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Composition Opportunity

International Choral Composition Competition

  • Deadline date: 30 Jun 2021 [Registration Deadline]
  • Date held: February 2022
  • Location: Basel, Switzerland
  • Total prizes: CHF 3,000
  • Work duration: Duration of the works is 3 to max. 6 minutes


Further Details

1. Introduction

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) celebrates its 100-year jubilee in 2022. As a part of the «ISCM Collaborative Series», various ISCM sections announce a choral composition competition, with the aim of giving new impulses to contemporary choral arts, which have suffered greatly in the past months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Swiss section, also celebrating its 100-year jubilee, calls for choral works for equal voices. The winning pieces will be premiered in spring 2022 as a part of two choral concerts: At Stadtcasino Basel by «Männerstimmen Basel» conducted by American composer Eric Whitacre, and in Andelfingen by «Jugendchor Zürich» conducted by Marco Amherd.

2. Conditions of Participation

  1. 2.1 Persons eligible to participate are composers of any age and any nationality.
  2. 2.2 The submitted works shall not be premiered, performed, published, awarded a prize or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  3. 2.3 After the premiere, it is possible for the winning pieces to be published.
  4. 2.4 The members of the jury and their families shall not be eligible to participate.

3. Guidelines for Compositions

  1. 3.1 The submitted works must be set for women's or men's chorus.
  2. Choices are either between SSAA (divisi) or TTBB (divisi) a cappella. It is possible to submit works for equal voices, which can be performed by a women's chorus as well as a men's chorus. The works shall not feature any solo parts.
  3. 3.2 The submitted work may feature a secular or sacred text. Eligible languages are: German, French, Italian and Romansh as well as English and Latin.
  4. Compositions featuring one of the four first-mentioned languages (Swiss national languages) shall be preferred. In any case, a German and/or French translation of the text shall be supplied.
  5. 3.3 If the text is subject to the copyright of its author or publisher, the written consent to use the text must be obtained and supplied by the composer.
  6. 3.4 All compositional styles are permitted.
  7. 3.5 Degree of difficulty and compositional technique shall be adapted to the abilities of a high- level amateur choir.
  8. 3.6 Duration of the works: 3 to max. 6 minutes. The duration shall be noted on the score's first page.

4. Submission of Works

  1. 4.1 Up to three compositions can be submitted.
  2. 4.2 The score shall be in A4 portrait format (21 x 29.7 cm), created with a music notation software (Sibelius, Finale etc.), and submitted as a PDF file. Alternatively, a handwritten score is also permissable, as long as it is easy to read and usable right away.

The score shall be named as follows:

ISCM22_Call_<first name>_<last name >_<title>.pdf (e.g. «ISCM22_Call_Max_Mustermann_Abendlied.pdf»)

Furthermore, the composer's short CV and contact details as well as the title and description of the submitted work(s) shall be supplied. Only complete submissions will be accepted.

  1. 4.3 Deadline for submissions: 30th of June 2021

To be sent to the Office of ISCM Switzerland: office@iscm-switzerland.ch

5. Jury & Awards

  1. 5.1 The submitted works will be evaluated by a jury of three professional and renowned choral experts:
  • Jan Schumacher (Professor, Director of Music, Goethe University Frankfurt a.M., Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM)
  • Javier Hagen (composer, singer, conductor, president of ISCM Switzerland, board Swiss Music Edition SME, board of directors ScoreFollower, co-art. dir. UMS´n JIP)
  • David Rossel (composer, conductor, musicologist, board ISCM Switzerland)
  1. 5.2 The following prizes shall be awarded:
  • 1. Prize: CHF 1,500
  • 2. Prize: CHF 1,000
  • 3. Prize: CHF 500

Furthermore, it is possible for the winning pieces to be published.

  1. 5.3 The jury reserves the right not to award a prize, if none of the submitted works meets the required criteria or quality demands.
  2. 5.4 The awardees are requested, if possible, to attend the premieres on Saturday, 12th of February 2022 (Basel) and Sunday, 20th of February 2022 (Andelfingen), respectively.
  3. 5.5 The jury assessment shall be final and unquestionable. No information will be released on the decision.

6. Further Information

  1. 6.1 ISCM Switzerland reserves the right to record the premieres on sound- or image-recording media.
  2. 6.2 The participating composers declare their agreement with these terms and rules.

On behalf of the Jury and the ISCM Switzerland Board Javier Hagen, President.

For more informations please contact:

David Rossel, Reverenzgässlein 2, 4058 Basel, david.rossel@maennerstimmen.ch

Website: http://iscm-switzerland.ch/PDF/iscm-switzerland_call_choral-works-equal-voices_dt_fr_en.pdf


Contact: David Rossel, ISCM Switzerland

Mailing Address: Reverenzgässlein 2, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

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