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


In 2017, we launched our first composition competition, which has since had three annual editions. Winners have included:

2017 Nicholas Ryan Kelly – Little Bells

2018 Paul Aitken – Au Clair de la Lune

2019 Stuart Beatch – Your Stars to Hold (April 2020 premiere postponed)


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

Additional Premieres

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.

FRESH: New Music From Canada

New shorter works by Canadian composers: secular a cappella music on themes of nature, passion, love, loss, death, and hope.

The Simplest Way

This release features the music of Trent Worthington, recorded Spring 2016 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Edmonton.

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.

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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.