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Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition


Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition

A Competition for bassoon works


Check out the Current Competition Page for more information.

About Us

The Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand new music for the bassoon and to offer opportunities to composers.  The competition, typically held every other year, increases the chamber repertoire available to bassoonists by encouraging composers to write new music that includes this instrument. The competition judges, comprised of professional musicians, provide feedback to each composer that enters. The BCMCC works with the winning composers to have the pieces published, premieres the winning works, and creates a recording with professional musicians. 


  1. To increase repertoire for the bassoon.

  2. To help in the creation of new, cutting edge music.

  3. To help in the distribution of these pieces to musicians and the public by creating opportunities for access such as live performance, the publishing of the works, and recordings.

 The inaugural competition was held in 2010 and was a resounding success. The feedback strongly indicated the need for another BCMCC, so a Board of Directors was formed, the BCMCC was incorporated, and has become a 501c(3) National Arts organization public charity.  Competitions have been held in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  

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The BCMCC has two CDs released on the MSR Classics label:

1. Bassoon and Friends, winning works from the 2010 competition 

2. Elements, winning works from both 2012 and 2014 competitions 

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Susan Nelson is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Ohio, and enjoys an active career as a performer, teacher, and clinician. Dr. Nelson is an advocate for new music as well as chamber music for the bassoon. She is the Director of the non-profit organization Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) and founding member of Across the Grain (bassoon/percussion duo). She has also taught bassoon and theory at Stephen F. Austin State University and played with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in Nacogdoches, Texas. In the summer Dr. Nelson teaches at various camps, including BGSU’s Double Reed Camp and The Renova Festival. She has performed with the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, Michigan Opera Theatre, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and Helena Symphony, among others. She has also given solo performances at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Redlands (CA), Oxford (OH), New York, Appleton (WI), and Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Nelson taught at both Adrian (MI) and Heidelberg (OH) Colleges and was a member of the Heidelberg faculty wind quintet. She also held the position of principal bassoon in the Great Falls Symphony and was a member of the Chinook Winds quintet in Great Falls, Montana. She can be heard on Elements, a CD release from the BCMCC through the MSR Classics label, which features the winning works from the 2012 and 2014 BCMCC competitions. Dr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Kansas, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Jeffrey Lyman, Carl Rath, and Alan Hawkins.


Paula Brusky founded the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, Inc. (BCMCC) in 2009.  Brusky was the first candidate awarded a PhD in Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music after winning the Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (the largest merit scholarship available to international students in Australia). Brusky's dissertation included the most comprehensive study to date of injuries in bassoon players and her subsequent research into injury prevention for musicians has made her a sought after guest lecturer. Some of the places she has presented include the International Double Reed Society 2010 conference, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Lawrence University, and Eastern Kentucky University.  In addition to research, while in Australia Brusky performed extensively.  Her first CD, featuring winning works from the 2010 BCMCC, was released on MSR Classics in May 2011. Previously Brusky received a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, from Northwestern University.    

Board Members


Jenni Brandon
Composer, BCMCC Board Member








Kyle Hovatter
Composer, BCMCC Board Member












Dr. Albie Micklich
Associate Professor of Bassoon – Arizona State University               BCMCC Board Member









Xavier Suarez
Pianist, Vocal Coach, Piano Teacher, A/V Recording, Teclado Music Institute, BCMCC Board Member
















Dr. Eric Van der Veer Varner
Owner, TrevCo-Varner Music                                                    Bassoon Professor – Lynn University                                       BCMCC Board Member