!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. A list of FREE hosting sites here: http://www.audiohostings.com/ ).


Entries must be submitted by January 15, 2017 before 11:59pm PST.
The selected composition will be announced February 2016 and performed at the !BAMM! 2017 Spring concert.



Fang-Wei Luo

Illusion, in the deep of the abyss for viola and electronics

Born in Taiwan, Fang-Wei Luo holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Taipei National University of the Arts and is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions.

A student of traditional Taiwanese music, Luo is fascinated by the rich and colorful timbres of traditional music of different cultures. The concept of employing multicultural materials also triggers Luo’s interest in exploring alien and mystic atmospheres in his music. His Jiou-Ge Ritual Songs was included in a 2-CD set published by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2011.






2015: Ursula Kwong-Brown for Sonnet XX