George Shirley Vocal Competition: Composer's Prize

African American composers age 18-35 are invited to apply to compete for $1,000. Each composer must submit an art song written between 2017-2019 on the text of your choice. Composers must be present or available via skype during the competition to have a conversation with the judges.

Please send a pdf of your song, a mp3 or mp4 of the song and a written statement about the text and creation of your song (maximum 2000 characters with spaces or 300 words).

Also, send a short bio (max 800 characters with spaces or 120 words) and a headshot. The information will be used for the creation of the program booklet used on the day of the competition. Each applicant will receive a copy.

Please do not submit a spiritual or folksong arrangement and the text is not required to be by an African American poet.

To apply:

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15 Mar 2019
U.S. Dollar (USD)