2020 Composition Contest

2020 Great Plains International Marimba Competition

Composition Contest: Work for Solo Marimba

2020 Composition Contest Winning Embracing Uncertainty by Chris Prather

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Composition Requirements

Duration: 3:00 – 6:00 minutes

Instrument Range: 5.0 Octave Marimba

This competition seeks a technically challenging solo marimba work that requires two or four mallets. Composers should feel free to explore all avenues of sound production when writing for this contest. However,  please keep in mind that this work must be at the level of an international marimba competition with the understanding of the time restrictions placed on the contestants for learning the work as well as the understanding that the instruments being used are not personal to each contestant.

Submissions must include a digital mock up or recording of the piece and two copies of the score. One score with your name as composer, and one score with no name printed. All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges. Please e-mail your completed submissions to greatplainsperc@gmail.com with the subject line “2020 Competition”

Criteria for selection

  • Meets requirements: duration, instrument range
  • Technical level appropriate for an international collegiate competition
  • Engages the listener
  • Idiomatic
  • Contributes to and/or advances the repertory

Entry Deadline: February 23rd, 2020. Winner Announced on March 1st, 2020.


Winner Announcement:

After the winning piece has been chosen a recording or mock up will be posted to the competition website.

Collegiate finalists (up to 6 performers) will perform the piece at the live competition on June 21st, 2020.

Recordings of the final round performances will be given to the composer.