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Meistersingers 5th Annual Choral Composition Competition

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
presents its
5thAnnual Choral Composition Competition
Postmark Deadline: March 25, 2011
Prize:   *$1,000.00 and at least two performances by Meistersingers
*Archival recording for winner’s use toward publishing
*Possible commercial recording by Meistersingers
There is a $25 entry fee
Submission Guidelines:
  • Complete Competition Submission Form (can be downloaded from
  • Original Composition for 4-8 part SATB a cappella choir (further divisi possible/range is not an issue)
  • No Text Restrictions (include translation if not in English)
  • 4-8 minutes long
  • Must be a world premiere performance (rehearsal read-throughs are acceptable)
  • Composer/Composition must have connection to California. Composer born or studied in California, California born poet, etc.
  • Anonymous Submission
- Remove all names (except poet, if necessary) and identifying marks;
- Provide a sealed envelope containing your name, address, email, the title and performance        
   history of the piece (if applicable), and phone number.
  • Submit a legible, photo-copy ready, score with piano reduction for rehearsal purposes
- including a recording (MIDI, piano, etc.) is strongly encouragedbut not required.
  • If text is not in public domain, composer is responsible for including written permission to use it
Selection Process:
  • The Music Director/Conductor, Brian Dehn, shall review all scores received.
  • A Selection Committee, consisting of members chosen by the Music Director/Conductor and Board, shall review many of the scores received
  • The decision of the Music Director/Conductor and Selection Committee will be final.
Winning Composer will be notified by April 11, 2011
Other Items of Interest:
  • The winning composition is scheduled to be performed in June of 2011 in the Southern California area. Meistersingers encourages the composer’s attendance and cooperation in media publicity and press coverage.
  • As the concert is titled, “The Voice of California”, there needs to be a connection to California.
  • The winning composer must provide a final performance score by April 15, 2011.
  • Meistersingers shall make 32 copies for the chorus, director, and rehearsal accompanist.
  • There are no restrictions according to race, sex, or age.
  • A composer may submit more than one piece.
  • Meistersingers reserves the right not to select a winning composition and/or award a prize.
  • Textual choices of a “profound, serious, or otherwise meaningful nature” are preferred.
  • A brief description of Meistersingers, including Mission Statement and type of literature performed, can be found on their website:
Send all Submissions, along with form to:                           Meistersingers, Inc.
                                                                                          2011 Choral Composition Competition
8941 Atlanta Avenue #187
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
For further information, visit the website or email