Composer’s Program

Melodia performs classical and contemporary works, and incorporates new works by living composers in our programs.

Melodia commissions women composers through our Women Composers Commission Competition and seeks out new works by all composers through our General Score Submission program.

Prior Commissioned Composers

Women Composer’s Commissioning Competition

The next composer competition is taking place in 2022. A commission will be awarded for Melodia’s 20th Anniversary season – the commissioned work will be premiered in spring 2023. The application deadline is April 15, 2022.


All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of composers/musicians. The panel will select one composer who will receive a $3,000 commission fee to compose a work for the choir, 7 to 10 minutes in length. Composers who have received prior commissions from Melodia are not eligible.


A work for women’s choir and up to four instruments (in addition to piano), to be performed by Melodia and an instrumental ensemble.


  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing your background in music and composing, and why you would like to compose a piece for Melodia. In the heading of the letter, please include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
  • MP3 files of two original works in contrasting styles; at least one of the pieces must be a choral or vocal work. MIDI files are accepted but not preferred. If files are too big to email, please submit a link to via Dropbox.
  • Your résumé or CV.


Jenny Clarke, Executive Director:

Subject line: 2022 Composer Competition and your name

General Score Submission

Melodia welcomes submissions of original pieces for women’s voices and up to five instruments (or a cappella works) throughout the year. Sacred and secular works are accepted. Scores must be legible, preferably engraved in a music writing program. Submissions must include an audio sample of the work. MIDI files are accepted.

Submissions may be sent by

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