Mårten Jansson Choral Competition

Mårten Jansson (*1965) is a Swedish composer who has established himself in the field of sacred choral works. Since 2014 many of his compositions have been published by Bärenreiter and have been well-received within the international choral scene.

Win a composition of Mårten Jansson tailored to your choir!

How can you participate?

Make a video recording of your choir singing Mårten Jansson’s work “Maria IV”. This work is written for SATB choir and is available as Bärenreiter edition BA 7412. You can listen to it here.

Please upload your video on YouTube and send the link as well as the video file (mp4 format) to competitionbaerenreitercom. Along with the video file please name the choir (including city and country) as well as the choral conductor.

Please send us your full address details when you make your video submission.

The deadline for submitting your video is    31 October 2018.


An international panel of choral experts has been selected to judge the entries and to choose the winners:

Sofi Jeannin, conductor of the BBC Singers and Choeur de Radio France
Ragnar Bohlin, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Cappella SF
Neil Ferris, conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Sonoro
Stefan Parkman, conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln and Uppsala akademiska kammarkör
Helene Stureborg, conductor of the Helene Stureborg Chamber Chorus and the Stockholm Musikgymnasium Chamber Chorus
Bine Becker-Beck, conductor of Cant'Ella
Kentaro Sato, composer and conductor
Charles Anthony Silvestri, lyricist and composer
Stefan Gros, Bärenreiter editor for choral music
Mårten Jansson, composer

These criteria will be assessed: the quality of the singing, the creativity and musical expression as well as the quality of the video.

The Prizes

1st prize: A composition by Mårten Jansson with lyrics by Charles Silvestri tailored to your choir’s needs as well as the opportunity to world-premiere this work which will be published by Bärenreiter. Every choir member will receive a copy of the published edition. In addition the choir will receive a € 500 voucher of Bärenreiter publications

In addition you will receive a € 500 voucher for Bärenreiter publications.

2nd prize: A € 300 voucher for Bärenreiter publications

3rd prize: A € 200 voucher for Bärenreiter publications

The winners will be notified by e-mail.
The vouchers will then be despatched by post. The vouchers are valid for one year.

The names of the winners will be presented on our website and on our social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Conditions of Participation

By submitting your video, the Bärenreiter Group has the right to publish and disseminate it naming the choir (including city and country) as well as the choral conductor on their websites, Youtube channel, social media channels Facebook and Twitter as well as in their newsletters. The submitter has made sure before submission and expressly confirms to Bärenreiter, that all persons shown have agreed to this and that no third party rights are violated.

Please send us your full address details when you make your video submission.

All choirs can participate, the video submitter must however be over 18 years old.
If a youth choir wishes to participate, the submitter must additionally have obtained the written consent of the parents and expressly confirms this to Bärenreiter.

Each choir is permitted to send in one video only. The prize is for the entire choir. The submitter is the contact person for the publishing house and prize administrator for the choir.

The deadline for submitting your video is 31 October 2018.

Bärenreiter is the organiser of the choral competition. Bärenreiter Group employees and their families are not eligible to enter this competition. The decision of the choral expert panel is final.

We can’t wait to receive your video and hope you have fun in the making of it!