Several prestigious competitions take place each academic year at Manhattan School of Music.
Auditions are held each February by the department chairs of strings, piano, woodwind and voice; brass auditions alternate years with harp/percussion/guitar. 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.
The Artur Balsam Competition for Duos takes place every two years in the spring semester. A wide variety of repertoire is required and will be announced in Fall 2018 with the next competition taking place in Spring 2019.
The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition takes place each semester and includes outstanding groups nominated by the chamber music faculty. Winning groups are invited to perform in a public concert in Greenfield.
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.
Students and alumni seeking information about regional, national and international competitions sponsored by other organizations should visit the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.