THIRD ANNUAL CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Chronos Vocal Ensemble is an ambitious nonprofessional choir based in the Edmonton area, and the Healey Willan Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. Founded in 2013, we perform an annual season of concerts in Edmonton and tour regularly in the surrounding area. The ensemble has released three recordings: Presenting Chronos Vocal Ensemble (2015), The Simplest Way: The Music of Trent Worthington (2016) and most recently Fresh (2018); each recording features new Canadian compositions for choir. Chronos performed at Podium 2016 (Edmonton) and 2018 (St. John’s); in March 2020 the choir will undertake a first international tour, anchored by a performance at the Northwest Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Spokane.
We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of the Chronos Vocal Ensemble Choral Composition Competition. This year, for the first time, we are providing a defining parameter for the competition: all entries must set poetry of Sara Teasdale, and the winning entry will be performed on an April 2020 program devoted to settings of this poet.
American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) created a wealth of texts that have since been treated by composers from all over the world, and her lyricism and vivid descriptions of nature and inner life are a treasure trove for those who set words to music. We encourage prospective entrants to learn about the poet and become familiar with this rich material: PoetryFoundation.org. and Poets.org. Complete poetry available in hardcover, paperback and kindle from amazon.ca (not an affiliate link)
● Composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant.
● The work submitted must be original, not an arrangement of a pre-existing work or melody.
● The composition must not have been commissioned, published, performed or recorded at the time of entry, and must remain so until premiered by Chronos Vocal Ensemble within the following year.
● Composition must substantially be a setting of the words of Sara Teasdale
● The winning composition will be performed by Chronos Vocal Ensemble in April 2020. The winner will receive a recording of the performance.
● Prize of $1500 will be awarded.
● Chronos Vocal Ensemble will champion the winning composition and to promote the work further as warranted.
● For a competition winner interested in attending the premiere, Chronos Music Society may be able to contribute to costs.
Full Guidelines and Entry Form available at chronosvocalensemble.com/competition
Chronos Music Society, c/o 10615 137 St Edmonton AB T5N2H5.
Charity registration # 820201788RR0001.
i Coristi Chamber Choir is proud to support the composition of new Canadian works for choir through this biennial competition. The winning composition will be chosen by a blind jury and will be performed at one of i Coristi's concerts in 2020. The winning composer will receive a prize of CAD $1,000 and an archival recording of the performance.
About the choir i Coristi Chamber Choir is a 24-voice choir based in Edmonton, AB, now entering its 26th season. Membership is by audition and encompasses a broad cross section of the population: accountants, teachers, computer programmers, nanotechnologists, designers, theologians, administrators, office personnel—singers for whom music is their vocation, and singers for whom music is their avocation!
The name i Coristi is Italian, meaning "the choral singers". Noted for its unique, eclectic programming, the choir focuses on a cappella masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century, presented in three main concerts each season; the choir also performs at seniors' facilities and various local businesses and gatherings.
The choir performs at an advanced level, and alongside choral standards it includes in its repertoire new commissions, improvisation, extended vocal techniques, spatial performance elements, and other innovations. The choir’s 2018/2019 season, for example, included the first-ever collaboration between a Western choir and the sarangi, including new music written specifically for the combination, and choral improvisation. Accordingly, we welcome submissions in a broad range of styles, whether a more traditional choral setting, or more adventurous material suited for a chamber ensemble of advanced amateur performers.
Rules & Regulations
Please mail entry fees via cheque or money order payable to “i Coristi Chamber Choir” to:
i Coristi Chamber Choir
P.O. Box 52068 Garneau
Edmonton, AB T6G 2T5
The week will involve Tim Shantz as instructor, a local pianist, guest clinician, Timothy Pyper who is a certified Alexander Technique instructor (as well as an organist and choir director) and a professional choir of 16 singers. There will be daytime sessions for up to 6 active conductors to work with Tim Shantz as well as Tim Pyper on Alexander Technique and body awareness.
Each evening the active conductors will have the opportunity to work with 16 professional singers.
The conducting workshop will culminate in a performance on the Friday evening. Participants will pay a fee for the week. Observers will also be able to attend all sessions for a smaller fee. General public will attend the concert for a small ticket fee.
The workshop is directed to Calgary conductors (teachers and community members) but we expect that there will be interest outside of Calgary, throughout Alberta as well as nationally. We will be accepting 6 participating conductors.
Repertoire will be finalized and sent out 4-6 weeks in advance.
For any questions and to receive the application form, contact General Manager Kristýna Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available here
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