The 2017 Merit Award Competitions are open for registration:

Here are some of our Award recipients.


Registration NOW OPEN for the
2017 Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society,
through a gift of the Henderson Foundation

2017 Clarinet Competition
Single Prize: $10,000. To be announced
December 31, 2017
App Deadline: May 15, 2017 at midnight
Eligibility: Clarinetists who have not reached their 35th birthday before May 15, 2017

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Competition Rules/Details:

NOTE: Boston Woodwind Society may not be held responsible for applicant's inability to enter and submit required online application or to upload high-quality video recordings as required.

The Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society,
through a gift of the Henderson Foundation.

Katarzyna Zdybel-NamThe Boston Woodwind Society is pleased to announce and congratulate Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam of Poland, Winner of the 1st Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition for Bassoon including the prize of $10,000. The unanimous vote of six independent international judges world-wide followed three elimination rounds for this entirely online video-based competition. BWS received more than 50 applications from around the world. The BWS Board would like to congratulate all entrants for their fine performances.

The BWS would further like to recognize and thank the distinguished panel of judges, who all donated their services allowing BWS to maximize the prize for contestants:

  • Young Jin Choe, Principal Bassoon, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Thomas Novak, Provost, Dean, Interim President, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Richard Ranti, Associate Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Svoboda, Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Takashi Yamakami, Secretary General Japan Bassoon Association
  • Giorgio Versiglia, Professor of Bassoon, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali
    "Gaetano Donizetti" (Bergamo, Italy)

Thanks are also due to BWS Board members Stephanie Busby and Jonathan Cohler, for their selfless and tireless efforts on behalf of this competition, to all BWS Board members for their year-round work, and especially to The Henderson Foundation for generously underwriting the prize for this 1st Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind

Congratulations to our 2016 Merit Award Competition Winners

Thank you to all who attended our 2015 Double Reed Day at New England Conservatory.

Photos by Matthew Goldman

View more photos here.

Congratulations to all our 2015 Merit Award winners,

Congratulations to honorable mention winners, Kenta Akaogi and Mark Debski.


We are proud to have hosted a masterclass with the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet for BYSO students on April 19, 2015.

We are pleased to announce a special concurrent premiere project for Andrew List's new piece, Journey Toward the Eternal Flame. This exciting new work is dedicated to BWS founder, Matthew Ruggiero. Videos of the premiere performance of this work are posted at:

Up From the Depths
Journey to the High Mountain
Life Dance

If you are interested in information about how you may perform this new work please see this letter from the composer and the registration form.

The Boston Double Reed Day took place on October 5, 2014. View photos of the event here.

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