YNYC Competition for Young Composers

Since the spring of 2001, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus has provided a close­knit fellowship for talented singers in their twenties and early thirties, assembling some of the finest choral musicians from the many young people seeking an artistic life in this dynamic city. Under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Kerschner, YNYC’s 80+ mixed voice choir and 40+ Women’s Ensemble (WYNYC) perform works by classical greats such as Brahms, Duruflé, and Bernstein and has commissioned more than thirty new works through the annual Competition for Young Composers, which counts Joshua Shank, Jake Runestead, and other now-­familiar names among its alumni. In the 14 years of the Competition, over $20,000 has been awarded to exciting young artists from all over the world.

We are excited to continue this tradition of supporting new choral work and talent in our 15th year of organizing the Competition. We invite interested artists under the age of 35 to apply with a sample of work written for choir alone or for choir and an accompanying instrument. Previous entrants not chosen as finalists are encouraged to re­apply. Applicants should submit their application by September 15th, 2018.​

Three competition finalists will be notified by November 2nd, 2018. ​YNYC’s Mixed Ensemble will commission a new work from each finalist and premiere the pieces at our June 2019 concert, at which a Competition winner is announced. Concerts are built around a theme, which also serves as a prompt for the composed works. Commissioned pieces should be for a cappella mixed choir. Composers are responsible for securing rights to textual material. The first place winner will receive the $1,000 Nathan Davis Prize in Composition. The two finalists will each receive $500.

To apply, please visit http://ynyc.org/composers-competition/apply

15 Sep 2018
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