2021 Competition

The Great Plains International Marimba Competition returns to Oklahoma City University for a live event from July 7-10, 2021!

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  • Audio submissions are due April 15, 2021. Results will be sent to competitors by May 15.

  • Semi-finals are July 8 and 9.

  • Finals are July 10, with an awards presentation occurring later that day.



Due to the global rollout of vaccines, we are currently planning on an in-person competition. If the program must switch to a virtual competition, we will announce the change when we announce semi-finalists on May 15.



There are three categories:

Embracing Uncertainty (mockup)Chris Prather
00:00 / 06:00

(33+ are eligible only if currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, masters, doctoral, or performance certificate program)

+ If you would have been eligible for the 2020 Collegiate/Open Solo competition and are no longer eligible, please reach out to us to enter the competition

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, Oklahoma Modern Music Collective absorbed the competition, 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.

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