Emerging Composers Competition 2017-18

Nurturing choral music as a living, evolving art is central to Cerddorion’s mission. We are pleased to announce our sixth annual Emerging Composers Competition, designed to foster the creation and performance of new works for mixed chorus.

Click here to download a PDF of the Application Form

Submission Guidelines

Works must be:

  • Scored for SATB a cappella (some divisi acceptable)
  • Approximately 3-5 minutes in length
  • Unpublished and unperformed
  • Submission of midi realizations is encouraged, but not required.

The winning composition will be premiered in June 2018 as part of a program titled To Be Sung On The Water.  Texts that relate to this theme are preferred, but not required.


Composers should be in the early stages of their professional careers, without substantial publishing credit, national awards, or commissions.  There is no age limit.

Panel of Judges

Bruce Saylor

David Stern

James John, Artistic Director, Cerddorion


1­st Prize – $300 plus performance and archival live recording

2nd Prize – performance and archival live recording

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize.

Previous Winners

2017: Bernardino Zanetti and Ron Anderson (tie for 1st prize)

2016:  Antonio Somma (1st prize), Kyle Pederson (2nd prize)

2015:  Craig Bakalian (1st prize), Francisco José Carbonell (2nd prize), Brian Mountford (honorable mention; no performance)

2014:  Steven Serpa (1st prize), Joshua Fishbein and Theo Popov (tie for 2nd prize)

2013:  Dominick DiOrio (1st prize; no other prizes awarded)

Submission Requirements:

  1. E-mail scores (in PDF format), along with any accompanying midi files, directly to James John (jmsjhn@aol.com).
  2. Scores must be submitted anonymously, with no identifying marks (name and contact information should appear on the application form only).
  3. Send application form and fee (check or money order payable to “Cerddorion NYC, Inc.”) to the following address:
    Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble – Attn: Emerging Composers Competition
    P.O. Box 946, Village Station
    New York, NY 10014-0
  4. Application fees may be submitted via PayPal by clicking the “Donate” link on Cerddorion’s website.
  5. Composers may submit more than one work, but a separate application form must be completed for each. 
  6. Style/Difficulty level: Visit www.cerddorion.org to get a sense of the group’s recent programming and repertoire.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2018.

Winner(s) will be notified by March 15th, 2018.

Performances will take place in Brooklyn and Manhattan in June 2018.  Composers are invited and encouraged to attend the performances, but we cannot provide funds for travel or accommodations.

Application Fee:  $25