2021 Chamber Music Composition Competition
The Bantam Winds strive to promote the composition and performance of new chamber music, specifically for the unique combination of oboe, clarinet, and horn. This year’s competition will encourage collegiate students to begin fulfilling this mission within the region of Northeast Arkansas. There will be two separate categories of entries: original compositions and arrangements. Composers may only submit once for either category but are allowed one entry in each if interested. One winner from each category will be featured in a masterclass with composer Celka Ojakangas and will also have their piece video recorded by the Bantam Winds and released on social media and Youtube.
The inaugural 2021 competition is open to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro.
Both categories of entry will adhere to the same parameters. Pieces may not exceed 5 minutes of duration and may be written for any combination of the following Bantam Winds instrumentation of: e-flat/b-flat/bass clarinet, oboe/english horn, horn. Note that entries may only feature one member of each cohort (eg. only bass clarinet or b-flat clarinet) and that there is no doubling allowed within the individual parts. Composers are asked to be mindful of extreme registers and of providing ample rests for the performers. Extended techniques and mutes are allowed so long as they do not endanger the instrument. Please consult the performers with any questions regarding any desired specific techniques or effects.