Annual Choral Composition Contest

The Huntsville Master Chorale is a long-standing, dynamic performing chamber choir that fosters creativity by keeping excellent choral singing alive in North Alabama. The Huntsville Master Chorale nurtures renowned and emerging composers by commissioning and performing new works while continuing to perform a variety of classic choral literature. Above all, our overarching mission is to keep the art of singing fresh for our audiences!

Each year, The Huntsville Master Chorale sponsors a choral composition contest with a cash prize and the opportunity to have the winning work performed by The Chorale in concert.

Previous winners have included:

2020 - Three Songs of Spring by Timothy Smith

2019 - Ignition by Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke

2018 - April by Andrew Marshall               

2018 Finalists:

2018 - My Cathedral by Lori Larsen

2018 - Winter’s Defeat by Gwyn Williams


Contest Theme for 2020-2021:  UNITY AND PEACE




Accompaniment and Length:

Submissions must be received by December 30


A panel comprised of three guest judges and the Chorale’s Artistic Director will review all submissions and select the winning composition. This evaluation will consider the quality of the piece and its suitability for a successful performance by The Chorale. The winning piece and composer will be announced by email and social media platforms on February 1, 2021. The decision of the judging is final. Should the compositions submitted not meet the standards set forth, the Huntsville Master Chorale reserves the right to withhold the award.


The Huntsville Master Chorale shall retain unlimited performance and mechanical rights to performances and recordings made by the Huntsville Master Chorale. The composer shall retain all other copy, performance, and mechanical rights to their works.

Award: $1000

By accepting the cash award, the Huntsville Master Chorale is granted performance and recording rights for the winning composition.


Submit PDF scores to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submit printed scores by mail to:

Huntsville Master Chorale
Att. Choral Competition
P.O. Box 1774
Huntsville, AL 35807

Click Here for the Contest Submission Form

 Further Questions?  Contact us at

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Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker, Artistic Director