Sacred Choral Music Composition Contest - theme: Unity

Purpose
The purpose of this sacred choral music composition contest is to promote and inspire the composition and arranging of quality new music for worship of various forms, including traditional, blended, multicultural, etc...

Theme: Unity
This includes any text and music that directly or indirectly promotes or inspires unity.
This can be unity of: journey, circumstance, thought, being, spirit, belief, cause, etc…

Criteria
• Written for SATB (or SAB) mixed choir (divisi, solos and ensembles are allowed)
• Please fill out a competition submission form completely (https://www.upumc.org/ministries/music-ministry/smcc/) and submit a digitally engraved PDF and sound file at www.upumc.org/smcc
• One submission per applicant is allowed
• The work should exemplify the theme (see “Theme: Unity” above)
• This competition is open to composers of all experience levels, background, and no religious or denominational affiliation is required.
• Music should be written to be accessible for volunteer church choirs. They can (and should) present vocal/choral/musical challenges, but not to the level of a professional choir or a choir beyond the reasonable scope of the local church
• Accompaniment: can be a cappella or accompanied by piano/organ/chamber ensemble of standard Western instruments. Keyboard reductions are required.
• The work should be unpublished (should be newly composed music comprised of either original or previously existing material; all permissions for text or music should be procured prior to submission)
• Must be appropriate for Christian liturgical use (worship), although overt doctrine/beliefs need not be present.
• All choirs participating in the culminating service in early November will receive copies of the winning compositions for their libraries free of charge. (applicable to winning entries)
• Pieces should be between 3-5 minutes in length
• Submissions are anonymous – your name and/or any identifying information should not appear on the score
• If you desire to submit a physical copy, please contact Mark Pope at mpope@upumc.org
• Works will be judged on basis of: adherence to theme, accessibility for choir and/or congregation, quality and creativity of musical structure, and overall aesthetics

30 Jun 2020