SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time International Composers’ Competition 2023 – 8th Edition

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SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time International Composers’ Competition 2023 – 8th Edition

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SACRARIUM | Sacred music in our time

Lviv Chamber Choir – KLK Symphony Orchestra

International Composers’ Competition 20238th Edition
City: Lviv (Ukraine)
Sponsored by : Lviv Philharmonic Society
Date: 15 > 19 October 2023

The International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM was born from the idea to create a project that will work on meeting the contemporary music of our time, with the writing of sacred music that combines musical genres associated with a sacred or religious theme.

All composers who wish to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2023 must write an original work for mixed chamber choir and string orchestra, associated with a religious theme, or tied to a specific liturgical function or must write a music inspired to elevate our souls to God, even without being embedded in a context of religious practice.

The 8th International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2023 is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the sacred art of our time, on the contemporary sacred music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium. The organization will select 12 composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2023 from 15 to 19 October in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside Organ Hall.

The 12 composers’ selected works will be performed in the final concert of the event by KLK Orchestra and Lviv Chamber Choir.

The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer with the selected works. A movie director will make a video of the concert. The rehearsals will be video recorded in streaming by the page Klknewmusic on Facebook.

The International Music Composers’ Competitions is open to a maximum of 12 composers of whatever age or nationality.
Each composer must submit – deadline: 17 September 2023 – a music score chosen in the following categories:

  1. a) symphonic orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob,2 cl, 2 fg, 2 tr, 2 cor, 3 trb,1 tb, 1 harp, 2 perc, 8 vl I, 6 vl II, 4 vle, 4 vc, 3 cb) 46 players;
  2. b) soprano and  symphonic orchestra;
  3. c) soprano, chamber choir and  symphonic orchestra. 

The sacred text can be chosen from the Old and New Testament in latin or english.

The work must not exceed 12 minutes.

Deadline: 17 September 2023.
All score will be sent by email (only one work for composer), in PDF format, to

Each email sent to submit a score shall include:
– The score and orchestral parts must be in A4 format, (please indicate minutes of the score) as PDF file (Sibelius or Finale program);
– A second PDF-file containing the identity of the composer (name and address, nationality, telephone number, email, website, short CV)
and a statement by the composer stating that the submitted work has never before been published, performed in public and/or broadcast before,
nor prized in any composer’s competition. Another file format than PDF are not acceptable and will result in the submission being rejected!
There is no registration form.
The Composition Staff will select the best composers, from all the applications submitted, no later than 19 September 2023.


The tuition fee for all participants selected is €1100 (euro 1100):

€1100 + 5% tax to be paid no later than 23 September 2023 by Paypal on email;

The tuition fee includes:

  • participation at rehearsals and check sound in streaming, during the period 15 > 19 October 2023;
  • The final concert in Organ Hall with the works selected and performed by Lviv Chamber Choir and KLK Symphony Orchestra;
  • professional audio/video recording of the final concerts;
  • certificate of participation.

The tuition fee does not include:

The administrative secretary for the International Music Composers’ Competition SACRARIUM 2023 is Ms. Anastasiya Kodola.
For any questions about the tuition fee and payment method write to
Please send a PDF file with your payment check to



Carlo Pedini (ITA) – President

Denys Lytvynenko (UKR) – Composer

Domenico Clapasson (ITA) – Composer

Ferdinando Nazzaro (ITA) – Composer, Artistic Director KLKnewmusic

Three prizes will be awarded.
1 Prize – 1200 EURO, and the score published by Aldebaran Editions.
The Composition Staff reserves the right not to award the prize and to award Special Mentions of merit.

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