Yale Glee Club

Yale Glee Club 2017 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• Unpublished works which have not received a premiere performance, only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 2017-2018 concert season
• Possible future publication in Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series
• The winner will be announced in May, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017 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 2017 Emerging Composers Competition is Julian Bryson and his composition of A Parable of Choices.

Julian is Assistant Professor of Fine and Applied Arts at Curry College in Milton, MA and earned his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Jefferson Johnson and Lori Hetzel.  His dissertation focused on collectively organized choirs, including Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective, of which Julian is a founding member.  

He currently leads Curry’s choir and teaches various music and arts electives including Introduction to Fine Arts, Western Classical Music, Music in Film, and Music Theory:  Songwriting.  He recently helped to design and teach an interdisciplinary course for Curry’s inaugural First Year Inquiry program entitled Monstrous: Within/Without.  At UK, his responsibilities included teaching courses in choral methods and conducting, serving as assistant conductor for the UK Chorale, Men’s Chorus, and Choristers, and accompanying recitals and concerts throughout the School of Music.  

Julian taught musicians at the Randolph School of Huntsville, AL and the Carlisle School of Martinsville, VA, while also accompanying community, regional, and state music events including Alabama and Kentucky All-State Choirs.  He has served as musical director for a range of productions including Carmen, The Mikado, Oliver, Urinetown, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

A commissioned composer and arranger, Julian holds degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Tennessee, studying with David Stutzenberger, Angela Batey, and Kenneth Jacobs. His Redemption Mass won the 2013 American Choral Directors Association Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition, and the Florida Vocal Association commissioned Clarion Call for their 2015 All-State Men’s Chorus and Concert Band.  Other works have appeared on recitals and concerts across the southeast, winning awards, performances, and commissions from the UK Men’s Chorus, College Music Society, Southeastern Composers’ League, University of Tennessee, Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville, Catholic Diocese of Lexington Choir Festival, Huntsville Community Chorus Association, First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Roane Choral Society, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and the Society of Composers.