Contests/Competitions

Solo Artist Competition

The only one of its kind in the U.S., the new PAS Solo Artist Competition will happen every year, with the instrument category alternating between Drum Set and Solo Percussion.

2020 Competition | Drum Set - June 17-19, 2020
2021 Competition | Solo Percussion - June 2021

Applications for the 2020 Solo Artist Competition are closed.

Composition Contest 

To encourage and reward composers who write music for percussion instruments and to increase the number of quality compositions written for percussion.
 
2020 Competition:
Duet for two performers with at least one percussion part. Any combination of instruments may be used (as long as at least one part is for percussion), including a duet for two percussionists. Electronic audio accompaniment (fixed audio or live electronics) does not count as the second performer.
 
Awards:
  • $3,000 grand prize (up to two honorable mentions – $250.00 each). Additional pieces may be acknowledged by the judges due to their quality. These pieces will not receive financial awards.
  • Winning composition, Honorable mention(s), and additional pieces selected by the judges will be listed on the PAS website with composer’s picture and bio.
  • Winning composition and Honorable mention(s) will be listed along with review of work(s) in Percussive Notes during early 2021.
  • Winning composition and Honorable mention(s) will be further announced at PASIC.
  • Winning composition will be performed in the USA shortly after the winner is announced. Other performances around the world may occur based around availability of performers. 

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.

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).


Contact Us

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