4th Komos International Choral Composition Competition

, in collaboration with AltrEdizioni Casa Editrice, announces the 4th 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The Competition is dedicated to an original, unpublished composition for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella. 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 at

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by 31 August 2017.

Please find a pdf file with all necessary details of the competition on the website of Komos

The winning score will be published by the Publishing House AltrEdizioni NOT on paper but in digital format with ISMN assignment following a regular stipulation of publishing agreement with the winner 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 at link (International Choral Composition Competition | Komos - Coro Gay di Bologna) 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 and English).

DEADLINE August 31, 2017

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