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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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Timeline

  • 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.

Judges

COVID-19

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.

Details

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

There are three categories:

  • High School Solo

    • For current high-school students and 2021 graduates

    • Entry fee - $40 USD

    • REPERTOIRE LIST

  • Collegiate/Open Solo

    • For anyone out of high school and under 33 years of age* +

    • Entry fee - $55 USD

    • REPERTOIRE LIST

    • 2020 Compulsory Piece - Embracing Uncertainty by Chris Prather (this will be distributed to all semi-finalists)

Embracing Uncertainty (mockup)Chris Prather
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  • Open Duo  

    • For any duo of two percussionists on keyboard instruments; at least one player must play marimba on each piece

    • Entry fee - $75 USD (total, not per duo member)

    • REPERTOIRE LIST

(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.