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Youth Chamber Music Competition Winners

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Youth Chamber Music Competition

Since 2003 SC Baroque Festival has offered an annual Youth Chamber Music Competition to encourage young music students to participate in chamber music ensembles. The competition is open to chamber ensembles consisting of Santa Cruz-county and Santa Clara-county(*) student musicians (Santa Clara-county student musicians admitted on a space-available basis). To participate in the competition's auditions, a competition entry form must be submitted on behalf of each group (please see annual timeline below). Each member of the winning ensemble receives $100 up to a total of $400 and performs during the Baroque Festival's Season Concert II or III. Second place winners receive $50 each up to a total of $200 and are recognized along with honorable-mention award groups. While groups are encouraged to compete by playing Baroque and other early music (pre-1750), the competition is also open to instrumental ensembles performing Classical and Romantic concert repertoire.

This competition has been generously supported by
the David E. Kaun Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

Annual Timeline:
(Please check for specific dates on the current Competition Entry Form or contact us).
Competition Q & A:

Who is eligible to participate?
Baroque Festival is challenging and encouraging the high-school-age artists that will become the next generation of professional concert artists. All applicants must be in high school or of high school age, meaning 18 or younger if not actually currently in high school. Students not yet in high school are also welcome to enter

Does the repertoire have to be baroque or early music?
No. While we encourage students to explore this repertoire, the competition is judged solely on musical merits. Repertoire from all periods in the European classical tradition is welcome. Ideally your selection should exhibit the best of your group's playing as ensemble!

How many movements does our group need to prepare?
There is no required number of movement. The performance limit is 10 minutes. Most groups prepare one selection.

Are there any specific requirements for playing several movements (era, tempo, style, etc.)?
No. We simply encourage groups to present 10 minutes of their best repertoire.

What counts as a chamber group?
An ensemble ranging from 2 to 10 players.

Are singers admitted to the competition?
Yes, singers are welcome to enter the competition as part of a chamber ensemble.

Can a student enter the competition as part of more than one ensemble?
Yes, but individual students may enter in no more than two different ensembles in a given competition year.

Is there a fee for participating?
No, there is no fee. However, the SCBF is a non-profit concert series that operates on an annual break-even budget. If you wish to support our efforts, we would very much appreciate any additional donations.

How can I/my student/my child find a chamber group to play in?
Start by asking your music teacher for possible match ups with other students of the same studio or colleagues. You can also ask your band or orchestra teacher for suggestions. Other potential resources could be a community music school, or youth symphony program in your area. Forming a chamber ensemble requires a little bit of extra commitment, but it is all the more rewarding.

What level of musicianship is expected?
Most competing students play at an advanced level. However, the objective of the competition is to give music students further incentive to pursue chamber music, and we encourage new entrants to try out for the competition, even if your group is not certain about winning!

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Our events are in part supported by grants from the Arts Council Santa Cruz County