Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011

REMINDER:  The deadline of October 31st, 2011 is fast approaching!  Don't miss out, get your contest entries in early!

Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a mixed-voice (SATB) community choir that sings music from and about Atlantic Canada.  This is our second Choral Composition Contest, and the choir is looking for quality choral music with an East Coast flavour.  We are offering two prizes, a 1st prize of $500 and a 2nd prize of $200, for original choral works by Canadian composers.  The winning works will be programmed on Atlantic Voices’ spring 2012 concert.  This competition is open to all residents of Canada, of all backgrounds and all ages.  Note: the winning entrant need not have a particular connection to the Atlantic region.
Contest submissions must fall into one of the following categories:
a) An arrangement of a folksong or set of folksongs from one of the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island)
b) An original choral composition based on a text with an obvious connection to Canada’s East Coast.  This may include a text by an East Coast writer or a text with Atlantic Canadian subject matter.  If in doubt concerning the suitability of a proposed text, please contact for clarification.

All styles of composition will be considered, but one of the judging criteria is the suitability of the work for performance by Atlantic Voices, so entrants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our choir and particularly with some of our recent concert programmes. In addition, although all submissions will be accepted and adjudicated equally, entrants are strongly encouraged to avoid submitting new arrangements of pieces which have already been repeatedly arranged for choral performance or pieces which Atlantic Voices has previously performed on multiple occasions.  For a list of choral arrangements that Atlantic Voices has performed please visit our website:  


The arrangement being submitted must not have been previously published for any choral combination (SSA, SSAB, SAB, SATB, etc.).

The composition should be no more than 6 minutes in length.

Works for any of the following voicings will be considered: SATB, SAB, SSAA, SA. The composition may be unaccompanied or have piano accompaniment.  Instrumental obligato may be included; however, please avoid extensive solo voice parts.

The work should be of no more than moderate difficulty -- it should be within the capabilities of our volunteer community choir.

If the text and music are not in the public domain, it is up to the entrant to ensure that he or she has the right to use the text and/or music in his or her work and be prepared to show supporting documentation.

The entrant must acknowledge anyone who has aided substantially in the creation of the work, such as a co-arranger or a teacher who has provided a substantial creative contribution and could conceivably claim rights to the work.  (Please note that multiple composers will not be awarded multiple prizes.  In such a case, a single cash prize would be awarded, and it would be up to the parties to determine equitable distribution of the funds.)

Entries will be judged blindly on quality of musical ideas, competency of choral writing, and appropriateness for performance by Atlantic Voices.  In order to maintain anonymity in the judging process, the composer/entrant’s name should not appear on the score, but only on a detachable cover page.  The detachable cover page should clearly indicate the name of the submission, the name of the composer/arranger, and the number of pages in the score.  The submission should include only the name of the piece, on each page, and the page number should be clearly indicated.   Please avoid submitting entries under a pseudonym.

The choir reserves the right to ask for modifications to a prospective winning entry before awarding either of the prizes.  Entries will be reviewed initially by a two-person panel consisting of Atlantic Voices’ Director and one other qualifying choral director/adjudicator, chosen by Atlantic Voices.  The panel will provide the executive of Atlantic Voices with a shortlist of entries, who, along with Atlantic Voices’ Director, will determine the awarding of the two prizes.  Should no submitted work be deemed deserving of an award, or should only one work be judged deserving, Atlantic Voices reserves the right not to award one or both of the cash prizes. 

Atlantic Voices may choose, at a later date, to program a non-winning entry into a scheduled concert.  In this circumstance, Atlantic Voices will contact the entrant to arrange for permission and/or modifications to the score and to make arrangements for financial remunerations.  

The choir is interested in developing long-term connections with promising new choral composers and arrangers, and so we encourage entrants to send the organizers a brief c.v. and/or bio.  However, you need not send any supporting documents, and the prior experience or musical reputation of the contest entrant will not be taken into account in the judging. 

Please submit your work in musical score, preferably produced through music notation software.  Entries in the form of sound recordings will not be accepted (no CDs, please). 

Please provide your mailing address, phone number, and an e-mail address for contest correspondence.  Atlantic Voices shall not be held responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries. 

Copyright for all entries will remain with the composer; however submitted scores become the physical property of Atlantic Voices, and will not be returned to entrants.  The choir will have the exclusive right to perform the winning compositions for 2 years.  By submitting an entry to the contest, the entrant agrees to be bound by Atlantic Voices’ Choral Composition Contest entry rules and regulations established herein.  Entry into this contest constitutes permission to use winner's name for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Contest entries must be received electronically or postmarked no later than October 31st, 2011.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Changes or modifications to any submitted score will be accepted until midnight on the closing day of the contest, October 31, 2011.

If mailing your work, please send one copy of each entry to:
Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011
82 Prince Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1K 2A1

Submissions in .pdf format are also welcome.  Please e-mail to: and cc

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