As part of its commitment to “innovative programming and creative educational outreach that promotes young artists,” Cantate Chamber Singers announces its tenth biennial Young Composers’ Contest for residents of the U.S. and Canada, 35 years old or younger.
$1,000 CASH AWARD
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017
This year’s entries must:
- be scored for mixed choir
- be a cappella, or with piano accompaniment
- be eight minutes or less in length
- set the text of the poem “The Rest is Silence” by Bert Ifill (see below).
Details, including the Full Guidelines and the Application Form, which must accompany submissions, are available here. YCC11_Guidelines_Application.
For questions and additional information please contact the Contest Coordinator.
The Rest is Silence
the pause just before the last step you take
into the heart of the deep woods
the breath you hold as you plunge
into the spring-cold lake
the instant between the end of a lullaby
and the long-awaited droop of a baby’s body into sleep
the quiet sigh that envelops departing lovers
just after they realize there’s nothing more to say
the caesura between a decision and the act
if we could but string all of these together
we could make a profound music
so heavy with latent possibility
with such portentous restraint
that any sound that follows is superfluous
the preparation, the anticipation