Schola Cantorum choir to perform winning entry in student poetry contest

Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley recently launched a poetry contest for high school students, with the winning poem being set to new music and performed by the 75-voice ensemble.

Young poets are asked to submit work under the theme “California’s Natural Beauty.” All poems must have a title and be 20 lines or fewer. Any rhyme style is accepted except free verse.

Composer Eric Tuan will compose music to the winning entry, and Schola Cantorum artistic director Buddy James will lead the choir’s performance.

Prizes are $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third. All prize winners will be featured in Schola Cantorum’s publicity materials and on the group’s website.

A panel comprising a local poet laureate, a journalist, Schola Cantorum directors and Tuan will judge the entries.

The contest is open to all students entering grades 9-12 in the fall who reside or attend schools in Santa Clara County.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 27.

For contest entry forms and more information, visit

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