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VOICES Announces its 23rd Annual Music Composition Contest For Children ages 5 to 12

This year, VOICES Chorale annual Children Music Composition Contest and the Young Composer Concert will take place in the fall.  With this in mind, we invite children ages 5 to 12

to make the best of the summer days which are left and to compose a piece of music with a vocal element between now and October 8,  the deadline for this contest!


The music can be written down in any kind of notation, either formal or invented.  Parents, piano teachers, and music teachers are invited to support, but not edit the child’s composition, as children hear things in their own imaginations differently from adults. Please make a cassette or CD-R recording and three written copies of the child’s music (with the child’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and the child’s background in music) together with a $5.00 processing fee, to:


         VOICES Composition Contest, P.O. Box 404, Pennington, NJ 08534

                               Deadline for submissions: October 8, 2010


Established composers will review all entries, and children will receive written feedback and encouragement on their pieces. Because the goal of the contest is to encourage composition, most children are declared gold or silver winners. They will have their pieces performed at VOICES’ Young Composer Concert on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 7:00 pm, at Music Together in Hopewell, NJ. All children receive a prize for their creativity and performance: a pint of ice cream!


VOICES Music Composition Contest for Children is a great opportunity for kids to develop their musical talent and get feedback from a professional composer. Lyn Ransom, VOICES Music Director and Co-author at Music Together Preschool, writes: “Every child has some ability to sing, dance, and play instruments. Babies coo and gurgle, swoop and imitate. Is this singing or language? Every child who learns how to talk has the ability to sing. Singing, speaking, dancing are all natural and to be shared. Let your 5 year old or 8 year old thrive on creating a song or a dance about a birthday, holiday, family event, the hot summer days, or any topic of special interest to him or her. The benefit to the child is in the creation, the pulling together of previous experiences in order to make something new. Most children love to perform and will want their creation acknowledged and applauded.”


Stay tuned for more information about VOICES’ upcoming free song-writing workshop for children and their parents. Lyn Ransom, with members of VOICES Chorale, will conduct the workshop to help the children interested in participating in this contest to compose a tune of their own.


For additional information, please contact Debbie Gwynne, Program Chair, at 609-397-0756 or email at Also visit and subscribe to VOICES’ newsletter for updates on latest events at