2017 Competition: New, Non-Traditional Holiday Music
The Capital Hearings are proud to announce the 2017 Young Composers Competition! We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit works for mixed a cappella ensemble that reflect this year’s call for non-traditional holiday music.
A summary of the rules is below. However, prospective entrants should review the complete 2017 rules here.
- Open to U.S. and Canadian composers who are not older than 40. The Capital Hearings, family members, those with close professional relationships (e.g., teacher/student), and previous winners are not eligible.
- Entries for 2017 will be for a non-traditional holiday piece. We encourage submissions that reach beyond the realm of traditional holiday music, which could include setting new or unfamiliar texts, distinct settings of familiar texts, and/or secular, seasonal, or sacred themes of any faith tradition. Submissions should be through-composed rather than strophic.
- Entries must be scored for unaccompanied mixed choir, suitable for performance by 12-14 voices, either with or without divisi. Entries must be between two and five minutes in length.
- Any style or genre of music is permitted (e.g., works need not be “classical”). Jazz, pop, rock, world, crossover works, etc., are all welcome.
- Works must be original compositions (not arrangements), except that limited excerpting for artistic reasons is allowed.
- Works must not have received a premiere, and must be unpublished. Exception – self-published, unsold works that are withdrawn from sale during the competition (see rules).
- All texts must be cleared for performance and commercial recording, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown. For further guidance, see here.
- $500 cash award. We will also provide the winner with an archival recording of the premiere or an early performance.
- The winner will be announced in June 2017. All entrants will be notified by email, and the winner will also be announced on our website.
- The Capital Hearings will have a two-year exclusive right to make the first commercial recording, with standard royalty rates paid to the composer. Any future publication of the score must reference that the work was a prize-winner in this competition.
- Only one work per composer will be accepted.
- The competition will be judged anonymously. Finalists will be selected by the music director with input from a committee. The full ensemble will select the winner.
- Entrants must submit an online application form, full score, audio realization (MIDI, MP3, etc.), standalone version of the underlying text (if not included in the score), translation (if not in English), and a resume, curriculum vitae, or program biography.
- See rules for complete submission instructions.