The International Society of Bassists’ biennial composition competition is dedicated to the memory of double bassist David Walter, a longtime ISB member, performing artist, composer and renowned educator.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

There are three divisions of the competition, open to all composers. Entries should be new, unpublished works in any style, 6-15 minutes long, that have not been given a formal world premiere. Previous workshop performances are permitted. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR SHORTLY AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2016.

  • CHAMBER. A new work for one double bass in an ensemble from two to five players. Entries may consist of a prominent bass part plus additional players drawn from the following: piccolo, flute, alto flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/tuba, percussion (1 player), harp, guitar, piano/other keyboard instrument, violin, viola, cello and/or voice. Normal woodwind doubles are acceptable: flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet.
  • BASS ENSEMBLE. A new work for two to eight double basses.

GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 U.S. for each division and world premieres at the 2017 ISB Convention.

FORMAT: Composers must submit highly legible scores suitable for performance. The ISB reserves the right to reject illegible scores. MIDI recordings are acceptable.

ENTRANCE FEE: $50, non-refundable, for each composition submitted.  Click here to enter online (anonymous submission) using the Decision Desk platform. You will upload your audio file and score as part of the application.

QUESTIONS? Call 972.233.9107 x204, fax 972.490.4219, or email