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And the Winner is...

The winner of the 2022 Choral Composition Competition is Nicholas Ward.

Nicholas Ward

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and exposed to music continuously through his early elementary school years, Nicholas Ward got his start playing music in the fifth grade, and was composing original works by the eighth. In 2019 he was admitted as an undergrad to Boston University as a Music Theory and Composition major, studying first under Martin Amlin and presently under John H. Wallace. Currently a senior, he will graduate with his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition in Spring 2023.

Nicholas says, "My interest in composing is very much a personal one. I need some way to express my thoughts and feelings outside of the written/spoken word as I get massive writer's block when trying to express myself as such. For example, finding the words for this paragraph, despite how little writing it is, certainly made me think hard! I don't know where exactly the inspiration comes from and what exactly the cognitive or emotional impetus for me starting a piece is most of the time, but I do know that I am the conduit that was chosen to write it out so it can be more easily performed. In doing so, it gives me a feeling of catharsis in a way, as it gives me a place to put my thoughts and feelings that can't necessarily be expressed in words. I feel that when someone hears my work, if they feel something... anything, then I've done my job as its conduit and can feel some relief that my thoughts and feelings are out there now for others to contemplate."

Announcing the Annual PMAA
Choral Composition Competition

Applications are now being taken for the 2023 competition.

The Peninsula Musical Arts Association (PMAA) is sponsoring a Choral Composition for high school, community college, and university students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Parameters of the composition are below.

The winning composition will be featured at the PMAA Spring Concert in 2024. The composer will have the option of conducting the piece during the performance. The winning composer will receive $1,000.00 and be featured on the PMAA website for one year.

Competitors must submit a score of their composition and an audio file or YouTube video with the piece being casually performed.

choir singing with accompanist

Composition Requirements:

  Theme: Identity, Community, Home, Peace (For Performance in Spring Concert)
  Length: 2-4 minutes
  Accompaniment: Piano or a cappella
  Chorus: The Peninsula Community Chorus, a 35-50 person amateur chorus
  SATB Range:

Soprano low A to high A
Alto low F to high F
Tenor low C to high C
Basses low E to high E
  Style/Genre: All accepted

Contest Details:

  Date Composition Due: July 31, 2023
  Submission of Score: Email to president@peninsulamusicalarts.org
  Score Format: PDF, MuseScore, or Finale accepted
  Submission of Audio: Email audio file or YouTube link
  Judges: PMAA Musical Director, and PMAA Board subcommittee
  Style/Genre: All accepted


The Peninsula Musical Arts Association was established over 25 years ago. The chorus presents local seasonal concerts twice annually and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the White House, the Sydney Opera House, and the Vatican.




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