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Young Composer Competition


Introducing ION, a composer competition designed to give a voice to emerging talent. We are developing a fully unique Dallas choral voice through passion, exploration, and innovation, putting Dallas at the forefront of choral innovation in the United States.

2018-19 Winner


NEW WORK: The Universal Language from Lovers Lane
WORLD PREMIERE: Faces of Dallas

Julia Durbin is a budding composer from Denton, Texas. In 2011, she was recognized in the State PTA Reflections Contest for her talent in song writing. Julia comes from a choral background and was a soloist in the Texas All State Women’s Choir in 2014. Now she sings with the Highland Park Chorale and Dallas Chamber Choir. She is also a section leader at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and SMU Catholic. In May, she is graduating with a BM in Voice Performance and a BM in Music Education from Southern Methodist University.

Honorable Mention

Noah Salem
NEW WORK: Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
WORLD PREMIERE: Faces of Dallas

Drew VanDeventer
NEW WORK: Overload