SCM’s International Artist Competition aims to create an educational platform for up-and-coming marimbists from all over the world to network, compete, and grow professionally. Through the competition, we hope to discover promising young artists and help them launch their career in music.

We are happy to announce our 3rd season of our competition taking place online from June 17-18 and 24-25, 2023! The semi-final and final-rounds, along with the judges’ concert, will be livestreamed and open to the public.

COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES

SCHOLASTIC SOLO: $60 application fee (not yet graduated from high school OR age 17 and under by January 1st, 2023)

  • 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

OPEN SOLO: $90 application fee (already graduated from high school by January 1st, 2023; no age limit)

  • 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: $120 application fee (for 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

Applicants who are 17 and under who have graduated high school by January 1st, 2023 can choose either Scholastic Solo or Open Solo, but not both.

Participants may participate in both Open Duo and one other solo category.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Applicants need to sign in with a Google account to access the form. Applications are due by January 22nd.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A complete application form, including sheet music and audio file(s)
  • Registration fee

After you submit both the online form and payment, SCM will send you an email to confirm that your application process is complete.

REGISTRATION FEES

Below are the registration fees for each category:

  • Scholastic Solo: 60 USD per application
  • Collegiate Solo: 90 USD per application
  • Open Duo: 120 USD per application

The registration fee (not including transfer or currency exchange fees) must be paid in full by bank transfer. The application form will direct you on how to make your payment after completion. We cannot accept checks, and this fee is non-refundable.

We will send you an email notification confirming your payment + application. Please note that this can take several days to process.

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing our fee waiver application for our 2023 International Artist Competition! 

Thanks to our generous donors, we are offering several fee waivers for students with financial hardship.

Anyone who is interested in applying for consideration may submit an application here. The form includes a short answer portion (300 words max.) and a required signature from a current or former teacher.

The deadline to submit a fee waiver is January 8th, 2023 @ 11:59PM PST.

COMPETITION DEADLINES

  • Application + audio submitted  –  January 22, 2023
  • Semi-finalists announcement  –  March 1, 2023
  • Semi-final recordings submitted – May 1, 2023 (11:59pm PDT)
  • Final recordings submitted – May 15, 2023 (11:59pm PDT)
  • Finalists announcement – June 24, 2023
  • Awards ceremony – June 25, 2023

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR APPLICATION

  • Applicants will receive written feedback from our judges
  • We will accept approximately 12 scholastic, 12 collegiate, and 6 duos for the semi-final round
  • Applicants selected for the semi-final round will receive the opportunity to participate in masterclasses, attend the judges’ concert, and network with some of the best artists of our generation
  • We will accept approximately 4 scholastic, 4 collegiate, and 3 duos for the final round

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