RACHEL MOORE | COMPOSITION CONTEST

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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.


2020-21 Winners:

First Place: “Breathe” by Coleman Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD

Second Place: “Wait With Me” by Coleman Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD

Third Place: “Oaks and Roses” by Anuj Bhutani, Houston, TX

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” by Jonathan Daniel, Overland Park, KS

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

2015-16 Winners:

First Place: “Oom Ji Ji” by Benjamin Low, Brighton, MA

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

Third Place: “Ave Maria” by Chase Shoemaker, Indianola, IA

2014-15 Winners:

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

Third Place: no prize awarded

2011-12 Winners:

First Place: “Purple and Pearl” by Christian T. Martin, Cortland, NY

Second Place: “Beneath the Wave” by Luke Flynn, Dubuque, IA

Third Place: “Come To Me” by Matthew Emery, Vancouver, BC

2010-11 Winners:

First Place: “Grant Us Peace” by Stephen Feigenbaum, Winchester, MA

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

2009-10 Winners:

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

Third Place: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Joseph D. Kelly 

2008-09 Winners:

First Place: “Song for the River” by Collin Martin, Coto de Caza, CA

Second Place: “Aprill” by Will Thomas, Rindge, NH

Third Place: “October Sky” by 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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