Madrigal Chorale is pleased to announce the winner of our first composition contest!


Madrigal Chorale has served the community and enriched the cultural climate of Southeast Michigan for over 121 years. We are dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music. By presenting concerts, collaborating with nonprofit and arts organizations, as well as awarding scholarships to students and financial support to small arts programs, the organization upholds our mission.


This year, we've continued our commitment by hosting our first composition contest.


We are pleased to award $1000 to Michigan composer Jeff English for his piece “The Apple Blossom.”


The idea for the competition came after a young composer reached out and asked members of Madrigal Chorale to look at some of his pieces. “A composition competition gives us the opportunity to perform new music, support the creation of new music and offer recognition and financial support to composers,” said Dr. Brandon Ulrich, Madrigal Chorale’s artistic director.

Applicants were challenged to create two to six minutes of original composition suitable for a community choir.

Written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass chorus, cello and piano, "The Apple Blossom” is an original text written specifically for the 2022 Madrigal Chorale Competition and connected to the theme for this year’s competition: REBIRTH.


“The Apple Blossom is a metaphor for life. For me, rebirth happens daily,” said English. “I always have a choice to start over, right that wrong, mend that relationship, apologize for my mistakes and grow closer to God, the ‘oneness,’ the source, all-that-is. I can be reborn in every moment. What a wonderful opportunity!”

The piece will premiere on May 20, 2022, at St. Owen Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI.


Madrigal Chorale plans to continue the competition annually, providing more opportunities to present new compositions.

“The artistic staff thought that a composition competition would broaden the scope of Madrigal Chorale and support our mission by creating an opportunity for composers to be acknowledged for their creative work,” said Ulrich. “Contests like this can be a springboard for composers in their early careers, and offer the winner an opportunity to have their work performed live.”