Composition Competition

The Cambridge Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the winner of the 19th annual Composition Competition, David von Kampen of Lincoln, Nebraska. His piece “Here Among the Flowers” was chosen from among 402 scores submitted from over 30 countries for the 2017 contest, and it will be performed at the CCS spring 2018 concerts.

Honorable mention for the 2017 contest is awarded to Jean Ahn of San Francisco, California for her piece “Folksong Revisited: Gangwondo Arirang.”

DVK-composer

David von Kampen (b.1986) is a composer/arranger from Lincoln, Nebraska. David’s music spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, art song, chamber music, and musical theater.

David is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and was named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle “Under the Silver and Home Again.” David was the recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award, winner of the San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions.

David has over 50 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published with Walton Music, UNC Jazz Press, Santa Barbara, G. Schirmer, Concordia Publishing House, MusicSpoke, Graphite, and others.

Visit David’s website at www.DavidvonKampen.com


SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2017 CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED.
2018 DEADLINES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Competition Details

There is no entry fee.

Submission Criteria

  1. Original composition for a cappella, 4-6 part mixed choir, occasional divisi is acceptable;
  2. Three to six minutes long;
  3. Not previously performed in Massachusetts;
  4. Anonymous submission:
    1. Remove all names and identifying marks;
    2. Provide a document, PDF or Word, containing your name, address, email and phone number;
  5. Submit a legible score. In addition, recordings or synthesized versions are strongly encouraged but are not required;
  6. A maximum of two different scores may be submitted by each composer;
  7. If the text is not public domain, include written permission to use it;
  8. You must submit electronically, to the e-mail below, with a PDF attachment. Sibelius, Finale and other formats will not be accepted. Attachments larger than 5MB are blocked, so use a Dropbox, such as SendStuffNow, for larger audio files.

The prize for the winning composition is $700. The piece will also be performed by the Cambridge Chamber Singers at their two concerts in the Boston area. CCS encourages the composer’s attendance.

The Cambridge Chamber Singers reserves the right to not award a prize.

There are no restrictions according to age or residency. The text may be in any language. A composer may submit no more than two pieces, but composers are welcome to resubmit non-winning works again.

For further information, email competition@cambridgemadrigals.org.


Past winners:

  • 2016 Hamid Mardkhanjari, Tehran, Iran – Konus Kale
  • 2015 Kelly-Marie Murphy, Ottowa, Canada – Miserere
  • 2014 [Administrative break]
  • 2013 [Administrative break]
  • 2012 Nick Omiccioli, Kansas City, MO – A Song of Joys
  • 2011 Gregory Zavracky, Jamaica Plain, MA – Sighs are my Food
  • 2010 Giselle Wyers, Lake Forest Park, WA- Love and Wine (commission)
  • 2009 Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, Phoenix, AZ – One Day When It’s Winter
  • 2008 Stephen Feigenbaum, New Haven, CT – Clair de lune
  • 2007 Joshua Shank, Austin, TX – A Grass-Green Pillow
  • 2006 Abbie Betinis, Saint Paul, MN – Carmina Mei Cordis (Songs of My Heart)
  • 2005 David Schneider, Bloomington, IN, USA – O Colonia
  • 2004 Sydney Guillaume, Miami, FL, USA – Kalinda
  • 2003 Paul Carey, Oak Park, IL, USA – Esta Tarde
  • 2002 Giselle Wyers, Boise, ID, USA – Ave Maria
  • 2001 Ulrike Emanuelsson, Lund, Sweden – Rosten ur morkret sjunger
  • 2000 Julian Wachner, Boston, MA, USA – there is a moon sole
  • 1999 Jason Bahr, Urbana, IL, USA – Psaume 1
  • 1998 Forrest Pierce, Urbana, IL, USA – Song of Songs
  • 1997 Tsippi Fleischer, Tel Aviv, Israel – No Hand has Touched You
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