Contests and Awards

Whether you are an experienced composer, a singer-songwriter interested in writing choral music, or a high school choir director who embraces the importance of creativity in programming, VocalEssence wants to engage you further in the choral arts.  Check out these opportunities and join us in song.

  • The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Creative Programming Award, sponsored by VocalEssence, upholds high standards of excellence in repertoire selection, acknowledges and rewards creativity in choral performance, and affirms the importance of quality secondary and undergraduate choral training throughout the State of Minnesota.
  • Welcome Christmas Carol Contest: Each year, VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum celebrates the custom of singing Christmas carols with the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest, an opportunity for composers to write a modern-day carol, each year with a different instrument.
  • VocalEssence ReMix offers a one-on-one composer mentorship to emerging Minnesota composers as they each write choral works to be premiered by the VocalEssence.