Friday, April 24, 2009

The Esoterics announces 2009-2010 POLYPHONOS Competition

The Esoterics announces 2009-2010 POLYPHONOS Competition (Reminder)

The Esoterics announces an international call for a cappella choral scores - its annual competition for choral composition, POLYPHONOS, from the Greek πολυφωνος, having many voices or manifold in expression.

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.

There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards, and 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 2010. 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.

Entry form, portfolio requirements and complete rules can be found at

All applications must be complete and received by 15 May 2009
(Less than a month away!)
The winners of The Esoterics' POLYPHONOS will be announced on 1 July 2009

For questions, please contact

PS - In our October 2009 concert MYSTERIUM, the Esoterics will premier the POLYPHONOS commissions of the 2008-2009 winners - Shawn Brogan Allison, Eduardo Andrés Malachevsky, and Nilo Alcala.