Melodia performs classical and contemporary works, and incorporates new works by living composers in our programs.

Melodia commissions women composers through our Women Composers Commission Competition and seeks out new works by all composers through our General Score Submission program.

Prior Commissioned Composers

<strong>Allison Sniffin</strong>
Allison Sniffin
<strong>Becca Schack</strong>
Becca Schack
<strong>Chris Lastovicka</strong>
Chris Lastovicka
<strong>Christina Whitten Thomas</strong>
Christina Whitten Thomas
<strong>Sally Lamb McCune</strong>
Sally Lamb McCune
<strong>Errollyn Wallen</strong>
Errollyn Wallen
<strong>Nina Siniakova</strong>
Nina Siniakova
<strong>Hilary Purrington</strong>
Hilary Purrington
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

2017 Women Composer’s Commissioning Competition


The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017 (extended from June 15). All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of composers/musicians in August 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. It will premiere in our 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 four instruments, to be performed by Melodia and an instrumental ensemble in 2017/18.


  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing your background in music and composing, and why you would like to compose a piece for Melodia. In the heading of the letter, 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 to via Dropbox.
  • Your résumé or CV.


Jenny Clarke, Executive Director:

Subject line: 2017 Composer Competition and your name


Allison Sniffin (2006), Becca Schack (2007), Chris Lastovicka (2009), Christina Whitten Thomas (2011), Sally Lamb McCune (2012), Nina Siniakova (2013), Errollyn Wallen (2014), Hilary Purrington (2016)

General Score Submission

Melodia welcomes submissions of original pieces for women’s voices and up to five instruments
(or a cappella works) throughout the year. Sacred and secular works are accepted. Scores must be legible, preferably engraved in a music writing program. Submissions must include an audio sample of the work, either a CD or MP3 file. MIDI files are accepted.

Submissions may be sent by mail to:
Jenny Clarke
Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC
446 West 47th Street, 1B
New York, NY 10036

Or by e-mail to:

Melodia’s women composer initiatives are supported by the Sorel Organization and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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