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.

Before contacting anyone at The Choral Project directly, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the contest requirements and application process by clicking here or clicking the link below.

Good luck!

2020-21 Contest Requirements and Application:

Click here to register, apply, and submit your composition.

2020-21 Contest Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020

2020-21 Finalists Announcement: Saturday, January 2, 2021

  • 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

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

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