Choral Composition Festival

Ithaca College Thirty-Sixth Annual Choral Composition Contest  
Sponsored Jointly by Ithaca College and Mark Foster 


Former Director of Choral Activities Lawrence Doebler founded the Choral Composition Festival in 1979 to encourage the creation and performance of new choral music and to establish the Ithaca College Choral Series. Six scores were chosen for performance this evening from entries submitted from around the world.  

Ithaca College hosts a yearly choral music composition contest. On the day of the festival the top six entries are performed by selected high school choirs.   The festival starts in the morning with the introduction of the groups, and continues throughout the day with rehearsals and workshops presented by all choral groups at Ithaca College. Each choir works with the composer of the piece to be performed in the evening concert. In the afternoon, all the groups meet in Ford Hall Auditorium and rehearse the massed choir piece with Dr. Galván, Director of Choral Activities. The Ithaca College Choir performs its annual commissioned work after having presented a workshop with the piece and the  composer during the afternoon rehearsal and workshop. There is a concert in the evening at 7:00 p.m. in Ford Hall Auditorium in which all the works are performed, and the winner of the Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50 Endowed Choral Composition Prize is announced. 

Thank you to all composers who entered the competition.  The entries for 2014 were extremely strong, and decisions were difficult.  We hope that you will enter next year.

Finalists for 2014 Composition Competition are:

John Armstrong - Dangerous Men

Ted Arthur – I Stand Here Now

Richard Ewer - Images of Stars

Joannie Ing – Hope is the Thing With Feathers

Casey Rule – Berakhot

Joseph Gentry Stephens - Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One





36th Annual Choral Composition Contest 
The 36th annual Choral Composition Contest is now accepting entries. The Robert Campbell '40, M.S. '50, Endowed Choral Composition Prize will be awarded to the first-place winner in our annual Choral Composition Festival. Competition winners will be announced at the November 15 concert and awarded a cash prize. The competition is sponsored by Ithaca College School of Music and Mark Foster. Applications must be postmarked by August 19, 2014. 

Guidelines and Regulation

Ithaca College Choir World Premiere
 will be presented by the Ithaca College Choir, 

Janet Galván, conductor





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