The 2021 requested work is a piece (or pieces) 3 – 8 minutes in duration for a solo voice with piano accompaniment using any Jewish text (service liturgy, poetry, prose). We are looking for melodies that are fresh, original, interesting and compelling and a piano accompaniment that demonstrates a creative and insightful use of the keyboard, while still tastefully and artistically supporting the vocal line. We welcome innovative harmonic and rhythmic motives. While using Hebrew is not required, if the composer chooses to set Hebrew text, we are looking for an understanding of the Hebrew language and its accents/syllabification. While we encourage composers to explore using Jewish modes, nusach and melodies, our jury will look at how the submitted work shows a Jewish sensibility and displays a palpable Jewish consciousness.
Because of the length of the requested work, and in our attempt to create new music that is usable in today’s synagogue and by other musical institutions such as school choirs, an option for applicants to consider is submitting multi-movement pieces, where each movement can be performed grouped together or on their own as individual pieces.