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2024 Competition

Join us for the 11th Annual Great Plains International Marimba Competition, summer of 2024!

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  • April 15 (11:59 pm CST) - Audio Round recordings due

  • July 10-12 - Semi-final Round

  • July 13 - Final Round

  • Audio Round Judges

    • TBA

  • Live Round Judges

    • Kevin Bobo

    • She-e Wu

    • Ji Hye Jung


2024 Composition Competitions

The 2024 Great Plains International Marimba Competition​ Composition Competitions are for the following categories:

Solo Marimba, four-mallet (to be performed by Collegiate/Open finalists)

Marimba Duo (to be performed by Open Duo finalists)

For both competitions, the following information applies:

  • Submissions are due March 15th by 11:59 CST

  • No fee to enter, and no age limit

  • Submissions must be between 2 and 6 minutes in length

  • All submissions must be anonymous - no identifying information on the score or embedded within the mp3 file.

  • All marimba parts must fit on a standard 5.0-octave marimba. The Marimba Duo must be written for two separate marimbas - players should not share a marimba

  • The winner will receive video and audio from the finalist performances

  • To enter, composers must submit a Dropbox link to both a score (PDF) and audio file (MP3) to the with the heading "2024 Composition Competition Entry - Marimba Solo" or "2024 Composition Competition Entry - Marimba Duo"

About the Competition

The Great Plains International Marimba Competition was founded by Dane Romano in 2013 to provide an avenue for musical growth of young marimbists around the world through educational and competitive experiences. This competition seeks to contribute to the quality and evolution of marimba performance through fostering high-level marimba performances, presentations and individual feedback by world-class marimbists, and an annual composition competition. In 2019, the competition was placed under the care of Oklahoma Modern Music Collective, allowing our team to continue to build on the excellent work done by GPIMC founder Dane Romano.

Prizes and Results

All finalists will receive a basket of materials provided by competition sponsors. In addition, first place winners of each category will win a cash prize.

2023 Sponsors - thank you!

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