Call for Scores! POLYPHONOS Composition Competition





2014-2015 Competition


The Esoterics announces its international call for a cappella choral scores

for its annual competition for choral composition, POLYPHONOS,

from the Greek πολυφωνος, “having many voices” or “manifold in expression.”


New this year:  NO ENTRANCE FEE!


The purpose of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS competition is to encourage today’s choral composers to broaden the scope of the a cappella repertory, by setting texts from beyond the Western classical canon.


Each winning composer will receive a commission from The Esoterics to compose a new choral work that will be premiered by the ensemble in 2015. In addition to this commission, each winner will receive $1000) US, along with airfare and lodging so that they can attend the Seattle premiere of their commissioned work. There will be up to three POLYPHONOS awards:


                National composer (for choral composers who are US citizens)

                International composer (for choral composers who are not US citizens)

                Young composer (for choral composers under age 30 as of 31 December 2014)


The application package consists of a completed application form, a portfolio

of three completed choral compositions, and a composer biography.


Entry form, portfolio requirements and complete rules

can be found at


All POLYPHONOS applications must be complete and postmarked by 15 May 2014


The winners of The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS will be announced on 1 July 2014




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