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2nd IFCM International Competition for Choral Composition

  1. The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces the “Second International Competition for Choral Composition,” the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and distribution of new, innovative, and accessible choral repertoire.
  2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality and age.
  3. The Competition is dedicated to choral, a cappella compositions (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of eight (8) minutes. The text of the composition can be sacred or secular, in any language, and written for any occasion. Pre-existing texts should be in the public domain. Where this is not the case, permission to set a text and publish it subsequently, must be obtained in writing from the author or copyright holder and must be enclosed with the entry form.
  4. A maximum of two works per composer may be submitted. Entries must arrive by e-mail no later than 1 October 2012.
  5. There is no entry fee to participate in the Competition.
  6. Scores should be sent electronically either in PDF or JPEG format made from Sibelius, Finale, or in a similar program. The jury actively encourages handwritten works in pen or pencil. Manuscripts must be scanned as PDF or JPEG format. A midi file may also be included with any submission. Tapes or CDs may not be submitted.
    The composer’s name shall not appear anywhere on any score. The IFCM Competition Office will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the International Choral Bulletin (ICB). Each participant shall include a document (.doc or .rtf file) with full address, contact details and title of each composition submitted.
    This document shall also contain a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished, has never previously been performed, and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. All entries must be sent by e-mail to: by 1 October 2012 at the latest.
  7. The competition will be judged by a five-member jury consisting of international choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.
  8. Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and repeated performance by a majority of choirs possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of composition, ‘sing-ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic effectiveness, and most importantly, fresh and innovative approaches to choral writing. A number of Special Prizes may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.
  9. The winning work will be premièred by the World Youth Choir within six (6) months after the announcement of the result. A Special Prize for a work demonstrating ‘harmonic originality’ may be awarded by the jury to one other work. The composer will have the chance to work with the British vocal ensemble Voces8 in a workshop-rehearsal. Date to be set at discretion of IFCM in consultation with these parties.
  10. In consultation with the composer, IFCM will seek to place the winning work as part of the catalogue of a publishing house specialising in choral music, the name of which will be announced later. Meanwhile the ‘Composers Corner’ column of the April 2013 issue of the ICB will publish an interview with the winning composer and some excerpts of the winning score. European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (EC) and Jeunesse Musicales International (JMI) will also promote the winning composer and the work through their organization’s publications.
  11. Participation in the Competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations. 
Dr. Andrea Angelini, ICB Managing Editor, IFCM