Hosted by NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program (Jonathan Haas, Director)


Final Round: October 6, 2018

NYU Steinhardt’s Frederick Loewe Theatre

Jonathan Singer, artistic director


Objectives: To encourage the advancement of xylophone performance by drawing attention to the xylophone’s potential, expanding upon its repertoire, and focusing on the instrument’s rich history.



Category I:

1st prize -- $500 gift certificate to Steve Weiss Music*

2nd prize -- $250 gift certificate to Steve Weiss Music*

3rd prize -- $250 gift certificate to Third Floor Bazaar*


Category II:

1st prize -- $250 gift certificate to Steve Weiss Music*

2nd prize - $150 gift certificate to Third Floor Bazaar*

3rd prize -- $100 gift certificate to Third Floor Bazaar*

*All prizes include various mallets, music, etc. from participating companies TBA



Category I: 19-28 years old

Category II: 18 years old and younger


Recording Requirements

Submit a video recording (Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) to xylopholks@gmail.com by September 15, 2018 of:

·      A 19th Century solo work adapted or arranged for xylophone with accompaniment (piano, marimba, etc.)*

·      ONE selection from The MassChap 2010 Xylophone Collection.**


Finalists will be invited to compete on Saturday, October  6, 2018 at New York University.  The live repertoire will comprise of the music from your recording AND:

·      A 20th Century solo work with accompaniment (from before 1945, EXCLUDING music composed or arranged by George Hamilton Green, Jr.)

·      Sight-reading


Admission Fee

There is no fee to participate in the Xylophone Now! Competition.

In lieu of an application fee, finalists are required to provide their own accompanist(s) on October 6th.  Instruments will be provided, but finalists may choose to bring their own xylophone.


A note about repertoire selection:

Participants will be judged on their musicianship, and encouraged to select repertoire that best highlights their abilities.



Ian Finkel, Xylophone Soloist

Tony Steve, Professor of Percussion, Jacksonville University

Shaun Tilburg, Principal Percussion, Phoenix Symphony

Additional jury members TBA


*Solo works should be selected to showcase your musicianship, skill, and ability to adapt classical repertoire to the xylophone.

**Scores available for purchase from https://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1129145/mallet-solo