Solo Percussion

The Competition

The Percussive Arts Society Solo Artist Competition is the only one of its kind in the USA, happening every year, with the instrument category alternating between Drum Set and Solo Percussion. The second year of the PAS Solo Artist Competition starts in 2021 with Solo Percussion. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2021, with final live rounds taking place June 8-13, 2021.

Requirements

  • Entrants must be 18 - 30 years old on or before June 1, 2021.
  • PAS membership is not required.
  • There is an entry fee of $100 for PAS members and $150 for non-members.

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2021


Solo Percussion Process

Preliminary Round - Online

Submit Audio Files Online
August 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021

All entrants are required to submit two (2) anonymous audio files
of the following:

  • Keyboard solo (marimba or vibraphone) of entrants choosing
  • Multi-Percussion solo of entrants choosing

Quarter-Finals Round - Live

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
June 9, 2021

15 applicants will be selected to perform in quarter-finals live.

All quarter-finalists will be required to play the following:

  • Rebonds (A & B) by Iannis Xenakis
  • One (1) marimba solo from the following:
    • Boomslang by Roshanne Etezady
    • Transience by Jason Eckardt
    • Mirage by Yasuo Sueyoshi
    • Marimba D'amore by Keiko Abe
    • Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman
    • Khan Variations by Alejandro Viñao
    • Dances of Earth and Fire by Peter Klatzow
    • Entlehnungen by Michael Jarrell
    • Empty Shell Girl by Amy Beth Kirsten
    • Velocities by Joseph Schwantner
    • Nightsong by Paola Prestini

Semi-Finals Round - Live

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
June 11, 2021

6 quarter-finalists will be selected to perform in semi-finals live.

All semi-finalists will be required to play the following:

  • One (1) newly commissioned vibraphone solo
  • 20 minutes of free programming

Finals Round - Live

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
June 13, 2021

3 semi-finalists will be selected to perform in finals live.

All finalists will be required to play the following:

  • Micro-Concerto by Steven Mackey
  • One (1) work of finalists' choice, not to exceed 10 minutes

Jury Announcement Coming Soon

Solo Percussion Cash Prizes
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Contact Us

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