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ANCA Composition Competition 2018

Wed Aug 8 2018

ANCA is pleased to announce its Inaugural Composition Competition to encourage and support Australian Composers. Two sections have been announced, entry is free and the online entry form can be found on our website 


Open section for chamber choir

  • A capella or with piano accompaniment (may include optional additional solo accompanying instrument)
  • Duration – maximum of 9 minutes
  • PRIZE money $3,000/ $1,000/$500

Primary school choir or Children’s Choir

  • Must be accompanied by piano and of a maximum of two vocal parts.
  • Duration - maximum of 4 minutes
  • PRIZE money 1,000/$500/$300

This section is sponsored by the Devirra Group who will also sponsor the publishing of the 1st prize winner (conditions apply)


  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be awarded cash prizes.
  • The 1st prize winning work from each section will be performed at Choralfest in April 2019 in Fremantle.
  • The 1st prize winning work in each section will also be awarded a Manhasset music stand provided by Hal Leonard


  • December 19, 2018 - Deadline for receipt of entries
  • End January 2019, Winners advised
  • 13-16 April 2019 – Choralfest in Fremantle – Section winners to be announced and performed – Announcement and Concert time TBA  

More information available here

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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.



A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web:

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer |  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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