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September 25, 2013

Houghton Holds National Choral Composition Contest

The Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College is accepting submissions for the first annual Sacred Choral Composition Contest through October 4. This contest is open to all sacred choral composers across the country and gives them the opportunity to have their works published and performed publically.

Sacred choir music is choral music that is composed with distinctly Christian lyrics. 

Brandon Johnson, professor of vocal music and conducting at Houghton College and initiator of the contest said, “It’s part of Houghton’s responsibility to help create the next generation of great choral composers and support the creation of new sacred art music.” This contest strives to do just that.

Pieces from all over the country have already been received for the competition. There is an entrance fee of $25 per score and they must be postmarked by October 4 to be included.

The first prize winner will receive $500, and a recognition ceremony and world premiere will be held at Houghton College on March 14. The selected composer will be on campus and have the opportunity to hear the piece performed by the Houghton College choir. The piece will also be shown off as part of the east coast spring tour repertoire in February.

The Houghton College Publishing Series will review scores for possible publication and finalists will be announced online by November 4.

 “Through this competition, we wanted to provide an opportunity for Christian composers to perfect their craft,” Johnson said.

To learn more about the guidelines and specifics of the contest, visit www.houghton.edu/music/sacred-choral-composition-contest.

Rochelle Cecil|