International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Student Competition

An international competition for young students from all over the world


Due to the continuing world-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Student Competition is being further rescheduled. The deadlines are given below.

All queries related to the competition should be directed to:

Here they are, the winners of the “My World of Sounds” competition!

The IYS Steering Committee has processed the votes received from both the Expert Jury and the Popular (Web) Jury and we are happy to announce that awards and special mentions have been assigned to the winners of the International Year of Sound 2020-2021 Student Competition!

We congratulate all the winners for the achieved result! We received contributions from 16 nations all around the world. More than 650 items had been sent to national representatives for the first category of the competition (drawings — primary school) and more than 50 items for the second category (stanzas — middle and secondary schools). There has been wide participation from the popular jury as well (4833 likes for category I and 517 likes for category II).


Category I — DRAWINGS (Primary Schools)

  1. Turkey (Istanbul) Neslÿ Ergün – School: Çekmeköy Final Middle School
  2. Chile (Melipilla) – Laura Isabel Paredes Catalan – School: Colegio Melipilla
  3. Hong Kong (Tung Chung) – – Cheung Han Ching – School: Ching Chung Hau Po Woom

Category II — STANZAS (Middle and Secondary Schools)

  1. Italy (Florence) – class 3°E – School: IC “Puccini”
  2. Spain (Besalù) – Roger Cortés, Laia Cuesta, and Coral Coll – School: Institut Escola Salvador Vilarrasa
  3. Spain (Valladolid) – Leader Alba Sánchez Domínguez – Class 3rd D/E.S.O. – School: I.E.S. La Merced

to view the winning entries, click here.


Category I — DRAWINGS (Primary Schools)

  • Croatia – Lotrščak Primary School

Category II — STANZAS (Middle and Secondary Schools)

  • Egypt – School:EBIS (Egypt British International School)
  • Greece – School: 5° Senior High School – 1° Technical School of Corfù
  • Italy – School: IC Puccini
  • Italy – School: Istituto Salesiano dell’Immacolata
  • Portugal – School: Manteigas
  • Russia – School: School 46
  • Serbia – School: British International School
  • Spain – School: I.E.S. La Marced
  • Spain – School:Cisneros
  • Thailand – School: The demonstration school of Ramkhamhaeng University – DS.RU. Acapella
  • Thailand – School: Bangkok Christian College – The 1852
  • Thailand – School: Horwang School – Supawit
  • USA – School: home school

An International Competition for students of Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools from all over the world

The competition is structured in two categories:

  • Competition for students of Primary and Middle Schools (approximately from 5 to 12 years old);
  • Students are asked to produce hand-made drawings, pictures, patchworks, collages and similar, related to their world of sounds, inspired by the the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World” and, possibly, by melody and refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World”.

  • Competition for students of Secondary Schools (approximately from 13 to 18 years old).
  • Students are asked to write a stanza of 4 verses (lines) in mother tongue and/or in English, inspired by the melody and the refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World” as well as by the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World”.

Entries can be submitted by individual students or by groups of students. Groups can be from within a class or a whole class.

You can find the competition and submission details in the following link: IYS-2020_Competition-Regulations [November 2020]. If you would like the banner (shown to the right), you can download it from this link: Poster_IYS2020 (4.5 MB).

    Revised Deadlines:

  • Participants must send items to the IYS2020 National Representative by 30 April 2021
  • Each IYS2020 National Representative selects their three finalists, awarded as National winners, and send their items to the ICA IYS2020 Steering Committee (Competition Coordinator Office) by 31 May 2021
  • Evaluation from Expert Jury and Web Jury will take place from 1 June 2021 to 15 July 2021
  • Winners and awarded items will be announced by 15 September 2021

The song “The Sound Of The World” is now available, below. These are the final professional versions.

(5.1 MB)
The Sound Of The World (GUIDE) – final.mp3
This file is a professional version of the song in which the refrain and an example of stanza are played and sung by a band.

(5.1 MB)
The Sound Of The World (End of Stanzas and Refrain) – final.mp3
This file is a professional version of the song in which the refrain and the final verse of the stanzas (“…the sound of the world”) are played and sung by a band.

(3.3 MB)
The Sound Of The World (Minus Voice) – final.mp3
This file is the original version for singing stanzas and refrain. There is no melodic line of lyrics, only background music: The vocals written by students can be added to this track.
The following documents contain music, lyrics and chords of the refrain and of a stanza that has been written as an example for students to guide them in writing their stanzas.

(59 KB)
The Sound Of The World – final.pdf
The music sheet in this file represents notes, chords and text of the refrain on the pentagram, so students and teachers can play it.

(25 KB)
The Sound Of The World – LYRICS AND CHORDS – final.pdf
This “tablature” version (just lyrics and chords, without solo notes) may be useful for those that want to accompany playing guitar, without knowing how to read the pentagram.

This Student Competition is being sponsored by the HEAD-Genuit Foundation.

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