JAM Masterclass Series

in collaboration with VOCES8

The JAM Masterclass Series 2022 is a composition course in choral writing aimed at emerging UK-based composers. A £500 commission prize will be awarded to the winner of this series to compose a new piece for March 2023. Free to apply and open to all UK-based composers of any age.
Thea Musgrave, composer
Masterclass Videos
with VOCES8 released
Submit Sketch
up to 50 bars
Live Workshop with VOCES8
in JAM on the Marsh
2 Sep
Submit Completed Piece
Performance in London
£500 President's Commission awarded
Performance of President's Commission
in London

Submit a Sketch

Deadline: 20 May 2022, Friday

Submit a maximum of 50 bars for an idea of a piece

SATB to SSAATTBB, a cappella  

Text: public domain

Uk-based. Age 18+

Please note: You must be able to attend the workshop in person to participate


with VOCES8 and composer Paul Mealor

9 July 2022, 2-5pm

St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent

A maximum of six submissions will be chosen for a workshop in JAM on the Marsh with the acclaimed vocal group VOCES8 led by international composer, Paul Mealor

You must be able to attend the workshop in person to participate

Paul Mealor
Paul Mealor, composer
VOCES8 at JAM on the Marsh
David Ho-yi Chan, workshop participant

BONUS: workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the VOCES8 concert at 7:00pm in St Leonard's Church, Hythe as a part of the 2022 JAM on the Marsh festival.

VOCES8 Performance

£500 Commission Prize

TBA October 2022

St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London

Following from the Workshop in JAM on the Marsh, participants must complete their pieces by 2 September 2022 for this performance.

At the performance, one composer will be awarded the President's Commission, a £500 award to compose a piece for JAM's 'Music of Our Time' concert in March – opening its 2023 season.

Janet Wheeler award
Janet Wheeler, winner of the first President's Commission
Masterclass Series rehearsal
Christopher Cook, workshop participant
Angela Slater, workshop participant

The Masterclass Series offered a brilliant opportunity to explore writing for brass quintet, which is something I’ve never done before. JAM's Masterclass videos from Onyx Brass encouraged me to compose for the quintet in a more liberated way.

Janet Wheeler, winner of the first President's Commission

Masterclass Videos 2021

Two composition courses for Organ and Brass Quintet

Expand your knowledge and skills in writing for Organ and Brass Quintet in these FREE, Virtual Masterclasses

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