Expiration of Opportunity: 
Sun, 2014-06-15


Application Deadline: Postmarked by June 15, 2014.

Twin Cities Women’s Choir (TCWC) seeks original, unperformed compositions from emerging female composers for SSAA choir – either a cappella or with piano accompaniment – that speak to the theme of Illuminations: A journey that may include embracing the darkness along with celebrating the return of light. The composer of the winning piece will receive a cash prize of $1000, an archival recording of the premiere performance in November, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN, and a possible commercial recording on a future TCWC CD.


The Twin Cities Women’s Choir is pleased to announce a choral competition for an emerging female composer in continuation of our mission to affirm the voices of women. Emerging female composers are eligible and encouraged to submit their works for consideration. “Emerging” is defined as someone who is not well known as a choral composer on the national level. The composition should be suitable for our annual Illuminations Concerts, which reflect upon darkness and the return of light to our lives—literally and metaphorically.

Postmark deadline: June 15, 2014


$1000; live premiere with 3 performances of the work in November and December, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN; archival recording; and may be featured on a TCWC CD.

Submission Criteria:

Applicants must be an emerging (someone who is not well known on the national level) female composer.
All submissions must be an original composition for SSAA choir, a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Occasional division of the SSAA parts is acceptable.
If text is not original, proof of public domain or author’s/publisher’s written permission for use of text is required.
Text may be secular or one that could be welcomed in many faith traditions. Should be suitable for our annual Illuminations Concerts.
Performance time of the work should be approximately 3 minutes in length.
All submissions must not have been commissioned or previously performed.
Do not send original manuscripts. Please submit digitally or 5 clearly legible copies of the score, on 8x11 paper, unbound. Illegible copies will not be considered.
Scores will be returned if a stamped (with adequate postage), self-addressed envelope is included with your submission.
Scores submitted without a complete application packet will not be considered.
The U.S. postmark deadline for entry is June 15, 2014.
The winner will be announced no later than September 1, 2014.
The TCWC reserves the right to not award a prize.
The decision of the judges is final.
Digital submission is preferred. Email files to: executivedirector@twincitieswomenschoir.org
If sending paper submission, send packet to: Pat Teiken, Executive Director, Twin Cities Women’s Choir, 1672 Mackubin Street, St. Paul, MN 55117.
Contact Carol Rue at carol.rue@comcast.net with any questions



Composer’s name, phone number and mailing address.
Composer’s email address (all communications, including announcement of winner, will be via email).
1 legible copy of the score for digital submission; 5 legible copies of the score for paper submissions.
Proof of permission to use the text, if not original text or proof in the public domain.
Biography of composer.
A self addressed-stamped envelope if you want paper scores returned.

Optional, but encouraged:

List of composer’s previous choral works and performances
Digital recording of the composition, i.e. midi, piano performance of score, etc.

Published date: 
31 Mar 2014