In order that we might encourage the creation and performance of new choral works at the professional level, the Virginia Chorale announces its

Open To All composers

Accepting: Any works performable by chamber sized chorus (20 professional singers) with any accompaniment. Compositions can be of any length and do not have to be unperformed works.  A cappella compositions eligible and encouraged.


 First Place:
Performance of the winning work during an upcoming Concert season Broadcast on WHRO-FM Public Radio Feature article in “Counterpoints” Newsletter Feature interview with Music Director on WHRO-FM Travel and lodging for performance of work Copy of digital recording of performance Commemorative plaque

 Runners up (2)

Acknowledgement in “Counterpoints” Newsletter Commemorative certificate


  1.  All entries must be received by May 4, 2001

  2. There is no limit on the number of compositions which can be entered.  For each submission, a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00 must be included

  3. For entries received by April 6, a reduced entry fee applies: $20 per entry.

  4. For each composition, four (4) copies must be submitted with written permission to duplicate for performance if  selected.  Originals will not be returned.


In addition to its performance of masterworks which have been tested over long periods of time, the Virginia Chorale is committed to the music of our own time, seeking to balance old with new, and what is now considered “traditional” with that which is truly contemporary.

Recent concert programs have included the music of many current composers:

  • Libby Larsen (Eleanor Roosevelt)

  • Chen Yi (Tang Poems)

  • Adolphus Hailstork (Songs Of The Rubaiyat, Nocturne, etc.)

  • Morten Lauridsen (Les Chansons Des Roses)

  • John Dixon (Ode On Immortality)

  • Stephen Paulus (various)

  • Henryk Gorecki (Totuus Tuus, Vistula My Grey Vistula)                                 

In addition, the Chorale regularly performs works by many of the acknowledged masters of the richly varied 20th century: 

Stravinsky, Howells, Persichetti, Barber, Britten, Copland, Joplin, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Menotti, and more.

Direct all submissions and inquiries to:
Virginia Chorale, P.O. Box 2213, Norfolk, VA   23501



The Mission of the Virginia Chorale, the Commonwealth of Virginia's only Professional choral ensemble, is to foster enjoyment of and education about the choral art in Hampton Roads and beyond, through the performance of a broad repertoire of choral music by the highest caliber of professional singers.