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.

2020 competition for a virtual choir piece

The TMC Choral Composition Competition is open to unpublished Canadian composers.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Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.

The TMC welcomes compositions in different choral music styles and text can be in any language.

Works for the 2020 competition must be:

  • 2.5 to 4 minutes in length.
  • work well as a virtual choir piece to be recorded by choristers at home.
  • a sacred or secular work for the holiday season. Arrangements of already-composed
    Christmas carols are acceptable. The composed work should be accessible to a wide range of
  • 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 with digital music notation.

Please submit two copies of your score – one with your name and one without.

Also please submit an audio file in mp3 format of your work.

TMC Associate Conductor Simon Rivard will lead a jury that will review the applications.  One winner will be announced.

The virtual choir work will be performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir as part of its 2020 Christmas programming.

Deadline to submit is October 29 at 11:59 pm.

How to submit


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).