Frances Seaton Choral Composition Competition

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The Manitoba Choral Association and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba supports and encourages the composition of new choral works by Manitoba composers with this annual competition in memory of Frances Seaton,
long-time MCA member and Manitoba musician.

About Frances Seaton

Frances Seaton (1946-2010)

Frances Seaton (1946-2010)

Frances Seaton was born Frances Offrowich on January 16, 1946 in Winnipeg. She is an alumni of the University of Manitoba where she graduated with her family watching with pride. She always said, "We did this together as a team". Frances is a former Rose Bowl winner who retired from a career as a music specialist with the Winnipeg School Division. 

As the former director of the Winnipeg Girls' Choir she had the joy of being a part of the musical lives of many talented singers and musicians. As former choir director at St. James Anglican Church, she continued to have the opportunity to collaborate in the development of a creative music ministry, while as director of the Good Neighbours' Choristers she found a new vista of vocal and choral development.

Frances chaired the Provincial Honour Choir program for many years, including the 25th Anniversary celebration. Her last contribution to the music community was as President of the Manitoba Choral Association. Frances touched the lives of thousands of children and adults with her passion for singing and music.

About the Competition


  • The competition is open to Manitoba composers.

  • Submissions must be unpublished and unperformed.

  • Previously submitted works will not be accepted.

Rules and Regulations

  • A maximum of two works per composer may be submitted.

  • An entry fee of $25 per composition is required; cheques made payable to: “Manitoba Choral Association”

  • Pieces must be approximately 2-5 minutes in length.

  • All musical styles are acceptable; close attention should be paid to form and voice-leading.

  • Four (4) copies of each work must be submitted. The composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the scores. The composer’s identity will be released by MCA only after judging has taken place.

  • The printed music must be on 8.5” x 11” paper and produced with music notation software.

  • All copyright considerations related to submitted works are the sole responsibility of the composer.

  • Entries should have the potential for repeated performance by the majority of Canadian choirs.

  • All entries are to be submitted to the MCA.

  • The competition will be adjudicated by a jury of Canadian choral experts.

  • The winning work will be announced in October.

  • The winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize. It is understood that the prize money includes royalties for the initial performance. The jury may decline to award the prize if they feel none of the entries qualify.

  • The winning work will be premiered by a guest choir at the Provincial Honour Choirs weekend as arranged by the MCA.

  • The winning work will be promoted and publicized by the Manitoba Choral Association and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba.

  • All entries other than the winning composition will be destroyed.



2018, Ben Sellick
Prash-chai, Goodbye
Feb 3, 2019, 3:00 pm
Knox United Church
400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, MB

2017, Scott Jodoin
Springtime Melting
Premiere: Feb 4, 2018, 3:00pm
Knox United Church
400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, MB

2016, Steven Webb
The Dream
Premiere: Feb 5, 2017, 3:30pm
Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg, MB

2015, Darlene McKibben
Seasons of Home
Feb 7, 2016, 3:00pm
Venue: Knox United Church
400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, MB

2014, Michael McKay
Nunc Dimittus
Premiere: Feb 8, 2015, 3:00pm
Knox United Church
400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, MB

2013, Scott Reimer
Humpty’s Revenge
Premiere: Nov 21, 2014, 7:30pm
Sturgeon Creek United Church
207 Thompson Dr, Winnipeg, MB