HISTORY & OBJECTIVES
As an outgrowth of The Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission series (est. 1991), the American Choral Directors Association established the Raymond
W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest in 1998 as a means to promote the development of new composers of choral music. A list of previous winners and their compositions is available. Applications must be made online.
The objectives of the contest are three-fold:
APPLICATION DEADLINE & FEE
October 1 annually. There is no application fee.
Applicant must be a current ACDA student member, full-time undergraduate or graduate student, and no older than twenty-seven on the date of the application deadline. The winner's ACDA membership must remain current through the performance of the winning composition at the applicable ACDA Conference.
Only one composition will be considered from each applicant. Submitted work must meet all the following criteria:
The winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and a complimentary registration to the ACDA conference at which the winning work is performed. The winning composition will be presented on the main stage of an ACDA Conference by a choral ensemble selected by the Association. During division conference years, the work will be performed at the winner's divisional conference.
By applying for this competition, applicants release to ACDA in perpetuity all video, audio, duplication, broadcast, and photography rights generated by the performance of this piece at the ACDA conference.
The ACDA National Office will administer the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest. An independent panel of distinguished choral musicians and/or composers will judge all entries submitted. The decision of the judges is final.APPLICATION PROCESS
All application materials will be submitted electronically through the ACDA website. A complete application includes the following:
No person connected with the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Contest, nor any judge connected with the selection process shall be involved with a decision involving that person’s student (over the past three years) who has entered the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest. ACDA is not responsible for electronic submission failures.Contact the ACDA National Office with questions or for additional information.