2024 BIPOC Song Competition

Cantabile Choirs is thrilled to announce the 2nd edition of the BIPOC SONG COMPETITION. The purpose of this competition is to create opportunities to feature and support young BIPOC composers, and increase representation of vocal/choral works by marginalized artists. 

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston is calling for submissions for the 2024 BIPOC SONG COMPETITION.

This competition is open to emerging and early-career composers who self-identify as a member of Canada’s BIPOC community. Submissions are welcome by Canadian citizens (living in Canada or abroad), permanent and temporary residents, and Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The 2023/24 competition has been revised from previous iterations to incorporate community feedback. In this edition, composers will submit a written proposal for a new choral work, along with samples of existing work. A peer jury of Canadian BIPOC artists will assess the applications, and the select winner(s) will be offered a commission.

The 2023/24 competition includes two submission categories:

  1. SATB – a proposal for an original work or arrangement for SATB voicing (~3-6 minutes in length), with or without accompaniment. The work may include up to 4 instruments (in addition to piano), in any combination at the discretion of the composer.
  2. Unison – a proposal for an original work or arrangement in unison, suitable for children’s voices. The composition may include some two-part divisi (~3-5 minutes in length). This work should include piano accompaniment, and may include up to 2 additional instruments.

Deadline for Submissions: February 2, 2024 @ 5:00pm (EST)


2022 Edition

River Snow – by Qiushi Jiang
$3000 prize and premiere performance by Cantabile Choirs in 2022/23.

Ahwaji – by Natalie Fasheh
$2000 prize

I Wait – by Roydon Tse
$1000 prize

Spring Song – by Daniel Zhang
$1000 prize