International Competition for Choral Composition


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1. Musica Ficta Music Association announces the ‘New Music for Easter Time’ International Competition for Choral Composition, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.

2. Participation is open to composers of any nationality and any age.

3. The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 8 minutes. The text of the composition, suitable for a concert during Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) including Easter Vigil and Holy Sunday, in any language, written for the occasion or pre-existing, should be in the public domain. If not, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form. If works are written in a language other than English, Latin, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, please include an IPA transcription.

4. A maximum of two works per composer may be submitted. All entries must be sent using the electronic form here by 11:59 pm (GMT time) on 30 June 2014 at the latest.

5. Entry fee is 25 Euros for the first piece and 15 Euros for the second. All composers should remit payment through our PayPal account, accessible from the same electronic form.

6. Scores shall be sent electronically (through the form) in PDF format made from Sibelius or Finale files or in a similar program. The composer’s name shall not appear anywhere on any score. The Musica Ficta Competition Office will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. No composer’s identity will be divulged to the jury before or during judging. The jury’s decision will be announced in the Musica Ficta website by the end of September 2014. The application form contains also a written, signed statement by the composer declaring that any score submitted is unpublished, has been composed within the last seven years and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. Works may have been performed previously. If so, please include a performance history.

7. The competition will be judged by a jury consisting of international choral conductors and composers. The jury’s decision is final.

8. Substantial consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance by a majority of choirs possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of composition, ‘sing-ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic effectiveness. A number of Special Prizes may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.

9. The winning work will receive a cash prize of 500 Euros, will be published by Edition Ferrimontana and will be premièred by The Australian Voices within one year after the announcement of the result. The runner-up (second place) will be published by Edition Ferrimontana as well and will be premièred by The University of Philippines Singing Ambassadors – UPSA within one year after the announcement of the result. Other pieces selected by the jury will also be published by Edition Ferrimontana. The composer of the winning work will be invited to sit on the Jury of the Rimini International Choral Competition, edition 2015. All expenses regarding the winner traveling and staying in Rimini will be paid by the Organizers of the Competition.

10. The selected groups performing the première of the winner and of the runner-up will have non-exclusive, world-wide perpetual license to perform the winning piece and shall have the right to record the performance for archival and other purposes, including distribution and sale of such recording.

11. Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

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The Competition Jury

Graham LackGraham Lack (President of the Jury) studied Composition and Musicology at Goldsmiths’ College and King’s College in the University of London (BMus Hons, MMus), Music Paedagogy at Bishop Otter College in the University of Chichester (State Certificate in Education), moving to Germany in 1982 (Technical University Berlin, Doctoral Thesis). He held a Lectureship in Music at the University of Maryland (1984-1992), chaired the symposia Contemporary Finnish Music (University of Oxford, 1999) and 1st International Symposium of Composer Institutes (Goethe Institute, 2000), and contributes to Groves Dictionary and Tempo. His a cappella works include Sanctus (for Queens’ College Cambridge), Gloria (chorus, organ, harp), Two Madrigals for High SummerHermes of the Ways (for Akademiska Damkören Lyran), and a cycle for The King’s Singers, ESTRAINES, recorded on Signum. The Munich Philharmonic Chorus recently commissioned Petersiliensommer (SSA/SAA, harp), and The Legend of Saint Wite (SSA, string quartet) was a 2008 BBC competition prize-winner. REFUGIUM (chorus, organ, percussion) was premiered by Trinity Boys Choir in London in 2009 and will be recorded live in Munich 2012. Voces8 recently recorded two of the Four Lullabies for a forthcoming Christmas release. Recent works include Wondrous Machine for multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger, Five Inscapes for chamber orchestra and Nine Moons Dark for large orchestra. Premieres of the 2010-11 season included the string trio The Pencil of Nature (musica viva, Munich), A Sphere of Ether (commissioned by Young Voices of Colorado), a canticle The Angel of the East, and the Austrian premiere of Sanctus by the Salzburger Bachchor. Future projects remain a First Piano Concerto for Dejan Lazić, and The Windhover (solo violin and orchestra) for Benjamin Schmid. Corresponding Member of the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies King’s College London, regular attendee ACDA conferences. Publishers: Musikverlag Hayo, Schott Music, Josef Preissler, Tomi Berg.

Ko_MatsushitaComposer and conductor born and raised in Tokyo, Ko Matsushita (Member of the Jury) graduated at the top of his class from the Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Composition, and went on to study chorus conducting under the late prof. Reményi János, and prof. Erdei Péter in Budapest and Kecskemét (Kodály institute), Hungary. He is currently the conductor and artistic director of 14 choirs, which are often invited to perform in Japan, Europe, America, Canada, and Asia. They have also achieved excellent showings in the choral circuit and won awards in international competitions. A prolific composer and arranger, Matsushita’s works are performed not only in Japan but all around the world. His compositions vary widely, ranging from works based on traditional Japanese music, Masses, motets, to etudes for choirs. His works are published in Japan by Edition KAWAI, Ongaku no tomo sha Corp., Pana Musica, and overseas by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart (Germany), SULASOL (Finland), Annie Bank Edition (the Netherlands) Porfiri & Horváth Publishers (Germany) and Santa Barbara Music Publishing (USA) among others. Besides conducting and composing, Matsushita is also an active workshop clinician and lecturer both within and outside Japan. In recent years, he has adjudicated at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging and Arts Presentation (Singapore), the Seghizzi International Choral Competition and Musica Sacra a Roma (Italy), the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival (Hong Kong), the Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain) and Florilège Vocal de Tours (France) and so on. In 2005, he became the first Asian to receive the“Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music” in recognition of his outstanding achievements worldwide in conducting, composing, performance, and education within the field of choral music.  He is currently the Artistic director of the Karuizawa International Choral Festival, a board member of the Tokyo Choral Association, as well as a member of the Japan Choral Directors Association, the International Kodaly Society, and a representative of the Workshop of the Choral Expression. Furthermore he is a member of Japan Composers & Arrangers Association, Guest conductor for Beijing University Mixed Choir(People’s Republic of China).

Vytautas Miskinis

Vytautas Miškinis (Member of the Jury) is the Artistic Director of the Ąžuoliukas Boys and Male Choir, Professor of choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and President of the Lithuanian Choral Union. He began his choral career at the age of seven as a vocalist and continued as Artistic Director from the age of twenty-five. With choirs he has won prestigious prizes at numerous national and international competitions. Currently he is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festival. Vytautas Miškinis has led choral performances, lectured and held seminars on the subject of musical education and conducting, has been a member of the Jury at international choir and choral composition competitions and has led workshops in many countries all over the world. Vytautas Miškinis has composed about eight hundred pieces which are performed by choirs throughout Lithuania and worldwide. Many of his compositions have been published and recorded in France, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Latvia, USA and elsewhere.

Ivo Antognini Swiss composer Ivo Antognini (Member of the Jury) received a degree in piano in 1985 at Lucerne, where he studied with Nora Doallo. He then studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern with pianist Joe Haider. Early in his career he composed music for television and film as well as jazz works. In 2006 he met with Coro Calicantus, a world-class children’s choir, and its director, Mario Fontana, and since that time he has devoted his efforts largely to the composition of choral works. He has been described as “an important new voice” by The American Organist Magazine. His choral works have won awards in national and international choral composition events and is performed by top choirs throughout the world. In July 2012, he was invited by the American Choral Directors Association to present his choral music at the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, USA, where he served as one of the adjudicators. Antognini writes music for choirs of all levels and has a distinctive personal style. In 2013, his O Magnum Mysterium was listed as the “Editor’s Choice” by J.W. Pepper and “Best of the Best 2013” by Northwest Music (Canada). His choral works are published by Alliance Music Pub., Porfiri & Horváth,  de Haske, Hal Leonard, Annie Bank Edition, G. Schirmer, Ferrimontana and others. Ivo Antognini teaches ear training and piano at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland). He lives in the village of Aranno with his wife and two children.

The Artistic Director

Andrea Angelini pictureBorn in Bologna, Italy, Andrea Angelini began his piano studies as a child, at the Rimini Lettimi School. He later earned a Doctorate of Music at Ferrara’s Frescobaldi Conservatory. After earning a Master in Choral Conducting he studied music therapy with Professor Cremaschi of Milan University. His interests led him to the choral field, and he earned a Bachelor studying at the International Art Academy in Rome with Fulvio Angius. He also studied organ at Pesaro’s Conservatory of Music. Finally he got his PHD in Choral Music at the Cesena Conservatoire of Music. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional group Musica Ficta Vocal Ensemble that frequently performs in important Festivals in Italy and abroad. For many years, Andrea Angelini has conducted concerts with the choir Carla Amori, in Italy and abroad. Named Director of the Rimini Community Choir, Alessandro Grandi, he led this choir in several performances, including in important venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – where he was able to personally meet Pope John Paul II – and in Milan’s Cathedral. He has also conducted the Belarusian National Capella Choir, the Lithuanian Jauna Muzika Choir, the Latvian Ave Sol, the Ukrainian Ave Musica and the Tudor Consort from New Zealand. Dr. Angelini is the Artistic Director of the Choral Festival Voci nei Chiostri held annually in Rimini each spring. He has been member of the Jury at many International Choir’s Competitions in Italy, Europe and Asia. He frequently leads choral workshops in Italy and abroad. His Masterclass about the “Venetian Renaissance Choral Music” has been presented to the students of the prestigious Liszt Music Academy of Budapest and in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the Young Choral Academy. He has led similar workshops in Romania, Russia, Belarus and China too. He is the artistic director and one of the tutors at the Rimini International Choral Workshop, where he teaches with Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Angelini is also the artistic director of the Rimini International Choral Competition, of the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition and of the Liviu Borlan Choral Festival. He is the Editor of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB), the membership magazine of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). He has written numerous transcriptions and arrangements for choirs and chamber ensembles. His transcription of Faure’s Requiem is published by Gelber Hund Verlag of Berlin. For the American CanticaNOVA Publication, he has prepared transcriptions of important Renaissance Motets. He has published his composition with Eurarte and Ferrimontana.

‘The Australian Voices’

‘The University of Philippines Singing Ambassadors’