Composition Competition

CMU C# has always promoted new music by composers in the Carnegie Mellon community. In order to expand these efforts, we are starting an annual composition competition.

Pieces will be judged by a panel including Maestro Thomas Douglas and members of the D Flat Singers Choir. The winner will have their piece performed by the D Flat Singers Choir and professionally recorded with the help of Professor Riccardo Schultz.

Contestants should submit an original composition, no more than 6 minutes long, for SATB choir by December 31st. Information on how to submit is below. Please also see additional guidelines below.

If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected] or use the Contact page.


  • Must be 1.5 - 6 minutes long
  • Written for SATB choir
  • Range Guidelines:
    • Soprano: B3-A5
    • Alto: G3-D5
    • Tenor: B2-G4
    • Bass: F2-C4
  • No more than 3 part splits for any section
  • Text must be original or in the public domain
  • Piano accompaniment is optional but the piece must feel complete without it
  • Optional: inclusion of up to 1 standard orchestral instrument (including alto sax and euphonium)
  • One submission per applicant
  • Submission must be performance ready in PDF format


Submit Here