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William Jewell College's Department of Music and the Center for Justice and Sustainability announce a choral composition competition. We are seeking submissions with a text that speaks to issues related to the mission of the Center, which states:

William Jewell College establishes the Center for Justice and Sustainability in order to develop in its students the commitment, competence, and confidence to address significant societal, economic, and ecological challenges facing society.

The composition should be for SATB choir (SSAATTBB possible at times – short solo sections from within the choir are permissible). The work may have been previously performed but should not be published. The winning composition will be performed by the college choirs at a summit to be held on the campus of William Jewell College on January 15-16, 2010. The winning composer will be expected to be in residence for the summit and to give a Masterclass to composition students from William Jewell and possibly other local colleges/universities. The composer should also be prepared to address the summit in a plenary session regarding the submitted composition and the role of the arts as a voice for justice and/or sustainability. Please include a short statement (1000 words or less) with your application outlining the general content of this statement.

The winner will be awarded $1,500 and expenses related to attendance at the summit will be covered by the Center.

Send three copies of the score and three copies of a recording (Live or MIDI) to the address below postmarked by August 15th, 2009. Submitted compositions will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel and the winner will be notified by October 31st, 2009. William Jewell College Center for Sustainability and Justice reserves the right to withhold the award if none of the submitted compositions are deemed suitable or inline with the stated mission of the Center.

Submission Checklist:

  • Three Scores of your work
  • Three CD recordings of the score (live or MIDI)
  • Short statement (1000 words or less) outlining a possible address to the summit
  • Contact information – name, address, phone, email.

Send all materials to:

Department of Music Choral Composition Competition
c/o Anne Aunspaugh
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, Missouri 64068

In an attempt to conserve paper you may chose to send a PDF file of your composition and a compressed mp3 or other audio file to the following email address: music AT william.jewell DOT edu

No materials will be returned, please do not send your only copies.

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