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Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion

The application for the 2023 competition is now open!

Apply Online

Application Deadline

Competition Date & Time


Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003
Click here for Google Maps directions.


A $35 nonrefundable application fee is required by the deadline. Apply online using a credit card.


Students currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12 who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments and live within 50 miles of Washington, DC. First-place winners from previous years are not eligible.


Repertoire and Requirements

Woodwind & Brass Requirements

Choose a 15–20 minute program of 3 works from 3 different musical time periods (see musical periods), while fulfilling the additional requirements listed below. These may be transcriptions of music originally composed for another instrument.

Percussion Requirements

Choose a 15–20 minute program of 3 solo works fulfilling the requirements listed below:


Any selection written to be accompanied MUST be performed with an accompanist. Contestants may use an accompanist provided free by FMMC or may use their own. The application will require you to give information on your own accompanist or request the FMMC accompanist.

COVID-19 Policies

We are constantly monitoring the situation revolving around COVID-19 and will update COVID-19 policies closer to the date of the competition.


John Hoven and Carole Falvo
Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion Competition Co-Chairs

2022 Winners

First Prize:

Second Prize:
Jackson Bernal (Alto Saxophone)
Thomas S. Wootton High School, 11th grade

Third Prize:
Arturo Salvalaggio (Oboe)
Walt Whitman High School, 12th grade
Michael Wang (Clarinet)
Winston Churchill High School, 12th grade

Honorable Mentions:
Angela Shen (Clarinet)
Winston Churchill High School, 10th grade
Yunah Kwon (Oboe)
Centennial High School, 11th grade