*Online registration for the 2019 International Artist Competition is now closed.

SCHOLASTIC SOLO (grades 6-12 at the time of registration)

  • Audio round: 5 minutes max. (complete solo or an excerpt of a longer piece)
  • Semi-final round: 5 minutes max. (can be the same as the audio round)
  • Final round: 10 minutes max. (free recital; must include a piece or excerpt that hasn’t been played in previous rounds)

OPEN DUO (all ages)

  • Audio round: 10 minutes max. (complete duet(s) or an excerpt of a longer piece)
  • Semi-final round: 10 minutes max. (can be the same as the audio round)
  • Final round: 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)

  • Audio round: must submit 2 recordings (for a total of 15 minutes max.)
    • A work or movement(s) composed before 1900
    • A work or movement(s) composed after 1900
  • Semi-final round: 10 minutes max. (can repeat piece(s) from the audio round)
  • Final round: 15 minutes max. (free recital; must include a piece or excerpt that hasn’t been played in previous rounds)

Some notes and advice as you prepare for the competition:

  • Please refer to our list of suggested works to see our expected level of difficulty for each division. You may choose repertoire within or outside of this list.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to perform transcriptions, adaptations, or arrangements for any round.
  • 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.
  • Please use appropriate mallets. Our judges and SCM directors have the right to request for you to change mallets at any time if they are considered too hard for the instrument. You may be asked to pay a replacement fee for any cracked or broken bars that result from your playing.
  • We suggest performing your pieces in front of many different audiences. They can give you useful feedback and help you deal with nervousness on stage.

Suggested Works


  • Abe, Keiko – Dream of the Cherry Blossoms; Frogs; Marimba d’amore; Wind Sketch
  • Arlen, Harold – Over the Rainbow (arr. Robert Oetomo)
  • Bach, J.S. – Cello Suites; Lute Suites; Violin Sonatas/Partitas
  • Bricusse, Leslie and Newley, Anthony – Pure Imagination (arr. Alex Stopa)
  • Burritt, Michael – Caritas
  • Debussy, Claude – Children’s Corner
  • Finley, Benjamin – Evergreen
  • Friedman, David – Marshmellow
  • Hall, Dave – Apocalyptic Etude
  • Halt, Markus – Marimbics
  • Koshinski, Gene – Two
  • Lin, Chin Cheng – April Sky; Wind
  • Muramatsu, Takatsugu – Land
  • Picard, Guillame Le – Abaca
  • Sammut, Eric – Ameline; Cameleon; Four Rotations; Libertango; Stroboscope
  • Sejourne, Emmanuel – Generalife; Romantica
  • Stout, Gordon – Astral Dance; Two Mexican Dances
  • Tan, Adam – Moon; Path
  • Thrower, John – True Colours
  • Trevino, Ivan – Immigrant Song; Memento; Song Books
  • Tyson, Blake – A cricket sang and set the sun
  • Selections from Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba


  • Abe, Keiko – Prism, Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs
  • Aldridge, Robert – From My Little Island
  • Bach, J.S. – Chaconne in D Minor; other selections
  • Bennett, Richard Rodney – After Syrinx II
  • Burritt, Michael – Caritas
  • Chen, Hsin-Yi – The Swallow
  • Cheung, Pius – Classical Sonata; Etudes
  • Debussy, Claude – Arabesque no. 1; Children’s Corner
  • Druckman, Jacob – Reflections on the Nature of Water
  • Etezady, Roshanne – Boomslang
  • Ewazen, Eric – Northern Lights
  • Fujikura, Dai – repetition/recollection
  • Golinski, Tomasz – Luminosity
  • Halt, Markus – Marimbasonic
  • Hersh, Howard – Run!
  • Ichiyanagi, Toshi – The Source
  • Ignatowicz, Anna – Toccata
  • Klatzow, Peter – Dances of Earth and Fire
  • Koshinski, Gene – Two
  • Lansky, Paul – Three Moves for Marimba
  • Levitan, Daniel – Baroque Suite; Marimba Singular
  • Mackey, Steven – See Ya Thursday
  • Marjan, Csaba Zoltan – Niflheim
  • Miki, Minoru – Time for Marimba
  • Pereira, Joseph – Five Pieces for Solo Marimba
  • Reynolds, Roger – Autumn Island
  • Sammut, Eric – Cameleon; Variations on Porgy and Bess
  • Schuller, Gunther – Marimbology
  • Schwantner, Joseph – Velocities
  • Spencer, Julie – Chelsea Window; Pink Elisa Spring; White Squirrel
  • Stout, Gordon – Sedimental Structures
  • Sueyoshi, Yasuo – Mirage for Marimba
  • Tanaka, Toshimitsu – Two Movements for Marimba
  • Thomas, Andrew – Merlin
  • Vinao, Alejandro – Burritt Variations; Khan Variations
  • Selections from Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba


  • Abe, Keiko – Wind Across Mountains; Wind Sketch
  • Ignatowicz, Anna – Passacaglia
  • Koppel, Anders – Toccata for Vibraphone and Marimba
  • Lee, Thomas Oboe – 8 Tarot Cards
  • Lin, Chin Cheng – Wind
  • Morag, Adi – Octabones
  • Ravel, Maurice – Alborada del Gracioso
  • Sejourne, Emmanuel – Departures; Losa
  • Stout, Gordon – Skylark Orange Circles
  • Taylor, Michael – Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba
  • Thomas, Andrew – Three Transformations
  • Trevino, Ivan – Into the Air; Chasing Shadows
  • Tyson, Blake – Vertical River
  • Vinao, Alejandro – Spanish Groove
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