2014-15 Composer Competition

New Music for New York

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble announces a composition contest. Composers local to New York City (living within 50 miles) are invited to submit a short (2.5 – 3 minute) work for 4-part chorus based on a text in some way associated with, connected to, or appropriate to New York City (for example, a setting of text by a New York City poet/writer – anyone from Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes to Patti Smith). The work should be a new composition that has not yet been premiered. The work should be of a level of difficulty that it would require a maximum of three hours of rehearsal to prepare for performance. The general repertoire difficulty of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble can be ascertained through the concert listings on the group’s website –www.manhattanchoralensemble.org.

Note: It is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission to use any texts not in the public domain.

Three winners will be chosen by a committee including MCE Director Thomas Cunningham and Artistic Advisor George Andoniadis. Each winner will receive a $500 award and a performance by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble on February 28, 2015, at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music. Additionally, one work will be chosen through audience voting on the night of the performance. The composer of the chosen work will receive an additional $500.

Submissions must be received by November 1, 2014. Electronic submissions are acceptable. There is no fee to apply.

Submissions should be emailed to info@manhattanchoralensemble.org or (if not possible to send electronically) mailed to:

Manhattan Choral Ensemble
PO Box 3852
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-3852