Manhattan Choral Ensemble Competition

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks submissions from composers living within 50 miles of New York City of a short (2.5 – 3 minutes) a cappella work for SATB chorus that evokes life in New York City. The work should be a new composition that has not yet been premiered. Works should require approximately three hours of rehearsal to prepare for performance, and should not contain individual solos. Visit for examples of the level of difficulty of previous compositions. Previous winners are ineligible.

We encourage using texts written by living writers. It is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission to use any texts not in the public domain.

Three winners will be chosen by a committee comprising MCE Director Thomas Cunningham and Artistic Advisors George Andoniadis and Rich Campbell. Each winner will receive a $500 award and a performance by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble at its March 10, 2018, concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Prior to the performance, the composers will be asked to attend a rehearsal to discuss their piece with the choir. Additionally, one work will be voted on by the audience for an additional award on the night of the performance. The composer of the chosen work will receive an additional $500.

Submissions must be received by November 15, 2017. Electronic submissions are acceptable. There is no fee to apply. Submissions should be emailed to or (if not possible to send electronically) mailed to:

Manhattan Choral Ensemble
PO Box 3852
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-3852

15 Nov 2017