SCHOLASTIC SOLO (NEW: grades 9-12 at the time of registration)
  • Preliminary round (audio only): 5 minutes max. (NEW: complete solo or an excerpt of a longer piece by a living composer)
  • Semi-final round (NEW: video recording): 5 minutes max. (can be the same as the audio round)
  • Final round (NEW: video recording): 10 minutes max. (free recital; must include a piece or excerpt that hasn’t been played in previous rounds)
OPEN DUO (all ages)
  • Preliminary round (audio only): 10 minutes max. (NEW: complete duet(s) or an excerpt of a longer piece by a living composer)
  • Semi-final round (NEW: video recording): 10 minutes max. (can be the same as the audio round)
  • Final round (NEW: video recording): 15 minutes max. (free recital; must include a piece or excerpt that hasn’t been played in previous rounds)
COLLEGIATE SOLO (ages 18-30 at the time of application)
  • Preliminary round (audio only): must submit 2 recordings (for a total of 15 minutes max.)
    • NEW: A work or movement(s) by a living composer
    • NEW: A contrasting work or movement(s) by any other composer of your choice
  • Semi-final round (NEW: video recording): 10 minutes max. (can repeat piece(s) from the audio round)
  • Final round (NEW: video recording): 15 minutes max. (free recital; must include a piece or excerpt that hasn’t been played in previous rounds)

NEW: Recording tips

  • Please use ONE front camera angle only (1080p + 30fps) to show the entire keyboard and performer
  • External stereo mics and bright lighting are strongly recommended
  • All music in each round must be recorded live in one take – audio and visual edits of the performances are not allowed
  • *If all of the above requirements are met, participants may use past recordings from any time after September 2019*

Some notes and advice as you prepare for the competition:

  • NEW: you may visit our Database of Marimba Works by BIPOC Composers for repertoire suggestions!
  • You are also welcome to perform transcriptions, adaptations, or arrangements for any round.
  • We recommend selecting works that best represent your strengths and personality. Ask yourself what kind of music you would want to program in your own recital and if the audience will understand your musical intention.
  • Concertos or any chamber group having more than 2 people do not qualify for the open duo category.
  • Please time yourself for each round, as going overtime will delay the other competitors’ time schedules and may lead to a penalty in your results for the round.
  • We suggest performing your pieces in front of many different audiences before recording. They can give you useful feedback and help you deal with performance nerves.

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