Sacred Choral Composition Contest

Choral Composition Contest 2016

The William and Eleanor Greatbatch Endowed Choral Composition Prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in the annual Sacred Choral Composition Contest.

Sponsored by the Greatbatch School of Music

Postmark Deadline:December 1, 2016


  • Mixed choir (SATB)
  • Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
  • Three to five minutes' duration
  • Unpublished works only
  • Rights to text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder's permission must be shown.
  • Sacred music suitable for church or high school ensembles
  • Open to all composers.
  • Houghton College faculty and staff are not eligible


  • First -- $500
  • Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
  • Winner will be contacted  February 1, 2017.
  • Finalists are required to be present at the performance of their work on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Houghton College will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $250. Lodging and food are the responsibility of the finalists.


  • Finalists will be announced at byFebruary 20, 2017.
  • The Houghton College Publishing Series will review scores for possible publication.
  • The Houghton College Choir will premiere a commissioned choral work at the Home Tour Concert in April 2017 with as many as 15 performances across the country.

 Submission and Return Guidelines

  • Entry fee of $25 per score. Make checks payable to Houghton College.
  • Include your name, address, phone number(s), and social security number in a sealed envelope.
  • Names must not appear on the score.
  • Size of manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2" by 14."
  • All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by Houghton College and all copies destroyed after the concert.
  • No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided.
  • Mail entry to:

Dr. Daniel David Black, Director of Choral Activities
Houghton College 
1 Willard Ave
Houghton NY 14744

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