ACDA sponsors a number of awards and competitions throughout the year designed to celebrate the highest levels of achievement in various areas of the choral art. Announcements are published in Choral Journal and on ChoralNet, and publicized to members in a range of other ways.
Currently Accepting Submissions:
New! ACDA’s Composition Focus Prize
Focus prizes will be structured to meet identified gaps in repertoire needs of ACDA members and their ensembles. A total of $6,000 in prizes will be awarded each year. The 2023 focus area will be works for SSAA and TTBB choirs. Deadline for submissions: Jan. 15, 2023.
ACDA Student Chapter Award
Applications are currently being accepted. Deadline for applications: Jan. 13, 2023.
National Conference: Additional opportunities for awards and competitions can be found on the National Conference website.
ACDA’s Brock Prize for Professional Composers
2022 competition closed. The next competition will be open March-August 2024.
ACDA’s Brock Prize for Student Composers
2021 competition closed. The next competition will be open March-August 2023.
Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission
Established in 1991. Not chosen through application.
Julius Herford Dissertation Prize
2022 nomination period closed (deadline: June 15, 2022). The goals and guidelines for this award are currently under review. The next nomination period will open in spring 2024.
2022 application period closed (deadline: January 8, 2022). The next competition will open in late 2022.
Robert Shaw Choral Award
The nomination period for the 2023 award has closed. The next nomination period will open in 2024.
Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant
A one-time award, made in 2019.
Genesis Prize: A Composer/Poet Response
A one-time award, made in 2020.
ACDA National Conference-Related Awards & Competitions
Steven M. Demorest Award for Choral Research
An award made to the highest scoring poster proposal as judged by the poster selection committee.