"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 2017 Young Composer Competition winner Brianna Drevlow.

Artistic Director Russell Adrian and 2017 Young Composer Competition winner Brianna Drevlow.

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 has attracted as many as 60 entries from around the world. 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: Brianna Drevlow, Eli, Eli
2018: Ilian Lundberg, The Lord is Risen

2019 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 16, 2019. Email score, description of the work (300 words or less), statement of text, and short bio (100 words or less), to with subject:
    2019 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 a theme regarding light.

The composer of the winning submission will receive

  • a prize of $500

  • Three concert performances during our 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 other methods of dissemination.  




New singers wishing to audition should fill out the form below.

Schedule information is below.

SCHEDULE / Repertoire


Here's the tentative rehearsal and performance schedule: the schedule for the 2019 season

Keep scrolling to learn more about The Summer Singers.


Who we are


The Summer Singers is a chamber-sized, all-volunteer, vocal ensemble which is committed to providing our community with a variety of excellent a cappella music at the highest level of artistry. Featured on MPR Regional Spotlight in 2015 and ranked by the Pioneer Press in the top ten classical music performances of 2013, the majority of our members sing with leading Twin Cities ensembles during the fall-spring season and don’t want to give up singing for the entire summer. The Summer Singers is led by Artistic Director Dr. Russell Adrian.


North American premiere: Hymn of Ancient Lands, by Joseph Twist, 2017


World premiere: This is why we sing, by Joshua Shank, 2015
Commissioned for Summer Singers' 20th season


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.