2018 ISB / David Walter Composition Competition Guidelines

Jeremy Baguyos, Composition Competition Chair

David Walter
David Walter

The International Society of Bassists biennial composition competition is dedicated to the memory of double bassist David Walter, longtime ISB member, performing artist, composer and renowned educator.

DEADLINE: Online entries due by June 1, 2018.

The goal of the Competition is to encourage the creation of new repertoire and/or the discovery of unknown repertoire for the double bass. There are four divisions of the competition, open to all composers. There are no restrictions regarding past performances, publications or recordings of a work. However, widely known works that are deemed to have entered the standard double bass repertoire, based on the judgement of a panel of judges, will not be considered. Entries can be in any style, between 6 to 15 minutes long. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR SHORTLY AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.

  • CHAMBER DIVISION: For one double bass in an ensemble from two to five players. Entries may consist of a prominent bass part plus additional players drawn from the following: piccolo, flute, alto flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/tuba, percussion (1 player), harp, guitar, piano/other keyboard instrument, violin, viola, cello and/or voice. Normal woodwind doubles are acceptable: flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet.
  • BASS ENSEMBLE DIVISION: A new work for two to eight double basses
  • DOUBLE BASS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA DIVISION: Includes video, live electronics, backing tracks, computers, etc.

GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 U.S. for each division, made possible by the generous support of The Ned and Frances Black Fund, and performances at the 2019 ISB Convention. Learn more about The Ned and Frances Black Fund at http://thenedandfrancesblackfund.org/.

ANONYMOUS ENTRY ONLINE: Go to https://app.getacceptd.com/isb to submit audio recordings and scores. MIDI recordings are acceptable. The composer's real name must be removed from scores and recordings and from file names that are submitted. Entrants will be invited to create a pseudonym.

FORMAT: Composers must submit highly legible scores suitable for performance. The ISB reserves the right to reject illegible scores.

ENTRY FEE: $30, non-refundable, for each composition submitted, limited to one composition submitted per division.

QUESTIONS? Call 972.233.9107 x204, fax 972.490.4219, or email .

Click here to view a list of past winners.