Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize

Douglas Beam

2019 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize

Since 2011, the Doug and Ruth Boshkoff family have generously sponsored The Ruth Boshkoff Composition Award in order to encourage the composition of high-quality octavos for elementary, middle school and high school choral groups. This year, OAKE commissioned Douglas Beam to compose a new piece for the OAKE National Children’s Choir under the direction of Nyssa M. Brown. His composition, “When the Tide is Going Out,” will be premiered at OAKE National Conference Choirs concert. We congratulate Doug and thank Ruth and the Boshkoff family for their support.

Douglas Beam is a music educator and composer from Xenia, Ohio. Currently, Mr. Beam is the upper school music teacher and choir director at the International School of Amsterdam. Prior to teaching in the Netherlands, Mr. Beam taught elementary music in New Delhi, India and Indianapolis, Indiana where he was assistant director and accompanist for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. He has also prepared children’s choirs for productions with the Indianapolis Opera. Mr. Beam’s compositions have been widely performed in the USA and internationally by conductors such as Henry Leck, Ruth Dwyer, Robyn Lana, Richard Sowers and Sarah Hassler. In 2010, Mr. Beam’s composition I See the Moon was performed by the OAKE National Conference Children’s Choir. Additionally, his compositions have also been included at reading sessions at the National AOSA Conference, ACDA Conference as well as in many other state and local convention and workshops. His works are published by Hal Leonard, Boosey and Hawkes and Colla Voce. Mr. Beam lives near Amsterdam with his husband Chad, twin sons, Cedric and Ezra and their labrador, Jyoti.

Please note: We will not be having a competition for the 2020 Conference this year, which would have been due this June. 
In late Summer this year, we will open the 2021 Competition, once it’s determined which choir voicing the competition will be for.  Composers are asked to submit a portfolio that includes two to three representative samples of their work. This portfolio can include both published works and manuscripts. Please note there’s a 25 MB maximum upload file size for recordings and MP3 files are preferred. 

For reference, Rules, Requirements and Timeline:

  • June 20: Composers’ portfolios are due. 
  • June 20-25: Committee will select finalists. These portfolios will be submitted to Ruth Boshkoff, who will select the winner.
  • July 1: Winner will be notified and will consult with Ruth regarding the selection of text.
  • August 15: Winner sends composition manuscript to Ruth Boshkoff for comments.
  • September 15: Composition is completed and submitted to OAKE.
  • March: Winning composition will be premiered at National Conference with the composer being recognized at the National Conference Choirs concert. Cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the composer. (Opportunities to meet and work with the choir and conductor can be arranged.)

OAKE reserves the right to not award a prize.