Emerging Composers Competition - Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble

Our eighth annual Emerging Composers Competition is now open! Deadline for scores: March 1, 2020. Click here for competition entry form and a PDF of the submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines

1. Works must be:
– Scored for SATB a cappella (some divisi acceptable)
– Approximately 3-5 minutes in length
– Unpublished and unperformed

2. The winning compositions will be premiered in May 2020 as part of a program featuring music composed by and about women, in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment (recognizing women’s right to vote). Although there are no thematic restrictions on the competition, entries related to this theme are encouraged.

3. Composers may submit more than one work, but must complete a separate entry form and fee for each.

4. Submission of MIDI realizations is encouraged, but not required.

Visit www.cerddorion.org/ensemble/past-performances to get a sense of the styles and level of difficulty of Cerddorion’s repertoire.


Composers should be in the early stages of their professional careers, without substantial publishing credit, national awards, or commissions. There is no age limit.

Panel of Judges

James John, Veronika Krausas, Dominick DiOrio


1­st Prize – $500 plus performance and archival live recording

2nd Prize – performance and archival live recording

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize.

1 Mar 2020
U.S. Dollar (USD)