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.


Submissions for the  ECCO 2018 George Heussenstamm Choral Composition Contest have CLOSED.  Deadline to submit a score and recording is March 12, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.  Winners will be announced here on this website on April 15, 2018.  Best wishes to all of you!

NOTICE:  DEAR COMPOSERS!  Thank you for your submissions!  We are a little behind, but the results will be posted soon.  We hope to have them by the end of the week.  Thank you for your patience!  –  D. V. M.

ECCO 2018 Composition Contest information

Click here to register your composition.

After registering, send your anonymous score and recording to


In 2016, 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 all those present.  Jasper Randall  took the prize for 2017 with his composition, Cloths of Heaven, based on the W. B. Yeats poem

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.

Now is the time to get in your unpublished compositions for the third annual contest! See above for details.

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 0n February 17. Shawn’s music continues to grow in popularity, and we are very excited to have him writing for us AND playing piano for the premiere!  Read all about Shawn and listen to his music at