SCM biennially hosts the International Artist Competition (IAC) to create an educational platform for up-and-coming marimbists from all over the world to network, compete, and grow professionally. The competition welcomes musicians from all over the world to compete in three categories: Scholastic Solo, Collegiate Solo, and Open Duo. After an audio round via online applications, selected participants will compete in the semi-final and final rounds.

All events will take place online over 2 weekends from June 17-18 and 24-25, 2023. The semi-final and final-rounds, along with the judges’ concert, will be premiered on our YouTube channel and open to the public. Up-and-coming percussionists from all over the world will showcase their talents under three categories: Scholastic Solo, Collegiate Solo, and Open Duo. The IAC will also offer valuable events throughout the live competition, such as the judges’ masterclasses, concerts, and networking opportunities.

CATEGORIES

SCHOLASTIC SOLO: ages 12-18 (not yet graduated from high school)

  • 1st Prize: $500 + merchandise from our sponsors
  • 2nd Prize: $250 + merchandise from our sponsors
  • 3rd Prize: merchandise from our sponsors
  • 4th Prize: merchandise from our sponsors

COLLEGIATE SOLO: ages 18-30 (already graduated from high school)

  • 1st Prize: $1000 + merchandise from our sponsors
  • 2nd Prize: $500 + merchandise from our sponsors
  • 3rd Prize: merchandise from our sponsors
  • 4th Prize: merchandise from our sponsors

OPEN DUO: all ages (marimba + any other instrument)

  • 1st Prize: $1000 + merchandise from our sponsors
  • 2nd Prize: merchandise from our sponsors
  • 3rd Prize: merchandise from our sponsors

COMPETITION DEADLINES

  • Application + audio submitted  –  January 22, 2023
  • Semi-finalists announcement  –  March 1, 2023
  • Semi-final videos submitted – May 1, 2023
  • Final videos submitted – May 15, 2023
  • Finalists announcement – June 24, 2023
  • Awards ceremony – June 25, 2023

Application form, event poster, and judges will be announced soon!

Livestream Dates
Saturday, 6/17: Scholastic Solo & Open Duo Semi-finals
Sunday, 6/18: Collegiate Solo Semi-finals
Saturday, 6/24: Judges’ Concert and Interview
Sunday, 6/25: Final Round (all categories) and Awards Ceremony

Sponsors will be announced soon!