Wind Composers’ Competition

The Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble (FVWE) is excited to announce the inaugural FVWE Wind Composers’ Competition. This is a unique opportunity for students to experience the art of composing for wind ensembles with the ultimate prize of having their work performed and adopted into FVWE repertoire.

Approximately 3 works will be selected as finalists by the adjudicators, depending on duration and level of difficulty, for a reading session on January 30th, 2017.  After this rehearsal, the winner will be selected by the adjudicators to be performed at the FVWE Spring Series Concert on March 11th, 2017 at Matsqui Centennial Hall in Abbotsford BC.

Rob Goddard


Rob Goddard received his Bachelor of Performance on trumpet from the University of British Columbia. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Victoria. Rob has performed on trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonie Canadiana, the Mississauga Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Okanagan Symphony. He is a founding member of A Touch of Brass quintet and toured extensively with them. Rob continues to perform on both trumpet and piano throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rob has been a music instructor at the Langley Fine Arts School for the past 23 years. In addition to teaching the ‘music major’ courses, which emphasize chamber music, theory, composition and ear training, Rob also teaches the Senior Wind Ensemble, Senior Jazz Band and the Langley Fine Arts Orchestra. These large ensembles have been the recipients of numerous awards and international invitations.

Edward Top


Born in The Netherlands, Edward Top studied composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he also majored in violin.  He has worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Wolfgang Rihm and George Benjamin, and continued studying musicology at King’s College London.  Between 2011 and 2014 Top served as Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra who performed the commissioned work Totem on a USA West Coast tour in 2013 under the baton of Bramwell Tovey.  Currently, Edward he is working on Eruption, commissioned by the Toronto Symphony and Peter Oundjian who will take the work on tour in early 2017 in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.  During their 2015-16 season the Vancouver Island Symphony premiered Edward’s Bass Trombone Concerto with soloist Scott MacInnes.  Since 2014 Mr. Top has been Head of Composition at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Edward has won a number of international composition prizes, most recently for Totem at the Val Tidone “Egidio Carella” Competition in Italy, and for My Skeletonized Portrait for violin and orchestra at the “2 Agosto” Bologna, also in Italy.  He has received commissions from groups including the Schoenberg Ensemble, Vancouver’s Standing Wave, Holland Symfonia, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Vocal LAB Netherlands, Doelen String Quartet, and performances by Dutch Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tokyo Sinfonietta, and conductors Bramwell Tovey, Peter Eötvös, Fabrice Bollon and Peter Rundel.

Edward is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and his works are published at Donemus in The Netherlands.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Wind Composers’ Competition is open to composers of any age. The adjudication committee will be looking for a creative personal voice, knowledge of instrumentation, and stylistic originality.

Works must be scored for the combination of instruments listed below, and with a maximum instrumentation of:


3 Flutes (3rd doubles Piccolo)
1 Oboe (doubles English Horn)
3 Bb Clarinets (3rd doubles Eb Clarinet)
1 Bb Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
2 Eb Alto Saxophones (1st doubles Bb Soprano Saxophone)
2 Bb Tenor Saxophones
1 Eb Baritone Saxophone


4 F Horns
4 Bb Trumpets (1st doubles Bb Piccolo Trumpet, 4th doubles Bb FlugelHorn)
1 Euphonium
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba


3 Players (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)
1 Piano

Preference will be given to works 8 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. To be considered for performance, works should not exceed approximately grade 4.5 on the American Band College Grading System.

Finalists must attend the reading session, winner(s) must attend the performance.


Applications can be mailed with the attached application form, or submitted online. Applications must include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. $20 CDN application fee
  3. Full Ensemble Score with recording (live or midi) with the timing of you work indicated.

Applications are to be made anonymously. Please do not include your name or any indication or your name in the score. The title of the work should be printed clearly on the submitted score. Recordings can be submitted by CD in the application package, or uploaded online with the online application.

Applications should be submitted no later than 12:00am on Monday, November 29th, 2016.

Any inquiries about the competition or the application process can be sent to

Rules and Regulations

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 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 18th, 2016.

Prizes have no cash value. The winning piece will be selected by a jury led by artistic director Rob Goddard.

Only one piece is allowed per application, additional pieces may be submitted with additional fees. The finalists will be contacted by January 1st, 2016. Finalists must attend the reading session, the winner must attend the performance. Travel expenses for out-of-town applicants will not be compensated by FVWE, and is the responsibility of the applicant.

The Jury holds and maintains the right to not award or to award additional winners and/or finalists, depending on the applicants.