2019 Missouri Composers Project

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Columbia Chamber Choir seek works written by Missouri composers for the 2019 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition. Works can be submitted in one of four categories:

  • Open Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • Open Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)
  • High School Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • High School Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)

The open categories include any composer, of any age, who is either a resident of Missouri or whose submitted work was written while the composer was living in Missouri. The high school categories include any composer enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Missouri high school. Instrumentation for orchestral submissions should not exceed: 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.Cl, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, Timp+2 perc, strings. Choral works must be scored for standard SATB.

One winner will be chosen from each of the four categories. The composers of the selected works will receive a performance and professional recording of their winning work by the Columbia Civic Orchestra (directed by Stefan Freund) or Columbia Chamber Choir (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews), as well as a $500 honorarium.

Click here to apply for the 2019 competition. This will take you to a form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2019 competition are due by Monday, December 3, 2018.

The 2019 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2019. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

Please make sure there are no identifying marks other than the title of the composition on the submitted score or recording. Do not put the name of the composer(s) or school on the score or recording. Recordings must include either a live recording or MIDI realization of the work.

3 Dec 2018