The 2021 edition of our annual competition is now live! Deadline: December 29.

Chronos Vocal Ensemble is an ambitious nonprofessional choir based in the Edmonton area. Founded in 2013, we deliver compelling and high-calibre choral performances in Edmonton and beyond.

From its inception, Chronos Vocal Ensemble has championed Canadian music and supported the creation of new works through premieres, recordings, commissions, and our annual composition competition, held since 2017. Prizes for the competition have been generously provided by an anonymous supporter. Past winners are listed on our New Music Projects page.

Entry fee: $35.

Blind evaluation will be undertaken by a  jury of Canadian choral professionals assisted by Artistic Director Jordan Van Biert. Past jurors have included Julia Davids, Graeme Langager, Leonard Ratzlaff, Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Timothy Shantz and Jean-Sebastien Vallee.

Find a link to the full guidelines below. Criteria for the composition include the following:


  • Composer must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant.
  • The work submitted must be original, rather than 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 premiered by Chronos Vocal Ensemble in 2022. 
  • The composer will receive a recording of the performance.
  • A prize of $1500 will be awarded.


Complete Competition Guidelines

Entry Form (Google Forms)