The FVA Choral Composition Contest has been established to encourage efforts in original composition and to give recognition for outstanding achievement.
- The applicant must be a secondary school music student under the direction of an active member of FVA.
- Composition must be an SATB (opt. divisi) choral arrangement of traditional choral style.
- All completed submission materials must be sent by email to the Music Committee Chair by September 15 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Must be submitted in a pdf format using music notation software
- Must be legible and marked for complete understanding
- Printed with one staff for each voice part. If a voice part divides, the two may remain on
the same staff.
- The time duration of the composition must be at least two minutes and long enough to
be consistent with good form and taste.
- The accompaniment must be on two staves below the voice parts.
- If the composition is a cappella, a piano reduction accompaniment must be provided for
- Make sure that the text you are using, if not original, is in the public domain and you have the right to set the text to music.
- The entries shall be evaluated by 3–5 judges.
- General considerations to be used in the evaluation are as follows:
- originality of the ideas expressed
- text use
- interpretation of text through the music
- range of voices
- proper voice leading as associated with the harmonic structure
- form and taste reflected in the style of the music
The composer of the winning composition will receive a plaque and a check for $250.00, and the winning composition may be performed by the All-State Reading Chorus at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa.
- Each participant shall receive written critiques of the entry
Required submission materials:
Items to submit by email to David Pletincks, Music Committee Chair, by September 15:
- A scanned copy of the completed 2019 Entry Form (PDF) with signatures
- A PDF copy of the music manuscript
- An MP3 recording of a choir singing the composition
Submit materials to:
David Pletincks, Music Committee Chair
Powell Middle School