Choral Composition Festival

► Ithaca College 37th 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 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
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