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Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition

2010 Chamber Competition

The inaugural Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) in 2010 was a resounding success.  The following four compositions, in alphabetical order, were selected out of a strong pool of applications as the winning works:


Jonathan Bartz- Concertino for Bassoon, Piano and Three Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Stefan Cwik- 8 Minatures for Chamber Ensemble for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Piano
Arthur Gottschalk- American Nights for Violin, Bassoon and Piano
Lewis Nielson- What about you? for Violin, Cello and Bassoon


Listen to the track below for a taste of the winning pieces.  

  • World Premiere at the International Double Reed Society Conference. Arizona State University, June 3, 2011.

    • Bassoonist: Paula Brusky

    • Michael Williams, flute; Andrew Strietelmeier, violin; Cole Burger, piano; Leah Asher, violin; Dylan Messian, cello; Eliza Thomason, viola; Desiree Miller, cello

  • Music published by TrevCo Music Publishing

  • The CD featuring the 2010 BCMCC Winning Works was released on MSR Classics in May 2011: Bassoon and Friends


CD available online HERE

Additional Performances of the 2010 BCMCC Winning Works include:

  • PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis performed the Bartz, Gottschalk and Cwik June 20-21.

  • BCMCC Chamber Players Eliza Thomason and Paula Brusky have teamed up with excellent musician to perform the Bartz and Gottschalk in Houston on 28 January 2012.

  • BCMCC Chamber Players Michael Williams and Paula Brusky have teamed up with excellent musicians in San Francisco to perform the Cwik on 2 March 2012.

  • BluePrint Series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music included a performance of the Cwik on 3 March 2012.

About the Winners:

JONATHAN BARTZ, (b. 1986) originally from Beloit WI, is a concert and film composer currently residing in Los Angeles CA. He studied composition with Dr. Timothy Mahr and Dr. Justin Merritt at St. Olaf College in Northfield MN where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition.   In 2007, Jonathan had the privilege of being accepted into the European American Music Alliance where he spent one month studying with Dr. Robert Beaser (Juilliard School of Music) and Narcis Bonet (first generation disciple of Nadia Boulanger) in Paris, France. He then attended the University of Southern California’s graduate program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Since graduation in May of 2009, Jonathan received orchestration credit on two major motion pictures: “Aliens in the Attic” (20th Century Fox) and “Miss Nobody” (Miss Nobody Productions).  He has been commissioned several times to write Concert Band works as well as composed the scores for several independent films. His symphonic concert band piece “The Valley of the Dry Bones” received honorable mention in the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Competition.  His newest work, “Tall Tales: Pecos Bill” was commissioned by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Timothy Oliver) and was premiered at the 2010 CBDNA Southwestern Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jonathan is thrilled to be one of the winners of the 2010 BCMCC.

STEFAN CWIK began his studies in composition with composer/guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). He then spent a short time of study with David Garner, also at SFCM. He finished his undergraduate studies in composition at SFCM studying with David Conte

Stefan is dedicated to the collaborative process of composition. In 2009, Stefan had the privilege of collaborating with Symphony Parnassus and Stephen Paulson, principal bassoonist for the San Francisco Symphony and Faculty member at SFCM. His piece Concert Dances for Orchestra was premiered by Symphony Parnassus at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco under the direction of Stephen Paulson. In their 2010-2011 season, Symphony Parnassus premiered Stefan’s Concerto For Piano and Orchestra with pianist Scott Foglesong as the soloist and Stephen Paulson as the conductor.

Stefan had the pleasure of attending the European American Musical Alliance summer program in Paris, France. During this time he studied with French Composer Michel Merlet and American Composer/Juilliard faculty member Philip Lasser.

Stefan is a member of ASCAP American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers), and is Published by TrevCo publishing.

Award-winning composer ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK is Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. With the number of compositions in his catalog approaching two hundred, his music is regularly performed both domestically and overseas, and his works are recorded on New Ariel, Crystal Records, Summit, MSR Classics, Capstone, Ablaze, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, Golden Crest, and AURecordings. His works are published by Subito Music, Shawnee Press, European American Music Distributors, Alea Publishing, TrevCo Music, and The Spectrum Press. Dr. Gottschalk has worked in diverse areas of music, including composing and arranging music for feature films, television scores, numerous industrial films and commercials, music publishing, and record production. He continues to work as an expert in music copyright cases and as a forensic musicologist. Gottschalk’s Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won the First Prize of the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale, with the premiere European performance in 2008 by famed virtuoso Kenneth Goldsmith in Corciano, Italy. Dr. Gottschalk’s many other awards include a prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship and the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has been a Composer-in-Residence at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, and for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has been the recipient of annual awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers since 1980. A student of renowned American composers William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett, Arthur Gottschalk carries on this important lineage by producing students who compose original and innovative music in various forums throughout the world.

LEWIS NIELSON (b. 1950) studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Clark University in Massachusetts and the University of Iowa, receiving a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition in 1977. His music appears through American Composers Edition and CDs of his music are available from Albany, MMC, Capstone, Centaur, and Innova Recordings. He has received numerous grants and awards for his works, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delius Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Groupe de Music Expèrimentale de Bourges in France, the Ibla Foundation, Sicily, the International Society of Bassists, and the Ohio Arts Council. He has received many commissions, and his works have been performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Among the more notable performances of his large works he has received have been performances by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Fresno (CA) Philharmonic; and recent CD recording/performance projects with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony of Moscow Radio. Recent commissions include his recent works USW (music theatre) from Chicago and New York based Opera Cabal, Tocsin (percussion sextet) from red fish blue fish in San Diego, and Le Journal du Corps from the JACK String Quartet. He was honored recently as the 2007 Cleveland Arts Prize laureate. He served as Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Georgia, where he directed the University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, for 21 years. In 2000, he joined the composition faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is currently Professor of Composition and chair of the Composition Department.

2010 Judges

Benjamin Coelho, bassoonist, University of Iowa

Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoonist, The University of Texas at Austin

Benjamin Kamins, bassoonist, Rice University

Jeffrey Lyman, bassoonist, University of Michigan

Christopher Millard, bassoonist, University of Ottawa

Stephen Paulson, bassoonist, San Francisco Conservatory of Music