Chorus calls for artwork

Aug 16, 2012
Paul Sullivan

Rockport — Midcoast Community Chorus, now in its fifth year, has commissioned composer Paul Sullivan to create a choral work for the 140-voice chorus and a soloist to debut at their winter concert on Jan. 13 at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School. The composition, “One Song at a Time,” will celebrate MCC’s mission to sing as a community for the community. The chorus is sponsoring an open competition for the artwork and cover design for this new piece of music.

“We thought it would be fun to open the cover design up to the community at large. There are so many talented artists in the Midcoast region and we’d love to see their take on this exciting new commission for the chorus and have them involved in the process,” said MCC Executive Director Shelley Johnson.

MCC seeks original artwork to be used as the cover art for the new choral score. Artwork must be original and easily reproduced in black and white. All rights will belong to Midcoast Community Chorus and Paul Sullivan/River Music. Artwork will appear on the limited-edition first printing and on any future printings at the discretion of the composer.

All submissions must be received digitally by midnight of Sept. 1. All are encouraged and welcome to submit. Final decision will be made by a panel of judges including Mimi Bornstein of MCC, Paul Sullivan of River Music, Peter Ralston of Ralston Gallery and Roger Dell, education director of Farnsworth Art Museum.

The artist selected will be credited in any printings of the cover design, credited with accompanying bio in the Jan. 13 concert program and receive a signed score by the composer, as well as two reserved seats to the concert.

To submit, send JPG files no larger than 2MB to by Saturday, Sept. 1. Decisions will be made and the winner notified by email on or before Sept. 15. For further information, send email to

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