Receipt Deadline: September 1, 2010
Prize: $2,000, Performance in New York City
The Park Avenue Christian Church is one of the oldest Disciples of Christ congregations in the United States. Søren A. Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian and philosopher, has written that “life is lived forward, but understood backwards.” So even as the congregation looks back at a proud and glorious past, we press forward to a bright and inviting future of seeking justice, embracing diversity and inspiring imagination. To that end, we are seeking a musical composition based on a text (or texts) of the composer’s choosing that celebrates and af?rms our community’s deepest values:
•We are a Christian community that dares to embrace the “divinity of difference.” To that end we are open to and affirming of all people whatever their gender, race, age, culture, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religious tradition, economic circumstance, family configuration or difference in ability. We honor other holy histories, those who profess no faith or have chosen different paths to the sacred, and we seek to be a bridge in this increasingly interfaith and inter-religious city and world.
• We are a Christian community that inspires imagination through creative and excellent liturgy, musical offerings and artistic programming. We believe that the unique voice and perspective of artists, musicians, dancers, playwrights and poets helps us to hear and see our faith in new and dynamic ways.
Scores and recordings will be reviewed anonymously, so please choose a pseudonym to label the score and recording. Put your real name only on the biography/works list page, along with your pseudonym. We strongly prefer receiving works via email as PDFs, MP3s (for sound ?les) or Microsoft Word ?les. Works may be sent via regular mail, but please do not use a delivery service requiring a signature.
1. One score, labeled with pseudonyms, including the duration and year written, and a program note (500 words or less).
2. A high-quality MIDI realization of the submitted work or a recording of another representative work (preferably for SATB choir with or without instruments) labeled with your pseudonym and title of the work and movements, if applicable. All movements should be in separate files or on separate tracks. Recordings should be in MP3 format, enclosed in the Zip file, or sent as a CD recording via regular mail. Each MP3/track should be one piece or movement and only labeled with the title of the work and/or movement. MP3 is the only acceptable format when emailing sound files.
3. Biography and List of Works and Performances. Please include your name, pseudonym, address, phone number, and e-mail. If mailed via regular mail, please enclose in a sealed envelope labeled with your pseudonym.
Scores and recordings will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of composers and choral conductors. Composers will be noti?ed no later than September 10, 2010. A $2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner, as well as a performance in New York City. The winning composer is invited to attend the dress rehearsal and performance.