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ActorCor: Interfaith Choral Competition

Location: New York, USA
ActorCor: Interfaith Choral Competition


Deadline: November 4, 2009

Deadline Type: Postmark

Entry Fee: None

Prize: Performance on ActorCor's January 17, 2010 concert in NYC

Open To / Eligibility: Open to all composers except active members of ActorCor


Contact information:

Full competition guidelines are available at



ActorCor, a 40 voice choir of professional actors, seeks through collective imagination to find new ways of living in a complicated world. We are soliciting choral pieces that relate to interfaith understanding and reconciliation, especially between the three main Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism and Islam). The selected work will be featured on our concert, January 17, 2010 at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. Through this effort we wish to expand the accessibility and quality of interfaith choral music. 




— Eligibility: There are no restrictions of age, nationality, etc.; anyone is eligible except active members of ActorCor. 

— Deadline: November 4, 2009 (Wednesday) is the postmark deadline for all submissions (email submissions must also be received by this date)

— There is no entry fee.

About the submitted work:

— Please submit one (1) score per composer.

Voicing: SATB or SAB, a cappella or with accompaniment of keyboard, percussion, and/or up to small ensemble of chamber instruments. Rare or non-Western instruments considered on a case-by-case basis depending on availability.

Difficulty: we are seeking pieces appropriate for strong amateur chorus.

— Duration: preference given to pieces approximately 3 - 8 minutes long.

Text: Should involve or reflect on one of the three main Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and the relationships between them. Pieces in languages other than English are welcome. For texts under copyright, composers must provide, in the submission packet, evidence that they have secured text permission for the submitted work (or that they expect to receive permission before the performance date).

— Submitted pieces should align with the spirit and goals of ActorCor; before choosing what piece to submit, please learn more about ActorCor at

— We are interested in pieces that blend, in interesting and original ways, non-Western musical styles and traditions with Western ones.

— There are no restrictions as to publication or performance history.


Please submit:


1. Composer info:

— composer's name and full contact info (address, email, phone)

brief bio or CV, including website (if any)


2. Piece info:

— title, voicing/instrumentation, performance history (if any)

— brief program note for piece (if any); this may be included in the score


3. Score:

— indicate duration on cover page

— for a cappella pieces please include a keyboard reduction, if possible

— include the text of the piece, apart from the music, in the score or on a cover sheet.


Recordings are accepted, but not required (formats: MIDI, MP3, CD).



How to submit materials:


Submissions by mail:

— Put composer/piece info (see above) in a printed cover sheet.

— USPS preferred; do not ask for delivery confirmation, do not require a signature on receipt

— If possible, include 2 copies of each score, preferably copies you do not need returned. If materials must be returned, provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We are not responsible for lost or damaged materials. Do not send unique or handwritten copies of scores.


Address paper submissions to:

ActorCor Interfaith Choral Competition

Darren Lougee, Artistic Director

c/o All Soul's Unitarian Church

1157 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10075-0495.


Submissions by email:

— Put composer/piece info (see above) in the body of your email.

— For scores: we accept only PDFs (with fonts included); NO raw Finale or Sibelius files.

— For recordings: keep audio file sizes to a minimum, at the expense of sound quality.

Address email submissions, and all inquiries, to:


Please note: We hope the winning composer will be able to attend the performance; however we are unable to provide funds for travel or accommodation.