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Emerging Composers Competition

About the ECC

The Jâca Emerging Composers Competition (ECC) is an initiative that commissions new works for the clarinet and guitar from emerging composers worldwide.

Selected composers work directly with Jâca in a collaborative process culminating in widespread exposure of their works.


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The 2021 edition of Jâca's Emerging Composers Competition (ECC) centered on a theme relating to "culture." Composers were tasked with writing an original (though music could be drawn from source material), unpublished work for Bb clarinet and guitar with a theme relating to “culture.” Not restricted to the culture of any one country, the work could explore the traditions, customs, values, and lifestyles of any collection of people, including a blending of cultures. We encouraged composers to apply their personal cultural and musical experiences in a single- or multi-movement work, 5-12 minutes in length.

The first-prize winner received an award of $1,000 and had their piece published by Potenza Music, with a guaranteed future performance and recording by Jâca.
Second and third prizes include a recording of their work and a premiere performance by Jâca. 

2021 Prizewinners:


1st Prize: Candace Bustard, Melodies from My Mother
2nd Prize: Charles Edholm, Echo Dance
3rd Prize (tie): Adnan Marafi, Arabesque & Michael Caudill, The Wanderer

Click on the names above to visit composers' websites.

Visit our shop to watch and listen to the pieces and to purchase a copy of their finished work. 

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