Triad Pride Performing Arts 

Contemporary Issues in 

Choral Composition 2019 Prizes

Triad Pride Performing Arts is pleased to announce two (2) 2019 Contemporary Issues in Choral Composition Prizes. This year the competition will award one prize for best work for tenor-bass chorus and one prize for best work for soprano-alto chorus.


Triad Pride Women’s and Men’s Choruses are community choirs for LGBTQ+ people and their allies. As such, compositions should address topics of contemporary social justice, such as gender identity, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic identity, or women’s rights, to name a few.


Compositions should recognize the capabilities of amateur adult choral music singers with no less than three and no more than five voice lines. Ranges should be reasonable for untrained singers (if unsure, inquire for more details). Style should be contemporary, preferring lyric vocal lines, and avoiding overly complex rhythms. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but accessible acapella will be considered. Inclusion of instrumentation (strings, brass) is strongly encouraged. The work’s duration must be a maximum of 5-7 minutes.


Pieces submitted to the competition may have been previously performed, recorded, or awarded other prizes. Pieces should not have been previously published; composers must control its copyright. Triad Pride Performing Arts does not require a transfer of copyright for any compositions. Winning composers will be required to agree to a non-exclusive, perpetual use license. Triad Pride will work with composers toward the publication of the work, if the composer is interested.


Composers of the winning compositions will receive $500 and performances of their work by the Triad Pride Women’s and Men’s choruses June 6th-7th, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. Winning compositions will also be considered for performance at the international GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. The composer of the winning work is encouraged to attend performances, but attendance is not required.


A video or audio recording of the performance will be provided. Triad Pride Performing Arts is not able provide a travel allowance for attendance at performances; housing can be arranged at a member’s home.


Submission deadline is November 15, 2019. The winning work will be announced on the Triad Pride Performing Arts website by January 1, 2019. The winner will also be contacted via e-mail.



  1. Only ONE submission per composer in each category (T/B and S/A) will be considered. Recording submissions are strongly encouraged but are optional.
  1. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be disqualified.
  1. For submitting materials electronically, email materials to and include the following information in the body or attached to the email
    • Score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)
    • Recording (if available), audio or video. For audio, mp3 is preferred.
    • Composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

4. If you are submitting materials in hard copy, please provide the following information in the shipping package:

    • Bound score
    • Recording (if available; audio CD or USB flash media, mp3 format preferred)
    • Composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

Please send all physical materials to:


Triad Pride Performing Arts

Attn: Choral Composition Competition

200 N. Davie St. Box 20 Greensboro, NC 27401


Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to William Southerland

Deadline: 15 Nov 2019

Entry Fee: 0.00