The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is now accepting submissions from unpublished Canadian composers for its 4th annual Choral Composition Competition.
This year the focus is on works for Christmas (sacred or secular) and the deadline is October 15th. The winner will receive the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition in the amount of $1,000, and the winning work will be premiered at the TMC’s Festival of Carols concert in December. All the details, including submission requirements and an application form, can be found at https://www.tmchoir.org/choral-composition-competition/
The GPC Choral Works Competition is a new program for composers, to encourage the creation of new music for symphonic chorus, mixed chamber choir, children’s choirs and youth choirs on an annual rotating basis.
A jury of professional musicians, including Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen, will review the applications.
The winning composer receives a prize of $1500 and a Grand Philharmonic Choir ensemble will perform the piece in one of their concerts.
The guidelines of the competition change each year depending on which ensemble of the Grand Philharmonic Choir organization is the focus of the competition. Works must be unpublished and unperformed at the time of the competition and must follow the criteria of the competition with respect to length, instrumentation, text, etc. Securing the permission to use texts currently under copyright is the responsibility of the composer (proof of permission will be a requirement of the winning entrant).
To enter a work for the competition:
- Fill out and submit the application form along with the non-refundable registration fee of $25 to the GPC office.
- Submit five (5) copies of the original work, notated using computer notation software in open score format (Sibelius, Finale, etc). Ensure that the composer’s name, or other identifiers do NOT appear on the score.
- The deadline for entry is November 15, 2018.
Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by the GPC office.
For more details contact:
Grand Philharmonic Choir
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2H 6P7
519.578.5660 x 5290
Amy Dale: email@example.com
Guidelines for the 2018-2019 Grand Philharmonic Choir Choral Works Competition
Choral Works submitted must:
– be scored for SATB chamber choir (primarily 4-parts, some divisi permitted).
– be accompanied by piano or organ, or a cappella
– have a performance length between 4-6 minutes
– text choices/language are at the discretion of the composer (other works on the program when winning composition will be premiered include John Shepard’s Media Vita, and William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices
Feb 11-16, 2019, Vancouver, BC
Entry deadline: November 19, 2018
The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 39th Annual National Conductors’ Symposium is an opportunity to take part in master-classes as a conductor or observer. Learn choral techniques, conducting gesture, score interpretation and more. Each conductor will conduct before an audience, as part of the Choir’s regular concert season.
“The Spirit of Singing” Conducted by Jon Washburn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 (Toronto, ON)
Forty of Ontario’s finest young choral singers have been chosen to form the prestigious 2018 Ontario Youth Choir (OYC), a program of Choirs Ontario. Every year, singers between the ages of 16 and 23 are auditioned across the province to form this exceptional group and create a wonderful experience for the singers, audiences and communities they perform in. Established in 1971, the program serves as a unique opportunity for young singers to develop their choral skills under the direction of some of Canada’s outstanding choral leaders. OYC offers a rare bridge from school choirs to professional choirs and serves to inspire young choristers to continue to pursue the choral arts.
2018 edition – The choir meets on August 10th at the University of Toronto for a week of challenging rehearsals and choral training, followed by a tour of three concerts. The 2018 choir is led by guest conductor Jon Washburn. Mr. Washburn is the longtime Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He is well known internationally for his mastery of choral technique and interpretation and travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician. The recipient of many awards, Jon Washburn is recognized for innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of a professional choral art.
Concert program – The choir will perform “The Spirit of Singing!” a concert program including an eclectic range of repertoire, from musical giants like Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Fauré and Bernstein to young Canadian composers of today and tomorrow. The spirit of singing and the spirit of youth are very similar – both, in fact, are irrepressible. This is sure to make for some excellent and exciting music-making.
Training tomorrow’s leaders – Singers are provided with the rare opportunity to receive training from Canada’s best in the choral industry. Young choristers are inspired to pursue artistic excellence, and take these skills back to their own towns, sharing their passion for choral singing and providing better leadership within their communities. Indirectly, other youth are inspired to join choirs and experience the life-long involvement that choral singing provides.
The Ontario Youth Choir is a signature program of Choirs Ontario, provincial service organization for the choral community. For more information, please visit www.choirsontario.org.
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For interviews, please contact Elena Koneva, Managing Director through our website or 416-923-1144.
The Choral Canada Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of long-term service to choral music in Canada. Awards are based on the significance and extent of transformative service in building, nurturing or promoting the Canadian choral community through a primary career in Canada. The individual’s contributions may have been made through teaching, conducting, or leadership.
The Elmer Iseler Singers’ Board of Directors and Administration are proud and pleased to announce that Lydia Adams of Caledon, ON, Conductor and Artistic Director, is a recipient of the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD from Choral Canada, July 2018, presented at the Bi-Annual Podium National Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
According to Choral Canada’s website “the Choral Canada Distinguished Service Award” is given in recognition of long-term service to choral music in Canada. Awards are based on the significance and extent of transformative service in building, nurturing or promoting the Canadian choral community through a primary career in Canada. The individual’s contributions may have been made through teaching, conducting, or leadership.”
New award honours work created for women’s voices
The Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir is very pleased to announce the result of the first Lirit New Composition Award. This award will be given annually to a Canadian composer for an unpublished work for women’s voices.
Lirit received 10 submissions from Canadian composers across the country and abroad. We extend warm congratulations to Prince Edward Island resident F. Jane Naylor for her winning composition, “After Mountains”. This is a dramatic choral setting of a poem by the late Joseph H. Sherman of Sydney, Nova Scotia. It is notable for its feminine sensibility that evokes the strength of the Biblical matriarchs, its contrasting vocal sections, and its rich harmonic language. The composer will receive $1,500 and the piece will be premiered by the Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir in the spring of 2019.
Naylor is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre. Her works have been commissioned by eklektikos with funding from SOCAN, and commissioned and broadcast by the CBC. She has also received grants from the PEI Council of the Arts.
This composition is especially relevant to 2018, the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel: the ‘wanderer’ in the poem is the Jewish people, and the ‘woman’ is the land of Israel. Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir is a Toronto-based group of experienced choral singers. They are committed to exploring the joy and vast range of Jewish music, whether through Jewish texts, themes or composers. Lirit wishes to thank the Judy Dan Fund for Arts and Education for generously supporting this award.