Eastern Michigan University Choir
2022-2023 International Choral Composition Competition

The Eastern Michigan University Choral Composition Competition prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in the Choral Composition Contest. Sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Choral Department. The goals of this program are to support composers of new music and to offer high quality, new literature for high school music education settings.

Entry Fee:  $15
For your convenience, electronic payment is available.
Postmark Deadline: January 1, 2023


  • Mixed choir (SATB) limited division is acceptable
  • Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
  • Two to five minutes’ duration
  • Unpublished and self-published works only
  • Rights to text must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown.
  • Choral music suitable for high school ensembles
  • Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are not eligible
  • Multiple submissions are permissible
  • Sound files or links to recordings are encouraged
  • There are no age or nationality restrictions on this competition
  • Works that have been premiered are still eligible


  • First: $500
  • Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy
  • Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2023
  • The composer will retain all rights to the composition


  • Finalists will be announced at by February 1, 2023
  • The winning submission will be performed multiple times as a part of the repertoire for the 2023 International Tour of Italy
  • The winning composer is encouraged but not required to travel to attend performances. No funds are available for travel.
  • Recordings will be made public and can be used at the composer’s discretion

Submission and Return Guidelines

  • Entry fee of $15 per score.
  • Size of manuscript must not exceed 8 1/2″ by 11.”
  • All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by Eastern Michigan University and all copies destroyed after the concert.
  • No scores will be returned unless a self-addressed mailer and postage are provided.

Mail entry to:

Dr. Brandon Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Choral Department
N 101 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Electronic submissions can be made to: [email protected]