It's official! We have a winner in our 2020-21 Composition Contest!
Since 2018, the Huntsville Master Chorale has held an annual contest for local composers with a cash prize and the chance to have the work performed by The Chorale in concert. This year, due to the pandemic, we decided to open the contest up to give composers all over the world the opportunity to compete.
We were thrilled to receive 56 amazing entries from all around the globe. Choosing a winner was extremely difficult, but not impossible. So, without further ado, the recipient of first place and the $1,000 prize is:
Mr. Reyes, a student at New York University, composed "I Dream A World," based on a Langston Hughes text to represent this year's theme of Unity and Peace.
Congratulations also to our honorable mention winner:
for his moving choral work with orchestra, “Peace, My Heart.” Hamilton is an award-winning composer whose music has been published and recorded around the globe.
So, our thanks to the many composers who not only met the challenge, but provided our judges with the difficult task of picking a winner from so many amazing entries. It confirmed our thoughts that there are musicians everywhere who braved the isolation of 2020 with creativity and heart. Cheers to creators everywhere who, when faced with difficulty, respond with beauty. We salute you!
More about The Chorale...
Things may look (and sound) a little different, but we think you will enjoy what we have in store.
The Huntsville Master Chorale has conducted our 2020-21 concert year with virtual auditions and online rehearsals. We have featured a series of virtual performances, bringing beautiful choral music right into your living room. And our annual Composition Contest was opened up to participants across the US and Canada with an amazing response.
We hope to be performing live in 2021, but our number one priority is to celebrate in October with big band music at our annual fundraiser, Mosaic of Love. However, if we have learned anything recently, it is to remain flexible and creative. Stay tuned...
In the meantime, enjoy our latest offering, A Song of Hope and Peace, written by Gertrude San Souci (1873-1913) with words by Edward Lockton (1876-1940).