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Modern Snare Drum Competition

Feb 19, 2020, 10:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Entries Accepted Beginning in February

The Cleveland Institute of Music will host the Modern Snare Drum Competition, sponsored by Pearl, May 29–30, 2020. The competition will begin accepting applications in February.Open to percussionists age 26 and under, the competition aims to promote snare drum literature and educate the percussion community on a wide array of snare drum repertoire and newly commissioned works.

Marc Damoulakis, co-head of CIM’s percussion department and principal percussionist of The Cleveland Orchestra, serves as director of the competition, an annual event that promotes and advances the art of snare drumming and is the only competition that focuses exclusively on the instrument. 

The contest expands the existing snare drum repertoire through commissioning new works, as well as bringing to the percussion community newer, original works for snare drum that are not as well known. Damoulakis emphasizes that the competition has done more for snare drum repertoire “than anything else I know of” and has seen students play pieces now that three years ago were considered difficult “with ease and panache.”

The jury will include She-e Wu, associate professor of percussion at Northwestern University, and Charles Settle, principal percussionist of the Toronto Symphony. Details about competition age qualifications, rules, prize money, repertoire and more may be found by visiting the competition’s website at

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