Our 2024-25 Performance Application is Now Open Through June 30!

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


Apply early! The number of spaces is limited.

Apply Online

Application Closes

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 9- to 10-minute program of two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods (see musical periods), while fulfilling the additional requirements listed below. These may be transcriptions of music originally composed for another instrument.

Percussion Requirements

The performer must provide all percussion equipment. Choose a 9- to 10-minute program of two 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. If you request the FMMC accompanist, the application form will ask you to upload a PDF of your full score.


John Hoven and Kayondra Reid
Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion Competition Co-Chairs

2024 Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

First Prize:
Louis Westerman (Clarinet)
Walt Whitman High School, 11th grade

Second Prize:
Lydia You (Oboe)
River Hill High School, 11th grade

Third Prize:
Rishab Jain (Percussion)
River Hill High School, 11th grade

Honorable Mentions:
Michelle Pan (Flute)
Winston Churchill High School, 11th grade
Martin Meister (Trombone)
Centennial High School, 11th grade