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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 musicians ages 14-24. Chamber ensembles are invited to compete for a chance to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes.




JANUARY 13 – MARCH 14, 2016
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APRIL 1, 2016


APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 2016
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 13, 2016 and March 13, 2016.

Each ensemble will be assigned to an age group according to the age of the oldest member in the ensemble as of January 13, 2016:

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 2016. 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 13, 2016

* 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?


A screening panel selected by WDAV will review all submissions and choose the best entries in each age group as finalists.

Finalists will be invited to compete in a live competition which will take place at Davidson College the weekend of April 29th – May 1st, 2016. The competition culminates with a live adjudicated concert on in Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall on May 1, 2016.



The Young Chamber Musicians Competition awards a grand total of $10,000 in cash prizes. Each ensemble that participates in the Live Finals held on May 1st, 2016 will receive a share of the cash prize. The outcome of the competition will determine the actual amount received by each ensemble.


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Charlotte Symphony Principal Cellist

Alan Black has been the Charlotte Symphony’s principal cellist for nearly 30 years. In addition to performing with the various ensemble in the Charlotte area, Black is an Artist Associate in cello and chamber music at Davidson College and serves as Artistic Director of the Davidson College Concert Series.


Professor of Music at Wake Forest University

Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. His work – which is performed across the globe – includes symphonic pieces, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, and choral compositions.







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