Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Monday, May 14, 2012

DaCapo Chamber Choir Announces NewWorks 2012 Winner

Congratulations to Sheldon Rose (Toronto, ON) whose submission, Song of Invocation has been chosen as our third NewWorks choral composition competition winner. Rose's composition is a reflective and spiritual work; one of the jurors described Song of Invocation by saying, "the text is outstanding, [and the] harmonies support it. Interesting, rhetorical, carefully crafted." DaCapo looks forward to premiering this deeply moving work in November, on the first concert of our 2012-2013 season. As our third NewWorks choral composition competition winner, Sheldon will receive $1,500 plus travel expenses to Kitchener to attend the premiere of his composition as well as a gala reception in his honour.
Two other works featured prominently for all three jury members and therefore we have decided to name two honorable mentions:  Jeff Enns (Elmira, ON) for Le Pont Mirabeau and Tobin Stokes (Victoria, BC) for Gloria. Both Jeff and Tobin will receive a cash prize of $250.

"This third edition of the NewWorks competition has again yielded remarkable new Canadian choral works," noted director Leonard Enns. "I hope a number of these entries will be performed very soon."

DaCapo also received several entries by young composers, and some of these compositions will be highlighted at our Young Composers Reading Sessions (YCRS) - to be held in April 2013.  A list of selected composers and further YCRS details will be released later this summer.

Winners were selected by a cross-Canada panel of jurors (Julia Davids - Canadian Chamber Choir, Jeff Joudrey - Halifax Camerata Singers, and John William Trotter - former Associate Conductor, Vancouver Chamber Choir) and director Leonard Enns. As stipulated in the competition guidelines, all information related to the names and locations of composers was kept confidential from the jurors and director Leonard Enns until after the final decision was made.

For more information about our winner and his composition, Song of Invocation, please visit our web site.

DaCapo gratefully acknowledges the funding support for NewWorks provided by:

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
- Community Fund
- The Urie A. and Dorothy M. Bender Endowment Fund
Wallenstein Feed Charitable Foundation
Walper Hotel

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