Conductor Jon Washburn created this biennial event to encourage
the development of young composers and to stimulate the
interest of young people in singing choral music and attending
choral concerts. The competition provides young composers
with the artistic direction and supervision that will enable
them to pursue the art.
The compositions are judged in three categories: Elementary (ages 8-12), Secondary (ages 13-17), and College/University (ages 18-22). Within each category, a cash prize is awarded to both first- and second-place winners, plus a "Best of BC" prize.
The next competition will be held in May 2017.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
Winners will be announced at the YOUTH & MUSIC
concert on Friday, May 5, 2017
. In addition, the first-prize pieces in each category will be performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
SPECIAL CANADA 150 EMPHASIS
As part of our 2017 celebration of Canada's
150th anniversary, the competition will give special
consideration to entries which use a Canadian text,
are about Canadian themes, and are in either official
language (English and French) or a Canadian First Nations
language. Young composers from all countries are welcome
to submit pieces with Canadian connections.
for more information and to download the entry form for the 13th Biennial Young Composers' Competition.
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