Topic: Winner of the 2016 Dark in the Song Bassoon Quartet Composition Prize

We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2016 Dark in the Song Composition Prize is Baltimore-based composer Elliott Grabill, for his new work for 3 bassoons and contra, Escape. Congratulations, Elliott! Escape will be premiered on July 6, 2016 at the Eastman School of Music at the NewBassoon Workshop.

This was an incredibly competitive competition, with numerous excellent works submitted by 30 composers from all around the world. We truly agonized over the decision — so many good pieces!! This competition has yielded many pieces that, we are confident, make lasting contributions to the bassoon quartet repertoire.

Thank you for all those who submitted works. We are well aware of the tremendous amount of work this entails, and are immensely grateful that you chose to enter our competition.

More information on the competition: http://darkinthesong.org/bassoon-composition-prize/

Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Principal Bassoon, Winston-Salem Symphony
Bassoon, Zéphyros Winds
Associate Editor, IDRS.org

Re: Winner of the 2016 Dark in the Song Bassoon Quartet Composition Prize

Any honorable mentions? Publication and availability info for the works?

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

Re: Winner of the 2016 Dark in the Song Bassoon Quartet Composition Prize

Honorable mentions:

2 Henry IV 3.1 for four bassoons by Brad Balliett

Pastoral In Voluptas Mors for four bassoons by Angel Gómez Ramos

In addition to the Grabill, Balliett will also be premiered at the workshop. More publication information soon.

Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Principal Bassoon, Winston-Salem Symphony
Bassoon, Zéphyros Winds
Associate Editor, IDRS.org