2019 SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition



The Lilac Quartet, 2018 winner of Best Ensemble Award: Heyu Zhuang, violin, Charles Finney School; Yawen Ding, violin, Pittsford Sutherland High School; Erin Allen, viola, The Harley School; Jacqueline Hager, cello, Brighton High School. The string quartet was coached by Shannon Nance at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.




Sax in the City, 2018 winner of Best Syracuse Area Ensemble Award: Christopher Ziobro, soprano saxophone; Jason Cavanagh, alto saxophone; Jonathan Nethercott, tenor saxophone; Nathan Adler, baritone saxophone. All students in the saxophone quartet attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School and were coached by Rebecca Bizup.


Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is pleased to continue its annual Youth Chamber Music Competition for the 17th year. The primary purpose of this competition is to encourage students in the Central New York area to discover the joy of preparing chamber music for performance under the guidance of a coach.

All participating ensembles will perform before two judges and will receive written evaluations. The students in one or two of the ensembles will be selected to receive prize money, and one group may be selected to perform at the beginning of our final subscription concert before the featured professional ensemble. There is no entry fee for this competition.

The public is invited to attend the competition.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Where: Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Application deadline: February 16, 2019
Online application

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