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Cincinnati Children's Choir Composition Competition

Location: Ohio, USA

Cincinnati Children’s Choir

Composition Competition



The Cincinnati Children’s Choir Composition Competition is an annual contest promoting outstanding repertoire for children’s choirs.   CCC serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and regularly performs with the regions most celebrated professional and amateur ensembles.  Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of CCM faculty and CCC artistic staff.  The winning entry will be contacted in December 2011 and announced January 2012. 


The Award:

The cash prize for the winning composition will be $1,000.00. The Cincinnati Children’s Choir, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Robyn Lana, will premiere the work March, 2012 with winning composer’s possible attendance at the premiere.  Publication possible and may be discussed.



1.              Suggested length:  3 to 6 minutes

2.              Voicing:  treble voices, unison to multiple parts

3.              Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate or advanced

4.              Accompaniment instrumentation:  a capella or piano accompaniment, opt 30 sec. solo voice, opt solo or duet obligato instruments (ie: violin, cello, flute, recorder, clarinet)

5.              Lyrics and arrangements must be available for use and not protected by copyright laws or permission must be secured and demonstrated by the composer

6.              Composer will retain the copyright

7.              CCC may retain winning manuscript for future performance

8.              Composition must be newly composed/arranged or never performed

9.              The composer must be an emerging composer.

10.            The composer must presently reside in North America

11.            $25 application fee per composition


Completed submission must include:

1.              One rehearsal ready copy. 

2.              5 unsigned, clearly legible copies with no identifying marks to insure anonymity during the selection process.

3.              Complete biography of the composer.

4.              $25 registration fee payable to Cincinnati Children’s Choir

5.              One completed application form found at or by writing to:


Robyn Lana, Artistic Director

Cincinnati Children’s Choir

Preparatory Department

College-Conservatory of Music

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH  45221-0236


6.              Contest deadline is October 15, 2011.  All materials must arrive on or before the

posted deadline.