TMC Choral Composition Competition

Call for Scores – Deadline January 16, 2017 (Extended)

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launched a new annual Choral Composition Competition for emerging composers in June 2015 with the first winner announced in December 2015: Stuart Beatch of Regina Saskatchewan won for his composition Psalm 100.  He received the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition in the amount of $1,000, and his work was premiered by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, conducted by Noel Edison, at the TMC’s Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert on January 30, 2016.

Debbie Fleming is a TMC alumna who sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 40 years and who retired in June 2015.  The TMC is grateful for Debbie’s commitment to the enrichment of the TMC’s education program and to the growth of Canadian choral music.

2016 Competition Eligibility and Guidelines

The TMC Choral Composition Competition is open to unpublished Canadian composers.  There is no age restriction.

Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.

Works to be submitted must be

  • not more than 5 minutes in length.
  • scored for SATB or double choir, either a cappella or accompanied by organ.
  • composed using a text that is 1) original (written by the composer), 2) in the public domain, or 3) under copyright, but with written permission of the copyright holder.
  • sacred.
  • in manuscript produced using music notation software.

TMC Artistic Director Noel Edison and a jury of peers will review the applications.  One winner will be announced.

Submission details:

  • Applicants should send 5 copies of the composition with the Choral competition entry form and a $35 non-refundable fee to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, 720 Bathurst Street, Suite 404, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R4.
  • A cappella works should be written in open score with a piano reduction underneath.
  • The composer’s name, text source and any other identifying marks should appear only on the first page of the manuscript, and only on the first copy. (The jurors will receive anonymized scores to review.)

The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2017.

The Winning Composition

The winning composer will receive the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition, a cash award of $1,000.

The winner of this year’s competition will have his/her work performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Noel Edison at Sing Joyfully! on March 4, 2017 at 4 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

The winner of the competition will give the right to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to webcast the premiere performance of the winning composition live on and post a video of the performance on YouTube.

The winning composer will be invited to attend the Sing Joyfully! concert.  However, travel and accomodation to attend the performance will be at the cost of the composer.

For more details:

Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director
416-598-0422 ext 222