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Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Players

The 2021 Competition has passed. Congratulations to the winners and participants!

Application and Video Submission Deadline

Dates for the 2022 competition will be posted here in August 2021. This competition traditionally takes place in mid-March.

Virtual Competition

Our 2021 competition will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic and we are asking all participants to submit a video with their application to serve as their entry to be judged. Because of that, we do not have an in-person date and time for the competition. Please see below for all video requirements and special instructions.

Winners will be announced no later than March 26, 2021.


A $35 non-refundable 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 ineligible.


Repertoire and Accompaniment

We recognize that the coronavirus pandemic complicates the use of an accompanist for your recordings. Normally we provide an accompanist free of charge for your use on the day of the competition. To adapt that service for a virtual competition, we are happy to arrange for you to perform with our accompanist in a socially distant and safe setting if you need it and we will make your recording for you. This recording session will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, timing dependent on how many students need to use this service. If you need to take advantage of this option, please email by March 1, 2021. We will then develop a schedule and email it to all participants.

Woodwind & Brass Requirements

Percussion Requirements

Video Requirements


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

2021 Winners

First Prize:
Krystal Wu (Clarinet)
Centennial High School, 11th grade

Second Prize:
Joshua Kucharski (Trumpet)
DeMatha Catholic High School, 11th grade

Third Prize:
Jackson Bernal (Alto Saxophone)
Thomas S. Wootton High School, 10th grade

Honorable Mentions:
Arthur Hu (Bassoon)
Montgomery Blair High School,  12th grade
Hyun Jun Cho (Tenor Trombone)
Winston Churchill High School, 10th grade