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 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 texts from beyond the Western classical canon so as to support a thriving choral repertoire reflecting 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 2012. 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 2011 commission (for choral composers who are not US citizens)
- National composer’s 2011 commission (for choral composers who are US citizens)
- Young composer’s 2011 commission (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2011)
The application package consists of a completed application form, three completed compositions, a complete composer biography, and a $25 application fee. *
Entry form, portfolio requirements and complete rules can be found atwww.theesoterics.org/polyphonos
All applications must be complete and received by 15 May 2011
The winners of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS will be announced on 1 July 2011
For questions, please contact polyphonos@TheEsoterics.org
* This blog does not encourage the charging of entry fees to composers or performers participating in competitions, calls for scores, festivals, or other opportunities. And strongly objects to charging entry fees while reserving the right not to award any prize at all.