The Rachel Moore Choral Composition Contest

The Choral Project’s Rachel Moore Composition Contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) and undergrad college students. The competition is designed to encourage the creation of original works for choir and to enable new collaboration between performers and composers.

Before contacting anyone at The Choral Project directly, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the contest requirements and application process by clicking here.

Good luck!

2020-21 Contest Requirements and Application:

Click here to register, apply, and submit your composition.

2020-21 Contest Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020

2020-21 Finalists Announcement: Saturday, January 2, 2021


  • First place prize is $1,500, a live performance of the work in concert, a recording of the live performance, and possible publication with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
  • Second place prize is $750
  • Third place prize is $500

submission criteria

  • All submissions must be an original composition for piano accompanied or unaccompanied choir, four to six-part SATB (mixed) choir (occasional eight-part divisi is acceptable). No other instrumentations will be accepted.
  • Text(s) may be sacred or secular. Text(s) may be in any language(s). It is the responsibility of the composer to obtain permission for the use of copyrighted text. If the text is not public domain, please include written permission to use it. Composers should avoid texts in Latin, unless the work employs other languages in addition to Latin. Works exclusively in Latin will not be considered.
  • Performance time of the choral work should be 3 to 6 minutes in length.
  • The entry fee is $20, payable via PayPal.
  • Multiple entries by the same composer are permitted. However, a separate application and entry fee of $20.00 must accompany each entry.
  • Please upload a clearly legible PDF of the score. Scores submitted without applications will not be accepted.
  • A recording of a performance or an MDI recording of the work is strongly encouraged.
  • The deadline for entry is Friday, December 4, 2020. Contest winners will be announced no later than Saturday, January 2, 2021.
  • Edits to the score may be required as the piece is being prepared. Winning composer must provide a final performance score upon request.
  • There are no restrictions according to race, sex, age, country of origin, religious affiliations, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or residency.
  • The Choral Project reserves the right to not award a prize. The decision of the judges is final.