National 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 entry fee is $15.
  • The currency is U.S. Dollar (USD).
  • The postmark deadline is November 1, 2018.


  • Mixed choir (SATB)
  • Unaccompanied, or keyboard accompaniment
  • Two to five minutes' duration
  • Unpublished works only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


  • First - $500
  • Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
  • Winner will be contacted via email, February 1, 2019
  • Finalists are required to be present for one performance of their work. Eastern Michigan University will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $250. Lodging and food are the responsibility of the finalists.


  • Finalists will be announced by February 1, 2019.
  • Winning competition will be performed multiple times throughout Michigan, Ohio, Germany, Austria and Poland as a part of the EMU Choir performance 2018–2019 touring repertoire.

Submission and Return Guidelines

  • Entry fee of $15 per score. Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University Choir.
  • Include your name, email and phone number(s) in a sealed envelope.
  • Names must not appear on the 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
101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Please send any questions to:

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