Press Release

2013 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest – Deadline August 2

Welcome Christmas Carol Contest

Christmas CarolsVocalEssence & American Composers Forum announce the 16th annual Welcome Christmas Carol Contest for for SATB chorus and piano


The custom of singing Christmas carols brings joy to the holiday
season unlike any other tradition.  And every December VocalEssence and
the American Composers Forum
celebrate this tradition in their own unique way: championing today’s
composers, exploring new works, and rediscovering lesser-known works of
the past.

This year marks the sixteenth year of the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest as VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum provide composers with the opportunity to compose a modern-day carol.

to composers of all ages, this year’s contest requires writing a carol
for SATB chorus accompanied by piano.  Each year, the contest has
produced wonderful new settings of familiar texts and carols based on
existing poems and original texts, each year with a different

The two winners will each receive a prize of $1,000,
and the winning carols will be premiered at the December 7, 8, 13,14 and
15, 2013 Welcome Christmas concerts featuring the VocalEssence
Chorus & Ensemble Singers with pianist Dan Chouinard.  The
performances will be recorded for national broadcast in 2014 via
American Public Media.  The winners are invited to attend the rehearsals
and performances at their own expense, and will have the opportunity
for radio interviews as well as other media coverage and promotion.

2013 Carol Contest Guidelines

Contest Winners 1998-2012