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 4, 2020 – no exceptions will be made.


  • FIRST PLACE: $1,500, a live performance of the piece at a future concert post-COVID restrictions when concerts are allowed to take place, and a recording of the performance, plus possible publication with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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 a performance or an MDI recording of the work is strongly encouraged.
  • The deadline for entry is Friday, December 4, 2020. Contest winners will be announced no later than Saturday, January 2, 2021.
  • 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 4, 2020 – no exceptions will be made.

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