Cantus Composer Competition

We are thrilled to announce our young and emerging composer competition in conjunction with our 25th anniversary! Cantus first began with four undergraduate students. They had passion, vision, and a desire to contribute meaningfully to the musical community. In our 2019-20 season, we are celebrating those student roots by providing an exciting opportunity for young and emerging composers.

Winner(s) will receive a $1000 cash prize. Honorable mentions will also be awarded. Winning compositions will be performed and recorded by Cantus and will also be considered for publication as part of a Cantus series. Compositions must be for tenor and bass voices written at a level accessible to collegiate and high school choirs. Special consideration will be given to pieces that relate to the following themes: technology and innovation, journeys, home, identity and self-understanding, finding the divine in all.

Applications must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2019.

Submissions must include the following:

  • A cappella composition for tenor and bass (TTBB with limited divisi)
  • Midi-file and piano reduction (PDF only)
  • Personal statement (PDF only)
  • $10 submission fee (details below)