Founder and Conductor Emeritus Jon Washburn created the Young Composers’ Competition in 1992 to support the development of young choral composers. The competition is held every two years with entries judged in the following three categories:
- Elementary (ages 8-12)
- Secondary (ages 13-17)
- College/University (ages 18-22)
There is no entry fee to participate.
2021/22 COMPETITION DETAILS
This year’s competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.
All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 31, 2021.
Compositions must be for unaccompanied (a cappella) voices. Preferred voicing(s):
- SATB (with or without divisi) for secondary and college/university submissions
- Unison, 2-part or 3-part (mixed or equal voices) are permitted in the elementary category only
Text can be in any language but must either be written by the composer, in the public domain or permission from the author has been granted. Composers are encouraged to be bold in their choice of texts and embrace subjects close to their reality, dreams and values.
Scores must be submitted in PDF format. Both typeset and handwritten manuscripts are accepted. Letter size (8.5″x11″) is preferred. Please ensure all necessary tempo indications are included, and words (if applicable) should appear clearly under every voice part.
The adjudication process is blind, so PLEASE ENSURE ALL NAMES AND IDENTIFIERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SCORE.
First-place prizes to be awarded are:
- $300 Elementary
- $500 Secondary
- $1,000 College/University
- Additional prize money may be awarded as Honorable Mentions at the discretion of the jury
Winning pieces in each category will be performed in concert by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in early 2022.
PLEASE NOTE: This submission form requires a Google account. If you would prefer to submit your composition via email please download the application form
and submit it to email@example.com.
We gratefully acknowledge the following foundations who are so generously supporting this educational program:
- Heathcliff Foundation
- Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation
- Mary & Gordon Christopher Foundation
- The McLean Foundation