The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors encourages composition of new wind and percussion works with recital and educational value through its biennial commissioning project. For its 2009-2010 competition, NACWPI invites composers to submit proposals for new works. The winning work will be premiered at the In-Service Conference of the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, DC in late June 2010 (likely June 26-30)

Project Proposal Guidelines

DEADLINE: Postmark no later than April 15, 2009


ENTRY FEE: $25.00 check made payable to NACWPI

INSTRUMENTATION: Mixed chamber ensemble of brass and woodwinds with optional limited* percussion for one player - flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, saxo phone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percus sion. Three (3) to eleven (11) performers.

*Note: The composer is responsible for transporting any large and/or non-standard percussion equipment to rehearsals and concert. Please contact a NACWPI officer (go to for more information.

DURATION: Ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes.

RESTRICTIONS: Works must be new, original, and unpublished, with no previous performances or awards. The work should be playable by an average college level student ensemble.

AWARD: Winner will receive a grant of $1,500 and a premiere of the new work at the 2010 in-service conference of MENC.

TO APPLY: Send three copies of the following:

  • One-page description of instrumentation, concept, duration, and difficulty level of proposed work to be composed after commission is awarded.
  • List of previous compositions for wind and/or percussion instruments, if any.
  • Score with CD recording of composer's most representative work.


  • Short biographical sketch, including address, email address, telephone number, and additional supporting materials at the composer's discretion.
  • Self-addressed stamped postcard to confirm receipt of materials,
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.
  • $25.00 check made out to NACWPI - Applications without fee will not be considered.

Composition project will be announced on or before June 1, 2009 after which the winner will receive a contract for the commission. The judgment of the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors is final, and the organization reserves the right not to name a winner. Applications must be mailed by postmark deadline to:

Dr. Michael Dean
Department of Music, MS 7800
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


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