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Compose and be heard!

Do you feel that your cultural identity is underrepresented in the choral composition field?

If so, join with us in “The Schola Cantorum Project” and be the difference!

Fort Worth Chorale is seeking composers like you to commission for a one-year project, in which we will make available to Title I middle and high school choirs as a consortium, your piece for free, for that one-year period. If you are selected, we will pay you $1000 for your selection (see Criteria section below), and post it on a password-protected page on our website. 

 

Title 1 public school choirs will contact us to join the annual consortium. They will then receive a password to download the piece, educational materials including rehearsal tracks and background on the piece, and rights to make copies for the choir, to perform, record, and display their performances - all free of charge! 

 

We’ll ask you to create a short video, speaking to the student singers about your inspiration, or instructions about the piece, or to give advice about becoming a composer- which we will also post for their director’s use. At the end of the one-year consortium cycle, we will take down your piece and put up another from a different composer. After your consortium cycle closes, you are free to do whatever you wish with the piece; we only ask that those consortium members be allowed to continue using it under the same rules agreed on during that season.

 

In the selection process, we hope to spotlight composers of diverse and underrepresented cultures… we want the students to see themselves reflected not only in the music itself, but also in the field of composition and creation, perhaps looking at that possibility for their own future career paths.

 

To apply for consideration for the 2023-24 school year, please fill out the Composer Application. Once the composer has been selected, all who applied will be notified of the decision no later than April 15, 2023.

 

COMPOSITION CRITERIA:

  1. Length should be under five minutes, preferably with performance time between two and four minutes.

  2. Compositions should target the middle school age choral ensembles (though some high school training choirs may also choose to perform it), with those students’ educational and social development in mind.

  3. Composition should be appropriate for the vocal range and tessitura of middle school age group.

  4. Compositions will be original, previously unpublished, with all source materials and lyrics either in the public domain or sole property of the composer (supply appropriate permissions, if applicable).

  5. Compositions may be accompanied or a cappella (with vocal reduction), with lyrics translation and diction guide, if applicable.

  6. Voicing must be provided in both SA and TB settings, with consideration of appropriate keys for each.

 

Contractual agreement will be signed and submitted by composer no later than August 15, 2022, giving him/her nine months to prepare and submit the composition for the 2022-23 season Consortium. View a copy of the contract here.

 

We look forward to having our Composer Selection Panel receive your Composer Application, so we can begin this new & exciting educational outreach together; just click the application link and submit!