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Writing Music

National Chamber Winds

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Composition Competition

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This competition is open to composers at all career stages. Submissions from outside of the United States are welcome. The National Chamber Winds are committed to mentoring the next generation of musicians and encourage submissions from emerging artists.

Composition Requirements:

Time limit: Up to 10 minutes

Instrumentation:The piece may utilize up to 11 musicians including any subset of the following instruments: 2 flutes (1 may double piccolo), 2 oboes (1 may double English horn), 2 clarinets (1 may double Eb), 2 horns, 2 bassoons, double bass. Use of electronics is not allowed.

Deadlines and How to Apply: 

Deadline: January 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM United States Eastern Time

Application fee: There is no fee to apply.

How to Apply: 


The committee will choose one winner. The winning composition will be read and recorded and, if conditions allow, publicly performed during the 2022-2023 season. The committee reserves the right to select no winner. Winners will be notified by email.


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