III WASBE International Composition Contest


We are pleased to invite composers from around the world to submit their works for the Third WASBE International Composition Contest.   Three finalists in each category (Grade 1-2, Grade 3-4, Grade 5-6) will be selected for performance at the 2022 Prague Conference, with winners to be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Our objectives in this project are to: encourage composers to write new music for winds of high artistic merit at all grade levels, create a closer connection between composers and conductors, and promote a better understanding and appreciation for different cultures and traditions.

Deadline for submission of application form, digital format (PDF) copy of full score, and other supporting materials is October 1, 2021.  Notification of finalists will be sent to all applicants by December 10, 2021.  Full details of this competition can be found here.

Prizes and recognition are as follows;

·      Finalist compositions will be performed by qualified ensembles at the WASBE Conference in Prague, July 2022.
·      Promotion of finalist pieces through specially designated performances by WASBE member ensembles.
·      Interviews with winning composers for inclusion on the WASBE YouTube channel.
·      Winning and finalist compositions will be made available for WASBE members for one year following the 2022 WASBE Conference.
·      WASBE will work to find publishers interested in promoting and publishing new repertoire within the WASBE Competition Series and work to get all finalist pieces included and published. Individual composers may choose to have their compositions published elsewhere.
·      For one year, WASBE will retain the exclusive distribution rights for all finalist compositions and will make available and distribute to WASBE members for a symbolic fee of $30.00 (USD).  For each piece “sold” during the first year, WASBE will retain $15.00 and will return $15.00 to the composer.
·      For each submitted composition, the composer will receive a Certificate of Participation with composer name and composition title.

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2nd WASBE Composition Contest

Finalist works now available

The 2nd International WASBE Composition Contest was a great success. Under the leadership of WASBE president Dario Sotelo (President from 2017-2019) we have received many outstanding compositions from around the world. At the WASBE Conference in Buñol, Spain, the WASBE Board of Directors carefully selected the winning pieces:

Category 1 (Grade 2-3):
1st: “The Brave Tin Soldier” by David Postiguillo Moscardó (Spain) | SCORE


2nd: “Sunbeam Dances” by Michael Miller (USA) | published by Murphy Music

3rd: “DNA” by Giuseppe Calvino (Italy) | SCORE


Category 2 (Grade 4-5):
1st: “Lux Futura” by Kevin Houben (Belgium) | SCORE


2nd: “L’Orizzonte degli Eventi” by Girolamo Deraco (Italy) | SCORE


3rd: “Aquila non capit muscas” by Maxime Aulio (France) | published by HaFaBra Music

Category 3 (Orchestral Winds):
1st: “I Long for the Furthest Star” by Fredrik Ekenvi (Sweden) | SCORE


2nd: “Waterplace Park” by Gregory Fritze (USA) | SCORE


3rd: “Lamento d‘introduction et Scène de prière” by Yunosuke Okamura (Japan) | SCORE


Category 4 (Solo & Winds):
1st: “Diversions” (Clarinet) by Robert Spittal (USA) | SCORE


2nd: “Euphonium Concerto” (Euphonium) by Alexandre Carlin (France) | published by Murphy Music

3rd: “Inner Resoution” (Trumpet) by Jason Wyse (USA) | SCORE


The primary goal of the WASBE Composition contest is to promote these winning pieces with performances around the world. WASBE members have privileged access to a complete set of the winning pieces until September 2020. Cost of each work (score and parts) is only 30 USD.

1st Composition Contest

WASBE wants to thank all composers who have submitted their music for the composition contest. The finalists were:

in the category COMMUNITY:
PERSHING (Gregory Fritze/USA)
MULAN FANTASIE (Hung Ping Chang/Taiwan)
AFRICAN HARMONY (Johan de Meij/The Netherlands)

In the category EDUCATIONAL:
WOLF TEARS (Nelson Jesus/Portugal)
SUITE DE VALE (Renato Foulart/Brazil)

The final pieces have been performed on Wednesday, July 19 2017 during the WASBE Conference in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Thank you to the Orchestra of the Dutch Customs with their conductor Björn Bus.

The WINNERS are:

PERSHING (Gregory Fritze/USA)


WOLF TEARS (Nelson Jesus/Portugal)

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