The Bach Choir Composers’ Competition

January 6, 2016 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

The Bach Choir are pleased to invite composers of any age to submit an original work for adult SATB choir, children’s choir, and an ensemble of piano, bass, selected percussion, and solo flute/piccolo, lasting 15-20 minutes, telling the story of Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The winning entrant will be invited to attend rehearsal(s) in person, where they will have the opportunity to workshop the piece with members of The Bach Choir and young people. The winning entry will be performed in a leading London venue in summer 2017.

The jury comprises David Hill (Musical Director, The Bach Choir), John Rutter (President, The Bach Choir), Nick Cutts (General Manager, The Bach Choir), Sam Wilcock (Creative Manager, Music Sales).

For more information and the full Call for Submissions, please contact Outreach Administrator Chloë Treharne:

Composition Prize 2016 – Elysians Singers

December 21, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Composers are invited to submit music for unaccompanied choir and may set
some or all of the words of one of the following psalms: 53, 56, 83.

The jury panel to select the three winners will comprise:

•    The choir’s patron, composer Sir James MacMillan MBE.
•    Baritone and composer, Roderick Williams.
•    Our musical director, Sam Laughton.
•    Novello & Co Ltd representative, Dan Rollison.

The prizes include:
•    your works being performed in London by the Elysian Singers at our concert on 15 October 2016 at St James’s Piccadilly;
•    cash prizes of £250, £150, and £50,
•    the possibility of being published, by Novello

The deadline for submissions is 29 February 2016 and details rules are available on our website.




December 7, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

This year we are looking for a two minute a cappella choral composition, arranged for SAT.

The entries will be judged by a specialist panel, including choral specialist Daniel Galbreth (conductor and composition PhD student at Birmingham Conservatoire) and Music Teacher Editor Alex Stevens.

The winning composition will be introduced by Julian Lloyd-Webber and performed live at Music Education Expo 2016 by an affiliate youth choir of Birmingham Conservatoire.

If your students are keen to have their work heard by hundreds of attendees, filmed and audio recorded, and performed by a first-rate conservatoire-affiliated ensemble, then get them to enter today! You can download our handy poster to display in your department here.

In association with Birmingham Conservatoire.
Work premiered on The Expo Stage at lunchtime on day one of Music Education Expo (Thursday 25 February 2016) by a youth choir affiliated with Birmingham Conservatoire
Performance audio and video recorded, with footage available for the composer
Work printed in the April edition of Music Teacher magazine
Plus further prizes to be confirmed!
Submission: postal and electronic (PDF or scans) accepted, handwritten or notation software submissions accepted
Age limit: 18yrs and under
Format: SAT, a cappella and appropriate to mixed ability (choir members will be in the 11-16yrs age range)
Duration: maximum 2 minutes
Please send your entries to with the subject line ‘Expo Composition Competition’ or Louise Greener, Expo Composition Competition, Rhinegold Media & Events Ltd, 20 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QZ

Deadline: Friday 8th January

Chorus Polaris Call for Scores

December 4, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Chorus Polaris is performing Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, KV 339 in April with an ensemble of 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, violins, cello, bass, and organ (no violas). They are looking for music for instrumental music that might complement the Mozart: music for organ + trumpet(s), trombone(s), or strings. Choral music for brass and choir would be welcome, too.
In either case, submitted works should be:
between roughly 3 to 10 minutes in length, and
appropriate to complement Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore – a set of 6 psalms for orchestra and chorus.
The instrumentations could be:
2 trumpets + 2 or 3 trombones
organ + 1 or 2 trumpets
organ + 2 trumpets + 2 or 3 trombones
organ + 1, 2, or 3 trombones
organ + 1 or 2 violins
organ + 1 cello
Scores submitted as PDFs are preferred, and should be sent
Hard copy scores can be mailed to:
John Hoffacker
9738 Purgatory Rd
Eden Prairie, MN 55347.

Questions? Contact:


November 25, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Basic info:
– “New Voices Project” by San Francisco Choral Artists
– All composers under age 30 are eligible
– SATB a cappella chamber choir piece (4 minutes max)
– No fees
– Due Jan 1, 2006
– Contact:
– Specific information:

New Voices Project For Composers Under Age 30
Call for Scores

Since its inception in 2005, San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project for composers under age 30 has solicited and performed original compositions with the objective of promoting the composition of high-quality music for chamber choir by the next generation of composers. The invitation is now open for the 2015-16 season.

The first prize winner receives a $500 cash prize, and all winners receive a professional-quality recording of the performance.

The 2015–16 Competition: For our March concerts entitled “Prayers from the Ark: Songs of Lamentation and Jubilation,” we seek an unperformed work, 4 minutes or less in length, for SATB a cappella choir, on a Jewish theme or text. It may include some body percussion; divisi to 8 parts or fewer.

Submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 1, 2016.

Basic Requirements
– Composer must be under age 30 as of June 1, 2015, and a USA resident.
– Composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.
– Each composer may submit up to three works.

Requirements of the Work
– Up to 4 minutes in length; list the length on the score.
– The work may not have had prior public performance or recording, nor may one take place before April 1, 2016.
– For SATB a cappella chamber choir. May include some body percussion; divisi to 8 parts or fewer.
– The work should address the required theme. Explanation may be included if necessary.
– Text may include spoken word, and may be in any language. A typed copy of the full original text, with facing line-by-line English translation, must be provided. If non-standard language(s) are used, a pronunciation guide must be included.
– Include a note with your text stating if it is in the public domain or not. If texts are copyrighted, written proof of permission of use must be provided.
– Score and texts should be submitted in PDF form. MP3 files will be accepted in addition to scores; mp3 file name should include Composer’s name.
– Composer’s name, birth date, and complete composer contact information–including USPS postal address–should be printed on each score.

***Submission Process***
Submissions should include the application form, score and text(s), attached as PDF(s). Submissions must be date-stamped by January 1, 2016, and either (1) emailed with covering email to; or (2) submitted as two unbound copies via USPS to San Francisco Choral Artists / New Voices Project, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3619. Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.

Up to three winners will be selected. The first-prize winner will receive $500. All composer(s) and work(s) selected for participation in this program will receive the following:
– The selected work(s) will be premiered by SFCA at three concerts in March 2016 in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto, California.
– One or more phone consultations with SFCA’s Artistic Director, Magen Solomon, on vocal and performance issues, and in order to prepare the work for rehearsal and premiere.
– Two complimentary tickets for each performance of the work.
– A professional-quality recording of one performance of the work.
– We regret that no travel funds are available.

Concurso de composición

November 15, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Kromátika Vocal Group in its efforts to promote choral singing voice and musical culture in general, announces the first edition of the International Competition of Choral Composition “KROMÁTIKA”. This initiative responds to the strong interest of the group to support choral music and contemporary composers, whether they belong to the national or foreign sphere, and trying to bring these authors and their works to the public.


1. Composers of all nationalities and age are eligible for the competition.

2. Composers may submit up to three compositions, which must be original, that is, must not have been performed, published, awarded in another contest or recorded or broadcast by any media.

3. The work presented will be for mixed choir “a cappella” and will have a minimum duration of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes, being the theme free.

4. The compositions must be presented with clear graphics and pdf format by email to the address of the Kromátika Vocal Group,, not being able to indicate the author’s name in them and writing a pseudonym instead. Mails will be sent with the subject “I Kromátika Composition Competition” and attaching, besides the work/s, the application form duly completed and signed in accordance with the composer commitment to abide by the rules of the organization and the jury’s decision.

The jury will receive the scores under the pseudonym and will never know the personal data of the author until after declaring its decision.

5. The deadline for sending the works will be Sunday December 6, 2015 at 10 p.m. Works submitted after this date and time will be disqualified, just like all those not conforming to these rules.

6. A single prize will be awarded, consisting of the recording and inclusion of the winning work in the album that Kromátika Vocal Group will release during the first term of 2016. The competition organizers are committed to making the widest possible dissemination of the winning work, both in the sale of the CD and different music sale and distribution platforms, like Spotify or iTunes. The prize may not be declared void.

7. Regardless of property rights of the work are the author’s, the winner commits to make known, during the next three years after being awarded the prize, in any edition, either score, book, cd recording, concert program, radio, television or film, in short, always the work is presented, both in Spain and abroad, the legend: “KROMÁTIKA” AWARD – First International Choral Composition Competition, Spain, 2015.

8. The jury, formed by both the musical and artistic direction of the Kromátika Vocal Group, will select five finalists between the works received and proclaim one of those five as winner of the competition, based on artistic and formal criteria, and ensuring that the winning work adjusts to the vocal and interpretative possibilities of the choir. Except the winning work, the remaining compositions will be destroyed by the organization at the end of the contest.

9. The jury will issue its decision on December 29, 2015. It will be notified personally to the winner by the organization of the contest and publicly reported on the following websites:,

10. If, once solved the competition, it is justified that the winning work does not meet the conditions described in this call, the author will be stripped of his award, selecting the jury one of the other four works selected as the winner.

11. Participation in this competition implies full acceptance of its terms and conditions, being the final decision of the jury unappealable.

12. The interpretation of these rules will be the sole responsibility of the competition organization.

More information and terms and conditions for downloading in:

Shakespeare Love Song

November 11, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

The Fourth Choir is announcing a choral composition competition to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare which will fall on 23 April 2016. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1000 and the winning composition will be premièred by the Fourth Choir at a Memorial Concert on 23 April 2016 in London’s historic Middle Temple Hall.

The Adjudication Panel will consist of the Fourth Choir’s Artistic Director, Dominic Peckham, its Associate Music Director, Andrea Brown, and its Resident Composer, Alexander Campkin.

All information on how to enter can be found at the following site:

GC Call for Choral Compositions

November 4, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside


The Georgia College Choral Ensembles invites submissions for its inaugural call for scores from all living composers. Selected entries will be performed on the choirs’ spring concert entitled, Music Lives, on Saturday, April 16 in Milledgeville at First Baptist Church.


  • No submission fee
  • Only one submission per composer
  • The composition may be a cappella, for keyboard or solo instruments (electro-acoustic works will not be considered).
  • A piano reduction and/or audio file or link (MIDI acceptable) is recommended for review.
  • Works must be for mixed choir or women’s choir ( see ensemble descriptions below).
  • Works must not exceed six (6) minutes.
  • Single movements from larger works, not to exceed six (6) minutes, are acceptable.
  • Text must either be in public domain or the composer must have permission to use it.
  • Approximately twelve works may be chosen for the concert.
  • Each selected composer must submit final copies of choral score, accompaniment score (including piano reduction for rehearsal) and/or obbligato parts within two (2) weeks of selection.
  • Each selected composer will be invited to attend rehearsal(s) in person or by video conference, and/or meet with the choir, and/or be present for the performance.
  • Chosen composers will be notified by January 1, 2016.


Please email your submissions to and submit the following form which includes the items below:

  • Name, phone number, mailing address, and email address
  • Full score as PDF
  • Title, instrumentation, and duration of work
  • URL to a recording or MIDI file of the piece
  • If you have trouble submitting to choral, please submit to

JAM’s Call for Music is now OPEN!

September 25, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Successful submissions will be performed at JAM’s 2016 season launch concert at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London on 17th March 2016.  The concert will be performed by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ), conducted by Michael Bawtree.  The submissions will be joined by JAM’s stunning commission by Thea Musgrave The Voices of our Ancestors.  This performance will be professionally recorded for your use in publicising your work.  Submissions may have repeat performances around the UK.

The criteria for submitting is as follows:

Submit music for choir, brass quintet and organ, or any combination of these forces.  A solo trumpet piece, is just as relevant as an organ and tenor piece or one for all forces.

Anyone aged 18 or over may submit music to JAM if they are born, living or studying in the UK.

A maximum time limit of 10 minutes per piece is stipulated. There is no minimum limit – a short fanfare is just as relevant as a 10 minute piece for all the forces.

JAM will also be holding composition masterclasses this Autumn in London and Oxford with tutors Judith Bingham (composer),  Daniel Cook (suborganist at Westminster Abbey) and Tim Jackson (composer and principal french horn at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic).

Please go to or click here for full details on how to submit and register your interest in JAM’s masterclasses.

2016 Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award

September 25, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

2016 Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award

Soochow University (Suzhou, China) invites composers of any age and nationality to submit 1-2 work samples to be considered for the Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award. The winner will receive a monetary prize of $2,500 U.S. dollars, international airfare to attend the work’s rehearsals and premier at Soochow University, and lodging in Suzhou while in residence in the fall of 2016.

The commissioned work will be a chamber piece between 7-10 minutes for 3-8 players drawing from the following instruments:

(1) flute (picc., alto, bass)
(1) oboe (English horn)
(1) clarinet in Bb (bass clarinet)
(1) bassoon
(1) saxophone (soprano, alto)
(1) horn
(1) tenor trombone
(1) percussion (orchestral and mallet)
(1) piano
(1) harp
(1) violin
(1) viola
(1) cello
(1) double bass

The work may also include traditional Chinese instruments (depending on availability of performers) and/or electronics (fixed or live – up to 4 microphones). Multimedia is not possible at this time.

Soochow University School of Music Faculty–artists will premiere the work. The premier performance will be recorded. The winner will also be invited to give a guest lecture on their music while in residence.

Those who wish to be considered for this commission award should send the following to by November 15, 2015:

1. Up to two scores in PDF format demonstrating the individual’s aesthetic in chamber music composition for at least three performers (please use LASTNAME_TITLE.pdf format)
2. Accompanying recordings in mp3 format (files should be no larger than 20MB – please use LASTNAME_TITLE.mp3 format)
3. Curriculum Vitae including list of works and contact information
4. Brief statement describing musical ideas and aesthetic direction for the proposed new composition (one page or less)

Hard copies of recordings or scores will not be accepted.

The winning composer will be notified via email before November 26, 2015.

Any questions may be directed to Dr. Robert McClure:

Choral and Organ Composition Competition

September 11, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

Spark, Greyfriars Festival of Worship and the Arts has launched a composition competition in two categories for a choral work and an organ work as part of its aim to encourage the creation of new music for worship in the church and to mark the 25th birthday of the installation of the Peter Collins pipe organ in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.

Composers of all ages are invited to submit an entry in either or both categories.

The judging process will include a public performance finals day in which shortlisted works will be rehearsed and performed by the Quodlibet Chorale,  directed by Iain McLarty, and organists Peter Backhouse (St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh) and Henry Wallace (Greyfriars Kirk). The winning entry in each category will receive a cash prize of £800.

The competition judges will be the composer James MacMillan, Hugh MacDonald, co-artistic director of the Lammermuir Festival, and Richard Frazer, Minister of Greyfriars Kirk.

The finals day will also include a plenary interview with James MacMillan and give a chance to learn more from him about his approach to writing choral music, and in particular sacred music.






A prelude of around 5 minutes in length, based upon any one of the following tunes from Church Hymnary Fourth Edition (this book is also published outside Scotland under the title Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise):

5. Tramps and Hawkers

6. Stroudwater

19. St George’s Edinburgh

21. Garelochside

27. Taladh Chriosta

31. I waited patiently for God

32. Martyrdom

34. Martyrs

43. Resignation

50. Caithness

55. Creator God

59. Irish

69. Dunfermline

70. Kilmarnock

81. French

84. Old 124th

141. Life of the World

158. London New

165. Bonnie George Campbell

237. Cardross

272. St Paul (Aberdeen)

386. Pulling Bracken

425. St Andrew (Tans’ur)

533. Kelvingrove

548. Stracathro

676. Lansdowne

715. Glasgow

716. Lewis Folk Melody

722. Leaving Lismore

724. Dream Angus



An organ-accompanied anthem of around 5 minutes in length, based upon part or all of one of the following Psalms of David:

8, 16, 29, 40, 61, 66, 67, 91, 103.

Composers are free to choose any translation of the psalms and there is no prejudice towards older or more recent translations. The judges may take into account the way that the text and music complement each other.

Compositions should have organ accompaniment and be for maximum forces of SATB choir (no divisi). Other voice combinations such as SABar, two voices or unison are also acceptable. Compositions should be capable of being performed by a competent rather than virtuosic parish choir and organist.

Shortlisted composers’ entries will be rehearsed prior to performance in a public competition final, between 11am-5pm on Saturday 31st October, 2015, at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.


The winning works will be included in the Greyfriars Worship Book, which is a new worship resource that will be made available to the wider church by Greyfriars Kirk.

The composers of the winning work agree that the works may be made available free of charge on the Greyfriars Kirk and Church of Scotland Different Voices website.

The copyright of the winning works will remain with Greyfriars Kirk.

The closing date for submitting scores is 30th September 2015, and this will be strictly adhered to. Scores should be sent to the Artistic Associate of Greyfriars Kirk, Martin Ritchie, by email (PDF) to or by mail to Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ

Please contact Martin by email if you have any queries.

Contemporary Classical Improv Carols

September 6, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

The Après-Garde Ensemble invites all composers to submit contemporary classical holiday music to be performed in December. Pieces should include any degree of improvisation and alternative notation (including graphic and/or prose elements), and they should be inspired by the holiday/winter season (which isn’t to say necessarily Christmas).

Submissions should be for open instrumentation, meaning any combination of 2-6 instruments. Pieces may also include parts for competent but not professional voice (baritone).

Pieces should be anywhere from 30 seconds to 8 minutes in length.

Please email submissions to

The Après-Garde Ensemble is dedicated to performing music that blurs the distinction between avant-garde jazz and experimental classical music. The group’s repertoire primarily consists of works that use free improv​isatio​n, alternative methods of notation, experi​mental instru​mental practices, and aleatoric methods within a compos​itional context. While the Après-Garde ensemble functions as a composers’ collective by playing original works, the group also performs works by established experi​mental composers such as Daniel Goode, Frederic Rzewski, and Gavin Bryars.

Internationaler LANXESS–Kompositionswettbewerb für junge Komponisten

August 17, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by newmusicscotland

In the framework of the festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne) a composition competition will take place for the sixth time in 2016. Composers up to 30 years are invited to present a new work for vocal sextet.
§ 1 Basic data of the competition
The jury will select three compositions for completion within ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (30th
of April – 10th of May 2016). The jury consists of the following members:
• Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn, composer (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)
• Werner Wittersheim (editor WDR 3)
• Michael Ostrzyga, conductor of the final concert (UMD Universität zu Köln)
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§ 2 Conditions of participation
1. All composition students born on or after 1 January 1986 are entitled to participate.
2. Deadline for the submission of applications is November 30, 2015. They have to be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH and must meet the following requirements:
I. Five copies of the score have to be sent anonymously by registered mail.
Instructions for the performance have to be enclosed and scores must be easily
II. The submitted composition must never have been published, recorded and
performed before. Exception: Performances in the framework of conservatory or
university events. A detailed list has to be enclosed.
III. Candidates must ensure that nothing that could make it possible to identify
them appears anywhere on the score. Otherwise the work will be excluded from the competition. Each document has to be clearly labelled with the code name (title). This code replaces the candidates name and is the sole means of identifying the work.
IV. Permitted are works for vocal sextet with a maximum duration of 15 minutes.
3. In addition to the composition a sealed enveloped which is only labelled with the code name has to be sent. This must contain a data medium with:
I. the completed application form
II. a copy of the applicant’s passport (or ID Card)
III. a valid certificate of study
IV. a short biography including a work list
V. a current high-resolution photograph (300dpi on 10x15cm)
VI. a short work description (max. 15 lines) including the work title (code name)
4. The applications have to be submitted in English or German. Expenses for transmission will not be refunded by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH.
5. The material for the performance of the selected compositions must be sent to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH by February 15, 2016 and must be made available free of charge.
§ 3 Decisions of the jury
1. The jury will select the three finalists based upon its own artistic estimation by January 22, 2016. In case of a high quantity of applications throughout the jury is entitled to appoint an assistant jury. This does not restrict the jury’s power of decision.
2. The judges will announce the laureates following the performance. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be legally changed.
§ 4 Benefits for the finalists
1. The selected works will be realised within the framework ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für
Köln. In addition, documentation is planned.
2. ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH is responsible for the organisation of all travel and hotel requirements during the rehearsal and concert period for the three finalist’s works and will bear all costs involved. Other costs will be covered by per Diems of € 20/day.
§ 5 Agreement
1. Non selected materials will not be utilized by ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH; potential archival use will remain unaffected. The sent in scores will only be returned by request.
2. By participating in the competition, the finalists cedes to ACHTBRÜCKEN GmbH, free of charge:
I. The performance rights for the world premiere and for further performances within the framework of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
II. The exclusive and unrestricted spatiotemporal right to record, reproduce and broadcast the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln.
III. In addition, the right to communicate to the public all performances of the finalist’s works within the context of ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, by all available communication media (television, radio, internet etc.), both in Germany and abroad.
3. The composer must ensure that the nominated work will not be performed publicly until the competition is finished.
Deadline for entries: November 30, 2015
ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln
Juliane Höttges Bischofsgartenstr. 1
50667 Köln
+ 49 (0) 221 – 20408392


Church of the Servant 2015 New Psalm Contest

August 7, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral by newmusicscotland

In an effort to encourage Psalm-singing, Church of the Servant invites congregational songwriters to submit a Psalm-based song to its 2015 COS New Psalm Contest. The winner will receive a $500 award. There is no entry fee and the contest is open to all. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by October 1, 2015. The song will be premiered in worship on January 31, 2016.
Church of the Servant is a Christian Reformed Church with a rich history of encouraging the arts in worship. Its worship is Reformed, liturgical, participatory, eclectic, and open to creative new worship expressions. This contest is made possible by a generous donation in memory of Ben Fackler, who loved all things musical.

 A congregational song based on a Psalm or a
significant portion of a Psalm.
 Any musical style or lyrical form. Creativity is
 Settings may include solo, choir, readers, and
instrumentalists, as long as the congregation is
given a significant role. Available musicians
include piano (no organ), choir, cantors/vocal
soloists, a variety of advanced instrumentalists,
string ensemble, Joyful Noise Orchestra (small
orchestra), Guitarchestra (folk ensemble of
guitars, fiddle, accordion, etc), and hand
 Settings of less frequently sung Psalms are
always encouraged.
 Music submissions should be at minimum in
lead sheet (melody, lyrics, chord symbols) or
hymn (two staves, four parts) format. Fully
notated accompaniment parts are encouraged,
and MP3 demos can be helpful. Multi-page full
scores are acceptable, but please include in
your submission a version that is no longer
than two pages.
 Texts without music will be considered, but
should include tune suggestions. New music for
old texts (“re-tuned hymns”) will be
considered, but text must be public domain or
include statement of author’s permission.
 Submissions may be emailed as PDF
attachments to or mailed to
New Psalm Contest, Church of the Servant,
3835 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
 Do not print your name or identifying marks on
the music itself. Instead, include all contact
information in the body of the email or in a
cover letter.
 No more than two submissions per person.
 The contest is open to everyone (except the
 Please do not resubmit songs entered in this
contest previously.
 Only unpublished songs that have received
no awards may be submitted. If a song has
been self-published (website, blog, etc.),
please include link or information in cover
 If a submission is co-authored or uses
copyrighted material, proof of permission
must be included.
 Submissions will not be returned. Please do
not send original copies.
 All submissions must be emailed or
postmarked by October 1, 2015.
 Submissions will be judged on their quality
and usability at Church of the Servant.
 $500 will be awarded the winner. Judges
have the right to award no winner or divide
the award money as they see fit.
 Contest results will be made public by
December 1, 2015.
 Premiere will take place in worship at
Church of the Servant on January 31, 2016.
The winning composer is welcome to attend,
but travel funds are not available.
 Composer retains all rights to the song and is
encouraged to seek publication.
 All future dissemination of the song will
include the phrase “Winner of the Church of
the Servant 2015 New Psalm Contest, in
memory of Ben Fackler.”
 Winner grants Church of the Servant the
right to use the song in its worship and
publicize his/her name.

The Ray Bardsley Carol Composition Prize 2015

August 7, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by newmusicscotland

The Ray Bardsley Carol Composition Prize 2015

Dorking Choral Society’s inaugural composition competition

Dorking Choral Society is pleased to announce its inaugural composition competition, the Ray Bardsley Carol Competition 2015.

Open to composers of all ages and nationalities, and adjudicated by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, and Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, Stephen Jackson, composers are invited to submit a short seasonal work suitable for an amateur choral society, either a cappella or with piano accompaniment.

Dorking Choral Society is delighted to announce a composition competition, to be adjudicated by Judith Weir and Stephen Jackson

Competition Rules
Brief: A short carol for SATB choir, suitable for an amateur choral society. Occasional divisis are
acceptable in the soprano or alto line. The work may be a cappella (unaccompanied), or
accompanied by piano or organ.

Duration: 3 – 5 minutes
Text: Composers may choose their own carol text, which may be sacred or secular in content.
This must be non-copyright and public domain.
Performance: Friday 18 December 2015 7.30pm at St Joseph’s RC Church, Falkland Grove, Dorking, RH4
Dorking Choral Society, conducted by Hilary Campbell
Deadline: Monday 12 October. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
Adjudicators: Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and Stephen Jackson, Director of the BBC
Symphony Chorus

Anyone, regardless of age or nationality, may enter, other than those persons affiliated with the competition.

Members of Dorking Choral Society and their close relatives, and persons connected to the competition and their close relatives are not eligible to enter.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200

All shortlisted composers will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the concert.

Candidates should submit two bound, double-sided hard copies of the score, computer typeset (handwritten copies are not acceptable).
The score must include a piano reduction for rehearsal purposes.
Candidates should also submit a CV and/or biography, and include contact details.
Entries should be sent to: Dorking Choral Society, c/o Cotswolds, Martineau Drive, Dorking, RH4 2PN
An electronic copy (in PDF format) of the score and a midi file should also be e-mailed to:

Selection Process
A shortlist of up to 6 entrants will be chosen and notified no later than 2 November 2015.
All shortlisted entrants must attend the concert on Friday 18 December 2015, when the pieces will be
premiered in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The judges will select and announce the winners at the end of the concert and will award prizes.
The judges’ selection of the winners is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Text Copyright and Permissions
It is the candidate’s own responsibility to ensure that the text they have set is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright conditions. Failure to do so will disqualify the entry concerned.

Copyright in your composition will remain with you after the premiere and the aforementioned permission is
non-exclusive. You can continue to use the material in any way you wish and you can also permit others to use the material.

All entries, including composers’ details, may be used in publicity campaigns post competition. Photographs
of winning entries may also be used in publicity campaigns.

The shortlisted entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

General Competition Rules
By submitting your composition, you grant to Dorking Choral Society, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way they wish. In order that Dorking Choral Society can use your composition you must confirm that your composition is:
Your own original work.
Has not previously been performed or published.
Does not infringe any UK laws.

You have the right to give Dorking Choral Society permission to use it for the purposes specified above.
All candidates submitting entries must enclose a signed affirmation that the submitted composition is entirely their own original work and free from plagiarism of the work of others. This affirmation should also state that the text set in the submission is in the public domain and copyright free. The candidates themselves are liable if either of these assertions turns out to be untrue.

Dorking Choral Society reserves the right to alter the competition rules due to unforeseen circumstances.
Any competitor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The adjudicators’ decision is final.

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them by entering the

Call for scores: Choral composition workshop with BBC Singers & Judith Weir

July 23, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by newmusicscotland

Scores are now being accepted for Choir & Organ magazine’s Choral Composition Workshop, run by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE, in partnership with the BBC Singers.

The BBC Singers, conducted by Matthew Hamilton, will workshop up to 6 choral compositions, pre-selected by Judith Weir and Michael Emery, BBC Singers Senior Producer, who will offer constructive feedback to the composers.

Criteria for submissions
Composers must be studying composition at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a university or conservatoire.

Full guidelines available to download from, including BBC Singers’ 10 basic requirements for choral scores.

How to submit
Please send two hard copies of your score: one on unbound single-sided A4; one on double-sided A4 (stapled at the spine if appropriate). Please include your name on your scores and a covering letter with your contact details including email address and telephone number. If your piece is selected we will contact you by 14 August. Please do not submit originals. Scores will not be returned and should be clearly legible. By submitting your piece you confirm that you are available to attend the workshop on 1 September.

Send scores to: BBC Singers Room 24, Choir & Organ Composer Workshop, BBC Studios, Delaware Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2LG

Deadline for submission of scores: Friday 31 July 2015

The workshop will take place on 1 September 2015 at BBC Maida Vale Studio 2, London W9, 2-5pm.
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance:…

Full details are available on Choir & Organ’s website:

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