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Harmonium Extends Deadline for Student Choral Composition Contest

Past Winners of the Harmonium High School Student Choral Composition Contest: First Row (Left to Right): Yui Kitamura (2011 Runner-Up), Jacob Gelber (2012 Grand Prize Winner), Jamie Currie (2012 Runner-Up), J.Eric Roper (2012 Honorable Mention), Amanda Harberg (Composer and Contest Judge). Second Row (Left to Right): Martin A. Sedek (Composer and Composition Contest Coordinator),  Michael Rosin (2009 Grand Prize Winner), Dr. Anne J. Matlack (Artistic Director, Harmonium), Tim Laciano (2011, 2010 Grand Prize Winner and 2009 Runner-Up), Benjamin Schroeder (1998 Honorable Mention).   Credits: Photo by Paula Roper

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Harmonium Choral Society extended the deadline from March 3 to March 29, 2014 to allow for as many high school students as possible to participate in its 17th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest. As previously announced, the contest is open to all high school students in the State of New Jersey. A new video about the student composition contest and how the program has impacted the lives and careers of former contest winners is now available. See video at: .

Student composers have until March 29, 2014 to submit their original choral compositions to Harmonium. Compositions must be five minutes or less in length with text based on the Latin poem "Musica Dei donum optimi," Psalm 149, or selected works by William Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy, Sara Teasdale and William Henry Davies. To view the list of texts, guidelines and additional contest materials, visit


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The winning compositions will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of professional musicians, composers and music educators. The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and $250 will be awarded to a Runner-Up. In addition, the sponsoring teachers of the winning student composers will receive a monetary award. The winners will be notified in April.


The winning compositions will be performed and recorded live during the Harmonium June concert "Sing a New Song.” The concert takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, N.J.


Harmonium has received national recognition by winning the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award for its sponsorship of the student choral composition contest as well as other educational initiatives. To help support this innovative program, please visit or send contributions by mail to Harmonium Choral Society, P.O. Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317.



Harmonium, one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations, is known for its eclectic programming and community spirit. The 100-voice chorus, which includes a large number of music educators, sponsors commissions, premieres, and musicianship workshops, as well as an Outreach Chorus which performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. Harmonium has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) 2011 Region II Convention and toured internationally.


Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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