Check out the premiere performance for Rick Campell’s If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free (7.19.14)
Summer Choral Intensive Choir & SACRA/PROFANA
SACRA/PROFANA Call for Scores 2015
(For more information, please visit sacraprofana.org.)
2014 Call For Scores Winner:
“If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free”
Rich Campbell, New York, NY (2014)
After the SACRA/PROFANA & SCI Choir premiere of “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free”, subsequent performances sung by The San Francisco State University Chorus and the College of St. Rose Chamber Choir. (http://www.richcampbell.us/newsperformances.htm)
“We were struck by Rich Campbell’s unconventional approach to Sara Teasdale’s poem, ‘Refuge’. Rich’s setting of the text represents a radical departure from almost all other choral settings of the poem. Campbell eschews an introspective interpretation of the poem (which seems like the natural response to Teasdale’s pensive text), favoring instead a brash, declamatory setting which mirrors the composer’s own contemporary urban environment. The musical language reflects Campbell’s eclectic musical influences, incorporating strains of jazz, musical theater, and balletic composers like Stravinsky in a propulsive union that carries the listener forward to a rousing climax of human affirmation. SACRA/PROFANA is honored to premiere this piece with our high school students on July 19th, 2014, with the composer in attendance.” -Krishan Oberoi, SACRA/PROFANA
2015 Deadline: May 1, 2015 – winners will be announced May 15th, 2015.
Fee: There is no fee to enter.
Our Mission: To provide the high school students involved in the Sound/Project Summer Choral Intensive with the opportunity to premiere a new work.
- Composers from any country, of any age, or institutional affiliation are eligible to submit scores.
- Compositions should not exceed ten minutes.
- Compositions should be scored for SATB Chorus (divisi optional) with or without piano accompaniment.
- Compositions should use one of the following texts; (see attached page for full texts)
- “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
- “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking” by Emily Dickinson
- Download and complete the application form.
- All required application materials (score/parts, application form) must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Multiple submissions must be submitted separately.
- Scores should be submitted in PDF file format.
- A composer bio or resume (attached to the application form) is encouraged, but not required. The selection committee will not see the bio until after the judging process is complete.
- Only complete applications/compositions will be considered for performance.
- On the score, please eliminate all identifying information, except for the title of work. Compositions will remain anonymous throughout the judging process.
- Submissions will be judged by SACRA/PROFANA artistic staff members for the Summer Choral Intensive 2015.
- Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
- A $250 prize will be awarded to the winner.
- Winner (1): a featured premiere performance on Saturday, July 18th in San Diego. The performing choir will consist of 60 (or more) of San Diego County’s most talented high school vocalists, as well as the 20-voice professional choir SACRA/PROFANA. (The winner is encouraged and invited to attend the concert, but it is not required.)
- Additional submissions may be considered for future SACRA/PROFANA performances.
- Winners will be notified via e-mail, and announced via SACRA/PROFANA’s webpage, Facebook page, and Twitter page.
- SACRA/PROFANA reserves the right to not select winners, but in doing so will forfeit the rights to perform submissions.
By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
2014: Rich Campbell, “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free”
runner-up: Mattia Culmone, “Refuge”
runner-up: Joseph Rubinstein, “Break”
2011: Stephen Feigenbaum, “Clair de Lune”
runner-up: Rachel DeVore Fogarty, “I Carry Your Heart”
runner-up: Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, “Fire & Ice”
runner-up: Mattia Culmone, “Refuge”