Composition Contest

Announcing the 2018

Choral Composition Contest

Win $1000 for your choral composition!!

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 2018. In addition, winning composers are invited to display their works at our annual Summer ReTreat.

Entries for the 2018 IL-ACDA contest will be accepted from now until April 1st, 2018. Details and forms for submitting your work can found on the following links:

Contest Entry Form 2018

Contest Rules 2018

2017 IL-ACDA Composition Contest Winner

Congratulations to Andrew Bruhn of Belvidere, IL, winner of the 2017 IL-ACDA Choral Composition Contest for his marvelous piece for SATB choir, “Songs from Luke.”

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Andrew Bruhn HeadshotAndrew Bruhn is a versatile musician, actively working as a choral conductor, composer, and trumpeter. Andrew is currently Director of Choral Music at Rockford Christian Schools in IL, where he teaches 6-12th grade choirs, class piano, and AP Music Theory. He is also the choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford, IL. Mr. Bruhn spent two years as the director of the Luther Seminary Choir and Luther Brass in St. Paul, MN, where he also worked as a church musician and choral music educator. While in Minnesota he sang and recorded with the Twin Cities’ group Magnum Chorum. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree in choral conducting from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College, where he studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, Christopher Aspaas, and Mark Stover. He recently served as the conductor/clinician for the District 8 ILMEA Elementary Chorus. The American Choral Director’s Association and National Association for Music Education have published Andrew’s writing on vocal music education.He studied composition with David Cherwien, James E. Bobb, and Alice Parker, with additional coaching from Christopher Aspaas and John Ferguson. His music is published by Choristers Guild, GIA, and Concordia, and has been featured in workshops and festivals throughout the country. Andrew’s concert band piece, Beach Spring, has received several performances by high school and college bands, and will be published by Alfred Music in 2019. He was honored to have two of his pieces selected for a J.W. Pepper Editors’ Choice. Andrew won the 2017 IL American Choral Directors Association Composition Contest.As a trumpeter he has performed with many fine ensembles, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony; Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Andrew studied at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and earned a BM in Trumpet Performance from Wheaton College. He was the October 2004 winner of the International Trumpet Guild’s Young Artist Award. His solo playing has been broadcast on The Lutheran Hour, and on WFMT 98.7FM Chicago’s Classical Fine Arts Station. Mr. Bruhn lives is Belvidere with his musical wife, Lydia, their two daughters, and golden retriever.


Past Recipients of the IL-ACDA Composition Contest include:


2016 ~ Deanna Witkowski Where Shadow Chases Light (SSAA) See the premiere!
2015 ~ Richard Rossi O Sacrum Convivium (SATB) See and hear the score!
2014 ~ Philip Spencer Tune Thy Music to Thy Heart (SSA)
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)