The Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA is seeking compositions for brass octet.

The contest, in its eighth year, has received entries from dozens of composers from different backgrounds, experience levels and countries. Winners receive cash prizes.  This year the top cash prize is US$2,000.  The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2011.

The quality and diversity of contest submissions has been a boon to the workshop’s most important resource, its music library. This library houses thousands of works written expressly for brass. Participants ranging in skill from amateur to professional attend the workshop year after year to meet like-minded chamber musicians and be exposed to new material. The composition contest is an important source of new music for the Workshop.

The contest benefits the Workshop, its participants, and the composers. All competition entries are kept in the music library and played by the participants during the Workshop. A publication contract may be offered in addition to the cash prizes.

A flyer with full contest details can be downloaded from the link at the end of this article.

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