2020 International Percussion Ensemble Competition

PLEASE NOTE: We will continue to proceed with the current International Percussion Ensemble Competition (IPEC) process and timeline. The deadline for IPEC is April 30, 2020, and ensembles will be notified of results in June 2020. Selected ensembles will perform at PASIC 2020. There are no plans to change, postpone, or cancel PASIC 2020 as it is still 8 months away.

Under current circumstances, we understand that all groups submitting may have less material. Regardless of the amount of material you have, we highly encourage you to submit if you are interested in doing so. Also, please note that recordings made in January 2019 and beyond are eligible for the competition.

If you have any questions regarding IPEC, please contact us at percarts@pas.org.

Purpose: The purpose of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition is to encourage, promote and reward musical excellence among middle school/junior high percussion ensembles, high school, nonprofit percussion ensembles, and college/university percussion ensembles.

Competition Categories:

  • Middle School/Junior High percussion ensemble (6th–9th grade students or international equivalent who are currently enrolled in that school).
  • High School percussion ensemble (9th–12th grade students or equivalent who are currently enrolled in that school).
  • Nonprofit ensemble (students through 12th grade).
  • College/University percussion ensemble (students who are currently enrolled).

Awards: One (1) middle school/junior high, three (3) high school/nonprofit community ensembles, and three (3) collegiate percussion ensembles will be invited to perform at PASIC 2020 (November 11–14, 2020) in Indianapolis, IN. Each ensemble will be featured in a Showcase Concert (50–minute maximum program length).

Selected ensembles are expected to assume all financial commitments (room, board, travel), organizational responsibilities, and furnish their own performance equipment. PAS will provide one piano (if needed), music stands, chairs, basic sound reinforcement and lighting. Selected ensembles will be required to stay in the PASIC hotel block.

Middle School/Junior High, High School & Nonprofit Eligibility:

  • All participants must be active members of PAS. The participants (director and all ensemble members) can either: (1) have individual PAS memberships at the VIP level or higher, or (2) be a part of a group membership through their school/organization. International memberships are also valid when applicable. Please be prepared to submit membership information for all members with this application. This includes the full name of the ensemble member and the email address associated with their PAS membership. PAS ID numbers are NOT required.
  • If your school is a group member, you are eligible to apply. Read details about group membership for your school.
  • Ensemble directors and/or professional soloists are not allowed to participate as performers on the recording.
  • Recorded submissions must be unedited and complete selections/movements from live, public concerts. Any edits will disqualify entry.
  • Students must be enrolled in the school of the ensemble in which they are performing.
  • Students may not participate in a percussion ensemble from more than one school.
  • Ensembles selected to perform at PASIC 2020 may apply again in 2023. Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2020 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2020.

College/University Eligibility:

  • All directors and ensemble members (excluding non-percussionists) must have a current PAS membership at the VIP or All Access levels. International memberships are also valid when applicable. Please be prepared to submit membership  information for all members with this application. This includes the full name of the ensemble member and the email address associated with their PAS membership. PAS ID numbers are NOT required.
  • Ensemble directors and/or professional soloists are not allowed to participate as performers on the recording.
  • Recorded submissions must be unedited and complete selections/movements from live, public concerts. Any edits will disqualify entry.
  • Students must be enrolled in the school of the ensemble in which they are performing.
  • Students may not participate in a percussion ensemble from more than one school.
  • Ensembles selected to perform at PASIC 2020 may apply again in 2023. Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, please note that ensemble members who graduate in the spring 2020 semester are not eligible to perform at PASIC 2020.

Procedures:

  • The recording must be created from a single live concert OR composed of a compilation of selections from multiple concerts recorded in front of live audiences in “one take” (editing between selections for the sake of time constraints is permitted).” The combined length of your recording submission(s) should not exceed thirty (30) minutes. The judges wish to observe your ensemble in a true concert setting, aka not an idealized “studio” environment. Only recordings made since January 2019 are eligible for the competition. All compositions and/or movements must be performed in their entirety. Include official programs from concerts of the performances from which the recording was taken for verification of above requirements. Include a track listing of titles and composers for every work. Recordings will become property of PAS.
  • All complete applications will be evaluated by a panel of five judges, whose feedback will be provided to the ensembles.
  • Ensembles will be notified of the results in June, 2020.

Note: If your ensemble is selected to perform, all performing college/university ensemble members MUST be active VIP or All Access members, and enrolled in your school through the event dates of PASIC 2020. Middle School/Junior High, High School and Nonprofit ensembles must be either active VIP or All Access members, or belong to an institution that holds a PAS group membership.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY AT PERCARTS@PAS.ORG