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First Prize: $2000 | Second Prize: $1000 | Third Prize: $500
All works will be PLAYED and judged by the BCMW coaching staff.
Winners’ works will be performed during the July 2015 Brass Chamber Music Workshop (BCMW) in Arcata, California. Amateur musicians will perform the music in a workshop format. Qualifying submissions will be added to the workshop Library.
Composition should be an original, previously unpublished, work for brass octet (3131) - 3 trumpets (cornets, flugelhorns), horn (in F), 3 trombones (bass clef), and tuba. You may use bass trombone and/or euphonium in place of one or more trombones. The composition should be a multi-movement work, 10-12 minutes in length. Composer’s original material written for another complement and adapted for brass octet is acceptable. You may write for trumpets in other keys (C, E-flat, piccolo), but please include Bb parts; supply trombone parts in bass clef.
Please include hard copies of a complete score, a completed set of parts, a CD with a pdf of score and parts, and a recording. Please include a score in Sibelius or Finale format for ease of playback. Please put all files on one disk, if possible. Tips for successful submissions may be found here.
Submission deadline is February 1, 2015. Entries received after February 1 will not be considered. Winning submissions will be notified by May 15, 2015.
Send submissions to:
BCMW Composition Contest
c/o Tony Clements,
321 Dallas Drive,
Campbell, CA 95008
In order to ensure anonymity, do NOT put your name on the score or on any of the parts. Put all contact information (name, address, phone, email) in a SEALED envelope with the TITLE of your composition on the outside of the envelope.
Please print all scores and parts double sided, taking page turns into consideration. Scores should be reduced as they are used for coaching purposes and are not used for conducting. Bind scores, and tape parts as needed. Please do not submit loose pages. Works not adhering to these guidelines may be disqualified.
One copy of each submission becomes the property of the BCMW, for use at the workshop and possible performance at a later date. Composer retains copyrights of all works submitted. One duplicated copy will be made for archival purposes.
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*You will need Adobe Reader or similar application to open/print PDF files.
The BCMW staff judged all works.
All compositions have been added to the Brass Chamber Music Workshop Library.
|Contest Year||Ensemble||1st Prize||2nd Prize||3rd Prize||Honorable Mention|
|As You Wish
|Dinner for Six
|2013||Septet||Three Shades of Blue
|Tales of Brynmor
|Theme & Variations on a Might Fortress
The Four Temperaments
|2012||Trio or quartet||French Quarter Snapshots
|Suite from Bonny/Read
|2011||Octet||Courtiers & Commoners
|Small Town Suite
Richard Frazier Lauranod Trilogy
|2010||Sextet||Palmer, John W.
The Invasion of America
|Kopf, James J.
Stages of Tragedy
|2009||Octet||Palmer, John W.
A Little Spanish, A Little Latin
Concertpiece for Brass Octet
Scenes From Sylvester Park
Suite for Brass Opus 9 #1
Octet in E-Flat
Eight Short Pieces for Brass Octet
|2008||Septet||Palmer, John W.
At The Movies
Sonatina for Brass Septet
The Escape Artist
|2007||Sextet||Palmer, John W.
Suite for Six
Three Gnomes From Sonoma
|2006||Octet||Palmer, John W.
Pieces for Eight
Prelude, Elegy, and Rondo Scherzino
Scenes from San Juan Island
3 Vignettes for 8 Brass
Bouquet de Brass
Three Movements for Brass Sextet
Three Dances for Six Brass
|2004||Septet||Burkhart, RaymondLove Letters||Knorr, GeoffFanfare||Downey, RayAnother Sweet|