Discover National Chamber Music Competition

Discover National Chamber Music Competition

2018 Discover National Chamber Music Competition Results


Open Competition Overall Winner: Asrai Quartet

  • Strings/Piano Division Winner: Asrai Quartet
  • Strings/Piano Division Honorable Mentions: Nova Piano Trio, CAS Trio, Orenda Quartet
  • Other Instruments Division Winner: Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet
  • Other Instruments Division Honorable Mentions: Flianello, St. Louis Guitar Quartet


MYAC Competition Overall Winner: Trio Keluvania

  • Strings/Piano Division Winner: Trio Keluvania
  • Other Instruments Division Winner: Impromptu Quartet
  • Honorable Mentions: Trio Jayus, Callisto Quartet, Dysania Quartet

On behalf of everyone at MYAC, thank you for joining us in this year's competition, and congratulations to all!

The Midwest Young Artists 10th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Ravinia Festival's Bennett Gordon Hall. The annual competition is designed to provide an educational as well as a competitive experience for young chamber ensembles. The competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger and is comprised of two divisions (Open and MYAC). The competition is open to all instruments and divided into the following two categories: Strings & Piano and All Other Instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds). Contestants compete for over $5,000 in cash prizes and scholarships and the winner of each category in each division will perform in a Winners Recital on April 14, 2018 at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Center.

2018 Competition - February 18, 2018

Ensembles may consist of 3 to 8 musicians. Ensembles may use no more than one piano. Set-up and tear-down may take no longer than 2 minutes.

There are 2 Divisions :
1. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Division
2. Open Division

Ensembles in the MYAC Division must be active participants in the MYAC Chamber Music Program. All other ensembles will be entered in the Open Division. The competition is for students in 12th grade and younger as of the 17-18 academic year.

There are 2 Categories in each Division:
1. Strings & Piano
2. All other instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds)


Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia, 201 St. Johns, Highland Park, IL 60035 - MYAC Orchestra Division and Open Division

Repertoire Requirements

Repertoire must include a minimum of 15 minutes total playing time and include at least two contrasting movements, not necessarily from the same work. Jurors will select 10 minutes of music from the submitted repertoire list. Ensembles will be informed of the selections before or upon entering the warm-up room. Warm-up time is 20 minutes in length with a short break before performance time. (Please note: The warm-up room will include a piano for pianists.)

No ensemble will be allowed to practice in the performance hall prior to the ensemble's performance time.

Two complete sets of the original scores will be required of each ensemble. Failure to meet score requirements will result in disqualification.

Awards and Prizes

One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the MYAC Division.
One Overall Winning Ensemble will be selected from the Open Division.

Overall Winners

  • The winner of each division will perform on a Winners Recital on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the MYAC Center. (Additional performance opportunities to be arranged.)
  • The Overall Winning Ensembles will each receive a Cash Award of $1,000.

Category Winners

  • Category winners for each Division will receive a MYAC Tuition Scholarship for each member of the ensemble (valued at $250 per member) to be used towards the 2018-19 academic year Chamber Program or 2018 Summer Music Festival.

Application & Entry Fee

The deadline for the 2018 Discover National Chamber Music Competition is February 1.

Applications and entry fees must be received by 11:59 p.m. CSTon February 1, 2018.

The competition entry fee is $50 for ensembles presently enrolled in the MYAC Chamber Music Program (no charge for Intensive Chamber Music groups) and $100 for other ensembles.

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Hotel Reservations

Out-of-town participants are encouraged to use the MYAC Discover Competition rate at the Marriott Courtyard Highland Park/Northbrook (1505 Lake Cook Road) for this event. To utilize this rate, click here. To reserve over the phone, call 866-381-4803 and ask for the MYAC Discover Competition rate.

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