Choral Composition Festival

► Ithaca College Annual Choral Composition Contest
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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 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 in which all the works are performed, and the winner of the Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50 Endowed Choral Composition Prize is announced.

Finalists in 2018-19 contest

Bend by Kyle Pederson

Cantate Domino by Clifford King

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! by Edmund Jolliffe

Heartbeat by Kyle Pederson

Kylie Eleison by Keene Southard

White Moon by Luke Flynn