We believe that music programs improve when their directors receive quality instructional feedback and listen to the performances of master music educators. This competition recognizes and awards outstanding performances from exceptional music programs throughout the United States. Entries accepted for concert band, full orchestra, string orchestra, mixed choir, treble choir, boys choir, jazz ensemble, mariachi, and percussion ensemble. It's time to showcase your group!
All groups will receive written and recorded commentary by Nationally acclaimed adjudicators.
The Top 50% of all entries will be named as a National Gold Medalist, National Silver Medalist, or a National Bronze Medalist.
The Top-Ranking performance in each Division will be awarded as a Grand Champion Gold Medalist.
Winners will be posted in national music publications and all participants will receive a digital compilation recording of the Top 10% winning performances.
A portion of all proceeds fund The ARTS Scholarship Program.
April 15 - Registration deadline.
Before you submit, use the "Print My Registration" option at the bottom of the online registration to print a copy for your records. You will need to include this copy of your online registration when you mail your scores.
May 1 - Postmark deadline to mail one original score of each selection with measures numbered, along with a copy of your online registration.
Entrants will be emailed a link for uploading your performance recording.
June 1 - Submission deadline to upload your performance recording.
September 1 - Results posted on the website. All awards shipped and emailed.
$100 Per Performing Group (Non-refundable)
$275 Per Performing Group
Round One Adjudication – The Top 50% of competing groups advance to Round Two.
Round Two Adjudication – In ranking order, the Top 10% are named as National Gold Medalists. For the remaining groups, the upper 50% are named National Silver Medalists, and the remaining are named National Bronze Medalists.
Grand Champion Gold Medalist – awarded to the highest ranking high school and middle school group in each Division. Each group will receive an award plaque recognizing their accomplishment and each student performer will receive a championship medallion.
Certificates – awarded to each group recognized as a National Bronze Medalist, National Silver Medalist, or National Gold Medalist.
Winning groups – will be posted on The ARTS website every year and become a permanent record of these achievements.
Band – two selections (a march may be accepted as one selection)
Orchestra – two selections
Jazz and Mariachi – two compositions of contrasting style
Choral – two selections
Percussion Ensemble – two selections
Band and Orchestra – 35 minutes maximum
Jazz, Mariachi, and Percussion Ensemble– 25 minutes maximum
Choral – 20 minutes maximum
1. WAV (Uncompressed); Sample rate: 44, 100 Hz; Stereo; 16-Bit (required)