An international competition exclusively for female composers of male voice choir music has been issued by Linköpings Studentsångare. The winner of the competition will receive the Linköpings Studentsångare Composition Award along with the grand prize of 50 000 SEK (approx. € 4 700 or US$ 5 400). The Composition Award 2020 is made possible thanks to a grant from Märta Christina och Magnus Vahlquists Stiftelse.
We, the male voice choir Linköpings Studentsångare, are pleased to announce the second installment of Linköpings Studentsångare Composition Award. The goal of the award is to serve as an incentive and inspiration for modern composers to write new and innovative music for male voice choir. Our aim is to make composers curious about and explore our beloved artform, thereby injecting new life into the distinguished tradition of male voice choir music. The award of 2020 will, just as the first installment of 2016, be exclusively available to female composers, to celebrate and highlight the role of women in the composition of music for male voice choir. We believe that art thrives on connectivity and diversity, and we hope that this award will favour the exchange between composers and performers.
Rules of the Competition
Competing composers must adhere to the following conditions:
- The submitted piece must be composed for a capella male voice choir, 4 to 8 parts, along with optional solo parts.
- The length of the piece must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
- Any lyrics for the piece must have been written by a female author.
- Lyrics must be written in either English, German, French or Latin.
The competition will be judged by an internationally acclaimed jury with broad experience of choral music, comprised by composers as well as choral conductors with merits in composition and arrangement. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed against. The jury will consist of:
Hans Lundgren, chairman, is the former director musices (Head of Music Activities) at Linköping University. He has studied conducting with Professor Eric Ericson and holds a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Hans Lundgren is an experienced conductor, singer and composer. He retired from the position at the university in 2014. He is currently a freelance conductor, teacher, music writer and reviewer. He is conductor and music director for the newly formed Linköping Women’s Choir.
Christina Hörnell superseded Hans Lundgren in 2014 and is the present director musices at Linköping University and accordingly conductor of Linköpings Studentsångare and Linköping University Chamber Choir. She has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and holds Master’s degrees in Church Music and Conducting. Christina Hörnell was former for two decades Choirmaster at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and for four years at the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She has also been conductor of the Stockholm Academic Choir and the choir at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a skilled organist, pianist, singer and conductor. In 2014 Christina Hörnell was awarded H. M. The King’s Medal for her achievements at the Royal Opera.
Karin Arwén Oldgren is a senior university lecturer in choral conducting at the School of Music at Örebro University. She has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and holds Master’s degrees in Church Music and Conducting. From 1998 to 2008 she was the conductor of the Stockholm Academic Male Chorus and is now church musician at Engelbrekt congregation and conductor of Hjorthagen Chamber Choir, Stockholm.
Bo Ejebyis a prominent music editor, specialized in choral music, at his own publishing company Bo Ejeby Förlag, where he publishes sheet music, books and CDs. He is an educated music teacher and is also an experienced chorister in some of the best choirs in Göteborg. He has committed himself to publish music of our time.
The winner of the competition will receive the award and a prize amounting to 50 000 SEK (approx. € 4 700 or $ 5 400). The winner along with runner-ups will have the chance of being published by Bo Ejeby Förlag, a publisher of sheet music based in Sweden.
The winner will be announced on April 18, 2020 in connection to a concert in Linköping where we perform the winning contribution along with our favourite runner-ups.
Participation and Deadline
The cost of entry to the competition is 350 SEK. To confirm their participation, competitors must have paid the entry fee no later than a week after registration deadline, September 8, 2019. We ask residents outside of Sweden to please note that any extra fees for international bank transfers are to be paid by the contestant.
Contributions can be submitted between July 1st, 2019 and December 1st, 2019.
If you are interested in participating in the competition, please fill in your name and e-mail adress in the form below and you will receive an e-mail explaining the rules and guidelines of the competition in greater detail, along with details on how to make a submission and pay the entry fee. If you have further questions regarding the competition and the award, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.