Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble 

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The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble(PSWE) is excited to announce the inaugural PSWE Composer Initiative. This is a unique opportunity for up to 3 students to experience the art of composing for wind ensembles with the ultimate prize of having their work performed by PSWE in June 2019 and adopted into PSWE Repertoire. The selected composers will have works included in the final cycle for the PSWE season including a performance and live-recording.

Composer Initiative 


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Cheque payments should be made out to 'Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble or PSWE' and mailed to: 

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble

c/o Erik Engholm

1745 12th ave E

Vancouver, BC, Canada

V5N 2A4

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Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59pm on March 30, 2019

Successful applicants will be required to prepare their own performance materials. A complete set of performance materials consists of two scores, and two copies of all parts. Performance materials must be received by DATE.

Winning prizes have no cash value. Applicants not selected as finalists will be able to request written feedback and/or letters of honourable mention. The winning piece will be selected by a jury lead by Artistic Director David Branter. Only 1 piece is allowed per application, additional pieces may be submitted with additional fees. The Finalists will be contacted by January 1st, 2019. Finalists must attend the rehearsals and performance. Travel expenses for out-of-town applicants will not be compensated.

The Jury holds and maintains the right to not award or to award additional winners and/or runners-up, depending on the applicants. The Artistic Director reserves the right to post-pone the premiere performance.

Eligibility and Requirements:

The Composition Competition is open to composers under the age of 35. Applications are open to Composers of any nationality, however PSWE is unable to compensate for travel. The selection committee will be looking for a creative personal voice, knowledge of instrumentation, and stylistic originality.

Chosen from the following list, works must be scored for at least ten performers to a maximum instrumentation of:


        5 Flutes(1 Piccolo, 1 F Alto Flute)

        2 Oboes

        6 Bb Clarinets(1 Eb Clarinet)

        1 Eb Alto Clarinet

        1 Bb Bass Clarinet        

        2 Bassoons(1 Contrabassoon)

        2 Eb Alto Saxophones(1 Bb Soprano Saxophone)

        1 Bb Tenor Saxophones

        1 Eb Baritone Saxophone


        4 F Horns

        3 Bb Trumpets(1 Bb FlugelHorn)

        1 Euphonium

        2 Tenor Trombones

        1 Bass Trombone

        1 Tuba

        1 String Bass


    4 Players - No more than 3 mallet parts (Timpani, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tenor Drums, Conga, Bongos, Anvil, Cymbals, Drum Kit, Glockenspiel,                 Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Marimba, additional percussion may be accepted on depending on availability and logistics)

Preference will be given to works 6 minutes and under. Works with soloist, instruments in addition to those listed above, electronics, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Movements of larger works will be accepted. Submitted scores must not have received previous performance and/or commission by professional and/or institutional ensemble and/or society.