The Frances Seaton Choral Composition Competition honours the memory of longtime MCA member and musician Frances Seaton, and encourages the composition of new choral works by Manitoba composers. Through a funding partnership with the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba, MCA has held this competition annually since 2013.


The competition provides:

  • $1,000 cash prize

  • Premiere performance of the winning work

  • Publicity of the winning work and its composer by MCA


  • The competition is open to Manitoba composers.

  • Submissions must be unpublished and unperformed.

  • Previously submitted works will not be accepted.

Rules and Regulations

  1. One PDF copy 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. 

  2. The PDF music must be on letter sized (8.5” x 11”) paper and produced with music notation software.

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

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

  5. Duration of entries should be approximately 2-5 minutes each.

  6. All musical styles are acceptable. Close attention should be paid to form and voiceleading. 

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

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

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

  10. The winning work will be announced by the end of August annually.

  11. The winner will receive $1,000.00. The jury may decline to award the prize if they feel none of the entries qualify. 

  12. The winning work will be performed by a guest choir at an MCA event following announcement of the winning work. The composer will be informed of performance details accordingly.

  13. The winning work will be promoted by MCA through its connections and communication network.

  14. It is understood that the prize money includes royalties for the initial performance.

  15. An entry fee of $25 per composition is required. Fee can be paid by cheque payable to Manitoba Choral Association, or by e-transfer to


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.


The deadline for submissions is May 31 annually. Click the link below to access the entry form.


2021, Michael Kurek

Lord of All Being

June 11, 2022, 11:00am


600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB

2020, Scott Reimer
Be Love
Virtual performance

2019, Larry Strachan
St. Cecilia Anthem
Feb 2, 2020, 3:00
Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg, MB

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
Feb 4, 2018, 3:00pm
Knox United Church
400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, MB

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

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

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

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