The International Summer Academy Alden Biesen, in cooperation with Musica Sacra Basiliek Tongeren vzw, is organising a composition competition for new choir music. The aim is to encourage contemporary composers to write innovative religious choir music that is suitable for concert as well as for contemporary-dynamic liturgy.
The composition competition is held biennially and took place for the first time in 2018.
The composition competition is held biennially and took place for the first time in 2018. The winner of this was Herman Lemmens (°1961): Missa Signum Magnum Apparuit. The winner of 2020 was Pieter De Vos (°1996): Salve Regina.
The composition competition comprises the writing of:
- Option 1: a Magnificat
- Option 2: a FESTIVE ORDINARY IN THE DUTCH LANGUAGE
An international expert jury is to evaluate the submitted works with a cash prize of €2.000 for option 1 and €1.000 for option 2. The jury reserves the right not to select a winner in case none of the submitted works meet their quality standards.
The winning works will be published by EUPRINT publishing.
The winning works of the 2022 edition shall be performed in 2023 as part of the Septennial Coronation Celebrations in Tongeren: www.Kroningsfeesten.be
The complete rules of the competition, including the protocol for submitting an entry, are available here.