Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

The Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming recognizes member choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music.


The panel for this award considers the following criteria:

  • The number of works performed that have been written in the last 25 years
  • Variety and creativity of new music performed during the most recently completed season

The selection panel gives special attention to commissioned works and to world, North American, and regional premieres.

Winners of this award receive an engraved plaque and a cash award. Winners are selected by an anonymous panel of choral composers appointed by Chorus America and are newly chosen each year.


There are two categories for this award:

  • Category #1: All adult choruses (professional, volunteer, symphony/opera) Two awards will be given in this category.*
  • Category #2: Children and youth choruses*

Past recipients are eligible to reapply five years after winning.

*Please note: Both categories are mutually exclusive. A chorus may not apply on behalf of its children's chorus in Category #2 and also on behalf of its adult community chorus in Category #1 in the same year. Similarly, a chorus that applies for the Adventurous Programming Award (in categories #1 or #2) may not also apply for the Alice Parker Award in the same year. Choruses selected to receive the Adventurous Programming Award may not apply in future years for the Alice Parker Award; choruses who have won the Alice Parker Award may not apply for the Adventurous Programming Award unless they can demonstrate that the chorus' mission has changed.

Deadline & How to Apply

The deadline to submit via the Chorus America Application Portal (CAAP) is January 25, 2018 at 5PM ET.

Applicants for the Adventurous Programming awards must be chorus members of Chorus America and ASCAP licensees in good standing.

A. Submit a one-page cover letter that responds to each of the following requirements:

  • State the ensemble's name, artistic director's name, chorus's mission statement, and ASCAP Award category (see above) in which the chorus is applying.
  • State whether your chorus is children's/youth, fully professional, professional-core, or adult volunteer. 
  • Provide complete contact information for the person submitting the application, including email address.
  • Describe the ways in which the chorus's season exemplified adventurous programming and a commitment to fostering and promoting new music (written within the last 25 years). Specifically discuss the works that were particularly significant or audacious.

B. Submit PDFs of all printed concert programs your chorus presented in the 2016-2017 season. You may only submit works from your most recently completed season, whether you define your season according to a calendar year (2017) or academic year (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017). Concert program photocopies should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • Highly legible photocopies converted to PDF files.
  • The ensemble name and concert date should be visible on each photocopy.
  • Programs should be submitted in chronological order.
  • Submit only the list of pieces performed from each concert program. Do not submit program notes, advertisements or performers' biographies. Do not submit duplicate concert programs for repeated concerts. If a full program was performed more than once, indicate on the top right-hand corner of the photocopy how many times it was performed.
  • On each photocopy, please mark an "X" to the left of those works composed since 1993 that were performed by your chorus. (If you have performed the same work more than once in the season, the first time it appears, please mark "X," the second time it appears, please mark "X2", the third time it appears, please mark "X3," and so on.)
  • Notate the composition date for each piece marked with an "X."
  • Notate the duration of each piece marked with an "X." (Estimates are acceptable.)
  • Notate commissioned works and world, United States, and regional premieres.

C. Submit a representative recording and separate playlist following these guidelines:

  • The recording must include one piece of music from the past 25 years. Preferably one selection represents the submitted season but this is not mandatory.
  • The recording must be uploaded in MP3 format only.
  • Between 15 and 30 minutes of music.
  • At least one selection should be a complete piece.
  • Applicants are encouraged to exclude long orchestra introductions.
  • Provide a separate playlist detailing composer, title, date performed/recorded, and timing of each selection. Note which recordings are live and which are edited.

Applications will only be accepted through  CAAP

Past Awardees

2018 Volti
Cantori New York
San Francisco Girls Chorus
2017 Choral Arts Initiative
The Crossing
The Esoterics
Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco
2016 Vox Musica
Manhattan Choral Ensemble
Cincinnati Children's Choir
2015 Choral Chameleon
San Francisco Choral Artists
Portland Symphonic Girlchoir
2014 C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
New York Virtuoso Singers
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
2013 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Anima—Young Singers of Greater Chicago
2012 San Francisco Choral Artists
Santa Fe Women's Ensemble
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
2011 The Crossing
International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
San Francisco Girls Chorus
2010 Cantori New York
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Young People's Chorus of New York City
2009 The Crossing
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
2008 Chanticleer
The Esoterics
Peninsula Girls Chorus
2007 The New York Virtuoso Singers
Syracuse Children's Chorus
2006 The Esoterics
Opus 7
Youth Choral Theater of Chicago
2005 VocalEssence
Young People's Chorus of New York City
2004 Opus 7
San Francisco Girls Chorus
South Bend Chamber Singers
2003 Los Angeles Master Chorale
The Esoterics
Peninsula Women's Chorus
Portland Symphonic Girlchoir
2002 VocalEssence
Opus 7
Syracuse Children's Chorus
2001 The Choral Arts Society of Washington
The Esoterics
Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella
Anima: Young Singers of Chicago
2000 San Francisco Girls Chorus
Kansas City Chorale
Cantori New York
1999 Dale Warland Singers
The Dessoff Choirs
Peninsula Women's Chorus
1998 Indianapolis Children's Choir
Camerata Singers
1997 VocalEssence
Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati
Cantori New York
1996 The Dale Warland Singers
The Gregg Smith Singers
Seattle Pro Musica
1995 Los Angeles Master Chorale
Cantata Singers
Volti (formerly known as San Francisco Chamber Singers)
1994 Chanticleer
The New York Virtuoso Singers
Chautauqua Singers
1993 The Dale Warland Singers
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati
The Cantabile Chamber Chorale
The Fairbanks Choral Society
1992 Gregg Smith Singers
Dale Warland Singers (second place)
New York Concert Singers
The New York Virtuoso Singers (second place)
Alexandria Choral Society
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (second place)

Click here to download a one page summary about the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.

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