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American Choral Directors Association supports HerVoice Emerging Women’s Composer Competition
Published: Feb 21,2024

ACDA is proud to support Chicago a cappella, in partnership with the Vancouver Youth Choir and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, for HerVoice, a competition and mentorship program for emerging women composers.

This opportunity is open to composers of all ages who self-identify as female from anywhere in the world. It is intended to promote the work of promising composers and provide hands-on training to further their skills in choral composition. The target audience is composers who are eager to improve their skill at choral composition. Women composers whose careers are in their early stages and women composers of color are particularly encouraged to apply.

Up to six winners will be selected to receive personal mentorship and advice on the submitted piece via virtual one-on-one meetings with acclaimed composers and artistic directors from the selection committee. Composer Stacy Garrop will chair the selection committee, which will also include composer Zanaida Robles and Chen Yi, Chicago a cappella Artistic Director John William Trotter, Vancouver Youth Choir Artistic Director Carrie Tennant, and Santa Fe Desert Chorale Artistic Director Joshua Haberman. In addition, each winner will be invited to attend a workshop rehearsal of their piece with one of the choirs (virtually, if travel is not possible), with the opportunity to receive feedback and make changes to the score. Each work will be performed by one of the choirs within one year of the workshop rehearsal, with a performance recording available to the composer for non-commercial use. The winners will each receive a 0 stipend for work with mentors and ensemble.

In addition, all individuals who submit compositions will be invited to participate in a virtual meeting with Stacy Garrop regarding the business side of composing, a conversation with conductors, and an informal group conversation about issues pertaining to navigating a career as a female composer.

Learn more here.

Apply before April 1, 2024.






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