Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition

Auditions are held each February by the department chairs of strings, piano, woodwind and voice; brass auditions alternate years with harp/percussion/guitar. 2015-16 is a brass year. Participants must have their entire concerto prepared by memory and bring their own accompanist. Winners are assigned concert dates for the next school year, performing with one of the school orchestras. Applications, guidelines and a list of concerti NOT permitted are available at Room 305.

Artur Balsam Competition for Duos

The Artur Balsam Competition for Duos takes place on alternate years in the Spring and includes preliminary and final rounds. Repertoire encompasses three complete sonatas from varying periods including one specified sonata for each type of instrument. The winning duos perform a recital in Greenfield Hall. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Applications and detailed guidelines will be available in Fall 2016 in Room 305 and on-line for the next competition taking place in 2017.

Balsam Guidelines
Balsam Application 2016–17

Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Series

The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition takes place each semester. Outstanding chamber groups are nominated to compete by their coaches. Members of the faculty judge the auditions and select the ensembles who will perform at the winners’ concert in Greenfield Hall. All groups that participate in the auditions may request judges’ comments after the competition date.

Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition

This competition is open to string quartets that have been together for two semesters. A first and second cash prize will be awarded to two string quartets- $2,000 for the first prize string quartet and $1,000 for second prize. Both quartets will play on the Ruth Widder String Quartet Award Winners’ Concert.

Outside Competitions

Students and alumni seeking information about regional, national, and international competitions sponsored by other organizations should visit the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.