ABOUT THE CONTEST
ChoralArt honors the carol tradition with a New England Carol Contest. During the holiday season ChoralArt will premiere, at our An 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.
Due to COVID-19, all 2020 entries will be considered with the 2021 New England Carol Contest, with a deadline of August 15, 2021.
2021 Contest Guidelines
- 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 – traditional texts, published poems, or original texts
It is the composer’s responsibility to secure copyright permission for any text not in the public domain.
Deadline August 15, 2021 6 p.m. EDT
This year’s New England Carol Contest Sponsor
Dana F. Graichen, M.D.
2019: Matthew Swartz, Arise, Arise, the Morning Bells
2018: Travis M. Ramsey, When the stars of Morning Sang
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