The Winners of the Valley Winds International Composition Competition are:

FIRST PRIZE: THE POOR POET by CHRISTIAAN JANSSEN, Netherlands $4,000

SECOND PRIZE: BRANCALEONE by JAYME VIGNOLI, Brazil $1,000

Congratulations to our two winners! We look forward to performing your works.
Congratulations to all of our finalists

Clackermonkey – Kent Darnielle, USA
Fantasy Suite – Jeremy Makkonen, USA
Mazurkas of Water and Fire – Roman Czura, POLAND
Millennial Sketches Part I – Neal Endicott, USA
Pillars of Creation – Joshua Reed, UNITED KINGDOM
Recondito – Israel Ruiz Ayala, MEXICO
Sinfonia Breve – Joseph Hallman, USA
Tha-raack! – David Heuser, USA

We received 386 compositions from 50 countries. All identifying information about the
composers and their home countries were redacted throughout the entire adjudication process
until after the winners had been selected.

Special appreciation to our Jury Members
Tony Brackett, President of the Valley Winds and Composition Competition Coordinator
Dr. Brian Messier, Artistic Director Valley Winds
Janice Murphy, Principal Clarinet Valley Winds
Justin Eliason, Trumpet Valley Winds
Michelle Rakers, retired Trumpet and Conductor United States Marine Band, DENMARK
Ingrid Martin, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Crosswinds Ensemble, AUSTRALIA
Sarah Watts, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Professor Royal Northern College of Music, UNITED KINGDOM
Kristin Davidson, retired French horn United States Marine Band, USA
David Zerkel, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium University of Michigan, USA

Many thanks to our generous Sponsors
Vandoren USA
Christopher Kempf, Euphonium Valley Winds
Janice Murphy
Dorothy Brackett
The Valley Winds
Tony Brackett
www.valley-winds.org

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