Discover National Chamber Music Competition

I was vary happy to be a part of the event today. It was well organized... I found it inspiring that these young people love chamber music so much. I think the future is in good hands!
Yvonne Lam, Violinist, Eighth Blackbird

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2016 Discover National Chamber Music Competition

The Midwest Young Artists 8th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, February 14, 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 is open to all instruments and is divided into the following two categories: Strings & Piano and All Other Instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds). Contestants will be competing 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. The competition is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

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 (MYA) Division
2. Open Division

Ensembles in the MYA Division must be active participants in the MYA 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 15-16 academic year.

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

2015 MYA Division Results

Overall Division Winner and Other Instruments Category Winner:
Trio Volta (Joe Bricker, percussion; Finley Lau, percussion; Daniel Sahyouni, percussion)

Strings and Piano Category Winner:
Calliope Trio (Sofiya Kyrylyuk, viola; Torin Bakke, clarinet; Daniel Rong, piano)
Strings and Piano Honorable Mentions:
Piano Trio Royale (Masha Lakisova, violin; Haddon Kay, cello; Derek Chung, piano)
Quartet Appassionato (Angela Noh, violin; Robert Sanders, violin; Michelle Manson, viola; Anastasia Dalianis, cello)

2015 Open Division Results

Open Division Overall Winner and Strings and Piano Category Winner:
Quartet Étoile (Serena Harnack, violin; Gallia Kastner, violin; Freya Irani, viola; Alexandra Ayoun Kim, cello)
Strings and Piano Honorable Mentions:
Atara String Quartet (Karisa Chiu, violin; Hannah White, violin; Tess Krope, viola; Krystian Chiu, cello)
Le Grande Trio (Hava Polinsky, vioiln; Eric Cho, cello; Michael Lu, piano)
Fortis Piano Quartet (Joshua Brown, violin/viola; Kitsho Hosotani, violin/viola; Nathan Mo, cello; Daniel Szefer, piano)

Other Instruments Category Winner:
Ambassador Woodwind Quintet (Jennifer Wang, flute; Anne Pinkerton, oboe; Katia Waxman, clarinet; Allen Jiang, bassoon; Claire Engman, horn)
Other Instrument Category Honorable Mention:
Precipice Saxophone Quartet (Shane Woods, soprano saxophone; Tina Uhrenbacher, alto saxophone; Ricardo Rangel, tenor saxophone; Abraham Martinez, baritone saxophone)

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 MYA 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 12, 2016 at the MYA 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 MYA Tuition Scholarship for each member of the ensemble (valued at $250 per member) to be used towards the 2016-17 academic year Chamber Program or 2016 Summer Music Festival.

Application & Entry Fee

The deadline for the 2015 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, 2015.

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

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Hotel Reservations

Out-of-town participants are encouraged to use the MYA rate ($84/night) at the Hyatt Deerfield (1750 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL) for this event. To utilize this rate, click here to reserve your room online.

Awards and Prizes

One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the MYA 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 12, 2016.
  • The Overall Winning Ensembles will each receive a Cash Award of $1,000.

Category Winners

  • Category winners for each Division will receive a MYA Tuition Scholarship for each member of the ensemble (valued at $250 per member) to be used towards the 2016 Summer Music Festival or 2016-17 academic year Chamber Program.

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