MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Harmonium Choral Society offers high school students an exciting opportunity to participate in its 18th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest. 

Compositions must be five minutes or less in length with text from the selected works by Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost or a passage from the biblical "Book of Revelation" (seewww.harmonium.org/contexts2015.pdf). A panel of judges consisting of professional musicians, composers, and music educators will select the winning composition which will be performed and recorded live during the Harmonium spring concert "Apocalypse Now" on June 6 and 7, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, N.J.

The contest is open to all students enrolled in grades nine through twelve in any public or private school in the State of New Jersey. It is also open to all students who are legal residents of New Jersey participating in home schooling at the high school level. Every contestant will receive personal comments and advice about their submission from a professional musician and composer.

Interested students are encouraged to view the official guidelines, selected texts, eligibility requirements and additional contest materials at www.harmonium.org/contest.shtml or contact contest coordinator George Moser at ccc@harmonium.org. The Grand Prize is $1,000 with a Runner-Up Prize of $250. Students must submit their original choral compositions to Harmonium on or before February 16, 2015.