Choral Composition

Greetings California Choral Composers!

My name is David V. Montoya and I am very excited to continue to serve as your Repertoire & Resources Chair for Choral Composition!

This role is meant to help composers across the state to network and find opportunities to get their music “out there.”  In my activities, I intend to include an emphasis on self-publishing websites such as and  If you haven’t checked out these sites, please visit them – a new and exciting direction in music publishing.


Last year, Nancy Reeves won the 1st ever George Heussenstamm Composition Contest and attended the ECCO summer conference for FREE!  Her piece “Agnus Dei” from Requiem was sung beautifully by the entire conference.  Could YOU be the winner this year?

All submissions are judged by Eliza Rubenstein of Orange Coast College, Dr. William Wells Belan of Cal. State University, Los Angeles, and myself.  If your piece is selected, you will get to attend ECCO for free thanks to the generous scholarship fund donated by retired teacher, composer and author George Heussenstamm.  Your piece could be distributed to and read by all of the conference attendees.  What better exposure for your music!?

Time is moving quickly, so find that piece that you have always wanted to submit and send it in by May 15, 2017.  Please CLICK HERE for contest details.  Good luck to all!

For more information about Nancy Reeves, please visit

For more information about George Heussenstamm, please visit




Dale Trumbore was commissioned by the CA ACDA Board to write a new piece for the ACDA All-State Mixed Honor Choir 2017.  Her new work, Like Something Newly Freed, was conducted beautifully by Amanda Quist at CASMEC in February.  It was a wonderfully moving premiere for the students and all in the audience.

Read all about Dale and listen to her music at


I am pleased to announce that Shawn Kirchner has been commissioned to compose a new piece for the CCDA All-State Mens Honor Choir 2018.  His new piece will be premiered at CASMEC in February 2018.  Shawn’s music continues to grow in popularity, and we are very excited to have him writing for us!

Read all about Shawn and listen to his music at