Christmas Carol Commission Competition
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its 14th 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 Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard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.
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, 2023) 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, 2023. Compositions must be in PDF format and emailed to email@example.com. No consideration will be given to entries received after the deadline. Submitted materials will not be returned. Questions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.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, 2023, and the selected composition will be performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at its annual Festival of Carols performances in Indianapolis. A cash prize of $2,500, plus travel and lodging for the world premiere in December 2022, will be awarded to the winning composer. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST), May 31, 2023.
Previous Commission Winners
“O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM” 2022
“GATHER ROUND THE HOLY MANGER” 2021
“HEART OF GOD” 2020
“THE CHRIST CHILD” 2019
“RISE ANON” 2018
“SUSANNI (A Little Child There is Ybore)” 2017
“CHRISTMAS HOSANNA” 2016
“ALL MY HEART THIS NIGHT REJOICES” 2013
“STILL, STILL, STILL” 2012
“A CHILD OF THE SNOWS” 2011
Christina Whitten Thomas
“QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE” 2010
Daniel J. Knaggs
“LULLABY CAROL” 2009
Michael K. Runyan and Pamela G. Runyan