Baltimore Choral Arts Student Composer Project

Student Composer Project

Baltimore Choral Arts will hold our annual Student Composer Project on Friday, September 17, 2021. Since its inception in 1990, the Student Composer Project has encouraged young student composers to write choral music.

Three participants will be selected for the project, receiving a live reading of their choral work. The three winners of the Student Composer Project will also each receive a $250 prize, and after the reading session the Chorus will present the “Singer’s Choice” Award of an additional $250 prize to one of the students.

The composers will attend a pre-reading lecture with Music Director Anthony Blake Clark and Associate Conductor Leo Wanenchak, have a one-on-one lesson with a guest mentor composer, have their work read by the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Singers, and receive a recording of their piece.

2021-22 Guidelines for Submission of Compositions

  • Composers must commit to traveling to Baltimore at their expense for the Master Class and must live within 125-mile radius of Baltimore County.
  • Composers must have been enrolled in high school or college as of December 31, 2021.
  • The piece must be no longer than five minutes.
  • The work may be scored for Chorus and Piano or Unaccompanied Chorus (mixed chorus, women’s chorus, or men’s chorus)Works for larger instrumental forces are accepted if there is an adequate piano reduction score to be used in the clinic.
  • All compositions must be newly composed works.  Arrangements of pre-existing compositions (i.e. carols, etc.) will not be considered.
  • The text may be sacred or secular, in any language. The composer must secure copyright and permission to use published texts.
  • Hand-written manuscripts will not be accepted.

Submit PDF manuscripts via email to

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5 pm ET.

This program is funded in part by the generous support from The Sheridan Foundation.