Saint Sulpice 2021 Composition Competition

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, and in order to promote musical creation, youth and the instrumental heritage of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, the “Association pour le rayonnement des orgues Aristide Cavaillé-Coll de l’église Saint-Sulpice, à Paris” (hereinafter “AROSS”), established at 332, rue Lecourbe, 75015 Paris, France, organizes, from 10 September 2020 to 21 November 2021, the day of the public final, a double composition competition (hereinafter the “Competition”).

This competition is made up of two categories:

– a work for great organ (“Category 1”) – deadline for submission: May 15, 2021

– a work for choir organ & voices (“Category 2”) – deadline for submission:  August 1, 2021

Candidates are free to compete in either or both categories.

A prestigious jury chaired by Philippe Hersant will select 4 works per category which will be performed at a public final in Saint-Sulpice on 21 November 2021 (hereinafter the “Final”).

At the great organ, Shin-Young Lee and Yoann Tardivel will perform two pieces each. At the choir organ, Loriane Llorca, Constance Taillard, Ronan Chouinard and Louis Jullien will each perform a piece with the choir “Ensemble Sequenza 9.3” directed by Catherine Simonpietri.

The jury will award a First Prize and a Second Prize for each category. Listeners in the church will vote to award an Audience Prize. Like all our concerts, the performer’s performance will be broadcast on a large screen in the nave and live on the Internet. Internet users will vote to award an Internet users Prize.

The purpose of the present competition rules is to define the rights and obligations of AROSS and the candidates (hereinafter the “Rules”).

The works

Under penalty of disqualification, all works submitted must be original and written specifically for the purpose of participating in the Competition. Any work in competition that would be performed in public concert or disclosed in any way prior to the Final, will be eliminated.

Category 1: work for great organ

The work will be a new creation composed by taking into account the specificities of the great organ of Saint-Sulpice: instrument’s composition, sonorities, balance, registration system.

Duration: 5 to 7 minutes.

The composition and the specificities of the great organ are available on the website Candidates will find links to historical and technical publications in French and English.

No visit of the great organ will be organised by AROSS to avoid inequalities regarding the geographical areas of the candidates. In addition to the documents and links on its website, AROSS might release videos showing some of the characteristics of the instrument.

Nevertheless, candidates are welcome to ask any questions on the functioning and features of the instrument in writing to the address The (anonymised) questions and the answers will be posted online, in French and English, on AROSS website.

Category 2: work for choir organ & voices

The terms and conditions of this category will be defined in January 2021.

Conditions for participation

The Competition is open to artists of all nationalities, who have reached the age of majority (18 years old) on the registration deadline.

Competition participation is strictly personal and nominative. Each candidate may present only one work per category.

AROSS board members, as well as all persons having participated directly or indirectly in the organisation, realisation and/or management of the Competition may not compete.

Registration procedures, submission of works and application forms

A complete registration file including the following documents must be submitted, by email only, to, before the registration deadline set on 15 May 2021 (midnight French time), for Category 1. This file includes:

– the completed application form,

– for each category, a digital version of the score in PDF format, with the indicative registrations, edited under a music editing software. Scanned handwritten scores will not be accepted. The score must be completely anonymous, without the name of the composer, nor any form of signature (no extra musical elements of layout, etc.), allowing identification of the candidate,

– a text describing the work that will be published on the Final program (250 words maximum in Word format, in French or in English, ideally both),

– the authorisation for the performance, audio-video diffusion of the work, image reproduction and exploitation rights completed and signed, – a biography in French or in English, ideally both (250 words maximum in Word format),

– a photograph (portrait format) in high definition. Submitting the complete registration form and payment of the registration fees constitutes participation and acceptance of all the provisions of the Rules. If a candidate wishes to withdraw his/her participation, all he/she has to do is request such withdrawal by email to

Incomplete registration files will not be accepted.

Registration fees

The registration fee is €50 per category and must be paid before the registration deadline set on 15 May 2021 (midnight French time), for Category 1.

Please contact for payment.

Registration fees will not be refunded in case a candidate withdraws his/her participation.

To view the full competition rules, visit this link.