Discover National Chamber Music Competition

Discover National Chamber Music Competition

2016 Discover National Chamber Music Competition Winners Announced

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The Midwest Young Artists 8th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition was held on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Ravinia Festival's Bennett Gordon Hall. The annual competition is designed to provide an educational as well as a competitive experience for young chamber ensembles. The competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger and is comprised of two divisions (Open and MYA). The competition was open to all instruments and divided into the following two categories: Strings & Piano and All Other Instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds). Contestants competed for over $5,000 in cash prizes and scholarships and the winner of each division will perform in a Winners Recital on March 12, 2016 at the Midwest Young Artists Center.

2016 Judges were: Dmitri Kuznov, cello, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; Michael Maccaferri, clarinet, Eighth Blackbird; David Perry, violin; Pro Arte String Quartet/Chicago Philharmonic/University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yena Reznik, piano, host/Playful Talk Radio Show

2017 Competition - February 26, 2017

Ensembles may consist of 3 to 8 musicians. Ensembles may use no more than one piano. Set-up and tear-down may take no longer than 2 minutes.

There are 2 Divisions :
1. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Division
2. Open Division

Ensembles in the MYAC Division must be active participants in the MYAC Chamber Music Program. All other ensembles will be entered in the Open Division. The competition is for students in 12th grade and younger as of the 16-17 academic year.

There are 2 Categories in each Division:
1. Strings & Piano
2. All other instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds)

Venue

Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035

Repertoire Requirements

Repertoire must include a minimum of 15 minutes total playing time and include at least two contrasting movements, not necessarily from the same work. Jurors will select 10 minutes of music from the submitted repertoire list. Ensembles will be informed of the selections upon entering the warm-up room. Warm-up time is 20 minutes in length with a short break before performance time. (Please note: The warm-up room will include a piano for pianists.)

No ensemble will be allowed to practice in the performance hall prior to the ensemble's performance time.

Two complete sets of the original scores will be required of each ensemble. Failure to meet score requirements will result in disqualification.

Awards and Prizes

One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the MYAC Division.
One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the Open Division.

Overall Winners

  • Overall Winning Ensembles will perform on a Winners Recital on March 4, 2017 at the MYAC Center. (Additional performance opportunities to be arranged.)
  • The Overall Winning Ensembles will each receive a Cash Award of $1,000.

Category Winners

  • Category winners for each Division will receive a MYAC Tuition Scholarship for each member of the ensemble (valued at $250 per member) to be used towards the 2017-18 academic year Chamber Program or 2017 Summer Music Festival.

Application & Entry Fee

The deadline for the 2017 Discover National Chamber Music Competition is February 1. Sign up for MYA e-Subscriptions to receive updates.

Applications and entry fees must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2017.

The competition entry fee is $50 for for ensembles presently enrolled in the MYAC Chamber Music Program and $100 for other ensembles.

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Complete Entry Fee Payment

After submitting the application, you can pay your entry fee via PayPal.

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Hotel Reservations

A competition hotel will be made available closer to the competition dates.

Awards and Prizes

One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the MYAC Division.
One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the Open Division.

Overall Winners

  • Overall Winning Ensembles will perform on a Winners Recital on Date TBD.
  • The Overall Winning Groups will each receive a Cash Award of $1,000.

Category Winners

  • Category winners for each Division will receive a MYAC Tuition Scholarship for each member of the ensemble (valued at $250 per member) to be used towards the 2017 Summer Music Festival or 2017-18 academic year Chamber Program.

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