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The Grand Philharmonic Choir Choral Works Competition welcomes new, unpublished and unperformed works by Canadian composers 30 years of age or under.

The GPC Choral Works Competition is for composers, to encourage the creation of new music for symphonic chorus, mixed chamber choir, children’s choirs and youth choirs on an annual rotating basis. The annual program is in its third year.

A jury of professional musicians, including Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen, will review the applications.

The winning composer receives a prize of $1500 and a Grand Philharmonic Choir ensemble will perform the piece in one of their concerts.

The guidelines of the competition change each year depending on which ensemble of the Grand Philharmonic Choir organization is the focus of the competition. Works must be unpublished and unperformed at the time of the competition and must follow the criteria of the competition with respect to length, instrumentation, text, etc. Securing the permission to use texts currently under copyright is the responsibility of the composer (proof of permission will be a requirement of the winning entrant).

To enter a work for the competition:

  • Fill out and submit the registration form along with the non-refundable registration fee of $25 to the GPC office.
  • Submit five (5) hard copies of the original work, notated using computer notation software in open score format (Sibelius, Finale, etc). Ensure that the composer’s name, or other identifiers do NOT appear on the score.
  • The deadline for entry is December 20, 2019.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by the GPC office.

For more details contact:

Grand Philharmonic Choir
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2H 6P7
519-578-5660 x 5290
Amy Dale: info@grandphilchoir.com

Guidelines for Submission
2019-2020 Grand Philharmonic Choir
Choral Works Competition

Choral Works submitted must:

  • be scored for SA or SSA children’s choir.
  • be accompanied by piano or organ, or a capella
  • have a performance length between 4-6 minutes
  • text choices are at the discretion of the composer (it is up to the composer to secure permission for copyrighted texts).
  • language should be English or French

Performance of the winning composition will take place in May 2020 in Kitchener, Ontario.

registration form