Entry Requirements

Important Update:

With the continual disruptions caused by COVID-19, we have decided that the best course of action is to suspend the 8th Annual Great Plains International Marimba Competition. Here’s what you need to know:

1. We will accept audio recordings from now until April 1, 2021 for the 2021 competition. This allows people to record now if they would like to.

2. Anyone who has submitted the application fee will have it refunded, unless they would like for us to keep it as their 2021 entry fee.

3. Both the Collegiate/Open category and the Open Duo category will be open to anyone that was eligible to compete this year. This is similar to what WGI is doing regarding age-outs, and hopefully what DCI will do.

4. The high school category will remain unchanged. If you are a high school senior, you will need to compete in the Collegiate/Open category next year.

5. We fully intend for the same judges to participate next year – if anything changes we will post it.
6. Please follow the Great Plains International Marimba Competition Facebook page to keep up to date (linked below). This group will be disbanded, as it is a much less efficient way for us to distribute information.

7. Send any questions to greatplainsperc@gmail.com

Thank you, The Great Plains International Marimba Competition

High School

  1. Entrants must be currently enrolled in a high school program
  2. OR have just graduated from a high school program in the spring of 2020.

Round 1- Preliminary Round (Recorded) – 1 piece from the list. (10 minute max.)

Round 2- Semi-Final Round (Live)- 1 piece from the list (May repeat from recorded round).

Round 3- Final Round- 2 Pieces: one from the list and one piece of your choice. (May repeat from round 1 or 2, must perform one piece that was NOT recorded or performed in the semi-final round).

Collegiate/OPEN

  1. Entrants for the Collegiate/Open Division must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, masters, doctoral, performance certificate program, OR be no more that 32 years of age.

Round 1- Preliminary Round (Recorded) – 2 pieces: Any J.S. Bach Prelude or Gigue from the Cello Suites (12 options, you may also choose from the Gigues in the Solo Violin Partitas), and 1 piece from the list. (15-20 minutes max.)

Round 2- Semi-Final Round (Live)- 2 pieces: Any J.S. Bach Prelude or Gigue from the Cello Suites(12 options, you may also choose from the Gigues in the Solo Violin Partitas ), and 1 piece from the list. (15-20 minutes max.) (May repeat from recorded round).

Round 3- Final Round- 2 Pieces: Composition Contest Compulsory Solo Work TBA March 1st after all submissions have been reviewed, and one piece of your choice that was not recorded or performed in the semi-final round.  (15-20 minutes max.)

Open Duo

  1. Entrants can be currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, masters, doctoral, performance certificate programs, OR be no more that 32 years of age.

Round 1- Preliminary Round (Recorded) – 1 piece from the list. (12 minute max.)

Round 2- Semi-Final Round (Live)- 1 piece from the list and 1 piece of your choice. (20 minute max.) (May repeat from recorded round)

Round 3- Final Round (Live) 2 Pieces: one from the list and one piece of your choice. (May repeat from round 1 or 2, must perform one piece that was NOT recorded or performed in the semi-final round).

The first round requires the submission of an audio recording to be reviewed by the 2020 Audio Judge. Please make sure that your audio recording is of a high quality. Editing is prohibited and all recordings should be ONE performance of each piece. 

  • All files must be submitted in mp3 format through the website
  • Total size of all files must not exceed 100mb
  • Name of file should consist only of letters, numbers, and dashes (please, no international characters)
  • Please use the name of the piece followed by the first and last name of the composer when you are naming the files