31 Aug 2016
World Premiere performance
11:59 p.m. EST
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Eric Stark, Artistic Director
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces the seventh annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard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.
Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.
“Inspiring composers to create new, beautiful choral music is among the greatest obligations of a leading chorus today,” states artistic director Eric Stark. “Elementary as it may appear initially, we are wise to remind ourselves that all music was once new. It is imperative that recognized musical institutions like the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are at the forefront of commissioning new works, consistently expanding the body of choral music.”
Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of September December 1, 2016) who are United States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 31, 2016. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be emailed to email@example.com. There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.
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, 2016 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2016, will be awarded to the winning composer. Full details are available at indychoir.org.