Sacred Choral Composition Contest

Inaugural Choral Composition Contest 2014

"The winner of the 2014 William and Eleanor Greatbatch Endowed Choral Composition Prize is Matthew Lyon Hazzard for his composition Angele Dei.  

Congratulations to Matthew whose work will be premiered by the Houghton College Choir on their 2015 domestic tour.  More information on Matthew Lyon Hazzard can be found at his website:  Thank you to all who submitted.”

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 and the Houghton College Publishing Series

Postmark Deadline: October 21, 2014


  • 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  • Unpublished works only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 by November 30, 2014
  • Finalists are required to be present at the performance of their work. 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 by November 30, 2014.
  • 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 on March 14, 2014 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. Adam Luebke, Director of Choral Activities
Houghton College 
1 Willard Ave
Houghton NY 14744

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