Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize

The Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize is sponsored by the Doug and Ruth Boshkoff family in order to encourage the composition of high-quality octavos for elementary, middle school and high school choral groups.  The competition is open to both OAKE members and members of the public.


Aspiring non-professional composers who are strongly interested in writing for school-age choirs are invited to enter this competition. Compositions will be judged as to their appropriateness for Kodály-trained choirs. 


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 keep in mind that the composition premiere will be sung by a children’s treble choir [grades 4-5] so any works that show your skills in writing for a similar choir set-up would be most helpful to the selection panel. Please note there’s a 25 MB maximum upload file size for recordings.


Active OAKE members may enter the competition free of charge.  The fee for non-OAKE members is $5.00 (USD).  This fee is non-refundable fee and must be paid online by credit card.

Submissions are now closed, thank you!