The 2023 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC) is open for pieces written for bassoon alone that are single or multi-movement between 8 and 12 minutes in total duration. The winning work will be used in one or more rounds of the 2025 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. Depending on performance time constraints it is possible that only certain movements or sections may be used. Part of the mission of Meg Quigley is to provide an international competition of the highest caliber for young bassoonists in the Americas who are cis women, trans women, or non-binary individuals who are comfortable in a space that centers around the experiences of women. Visit megquigley.org for more information.
Compositions from around the world are welcome for the 2023 BCMCC competition and all composers are welcome to apply, especially those that align with the mission of Meg Quigley.
June 16, 2023: Online submissions open
October 1, 2023: Online submissions close at midnight EST
December 1, 2023: Winner announced
February/March, 2024: Published winning work available to the public for sale
- The composer of each submitted work will receive comments from the adjudicating panel of professional musicians.
- One work may be chosen as the winner of the 2023 BCMCC.
- Up to two works may receive an Honorable Mention prize.
Judges for the 2023 Solo Competition will be announced soon!
Although the Board of the BCMCC works to develop the guidelines for and promote the competition to ensure its success, BCMCC board members are not the primary judges of the competition proper. A single board member may sometimes be included on a diverse judging panel that typically includes bassoonists, composers, and other expert musicians. Take a look at our Judges page for a list of judges from past competition years!
The 2023 Winning Composition will receive the following prizes:
- Workshopping of the piece via email, Zoom and/or some other means of communication.
- The name of the work and bio of the composer will be listed on the BCMCC website.
- The winning piece will receive a minimum of three premiere performances by professional bassoonists from the BCMCC board within a year of the winning announcement. Recordings of these premieres will be sent to the composer. The composer is not required to travel to any performances.
- Publication of the work through Imagine Music Publishing: The publishing agreement for the winning piece will be worked out between Imagine and the winning composer, including royalties earned from each score sold to be paid semi-annually. The piece will be available for sale by February/March, 2024.
The winning work will be a required piece for the prestigious 2025 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition
- As a result, this winning piece will be purchased and played by young bassoonists all over the Americas. The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is open to all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people comfortable in spaces that center the experiences of women who are citizens of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America), or who are enrolled in school in the Americas during the year prior to the competition and who will not have reached their 26th birthday by the competition in January of 2025. Visit megquigley.org for more information.
- The winning work will be used in one or more rounds of the competition. Depending on performance time constraints it is possible that only certain movements or sections may be used.
- Previous Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competitions have featured repertoire by composers HyeKyung Lee, Nancy Galbraith, Libby Larsen, Margi Griebling-Haigh, Jenni Brandon, Noelia Escalzo, Reena Esmail, Adolphus Hailstork, and Katherine Hoover.
2023 Honorable Mention winners will be listed on the BCMCC website and social media. They will also be given the opportunity to include a recording of their work on the BCMCC website pending Board approval.
- Open to all composers from anywhere around the world, of any age. Composers that align with the mission of Meg Quigley are highly encouraged to apply
- Previous winners may not compete
- A composer may submit only one entry per competition year
Deadline and Fees
- Completed applications must be received by October 1st, 2023 at midnight Eastern Standard Time
- There is no submission fee
- Late submissions will not be accepted
- Incomplete applications will not be processed
- The submission must be a new work written within the last 5 years (2018 – 2023) that has not been previously published or widely performed professionally
- The compositions may be single movement or multi-movement, and must be between 8 and 12 minutes in total duration
- Works submitted must be for bassoon alone
- A performance history must be provided for works that have been previously performed
Score and Recording Requirements
- Scores must be submitted in computer engraved notation, as a PDF in 8.5 x 11 format
- Your score must be labeled lastname-bcmcc-score (example: smith-bcmcc-score.pdf)
- A MIDI mockup sound recording must be submitted in mp3 format; live recordings are not accepted
- Your recording must be labeled lastname-bcmcc-audio (example: smith-bcmcc-audio.mp3)
- Submissions are anonymous. Please remove any markings, notations, or indications in the score or audio that in any way identify the composer.
- The limit per uploaded file is 10MB.
All decisions are final. If the judges feel it necessary, no prizes will be awarded.
Additional terms and conditions apply, as outlined below.
Composers who would like to submit their work to the competition may do so HERE.
If you have any questions about submissions, eligibility, or any aspect of the competition, please contact us HERE.
Terms and Conditions
The composition I am submitting for the BCMCC was written by me and is a new work written within the last 5 years that has not been previously published or widely performed professionally.
The submitted composition cannot be published until after I have been notified by the BCMCC of the competition results (by December 2023). If I am not a finalist in the BCMCC I retain all rights to publish and perform my composition.
I grant the BCMCC the right to perform my composition in future BCMCC performances. I will work with Imagine Music Publishing to have my composition published and ready for sale by February/March, 2024.
If I am selected as a winner of the BCMCC, I agree that the BCMCC may use my name and the title of my composition in materials pertaining to the BCMCC.