Composition Contest

Each year, the ACDA-PA Chapter sponsors a composition contest with the winning composition, selected by a committee, will be premiered at an ACDA-PA Conference in 2016. This year’s composition contest is geared toward Children’s Chorus.
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Please Note
1) Each composer will be notified by email of receipt of the entry.
2) The following will be ineligible:
-Entries received with a postmark later than May 15, 2016 (or electronically sent after midnight on May 15, 2016)
-Incomplete entries
-Illegible manuscripts
-Entries with composer identification on the manuscript
-Entries which do not follow submission requirements

3) All decisions of the judges are final.

1) Entries will be judged by the Choral Composition Contest Committee of ACDA-PA which is comprised of distinguished composers and conductors.
2) The committee will judge blindly, receiving musical scores from the President-Elect without composer identification. The name of the entrant will not be revealed to the committee until all decisions have been submitted to the President-Elect.
3) The winning composition should show the unique creative voice and craftsmanship of the composer.
4) The committee reserves the right to not present an award if no composition meets expected standards.

Notification of Results
1) All entrants will be notified of contest results by mail no later than June 30, 2016.
2) One winner will be chosen for the $1,000 prize. Honorable mentions (no cash award) may be awarded by the committee at its members’ discretion.
3) A public announcement of the winner will be made on the ACDA-PA website on July 1, 2016. The winning composer will be asked to provide biographical information for publicity purposes.
4) A public acknowledgement will be made at the performance/premiere of the work and at the event of the ACDA-PA 2016 Conference where the work is premiered.

Additional information
1) The composer must provide a new copy of the score, bearing the composer’s name and the following dedication: Winner of the ACDA-PA 2016 Choral Composition Contest
2) ACDA-PA will have the right to make copies for distribution to members of the premiering ensemble, accompanist, and conductor for the ACDA-PA 2016 Conference where it will be premiered.
3) ACDA-PA will have the right to use the composer’s name and composition title in all ACDA-PA communications.
4) The composer will retain copyright ownership.
5) The composer will retain and make all decisions pertaining to publication rights.
Composition Requirements
1) Entries must be of 3-5 minutes duration.
2) Entries should be scored for Unison or 2-part (3-part max) voices, comfortable range for young voices. Although unaccompanied pieces will be accepted, accompaniment for piano and up to one obligato instrument (if desired) is strongly suggested.
3) Entries must be original music (not an arrangement) that has been composed in the last two years.
4) Level of difficulty should be for an established Children’s Chorus program.
5) Entries must not be commissioned works.
6) Entries must currently be unperformed and unpublished and must not be published prior to the ACDA-PA Conference where it will be premiered.
7) Entries may be sacred or secular and in any language. An English translation must be provided if the text is not in English. If the text is not in the public domain then the composer must enclose a written statement of permission signed by the copyright
8) Entries must be in legible hand-written manuscript or created with a music notation software program or in PDF format for online submissions. If sending submission via US Mail, Please submit 4, single-sided copies of all pages (8-1/2” by 11” preferred). Judges reserve the right to exclude scores that are not clearly legible.
9) All submissions are anonymous. Composer’s name or other identifying information must not appear on the manuscript.
10) All submitted materials will remain with ACDA-PA and will not be returned. It is recommended that copies are sent, instead of original manuscripts.

Via mail:
1) One Composition Submission Form should be submitted with each composition (maximum of two submissions per composer).
2) Four single-sided, high-quality copies of the score should be submitted.
3) Additional materials such as translation for non-English texts or copyright permission if applicable.
4) Please do not send recordings.

Printable entry form

Mail submissions with accompanying form to:
ACDA-PA 2016 Choral Composition Contest
c/o Susan Medley President Elect ACDA PA
9235 S. Irwin Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Online submission (electronic submissions must arrive before midnight on May 15, 2016)

Winning Composition Award:

ACDA-PA 2016 Choral Composition Contest Contest Rules Composer Eligibility
1) Entrants must be at least 18 years of age by May 15, 2016.
2) Entrants must be residents of the state of Pennsylvania.
3) Entrants may not be board members of ACDA-PA during the year of submission.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: may be obtained from Peter de Mets, Chair, ACDA-PA Composition Contest, Peter de Mets