Composition requirements:Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2010 .
Must be a new piece composed for this competition.
No arrangements of other works.
Must include copyright permission from author of the text unless
in public domain.
Must be between 1 ½ -4 minutes long.
Must be for treble choir and electronic accompaniment.
A biography must be included.
Be willing to exchange a few e-mails or otherwise communicate
with the choir and director.
Must meet the performance ability and needs of our choir.
Submit entries to: Gifford Children’s Choir
8332 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
Our prize money was donated to Our school by the generous men of the Racine Dairy Statesmen. This marvelous barbershop choir has donated over $40,000 to our district through the proceeds of their annual Holly Days in Harmony Concert. Staff members that work at the concert are awarded funding based on the job they perform. For the 2009 concert I was the Stage manager. I earned a donation of $200 from participating. Not only is the concert a sold out cultural event in our city, it also is a performance opportunity for our school choirs. In 2008 the Gifford Children’s Choir performed on the concert. This was our debut concert for the choir in it’s present form. We received $500 for performing, half went to the 2009 contet prize and half went to pay the musicinas for our 5th grade awards ceremony performance of “Butterflies and Hurricanes”
Gifford Choirs can be seen on the joinchoir channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/joinchoir?feature=mhw5
Gifford Choirs can be heard on our MySpace http://www.myspace.com/giffordchoirs
Our biggest internet success has been singing the song Still Alive complete with a band and light show:
I will try to provide all entries with a critique if you would like one (as time permits). After critiquing one of the 2009 pieces the composer made changes and we then offered to perform it. It will be premiered on May 2, 2010 at UWParkside. The fine piece was written by Alyssa Rae Severson of Eau Claire, WI. I also petitioned the vocal music staff of Racine to choose a submission by another composer for our annual Area Choir Festival. It was beat out by a piece by local composer Eric Carlson called “One Life Can Make A Difference”. Participation does have it’s benefits.
Composers are welcome to send pieces that do not meet the contest requirements to be considered for programing. Please clearly indicate that it is not a submission. A comment here or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org would be helpful.