TMC Choral Composition Competition

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launched a new annual Choral Composition Competition for emerging composers in June 2015. The winners of this competition receive the Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition in the amount of $1,000, and the winning work is premiered by the TMC at one of their concerts.

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.

The 2020 Competition has now concluded.

2020 competition winner

Alastair Boyd

On November 16, 2020 the TMC named the winner of the 2020 competition: Alastair Boyd for his work A Hymn on the Nativity. TMC will perform this work as part of its Festival of Carols online program, December 16, 2020.

Alastair Boyd studied music at the University of Toronto and at the Guildhall School of Music in London (England). His principal composition teachers were Lothar Klein and Derek Holman (Toronto) and Francis Shaw (London). He lives in Toronto, where for 10 years he served as head of the University of Toronto Central Library cataloguing department, and worked as music cataloguer for the Faculty of Music Library.






2021 competition

Details of the 2021 competition will be announced at a later date.

For more details:

Kathleen Stevenson, Manager of Artistic Operations


Prize winners

2019: Zachary Windus of Ancaster, Ontario for In Bethlehem upon that morn. This work was premiered at Festival of Carols on December 3 and 4, 2019.

2018: Russell Wilkinson of Edmonton, Alberta for There Is No Rose. This work was performed on Dec 4 & 5, 2018 at Festival of Carols.

2017: Joannie Ing of Toronto, Ontario for The Good News Carol. This work was performed on December 5 & 6, 2017 at Festival of Carols.

2016: Elizabeth Ekholm of Montreal, Quebec for Prayer of St. Francis. This work was performed at the June 4, 2017 Choral Splendour concert. (You can watch the webcast of the full concert here).

2015: Stuart Beach of Regina, Saskatchewan for Psalm 100. This work was performed at the January 2016 Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert. (You can watch the webcast of the full concert here).