Composers’ Competition Celebrates Melodia’s 15th Anniversary

Composers’ Competition Celebrates Melodia’s 15th Anniversary


Note: Extended deadline: July 1, 2017

To celebrate its upcoming 15th Anniversary Season, Melodia Women’s Choir is seeking applications for its 2017 Women Composer Commissioning Program Competition.

Melodia Women’s Choir, New York’s premier ensemble for women’s choral music, seeks to expand the range of opportunities for women composers and choral singers through its fourth Women Composers Commission Competition. The competition is an open invitation to U.S.-based women composers to apply for an opportunity to create a new work for Melodia and women’s voices. A commission fee of $2,000 will be awarded to the selected composer.

Led by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, the 30-member ensemble has been exploring, creating, and performing rarely heard music through collaborations with award-winning women composers and leading instrumentalists for 14 seasons.

Melodia’s deep committment to bringing new works for women’s voices by female composers to the fore of the choral scene is responsible for the world premiere of nine original commissioned pieces from musically diverse composers since the start of the program in 2006.

Women composers based in the United States are invited to submit an application for one commission to compose a new work for women’s voices and up to five instruments, 8 to 12 minutes in length.


The extended deadline for applications is July 1, 2017 (extended from June 15, 2017). All eligible applications will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of composers/musicians in August and September 2017. The panel will select one composer who will receive a $2,000 commission fee to compose a work for the choir, 8 to 12 minutes in length.

The commissioned work will premiere in our 15th Anniversary Season, 2017/18 season, conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director.  Composers who have received prior commissions from Melodia are not eligible.


A work for women’s choir and up to five instruments, to be performed by Melodia and an instrumental ensemble in 2017/18.

To Apply

• A 1-2 page cover letter describing your background in music and composing, and why you would like to compose a piece for Melodia. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

• MP3 files of two original works in contrasting styles; at least one of the pieces must be a choral or vocal work. MIDI files are accepted but not preferred. If files are too big to email, please submit a link via Dropbox.

• Your résumé or CV.

Submit To:
Jenny Clarke, Executive Director,
Subject line: 2017 Composer Competition and your name

Through our commissioning competition and other commissions, Melodia has commission a talented roster of women writing choral music.

Among them:
Hilary Purrington (2016) – Listen to Cassandra by Hilary Purrington
Errollyn Wallen (2014) – See a Melodia interview with Errollyn Wallen
Nina Siniakova (2013) – Listen to From the Four Winds by Nina Siniakova
Sally Lamb McCune (2012) -Listen to Questions About Angels (track 2) by Sally Lamb McCune
Christina Whitten Thomas (2011) – Read about Mornings With Yoby Christina Whitten Thomas
Chris Lastovicka (2009) – Listen to How Birds Sing by Chris Lastovicka
Becca Schack (2007) – Read about In the End is My Beginning by Becca Schack
Allison Sniffin (2006) – Listen to an excerpt from Oyeme con los ojos by Allison Sniffin

For additional details, see Women Composers Commissioning Project

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2017-06-20T11:08:19-05:00June 20th, 2017|

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