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Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition 2019

(2 September 2019) Toolbox Percussion is delighted to present the Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition 2019 (TPICC 2019) as a part of the Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA), which will be held during 6 - 12 January 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

There is ONE category in this competition:

1) Toolbox Composition Prize

  • Work scoring for 3 percussionists ONLY (see appendix for the list of percussions).

  • You DO NOT need to use all listed percussion instruments.

  • The submitted work should be between 5-7 minutes in length.

  • Only compositions written within the last five years are eligible for the submission.

  • The submitted work must be written for the full ensemble, no subset is allowed
    (i.e. no percussion duo).

  • Selected works will be performed by member of Toolbox Percussion, during TICA.


  • The age limit for this competition is 35 years and below (as of 31 December 2019).

  • Composers, regardless of nationality are encouraged to apply.

  • Scores that have been awarded, or commercially recorded are not eligible.

  • However, works that are previously performed are eligible.

  • Each applicant may submit only ONE entry.

  • Entry Fee: USD 10

  • The entry fee should be paid through PayPal to toolboxpercussion@gmail.com

  • Deadline: 30 November 2019 at GMT+8 23:59, no late submissions will be considered.


  • Eligible submissions must be sent electronically as a single email and should include:

  • A PDF file of the score (with pseudonym), which may include program and performance notes

  • The composer’s name should NOT appear on the submitted scores.

  • Please send materials to upbeat@toolboxpercussion.org with “TPICC2019” and the applicant’s name in the subject line of the email.

  • Further inquiry please contact: upbeat@toolboxpercussion.org

  • For more information please visit: www.ticafestival.com/tpicc2019


  • The winner of the Toolbox Composition Prize will receive USD 500.
    Three finalists of each category will be invited to participate in the Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA).

  • Finalists will attend a special session with Prof. Ken Ueno (University of California, Berkeley)

  • TICA will provide accommodation for all finalist (5 nights, double occupancy).

  • All selected works will be performed and recorded live during any TICA activities, including score reading and composition workshop.

  • All finalists will receive a festival pass to all TICA events.

  • Finalists are encouraged to attend the festival but this is not compulsory.

  • Travel expenses to TICA and other arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.

  • Selection of the finalist will be announced no later than 6 December 2019 at GMT+8 23:59

  • The Winner will be announced during TICA in January 2020.


List of Percussion Instruments for Toolbox Composition Prize

Percussion 1 - 3 Octave vibraphone, templeblock (set of 5), suspended cymbal (1), triangle (1)

Percussion 2 - 4.3 octave marimba, snare drum (1), splash cymbal (1), triangel (1)

Percussion 3 - 5 octave marimba, bongo, tambourine (1), triangel (1)