creation of new Canadian music for men’s voices and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020 at Midnight.

 CDA-PA Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: All student composers connected to PA - residency, or education - are invited to submit works to the Annual ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition.

The winning composer will receive a $500.00 prize and the winning composition will be premiered at the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.

Entry Deadline is March 15, 2020

1. Student composers with a Pennsylvania connection (see above) who are currently enrolled in an Undergraduate music program. Graduate and Post Graduate students are not eligible.
2. Students do not need to be composition majors.
3. Previous winners of the ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition are not eligible to enter the competition.
4. Current board members of ACDA-PA are not eligible to enter the competition.

1. Duration: approx 3-5 min
2. Voicing: SATB, divisi acceptable
3. Accompaniment options: unaccompanied, or piano accompaniment
4. Text may be secular or sacred and may be in any language. An English translation must be provided for any text not in English.
5. If the text is not in the public domain, the composer must enclose a written statement of permission to use the text signed by the copyright holder.

In addition to the above requirements, submitted works must
1. Be original, nor an arrangement of another composer’s work.
2. Not be a commissioned work.
3. Currently be unpublished and must not be published before August 31, 2020, including self-published.
4. Not be performed prior to the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.
5. Not have been recorded or broadcast prior to the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020
6. Not have won or placed in any prior composition contest.
7. Only be entered in the ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition from March 15, 2020 until the ACDA-PA Summer Conference in 2020.
1. Copyright ownership will be retained by the composer.
2. Publication rights will be retained by the composer.


Or write to:

Peter de Mets, Choral Development Chair, ACDA-PA 529 Lafayette Street
Newtown, PA 18940

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please send all physical materials to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Derby Cathedral Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 05 March 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14 June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering.

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications (where appropriate) will be given to the composer of the winning entry.

See overleaf for submission details.

Composition Competition
• The work should be scored for SATB choir and organ. Some occasional divisi is permitted
• Scores must be typeset and a midi file of the work should also be submitted
• The score and midi file should not bear your name and must be submitted
with a competition application form
• The work must be set to the translation of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in the Book of Common Prayer
• Scores and midi files should be sent to Rachel Randall, Choir Clerk, Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GP or
• The competition deadline is noon on Thursday 5 March 2020
• The work must be original and must not have been performed or recorded
• The panel will consist of Alexander Binns (Director of Music at Derby Cathedral), Christopher Gower (former Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral and Grants Secretary and Trustee of the Friends of Cathedral Music) and Edmund Hunt (Lay Clerk at Derby Cathedral and Postdoctoral research fellow in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
• The decision of the panel is final
• The panel reserve the right not to award the prize
• Composers will retain all copyright to their works, except in the case of
the winner, to whom a publishing contract with Encore Publications may be offered. Subject to negotiation, the winner will assign the copyright in his/
her entry to Encore Publications on completion of the publishing contract. The publishing contract with the winner will be in line with industry standards in respect of royalty rates and other arrangements. If a publishing contract cannot be agreed between Encore Publications and the winner, or no entries are deemed suitably creditworthy for publication, then the judges and Encore Publications reserve the right not to publish any of the entries. If a publishing contract is awarded then the winner must submit a Sibelius file of the work.

Please direct any queries to Rachel Randall at:

 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova»
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Open to composers of any country, age and style, we present the 1st International Choral Composition Competition «Carmina Nova». Compositions for mixed choir “a capella” with religious text in Latin may be presented, for a minimum of 4 voices (SATB) and a maximum of 8 voices (SSAATTBB), and a duration of approximately 4 to 6 minutes.

The best work of the contest will be awarded with its absolute premiere at the Lent concert of the Coral Cármina Nova, and with the publication of the work.

The deadline for submission of works is December 15, 2019.

The competition rules and registration form are available here.

 Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition
Summary:Choir competition
Deadline: 01 November 2019
Date Posted: 21 August 2019
Details: Description:
Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in the Choral Composition Contest. Sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Choral Department. The goals of this program are to support composers of new music and to offer high quality, new literature for high school music education settings.

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

U.S. Dollar (USD)

Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2019

· Mixed choir (SATB) limited division is acceptable
· Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
· Two to five minutes' duration
· Unpublished works only
· Rights to the text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown.
· Choral music suitable for high school ensembles
· Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are not eligible
· Multiple submissions are permissible
· Sound files or links to recordings are encouraged
· First -- $500
· Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
· Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2020

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

Submission and Return Guidelines
· Entry fee of $15 per score. Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University Choir.
· Size of the manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2" by 11."
· All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by Eastern Michigan University and all copies destroyed after the concert.
· No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage is provided.

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

 Tonality is Collecting Composer Submissions
Summary:Choir seeks scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 25 July 2019
Details: Tonality, a professional choral ensemble that focuses on issues of social justice through diverse lenses, is looking for compositions to present for its 2019-20 season!


Immigration, Migrant Children, Refugees,
LGBTQ Support
Climate Change / Environmentalism
Restorative Justice

Prison Experience
Mental Health
Suicide Prevention

We will be offering three $300 cash prizes for compositions received. Preference will be given to scores that have not yet been performed. Additionally, in our quest to present diverse voices, we hope to receive compositions from composers from underrepresented demographics.

Please fill out the application below with a $15 submission fee. If the fee will cause significant financial hardship, please email for further instructions.
Entry Fee:$15

Summary:St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Republic of Ireland seeks new work
Deadline: 29 November 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: This award is for the commission of a new sacred work for the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Organ.

The new work will be premiered at the opening Festival Service of the 150th anniversary year on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 4pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, giving the composer a platform to showcase their talent.

The work will also be recorded by the Cathedral Choir on their new CD,
which will be produced earlier in the year and launched on Friday 25th September, 2020.

• Entry is open to anyone.
• Entrants must set the Evensong Canticles ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc dimittis’ in English and scored for SATB choir (with soprano divisi only, if deemed necessary) and an independent organ part. The texts are included at the end of this document and are in the original Book of Common Prayer translation.
• The work must be original and contain a written guarantee that it is solely the work of the composer.
• The work should not have been performed either in concert or service, or recorded commercially or privately.
• The panel reserves the right not to award the prize.
• In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the panel is final and is not open to appeal.
• Scores are sent at entrants’ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores nor return any material submitted.
• Scores may be submitted by hard copy (three copies of each piece) by post, or as a pdf by email.
• A completed application form must accompany each entry.
• Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 29th November 2019.
• €2,000 will be awarded to the winning composer.
• Only one application per composer will be accepted.
• The winning composer will retain the copyright of the commissioned work.

Questions relating to the 150th Anniversary Composition Competition 2020 can be sent to:

 Liturgy Alive: The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Composition Commission Competition
Summary:Choral competition with four categories
Deadline: 05 January 2020
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce Liturgy Alive, a composition competition to foster creative new choral music for the Catholic Mass. In an effort to encourage composers to write music for the Church, four choirs that lead music in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be awarding prizes for winning sacred choral compositions. In addition, the winning composition will be premiered at the Basilica in the Spring. More information and specific rules are available on the university website (see link, bottom).

2020 Competition Details
Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM EST on June 26, 2019 and 11:59 PM EST on January 5, 2020. The winner will be announced by February 17, 2020.

The University of Notre Dame Women's Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000

The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000

The University of Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $300
2nd prize: $150

The University of Notre Dame Basilica Schola Composition Commission Competition
1st prize: $1,000

For details on each:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct Payment into the Society’s Bank Account:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Received scores will not be returned to composers.

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

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

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

Composition Requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Fee:$40