Newsletter January 2013

Komos Choral Composition Competition

Komos, the Bologna Gay Men's Choir, in collaboration with AltrEdizioni Casa Editrice, announces the first Komos International Choral Composition Competition, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and distribution of new choral repertoire related to LGBTQ culture.

Participation is open to composers of any nationality, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

The Competition is dedicated to an original, unpublished composition for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella or with piano or organ accompaniment, with the possibility of adding a (female) soprano soloist. The maximum duration of the work is five (5) minutes. The text must be based on gay-themed or homoerotic poetry or prose in its original language.

Texts should be in the public domain. When this is not the case, permission to set a text and publish it subsequently must be obtained in writing from the author or copyright holder and must be enclosed with the entry form.

The scores should be sent by mail to Komos, Via Venezian, 3, 40121 Bologna, Italy, by 21 June 2013. The winning score will be published by Altredizioni Casa Editrice and will be performed by Komos—Bologna Gay Men's Chorus in one or more concerts. One of these concerts will be part of the Bologna fall music festival Komos & Co., and will be dedicated exclusively to the composer of the winning score.

On the Komos website it is possible to find a selection of public-domain texts (although the composer is not in any way restricted to these texts) and the Competition Guidelines (in Italian, English, German and Spanish).