The theme and text for the contest change every year. Submissions are due in March. The grand prize is $1,000, with a possible runner-up prize of $250. Additionally, the adult sponsors of the winning students may receive $100 and $50 for the grand prize winner and runner-up, respectively.
The winning piece is performed by the full Harmonium Choral Society at the June concerts. The contest is open to all New Jersey high school students.