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The Sewanee Church Music Conference Choral Composition Prize

9:00am 17th January 2018 - 5:00pm 15th March 2018

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Venue Name: Montgomery
Venue Address: Montgomery, Alabama, US
Event Type: Competitions
Cost: $25.00 US per composition

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The Sewanee Church Music Conference Choral Composition Prize

The Sewanee Church Music Conference was founded in 1951, and since then it has been a leader in continuing education for liturgical church musicians. We are honored to hold our first choral composition competition, which is generously supported by Don Dupee in memory of Everett Summerall and by an anonymous gift.

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  • Opportunity: The Sewanee Church Music Conference seeks original, unpublished works for mixed chorus (SATB) with organ, or unaccompanied. One cash prize of $1500.00 US will be awarded.
  • Application deadline: Scores must be received by March 1, 2018
  • Award notification: March 15, 2018
  • Eligibility: no restrictions with regard to age, gender, nationality, etc.
  • Submission fee: $25.00 US per composition
  • Award: The winner will be awarded $1500.00 US and have his/her work performed at the 2018 Sewanee Church Music Conference.
  • Details: We are seeking a work of 3 to 6 minutes duration written for mixed (SATB) chorus with organ or unaccompanied. No piano-accompanied works will be considered. Liturgical settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis will be considered as a single composition (one fee), and together may exceed the 6 minute limit.
    • Text: Must be in English or Latin, and suitable for performance in a Christian worship service. The text should be in the public domain, or be free of copyright restrictions.
    • The work should be of medium or average difficulty.
    • The work must be currently unpublished. The composer is free to pursue publication after the competition.

Submitting your work:
  1. Fee: $25.00 US per composition. Fees may be paid through PayPal using the email address below; or by check payable to Sewanee Church Music Conference mailed to E.L. DuBose at the address below. Composers may submit as many works as they like.
  2. The winner retains all rights to his/her work.
  3. Any work with a copyright-protected text must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, poet or author.
  4. By submitting your score, you authorize SCMC to make copies of your work for rehearsal and performance purposes. Publishing rights are yours after the competition. No further distribution of the work will occur via SCMC.
  5. Scores may be submitted as hard copies or in a portable data file (pdf) format. Please submit a copy with the composer's name removed or blotted out. All aspects of judging are "blind".
  6. Recordings of your work, live or audio file, are strongly encouraged, if available. This may be submitted on CD or as an mp3 file.
  7. Do not send originals. Copies only. No materials will be returned.
  8. Please send a letter containing your name, address, phone number and email address so you may be contacted if you are awarded.
  9. Please send a brief composer biography.
  10. A performance history and composer's program notes for each work submitted.

Scores should be sent to:

E.L. DuBose
P.O. Box 240742
Montgomery, AL 36124-0742
eldubose@gmail.com
(334) 313-0667
 
Deadline: Submissions must be received by March 1, 2018
If there are any questions, or if you do not receive confirmation of receipt from us within 48 hours via email or seven days via postal service (or by the competition deadline), please give us a call at the number above.


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