The Choral Project's Rachel Moore Composition Contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) and undergrad college students. The competition is designed to encourage the creation of original works for choir and to enable new collaboration between performers and composers.

  • First place prize is $1,500, a live performance of the work in concert, a recording of the live performance, and possible publication with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
  • Second place prize is $750
  • Third place prize is $500

"Daniel and the singers are not only phenomenally talented, but also so accommodating in genuinely wanting to see my musical vision become a reality! TCP has credited my music in a way that I never would have myself, and I thank God for opening this door. This entire process has been such a wonderful experience for me as a student composer making the transition into the real world, and I look forward to many other composers being able to benefit from this experience as I have :)" - 2015-16 1st Place winner Benjamin Low, Boston MA, "Oom Ji Ji"

2019-20 Contest Deadline: The application & submission process is closed for this season.

2019-20 Finalists Announcement: January 2, 2020 (see below)

2019-20 Winners:

First Place: "The Song You Sing To Me" by Justin Torzala, Appleton WI

Second Place: “Music to Hear" by Jonathan Madden, Northfield MN

Third Place: “Love is a Bright Light” by Kt Allenbaugh, Westminster MD

2018-19 Winners:

First Place (tie): "The Beauty of Cosmic Things" by Ethan R. Gonzalez Soledad, Miramar, FL
and “When I Rise Up” by Benjamin S. Markin, Seattle, WA

Second Place: no prize awarded

Third Place: “Daybreak" by Luke J. Gion, White Bear, MN

2017-18 Winners:

First Place: "Ma" by Kunal C. Gala, North Andover, MA

Second Place: “Qazamat” by Hamid Alipor Shirazi, Bojnurd, Iran

Third Place: “Dance of the Fairies" by Cathryn S. Davis, St. Paul, MN

2016-17 Winners:

First Place: no prize awarded

Second Place: “Run, Said the Sun," Jonathan Daniel, Overland Park, KS

Third Place: “For You Only," Zoe Heflin, Parkersburg, WV

2015-16 Winners:

First Place: “Oom Ji Ji," Benjamin Low, Brighton MA

Second Place: “Paris in Spring," Douglas Byler, Dayton VA

Third Place: “Ave Maria," Chase Shoemaker, Indianola IA

2014-15 Winners:

First Place (tie): "Incantation, Ritual and Dance," Stephen Jackson, Abilene TX,
and "A Prayer for the Future," Jacob Devol, Richmond VA

Third Place: no prize awarded

2011-12 Winners:

First Place: "Purple and Pearl," Christian T. Martin, Cortland NY

Second Place: "Beneath the Wave," Luke Flynn, Dubuque IA

Third Place: "Come To Me," Matthew Emery, Vancouver BC

2010-11 Winners:

First Place: "Grant Us Peace," Stephen Feigenbaum, Winchester MA

Third Place (tie): "The Western Shore," Dale Sakamoto, Mission Viejo CA,
and "The Dancer," Nicolas Dahlquist, Lincoln NE

2009-10 Winners:

First Place (tie): "Pén Graté," Matteo Giuliani, GB Martini Conservatory, Bologna, Italy 
and "Lullaby," Daniel B. Elder, Athens GA 

Third Place: "There Will Come Soft Rains," Joseph D. Kelly 

2008-09 Winners:

First Place: "Song for the River," Collin Martin, Coto de Caza CA

Second Place: "Aprill," Will Thomas, Rindge NH

Third Place: "October Sky," Corey Smith, Temperance MI

For questions or more information, please contact:

Daniel Hughes | Artistic Director
Email : artisticdir@sjcp.org

Lori Abrahams | Outreach Manager
Email : outreach@sjcp.org

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