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The Phoenix Boys Choir presents

The Phoenix Boys Choir is pleased to announce its
2024 "New Works Rising" international choral composition competition. We invite composers of all ages and nationalities to submit innovative and accessible choral repertoire for boys and young men
that reflects originality, creativity, and imagination
in the context of our 2024-25 season theme, "True North."

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2024

1st Place Award:  $1,500
2nd Place Award:  $1,000
3rd Place Award:  $500


1. COMPOSERS.  This competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.

2.  AWARDS.  Available cash awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. All awards are in US dollars.

3.  THEME.  Entries should relate to the theme of the Phoenix Boys Choir’s 2024-25 season, "True North."


4.  DEADLINE.  All entries must be received by 10:00 PM (PDT) on Sunday, September 1, 2024. There is no fee for entry. This competition has been designed to eliminate any need for composers to incur duplication, mailing, or other costs.

5.  VOICING AND LENGTH.  Entries shall be scored for boys’ choir with mixed voices (SSA, SATB, SA and variations thereof are acceptable), and may be either accompanied or a cappella. Works should be suitable for performance by 15-40 voices (with or without divisi). Compositions must not exceed 10 minutes in duration. Any style or genre of music is permitted, i.e., works need not be considered classical. Jazz, gospel, spirituals, pop, rock, world, crossover works, etc. are all welcome and encouraged.  

The composition may feature instrumental forces, with the understanding that the primary focus of the work should be the voices. The total number of the added instruments should be no more than five. Any instrumentation should enrich the texture of the music and not merely double the voices.

The composition should be of medium to complex difficulty. The inclusion of optional choreography and eurythmic elements is acceptable.

6.  ORIGINAL COMPOSITION & TEXTEntries must be original musical compositions, not arrangements of pre-existing works.

The text of the composition may be either original or from sacred or secular sources in any world language. A translation of non-English texts must be submitted. The use of public domain or original texts is encouraged.


Texts first published in 1928 or later are usually copyrighted, except for certain exceptions like U.S. Government works. Compositions using copyrighted texts must be accompanied by (A) proof of the composer’s right to use and/or distribute the text for the submitted work, and (B) proof of any other relevant information regarding The Phoenix Boys Choir’s ability to license the text for a first commercial recording of the work. (Any costs related to securing copyright permissions are solely the responsibility of the composer).

7.  NEW WORK. The Phoenix Boys Choir claims the right of first performance of all winning entries. Therefore compositions must be new works, never before adjudicated or recorded or performed in any form in public, outside of a studio or classroom in an academic forum or workshop setting, with no public premiere intended.

8.  ONE WORK.  Only one work per composer will be accepted.

9.  ADJUDICATION.  The winning compositions will be selected by a panel of guest judges and The Phoenix Boys Choir Artistic Director. Their evaluation will consider the quality of the piece and its suitability for a successful performance by The Phoenix Boys Choir.


Winning composers will be notified by email and winning selections announced on our social media platforms on October 1, 2023. The Phoenix Boys Choir reserves the right to make no award if no entry is deemed to be of sufficient quality and/or suitability for our ensemble. However, it is our good-faith intent to make at least one award. The decision of the judges is final.

10.  MATERIALS FOR SUBMISSION.   The following items are required with each submission:

  • Score. All scores must be clearly readable and ready for duplication and performance, preferably in PDF format.

    Scores must be clearly identified as to title and source of text, but the composer’s name must NOT appear on the score, as the judging will be conducted anonymously.

  • Text. A standalone version of the underlying text(s) must be provided, unless the text appears in the score. An English translation of any foreign-language text must be included.

  • Audio. An audio realization of the composition must be submitted in MP3 format.

11.  SUBMISSION PROCESS.  ​All entries may be submitted electronically using the form on the PBC website at

or emailed to The Phoenix Boys Choir will ensure that digital files will not be shared, forwarded, or distributed beyond our membership.

Digital Files: All digital files should be named using the following format:[First 3 letters of composer’s last name] - [Title of Piece] - [submitted item]

For example, the PDF of a score entitled “There Was Time” by John Smith would be named SMI - There Was Time - Score.pdf. An MP3 of the same work would be named SMI - There Was Time - Audio.mp3.


Digital Portfolio:  All materials being submitted should be compiled into a single digital folder or ZIP file. Composers must either (1) provide a link to the digital folder location [i.e., Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.] where requested on the submission form on the PBC New Works Rising webpage, or (2) provide a folder link or attached ZIP file in a submission email.


11.  SUBMISSION PROCESS (continued):

Each submitted portfolio should include the following as applicable:

A.   PDF of score (the composer’s name must NOT appear on the score)


B.   PDF of text (if not included in score)


C.   PDF of English translation of any foreign language text


D.   If text or other quoted materials are not in the public domain, PDFs of:


(1)  Proof of the composer’s right to use and/or distribute the text for the submitted work, and

(2)  Proof of other relevant information regarding The Phoenix Boys Choir’s ability to license the text for a first commercial performance and/or recording of the work (for example, information about a lyricist you have collaborated with).


E.   MP3 audio realization of score

12.  ADJUDICATION COPIES.  The Phoenix Boys Choir will produce physical copies of selected entries for adjudication purposes, potentially including a reading of finalists by the ensemble. For all entries not awarded, these copies will be collected and destroyed once the competition has concluded unless other arrangements are made with the composer.

13.  COPYRIGHTS.  The Phoenix Boys Choir shall retain unlimited performance and mechanical rights arising from performances and recordings made by The Phoenix Boys Choir. Composers shall retain all other copy, performance, and mechanical rights to their works.


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