NEW SONG Composer Residency

“Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his people” – PSALM 149:1

Residency Description:

  • The New Song Composer-in-Residence will compose two works as an obligation of the Residency, with one completed and delivered in the Fall and one in the Spring.
  • The student selected as the New Song Composer-in-Residence will receive $200 in recognition of his or her achievement.
  • During the composition process the Composer-in-Residence will coordinate with the Director of Music in each congregation and attend one worship service at each participating church.
  • The Composer-in-Residence will attend at least one rehearsal at each congregation during the course of his or her residency (though one per semester would be preferable.)
  • The Composer-in-Residence will be present with the congregation at the worship service in which his or her piece is first used.


  • Any Houghton College undergraduate or graduate composer that will be enrolled as a full time student during the Residency is eligible for this program.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Interested composers will submit three copies each of two scores and recordings (either live or MIDI) that they feel best represent them and their music.
  • Interested composers will submit a written statement that addresses how they view the interaction between their faith and their role as a composer, and why they wish to be the New Song Composer-in-Residence.


Previous Winners: 

2012-13:  Anne Nickerson '13

2013-14:  Malcolm Bell '15

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