Contests/Competitions

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 (8 members max).



Deadline for submissions: September 29, 2017

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. Instrumentation and category restrictions are determined by the PAS Composition Committee each year and the deadline for entries is April 15th.



2017 applications are now closed.

Solo Artist Competition

To encourage the highest level of artistic expression in the art of performance and literature for percussion. Entrants must be college level students (18–25 years of age at the time of entry) who are current VIP Pass subscribers or higher. Three 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).



2017 applications are now closed.

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, high school and collegiate percussion ensembles.



2017 applications are now closed.

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 are now closed.

PAS Composition Contest


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Percussive Arts Society
110 W. Washington Street Suite A 
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: (317) 974-4488
F: (317) 974-4499
E: percarts@pas.org