San Francisco, February 26, 2014—Chanticleer, the internationally acclaimed, 12-man vocal ensemble, announces its fifth Student Composer Competition.  The competition is designed to encourage current composition students to write quality works for high school level choirs.  Score submissions must be postmarked by November 1st, 2014.


Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2014.  The top ten compositions will be learned and performed by the Chanticleer LAB Choir. Winning composers will be invited to work with the LAB Choir during the rehearsal process (January-February 2015).  The top prize will be considered for performance at the Chanticleer National Youth Choral Festival, in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in the spring of 2015. Compositions must be for a cappella SATB high school level choir, three to five minutes in duration. The submitted work must not have had prior public performances or recordings. Only one work per composer may be submitted.  Composers should be currently enrolled as students at time of submission. (See Call for Entries, below, for details).


The latest competition winner, "Chou Nu Er" by Yi-Wen Chang, won a featured spot on our National Youth Choral Festival in 2010 where it was sung by 416 high school students and Chanticleer. Eric Barnum’s 2004 entry “She Walks in Beauty” was so successful that Chanticleer incorporated it into its touring program in the following year.


The quality of entries for 2006 was so high that seven winners were announced: Vicente Chavarria, Miami, FL; Erica Glenn, Tempe, AZ; Blake R. Henson, Princeton, NJ; Matthew Peterson, Northfield, MN; Philip Rice, Coldwater, MI; Jorge Sosa, New York, NY; and Dale Trumbore, Chatham, NJ. Honorable mentions went to Mark Fromm, Pittsburgh, PA and Samuel Hunter, Fairview, NC. 


Kieun Steve Kim’s 2008 winning composition, “Sanctus, fuses older music forms and texts with a contemporary voice. The native Korean composer is a two-time Grand Prize recipient of the Christian Times' Gospel Music Competition.  He was the finalist in the 17th Christian Broadcasting Station's New Gospel Songs Competition and has since produced his debut CD, My God, sponsored by Joon Records.


Hailed by the New Yorker magazine as “The world’s reigning male chorus” and by the Los Angeles Times for its “luxurious perfection,” the GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the Ensemble has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”


Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million copies and garnered two GRAMMY® awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Chanticleer Records, Naxos, Rhino Records, ArkivMusic, and iTunes among others, and are available on Chanticleer’s website: In addition to recording and an active touring schedule of some 100 concerts, including a Bay Area subscription season, the Ensemble has maintained an education program designed to inspire young singers that has reached thousands of young people in the Bay Area and around the World.



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CHANTICLEER, the internationally acclaimed 12-man vocal ensemble, is calling for entries for its fifth Student Composer Competition. 




1.          The length of the work must be between three and five minutes.

2.          Compositions must be for a cappella, SATB High School level choir.
(Level of difficulty between 3 and 4)

3.          Limit of one work per composer may be submitted.

4.          Composer must be enrolled as a student at time of submission.

5.          There are no age restrictions for the composer.

6.          The submitted work must have not had prior public performances or recordings.

7.          Texts must either be original or in the public domain. If texts are copyrighted, proof of permission of use must be provided.

8.          Submissions representing cultural heritage are encouraged.




Submit two copies of the score along with name, address, phone, e-mail, and a brief biographical profile including name of institution at which you are studying to:



44 Page Street, Suite 604

San Francisco, CA  94102


Composers will receive confirmation of receipt of scores, but scores cannot be returned.




Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2014