Emerging Composers Competition

Nurturing choral music as a living, evolving art is central to Cerddorion’s mission. In 2012 we launched our annual Emerging Composers Competition to foster the creation and performance of new works for mixed chorus.

Submission Guidelines (click here for PDFs of these guidelines and the entry form)

1. Works must be:

  • Scored for SATB a cappella (some divisi acceptable)
  • Approximately 3-5 minutes in length
  • Unpublished and unperformed

2. The winning compositions will be premiered in Spring 2019 as part of a program titled Timeless Muse, featuring works from the past paired with later compositions they inspired. Entries related to this theme are preferred, but not required.

3. Composers may submit more than one work, but a separate entry form and fee must be completed for each. 

4. Submission of MIDI realizations is encouraged, but not required.

Visit our Past Performances page to get a sense of the styles and level of difficulty of Cerddorion’s repertoire.

Eligibility

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

Judges

TBA

Prizes

1st Prize – $300 plus performance on our May/June 2019 program and archival live recording

2nd Prize – Performance on our May/June 2019 program and archival live recording

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize.

Previous Winners

2018: David Åberg (1st prize), Bernardino Zanetti (2nd prize)

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)

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2019.

Winner(s) will be notified by March 15th, 2019.

Performances will take place in Brooklyn on May 31, 2019, and in Manhattan on June 2, 2019.  Composers are invited and encouraged to attend the performances, but we cannot provide funds for travel or accommodations.

Application Fee:  $25

Click here for PDFs of these guidelines and the entry form