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Composition Competition deadline coming up!

It is so exciting to see entries for the composition prize coming in. 


Don't worry if your composition is a bit too short or you are not quite sure if you have got the level right. We are aware that these parameters present their own challenges, so send us your piece anyway! What we are really interested in are new chamber pieces for double reed ensembles.

View the guidelines here and some extra tips here.

Composition Competition Guideline Samples

We hope your submissions for the NZDRS Chamber Music Composition Competition are going well!  Here are a couple of notes that might help you with your composition. 
You can find a guideline of the Grade Five level for oboe here, and a guideline of the Grade Five level for bassoon here
Please note the pitch parameters for each composition are:  [Oboe] B (below middle C) - Eb"[Bassoon] Low Bb - G (above middle C) And a few more parameters: Key signatures may be up to 3 sharps or 3 flatsAccidentals can be used but avoid too many different onesFor tonguing, the maximum speed is semiquavers at crotchet = 80, but this should be  repeated notes or easy patterns at this speedNB: Exam scale speeds at this level are crotchet = 84, playing quavers Make sure that that the instruments are not all playing all of the time. A bar rest here and there is essential.
Hope to see your submissions in soon!

Performance Club

Composition Competition

Chamber Music Club

NZDRS Chamber Music Club

An afternoon to learn from one of Auckland's top professional double reed players, meet other double reed players, have a lot of fun, make music and have afternoon tea together at a lovely venue. Why not give it a try?  

This year's dates (subject to sufficient numbers): Saturday 17 March, 14 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July,18 August, 15 September, 20 October,17 November
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