New Voices Project for Composers Under 30

UPDATE: The New Voices Project competition for 2016 is now closed. Please come back and check in October 2016 for details about the 2017 competition.

Since its inception in 2005, San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project for composers under age 30 has solicited and performed original compositions with the objective of promoting the composition of high-quality music for chamber choir by the next generation of USA-resident composers.

The first prize winner receives a $500 cash prize, and all winners receive a professional-quality recording of the performance.

The 2016-17 Competition: to be announced in Fall 2016.

Basic Requirements

2017 submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 1, 2017.

  1. Composer must be under age 30 as of June 1, 2016, and a USA resident.
  2. Composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.
  3. Each composer may submit up to three works.

Requirements of the Work

  1. Up to 4 minutes in length; list the length on the score.
  2. The work may not have had prior public performance or recording, nor may one take place before April 1, 2017.
  3. For SATB a cappella chamber choir. May include some body percussion; divisi to 8 parts or fewer.
  4. The work should address the required theme. Explanation may be included if necessary.
  5. Text may include spoken word, and may be in any language. A typed copy of the full original text, with facing line-by-line English translation, must be provided. If non-standard language(s) are used, a pronunciation guide must be included.
  6. Include a note with your text stating if it is in the public domain or not. If texts are copyrighted, written proof of permission of use must be provided.
  7. Score and texts should be submitted in PDF form. MP3 files will be accepted in addition to scores; mp3 file name should include Composer’s name.
  8. Composer’s name, birth date, and complete composer contact information–including USPS postal address–should be printed on each score.

Winners

Up to three winners will be selected. The first-prize winner will receive $500. All composer(s) and work(s) selected for participation in this program will receive the following:

  1. The selected work(s) will be premiered by SFCA at three concerts in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto, California (dates to be announced.)
  2. One or more phone consultations with SFCA’s Artistic Director, Magen Solomon, on vocal and performance issues, and in order to prepare the work for rehearsal and premiere.
  3. Two complimentary tickets for each performance of the work.
  4. A professional-quality recording of one performance of the work.

We regret that no travel funds are available.

Submission Process

Submissions should include the application form, score and text(s), attached as PDF(s). 2017 submissions must be date-stamped by January 1, 2017, and either (1) emailed with covering email to info@sfca.org; or (2) submitted as two unbound copies via USPS to San Francisco Choral Artists / New Voices Project, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3619. Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.

*SFCA reserves the right to divide the prize money between two winners in the case of a tie.

NEW VOICES WINNERS:

2016:

James Tecuatl-Lee, Oakland, CA

2015:

Joseph Taff, San Francisco, CA

2014:

1st Place: David Von Kampen, Lincoln, NE
Co-2nd Place: Natalie Bell, Raleigh, NC
Co-2nd Place: Kevin Laskey, Coram, NY
Honorable Mention: Joseph Taff

2013:

No submissions qualified for awards

2012:

1st Place: Katherine Saxon, Santa Barbara, CA
2nd Place: Daniel Galbreath, Laramie, WY

2011:

No submissions qualified for awards

2010:

1st Place: Patrick Gullo, East Lansing, MI
2nd Place: Colin Woodford, Granada Hills, CA
3rd Place: Zina von Bozzay, San Rafael, CA

2009:

1st Place: Eleanor Aversa, Philadelphia, PA
2nd Place: Nick Vasallo, Santa Cruz, CA
3rd Place: Winton Yuichiro White, San Francisco, CA

2008:

1st Place: Kala Pierson, New York, NY
2nd Place: David Philip Norris, Minneapolis, MN
3rd Place: Nathan Heidelberger, Oberlin, OH

2007:

1st Place: Peter J. Durow, Tallahassee, FL
2nd Place: Jamie Klenetsky, Wharton, NJ
Honorable Mention: Benjamin J. Williams, Akron, OH

2006:

1st Place: Matthew Van Brink, New York, NY

2005:

1st Place: Cheng Zhi Anna Huang, Los Angeles CA
2nd Place: Eric Knechtges, Bowling Green, OH
3nd Place: Ted Hearne, New York, NY

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