Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize

The Organization of American Kodály Educators is now accepting submissions for the 2021 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. 


The winning composer will be commissioned to write a new piece for the OAKE National Children’s Choir (approximately 150 singers in grades 4 – 5 with treble voices). The piece will be premiered at the 2021 OAKE National Conference in Jacksonville, FL with the composer being recognized during the National Conference Choirs Concert on Saturday, March 27, 2021. In addition, the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and a complimentary DVD/CD of the performance after the conference.


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!