Siena College Choral Composition Competition 2018-19
The Siena College Creative Arts Department announces a call for score submissions for the inaugural annual Siena College Choral Composition Competition. The winning work will be premiered by the Clare Ensemble Singers, a professional chamber choir in residence, on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A prize stipend of $450 will be available to the winning work.

The Siena College Choral Composition Award recognizes the creative talents of an artist whose work produces an innovative piece of choral music inspired in some way by The Saint John’s Bible (www.saintjohnsbible.org/promotions/explore/), an illuminated manuscript bible created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson.

Submissions must be accompanied by an explanation of the work’s relevance to the Saint John’s Bible, as well as the theme, “Songs of Experience.” Composers are encouraged to spend time with The Saint John’s Bible in person, by visiting a Heritage Edition site such as Siena College. A complete site listing may be found at: blog.saintjohnsbible.org/locations.

Works will be judged through a blind process by a panel consisting of Dr. Timothy Reno, Associate Professor of Creative Arts, members of the Clare Ensemble Singers, and local professionals.

The competition is open to all composers within the United States of America, regardless of background, origin, level of training, or experience. The deadline for submission completion is December 31, 2018.

***Prior to writing and submitting material, composers should read the ENTIRE Google Form below for information about length, voicing, file names, and other requirements.***

Email address *
Name *
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Bio *
200 words or less, please
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Composition information
Compositions should reflect experience with the Saint John's Bible in some way (explained in program notes), and fit the concert theme for May, 2019 ("Songs of Experience").
Title of submitted work *
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Instrumentation *
Clare Ensemble Singers is a professional level chamber choir. Most projects use a roster of 8-12 voices. Please limit use of divisi accordingly.
Duration
2-5 minutes.
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Technical requirements
Please list any extramusical requirements (sound, formation/logistical, visual, etc.)
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File links
**All submitted material and file names should be ANONYMOUS, and marked ONLY with the last four digits of the phone number listed above. Works must be unpublished and should not have had prior public performance. Documents and files containing names, and those that have been published/performed will be immediately disqualified.**
Score (PDF only) *
Upload a score to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other file sharing site, and provide the link below. The link MUST remain active through February 1, 2019. Be sure files are marked with the last four digits of the phone number above.
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Recording (MP3 or freely accessible file type) *
Upload a recording to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other file sharing site, and provide the link below. The link MUST remain active through February 1, 2019. Be sure files are marked with the last four digits of the phone number above.
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Narrative/Program Notes (PDF) *
Please be sure to explain how the composition reflects experience with the St. John's Bible, and fits the identified concert theme. Upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other file sharing site, and provide the link below. The link MUST remain active through February 1, 2019. Be sure files are marked with the last four digits of the phone number above.
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Should your piece not be chosen as the winning composition, would you like to have it considered as a runner up? *
This choice will have no bearing on the award selection process. Up to two runners up may be chosen at the discretion of the selection committee. There is NO monetary award, but the work(s) would be performed and recorded for archival/personal purposes.
How did you hear about this call for scores? *
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