Phoenix Percussion Composition Competition

Call For Scores Begins: April 1st, 2024



The Phoenix Percussion Composition Competition honors the memory of Gregory Andrew Paroulek, percussion and composition student at the University of Delaware, by encouraging and supporting composition and performance of new works for percussion from around the world. The following is a performance of one of Greg's compositions for Percussion Ensemble:

Ackward, Composed by Gregory Paroulek, Performed by the University of Delaware music students on an SCI Student Chapter concert in 2007

Composition Requirements:

  • The Original Composition may be an existing work (new and existing works permitted)
  • 5 to 15 minute work for Percussion Ensemble (4+ players; any instrumentation)
  • With or Without Electronics
  • With or Without Piano
  • Composition can be written in any style
  • Difficulty of the Composition is at the discretion of the Composer
  • Open to Composers of Any Age
  • Open to Composers of any Nationality
  • Composers may submit up to two separate works
  • Previously Commissioned Works or Published Works may not be Submitted


The Composer who submits the winning composition will receive:

  • $500 USD Cash Prize
  • Performance of Composition by the University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble (1 year exclusivity)
  • Audio and Video Recording of the Performance at University of Delaware
  • Publication with Bachovich Music Publications (Pending the agreement of the winning composer)

Publisher may contact additional finalists for possible publication of their composition

Entry Requirements

  • PDF version of the score must be submitted with the composer's name on the score
  • If the score is not computer generated, the manuscript must be clearly notated
  • Recording or midi realization is required
  • Winning Composer will be responsible for supplying all parts

Submission of Materials:

Electronic entry only via the New Music Engine. To enter, please click: New Music Engine
For technical support on New Music Engine, please email

Competition Important Dates

  • April 1st, 2024: Call for scores begins
  • July 31st, 2024: Score submission deadline
  • September 1st, 2024: Winner Announcement
  • 2024-2025 Academic Year: Performance of winning composition (Date to be announced)

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