About the composition competition
Check back for future competition criteria and deadlines. See below from 2019.
Composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant.
The work submitted must be original, not an arrangement of a pre-existing work or melody.
The composition must not have been commissioned, published, performed or recorded at the time of entry, and must remain so until premiered by Chronos Vocal Ensemble within the following year.
The winning composition will be performed by Chronos Vocal Ensemble in the season of entry. Winners will receive a recording of the performance.
Prize of $1500 will be awarded.
Chronos Vocal Ensemble will champion the winning composition.
For a competition winner interested in attending the premiere, Chronos Music Society may be able to contribute to costs.
Deadline: TBD; typically December.
Entry Fee: $35
The choir is building a history of commissioning Canadian composers giving their works world premiere performances:
2015 Trent Worthington – Rimini 1944
2017 Jeff Enns – Cantate Domino
2018 Alex Eddington – Picking Wild Berries
2019 Kristopher Fulton – I’ll Drown My Book
2020 Katerina Gimon – Title and Premiere TBA
2020 Matthew Emery – BREATHE project, premiering in Fall 2020
World premieres except where noted
2015 Guillaume Boulay – Voix du vent (Alberta premiere)
2018 Stuart Beatch – I Loved You First
2018 Nicholas Ryan Kelly – A Flame in the Embers
2018 Tawnie Olson – Spring and Fall (Canadian premiere)
2018 Zachary Wadsworth – Three Lacquer Prints (Canadian premiere)
2018 Peter Togni – The Eighth of September
2018 Jocelyn Morlock – One Black Spike (Alberta Premiere)
2019 Nicholas Piper – The Delight of Paradise (Alberta Premiere)
2019 Jonathan Dove – The Passing of the Year, pianos/percussion edition (Alberta Premiere)
2020 Hussein Janmohamed – Sun On Water (USA premiere)
2020 Jeff Enns – i carry your heart (USA premiere)
2020 Robin King – Exultate Deo (USA premiere)
Check out our 2018 release Fresh: New Music From Canada, including new works by 12 Canadian composers. At the time of its release, this was the first commercial recording of all pieces featured. Since, many have been performed widely, published and recorded by other ensembles.
Support New Music
We are always looking for support for new music projects, whether to continue operating our competition, commissioning new works, premiering new works or bringing composers to the city to work with the choir and attend premieres.
Interested in singing with us?
Chronos Vocal Ensemble is always seeking additional singers with a high level of musicianship, strong individual vocal technique and versatility, and a desire to be challenged in an ensemble environment.