2020 Missouri Composers Project

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia Chamber Choir seek orchestral and choral works for the 2020 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition, with the goal of promoting music for larger forces written by Missouri composers. 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, with or without piano.

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.

Previous MOCOP winners and University of Missouri-Columbia students are not eligible to apply.

To apply for the 2020 competition, please click here. This will take you to a form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2020 competition are due by Monday, December 2, 2019.

The 2020 concert will take place at the Center for Missouri Studies on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:30pm. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15pm 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.

2 Dec 2019