Missouri Composers Project

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia Chamber Choir seek works written by Missouri composers for the 2018 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition. Works can be submitted in one of four categories:

  • Open Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • Open Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)
  • High School Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • High School Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)

The open categories include any composer, of any age, whose submitted work was written while the composer was living in Missouri. The high school categories include any composer enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Missouri high school. Instrumentation for orchestral submissions should not exceed: 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.Cl, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, Timp+2 perc, strings. Choral works must be scored for standard SATB.

One winner will be chosen from each of the four categories. The composers of the selected works will receive a performance and professional recording of their winning work by the Columbia Civic Orchestra (directed by Stefan Freund) or Columbia Chamber Choir (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews), as well as a $500 honorarium.

To apply for the 2018 competition, please click on the links to the right for either High School applicants or Open applicants. These will take you to a Google Form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2018 competition are due by Monday, December 4, 2017.

The 2018 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 11, 2018. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.


The winners for 2017 were:

  • Open Orchestral: Robert Fruehwald (Cape Girardeau, MO), Dangerously Slick
  • High School Orchestral: Olivia Bennett (Nixa, MO), The Hare
  • Open Choral: Zachary Cairns (St. Louis, MO), The Land of Nod
  • Open Choral: William Hooper (Bolivar, MO), Crucifixus 

Read more about the 2017 winners here.


Missouri High School & Open Composer Categories

MISSOURI OPEN SELECTED ORCHESTRAL WORK

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra* up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below.

MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL SELECTED ORCHESTRAL WORK

One piece for orchestra* or string orchestra will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Henry Stewart.

MISSOURI OPEN SELECTED CHORAL WORK

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below.

MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL SELECTED CHORAL WORK

One piece will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Henry Stewart

Application Process (Submission Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017)

  • One application form
    • High School Category Application (see link)
    • Open Category Application (see link)
  • PDF score (with no name or other identifying marks)
  • Recording (MP3, WAV, AIFF) or MIDI Realization of the work
  • Brief biographical sketch
  • Applicants in the Open Category must also include a resume (maximum 2 pages)

The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2,2,2,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings.  Only completed applications will be accepted.

*Please make sure there are no identifying marks other than the title of the composition on the submitted score or recording. Do not put the name of the composer(s) or school on the score or recording.  Recordings must include either a live recording or MIDI realization of the work.


 

Past Winners

2017 MOCOP Winners

  • Open Orchestral Category Winner: Dangerously Slick by Robert Fruehwald
  • Missouri Student Orchestral Winner: The Hare by Olivia Bennett
  • Open Choral Winner: The Land of Nod by Zachary Cairns
  • Open Choral Winner: Crucifixus by William Hooper

2016 MOCOP Winners

  • SEC Student Orchestral Category Winner: A Cypress Prelude by Christopher Lowry
  • SEC Student Choral Winner: When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Ryan Stennes
  • Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Nightmare Waltz by Emily Shaw
  • Missouri Student Choral Winner: Solar Flare by Ethan Forte
  • Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winner: Wafting Mists by Daniel Morel

2015 MOCOP Winners

  • Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Impression on a Theme by Hans Heruth
  • Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winner: Refracted Moonlight by Zachary Cairns

2014 MOCOP Winners

2013 MOCOP Winners

2012 MOCOP Winners

  • Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: The Tragedy of the Hero by Edward Crouse
  • Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winners: 
  • Honorable Mention: I Jest by Ryan Jesperson
  • Special Mentions: Erebus: Fantasia for Guitar & Orchestra by Michael Strausbaugh

Listen to works by previous MOCOP winners here:

Contact: 
Jacob Gotlib
Managing Director
Mizzou New Music Initiative
138 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-9478