Accepting Scores for Premieres Choral Composition Workshops with C4 Ensemble

April 24, 2018

PREMIERES: Choral Composition Workshops

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is pleased to announce PREMIERES, a series of two workshops intended to foster growth in choral composition. C4 will present the selected works in public concerts on Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, December 1, 2018 in New York City.

The PREMIERES workshops will offer composers the opportunity to have their piece rehearsed and performed by the C4 Ensemble in New York City, receiving guidance from the group along the way. The nature of these workshops will allow for composers to make changes to their score as needed throughout the rehearsal process, culminating in a New York City premiere and concert recording of their piece. Space is limited, but all submitted scores will be considered. If you are unable to travel to New York City, you will be able to take part in the workshops remotely.

The deadline for submission is Friday, June 15, 2018.


C4 exists to enrich artists and audiences alike through passionate advocacy of new choral works, performing pieces written within the last 25 years, premiering and commissioning new choral works, and mentoring emerging singers, composers, and conductors of today’s choral music. C4’s adventurous programming fills an important niche in the cultural life of New York, and the ensemble has proven its commitment to presenting high-caliber music in a welcoming atmosphere.

For more information about C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, please visit their website:


C4 will accept up to 10 composers to participate in PREMIERES.

All pieces will be conducted by C4 conductors.

Selected composers will be assigned a mentor composer from within C4, from whom they will receive feedback and advice both before rehearsals begin and throughout the rehearsal process, providing the participating composers a chance to revise their piece, the score layout, etc. before the first rehearsal and throughout the workshop. Selected composers will also receive feedback from the conductor of their piece throughout the process.

Composers will have the opportunity to make revisions to their scores during the rehearsal process. Scores will be printed in binder/loose-leaf format so that individual pages can easily be replaced.

Each selected piece will be granted approximately 90 minutes of rehearsal time over the course of five rehearsals, with each piece receiving the same amount of time per rehearsal; please keep this in mind when considering the difficulty level of the piece(s) you submit. A rehearsal pianist will be available for some of the rehearsals as needed.

In your application, composers may select their preferred workshop dates. The two performance dates are October 13 and December 1, 2018. There will be five rehearsals and one dress rehearsal to prepare for each performance. C4 will take date preferences into consideration, but cannot guarantee that all composers will receive their preferred date.

Selected participants who cannot travel to New York City may participate in rehearsals and watch the performance remotely.

The pieces performed in the PREMIERES workshop concerts may be considered for future performance by C4.

Composers will be provided with a high-quality live recording of their piece from its concert performance.

The participation fee for selected composers is $400.


Pieces must have been written within the last 10 years.

Submissions must not have been publicly performed before, even if a piece has been extensively revised since its last performance.

Pieces must be for a cappella choir only.

Length of submissions should be around three to seven minutes.

C4 is a 25-voice choir (approximately six on a part). Voicing should not exceed the capability of the group.

C4 will consider all submissions regardless of difficulty level.

Pieces can be for men’s, women’s, or mixed chorus.

No more than three pieces may be submitted for consideration (though only one piece will be selected per composer).

Text used for pieces must either be in the public domain or have documented permission for use.


PDF(s) score(s) for submitted work(s)

Proof of permission for any non-public domain texts in your submitted works



Audio file(s) for submitted work(s). Audio files are not strictly required, but for practical reasons, C4 reserves the right to give preference to pieces with accompanying audio files.


To apply, please click here:

If you do NOT have a Google/Gmail account, please fill out this alternate form, and then e-mail your score(s) and additional materials to with the subject line: "Premieres Workshops Submission":