Here are some of our Merit Award recipients.





Registration closed for
The Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

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

Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

Single Prize: $10,000. To be announced
December 31, 2016
App Deadline: May 1, 2016
Eligibility: Bassoonists who have not reached their 35th birthday before May 1, 2016


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

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.

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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