Submissions currently accepted. Deadline: Jan. 8, 2022.
Composition prizes, by design, often stimulate the creation of works that explore the boundaries of difficulty and feasibility, and we fully affirm the importance of supporting this kind of new repertoire. However, the ACDA Composition Committee exists to promote “the creation of quality new music for choruses of all sizes, ages, and abilities.” Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the new and unique Pearl Prize, named for the beauty yet simplicity of a pearl. This composition prize calls for works that
- rely on beauty of musical idea, not strength of vocal technique; exhibit the finest craft without requiring great difficulty
- speak with deep musical eloquence yet remain accessible to volunteer choirs (including community choirs or church choirs, as well as school choirs)
- aren’t necessarily “easy,” but are scored efficiently yet effectively, creating maximum musical impact with minimal rehearsal time; only such difficulty as makes the investment worthwhile
- utilize ranges, textures, and voice-leading which sing naturally and beautifully
- rise to the challenge that “the most difficult music to write is music that is accessible yet eloquent”
Accordingly, we call for entries which fit the following criteria:
- Works newly written in 2020-21; unpublished or self-published on a small scale; and not widely performed (2 performances maximum).
- Any choral voicing (SATB, Treble, TTBB, etc.), in any style of choral repertoire. Minimal divisi is acceptable if musically justifiable/worthwhile.
- A cappella or accompanied (keyboard, solo instrument, or small chamber ensemble) are equally acceptable.
- Sacred or secular texts are equally acceptable; texts in English or Latin are preferred.
- Original works or creative arrangements (of folk songs, hymns, etc) are equally acceptable.
Winner will receive $3,000; two honorable mentions of $500 will also be awarded. For more information and details about submitting, visit https://acda.org/pearl-prize.
The prizes are funded jointly by ACDA and the following choral industry publishers and partners: Alfred Music; Beckenhorst Press, Inc.; finale; the John Ness Beck Foundation; Lorenz Publishing Co.; and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.