Nova Scotia Choral Federation Young Composer’s

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is proud to announce our 4th Nova Scotia Choral Federation Young Composer’s Competition! Hosted in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir (NSYC), the winning composition will receive three premiere performances by the NSYC, conducted by Nova Scotia conductor Christina Murray.

The competition will be judged by a jury of Nova Scotian choral conductors and composers. All competing composers will receive constructive written feedback from jurors.

This year, Guest Conductor Christina Murray has selected two poems to be used as the basis for the composition; Sharon Blackie’s “Peregrina” from If Women Rose Rooted or Shannon Webb-Campbell’s “See How Low the Moon Hangs” from I Am a Body of Land.  See below for the full text of each poem and biographies of each of the poets.

The composition competition applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 30. In addition to the premiere performances by the NSYC, led by Christina Murray. The winner will also receive a monetary prize of $1,200.

The entry deadline is April 1st, 2020.

Click here to read the Competition Regulations and Application Guidelines

Sharon Blackie, author of "Peregrina" from If Women Rose Rooted

Sharon Blackie

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, teacher and speaker, and is recognised internationally for her work on cultivating the mythic imagination. As well as writing four books of fiction and nonfiction, her work has been published in magazines and newspapers around the world, and she has been interviewed by major broadcasters on her areas of expertise.

She is a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in the myths, folklore and fairy tales of the Celtic nations and the British Isles.

To read the full text of "Peregrina", click here.



Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell, author of "See how low the moon hangs" from I Am a Body of Land

Shannon is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic. Her books include: STILL NO WORD (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I AM A BODY OF LAND (Book*hug 2019). Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. She is the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine.

To read the full text of "See How Low the Moon Hangs", click here.






Application Fee

The application fee of $25.00 must be submitted by the deadline of April 1st, 2020. The fee can be submitted by:


Cheques should be made out to the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and include Young Composer's Competition on the memo line.

Cheques should be mailed to the address below.

Nova Scotia Choral Federation
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7


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