2019 SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition Rules

Grace Kaercher and Maia Chakin, trumpet; Tyler Ricciardiello, horn; George Langengerg, trombone; Thomas Robbins, bass trombone. The students in the brass quintet all attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School and were coached by Jennifer Greene.

Hannah Tobin, violin, Nottingham High School; Yier Jin, violin, Nottingham High School; Cecilia Byer, viola, Fayetteville-Manlius High School; Karina Balian, cello, Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The string quartet was coached by Kathryn Kovarik.


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.

Two musical scores must be presented to the judges.

All competing ensembles will receive written evaluations from our two judges, and a photograph of each group will be displayed at the SFCM website.

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 $100, as will their coaches.

The decisions of the judges are final.

Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, at its discretion, 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 13, 2019. The students would play at 7:30 PM, to be followed by the featured professional ensemble, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

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, March 16, 2019, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Where: Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Application deadline: February 16, 2019
Online application