Khorikos International New Choral Music Competition

March 11, 2017 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

KHORIKOS, one of NYC’s top a cappella choirs, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition.


Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! A premiere is welcome, but not necessary.
One submission per composer. Must be a living composer, otherwise no age limits.
The winning compositions will be announced in June 2017.
KHORIKOS is a balanced choir of 32 SATB voices.
15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome.
Submission deadline is April 1st, 2017.
Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details).
Any level of technical difficulty welcome. From the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling, your imagination is the limit.
If selected, your music will be performed with meaningful aesthetic attention – not just a simple reading by a group of professionals.
The winning compositions will be performed in our beautiful home space, The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, in New York City’s historic SOHO.


We will select 20-30 works from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the members of KHORIKOS will select the winning compositions from there. Sending an audio file with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process for the singers – this can include a MIDI realization, rehearsal/performance recording, or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. The quality of this recording doesn’t matter as long as it sufficiently represents your score.

The 10 winning compositions will be announced in June 2017 and performed at The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua in NYC on September 23rd, 2017.

We will live stream our performance of the winning compositions, in order to make your music accessible to an international audience. Previous ORTUS competitions have drawn thousands of online viewers!

Please submit your scores via email to and include “new music for Khorikos” in the subject.

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