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Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition


One of the reasons I entered the competition was because I would receive professional feedback, and I’m delighted with the insight, thoughtfulness, and constructive nature of the comments. They give me much to consider as I continue my work. Please convey my thanks to the adjudicators.
— 2015 Participant
This contest has “class.” My piece will be complete after I revise some of it according to the excellent suggestions from the judges. Thanks for the opportunity to compete in this contest.
— 2015 Participant
The CD’s (Elements) arrived a couple of days ago, and they look/sound just fantastic. The whole BCMCC experience from the trip to Round Top for the premiere to the publication of my work to the final CD product has been stellar. Thanks so much for making me/my music a part of it!
— Devin Farney, 2012 Winner
The constructive comments that were provided by the judges gave me great ideas for how to improve my composing as well as how to write more idiomatically for bassoon.
— 2014 Participant
The BCMCC experience has been a great one for me to have the premiere of my bassoon and strings piece (SUSPENDED) and the recognition that goes with that through the BCMCC competition process. I deeply appreciate the careful preparation and great performance I got at the Meg Quigley Conference and the very professional followup I received as the piece was recorded for the CD release. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to the release of the CD shortly with great anticipation.
— Greg A. Steinke, 2012 Winner
Thank you, especially for the comments! Worth more than winning!
— 2014 Participant
Everything about the BCMCC was well-conceived and well-executed. The BCMCC is performing an excellent and highly professional service for bassoonists and composers alike. Beyond the exquisite performance skill, what I most appreciated about the competition was the intrinsic value of rewarding the prize-winners with performance, publication, and recordings, value far beyond monetary awards. I salute their work and hope that it continues in the future, stimulating further exploration of one of the most versatile of instruments.
— Lewis Nielson, 2010 winner
The BCMCC is the real deal. They do fantastic work, and deliver on everything promised. From fine performances and excellent recordings to valuable and effective promotion, the BCMCC covers the spectrum of musical activity, with no fuss and no muss. Very few groups act as competently as this one does, especially in the areas of instrumental advocacy and repertoire development.
— Arthur Gottschalk, 2010 winner
As a former winner of The Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) there is no doubt in my mind that this competition is an invaluable resource for composers artistically and professionally. The BCMCC enlisted only the best performers for the recording which is nothing but the highest quality. It is quite a thing as a composer to be able to have a recording released on MSR Classics. On top of that, the BCMCC chooses venues for the World Premiere which give the composer ultimate exposure to bassoon audiences. Thanks to Dr. Paula Brusky (director of the BCMCC 2009-2013), the winning composers now have this fantastic opportunity. On top of that, having the winning work published is an absolutely invaluable prize for a Composer. I have continued to receive royalties for purchased copied of my work ‘Eight Miniatures’ which was published as part of winning the BCMCC, making enough profit to cover the entry fee and more.

Since winning the BCMCC, my work “Eight Miniatures” has received multiple performances across the United States including at Stephen F Austin State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the PRIZM Ensemble Chamber Music Summer Festival. The BCMCC creates a highly successful and useful spring board for a composer to gain notoriety and exposure which, as we all know, is all important to our career. I am forever thankful to Dr. Paula Brusky and the BCMCC for providing the opportunity and invaluable professional resource to me and all other composers.
— Stefan Cwik, 2010 winner