TMC Choral Composition Competition

Emerging composers – new works

The TMC 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.

TMC is proud that its Choral Composition Competition brings new works from emerging composers to Canadian choral music. The winners of the 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.

2021 competition

Details of the 2021 competition will be announced at a later date. For more information, please contact Kathleen Stevenson, Manager of Artistic Operations, at

Prize winners

2020: Alastair Boyd of Toronto, Ontario for: A Hymn on the Nativity.

This work was recorded by TMC choristers from home during the pandemic and was premiered as part of the Choir’s virtual Festival of Carols 2020 program.

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 December 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.

2015: Stuart Beach of Regina, Saskatchewan for Psalm 100.

This work was performed at the January 2016 Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert.