The only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, this initiative was founded by the Wichita Chamber Chorale and is co-sponsored by Senseney Music, Inc. The KCCP fosters original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize of $1,000. Music scores are submitted anonymously to a panel of judges, and Kansas-born composer Kirke Mechem is the honorary advisor. Applicants show clear and verifiable ties to Kansas by being a native Kansan or current resident, or by being a student studying at a Kansas educational institution.
The third competition is being planned for Fall 2020, with a performance of the winning composition in Spring 2021. Previous winners were Dr Geoffrey Wilcken in 2015, https://www.gwcomposer.me/ and Lyle Stutzman in 2018, https://blueskymusic.net/.