Choral Postcards

‘Choral Postcards’ Young Composers’ Online Summer Project

This July, a group of aspiring composers age 15-18 will have the opportunity to work remotely with professional composers and singers to create their own Choral Postcards—short pieces of music written for four-part choir, in a joint project with Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.

Thurs 1st July

Students will begin the month with an introductory session, where they will learn about the software they can use to capture all of their musical ideas, and talk about where to find the texts to set their music to—anywhere from poetry, to headlines, to Twitter threads.

Wed 7th – Fri 9th July

The following week, students will spend three mornings learning about writing for the voice, with demonstrations by professional choral singers and small group sessions with the professional composers.

Mon 12th – Fri 23rd July

During the month, students will get two individual sessions to workshop their ideas with a professional composer and get feedback on their work.

Wed 28th – Fri 30th July

The group will then reconvene at the end of July for another three days of group work, to finalise their scores, work with the singers, and to record and hear their work.

On completion of the project, students will receive the recording of their work, performed by Chamber Choir Ireland, as well as their own piece of music printed on a Choral Postcard.

All sessions will be held via Zoom.

To apply, please send the following to

  1. Any examples of music you’ve written, either for choir or any other instrument/combination of instruments
  2. A note outlining your reasons for applying
  3. A recommendation from your school music teacher, instrumental/vocal teacher, or choir conductor, outlining your capacity to be involved in a choral composition project with Chamber Choir Ireland

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 24th June. There is no fee to participate.