Rachel Moore Choral Composition Competition Registration

The Choral Project is pleased to announce its annual choral composition contest. High school students (grades nine through twelve) and undergraduate college students are eligible to submit their works for consideration.

Submission deadline: Friday, December 14, 2019 – no exceptions will be made.


  • FIRST PLACE ($1,500); live performance of piece; live recording of piece; possible publication with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
  • SECOND PLACE ($750)
  • THIRD PLACE ($500)

Submission criteria:

  • All submissions must be an original composition for piano accompanied or unaccompanied choir, four to six-part SATB (mixed) choir (occasional eight-part divisi is acceptable). No other instrumentations will be accepted.
  • Text(s) may be sacred or secular. Text(s) may be in any language(s). It is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission for the use of copyrighted text. If the text is not public domain, please include written permission to use it. Composers should avoid texts in Latin, unless the work employs other languages in addition to Latin. Works exclusively in Latin will not be considered.
  • Subject matter of the piece should reflect the themes of “music” or “singing,” as the work will be part of program entitled “Oceans of Song.”
  • Performance time of the choral work should be 3 to 6 minutes in length.
  • The entry fee is $20, payable via PayPal.
  • Multiple entries by the same composer are permitted. However, a separate application and entry fee of $20.00 must accompany each entry.
  • Please upload a clearly legible PDF of the score. Scores submitted without applications will not be accepted.
  • A recording of the work is strongly encouraged.
  • The deadline for entry is December 14, 2019. The contest winners will be announced no later than January 02, 2020.
  • The first-place winning composition will be performed by The Choral Project on Feb 22, 2020, at Mission Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA). The Choral Project encourages the winning composer to attend.
  • Edits to the score may be required as the piece is being prepared. Winning composer must provide a final performance score upon request.
  • There are no restrictions according to race, sex, age, country of origin, religious affiliations, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or residency.
  • The Choral Project reserves the right to not award a prize. The decision of the judges is final.

Copyright Information: SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers) suggests that you send a copy of your choral composition to yourself by registered mail. Do not open this envelope when you receive it in the mail. It is your proof that you composed your piece before the date of mailing. For registering copyright, send $10.00 (US) and a copy of your piece to: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. USA 20559.

Registration Form

If you would like to submit a composition, please fill in your details below and you will be automatically registered.

Registration must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2019 – no exceptions will be made.

Sponsored, in part, by grants from the Office of Cultural Affairs - City of San Jose, SVCREATES and The Rotary Club of Saratoga, and generous support from First Republic Bank


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