"An exceptional chamber choir, a kind of all-star team of top local choral singers."
- Rob Hubbard, St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 2016

The Summer Singers
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Young Composers Competition

Artistic Director Russell Adrian and 2016 Young Composer winner Michael D. Atwood.

Artistic Director Russell Adrian and 2016 Young Composer winner Michael D. Atwood.


It all started when...

In celebration of our 20th season in 2015, we at The Summer Singers put together our first Young Composers Competition. Since then, the initiative has grown and attracted more than 50 entries from around the world in 2016. Composers must be 25 or younger at the time of submission.

Previous winners

2015: Mary Abigail Coleman, Let’s Just Sit and Swing
2016: Michael D. Atwood, Nunc dimittis


2017 submission guidelines:

  1. Composer must be age 25 or younger at time of submission
  2. Composition must be written for SATB a cappella choir.  Works may have a maximum of 8 part divisi (SSAATTBB)
  3. Maximum work length is five minutes
  4. Text may be of any language.  Composer must submit a statement confirming that text is from the public domain or that permission has been given from the author
  5. Submit a description of the work that includes a brief performance history (if any) of the work
  6. Submissions accepted through May 1, 2017.  Email score, description of the work (300 words or less), statement of text, and short bio (100 words or less), to with subject:
    2017 Composition Submission

In the event that two compositions are considered equally exceptional, preference will be given to a work in which TSS would premiere or give the second performance of the work and/or fits into the theme TIMELESS -- featuring choral gems from revered composers of music history as well as historic texts set by contemporary composers.

The composer of the winning submission will receive

  • a prize of $500
  • Three concert performances during our July season
  • A professional recording of the work
  • The winning composer is welcome to participate in the rehearsal process in person or via electronic communications

The Summer Singers will help promote the winning work and the composer may choose to have a perusal copy of the winning submission posted on our website.  The Summer Singers will have a perpetual license to perform and record the winning work for archival and other purposes, including CD distribution and website postings.  


Become a sustainer

“These things that make us dream also make us sing.”
– Robert Ressler, This is why we sing

The Summer Singers are committed to performing engaging, high quality a cappella music free of charge. In order to maintain this commitment, we rely on supporters and sustainers to fund operational costs. A financial gift of any size can make a tremendous difference to our organization!

Sustaining contributors are essential to ensure a stable fiscal budget each year. Sustainers pledge a minimum of $50 per year for three years and receive the following benefits:

  • An invitation to our annual Sustainers Party
  • Recognition in our concert program
  • Advance notice of upcoming events and news

You can contribute securely using PayPal. If you prefer to make your donation over the phone or by mail, please email us at

Many companies offer matching gifts when contributing to The Summer Singers. This allows your gift to go even farther in support of our mission. Please check with your corporation regarding a matching gift to The Summer Singers.

The Summer Singers is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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About The Summer Singers

The Summer Singers is a chamber-sized, volunteer, auditioned vocal ensemble with a unique identity and purpose. Most of The Summer Singers perform with leading Twin Cities choirs during the traditional concert season and strive to continue singing at a high level year-round.

In nine weeks of rehearsal, the ensemble produces a professional-quality program and performs live local concerts. In order to make great choral music accessible to all, admission to TSS concerts is free of charge. The Summer Singers also hosts family concerts, which focus on educating children of all ages about music through activities and condensed performances.

If you are interested in auditioning for TSS, email with a brief vocal/choral resume.