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.

For our seventh Competition, we had our largest-ever pool of entries – 32 compositions from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Cerddorion is delighted to announce the winners:

First Place: “Lève-toi, et viens” – Karen Lemon (Sydney, Australia)


Second Place: “Ave Maria” – Jordan Andrew Davis (San Diego)


Honorable Mention: “The Fair-hair’d Girl” – Martin Sedek (New York)

Cerddorion will perform all three compositions on our upcoming program, Timeless Muse

Buy Tickets – May 31 at 8pm, Brooklyn Buy Tickets – June 2 at 3pm, Manhattan

Thanks to all our entrants, and to our 2018-19 judges Sidney Boquiren and Susan Kander.

Our eighth annual Emerging Composers Competition will open in September 2019. Click here for PDFs of past competition guidelines and  entry form.

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)