Criteria

• Written for SATB (or SAB) mixed choir (divisi, solos and ensembles are allowed)

• Please fill out a competition submission form completely and submit a digitally engraved PDF and sound file at www.upumc.org/smcc

• One submission per applicant is allowed

• The work should exemplify the theme (see “Theme: Unity” above)

• This competition is open to composers of all experience levels, background, and no religious or denominational affiliation is required.

• Music should be written to be accessible for volunteer church choirs. They can (and should) present vocal/choral/musical challenges, but not to the level of a professional choir or a choir beyond the reasonable scope of the local church

• Accompaniment: can be a cappella or accompanied by piano/organ/chamber ensemble of standard Western instruments. Keyboard reductions are required.

• The work should be unpublished (should be newly composed music comprised of either original or previously existing material; all permissions for text or music should be procured prior to submission)

• Must be appropriate for Christian liturgical use (worship), although overt doctrine/beliefs need not be present.

• All choirs participating in the culminating service in early November will receive copies of the winning compositions for their libraries free of charge. (applicable to winning entries)

• Pieces should be between 3-5 minutes in length

• Submissions are anonymous – your name and/or any identifying information should not appear on the score

• If you desire to submit a physical copy, please contact Mark Pope at mpope@upumc.org

• Works will be judged on basis of: adherence to theme, accessibility for choir and/or congregation, quality and creativity of musical structure, and overall aesthetics

Timeframe

Accepting submissions: March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 Judging: July 2020 Announce Winners: by August 1, 2020 Culmination worship service: November 8, 2020 in Dallas, TX • Worship service featuring 3-5 of the top compositions • Compositions will be sung by several participating choirs in the DFW area SMCC competition in collaboration with: University Park UMC, the Sacred Music Department (Perkins School of Theology, SMU), Terry Price, and Mark Burrows, editor with Heritage Music Press). For more information, contact Mark Pope: mpope@upumc.org