The Astoria Choir - Readings & Carols

The Astoria Choir invites submissions for its fourth annual call for works to be programmed on its Carols and Readings concert on December 9, 2017. The concert pairs holiday and seasonal inspired works and readings, both sacred and secular. This year’s central work will be Daniel Pinkham’s "Christmas Cantata".


- Composers must live or be matriculated at a college in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut
- The work should be for mixed choir and can be a cappella or use any combination of the following instruments: 2 trumpets, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, piano, organ, and 1 percussionist (auxiliary percussion and timpani)
- Electro-acoustic works will not be considered
- Previously selected works are ineligible; however, those composers may submit different works
- Works should not exceed eight (8) minutes
- Single movements from larger works, not to exceed eight (8) minutes, are acceptable
- Up to three works may be chosen for the performance
- Each selected composer will be invited to attend a rehearsal and meet with the choir
- A choral score and any instrumental parts are due by November 8, 2017
- Composer(s) are required to attend the concert. No additional funding is available for travel costs

Submission Process:

- Please submit using our website:
- An anonymous copy of the full score as a PDF, free from any identifying markings including name, commissioning party, or dedication
- Information Sheet with the following details, as a separate PDF
- Composer’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address
- Title and duration of work
- Statement that the text is in public domain or written permission for use of text
- Order number from PayPal submission fee processing
- An anonymous recording of the work as an .mp3 file or link to streaming audio in Google Drive. MIDI realizations are acceptable
- Submission Fee: $10, payable through PayPal


- $250 for each selected composer and a performance of the work
- Digital recording of the performance
- Selected composer(s) will be notified via e-mail by October 31, 2017 and announced on our social media platforms and website

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