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Announcing Mirror Visions Ensemble’s Second Young Composers Competition

Submissions accepted from November 10, 2020 through April 30, 2021; winners announced in Fall 2021 

The Mirror Visions Ensemble, a vocal chamber music ensemble, is pleased to announce its second Young Composers Competition. “For a quarter century, this enterprising ensemble of voices has been presenting new American songs with both charm and expertise” (The New Yorker).

This competition is intended to encourage the next generation of composers to continue developing the catalogue of vocal chamber music as well as continuing Mirror Visions Ensemble’s legacy of commissioning, performing and recording new works.

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Composers living, working or studying in the U.S. are invited to submit two existing vocal composition excerpts, not to exceed eight minutes in length total. Winners will be commissioned to write a new piece for the ensemble.

Submissions accepted from November 10 2020 through April 30 2021; winners announced in Fall 2021


  • $1500 commission from the Mirror Visions Ensemble; performance by MVE in an upcoming season

  • text and instrumentation (one, two or three voices and piano) of commission will be determined by MVE


  • open to composers 35 and younger at date of application

  • open to American composers and non-US citizens living or studying in the USA


  • one-page cover letter, which includes a short statement about the works submitted

  • one-page résumé

  • two contrasting samples of composer’s vocal work; total time may not exceed 8 minutes in length

    • submitted works must be for one, two or three voices and piano or other instrument(s) (opera, oratorio, cantata, art song, etc.)

    • no choral writing will be considered

    • submitted works may be excerpted from larger work

    • scores must be submitted electronically as PDF

    • audio samples (Midi or live) should be submitted in addition to scores; recordings should be cued to the same section of music as the accompanying scores

  • $15 application fee must be paid online; fee will be returned to those applicants that do not advance:

  • all materials must be submitted by April 30 2021; incomplete applications will not be considered

  • materials should be submitted electronically to


  • please contact with any questions

  • all decisions by the jury are final; unfortunately it will not be possible to provide feedback on applications that do not move forward or are not awarded commissions

Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of “mirror visions” — settings of the same text to music by different composers. The group’s passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming. Typically featuring three voices and piano, often joined by other instrumentalists, MVE’s programs take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing both well-known and oft-neglected pieces, set to texts by poets and historical figures.

Now in its 29th season, Mirror Visions Ensemble has fostered the work of new composers through the commissioning of over 100 works by more than 35 composers. The ensemble has presented its programs, residencies, and masterclasses both in the U.S. and abroad at concert halls, schools, libraries, and museums such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, Le Poisson Rouge, California State University at Fullerton, University of Southern California, New York University, Yale University, and France’s Musée Carnavalet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and American University of Paris.

MVE roster: sopranos Justine Aronson and Mireille Asselin; mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis; tenors Daniel McGrew and Scott Murphree; baritones Jesse Blumberg and Mischa Bouvier; pianists Gary Chapman, Alan Darling, Margaret Kampmeier and Grant Wenaus; Artistic Director Richard Lalli

For details on the submission requirements, please visit the Mirror Visions Ensemble website.

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