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 Only unpublished songs that have received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.