Missouri Composers Project

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia Chamber Choir seek works written by Missouri composers for the 2019 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition. Works can be submitted in one of four categories:

  • Open Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • Open Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)
  • High School Orchestral (up to 10 minutes in duration)
  • High School Choral (up to 8 minutes in duration)

The open categories include any composer, of any age, who is either a resident of Missouri or whose submitted work was written while the composer was living in Missouri. The high school categories include any composer enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Missouri high school. Instrumentation for orchestral submissions should not exceed: 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.Cl, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, Timp+2 perc, strings. Choral works must be scored for standard SATB.

One winner will be chosen from each of the four categories. The composers of the selected works will receive a performance and professional recording of their winning work by the Columbia Civic Orchestra (directed by Stefan Freund) or Columbia Chamber Choir (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews), as well as a $500 honorarium.

To apply for the 2019 competition, please click on the link to the right. This will take you to a form where you can fill out your information and upload your materials. Submissions for the 2019 competition are due by Monday, December 3, 2018.

The 2019 concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2019. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

The winners for 2018 were:

  • Open Orchestral: Aaron Mencher (Columbia, MO), Antrios
  • High School Orchestral: Devon Bollin (St. Peters, MO), The Fall of Númenor
  • Open Choral: Carlyle Sharpe (Springfield, MO), Clap Your Hands
  • High School Choral: Brandon Thibodeau (Kearney, MO), Silence

Read more about the 2018 winners here.

Missouri High School & Open Composer Categories

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra* up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below.

One piece for orchestra* or string orchestra will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Mikkel Christensen (mcfgr@mail.missouri.edu). 

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below.

One piece will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Mikkel Christensen (mcfgr@mail.missouri.edu).

Application process (Submission Deadline)

  • Complete the online application form
  • PDF score (with no name or other identifying marks)
  • Recording (MP3, WAV, AIFF) or MIDI Realization of the work
  • Brief biographical sketch (250 words or less)

The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2,2,2,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings.  Only completed applications will be accepted.

*Please make sure there are no identifying marks other than the title of the composition on the submitted score or recording. Do not put the name of the composer(s) or school on the score or recording.  Recordings must include either a live recording or MIDI realization of the work.

Listen to works by previous MOCOP winners here:

Past Winners

Open Orchestral Category Winner: Antrios by Aaron Mencher

Missouri Student Orchestral Winner: The Fall of Númenor by Devon Bollin

Open Choral Winner: Clap Your Hands by Carlyle Sharpe

Missouri Student Choral Winner: Silence by Brandon Thibodeau

Open Orchestral Category Winner: Dangerously Slick by Robert Fruehwald

Missouri Student Orchestral Winner: The Hare by Olivia Bennett

Open Choral Winner: The Land of Nod by Zachary Cairns

Open Choral Winner: Crucifixus by William Hooper

SEC Student Orchestral Category Winner: A Cypress Prelude by Christopher Lowry

SEC Student Choral Winner: When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Ryan Stennes

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Nightmare Waltz by Emily Shaw

Missouri Student Choral Winner: Solar Flare by Ethan Forte

Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winner: Wafting Mists by Daniel Morel

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Impression on a Theme by Hans Heruth

Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winner: Refracted Moonlight by Zachary Cairns

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Firelight by Alex Williams

Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winners:

  • FE 700° C by Patrick David Clark
  • From the Book of the Dead by Robert Strobel

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: Appalachian Rhapsody by Dustin Dunn

Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winners: Ravish and Mayhem by Stephanie Berg

Honorable Mentions:

  • flourishes by Nicholas S. Omiccioli
  • FE 700° C by Patrick David Clark

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner: The Tragedy of the Hero by Edward Crouse

Missouri Open Orchestral Category Winners:

  • Euphoria Overture by Michael Blackwood
  • This Is the Garden by Joseph Eidson
  • Menuet Macabre by Warren Gooch

Honorable Mention: I Jest by Ryan Jesperson

Special Mentions: Erebus: Fantasia for Guitar & Orchestra by Michael Strausbaugh