Fort Worth Civic Orchestra’s 2022 Carol Writing Contest is now open for entries. While the threat of COVID and its new strains could disrupt our holiday concert schedule, we expect our season and concerts to go on as planned.

Open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, the Carol Writing Contest gives young aspiring songwriters a chance to compose a seasonal carol, have it professionally orchestrated and hear it performed at our annual Teddy Bear concert. The 2022 Teddy Bear Concert is scheduled for December 17, 2022 at Birchman Baptist Church.

The carol should be seasonal in nature, having a theme based on Fall/Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year or general holiday, but it should be pertinent to the Holidays associated with Winter break. It can be composed by an individual student, a group or a class of students. Teacher help is acceptable in the refinement and charting of the song, but the melodies and lyrics are to be originated by the students. If the teacher writes out the song by hand or using software, please include a copy of the student’s original work in the package. Judging will be based on the melody and the lyrics.

Entries must be received no later than Saturday, October 15, 2022. Minimum requirements for submission are a charted melody line with words written under the music in song form indicating the fit of the lyrics with the melody. The entry package must also include a submission form for each carol submitted and identifying information on each sheet of paper included.

The entry package with submission form and contest guidelines may be downloaded from this link.

See an example of a carol contest submission here.

Listen to the 2020 & 2021 student carol contest winners…

Fort Worth Civic Orchestra’s 2021 Teddy Bear Concert