Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer Contest

The Twin Cities Women’s Choir is pleased to announce a choral competition for an emerging female composer in continuation of our mission to affirm the voices of women. Emerging female composers are eligible and encouraged to submit their works for consideration. “Emerging” is defined as someone who is not well known as a choral composer on the national level. The composition should be suitable for our annual Illuminations Concerts, which reflect upon darkness and the return of light to our lives—literally and metaphorically. 

Submit Your Composition Online

Submission Deadline:  June 1st, 2019

$1000; live premiere with 3 performances of the work in Fall of 2019, in Minneapolis, MN; archival recording; and may be featured on a TCWC recording.

Submission Criteria:

  • Applicants must be an emerging (someone who is not well known on the national level) female composer
  • All submissions must be an original composition for SSAA choir, a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Occasional division of the SSAA parts is acceptable.
  • Text may be secular or one that could be welcomed in many faith traditions. Should be suitable for our annual Illuminations Concerts.
  • Performance time of the work should be approximately 3 minutes in length.
  • All submissions must not have been commissioned or previously performed.
  • Online submission of the score and application is required. If your score is handwritten and scanned, it must be clearly legible. Illegible copies will not be considered.
  • Attach files to the application form
  • Scores submitted without a completed application form will not be considered.
  • The deadline for entry is June 1st, 2019
  • The winner will be announced no later than August 1, 2019.

Composer Information:

  • Composer’s name, phone number and mailing address
  • Composer’s email address (all communications, including the announcement of a winner, will be via email)
  • Biography of composer

Application Packet Inclusions:

  • One legible copy of the score
  • Proof of permission to use the text, if not original text or proof in the public domain.
  • Optional, but encouraged:
    • List of composer’s previous choral works and performances
    • Digital recording of the composition, i.e. midi, piano performance of score, etc. A recording is strongly encouraged as the judges appreciate hearing the composer’s interpretation of the composition.

Her Voice Productions reserves the right to not award a prize. The decision of the judges is final. Contact us at with any questions at