Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize

NDSU Challey School of Music honors the legacy and traditions of noted choral composer and long-time NDSU choral conductor Edwin Fissinger with its annual choral composition competition.


Entries should be:

  • For mixed choir (SATB), divisi is acceptable
  • Unaccompanied, or with keyboard accompaniment, obbligato instruments ok
  • Three to eight minutes in duration
  • Original and unpublished (by an established commercial firm) works only.
  • The text may be sacred or secular, either in the public domain or copyrighted, as long as a letter of permission from the copyright owner is included with the submission
  • Suitable for an accomplished high school or university choir


  • Open to all composers, except for current NDSU faculty, staff, and students.
  • Prior winners may re-enter only after five years.

Prizes / Performance

  • First: $1,500
  • Second: $1,000
  • NDSU reserves the right to not award prizes in any given year.
  • The composer of the first prize work is invited to be present at the NDSU Concert Choir performance.
  • For the performance, NDSU will reimburse actual travel, lodging and food expenses, up to a maximum of $1,000.
  • Winners will be announced on by November 1, 2022.
  • The first prize winner's piece, with the approval of the composer, will have their composition considered for publication in Pavane Publishing for placement in the Jo Ann Miller Choral Series.

Judging Panel

  • Jo Ann Miller, Director of Choral Activities, NDSU
  • Michael Weber, Associate Director of Choral Activities, NDSU
  • Charlette Moe, Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Music Education, NDSU
  • Jocelyn Hagen, Composer, Adjunct composition faculty, NDSU
  • Allan Petker, Pavane Publishing, composer, conductor

Submission Guidelines

  • There is a $25 submission fee for each work submitted.
  • Include name, address, phone number(s), and email address when making payment via NDSU Storefront or if paying by check, in a sealed envelope accompanying the score.
  • Submitted scores must be produced by a modern notation program.
  • An audio file is strongly recommended.
  • All scores selected for performance will be reproduced by NDSU.
  • Submissions must be submitted via email by 11:59 PM on September 1, 2022.
  • Email PDF submissions and audio files to
  • If not submitting a PDF, mail submissions to:
    Dr. Jo Ann Miller, NDSU Challey School of Music, Dept 2334, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050 with a postmark of September 1, 2022.

Past Fissinger Choral Competition Recipients