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Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame Commissioning Competition

 Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame Commissioning Competition
Summary:Choral Competition
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 19 September 2018
Details: About the Choir
Our Lady's Consort is a student choral club at University of Notre Dame that sponsors and maintains an advanced 16-member chamber choir made up of Notre Dame undergraduate students. Formed in early 2016, the ensemble gave its inaugural performance in New York City at the place where the University’s founder first presided at Mass upon his arrival to the America from France. Since that performance, the choir has performed such major works at Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Copland’s In the Beginning, among several world premieres. In its upcoming season, Our Lady’s Consort will premiere Caleb Wenzel’s Seven Last Words, an immersive interdisciplinary performance work exploring the injustice of capital punishment.

The composer must set this text, in Latin, in its entirety:
Senex puerum portabat:
puer autem senem regebat:
quem virgo peperit,
et post partum virgo permansit:
ipsum quem genuit, adoravit.

An ancient held up an Infant,
but the Infant upheld the ancient.
A Child he was that a Virgin bore,
and kept her as Virgin evermore.
The one whom she brought forth, she did adore.
Translation by David Fraser

Composition Guidelines
The composition must be for unaccompanied mixed choir, up to SSAATTBB.
The composition must be an original work with no prior performances.
Duration should not exceed 5 minutes.

All United States of America residents or in all 50 states aged 18 or older. There is no entry fee.
Members of Our Lady’s Consort and their immediate families are inelligible.

Score Submission
Scores must be typeset using notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Scores must be submitted as a PDF attachment to with the subject line “OLC Call for Scores.” An MP3 mock-up of the composition may accompany the submission but is not required.
In publications of the winning composition (whether self-published or with a publishing house) must contain the following subheading:
for Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame
Caleb R. Wenzel, music director
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The winner will be announced by January 1, 2019.
The composer retains all copyright ownership of the composition.
The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort to present the premiere public performance on February 2, 2019. The winning composer agrees to allow Our Lady’s Consort use of the composition for social media, and other information campaigns.

A world premiere performance during our annual Candlemass Vespers on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame.
An audio/video recording of the premiere for composer’s use without restriction.
A cash prize of $500.
Our Lady’s Consort reserves the right to not award a prize if no submitted works are satisfactory. The decision of the judges are final.

Our Lady’s Consort is a student club of University of Notre Dame; this call for scores and its prize are entirely awarded by Our Lady’s Consort.