Texas Lyricism Competition for Oboe and Bassoon (High School)

We are pleased to announce the Texas Lyricism Competition for Oboe and Bassoon, offering over $4000.00 in prizes!

The Texas Lyricism Competition for Oboe and Bassoon aims to foster attention to the aesthetic and expressive qualities of art music among high school oboe and bassoon students.  Judging criteria will favor beauty of tone, lyricism, individual interpretation, and effective collaboration.

Eligibility: Oboe and Bassoon students currently enrolled in high school in the United States, grades 9-12.

Please see our website: https://cml.music.utexas.edu/workshops-and-festivals/texas-lyricism-competition-for-oboe-and-bassoon/

Preliminary repertoire for oboists—Please submit video recordings of both the following selections for the preliminary round

§  Slow Movement of Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C Major, k. 314 by W.  A. Mozart (with piano reduction)  

§  Adelaide in Bb major, Op. 46, by Beethoven (play the vocal line). The music is available here .

Preliminary repertoire for bassoonists—please submit video recordings of both the following selections for the preliminary round

§  The slow movement of Concerto in Bb for Bassoon and Orchestra, k. 191 by W. A. Mozart

§  Adelaide in Bb major, Op. 46, by Beethoven (play the vocal line). The music is available here . A transposition in bass clef will be available on the website soon.

For the first round of the competition, performers will submit video recordings through YouTube. Please combine a full run-through of each of the two repertoire selections listed below into one unlisted YouTube video and provide the link in your application. Collaborating with a pianist for the preliminary round video is preferred but not required. Unlisted recordings can be viewed by anyone with a link, but are not searchable. Up to six finalists will be invited to play in recital for the final round in performance halls in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music on the University of Texas campus on May 18, 2019. If finalists do not have access to a pianist or if a pianist is unable to attend the final round recital in Austin, the competition will provide a professional collaborative pianist at no charge.

Video recording uploads of the required repertoire, online application, and $20.00 application fee must be received by March 22, 2019

More information and the online application form are available on our website:


We hope you will encourage your oboe and bassoon students to engage with this beautiful repertoire, strive for artistry, and work towards achieving excellence!

Recent Bassoon Alumni Accomplishments

(See https://bassoon.music.utexas.edu/alumni/  for full list of alumni)

Jonathan Castillo, MM 2017, won the second Bassoon position in the Shreveport Symphony, and the full-time position as Music Minister at University Baptist Church (Austin, TX).

Kathryn Clark, UT BM 2013, won a position in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet Band and touring quintet, fall 2017.

Rian Craypo, UR BM 2004 (Principal Bassoon of the Houston Symphony) published through Lulu, The Banana of Life: Peeling Away the Mysteries of Reed Making for the Bassoon, 2017.

Adam Drake, UT MM 2017, won the Second Bassoon position with the Lubbock symphony, fall 2017.

Nicole Haywood, UT BM 2014, won the national audition for Assistant Principal and Second Bassoon of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago) a world class summer orchestra) and was appointed Acting Second Bassoonist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra a full-time, world class ensemble.

Rebekah Heller, UT MM 2004, was appointed Executive Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, replacing founding director, Claire Chase, in addition to her duties the ICE bassoonist, 2018.

Nathan Koch, UT MM 2009, UT DMA 2011, received tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University, spring 2018.

Miles Maner, UT BM 2007, member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, returned to the Butler School to give a master class, spring 2018.

Midori Samson, MM 2016, substituted in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, curated an extended residency in Haiti for her non-profit, Trade Winds, in addition to many other world-changing musical service activities, and membership in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, 2017-18.

Shih-Min Tang, UT DMA 2016, won a one-year position with the Richardson Symphony, and was the second prize recipient in the 2017 “Golden Classical Music Award” International Competition and performed  on the winners’ concert in Carnegie Hall in 2017.

Lecolion Washington, UT BM 1999, was appointed the Executive Director of the Community Music Center of Boston in 2017.

Steve Wilson, UT BM 1996, member of the National Symphony Orchestra, returned to the Butler School to give a master class, spring 2018.