Contests / Competitions

Individual Competition

Concert Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition

The purpose of the Concert Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition is to provide a competitive avenue for collegiate and high school-level small “concert” percussion ensembles (3-8 members).

The competition will take place on Friday, Nov. 16. Ensembles are divided into High School and University divisions, with High School ensembles performing in the morning, and University groups performing in the afternoon. Each ensemble must consist of 3–8 performers. The competition will be held in one of our clinic/concert rooms, featuring theater-style seating for up to 500 audience members.

The 2018 application period has closed.

Individual Competition & MarchingFest

Looking to compete as an individual on snare, multi-tenors, keyboard, timpani, or multiple percussion?

The PASIC MarchingFest will feature Individual Competition, as well as a Small Ensemble Competition, Interactive Clinic, and Drumline Battle.

 

 

International Percussion Ensemble Competition

The purpose of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition is to encourage, promote and reward musical excellence among middle school/junior high percussion ensembles, high school, Nonprofit percussion ensembles, and collegiate percussion ensembles.

Applications are now closed.

Competition Categories

Middle School/Junior High percussion ensemble (6th–9th grade students or international equivalent who are currently enrolled in that school)
High School percussion ensemble (9th-12th grade students or equivalent who are currently enrolled in that school)
Nonprofit ensemble (students through 12th grade)
College/University percussion ensemble (students who are currently enrolled)
Awards:

One (1) middle school/junior high, three (3) high school/nonprofit community ensembles, and three (3) collegiate percussion ensembles will be invited to perform at PASIC 2018 (November 14-17, 2018) in Indianapolis, IN. Each ensemble will be featured in a Showcase Concert (50 minute maximum program length).

Selected ensembles are expected to assume all financial commitments (room, board, travel), organizational responsibilities, and furnish their own performance instruments equipment. PAS will provide one piano (if needed), music stands, chairs, basic sound reinforcement and lighting.

Middle School/Junior High, High School & Nonprofit Eligibility:

– All participants must be active members of PAS. The participants (director and all ensemble members) can either: (1) have individual PAS memberships at the VIP level or higher, or (2) be a part of a group membership through their school/organization. Please be prepared to submit membership information for all members with this application.

– If your school is a group member, you are eligible to apply. Read details about group membership for your school.

– Ensemble directors and/or professional soloists are not allowed to participate as performers on the recording.

– Recorded submissions must be unedited and complete selections/movements from live, public concerts. Any edits will disqualify entry.

– Students must be enrolled in the school of the ensemble in which they are performing.

– Students may not participate in a percussion ensemble from more than one school.

– Ensembles selected to perform at PASIC 2018 may apply again in 2021.

* Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2018 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2018.

College/University Eligibility:

– All Directors and ensemble members (excluding non-percussionists) must be current PAS subscribers at the VIP or All Access levels. Please be prepared to submit subscription information for all members with this application.

– Ensemble directors and/or professional soloists are not allowed to participate as performers on the recording.

– Recorded submissions must be unedited and complete selections/movements from live, public concerts. Any edits will disqualify entry.

– Students must be enrolled in the school of the ensemble in which they are performing.

– Students may not participate in a percussion ensemble from more than one school.

– Ensembles selected to perform at PASIC 2018 may apply again in 2021.

* Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2018 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2018.

Procedures:

– The recording must be created from a single live concert OR composed of a compilation of selections from multiple concerts recorded in front of live audiences in “one take” (editing between selections for the sake of time constraints is permitted). Include a track listing of titles and composers for every work. Accepted audio file types: MP3, AIFF, WAV, AAC. No other types of audio files will be accepted or reviewed for the competition.

– The combined length of your recording submission(s) should not exceed thirty (30) minutes. The judges wish to observe your ensemble in a true concert setting, aka not an idealized “studio” environment. Only recordings made since January 2017 are eligible for the competition.

– All compositions and/or movements must be performed in their entirety. Include official programs from concerts of the performances from which the recording was taken for verification of above requirements.

– Recordings will become property of PAS.

– All complete applications will be evaluated by a panel of five judges.

– Ensembles will be notified of the results in June, 2018.

*Accepted audio file types: MP3, AIFF, WAV, AAC. No other types of audio files will be accepted or reviewed for the competition.

*Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, all performing ensemble members MUST be active VIP or All Access members, and enrolled in your school, through the event dates of PASIC18. For high school entrants, students from an institution that has a PAS group membership will be eligible to perform at PASIC.

The opportunity to present a Showcase Concert at PASIC has transformed our percussion program. The students and parents now have so much more understanding of what we are working for and what the benefits of their hard work can be! Everyone had an incredible time both on stage and also as attendees at PASIC 2016, and the event is one our community will treasure for years to come.

Emily Tannert

Percussion Director, Wiley Middle School (2016 IPEC Middle School Winners)

University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble

(2016 IPEC University Winner Showcase Concert)