The Choral Art Society of Portland is accepting entries for its inaugural New England Carol Contest through 6 p.m. Sunday, June 1. To celebrate the time-honored holiday tradition of carol singing, CAS encourages composers with a New England connection to submit original compositions. The Choral Art Society will premiere the winning carol during its holiday season of concerts.

To be eligible, composers must have been born in or currently reside in one of the six New England states; or be a composer studying in residence at a New England college, university or conservatory. Compositions must be submitted by the deadline. The winning composer will receive a $500 cash prize and up to $250 in travel expenses to attend the Portland premiere. Contest guidelines may be found online at

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