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Student Composers

The Student Composer Project encourages young people to compose music for chorus. This annual event has been a great success since its inception in 1990. 

Baltimore Choral Arts' education programs are made possible in part with generous support from the Sheridan Foundation, the Witt/Hoey Fund, and the Macht Fund. 


2014-15 Season

An Invitation to Young Composers

In December, 1990, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society began a STUDENT COMPOSER PROJECT, wherein one or more new compositions by student composers are presented each season. 

Performers have included the Full Chorus and Chamber Chorus of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, The Maryland Camerata from UMBC, the Baltimore School for the Arts Chorus, the Towson State University Chamber Singers, and Dayseye from the Bryn Mawr School.  This season, BCAS will present the work of selected student composers in a master class with a noted local composer and members of the BCAS Full Chorus, conducted by Music Director Tom Hall and Associate Conductor Leo Wanenchak.

2014-15 Guidelines for Submission of Compositions

Composers must be Maryland residents and have been enrolled in high school or college as of December 31, 2014.  Composers whose works have not been chosen previously will be given preference.  More than one composer’s work will be featured in this event.

The piece must be no longer than five minutes long. The work may be scored for Chorus and Piano or Unaccompanied Chorus (mixed chorus, women’s chorus, or men’s chorus).

All compositions must be newly composed works.  Arrangements of pre-existing compositions (i.e. carols, etc.) will not be considered.  The text may be sacred or secular, in any language.  The composer must secure copyright and permission to use published texts.

Deadlines for Submission of Compositions: To be determined

Submit manuscript to:

Baltimore Choral Arts

1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21217

It will be the responsibility of the composers whose works are chosen to have piano/vocal scores typeset and copyrighted.  BCAS can assist composers in this process.  Hand-written manuscripts will not be used. 

Master Class

Date and time to be confirmed for the 2014-15 season

The new works will be performed by Tom Hall, Leo Wanenchak  and members of the BCAS Full Chorus.  Biographies of the composers and texts of the works will appear in the program.  Composers will get feedback and suggestions from the participating Master Teacher, and the singers.  A recording of the performance will be given to each composer.

 For questions and further information, please email Leo Wanenchak at  leow@peabody.jhu.edu


Master Classes with visiting artists are a frequent dimension of our educational outreach programs. Past master classes have featured the King Singers, Chanticleer, Alice Parker, and other acclaimed artists.

Tom Hall is often invited to present workshops and master classes with teachers and students in area schools. For more information about Mr. Hall's availability, please contact Choral Arts at info@baltimorechoralarts.org.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014
4:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium

Tom Hall leads the full Chorus and Orchestra in Beethoven's "Elegiac Song," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," and Bach's "Magnificat." Baltimore Symphony Principal Trumpet Andrew Balio and soprano Nola Richardson open the program with Bach's Cantata No. 51. A varied program showcasing some of the greatest classical composers. This concert is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society responded to the conductor with vibrant singing.
-- On Mozart's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony
The Baltimore Sun (March 2009)