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The POTS! 2021 Percussion Festival | Competition is an opportunity for pre-collegiate musicians to perform solo percussion repertoire, and receive valuable feedback from recognized musicians and educators in the music industry. The competition is complemented by a festival that includes an outstanding roster of clinicians, and a jury of experts from the music industry. Click here for more information

Percussion On The Sound or POTS! is a pre-collegiate music ensemble in residence at Hofstra University, minutes from New York City. POTS! debuted on June 8th, 2019 with a concert of solo and chamber music. POTS! meets all year and performs a wide range of percussion works; from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian samba music to seminal percussion ensemble works by composers such as John Cage, and classical music masterpieces that teach the importance of musical expression and style. The 21st Century is the pinnacle for percussionists. We have moved from the back of the orchestra to the forefront of modern music. Click here for more information.


Date
February 28, 2021

General Schedule
11AM - 1PM EDT    TBA percussion clinic. Presentation of finalists in each division.

2PM - 5PM  EDT     Joe Saylor drumset clinic. Award Winners Presentations.

7PM - 9 PM EDT     Competition Winners’ Performances. Featured Artist: Ji Hye Jung, soloist.  

9PM EDT               Social event to follow.


Application Deadline
Friday, January 29, 2021


Application Process

  1. Fill out and submit the application form.
  2. Within the application, make sure to have your parents sign the media release form.  
  3. Make sure to submit a portrait photograph of yourself. 
  4. And make sure to submit your video(s). 


Eligibility
Percussion students currently in grades 6-12.


Age Categories
Division 1: Currently in grades 6-8
Division 2: Currently in grades 9-10
Division 3: Currently in grades 11-12

Instrument Categories
Snare Drum, Mallet Keyboard, Timpani, Drum Set, Multiple Percussion


Registration Fee 
$115 for one instrument and all access to classes and events for one week. 
$25 for each additional instrument* (5th instrument is free)
Registration fees are non-refundable.


Registration Fee Examples
If you are submitting a video on one instrument = $115. 
If you are submitting videos on two instruments = $140. 
If you are submitting videos on three instruments = $165. 
If you are submitting videos on four instruments = $190. 
If you are submitting videos on all five instruments = $190. (5th instrument is free)


Audit Pricing
As an auditor, you have access to all of the events on February 28, 2021, and for one week after the event. 
$40 Early registration by January 29, 2021. 
$50 Register anytime after January 29, 2021. 
$25 Registration for NAFME members. Email a picture of your NAFME ID to potsfestival@gmail.com to receive a discount coupon.

Clinicians/Featured Artist

  • Joe Saylor 
  • Ji Hye Jung 

Click here to meet the artists


Free Open House
December 13, 2020, 5PM EDT
Free event. Registration required.
Register by clicking here


Repertoire
Enclosed you will find a list of sample repertoire. Additional repertoire is encouraged. Music prepared for your state’s 2020/21 music festival (NYSSMA, NJMEA, PMEA, TMEA, etc.) is welcome. Reminder: all application materials are due January 29, 2021. Accompaniments and accompanists are allowed, but not required. Click here for repertoire suggestions.

Prizes
Prizes will only be awarded to participants that compete on two or more instruments. Students who submit two or more instruments will have their scores averaged. The top three final scores in each division will receive prizes. The prizes will be awarded based solely on the submitted recordings. All jury decisions are final. For more information click here.


Video Requirements 

  1. Videos must be recorded after September 1, 2020.
  2. Video may not be longer than five minutes per piece.  The duration of the performed piece excludes applause, and entering and exiting the stage.
  3. Please state your full name, current grade in school, and the name of the piece being performed at the beginning of the video.
  4. Video recordings must be performed by the applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added.  
  5. Participant, and accompanist, if applicable, must remain on the screen for the duration of the video. 
  6. All applications must include video submissions through the Acceptd platform. 
  7.  To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with the jury’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion and ensure that the accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable). Quality of audio and video is important. See important note below.
  8.  Audio only submissions are not allowed.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that the prize winners will be featured at the final concert on the evening of February 28, 2021. Therefore we ask that you record your videos with a clean background. The dress code is smart casual.


Jury
A minimum of FOUR qualified judges will be evaluating the audition materials. Jury members were selected from a pool of renowned musicians, throughout the United States. All Jury decisions are final and irrevocable. 
Click here to meet the jury


Location 
Online. The week before the festival you will receive a Zoom link granting access to all of the events.  


Repertoire
Enclosed you will find a list of sample repertoire. Additional repertoire is encouraged. Music prepared for your state’s 2020/21 music festival (NYSSMA, NJMEA, PMEA, TMEA, etc.) is welcome. Reminder: all application materials are due January 29, 2021. Accompaniments and accompanists are allowed, but not required. Click here for repertoire suggestions.


Sponsors
Hofstra University
Zildjian
Yamaha Music
Vic Firth
Pinnacle Music
Practice Pro

For any questions, please contact potsfestival@gmail.com.

For any technical questions, please check out our Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk