This is a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). This competition was held two years ago in April of 2017 and my original intention was to commision one composer, but I walked away with three different composers’ incredible works who are from different parts of the world (London, U.K., Beijing, China, and Illinois, USA). I am excited to announce the second round for this competition, 2019-20.

The call for scores is simple and easy. Please send one or two score(s) of your work(s)that best represents your style (does not have to be for shakuhachi),, emailed to shawnheadmusic (at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email, via PayPal (the total must be $10 USD).

There will be a small honorarium (to be determined). The deadline for submission will be December 31st, 2019.

Upon receiving the commission, you will be sent a variety of materials on shakuhachi: range, techniques, notation, and you will also be provided with a private, one-on-one lesson, via Skype or Google Hangouts, about shakuhachi and to go over the materials.


Take a look below to see all of the past composition that I have written and commissioned. All winners will have their composition added here with the recordings when made. Click on the Composer’s name for their interview. Click on their work title to hear the composition.


~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~

Eric Charnofsky 

of Case Western Reserve University 

"Echo" - for Solo Shakuhachi

Gabriel Lubell 

"Song of the Little Owls" for Shakuhachi and Bassoon 

Omar Peracha 

"Gankyoku I, II, and III" for shakuhachi, composed by A.I. (G.A.N.)

Chapman Welch

of Rice University 

"Antenna" - for Shakuhachi and Electronics

Aaron Beilish 

"Six Meditation, EyeMusic" for Shakuhachi and String Quartet

Bo Li 

of UMKC (University of Kansas City)

"Sky Above, Great Wind." Shakuhachi and Piano

David Vayo 

of Illinois Wesleyan University, 

Mirroring - for Shakuhachi and Cello 

Hsin-Jung Tsai (4x commission)

TBA Harp and Shakuhachi work 

Three Songs - for solo shakuhachi

"Empty Cicada Shell" - for solo shakuhachi

"Song of Autumn" - Solo Shakuhachi

Deadline: December 2019 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" - for solo shakuhachi

2) Paul SanGregory

“Ruminating” - for shakuhachi and piano

3) Aaron Beilish

“Jody” - Shakuhachi and Violin (EYEMUSIC)