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Young Choral Composer Competition

Location: Oklahoma, USA
Young Choral Composer Competition
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem invites talented young composers in elementary, middle, high school, and college to submit original choral works for consideration for performance by The Choir in the 2013 Family Concert, which will take place in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, on Sunday, January 23rd at 3pm.  The choral works may be written for any combination of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices.  They may be a capella or use keyboard (piano, chamber organ or harpsichord) or orchestral accompaniment written for any combination of instruments from the Bach Festival Orchestra (strings, oboes, flutes, bassoon, trumpets and timpani.) Composers may use a sacred or secular text of their own choosing.  Additionally, the Choir has provided a few suggested texts: verses from the Book of Psalms and two texts with well-known settings by J.S. Bach.  These can found on the Choir’s website at
Deadline for submissions:  November 1, 2012
  • Composers must submit either handwritten or computer-generated scores.
  • Recordings or sound files are appreciated but not required.
The panel of judges will include:
Greg Funfgeld, artistic director and conductor of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Larry Lipkis, professor and composer in residence at Moravian College
Joy Ondra Hirokawa, artistic director of the Bel Canto Childrens’ Chorus
Jean Anne Shafferman, member of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and editor for Alfred Publishing
Please mail or deliver entries to:
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
440 Heckewelder Place
Bethlehem, PA 18018
For inquiries, please contact Bridget George, Executive Director, 610 866-4382 #11,                 
About The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the first complete performances in the United States of The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio.  Since 1983, under Greg Funfgeld’s direction, the 100 dedicated volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, performing with the Bach Festival Orchestra and distinguished soloists, have received international acclaim. Venues have included the Herkulessaal at Munich’s Royal Residence and the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church in Leipzig, as part of the 1995 Germany tour; The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall as part of The Choir’s Centennial Celebration in 1998-2000; the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of an eight-concert tour of the United Kingdom in 2003; and Severance Hall, Cleveland for the 75th anniversary of the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival in 2007. In September 2011, The Bach Choir represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a 10th anniversary musical observance of 9/11 in New York City, giving concerts in Saint Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church, Wall Street.