The Esoterics announces an international call for a cappella choral scores, as this Pacific Northwest ensemble announces its annual competition for choral composition, POLYPHONOS, from the Greek πολυφωνος, having many voices or manifold in expression.
The Esoterics is dedicated to performing and perpetuating contemporary a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world. The purpose of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS is to encourage today’s choral composers to broaden the scope of the a cappella choral repertory by setting sacred and poetical texts found beyond the Western classical canon in order to create a repertoire of choral concert music that reflects the universal beauty and power of unaccompanied voices joined in song.
Each winning composer will receive a commission from The Esoterics to plan and compose a new choral work that will be premiered by the ensemble in 2009. In addition to this commission, each of the winning composers will receive $1000 US plus airfare and accommodations to attend the Seattle premiere of their commissioned work. There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards:
- International composer’s 2009 commission (for choral composers who are not US citizens)
- National composer’s 2009 commission (for choral composers who are US citizens)
- Young composer’s 2009 commission (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2008)
All applications must be complete and received by 15 May 2008. The winners of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS will be announced on 1 July 2008.Fee: $25
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