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Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition

 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):


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


Look back
on Time
with kindly

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 Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.