Calling all Lithuanian Composers!

Richard Eaton Singers mixed choir of Edmonton. At centre – director and conductor Leonard Ratzlaff

The Canadian Lithuanian Society of Edmonton invites Lithuanian composers to participate in a competition. Richard Eaton Singers, a choir of over 100, is ready to perform a work by a son or daughter of Lithuania, country of song. This is a unique opportunity to showcase Lithuanian music and lyrics by talented performers and for new audiences.

Richard Eaton Singers, Alberta‘s premier symphonic chorus based in Edmonton, is sponsoring this choral composition competition for composers either residing in Lithuania or of Lithuanian origin, with granting support from the Canadian Lithuanian Society of Edmonton. The initiative corresponds to the choir‘s ongoing commitment to commissioning and premiering new choral music, and now – to further the awareness of Lithuanian choral music in Canada and beyond. A prize of 1500 euros will be awarded to the winner of the competition, and the winning entry will be performed by Richard Eaton Singers in the next live concert season.

The scoring is to be for mixed chorus. The work may be unaccompanied, or with keyboard (piano or organ) accompaniment. The work is to be a setting of a Lithuanian text, either sacred or secular in content. The work must be original in concept (arrangements will not be accepted) and not have been previously commissioned, published, performed or recorded at the time of entry. Richard Eaton Singers reserve the right to its first performance. Evidence of copyright permission is to be provided for the text if at all possible.

The work is to be submitted by October 1, 2021. More details about the concert are on the Richard Eaton Singers website: https://richardeatonsingers.com/.

Indrė Čuplinskas, President Canadian Lithuanian Society of Edmonton

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