RAYMOND W. BROCK STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITION

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 divisional and national 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.

Students do not need to be members of ACDA to apply. Submitted works may not be published, but may have been previously performed or premiered. (Works published through self-publishing platforms will be accepted.)

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 is September 1, 2019.

Brock Student Composition Competition Past Winners


2017
Peace Flows Into Me by Matthew Hazzard, California State University - Long Beach

2016
I Am by Kelsey Hohnstein, Texas Tech University
Performed during the 2017 ACDA National Conference
by the Riverside City College Chamber Singers

2015
Forgiven Tears by Alex Berko, Indiana University
Performed during the 2016 ACDA Central Division Conference by Indiana University NOTUS

2014
Spells of Herrick by Andrew Steffen, Oklahoma State University
Performed during the 2015 ACDA National Conference by the Utah State University Chamber Singers

2013
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

2012
Redemption Mass by Julian Bryson, University of Kentucky
Performed at the 2013 ACDA National Conference by the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers

2011
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

2010
Crossing the Bar by Michael Mills, University of Utah
Performed at the 2011 National Conference by Millikin University

2009
Psalm 100 by Derek Myler, Weber State University
Performed at the 2010 Western Division Conference by the University of Utah Singers

2008
Absalon, Fili Mi by Benjamin May, Westminster Choir College
Performed at the 2009 National Conference

2007
In Monte Oliveti by Kristen Walker, William Jewell College
Performed at the 2008 Southwestern Division Conference by the University of Kansas Concert Choir

2006
The Souls Passing by Dominick DiOrio, Yale University
Performed at the 2007 National Conference by the Florida State University Singers

2005
Selah by Dan Forrest, University of Kansas
Performed at the 2006 Southwestern Division Conference by the Houston Baptist University Schola Cantorum

2004
Kyrie by Kentaro Sato, California State University-Northridge
Performed at the 2005 National Conference by the California State University Northridge Singers

2003
Lux Aeterna by Brian Schmidt, South Dakota State University
Performed at the 2004 North Central Division Conference by the Luther College Collegiate Chorale

2002
Musica Anima Tangens by Joshua Shank, Luther College
Performed at the 2003 National Conference by the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants

2001
Choric Song by Michael Conti, Michigan State University
Performed at the 2002 Central Division Conference by the Millikin University Choir

2000
Stabat Mater by Aaron Garber, University of Tennessee
Performed at the 2001 National Conference by the East Texas Baptist University Concert Choir

1999
Nunc Dimittis by Daniel Pinkston, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Performed at the 2000 Southwestern Division Conference by the Ouachita Baptist University Singers

1998
Flanders Field by Paul A. Aitken, University of Oklahoma
Performed at the 1999 National Conference by the University of Mississippi Concert Singers