The 2024 requested work is a piece 4 – 8 minutes in duration for a vocal soloist and piano accompaniment. The piece may include the addition of a single instrument. The required text must be taken from the liturgy that is in between the Bar’chu and the Amidah of a Shabbat evening worship service in Mishkan Tefilah, for weekdays, Shabbat, and festivals, the Reform movement prayer book, pages 146-181. The piece may include English portions of text, but must include Hebrew as it appears in the prayer book. We encourage composers to consider how their piece could be included during a Shabbat worship experience. We are looking for new music that is suitable in today’s synagogue and by other musical institutions such as schools and musical organizations. While we encourage applicants to explore using Jewish modes and traditional nusach in their work, we will be looking at how pieces demonstrate sensitivity to text setting and combines accessibility and sophistication. Applicants should consider one or more of the following musical approaches/techniques: use of counterpoint, interesting rhythmic and harmonic ideas, and innovative interplay of the voice and piano.