International Competition for a composition of sacred music
Fourth edition, 2018

After the success of the first three editions between 2012 and 2016, with a total of over 550 scores received from all over the world, the organizers announce for 2018 the Fourth 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 Gloria. The Competition is open to candidates of any nationality, without any age limit. The deadline for receiving scores is fixed for June 1st 2018.

As two years ago, besides the option of dispatch by post, the scores can also be uploaded, from December 20th 2017, 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 2018 is chaired by Salvatore Sciarrino, and is made up by Peter Philips, conductor and founder of The Tallis Scholars; Gary Graden, Music Director of Stockholm Cathedral and the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir; Filippo Maria Bressan, orchestral and choral conductor; and Alberto Batisti, Artistic Director of the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus – Sagra Musicale Umbra. Artistic secretary is the composer and music critic Marcello Filotei.

The final concert will take place on 15th September 2018 in Assisi in the Upper Basilica of San Francesco as part of the 73th Sagra Musicale Umbra. The St Jacob’s Chamber Choir of Stockholm, conducted by Gary Graden, will perform the three works admitted to the Finals, after which the Jury will announce the First Prize. The composer of the winning work will be awarded a Prize of Euro five thousand (€5.000). It is envisaged to award two further Prizes of a symbolic nature, one assigned by the public present at the concert, the other by the music critics.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, promoter and supporter of the Competition, will be present at the final concert to award the Prize to the Competition winner.

Click here to read and download the regulations governing the International Competition for a composition of sacred music “Francesco Siciliani” Prize.

For information:
Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus
Piazza del Circo 6 – 06121 Perugia (Italy)
Tel. +39. 075. 572 22 71


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