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.
The Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition, funded by the Widder Foundation in consultation with faculty member Laurie Carney, honors the memory of Ruth Widder, whose lifetime of generosity to Manhattan School of Music, the American String Quartet, and other arts institutions has had a lasting effect on the cultural life of New York. The competition was created in 2015 to encourage high-level study of the string quartet literature by MSM students, and is open to quartets of current students who have played together for at least two semesters. The two winning quartets, selected by a jury comprising members of the American String Quartet and other MSM chamber music faculty, receive cash prizes and are showcased in the annual winners’ concert.
Students and alumni seeking information about regional, national and international competitions sponsored by other organizations should visit the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.