New Voices Project for Composers Under 30
Since 2005, San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project has solicited and performed original compositions to promote 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 2019-2020 competition is closed, and the theme and deadline for the next one will be announced in the Fall. The guidelines remain below for reference.
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Deadline March 1, 2020
Eligible composers are encouraged to submit new and creative works on themes of transportation for consideration for a June 2020 concert set entitled “Boats & Trains & Flying Machines.”
- Composer must be under age 30 as of July 1, 2020, and a USA resident during the concert season of the competition.
- Composer is responsible for obtaining relevant rights to use copyrighted material.
- A composer may submit only one work.
Requirements of the Work
- The work may be up to 4 minutes in length, and the length must be listed on the score.
- The work may not have had prior public performance or publicly available recording, nor may one take place before July 1, 2020.
- For SATB a cappella chamber choir. The work may include some body percussion. Any divisi must be limited to no more than 8 parts.
- A brief description of how the work addresses the concert theme must be included.
- 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.
- Include a note with your text stating whether it is in the public domain. If texts are copyrighted, written proof of permission of use must be provided.
- Score and texts should be submitted in PDF format. MP3 files are encouraged in addition to scores. A link to SoundCloud or similar audio sharing site is acceptable. All PDF and MP3 file names should include composer’s name and the title of the work.
- Composer’s name, birth date, and complete composer contact information–including USPS postal address–should be printed on the score.
Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.
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:
- The selected work(s) will be premiered by SFCA at three concerts in Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Francisco, California, on June 7, 13, 14, 2020.
- One or more phone consultations with SFCA’s Artistic Director, Magen Solomon, on vocal, notation, and performance issues, and in order to prepare the work for rehearsal and premiere.
- Two complimentary tickets for each performance of the work.
- A professional-quality recording of one performance of the work.
We regret that no travel funds are available.
*SFCA reserves the right to divide the prize money between two winners in the case of a tie.
Please feel free to share this opportunity!
Past New Voices Winners
Jarred Main, Bellingham, WA
Ash Stemke, Tallahassee, FL
James May, Louisville, KY
Ben Zucker, Lafayette, CA
James Tecuatl-Lee, Oakland, CA
Joseph Taff, San Francisco, CA
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
No submissions qualified for awards
1st Place: Katherine Saxon, Santa Barbara, CA
2nd Place: Daniel Galbreath, Laramie, WY
No submissions qualified for awards
1st Place: Patrick Gullo, East Lansing, MI
2nd Place: Colin Woodford, Granada Hills, CA
3rd Place: Zina von Bozzay, San Rafael, CA
1st Place: Eleanor Aversa, Philadelphia, PA
2nd Place: Nick Vasallo, Santa Cruz, CA
3rd Place: Winton Yuichiro White, San Francisco, CA
1st Place: Kala Pierson, New York, NY
2nd Place: David Philip Norris, Minneapolis, MN
3rd Place: Nathan Heidelberger, Oberlin, OH
1st Place: Peter J. Durow, Tallahassee, FL
2nd Place: Jamie Klenetsky, Wharton, NJ
Honorable Mention: Benjamin J. Williams, Akron, OH
1st Place: Matthew Van Brink, New York, NY
1st Place: Cheng Zhi Anna Huang, Los Angeles CA
2nd Place: Eric Knechtges, Bowling Green, OH
3rd Place: Ted Hearne, New York, NY