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2021 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition

January 8-10, 2021
The John J. Cali School of Music
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

Host: Sasha Gee Enegren



Female-identifying bassoon players who are citizens of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America), or who are enrolled in school in the Americas during the year prior to the competition and who will not have reached their 26th birthday by the date of the Final Round of competition in January of 2021.



The mission of The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is to provide an international competitive experience of the highest caliber for young women bassoonists in the Americas in order to build their confidence, hone their talents, and provide valuable experience towards performance careers. The organization will provide financial support, performance experience, artistic reinforcement, and inspiration through mentorship with world-class musicians and entrepreneurs at a three day symposium. Each competition will feature a required repertoire piece by a living woman composer, and will require speaking from the stage in order to cultivate in the young competitors a commitment to audience engagement and community involvement in the arts.

The name of the competition derives from the rich legacy of composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), who spent much of his prolific career working at a conservatory for young girls, the Seminario Musicale dell’Ospitale della Pietá in Venice. The spirit of creativity and benefaction of this competition is dedicated to Meg Quigley, an artist who had a passion for assisting young women in realizing their full potential.


Judging will occur in three rounds: preliminary, semifinal, and final.


The works by Vivaldi, Siqueira, Gebuhr, and Hailstork are now available at TrevCo-Varner Music and Forrests Music. Ann Gebuhr's Ghost Dance is also available as a digital download from the publisher, Imagine Music. The works by Nicole DeMaio, Reena Esmail, and Natalie Moller are available as digital downloads from the composers' websites.

Preliminary Round

The preliminary round occurs via recording. Applicants must submit audio recordings of the Vivaldi, Siqueira, and one of the unaccompanied pieces laid out above, with a separate file for each movement of each piece. Piano accompaniment for Vivaldi and Siqueira is strongly recommended. Applications and recordings will be submitted electronically (applications open soon). The $75 application fee for the preliminary round also counts towards the registration fee for the 2021 MQVC Bassoon Symposium. All submissions must be received by midnight PST on October 15, 2020.

Semifinal and Final Rounds

Up to ten applicants will be chosen to compete in the semifinal round in a concert format, open to the public, at the 2021 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. The repertoire for the semifinal and final rounds will include the pieces by Vivaldi and Moller, as well as the unaccompanied piece of each applicant's choice (see list above). The judges may choose to hear only certain portions of the repertoire. All competitors will rehearse and perform with a professional accompanist provided by the MQVC. The judges may elect to award fewer prizes than outlined above, or no prizes at all. The judges' decision, announced after deliberations immediately following the final round, is final.

Audience Engagement Component: In the final round, the finalist should be prepared to speak to the audience about the works she is performing. These brief introductions to the works (1-2 minutes each) should demonstrate skill in audience engagement as well as knowledge of the work. This unusual element in the competition is in keeping with changing trends in the music industry, recognizing that the relationship between performer and audience has shifted and speaking skills are becoming more and more necessary.


Do you have a question about the competition or the submission process? Please contact Staci Spring, Competition Director, at