Choral Composition

Greetings California Choral Composers!

My name is David V. Montoya and I am very excited to continue to serve as your Repertoire & Resources Chair for Choral Composition!

This role is meant to help composers across the state to network and find opportunities to get their music “out there.”  In my activities, I intend to include an emphasis on self-publishing websites such as and  If you haven’t checked out these sites, please visit them – a new and exciting direction in music publishing.


Last year, Nancy Reeves won the 1st ever George Heussenstamm Composition Contest and attended the ECCO summer conference for FREE!  Her piece “Agnus Dei” from Requiem was sung beautifully by the entire conference.  And who is the winner for this year’s conference?

CONGRATULATIONS TO JASPER RANDALL!  His composition, Cloths of Heaven, based on the W. B. Yeats poem, was chosen as our 2nd Heussenstamm contest winner!  You are going to LOVE reading Jasper’s music!

Learn more about him at



All submissions were submitted in anonymous score and were and judged by Eliza Rubenstein of Orange Coast College, Dr. William Wells Belan of Cal. State University, Los Angeles, and myself.  Each year’s winner gets to attend ECCO for FREE thanks to the generous scholarship fund donated by retired teacher, composer and author George Heussenstamm.  The winning piece is distributed to and read by all of the conference attendees.

Thank you to all who submitted a composition for this year’s contest.  This was a truly diverse and wonderfully talented group of composers.  Start planning now for next year’s 3rd annual competition and watch this page for more information.

For more information about George Heussenstamm, please visit




Dale Trumbore was commissioned by the CCDA Board to write a new piece for the CCDA All-State Mixed Honor Choir 2017.  Her new work, Like Something Newly Freed, was conducted beautifully by Amanda Quist at CASMEC in February.  It was a wonderfully moving premiere for the students and all in the audience.

Read all about Dale and listen to her music at


I am pleased to announce that Shawn Kirchner has been commissioned to compose a new piece for the CCDA All-State Mens Honor Choir 2018.  His new piece will be premiered at CASMEC in February 2018.  Shawn’s music continues to grow in popularity, and we are very excited to have him writing for us!

Read all about Shawn and listen to his music at