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Kansas Choral Composition Prize

The only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, this initiative was founded by the Wichita Chamber Chorale and is co-sponsored by Senseney Music, Inc. The Kansas Choral Composition Prize (KCCP) fosters original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize of $1,000. Music scores are submitted anonymously to a panel of judges and Kansas-born composer, Kirke Mechem, is the honorary advisor. Applicants must show clear and verifiable ties to Kansas by being a native Kansan, current resident of Kansas, or by being a student studying at a Kansas educational institution.

With the cancellation of the 2020 Competition, the third Kansas Choral Composition Competition is being planned for Fall 2021, with a performance of the winning composition  in the Spring 2022.


Previous winners were Dr. Geoffrey Wilcken in 2015 and Lyle Stutzman in 2018.


Kirke Mechem

Dr. Geoffrey Wilken


Lyle Stutzman

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