The Competition

Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PAS feels it is in the best interest of everyone involved to cancel the 2021 Solo Percussion Competition originally scheduled for June 2021 in Rochester, NY.

While we are disappointed to have to cancel the 2021 competition, we are eagerly awaiting restarting our Solo Artist Competitions in 2022 with our Drum Set Competition and 2023 with Solo Percussion.

Given these unprecedented times, we are happy to announce the 2021 PAS Virtual Solo Percussion Competition. 


  • Entrants must be 18 - 30 years old on or before June 1, 2021.
  • PAS membership is not required.
  • There is an entry fee of $20 for PAS members and $50 for non-members.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021


Submission Details

Individuals must submit TWO separate audio files containing two (2) pieces demonstrating your diversity as a solo percussionist. You may play a single movement or several movements from a multi-movement piece as one of your submissions. No video files will be accepted.

Examples of acceptable submissions:

  • Ex1: Marimba and Multi-Percussion
  • Ex2: Vibraphone and Snare Drum
  • Ex3: Snare Drum and Marimba

*Please note that the examples above are just examples and NOT required pairings

Submissions should NOT exceed 20 minutes total.

Winners will be notified by June 1, 2021


2021 Virtual Solo Percussion Jury

PAS Solo Vibraphone Commission in honor of 100th Anniversary of Vibraphone

 Ayanna WoodsAYANNA WOODS is a composer, bandleader, and Grammy-nominated performer from Chicago. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous. A collaborator across genres and forms, her work spans new music, theater, film scoring, arranging, songwriting, and improvisation. She earned her B.A. in music from Yale University. Woods is currently recording the debut EP for her band, Yadda Yadda.

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