The Capital Hearings’
2022 Young Composers Competition
2022 Young Composers Competition
PRISMATICS: REFRACTIONS & REFLECTIONS
Light. It plays a fundamental role in civilization, art, science, and life itself. Our evolution depended on our ability to capture it. It is a source of life and a source of destruction. There are entire fields of study devoted to optics, color, photography, and more – all of which exist solely because of the infinitesimal photons bombarding our planet each second. Mirrors, lenses, and prisms may allow us to alter, reflect and redirect it, but Light still retains metaphor-inspiring power. Songs, paintings, sculptures, and many more works of art throughout time use Light as a stand-in for knowledge, understanding, joy, and countless other states and ideas.
In Fall 2022, The Capital Hearings will attempt to harness light itself, by exploring its aspects and nuances through song. From the Light of God to the shattered reflections of a disco ball, we’ll explore this basic building block of our existence from as many perspectives as possible.
This year, our 8th Annual Young Composers Competition is eager to hear your thoughts on how Light interacts with your world. If you feel like you have something to say–or find that something you’ve already written might speak to us–we’d love to hear it!
All U.S. & Canadian residents age 18-40 are welcome to submit a 2-5 minute original composition (arranged for mixed, unaccompanied choir) related to this theme, and we especially welcome submissions from unique or underrepresented perspectives – and in unique or underrepresented styles.
- Entries must be scored for unaccompanied mixed choir, suitable for performance by 12-14 voices, either with or without divisi. Entries must be 2-5 minutes in length.
- Any style or genre of music is permitted (i.e., works need not be “classical”). Jazz, pop, rock, world, crossover works, etc., are all welcome.
- Works must be entirely original compositions (not arrangements of existing works), except that limited excerpting for artistic reasons is allowed.
- Works must not have received a public premiere or publicly available recording, and must be unpublished. Exception – self-published, unsold works that are withdrawn from sale during the competition (see rules).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.
- Open to U.S. and Canadian composers aged 18-40. Previous winners, members of The Capital Hearings, and their families, close friends and colleagues are not eligible.
- The Capital Hearings retain a two-year “right of first recording” for the winning composition (see Rules for details).
- Only one composition per submission will be accepted, but multiple submissions are welcome.
- 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 a complete online submission form, including a full score pdf, audio realization (MIDI, MP3, etc.), standalone version of the underlying text (if not included in the score), a translation (if not in English), and any documents needed to prove copyright permission.
- Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.