Ictus International Music Competition

"Accenting the Best in Music" 

Band & Orchestra Competition Guidelines


Over $6,000 in prizes available.

Who Can apply?

Bands/ Wind Ensembles and Orchestras in the following five categories*:

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Youth Ensemble
  • Community Ensemble
  • University/College/Conservatory Ensemble

HOW to apply?

All of our applications and fees are processed through https://app.getacceptd.com/ictus . You can use this link or click the red "click here to apply" button above. PLEASE NOTE - THE APPLICATION WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL MARCH 2018.

You can start your application and save your work if your video is not yet ready to upload. 

What will you need to apply? 

1.)    Basic contact information

2.)    (for high schools and middle school only) Information on the number of students enrolled at your school and the number of musical ensembles offered. (not applicable to college/university, youth ensembles or community ensembles)

3.)   Video recording no longer than 25 minutes in length. This can be one continuous video, or up to 4 separate videos. This must be recorded within the past year (May 2017 to June 2018). Repertoire selection is open. 

4.)    Biography of ensemble

5.)    Picture of director (optional)

6.)    Photo of ensemble (optional)

7.)    2 originals or copies (with written permission from publisher) of the score for judging purposes

8.)    $275 application fee due at submission. *If your school has limited resources please contact us via e-mail at info@ictuscompetition.com

How Does Judging Work?

Tapes submitted by the deadline of June 1st, 2018 are forwarded to judges in each category from which finalists are selected and written feedback is provided.  Finalist in each category are then selected and notified by the end of July.  Those tapes selected for the finals are then re-judged to be placed in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention in each category and notified by September 1st, 2018. Cash awards, publicity and interviews (podcast or skype) will be given to the 1st prize winner in each category.* Every ensemble that submits a tape will receive written feedback. 

*Please note that the full rules and regulations are on the application website and on terms of use link at the bottom of this webpage.