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WomenSing Youth Inspiring Youth Composition Competition, SF Bay Area, CA

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Women
 WomenSing … the traditional and the unexpected!
Youth Inspiring Youth Regional Composition Competition


As part of its three-year Youth Inspiring Youth project, WomenSing is pleased to announce its second regional choral composition competition. Young composers (ages 18 through 25) who are residents of California are eligible to submit samples of their works for consideration.



Project Description



WomenSing ( and River of Words, both Bay Area non-profit arts organizations, are creating the opportunity for young composers to create new choral music, mentored by nationally recognized composer Libby Larsen. The two winners will be commissioned to write treble choral works to be premiered by WomenSing on June 5 and 8, 2011, based on the highly inspired children’s poetry from the River of Words project. The two commissioned composers will receive a commissioning fee of $ 1,000, a workshop stipend of $250, and a recording of the work.



Founded in 1995 by former US Poet Laureate and 2008 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Robert Hass, along with writer Pamela Michael, River of Words ( has energetically enlisted youth from around the world to compete annually in both art and poetry on the subject of the environment.






         1. The competition is open to California residents who have reached their 18th birthday but have not yet reached              their 25th birthday by the submission deadline of May 14, 2010. 



2. Submissions must be an original work for accompanied or unaccompanied chorus, must have been composed within the last three years, and the length of the work should be approximately between three and five minutes.



3. All submissions must be anonymous. The composer’s name must not appear on the score. Please remove all names and identifying marks.



4. Judges for the competition will be Libby Larsen, composer; Charles Bruffy, conductor of the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale, and advisor to WomenSing; and Martín Benvenuto, artistic director for WomenSing. The decisions of the judges are final, and the two winners will be notified by June 1, 2010. WomenSing reserves the right not to award a prize.

To enter



Submit three clearly legible copies of the work. A sealed envelope labeled with the title of the work must accompany each submission. The envelope shall contain the composer’s name, address, phone, email, title of the work, and a brief bio. Please send submissions to:


WomenSing Youth Inspiring Youth Regional Composition Contest



            P.O. Box 2014



            Orinda, CA 94563



Scores and applications must be postmarked by May 14, 2010. Scores will be returned if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with your submission.