The New York Virtuoso Singers

"The city’s outstanding concert choir..." — The New York Times

Announcing our latest initiative

The New York State High School Choral Composition Competition is a new arts and education program that we hope will have a significant impact on young musicians throughout New York State. For over twenty years, Dr. Harold Rosenbaum has shared his conducting skill and passion for contemporary choral music as an active educator. After having recently become Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he directed the choirs and headed the graduate program in choral conducting, Dr. Rosenbaum continues to support and mentor aspiring composers and conductors.

The goal of this program is to assist young musicians in the creation of choral works to be performed annually in a public concert in New York City. By working with students at the high school level, we hope to provide a level of knowledge and support that would otherwise be unavailable outside of a college setting. For those students attending a high school where programs like these do not exist, this program may afford them the opportunity to pursue a passion that would be out of their reach otherwise.

Dr. Rosenbaum will provide online resources to help students who have already begun trying their hand at composing and will work with their teachers to guide and assist them in the creation of a choral work. Ten composers will be chosen annually to receive mentorship by Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, either in person or by Skype. Each of these composers will be awarded a cash prize and have their work performed live in New York City by the all-professional choir The New York Virtuoso Singers with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum conducting himself. An archival recording of the performance will be provided to the composers, and their achievements will be promoted widely.

To learn more or support this initiative, click here to view the project on Hatchfund.

To apply:

Email canticorumv@gmail

Stating your intent to enter the competition. Please include your phone number.
You will be asked to email sample works or portion of works you have written.