Composition Competition Results



Saint Paul, May 1, 2017 – The Twin Cities Horn Club, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, today announced the winners of the Club’s International Composition Competition for works for large French Horn ensemble.  The competition drew 28 entries from around the world. The competition was blind juried by the Hornists of the Minnesota Orchestra using unsigned scores of the compositions.
  • First Place, with a $3,000 prize, was awarded to Ricardo Matosinhos, a Hornist and composer from Ermesinde, Portugal, for his work “B(h)ORN T'WIN” for 12 Horns.
  • Second Place, with a $1,500 prize, was awarded to Emma Gregan, a Hornist and composer from Adelaide, Australia, for her work “This Panic Feels Like Home” for 12 Horns.
  • Third Place, with a $500 prize, was awarded to Steve Juliani, a criminal defense attorney, Hornist and orchestrator from San Rafael, California, for his work “In the Dark Light” for 16 Horns.
  • An Honorable Mention was awarded to Tim Bradley, the Hornist with the Copper Street Brass from Minneapolis, Minnesota, for his work “Connfluence” for 16 Horns.
  • An Honorable Mention was awarded to Spike Maiden Mueller, a Hornist, teacher, instrument technician and singer from Luck, Wisconsin, for his work “Twin Town Waltz” for 12 Horns.

“I was very pleased with the quality of the works submitted for this competition,” said Herbert Winslow, Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal Horn, and Twin Cities Horn Club Artistic Director. “While we could only award three monetary prizes, there were many more works that I hope we can program on future TCHC concerts. This competition was an unqualified success in adding many new works for large horn ensemble to the repertoire.”

Twin Cities Horn Club President Bob Olsen describes the genesis of this competition.  “Several years ago, the Horn Club identified that there was precious little musical literature for very large horn ensembles.  We wanted to encourage modern composers from across the globe to consider writing new literature approachable by a variety of players, ages, and ability levels. We are so pleased by the response!”

“The American Composers Forum was delighted to help the Horn Club plan this competition,” said John Nuechterlein, President and CEO.  “The ensemble is a great asset to the Twin Cities community, and we enjoyed the opportunity to work with them and discover new work for its unique forces.”

The winning compositions will be performed by Twin Cities Horn Club members and professionally recorded in a concert on Sunday afternoon, September 10, 2017 at Woodbury - Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury MN.  

The Twin Cities Horn Club is grateful for the generous support of the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation, whose contribution made this competition possible.

The Twin Cities Horn Club also expresses its gratitude to the Hornists of the Minnesota Orchestra for the generous contribution of their expertise, time and supportive spirit in judging this competition.  Thank you, Michael Gast, Herbert Winslow, Brian Jensen, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith and Bruce Hudson.

The mission of the Twin Cities Horn Club is to share, learn, mentor, create, discuss, and enjoy the art of horn playing while creating community through music.  The Club currently has 270 members in the Twin Cities area and beyond.


(For details of this competition, click here:  Competition - Call for Scores )