Choral Composition Competition

    The Choral Project's 5th Annual Choral Composition Contest 2014-15

    San José Choral Productions (SJCP) is pleased to bring back its annual choral composition contest. High school students (grades 9-12) and undergraduate college students are eligible to submit their works for consideration. First place prize is $1,000, a live performance of the work in June, a recording of the live performance, and possible publication with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

    • All submissions must be an original composition for piano accompanied or unaccompanied choir, four to six-part mixed choir (occasional eight-part divisi is acceptable).
    • Text may be sacred or secular. Text may be in any language. It is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission for the use of copyrighted text. If the text is not public domain, please include written permission to use it.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit a work that reflects the “Global Rhythms” theme of our Earthsongs concert series.
    • Performance time of the choral work should be three to six minutes in length.
    • All submissions must not have been previously commissioned, performed or published, and must have been composed within the last two years. Arrangements of previously composed works will not be considered.
    • The entry fee is $15. All checks must be made out to The Choral Project and in U.S. dollars.

    Postmark deadline: January 2, 2015
    Notification of winners: January 31, 2015

    Choral Composition Contest requirements and application ()

    Questions? Please contact Artistic Director Daniel Hughes for more information about the program.


    2008-2009 Winners:

    • First Place: "Song for the River," Collin Martin, Coto de Caza, CA
    • Second Place: "Aprill," Will Thomas, Rindge, NH
    • Third Place: "October Sky," Corey Smith, Temperance, MI

    2009-2010 Winners:

    • First Place (tie): "Pén Graté," Matteo Giuliani, GB Martini Conservatory, Bologna, Italy; and "Lullaby," Daniel B. Elder, University of Georgia
    • Third Place: "There Will Come Soft Rains," Joseph D. Kelly

    2010-2011 Winners:

    • First Place: "Grant Us Peace," Stephen Feigenbaum, Winchester, MA
    • Third Place (tie): "The Western Shore," Dale Sakamoto, Mission Viejo, CA; and "The Dancer," Nicolas Dahlquist, Lincoln, NE

    2011-2012 Winners:

    • First Place: "Purple and Pearl," Christian T. Martin, Cortland, NY
    • Second Place: "Beneath the Wave," Luke Flynn, Dubuque, IA
    • Third Place: "Come To Me," Matthew Emery, Vancouver, BC


      • Supported, in part, by a Cuiltural Affairs
        grant from the City of San José
        A grant from Silicon Valley Creates And First Republic Bank


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