2017 SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition Rules

Epongue Ekille, violin, Fairport High School; Vivian Yu, piano, Pittsford Mendon High School; and Jonathan Madden, cello, Fairport High School. The piano trio was coached by Doleen Hood.

Steven Yee, violin, Fayetteville-Manlius High School: Hannah Kang, piano, Fayetteville-Manlius High School; and Irene Yee, cello, Christian Brothers Academy. The piano trio was coached by Gregory Wood.

Samuel Nitsch, violin, Penfield High School; Raymond Feng, piano, Pittsford Sutherland High School; and Jackie Hager, cello, Brighton High School. The piano trio was coached by Doleen Hood.


Participating students must be in grades 7–12 and enrolled in a New York school district within 90 miles of Syracuse or home schooled in one of those districts (this includes Ithaca, Utica, Watertown, and Rochester).

Ensembles must be comprised of 3 to 8 musicians playing on standard orchestral instruments. Ensembles competing in past years have included string trios and quartets, trios and quartets that include piano, woodwind and brass quintets, woodwinds with strings, and ensembles of all the same instrument (e.g., cello or saxophone quartets).

We prefer repertoire that has been composed for the designated instruments—arrangements and transcriptions are discouraged. The piece or pieces performed must have contrasting sections, with one to three movements and a total duration of 5 to 15 minutes.

Each ensemble must have a coach. Coaching is available through schools, private teachers, or membership in Junior Pro Art.

Two musical scores must be presented to the judges.

All competing ensembles will receive written evaluations from our two judges. The judges may exercise their discretion concerning the length of ensembles' presentations at the audition and at the concert.

The judges will, at their discretion, select a single Best Ensemble. All competing ensembles are eligible for this award. If any of the students in that winning ensemble live in a school district more than 30 miles from Syracuse, then the judges may also select a Best Syracuse Area Ensemble. (Canastota, Fulton, Auburn and Cortland are all within the 30-mile radius.)

Each of the musicians in the Best Ensemble (and the Best Syracuse Area Ensemble, if different) will be awarded $50, and a photograph of the ensemble(s) will appear at the SFCM website.

The decisions of the judges are final.

Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music may invite one of the ensembles to perform its selection(s) at the final Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music subscription concert of the season, on Saturday evening, April 29, 2017. The students would play at 7:30 PM, to be followed by the featured professional ensemble, the American String Quartet with pianist Anton Nel.

You will be notified about your audition time. You may request a particular audition time, and we will try to accommodate your request.

If you have any questions, email sfcm00@gmail.com or call 315-682-7720.

Parents, teachers, and friends are encouraged to attend the competition.

When: Saturday afternoon, March 18, 2017
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society, 250 Waring Rd., Syracuse
Application deadline: February 18, 2017.
Online application