The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) will host the IFCM International Competition for Choral Composition from time to time. The chief aim of which is to promote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire.

The date of the next IFCM Competition for Choral Composition is yet to be announced.

Winner 2011
Matthew Van Brink (USA) "White, those that stayed still"

JURY 2011

  • Graham Lack
  • Rejo Kekkonen (Finland)
  • Stephen Leek (Australia)
  • Jonathan Rathbone (UK)

Winner 2013
Francis Corcoran (Ireland) "Eight Haikus"

JURY 2013

  • Graham Lack (Germany)
  • John A. Pamintuan (The Philippines)
  • Libby Larsen (USA)
  • Olli Kortekangas (Finland)
  • Paul Stanhope (Australia)


Participation is open to composers of any nationality under the age of 30 years. (Must not have turned 30 on or by the closing date - proof may be required)

The Competition is dedicated to a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) choral compositions with a maximum duration of 5 minutes specifically for advanced youth choirs.

The text of the composition, sacred or secular, may be in any language, written for the occasion, or, if pre-existing, should be in the public domain. If the text is not in the public domain, permission in writing must be obtained from the author or copyright holder of the text and must be enclosed with the entry form.

Only one work per composer may be submitted. Entries must arrive by e-mail no later than the closing date.

There is no planned entry fee to participate in this competition at the present time.

The jury actively encourages handwritten works in pen or pencil, though manuscript scores must be scanned and submitted in PDF format. All scores must be sent electronically in PDF format. A midi file may also be included with any submission. Tapes or CDs cannot be submitted.

The composer’s name shall not appear anywhere on any score.

Each participant must include a document (.doc or .rtf file) with full address, contact details and title of the composition submitted. This document shall also contain a written, signed statement by the composers declaring their birthdate, and that any score submitted is unpublished, has never previously been recorded or publically performed, and has never been awarded a prize in any previous contest. All entries shall be received by email by the closing date.

The IFCM Competition Office will receive all works, which will then be sent to jury members. The identity of the composer of each entry will not be divulged to the jury before or during the judging process. The competition will be judged by a five member jury consisting of two choral conductors and three composers. The jury’s decision will be announced in the International Choral Bulletin and through IFCM promotions channels. The jury’s decision is final.

Strong consideration will be given to a work’s potential for performance and repeated performance by a majority of advanced youth choirs possessing the appropriate voicing requirements. The winning work must demonstrate excellence of composition, ‘sing-ability’ (given reasonable rehearsal time), idiomatic effectiveness, and most importantly, fresh and innovative approaches to choral writing. A number of Special Prizes may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.

The winning work will receive prizes and awards as prescribed in the Competition notification. The winning composer and other short listed composers may be invited to attend final rehearsals and the first performance of their work by the IFCM designated choir. Special prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. In consultation with the composer, the winner will be featured in the ‘Composers’ Corner’ column of the International Choral Bulletin where an interview with the composer and some excerpts of the winning score may be posted.

Participation in the competition implies full knowledge and acceptance of the above regulations.