Contests / Competitions

Percussion Composition Contest

The Percussive Arts Society Percussion Composition Contest is designed to encourage and reward those who create music for percussion instruments and to increase the number of quality compositions written for percussion. Many of the contest winners are considered staples in modern percussion literature.

Solo Artist Competition

To encourage the highest level of artistic expression in the art of performance and literature for marimba. Entrants must be college level students (18–25 years of age at the time of entry) who are current VIP Pass subscribers or higher. Up to four finalists will be selected to compete at PASIC 2017 (Nov. 8-11, 2017) in Indianapolis, IN. The contest will include cash awards for the finalists. Selected finalists will have their PASIC registration waived, but are responsible for all other financial commitments (room, board, travel).

International Percussion Ensemble Competition

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

 

2017 applications open February 1st, 2017.
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017, 11 p.m., CST

Competition Categories:
– High school percussion ensemble (9th-12th grade students or equivalent who are currently enrolled in that school).
– Combined collage or non-profit ensemble (9th-12th grade students) .
– College/university percussion ensemble (students who are currently enrolled).

*Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, all performing university ensemble members MUST be active VIP or All Access members, and enrolled in your school, through the event dates of PASIC17. High School and Collage or Non Profit ensembles must be either active VIP or All Access members, or belong to an institution that holds a PAS group membership.

University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble

(2016 IPEC University Winner Showcase Concert)

Awards:

Two high school, one collage (if a collage or non-profit ensemble does not apply, three high school groups will be selected) and three collegiate percussion ensembles will be invited to perform at PASIC 2017 (November 8-11, 2017) 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

High School / Collage 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.
– 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.
– 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 2017 may apply again in 2020.

Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2017 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2017.

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.
– 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 2017 may apply again in 2020.

Procedures:

1) 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).”

2) Recordings may not exceed 30 minutes in length. The judges wish to observe your ensemble in a true concert setting, aka not an idealized “studio” environment. Only recordings made since January 2016 are eligible for the competition.

3) 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.

4) Recordings will become property of PAS.

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

6) Ensembles will be notified of the results in June, 2017.

International Middle School/Junior High Percussion Ensemble Competition

The purpose of this competition is to encourage, promote, and reward the highest level of percussion education and musical excellence among middle school/junior high school percussion ensembles from around the world. One middle school/junior high school percussion ensemble will be invited to perform at PASIC 2017.

2017 applications open February 1st, 2017.
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017, 11 p.m., CST

*Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, all performing ensemble members MUST be active VIP subscribers or higher, and enrolled in your school, through the event dates of PASIC17. Members may also be part of an institution that holds a PAS group membership.

Awards:

One Middle School/Junior High School Percussion Ensemble will be invited to perform at PASIC 2017 (November 8–11, 2017) in Indianapolis, IN. The selected 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.

Eligibility:

• All participants must be current PAS subscribers at the VIP level or higher. Directors must be current PAS subscribers at the VIP Pass or higher. All ensemble members and director(s) must be current PAS members.
• If your school is a group member, you are eligible to apply. Read details about group membership for your school.
• All ensemble members must be in grades 5–8 or international equivalent.
• 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 2017 may apply again in 2020.

Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2017 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2017.

Procedures:

1) Submit audio of your recording by following link on form. Recordings must be of formal live performances in front of an audience. Studio recordings, session recordings, or edited recordings of any kind will be disqualified. Include a track listing of titles and composers for every work.

2) Recordings may not exceed 30 minutes in length. Only recordings made since January 2016 are eligible. Include official programs from concerts of the performances from which the recording was taken for verification of above requirements.

3) All compositions and/or movements must be performed in their entirety.

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

5) Ensembles will be notified of the results in June, 2017.

World Percussion Ensemble Competition

To encourage, promote and reward the highest level of percussion education and musical excellence among high school and collegiate non-Western percussion-based performing ensembles from around the world. One high school or college/university ensemble will be invited to perform at PASIC 2017 (Nov. 8–11) in Indianapolis, IN. The winning ensemble will be featured in a Showcase Concert (50 minute maximum program length).

 

2017 applications open February 1st, 2017.
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017, 11 p.m., CST

*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 PASIC17. For high school entrants, students from an institution that has a PAS group membership will be eligible to perform at PASIC.

Coastal Carolina CalypSamba

World Percussion Ensemble

(2015 WPEC Winner Showcase Concert)

Awards:

One high school or college/university ensemble will be invited to perform at PASIC 2017 (November 8–11, 2017) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winning ensemble will be featured in a Showcase Concert (50 minute maximum program length).

The selected ensemble is expected to assume all financial commitments (room, board and travel), organizational responsibilities, and to furnish their own performance equipment. PAS will provide one piano (if needed), music stands, chairs and one announcement microphone.

Eligibility:

Non-Western percussion-based ensembles are encouraged to apply under the following guidelines:
• All ensembles that apply must be affiliated with a high school, college/university.
• 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.
• Non-drummer/percussionists such as dancers, winds, vocalists, etc are not required to be subscribers/members in order to apply or perform. Additionally, drummers or percussionists who are non-majors (collegiate) will not need to be subscribers/members to apply. However, all of the drummers/percussionists in the winning ensemble, regardless of major, will be required to become a subscriber/member at the VIP Pass level or higher in order to perform at PASIC. For the high school category, students of a PAS group member will be eligible to perform at PASIC. Read details about group membership.
• For the University category, the director of the ensemble must be a current PAS subscriber at the VIP Pass Level or higher and may perform as a member of the ensemble.  High schools have the option of utilizing the group membership for their ensemble. Otherwise, the director must also be a current PAS subscriber.
• Professional guest artists are not allowed to participate as performers on the submitted application recordings.
• Mixed ensembles (e.g., ensembles that comprise performers other than percussionists, such as dancers, vocalists or wind players), as well as ensembles that perform more than one type or genre of non-Western music are encouraged to apply; however, in these cases a majority of the ensemble members must be percussionists.
• Ensembles selected to perform at PASIC 2017 may apply again in 2020.
• Ensembles whose repertoire consists primarily of published works for concert percussion ensemble that are intended to reflect specific non-western musical traditions (aka, Mantle Hood’s Implosion, Christopher Rouse’s Ogoun Badagris, Robert J. Damm’s Hoo Daiko, etc.) would best be served by applying for the International Percussion Ensemble Competition rather than the World Music Percussion Ensemble Competition. Examples of genres/ensembles for whom this competition exists includes, but are not limited to: West African drum ensembles, Indonesian gamelans, folkloric Afro-Cuban ensembles, Trinidadian steelbands, etc.
High school and collegiate/university based ensembles who participate in this competition are encouraged to also submit separate applications for other PASIC appearances, which will be evaluated independently of this competition. Community and professional ensembles are encouraged to submit applications for PASIC clinics and performances, but will not be considered for the purposes of this competition.

Procedures:

1) Submit video recordings with an anonymous identifier.

2) The video 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).” The judges wish to observe your ensemble in a true concert setting, aka not an idealized “studio” environment.

3) The video recording may be made from one or more camera angles, should not exceed more than 30 minutes in length, and should demonstrate a variety of styles and genres relevant to the ensemble. Only recordings made since January 2016 are eligible for the competition.

4) 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.

5) Video recordings will become property of PAS.

6) Video recordings will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The panel will be directed to give preference to the musical aspects of the performance over the extensive use of props, costumes, and choreography. While performance may include culturally appropriate dances, judges will be advised to focus upon the dancers’ interaction within the overall musical aesthetic of the ensemble. Judges will be directed to lower the score of any ensemble that predominantly features the skills of a performing director over the skills of the student members of the ensemble. To view past winning application videos, please search YouTube using the following search terms: “PASIC World Percussion Competition Winning Application.”

7) Ensembles will be notified of the results in June, 2017.

Concert Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition

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

Please check back for 2017 application deadlines.