!BAMM! Student Composers Competition


The !BAMM! Student Composers Competition at Composers, Inc. is dedicated to encouraging the music of Bay Area student composers and presenting it in a prominent concert forum.

One chosen composition by a student composer will be featured on the annual !BAMM! concert in the spring. Composers, Inc. has sole discretion over concert programming and scheduling. Composers whose compositions are programmed will be encouraged to speak briefly about their work. The judging committee reserves the option of withholding the award.

Applications are welcome from any composer who is currently enrolled in a high school, conservatory, college or university (undergraduate or graduate) in these California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo. The applicant’s enrollment status will be confirmed at the time of submission, not the date of the  concert.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants may submit only one composition. All submissions must be original compositions by a single composer for one to three performers. Compositions must be 5 to 8 minutes in length. Compositions may be primarily acoustic, electronic, or a combination, but must utilize at least one live performer. Regardless of format, every composition must be fully notated and be accompanied by a performance recording or electronic realization such as MIDI.

Interested student composers must submit the following ONLINE:

• A PDF score.
• A recording of the composition uploaded online (eg. Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc.).


Entries must be submitted by January 19, 2018 before 11:59pm PST.
The selected composition will be announced in the Spring and performed at the !BAMM! Spring concert.



Lily Chen

Hypochondriasis: for Chin Solo and Live Electronics

Lily Chen, born in Hualien, Taiwan, is a composer exploring timbral potentials of both acoustic and electronic music. In her recent works, she creates counterpoint of timbre by synthesizing sound gestures with subtlety, shaping imaginative and poetic atmosphere in her music.

Lily is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is studying with Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, and Cindy Cox. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, under the instruction of Chung-Kun Hung.

Since 2005, she has received several prizes, including 1st Prize of Asian Composers League Young Composers Awards (2012), 1st and 2nd Prizes of Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition (UC Berkeley, 2014 & 2015), and some other prizes in Taiwan. Her music has also been played at several international festivals in USA and Asia, including Mise-en Music Festival (New York, 2016), International Computer Music Conference (Texas, 2015), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, 2015), Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (Chicago, 2014), Van Appledorn Festival of New Music (Texas, 2014), Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (Israel, 2012 & Taiwan, 2011) and Nong Project at Korea National University of the Art (Korea, 2007). She recently had a 10-month composition residency in Paris as the recipient of the George Ladd Prix de Paris in 2015-16.







2015: Ursula Kwong-Brown for Sonnet XX

2016: Fang-Wei Luo for Illusion, in the deep of the abyss for viola and electronics