Third Annual Art Song Contest

Third Annual Art Song Contest

The Editors of Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction and Eric Malmquist, Director of  the Chicago organization Singers On New Ground (SONG), are pleased to announce our third art song contest. The winning poem or set of poems will be set by guest composer Brian Baxter and performed in Chicago at a concert produced by SONG. The poem/s and a studio recording will be published online in an issue of Memorious.

To enter the contest, please submit a poem sequence or set of poems in a pdf or Word document through our submission system. Because we want to remain open to a variety of works, we do not have restrictions for the number of lines or sections, but please visit our website to get a sense of the average length of the two previous winning works in Issue 17   and Issue 14.  You can also learn more about the tradition of art song from SONG director Eric Malmquist.

The poem/s must be previously unpublished, and we ask that you do not simultaneously submit this work. We will do our best to notify you as quickly as possible if you have been eliminated from the contest. We will accept only one entry per poet. There is no charge for entering the contest.

You can enter the contest here in our online submission system. The deadline has been extended until August 15th.


Brian Baxter (b.1985) is a Chicago-based composer, drummer, and new music producer.  He creates compelling musical narratives by finding inspiration in places, events, ideas, and texts.  Colorful timbres and pulsing rhythmic textures are stylistically central to his musical expression featuring primarily orchestral and chamber music as well as a smattering of songs.

Recent performances of Brian’s music have taken place across the US.  He has written music for the Anaphora Ensemble, Champaign-­‐Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Chicago Q Ensemble, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Gaudete Brass, Palomar Ensemble, Singers On New Ground, and Sissy-­‐Eared Mollycoddles. Brian has been a three-­‐time ASCAPLUS
award recipient.

Co-founder of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers, Brian currently serves as its Chair of the Board of Directors.  He is an active drummer and organizer with the new music collective, the Sissy-Eared Mollycoddles. He also works in operations with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras where he founded and teaches a Composition Seminar for CYSO student composers.

Brian received his M.M. in composition from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and his B.M. in composition from Illinois Wesleyan University. Brian publishes him music through ATIHADSO Music (ASCAP).


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