Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, March 30, 2012

Third International Composers’ Competition Budapest, 2012

 “In Memoriam Zoltán Kodály”

To commemorate the 130th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and its Kodály Institute, in conjunction with the International Kodály Society, announces the 3rd International Composers’ Competition. The Competition is under the patronage of Mrs. Sarolta Kodály.

Original, primarily a cappella, compositions are being requested for equal voice children's choir and mixed choir. Submissions must be post marked no later than August 1, 2012. 

Complete regulations and information follow.
  • Children’s choir (equal voices): Original, primarily a cappella composition, 6-10 minutes in length. Use of maximum three instruments is acceptable.
  • Mixed choir (mixed voices): Original, primarily a cappella composition, 16-20 minutes in length. Use of maximum three instruments is acceptable if solely instrumental interludes do not exceed 15% of the total length of the composition.

Entry Regulations
  • Submitted works must be unpublished with no previous performance.
  • The competition is open to all ages and nationalities.
  • Composers may submit only one work per category.
  • Composers may use Hungarian, Latin or English language texts. Lyrics may be of religious origin, secular poetry or folklore. Origin of the text must be clearly cited. In case of a living author, written consent for use must also be submitted.
  • Five copies of the score are to be submitted. Scores should not reveal the name or nationality of the composer; a code word is requested to be written on the scores as well as on the postal envelope.
  • A sealed envelope should also be submitted containing the real name, email address and full address of the composer, a curriculum vitae and a recent photo. If necessary, the written consent of the author of the text should be put in the same sealed envelope. The envelopes will be opened in the presence of a Hungarian notary public.
  •  Submissions must have a postal mark no later than 1st August, 2012.
  • The organizers reserve the right to cancel the competition in the unlikely case of insufficient number of entries.
  • Scores will not be returned.


The works will be evaluated by an international jury of high standing.
Decisions of the jury will be final and no appeals will be accepted.

  • Children’s choir category:   1st prize 1000.00 euro; 2nd prize 700.00 euro
  • Mixed choir category:         1st prize 2500.00 euro; 2nd prize 2000.00 euro
Prizes may be withheld or divided.

Announcement of Results and Gala Concert
  • Results will be made public through the internet on or shortly after: 10th October, 2012.
  • Public announcement of the winners will take place at a gala concert featuring the winning compositions on the 13th December, 2012 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Prize-winning works will be performed by the Children’s Choir and the Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Radio.
  • The gala concert will be broadcast by the Hungarian Radio.
  • Prize-winning scores will be published by Editio Musica Budapest.

Scores should be sent to:
Kodály Zoltán Emlékmúzeum
H-1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 89     
Further information:
phone: +36-1-3527106 or  +36-76-481518

Artistic director of the competition:  Mr. Péter Erdei

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