New England Carol Contest


ChoralArt honors the carol tradition with a New England Carol Contest. During the holiday season ChoralArt will premiere, at our Epiphany Concert, a brand new carol written by a composer with a New England connection.

Composers must reside in, have been born in, or currently study in residence at a college, university, or conservatory in one of the six new England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont). One winner will receive a $750 cash prize, with up to $250 travel expense to attend the premiere performance.



  • Premiere: no prior public performance of submitted composition
  • Voicing: a cappella or keyboard accompaniment, SATB setting with divisi up to SSATB
  • Duration: about 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: like carols represented, for example, in 100 Carols for Choirs (Willcocks, Rutter; eds.)
  • Text: new settings in English
  • Applicant requirement: native-born or current resident of one of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) or composer currently studying in residence at a New England college, university, or conservatory.

2018 Guidelines and Application Form

Deadline August 15, 2018 6 p.m. EDT

Please contact with any questions.


This year’s New England Carol Contest Sponsor

Dana F. Graichen, M.D.
Associated Eyecare
Kennebunk, ME


Previous Winners

2017: Deanna Witkowski, A Christmas Carol
2016: Hilary Purrington, Ring out, wild bells
2015: Jonathan David, All my heart this night rejoices
2014: Ellen Gilson Voth, The Bells I Heard