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 winner of the 2016 prize was announced on April 4, 2017. It is Elizabeth Ekholm for her work Prayer of St. Francis.

Prize winners

2016: Elizabeth Ekholm of Montreal, Quebec for Prayer of St. Francis. This work will be 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.

2017 Competition Eligibility and Guidelines

Will be announced later in 2017.

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The TMC Choral Composition Competition is open to unpublished Canadian composers.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Works to be submitted must be unpublished, but do not need to have been composed specifically for this competition.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

For more details:

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