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.

2019 Competition is closed and the prize has been awarded to Zachary Windus.

The TMC Choral Composition Competition is open to unpublished Canadian composers.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Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.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.
  • a sacred or secular work for the Christmas season. Arrangements of already-composed Christmas carols are acceptable. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of listeners.
  • scored for SATB or SSAATTBB a cappella.
  • 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.
  • in manuscript produced using music notation software.

TMC Interim Conductor David Fallis and a jury of peers will review the applications.  One winner will be announced.

Submission details:

  • Applicants should send two 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. Submissions may be made electronically to operations@tmchoir.org.
  • 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.)
  • A cappella works should be written in open score with a piano reduction underneath.

The Winning Composition

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

The winning composition will be performed at the TMC’s Festival of Carols performances on December 3 & 4, 2019.

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 livestream.com and post a video of the performance on YouTube.

For more details:

Amy Lipstein, Manager of Artistic Operations
operations@tmchoir.org
416-598-0422 ext 223

Prize winners

2019: Zachary Windus of Ancaster, Ontario for In Bethlehem upon that morn. This work will be premiered at Festival of Carols on December 3 and 4, 2019. Read the media release.

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).