Yale Glee Club

Yale Glee Club 2016 Emerging Composers Competition


• Mixed choir (SATB)
• Unaccompanied, with piano accompaniment, or with instrumental accompaniment of not more than three individual instruments
• Three to five minutes’ duration
• Unpublished works which have not received a premiere performance, only
• Rights to text must be cleared and evidence of copyright holder’s permission must be shown
• Secular or sacred text
• Level of difficulty suitable for a college choir or community choir

• $1500 plus travel expenses to New Haven for attendance at premiere performance by the Yale Glee Club during its 2016-2017 concert season
• Possible future publication in Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series
• The winner will be announced in May, 2016. All entrants will be notified by e-mail. The winner will also be announced on the Yale Glee Club web site (www.yalegleeclub.org) at this time.

• Five (5) copies of the submitted score and brief resume outlining prior musical experience and education must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2016. Only one composition per entrant may be submitted.
• Electronic submissions of one pdf version of the composition and brief resume outlining prior musical experience and education received no later than April 1, 2016 are preferred.  Only one composition per entrant may be submitted.
• Please send electronic submissions to sean.maher@yale.edu
• Names must not appear on the score. Instead, please include your brief resume, name, address, e-mail address and phone number(s) in a separate envelope.
• Please also include a brief resume outlining prior musical experience and education.
• Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of composers and conductors who will determine the winning entry.
• The winning score will be reproduced solely for performance by the Yale Glee Club. Copies will be destroyed in the event of future publication.
• The Yale Glee Club will have a non-exclusive, world-wide perpetual license to perform the winning score.• The Yale Glee Club shall have the right to record the inaugural performance for archival and other purposes, including distribution and sale of such recording.
• No scores will be returned.
• If electronic submissions are not possible please use the following address(es)
U.S. Mail address:
Jeffrey Douma, Director
Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition
PO Box 201929
New Haven, CT 06520-1929
Fedex address:
Jeffrey Douma, Director
Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition
143 Elm Street, Room 208
New Haven, CT  06511


We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Emerging Composers Competition is Jane Sheldon for her composition Testimony I: Ann Wood.

Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely” and described as “superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours” by the Sydney Morning Herald, NY-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specializing in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, Sydney Symphony, Synergy Percussion, Boston’s Firebird Ensemble and Sound Icon, and New York’s Wet Ink. She has appeared in New York City Opera’s Vox Festival (2012), in the MATA Festival (2014) as a member of Ekmeles, and in the 2014 Resonant Bodies Festival. She is also a member of the acclaimed touring ensemble for composer John Zorn and has performed his music throughout the world, most recently at the Adelaide Festival (Australia) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK). In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, a work she co-commissioned. The Origin Cycle is one of a number of projects Jane has co-curated which make connections between art and science. This work has involved collaborations with Harvard University, Stanford University, the Australian National University, and the Australian Museum, and the projects have drawn inspiration from 19th century biology, wave physics, and avian vocal anatomy. Jane’s album, North + South, was nominated for Best Classical Album of 2013 at Australia’s ARIA awards, and her most recent release, Nature, is a finalist for Best Independent Classical Album of 2014 at Australia’s AIR Awards. Jane is the director of Symbioses, a traveling concert series featuring new duos and trios, for soprano and a range of instruments.