Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition

Two Emily Dickinson texts have been chosen for the inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition (both should be set):

1.

In this short Life
that only (merely) lasts an hour
how much—how
little— is
within our
power

2.

Look back
on Time
with kindly
Eyes—

He doubtless
did his best—
How softly
sinks his
trembling Sun
in Human
Nature’s West—

These Dickinson texts are in the public domain. True Concord thanks The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections as the source of the original.

Submissions will be adjudicated by Dale Warland, composer, founding conductor of Dale Warland Singers, and frequent collaborator with Stephen Paulus; and Dan Asia, professor of composition at University of Arizona.

You can submit your score and MIDI recording by emailing composercompetition@trueconcord.org. Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.