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WomenSing's Youth Inspiring Youth Composition Competition

Location: California, USA
Voicing: Women
Youth Inspiring Youth Composition Competition
As part of its Youth Inspiring Youth project, WomenSing is pleased to announce its third choral youth composition competition, now with an international component. The two participating composers will each create a new work based on the same River of Words poem, “Reflections”.
Young composers, ages 18 to 25, who are residents of California or Australia, are eligible to submit samples of their works for consideration. One California resident and one Australia resident will be selected as the two winners.
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 teaching artist and composer Libby Larsen and international advising composer Sandra Milliken. The two winners will be commissioned to write treble choral works to be premiered by WomenSing in early June of 2012, based on the highly inspired children’s poetry from the River of Words project. Each commissioned composer will receive a commissioning fee of US $1,000 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 or Australia residents who have reached their 18th birthday but have not yet reached their 25th birthday by the submission deadline of May 13, 2011. 
  2. Submissions must be an original work for accompanied or unaccompanied chorus (not necessarily treble), must have been composed within the last three years, and the length of the work should be 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, except to label each copy with either "USA" or "AUS" according to your place of residency.
  4. Judges for the competition will be Libby Larsen, composer; Sandra Milliken, international advising 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 3, 2011. WomenSing reserves the right not to award a prize.
To enter
Submit five 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, country of origin, address, phone, email, title of the work, and a brief bio. Please send submissions to:
            WomenSing Youth Inspiring Youth Composition Contest
            P.O. Box 2014
            Orinda, CA 94563
Scores and applications must be postmarked by May 13, 2011. Scores will be returned if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with your submission.
For further questions please contact Rachel Eidbo, Youth Inspiring Youth Project Manager at