Raymond W. Brock Competition for Student Composers

About the Competition

In an effort to further its mission to promote choral music and ensure its future, ACDA established the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition in 1998. The student competition is an outgrowth of the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Choral Commission. The objectives of the contest are three-fold:

  1. To acknowledge and reward outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate student composers
  2. To encourage choral composition of the highest caliber
  3. To further promote student activity at ACDA conferences
The winner of the composition contest will be awarded a prize worth $1,000 (including travel to the student's regional conference, hotel accommodations, and a cash prize), a complimentary ACDA regional conference registration, and a complimentary one-year student membership to ACDA. The winning composer is expected to attend the performance of the winning work at his or her regional ACDA conference, and the prize money may go toward their travel expenses.

Students do not need to be members of ACDA to apply, but applicants must be registered students at schools in the United States or in a U.S. territory. Composers must be current students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) at the time of the conference performance. Submitted works must not be published, but may have been previously performed or premiered. (Works published through self-publishing platforms will be accepted.) Composers may submit one work per competition year.

Works may be for mixed voice, treble, or tenor/bass choir and should include limited divisi. Works submitted should be broadly accessible to the majority of choirs who make up the membership of ACDA. Works may be unaccompanied or accompanied by piano, and may not include any additional instruments. Unaccompanied works must include a piano reduction. Due to performance time constraints, works between three and six minutes in length will receive priority consideration.

Submission Guidelines

  • Print and fill out the application form to be sent in with your submission. (Download here )
  • Mail four copies of your score with the composer name removed, along with the following:
    Text (with written permission from copyright holder, if applicable)
    Translation (if not in English)
    Recording on CD (if available - not required - only one CD is needed)
  • Mail to:
    American Choral Directors Association
    Brock Competition for Student Composers
    545 Couch Dr
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102

    Application deadline was June 1, 2019. Next competition will be in 2021.

Brock Student Composition Competition Past Winners

Shall I Compare Thee? by Kara Stacy, Florida Southern College (click here for more)

Peace Flows Into Me by Matthew Hazzard, California State University - Long Beach

I Am by Kelsey Hohnstein, Texas Tech University
Performed during the 2017 ACDA National Conference
by the Riverside City College Chamber Singers

Forgiven Tears by Alex Berko, Indiana University
Performed during the 2016 ACDA Central Division Conference by Indiana University NOTUS

Spells of Herrick by Andrew Steffen, Oklahoma State University
Performed during the 2015 ACDA National Conference by the Utah State University Chamber Singers

Unto Young Eternity by Matthew Emery, University of British Columbia
Performed during the 2014 ACDA Northwestern Division Conference by the University of Puget Sound Adelphian Choir

Redemption Mass by Julian Bryson, University of Kentucky
Performed at the 2013 ACDA National Conference by the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers

Two Prayers for Sabbath Evening: II. Oseh Shalom by Joshua Fishbein, University of California - Los Angeles
Performed at the 2012 Western Division Conference by the CSU Fullerton University Singers

Crossing the Bar by Michael Mills, University of Utah
Performed at the 2011 National Conference by Millikin University

Psalm 100 by Derek Myler, Weber State University
Performed at the 2010 Western Division Conference by the University of Utah Singers

Absalon, Fili Mi by Benjamin May, Westminster Choir College
Performed at the 2009 National Conference

In Monte Oliveti by Kristen Walker, William Jewell College
Performed at the 2008 Southwestern Division Conference by the University of Kansas Concert Choir

The Souls Passing by Dominick DiOrio, Yale University
Performed at the 2007 National Conference by the Florida State University Singers

Selah by Dan Forrest, University of Kansas
Performed at the 2006 Southwestern Division Conference by the Houston Baptist University Schola Cantorum

Kyrie by Kentaro Sato, California State University-Northridge
Performed at the 2005 National Conference by the California State University Northridge Singers

Lux Aeterna by Brian Schmidt, South Dakota State University
Performed at the 2004 North Central Division Conference by the Luther College Collegiate Chorale

Musica Anima Tangens by Joshua Shank, Luther College
Performed at the 2003 National Conference by the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants

Choric Song by Michael Conti, Michigan State University
Performed at the 2002 Central Division Conference by the Millikin University Choir

Stabat Mater by Aaron Garber, University of Tennessee
Performed at the 2001 National Conference by the East Texas Baptist University Concert Choir

Nunc Dimittis by Daniel Pinkston, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Performed at the 2000 Southwestern Division Conference by the Ouachita Baptist University Singers

Flanders Field by Paul A. Aitken, University of Oklahoma
Performed at the 1999 National Conference by the University of Mississippi Concert Singers