The Kansas Choral Composition Prize is designed to evaluate and reward living composers of choral works. Composers will remain anonymous to members of the judging panel. For the purposes of this competition, a “choral work” is defined as any composition that is designed to be conducted, and which requires at least 8 singers. The work may be unaccompanied or accompanied.

This definition is purposely broad to allow the largest number of potential contestants to be eligible. We seek to welcome the greatest possible variety of composers of choral works throughout the state of Kansas.

Up to 21 minutes of choral music may be submitted per application, provided each work submitted is between 4-7 minutes in performance length. Only one application fee is required per applicant, regardless of the number of pieces submitted.

Recordings are not required, but submissions of recordings are encouraged for the benefit of the judges. Recordings may either be submitted as MP3 files, or on a CD.

For the competition, the submissions are unpublished works which have been written or completed between December 1, 2015 and December 1, 2016.

Please include a 150-word (maximum) biography sent via email, a photograph (JPEG or PGN only) sent as an attachment, and the contact name and email addresses of up to 5 media outlets you wish to receive press releases should you win the KCCP, such as local newspapers, radio or television stations, alumni newsletters, etc. Please confirm these emails prior to inclusion.

The deadline for submission of applications is midnight (CST) December 1, 2016. Applications will be acknowledged by email from the administrator.

The entire competition process will be completed and winners announced at the convention of the Kansas Choral Directors Association, July 8, 2017. The winning composition will be performed by the WCC during the 2017-18 season. Prize money will be awarded either in person or by mail to the composer.

Composer is highly encouraged to be present for the premiere performance. A modest travel stipend may be available. Any updates concerning the competition will be sent via email and also posted on our website.

For any application information submitted by mail, the address is: KCCP, c/o Wichita Chamber Chorale, PO Box 20744, Wichita KS 67208.



When and where is the competition held?

The KCCP is judged solely through submission of PDF files of scores. There is no live competition. The KCCP considers each application, selects and notifies winner and runner-up according to the dates published.

What about refunds?

Application fees are non-refundable, except if the competition is canceled, in which case applicants will receive a full refund. If the judges award no prize, fees remain with KCCP.

How often may I apply?

One application per competition, and there is no prohibition against any participant or winner reapplying in subsequent years.

What are the criteria for winning the Kansas Choral Composition Prize?

The Kansas Choral Composition Prize is awarded for excellence. The best composition in the opinion of the judging panel will be awarded the prize. Compositions will be judged on artistic quality, based on the full breadth of possible criteria. The focus of the KCCP is on encouraging quality and recognizing talent.

Will we know who is judging the competition?

Yes, but this information will be announced at a later date.

When is the winner announced?

The KCCP winner will be announced at the convention of the Kansas Choral Directors Association, July 8, 2017. The judges reserve the right to award a winner and runner-up, or more than one winner or runner-up as warranted, or to award no prize at all.

Where can I learn more about the Wichita Chamber Chorale and Senseney Music?

Both organizations have websites with a wealth of information. Visit www.wichitachorale.com and www.senseneymusic.com. Both organizations also have Facebook pages.