Submissions are now open for the 2024 Competition for Choral Writing

Submissions are now open for the 2024 Competition for Choral Writing

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, PODIUM 2022. Photo: Sam Moffatt


Choral Canada encourages and supports the creation of choral music for choirs and singing groups by emerging/early-career Canadian composers/music creators. Since 2000, composers and music creators from across Canada have submitted their compositions to be considered for the Diane Loomer Award. In 2018, the Stephen Chatman Student Award was introduced to support student composers.

The 2024 Competition for Choral Writing, sponsored by J.W. Pepper, includes two categories:

  1. The Diane Loomer Award, sponsored by Cypress Choral Music – open to any emerging/early-career Canadian choral composer.
  2. The Stephen Chatman Student Award – open to any Canadian student or any student currently studying in Canada.

Each submission will receive constructive written feedback from one of the members of the Selection Committee.

The recipient of the Diane Loomer Award receives a $1,500 cash prize, publication by Cypress Choral Music, and a performance by the National Youth Choir of Canada at the Podium Choral Conference & Festival. The recipient of the Stephen Chatman Student Award receives a $1,500 cash prize and a performance by a prominent choir in Canada.



2024 Competition for Choral Writing sponsored by:

Diane Loomer Award sponsored by:


The Stephen Chatman Student Award made possible by:
Stephen Chatman & Tara Wohlberg



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Banner: Ullugiagâtsuk Choir at ...float... 2018. Photo: Ritche Perez