The Francesco Siciliani International Composition Competition

Alessandro “Maestro” Siciliani is the artistic and musical director of the Opera Project Columbus in Ohio. A globally-acclaimed orchestral conductor, Alessandro Siciliani has an enviable musical pedigree. His father, Francesco, is considered one of Italy’s leading opera impresario, and the Francesco Siciliani Prize: International Competition in Composition of Sacred Choral Music was established in his father’s honor.

Launched in 2011, the competition is open to participants of all ages and nationalities. It is jointly promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Sagra Musicale Umbra Festival, and the Foundazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus. The composition is based on a set text (of the Sanctus in its entirety) for a choir with or without an organ accompaniment. The piece must be between 5 to 15 minutes long.

Candidates can send their composition through mail or upload it on the Foundazione’s website. An international jury composed of accomplished composers and musical directors selects the winner who will receive €5,000 in cash prize.

Alessandro Siciliani — Award-Winning Conductor