A composition competition in Regensburg for the present-day theme of the Kulturreferats 2019: "city and society" . The competition is aimed at composers of all ages who compose new works and bring them to world premiere in Regensburg.
In addition to the annual theme, the default is only the cast of the performing vocalensemble "StimmGold" (sextet, SMezATBarB, solo cast), as well as a total length of a maximum of 6 minutes. The composer is thus given the most creative possible use of freely chosen texts.

1st place: 1,500 € (sponsored by Hochschule für kath. Kirchenmusik & Musikpädagogik Regensburg)
2nd place: 1,000 € (sponsored by REWAG AG & Co KG Regensburg)
3rd place: 500 €

The compositions must meet the following criteria:
- Content analysis of the motto "city and society"
- Text basis freely selectable
- Performance time maximum 6 minutes
- Six-part a cappella composition for the StimmGold vocal ensemble (SMezATBarB, solo part)
- Only one composition per composer
- If the text that is set to music is not non-public domain material, the right of use must be available for the performance and publication in a publisher.
- The submitted work may neither be published nor awarded a prize in another competition.

conditions of participation:
The competition will be conducted anonymously. The following documents must be submitted:
- Score in five copies, bound and legible without attribution
- Registration form with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the composer and the title of the submitted composition
- Short biography of the composer with photo
- Competitors declare their consent to radio and television recordings as well as recordings on sound and image media (including their duplication) in connection with the Competition. Any rights resulting therefrom shall be transferred to the organizers upon acceptance of the conditions of participation in the composition competition.
- The organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of the submitted documents. The submitted documents will not be returned.

Closing date: 01. July 2019 (postmark)
Jury Evaluation: July 2019
Announcement of the winners: end of august 2019
Prizewinners Concert: October 19, 2019

Closing Address:
Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Music Regensburg
Untere Bachgasse 15
93047 Regensburg

Evaluation jury:
Prof. Kunibert Schäfer (Prof. for Conducting, HfKM Regensburg)
Prof. Kerstin Behnke (Prof. for Conducting, HfM Weimar)
Prof. i. K. Steven Heelein (Composer, Prof. for Conducting, HfK Bayreuth)
Jakob Steiner, Christoph Schäfer (StimmGold vocalensemble)

The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

StimmGold vocalensemble:
The vocalensemble "StimmGold" was chosen as the ensemble for the final concert.
The young Regensburg vocal ensemble StimmGold was founded at the beginning of 2014 by students of the College of Catholic Church Music and Music Education Regensburg (HfKM) and the Faculty of Music Education at the University of Regensburg. The six classically trained singers, in addition to years of ensemble practice and rich choir experience (including in the New Chamber Choir Regensburg), especially the joy of singing together demanding works.
The focus of the ensemble is German romantic vocal music as well as current a cappella literature, including world premieres of contemporary works (2016 Bastian Fuchs, 2017 Rihards Dubra) and modern folk-song arrangements, in which the professional voices convince with expressiveness and harmonious transparency.

More Information about the contest/call for scores:

1 Jul 2019