Composition Contest for Choral Music

Award Winners

Rishin Singh

receives the composition prize for his composition "species counterpoint".

The following special prizes were awarded:

Alex Vaughan for "Verwegene Zuversicht"
Stephen Chase for "Drei Jandl"


The Competition

The Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar is announcing a composition prize for the Weimar Hochschul Choir consisting of around 80 students from both the FRANZ LISZT Hochschule of Music and the BAUHAUS University Weimar for the winter semester 2019/2020.

We are looking for an innovative and modern choral piece or concept that gives non-professional singers the opportunity to have new, contemporary artistic choir experiences. The amount of rehearsal time and effort required for the piece must be in proportion to the musical quality of the piece. Four rehearsals, each one hour long, are planned for the reahearsal of the piece.

The choir will premiere the piece in concert on the 4th of February 2020 in Weimar.

The competition is open to composers of any nationality.

The prize is 500 euros, which can be shared if necessary.


Prof. Kerstin Behnke
Prof. Michael Obst
Dr. Philipp Schäffler


The following documents must be submitted:

  • Score
  • An information sheet containing the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the composer and the title of the composition submitted
  • A short biography of the composer with photo
  • A statement that the work has not been publicly performed, broadcast, printed or otherwise reproduced or distributed

Application deadline is November 30, 2019

Applications should be sent via email to: christiane.kraft(at)

Further conditions of participation

If successful with the application the contestants hand their rights to the premiere performance of the piece over to the Weimar Hochschul Choir. They also give the Hochschule the rights to promote and report on the concert on the 4th of February 2020 in print, sound and image media.

The names of the senders will remain secret. Only the names of the winners will be published after the jury's final decision. No legal action can be taken to enforce claims in connection with this competition - even if the competition not be carried out or the award-winning works not be performed.

By submitting their work, the participant accepts all of the above conditions of participation.


Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Institut für Musikpädagogik und Kirchenmusik der Fak. III
Postfach 25 52
99406 Weimar

Prof. Kerstin Behnke