Chorus Austin calls for entries in 4th annual Young Composers Competition

Composers, make your mark with pen, paper or computer. Chorus Austin is looking for your best work.

The choral organization is calling for entries in its 4th annual Young Composers Competition, offering the winner a cash prize and the chance to have the work premiered in concerts in spring 2017.

Competition requirements include:

  • Composers must be 30 years of age or younger by Dec. 31, 2016;
  • Composition must be from 2 to 5 minutes for any combination of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices;
  • Work may be a cappella or with piano accompaniment.

The winner receives a $1,200 cash prize and a live concert recording. The work will be performed by the Chorus Austin’s Chamber Ensemble, a select group of 32 voices under the baton of Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller, on its “Southwest Voices” concerts May 20 and May 21, 2017, in Austin. The winning composer will have the opportunity to work with the conductor and singers at select rehearsals and be acknowledged during performances. Any accommodations or travel expenses are the winner’s responsibility. Selection is by a panel of judges.

Composition entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2017; and the winner will be notified in early April 2017.

Previous winners include Joshua Fishbein, 2014, when he was a doctoral student at UCLA; Francisco José Carbonell, 2015, music director and organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis; and Michael Gaydeski, 2016, an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University.

Full information, including judging criteria and submission requirements, is available at

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