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The Grand Philharmonic Choir Choral Works Competition welcomes new, unpublished and unperformed works by Canadian composers 30 years of age or under.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 fourth year, and this year the winning work will be for youth choir.

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 Youth Choir ensemble will perform the piece in November 2021.

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 Works must be unpublished and unperformed at the time of the competition and must follow the criteria of the competition with respect to length, instrumentation, text, etc.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:

  • This will all be submitted online in 2021. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch at info@grandphilchoir.com
  • Fill out and submit the registration form, and email it to info@grandphilchoir.com.
  • Send the non-refundable $25 registration fee by bank e-transfer to the GPC at this email: info@grandphilchoir.com. Please put “Composition Contest” in the comments field
  • Submit an electronic copy of the original work to the above email, 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 April 1, 2021.

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
2020-2021 Grand Philharmonic Choir
Choral Works Competition

Choral Works submitted must:

  • be scored for SAB or SATB youth choir.
  • be a capella or accompanied by piano
  • have a performance length between 3-5 minutes
  • be accessible for online rehearsals and distant learning
  • be based on and inspired by content gathered from Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir singers about their thoughts during the global pandemic. See document HERE with more details.
  • be created with the understanding that text is not compulsory this year and sonic creations with no text are welcome. However, should the composer choose to use text, the choices are at the discretion of the composer. It is up to the composer to secure permission for copyrighted texts. If there is text, language should be English or French

Performance of the winning composition will take place in November 2021 in Waterloo Region, Ontario.

registration form