The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its 12th annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music.
Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2021) who are U.S. citizens or legal residents may submit one composition. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between three and five minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.
Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, with the following requirements: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry or verse (secular or sacred), hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged. The winner will be notified by September 30, 2021, and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $2,500, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2021, will be awarded to the winning composer. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST), May 31, 2021.
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