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Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Classical Public Radio 89.9 FM WDAV, with the generous support of OrthoCarolina, presents the Young Chamber Musicians Competition for young musicians (ages 14-24). Aspiring young chamber ensembles are invited to submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes.





Assemble your group, practice two pieces.



Register and upload your performance videos



Announcement of finalists, public online voting occurs


MAY 2015
Finalists perform, winners selected

Who are we looking for?

The Young Chamber Musicians Competition is open to chamber ensembles with musicians between ages 14-24. Ensembles must consist of 2-10 musicians. All instruments are eligible, excluding voice and all electronic/amplified instruments.

How do we participate?

There is no charge to enter the competition.

All entries must be submitted via ycmc.wdav.org between January 21, 2015 and March 20, 2015.

Each ensemble will be assigned to an age group according to the age of the oldest member in the ensemble as of January 21, 2015:

14-18 years old
19-24 years old

Entrants must submit two (2) separate classical music works of distinct styles and periods:

1770 and earlier (Baroque and earlier)
1770-1810 (Classical)
1811-1900 (Romantic)
1900-1950 (Modern)
1950-present (Contemporary)

Both works must include performance of at least one full movement of the piece in question. They must be the same works the ensemble will perform if selected as a finalist to perform at a live concert in May 2015. The two works performed must be submitted as two separate videos. The filename of each submitted video must include the title of the work performed.

The camera angle of the video must be continuous; no editing is allowed.

There is no limit to the length of the works submitted. However, the judges are not obligated to view more than the first 5 minutes of each submission.

Who's eligible to participate?

* All entrants shall have reached their fourteenth (14th) birthday but not their twenty-fifth (25th) birthday as of January 21, 2015

* At least two (2) but no more than ten (10) musicians

* All members of the ensemble must perform on both selected works

* No vocalists are allowed

* Once the entry is submitted, changes in personnel are only allowed with the prior approval of WDAV

* No configuration requiring multiple pianos are allowed

* No electronic instruments are allowed

How will winners be selected?

First Round: The first round of review and judging of the video submissions shall be conducted entirely by a screening panel selected by WDAV which will review all submissions and will choose the two (2) best entries in each age group as finalists.

Second Round: The video submissions of the finalists in each age group will be posted on ycmc.wdav.org, at which point members of the public will be allowed to vote for one finalist in each group. The finalists will also be invited to perform in front of a live audience at Davidson College’s Tyler-Tallman Hall on a May 2015.

First and second place between these finalists will be determined on a one hundred (100) point scale as follows:

Public Vote: The ten (10) available points will be allocated according to the percentage of the popular vote received by each finalist. For example, if one finalist receives sixty (60) percent of the popular vote, it will receive six (6) points in this portion of the scoring with the other finalist receiving four (4) points.

Performance: The live performance is a requirement for finalists. Ninety (90) percent of the score will be allocated to the judging panel’s scoring of each entry, which will be based on (1) interpretation, (2) ensemble sound and unity, (3) technical accuracy, and (4) overall performance effect.


Prizes will be allocated as follows among the selected Finalists:

19-24 years old
* First place $1,500
* Second place $1,000

14-18 years old
* First place $1,250
* Second place $750

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WINNER AGE 14 – 17

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Watch the final competition:

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio

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