Chicago a cappella is pleased to announce the expansion of its recently announced competition and mentorship program for women composers, “HerVoice.” The project is now in partnership with the Grammy Award winning Kansas City Chorale, and composer Stacy Garrop will now be joined by Zanaida Robles and Chen Yi on the composer selection/mentor panel.
This opportunity is open to women of all ages from anywhere in the world. It is intended to promote the work of promising composers and provide hands-on training to further their skills in choral composition. We are seeking composers who are eager to improve their skill at choral composition in particular. Women composers whose career is in its early stages and women composers of color are particularly encouraged to apply. One winner will be selected to receive personal mentorship and advice on the submitted piece via virtual one-on-ones with acclaimed composers and artistic directors from the selection committee. Composer Stacy Garrop will chair the selection committee, which will also include composers Chen Yi and Zanaida Robles, Chicago a cappella Artistic Director John William Trotter, and Kansas City Chorale Artistic Director Charles Bruffy. In addition, the winner will be invited to attend an early rehearsal of the work with Chicago a cappella (virtually, if travel to Chicago is not possible), with the opportunity to receive feedback and make changes to the score. The piece will be performed by Chicago a cappella during the 2021-22 season, with a performance recording available to the composer for non-commercial use.
The winner will receive a $500 stipend for work with mentors and ensemble and she may also have opportunities for performances with the Kansas City Chorale, and/or publication of the work. In addition, all composers who submit will be invited to participate in a virtual meeting with Stacy Garrop regarding the business side of composing, and an additional informal group conversation about issues pertaining to navigating a career as a female composer.
Submission deadline is April 1.