Composition Competition   

We are no longer accepting submissions; please check back again in summer 2021 for information about our second annual competition. Thank you so much to all who submitted!

The Institute for Choral Creativity (ICC), in conjunction with the William Baker Choral Foundation, is thrilled to announce its first annual composition competition!

The ICC invites submissions of choral works from composers of any age, race, gender, or nationality; applicants’ only restriction is that they may not be current members of any William Baker Choral Foundation ensembles. Two prizes—first and second—will be awarded; the ICC reserves the right not to name a second prize winner.

The first prize winner will receive the following:

  • $1,000 cash prize;

  • Performance of the winning work in Kansas City, Atlanta, and at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston in May 2021*;

  • Publication through MusicSpoke;

  • Inclusion in the Jane Sullivan Choral Library and possible future performances by other ensembles in the William Baker Choral Foundation.

The second prize winner will receive the following:

  • $750 cash prize;

  • Performance of the winning work in Kansas City in May 2021*;

  • Inclusion in the Jane Sullivan Choral Library and possible future performances by other ensembles in the William Baker Choral Foundation.

 

( * Should the performance date need to be postponed due to COVID-19 or any other reason, the winning composer(s) will still receive their cash prize up front.)

Criteria for all submissions is as follows:

  • Must be written either for 1) SATB choir a cappella or 2) SATB choir with piano accompaniment;

  • Text may either be 1) in the public domain or 2) copyrighted if a letter of permission from the copyright owner is included with the submission;

  • Texts may be in any language—however, texts not in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish must include a pronunciation guide;

  • Must be between 3 and 6 minutes in length (multi-movement works are acceptable as long as they fall within the 3-6 minute window);

  • Divisi up to 8 parts (SSAATTBB) is allowed, but should be employed sparingly;

  • If a cappella, must include a piano reduction;

  • Must be anonymous—composers’ names and/or any identifying information must not appear anywhere on the score;

  • Must have been composed in the past ten (10) years;

  • Must not be published;

  • Must not have been previously performed in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, or South Carolina—the ICC encourages the submission of works which have never been performed;

  • Composers may submit up to two works.

 

To enter, please send the following as attachments to choralcreativity@gmail.com:

  • Completed score(s) in PDF format;

  • MIDI rendering(s) or performance recording(s) in MP3 format;

  • 250-word maximum biography in DOC or PDF format;

  • If applicable, a pronunciation guide for text(s) not in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish;

  • If applicable, a letter of permission from the text’s copyright owner.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM CST, November 15, 2020. The winner(s) will be notified by December 31, 2020.

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