Choral Composition Contest

In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, the Ames Children’s Choirs (ACC)  holds a choral composition contest.

The awarded work will be premiered at the ACC 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Ames Iowa.


Composer eligibility

Music composers who currently reside in Iowa and were born in Iowa, or graduated from an Iowa high school or college.


  • Choral work for treble choir (SA)
  • One or two vocal lines with piano accompaniment  (obbligato instrument or percussion optional)
  • Text and setting suitable for children ages 8-18 with unchanged voices
  • Three to five minutes duration
  • Composers may use Lyndsey Wyckoff’s poem or select own text  (rights must be obtained and evidence of permission provided if choosing own text).
  • Unpublished works only
  • Email submissions to by January 1, 2015.
  • Preferred formats are pdf with mp3 (sound recordings are optional).
  • Proof of Iowa composer eligibility must be submitted with the application.
  • For further inquiries,  please send .


  • The winner and participants will be contacted by February 1, 2015.
  • Prize amount: $500
  • Prize money will not be awarded if no composition is deemed worthy.
  • Ames Children’s Choirs will premiere the choral work on May 10, 2015.