Cambridge Chamber Singers 17th Annual Composition Competition

July 21, 2016 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

The Cambridge Chamber Singers announces its 17th ANNUAL CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION. We are accepting entries through October 1, 2016, to be performed in May, 2017.

Deadline: E-mailed or dropboxed by October 1, 2016.
Prize: $700 and two performances;

There is no entry fee.

Submission criteria:

  • Original composition for a cappella, 4-6 part mixed choir, occasional divisi is acceptable;
  • Three to six minutes long;
  • Not previously performed in Massachusetts;
  • Anonymous submission:
    • Remove all names and identifying marks;
    • Provide a document, pdf or Word, containing your name, address, email and phone number;
  • Submit a legible score. In addition, recordings or synthesized versions are encouraged but are not required.
  • A maximum of two different scores may be submitted by each composer.
  • If the text is not public domain, include written permission to use it.
  • 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 these files are accessible until November 1, 2016.

The winning composition is to be performed in May of 2017 at the Cambridge Chamber Singers concerts in the Boston area. CCS encourages the composer’s attendance.

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

The winning composer must provide a final performance score by January 10, 2017. CCS will make 40 copies for the chorus.

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.

Send all electronic submissions to

For further information, email or call Martha Holmes at 617-965-7573.