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Opus Award

This award will be presented annually to one outstanding choral composition in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Must exemplify the highest standard of choral music composition
  • Must be an original composition (not an arrangement of previously existing musical material) by a Missouri composer and/or commissioned by a Missouri choral ensemble in a school, church, or community setting;
  • In the case of vocal jazz, show choir, and ethnic and multicultural works, arrangements of previously existing musical material will be accepted, but the arrangement must demonstrate an original and creative approach on the part of the arranger
  • May be published or unpublished

Selection Procedure:

  • Nominations will be solicited from the general membership of MCDA
  • Compositions must be submitted by a current member of MCDA who may or may not be the composer;
  • Submissions must include an electronic (pdf) copy of the music and one audio recording (mp3) of the composition 
  • The state Repertoire and Standards Chairs shall serve as the selection committee completing a blind review of submissions and voting to select a recipient for the award. Current MCDA Repertoire and Standards Chairs are ineligible for this award
  • Each MCDA member may sponsor only one composition and each composition may be submitted only once

    Opus Award Recipients

    Opus Award Recipients

    2017  "Stars" by Hunter Johnson

    2016  "Panis Angelicus" by John Wykoff

    2015   No Award Given

    2014   "Psalm 8" by Carlyle Sharpe                  

    2013   "Mass for the Common Man" by Ron Atteberry                   

    2011    "songs of love lost" by Susan LaBarr                    

    2009    “Rest” by Joshua Chism                    

    2006    “The Wish”by Brad Printz                        

    2005    “The Rhodora” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot          

    2002    “Magnum Mysterium” by Sally Herman                   

    2000    “Winter Wonderland” by Scott Farthing (arr.)          

    1999    “Felices Ter” by Ronald Shroyer                 

    1998    “Phos Hilaron” by Jeffrey Carter