Chamber Music Performance Competitions

National Coordinator:
James Norden, NCTM 

9139 N. Meadowlark Ln.
Bayside, WI 53217

(414) 351-3098


Applications for 2015–2016 will be available in August 2015.

Application Procedure

  • Entry Fee: $120 for each ensemble.
  • Application deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 10, 2014.

Entrant Eligibility

  • The average age of ensemble members must be 18–26 as of January 1, 2015.
  • An entrant may enter in more than one ensemble.
  • An entrant may enter both the Chamber Music competitions and the solo performance competitions.

Competition Categories

String (majority of instruments are string)

  • Award for national winning ensemble made possible by James Norden, NCTM.
  • Winning Ensemble: $3,000
  • Awards made possible by the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund.
  • Second Place Ensemble: $1,500
  • Teacher/Coach of each Winning Ensemble: $200

Wind (majority of instruments are wind)

  • Awards made possible by the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund.
  • Winning Ensemble: $3,000
  • Second Place Ensemble: $1,500
  • Teacher/Coach of each Winning Ensemble: $200

NOTE: Piano will be considered a string instrument.

National Awards

  • In order to receive the monetary award, the winning ensembles are required to perform at the Winners Concert, which takes place from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on the day following the competition at the MTNA National Conference, March 21–25, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ensemble Requirements

  • The ensemble must consist of at least three (3) performers and may have no more than six (6) performers.
  • During the course of a performance, an ensemble may change in size, through the addition or subtraction of personnel. (For example, a woodwind quintet might add a piano and become a sextet, a string quartet might be reduced to a string trio or voice might be added to the ensemble .)
  • Ensembles may be any combination of the following instruments: Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba), Piano, String (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass) Voice (maximum of two vocalists in an ensemble with instruments) and Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone). Ensembles with piano only and voice only are not permitted.
  • No changes in ensemble personnel may be made following submission of the application.
  • The performance is without conductor.


See Performance Competitions Guidelines.

Repertoire Requirements

  • No changes in repertoire are allowed following submission of the application. Repertoire must remain the same for all three levels of the competition (State, Division, National).
  • All repertoire submitted with the application must be prepared for each level of the competition (State, Division, National).
  • Repertoire with voice must be chosen from this list:
Dominic Argento To Be Sung Upon the Water for Soprano/Tenor, Clarinet and Piano
Seymour Barab Bits and Pieces for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
Samuel Barber Dover Beach, Op. 3, for Baritone and String Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven Twenty-five Scottish Songs, Op. 108, for Voices and Piano Trio
Henry Bishop Lo! Here the Gentle, Lark for Soprano, Flute, and Piano
William Bolcom Let Evening Come for Soprano, Viola, and Piano
Johannes Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola, and Piano, Op. 91
Emmanuel Chabrier L’Invitation au Voyage for Voice, Bassoon, and Piano
Ernest Chausson Chanson Perpetuelle for Voice and Piano Quintet, Op. 37
Arnold Cooke Nocturnes for Soprano, Horn, and Piano
Aaron Copland As it Fell Upon a Day for Voice, Flute, and Clarinet
Johann Kalliwoda Heimathlied, Op. 117, for Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano
Conrad Kreutzer Das Mühlrad for Soprano, Horn, and Piano
Charles Loeffler Four Poèms, Op. 5, for Voice, Viola, and Piano
Giacomo Meyerbeer Hirtenlied for Tenor/Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
Alexander Raskatov Five Fragments by Samuel Taylor Coleridge for Voice and String Trio
Maurice Ravel Chansons madécasses for Voice, Flute, Cello, and Piano
Maurice Ravel La flûte enchantée for Voice, Flute, and Piano
Ned Rorem Last Poems of Wallace Stevens for Soprano, Cello, and Piano
Camille Saint-Saëns Une flûte invisible for Voice, Flute, and Piano
Camille Saint-Saëns Violons dans le soir for Voice, Violin, and Piano
Franz Schubert Auf dem Strom for Voice, Horn, and Piano, Op. 119 (D. 943)
Franz Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen for Voice, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 129 (D. 965)
Louis Spohr Six German Songs for Voice, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 103
Igor Stravinsky Berceuse du chat, for Voice and Three Clarinets
Lester Trimble Four Fragments from Canterbury Tales for Voice, Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Ralph Vaughn Williams On Wenlock Edge, for Tenor, String Quartet, and Piano


Repertoire Requirements

  • Performance time:
    • State Competition:
      • Maximum performance time: thirty (30) minutes
    • Division and National Competition:
      • Maximum performance time: forty (40) minutes
  • The program must contain compositions from at least two different  periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary).  Transcriptions are allowed only in ensemble repertoire without voice.
  • Cuts in the music are not permitted.
  • Repeats are left to the discretion of the ensemble.

Competition Music

  • Each ensemble must provide the judge(s) one score or one complete set of parts for each work listed on the application.

Applications are no longer available.

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