Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition

Announcing: Donté Ford, winner of the 2019 Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition



Selected from a wide pool of applicants, Donté Ford wins the Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition with his piece “Arise, Look Up, and Go On!”

His prize includes a world premiere performance by the Men’s Ensemble at Kings Theatre in May, a recording of the piece, and $500. Performance details will be annouced soon. 

The text of the piece was inspired by the Langston Hughes poem “Dreams” and encourages both singers and audiences to arise, look up, and go on, no matter the obstacle. Donté Ford is a native of Philadelphia and serves as founder and artistic director of Sankofa Chorale. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. 



Afternoon on a Hill by Samuel Cho (2017 Competition Winner)


Field Notes by Adam Hill (2016 Competition Winner)


Rise Up Shepherd and Follow – arranged by Rachel DeVore Fogarty