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Songwriting  Competition


Sophie is based in Brooklyn and has appeared at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Cutting Room, Passim, the Red Lion, and White Eagle Hall. She has performed with Judy Collins, Mason Jennings, Little Anthony, Livingston Taylor and Paul Schaffer and founded the songwriters’ circle at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn. Her first solo CD, “Sweet Creature”, recorded and produced by Jagoda and Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios, is a testament to her ongoing journey of artistic self-discovery.

Second Place: Mike Ryan, "Between Heaven and the Ground" 

Third Place: Andy Baker, "North Country Sky" 


Honorable Mention:

Ed Snodderly, "Magnolia"

Jane Godfrey, "Move On In Love"

Sharon Goldman, "Sunset at the Border"


Now in its eighth year, the FFC Songwriting Competition has created a unique opportunity for collaboration between songwriter, arranger, conductor and chorus. Most songwriters rarely get to hear their songs performed by other singers. Yet in this competition, the winning song is professionally arranged and performed with a 70-voice, multi-generational ensemble. It is no wonder why the competition has attracted the attention of songwriters throughout the United States.

Chris Eastburn, Family Folk Chorale Artistic Director, noted: “Thank you for participating in the Family Folk Chorale songwriting competition and for sharing your amazing work!  This was the largest field of entries in any year since the competition began, with songs coming in from all over North America, from California to North Carolina and the province of Ontario.  It really was a bumper year with so many well-crafted songs to enjoy, both lyrically and musically, and so many, too, that matched very well to what we do at the Family Folk Chorale.  Again, thank you--we really enjoyed listening to and getting to know so many great songs!”

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Andy Baker
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Mike Ryan
Ed Snodderly
Jane Godfrey
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Sharon Goldman

Buskin’s song has been arranged for chorus by Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and will be performed by the Family Folk Chorale at an upcoming concert.

From Artistic Director Chris Eastburn: “Sophie Buskin's "Stars Crossed" is an exquisite piece of songwriting.  The poetic lyrics contain crystalline imagery that simultaneously expresses honest personal questioning while also resonating universally.  The music is simple, yet hauntingly beautiful and refreshing.  The song has captured the imagination of the Family Folk Chorale in rehearsal and we look forward to performing it!”

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the
8th Annual Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition!

First Place: Sophie Buskin, "Stars Crossed" 

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