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1st International Comptetition of Choral Composition and Choral Arrangement for the 1600th foundation anniversary of Venice

A.S.A.C. Veneto (Association for the Development of Choral Activity), with the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Feniarco (Italian National Federation of Regional Choral Associations) and the Conservatory of Music “B. Marcello” of Venice, in order to promote new choral compositions inspired by the city of Venice which celebrates this year its 1600 years of history, announces a Competition for Choral Composition and Arrangement open to composers from all over the world, regardless of age.

The competition is divided into two categories:

  • Category A: Original piece 
  • Category B: Choral arrangement of a folk Venetian or boat song.
The compositions and / or the choral arrangements must have a minimum duration of 3 minutes and a maximum of 6 minuteshas not been published, has never been performed in public, must not have participated in other competitions, must not have been awarded prizes, must not have been diffused online or in various websites, must not have been transmitted in other contexts or through other methods, neither entirely nor partially and must be intended for amateur choirs with one of the following choir formations
  • mixed voice choir (SATB) with the possibility of division for each vocal section;
  • female or male choir “a cappella” with 3-4 voices (SSA or SSAA, TBB or TTBB) with the possibility of division for each vocal section; 
  • vocal group for up to 6 vocal parts (without division);
  • children’s choir up to 2 voices, a cappella or with possible accompaniment of piano, guitar, percussion instruments and / or body percussion 
For each choral formation, short solo parts can be written to be performed by the members of the choir.  


Prizes for every category:

  • 1st Prize: € 2,000 (Two thousand euros), First Prize Diploma, Execution and Publication;
  • 2nd Prize: € 1,000 (One thousand euros), First Prize Diploma, Execution and Publication;
  • 3rd Prize: € 500 (Five hundred euros), Third Prize Diploma, Execution and Publication 

The prizes will be paid by bank transfer. In case of a tie the prizes will be divided equally among the winners.

Winners and Recognition of Merits

The award ceremony for the best compositions was held last Monday 11 April 2022 at 8.30 pm.
The video of this celebration can be seen on youtube any time on the following link:


The competition's judge

An international panel of five judges will evaluate the 69 competing compositions, submitted by 57 composers.

Ambrož Čopi

Giuseppe Di Bianco

Marco Gemmani

Philip Lawson

Mauro Zuccante



For more informations write a mail to addressed to the Artistic Director M° Giorgio Susana

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