Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition

October 14, 2019

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is thrilled to announce its 2019-20 Composer Competition! The selected composer will be commissioned to write a piece for our Men’s Ensemble. 


Entries should be:

  • original ensemble compositions (choral or instrumental) written within the last 10 years (2009 or later) 
  • written for any choral or instrumental voicing

The scores you are submitting are NOT the work we will perform. These scores serve as a work sample from which a composer will be selected to write an original choral work.

The eventual work will be: 

  • 3-part Men’s Choir (TBB, TTB); click here for detailed notes for composers
  • a capella, or with piano accompaniment
  • five to eight minutes in length
  • original and with no prior public performance (public performance is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family)


  • Monday, November 4, 2019 – Sample submission deadline; all samples must be received by 12:00 pm EST
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 – The winner will be notified  
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 – First draft deadline; the selected composer must submit a first draft 
  • Monday, February 3, 2020 – Final draft deadline; the selected composer must submit a final draft
  • February 2020 – The winner will be announced to the general public
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020 – Premiere performance of the winning composition at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre


  • open to all composers regardless of age or nationality


  • 2 sample scores must be submitted via our online submission form along with audio records (midi or other mockup is acceptable)
  • Entry scores should not include composer’s name so that evaluation and judging of each composition may be conducted anonymously


The competition winner will receive: 

  • a prize of $500 (US) 
  • a world premiere performance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble
  • a well-rehearsed video or audio recording of the live performance



Arise, Look Up, and Go On! by Donté Ford (2018 Competition Winner)


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