We were absolutely overwhelmed by the applications submitted and are excited to share these pieces to our audiences soon. We had planned to perform the winners (1st and 2nd place) at our upcoming Spring concert, but we do not feel we have the pieces prepared to the performance level they deserve and have elected to reschedule the public performances for Fall 2019.

1st place:  O Magnum Mysterium by Ed Frazier Davis
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2nd place:  Bow Down Your Ear, O Lord by Jonathan David

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Be Still, And Know by Ash Stemke

Teasdale Songs by Sam Wu

White Moon by Luke Flynn

Benedictus es: Alleluia by Colin Eatock

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for furthering new music!


The MidCities Chamber Singers, located and performing in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area, has entered its 3rd performing season under the direction of Conductor D.J. Bulls and Associate Conductor Dr. G. Mikael Lindström.

To further the cause of promoting new choral music, we are pleased to announce our 1st annual choral composition competition!

We value new music and frequently perform new works by our Composer in Residence, Dr. Christopher Teichler. We are excited to further our love of new music, to encourage modern composers and to provide a platform to share great, current pieces with our communities.

Please read below for eligibility requirements, guidelines and the submission process.


If you have any issues or questions after reviewing this page please email competition@midcitieschambersingers.com.

Entry Fee

There is a non-refundable submission fee of $25 per entry. After the submission form has been filled out (at the bottom of this page) you will be taken to a secure PayPal page where you can pay with either a PayPal account or any major Credit/Debit card (PayPal account not required).


Age and Experience

  • Open to non-professional composers.
  • No age requirements.
  • Composers with a PhD or DMA in composition may not submit.
  • Any current member of the MidCities Chamber Singers is not eligible to submit.


There are no nationality or citizenship requirements.


All applicants must disclose any relationship with members of our judging panel. This will NOT result in disqualification but is important to know if that particular judge needs to abstain from grading your submission.

History of Work

Previously performed works MAY be submitted.


All submitted works must be for SATB chorus, either unaccompanied or with piano. If unaccompanied, a piano reduction of vocal parts is suggested to be included in the score. No other instrumentation will be accepted nor will we accept performance audio that is to be played during performance.

Submitted works may include non-vocal instructions for the choir such as clapping, speaking, stomping, snapping, etc. No extra props.

Sacred or secular texts are permitted but must be considered by the judging panel to be appropriate for a public audience or the text may be edited or the submission disqualified. Vocalise (non-textual sounds such as “ooh” or “ah”) is allowed.

Our target choir size is 24 singers. Please consider this when submitting and you are encouraged (but not required) to avoid dividing parts beyond SSAATTBB.

Pieces should be between 3 and 8 minutes in length when performed.

Submission Process

This will be a “blind submission” where you may not include any personally identifiable information on your scores, in the audio of a submitted recording (not required), or in the file names of submitted files. Your form and score will be cross-referenced by a non-judging administrator for the sake of awarding and notification.

Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2019. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 per submission. Multiple entries are allowed and will require a separate submission form and non-refundable fee for each entry. There is no discount for multiple entries.

All entries must be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page. After submitting the form you will be taken to a secure PayPal checkout page where you can pay the fee with either a PayPal account or any major credit/debit card. Your entry will not be eligible unless the fee has been successfully paid. If you have any issues with payment, please email competition@midcitieschambersingers.com.

All scores must be in PDF format and submitted through the form below. Recordings (which are not required) must be submitted through the form below. Do not email files or send links to files. Any links to files will be disregarded and any email attachments will not be opened.

While we prefer all entries to be submitted with the form below, if you have issues with the form or need to request an alternate method of submission, please email competition@midcitieschambersingers.com with your request.


1st Place: $300 cash prize, working session with the choir rehearsing your piece and recorded public performance at our final 2018-2019 concert in the Spring of 2019

2nd Place: $150 cash prize, working session with the choir rehearsing your piece and recorded public performance at our final 2018-2019 concert in the Spring of 2019

The judges reserve the right not to award prizes should no submission be of suitable quality and also reserve the right to award Honorable Mentions. Honorable Mentions may be selected for public performance.

Winning pieces and Honorable Mentions will receive public recognition at our concert and on our website.

Winning composers are encouraged but not required to attend the public performance. Travel and lodging will not be provided.

Judging Criteria

Submitted compositions will be judged according to:

  1. Compositional skill and technique
  2. Musicality
  3. Text setting
  4. Appropriateness for parts
    • Vocal parts
    • Piano, if applicable
  5. Quality of score
    • Clarity
    • Ease of reading

Judging Panel

Dr. Christopher Teichler
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and our Composer in Residence.

D.J. Bulls
MidCities Chamber Singers’ conductor, artistic director and founder. Studied at Abilene Christian University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Philip Crumpton
Current MCS member. Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from Hardin-Simmons University.

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