National ACDA


Announcing the 2014

Choral Composition Contest

Win $1000 for your choral composition!!

The 2014 IL-ACDA Choral Competition Contest has begun!
Illinois composers with a creative voice and clear compositional ability are invited to submit works for Treble or Male voices to Illinois-ACDA’s annual Choral Composition Contest. The winning composition will be premiered at the Illinois-ACDA Summer Re-Treat, Summer 2014. In addition, winning composers are invited to display their works at our annual summer ReTreat.

Entries for the 2014 IL-ACDA contest will be accepted from now until April 1st, 2014. Details and forms for submitting your work can found on the following links:

Composition Submission Form

Contest Rules and Guidelines

Contest Flyer (Print and Post!)

2013 IL-ACDA Composition Contest Winner

I am happy to announce that the winner of the 2013 IL-ACDA Composition Contest is Tim Blickhan  for his SATB composition "Life Has Loveliness to Sell," based on a poem by Sara Teasdale. "Life Has Loveliness to Sell" will be performed at the IL-ACDA Summer Retreat at ISU in June of this year.  Thank you very much for your entry. There were some fine pieces in the pool and the decision was a difficult one. We hope you will submit another of your works in next year's contest  -- the required voicing will be announced soon. 

Lee Kesselman
Chair,  IL-ACDA Composition Contest

Dr. Charles T. (Tim) Blickhan joined the faculty of the Northern Illinois University School of Music in 1976 and retired in June, 2011. For twenty years he was Coordinator of the Theory & Composition Area. In 1996, he assumed the position of Coordinator of Graduate Studies, and added additional administrative duties as Assistant Director of the School of Music in 2001. He was Director of Music for First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb from 1993 - 2007.A trombonist and vocalist, he received the B.S. in Education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers' College (now Truman State University) in 1967, and taught instrumental and vocal music in the public schools of several Missouri communities before entering military service. After receiving his discharge from the army, he attended the University of Illinois from 1973-76, where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, studying primarily with Ben Johnston.His compositions, mainly choral and instrumental chamber works, are published by several American music houses and licensed by BMI.  Many of his choral works are available for free download at

Past Recipients of the IL-ACDA Composition Contest include:

2013 ~ Tim Blickhan Life Has Loveliness to Sell (SATB)  
2012 ~ Edwin Childs On Wings of Prayer (SSAA, piano)  
2011 ~ Wayland Rogers When Daisies Pied (SATB)  
2010 ~ Donald Frasier In Moonlight (TTB)  
2009 ~ Karen Ball A Light Exists In Spring (SATB, piano)  
2008 ~ Edwin Childs Peace (SSA, piano)  
2007 ~ Paul Carey Thou Art the Sky (SATB, piano) Roger Dean 15/2430R
2006 ~ Christopher Walters Weary with Toil (SATB, unaccompanied) Colla Voce 15-96040
1999 ~ Anne Heider Jesous Ahatonnia: A Huron carol (TTBB, piano)  
1998 ~ Paul Steg Vocalise (SATB)  
1996 ~ Bart Bradfield To The Thawing Wind (SATB, piano)  
1995 ~ Clyde Thompson Three Dickinson Poems (SSA, piano, flute)  
1994 ~ Joel Ross Sweet Was the Virgin Song (TTBB, harp)  
1993 ~ Mark Ray Hollman Hope is a Thing with Feathers (SAB, piano)  
1990 ~ Ellen Keating Ave Maria (SSA) Mark Foster MF922
1985 ~ Lee Kesselman Two Meditations on Yeats (SATB)  
1984 ~ Michael Kosch spring! may... (SATB, divisi)  


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