Christmas Carol Commission Competition

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its 11th annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.

Recent commissions by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir include works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Molly Ijames, Dan Locklair, James Mulholland and others. Winners of the Commission Competition have been published by these and other publishers: EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press.

Composers 35 years of age or younger (as of December 1, 2020) who are United States citizens or legal residents may submit one composition via email (PDF) to the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir by 11:59 p.m. (EST), May 31, 2020. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to commission@indychoir.org. No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be e-mailed to commission@indychoir.org. There is no entry fee, although a submission form must accompany the composition.

Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, with the following requirements: the text should be suitable for a Christmas or holiday (secular texts are permitted) performance, and the text should be from a non-liturgical tradition (for example, contemporary poetry or verse (secular or sacred), hymn texts and the like are permitted, while texts such as “Ave Maria,” “Gloria” or “Hodie Christus Natus Est” are discouraged. The winner will be notified by September 30, 2020 and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its five annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis.  A cash prize of $2,500, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2020, will be awarded to the winning composer. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST), May 31, 2020.

“The Christ Child” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2019 Composer: Jonathan Reid

“Rise Anon” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2018 Composer: Sean Kisch

Recent Commissions

“SUSANNI (A Little Child There is Ybore)” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2017 Composer: Saunder Choi

“CHRISTMAS HOSANNA” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2016 Composer: Rob Swenson

“ALL MY HEART THIS NIGHT REJOICES” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2013 Composer: Brian Buda

“STILL, STILL, STILL” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2012 Composer: Joey Hoelscher

“A CHILD OF THE SNOWS” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2011 Composer: Christina Whitten Thomas

“QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2010 Composer: Daniel J. Knaggs

“LULLABY CAROL” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2009 Composer: Molly Ijames

“GLORIA” Premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, 2008 Composer: Michael K. Runyan and Pamela G. Runyan