Hello fellow Composers,  

This is a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). I have been searching for new music to perform but couldn't find a lot of options and had to resort to commission composers to write me new music. After receiving my first commissioned work, I was more than enthralled with the results, and decided to open up my commissioning to a wider audience of composers to get the same level of quality and excitement.

The call for scores is simple and easy. Please send one or two score(s) of your work(s) that best represents you, emailed to shawnheadmusic ( at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email, via PayPal.

Once the decision has been made, the commissioning process will begin; the hope is to commission 15 or more composers. The commission cost will depend on the piece and a variety of other factors. In terms of the commission, there may be other instruments added, if you would like to composer for shakuhachi and ensemble, or shakuhachi and piano. However, the shakuhachi must play a prominent role.

Upon receiving the commission your will receive a variety of material on shakuhachi range, techniques, notation, and provide a private one-on-one lesson, via Skype or Google Hangouts, about shakuhachi and to go over different materials.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing everyone's works, and hopefully performing a new one!

~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Bo Li 

of UMKC (University of Kansas City)

David Vayo 

of Illinois Wesleyan University, 

Hsin-Jung Tsai 

of Houston Composers Salon
"Empty Cicada Shell" Commissioned work for solo shakuhachi

Deadline: None Entry Fee: 10.00 Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD) 


For composers who send works already written for shakuhachi...

Works submitted with shakuhachi parts or for solo shakuhachi are recommended to be sent. Winning works will be bought at composers score sale price and receive a performance and recording. 

Past Winners

1) Miki Saito - "Stillness" 

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