NOTUS Student Composition Contest
The NOTUS Student Composition Contest is an initiative of choral conducting faculty member Dominick DiOrio, which continues the program started by Carmen-Helena Tellez to bring new choral-vocal works by IU students to performance.
All current undergraduate and graduate student composers in the Jacobs School of Music are invited to apply for the chance to have an original work premiered and recorded with NOTUS during a major concert in the Spring 2022 semester or in the following academic year.
– Mixed chorus SATB preferred, but divisi up to eight parts (SSAATTBB) acceptable.
– Submitted works may be a cappella or have between 1 and 5 accompanying instruments.
– Approximate duration to be no longer than eight minutes.
– Both unperformed works and works that have not received a significant professional premiere are welcome.
– Permission to set text must be demonstrated for works not in the public domain.
– All submissions will be done via email.
– Scores should be submitted anonymously. Names must not appear on the score.
– In an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, please submit the following
Preferred Name (for program/press release)
Degree / Major Teacher
A PDF copy of the score, without any identifying information.
A program note for the submitted work.
A current bio (-250 words)
A headshot (hi-resolution, suitable for web and printing)
Deadline for submission: Monday, November 1, 2021 at Noon ET
– A panel of judges with expertise in voice, conducting and composition will review the submitted scores. Professor DiOrio will not be one of the judges. The judges’ decision is final.
– The judges reserve the right to award no prize if a suitable work is not found.
– The winning composer and work will be announced by early winter 2021.
– NOTUS will perform the prize-winning work(s) in either the Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 semester, as appropriate.
– The winning composer will receive a recording of the premiere performance.
– The winning composer may attend the concert and dress rehearsals.
Any questions about the NOTUS Student Composition Contest should be directed to Prof. Dominick DiOrio at: email@example.com
First Place: Jack Szczuka, Birga-Birga Boramiz
No additional prizes or honorable mentions were awarded.
No prizes were awarded for the 2021 contest year.
First Place: John William Griffith ll first light
Second Place: Leigha Amick Night Sky Songs
Honorable Mention: Jake Cozza Time Traveller
Honorable Mention: Yuseok Seol Dulce et Deorum Est
First Place: Katherine Bodor Assurance
Second Place: Jeff Sabol Confiteor
Honorable Mention: ErikQ. Ransom The Sick Rose
Honorable Mention: Matt Ridge Reverance
Honorable Mention: Sam Ritter The Glorious Imparting
First Prize: Jake Gunnar Walsh I See Words in Color
Second Prize: Katherine Bodor Two Songs of Solitude
Honorable Mention: John William Griffith Gloria
Honorable Mention: Jamie Kunselman Requiem for a Light
First Prize: Christopher LaRosa Jesus Wept
Second Prize: Nathan Stang O Felix Anima
Third Prize: Matthew Recio Echo
Honorable Mention: John William Griffith Comme Je Trouve
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Jorgensen Un Paseo Por La Oscuridad
First Prize: Matthew Recio How to Survive Vesuvius
Second Prize: Christopher LaRosa Breath
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Chuaqui Infinity
Honorable Mention: Felipe Tovar-Henas Oh, misteriosa alma mía
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Prize: Alex Berko Forgiven Tears
First Prize: Corey Rubin After-Glow
Honorable Mention: Paul Mortilla O Magnum Mysterium
Honorable Mention: Maxwell Ramage We’ll to the woods no more
First Prize: Patricia Wallinga Portraits of Wartime
Second Prize: Phillip Sink Fire and Ice
Honorable Mention: Yihan Chen Immolation
Honorable Mention: Steven Snethkamp Substance is Eternal
First Prize: Carlo Vincetti Frizzo Nightscape
Honorable Mention: Joshua Clampitt After a Dream
Honorable Mention: Louis Goldford Vanishing Points