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International Competition for a Composition of sacred music
Fifth edition, 2020

Due to the persistence of the emergency caused by the Covid-19 virus epidemic, the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus has decided to postpone further the Fifth Edition of the International Competition for a Composition of sacred music «Francesco Siciliani» Prize, waiting for the full restart of the concert activities.

Hoping to return to normality as soon as possible and confiding to reprogram the final event of the Competition by September 2021, the new deadline is set for March 31th, 2021.

After the success of the first three editions between 2012 and 2018, with a total of over 650 scores received from all over the world, the organizers announce for 2020 the Fifth International Competition for a composition of sacred music “Francesco Siciliani” Prize, promoted jointly by the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus, the Sagra Musicale Umbra Festival and the Pontifical Council for Culture, chaired by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. The Competition has as its object a composition on a set text for unaccompanied choir, or for choir with organ accompaniment, for a duration between five (5) and fifteen (15) minutes. The candidate must set in its entirety the text of the Sanctus. The Competition is open to candidates of any nationality, without any age limit. The deadline for receiving scores is fixed for March 31, 2021.
As two years ago, besides the option of dispatch by post, the scores can also be uploaded, from December 20th 2019, directly onto the Foundation’s website by following a procedure specially designed to encourage participation on a large scale and to reduce the costs of consignment.

The international Jury for 2020 is chaired by the composer Giorgio Battistelli and  is formed by Gary Graden (choral director at S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir), Paweł Łukaszewski (composer and director of the  Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir),  Lorenzo Donati (composer and director of the Coro della Cattedrale di Siena “Guido Chigi Saracini”) and Marcello Filotei (composer, music critic for L’Osservatore Romano and Artistic Secretary of the competition).


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