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The ACMS faculty believes that well run youth music competitions can have a positive effect on young musicians. Competitions provide a much needed showcase for young people doing great things in music. When combined with excellent technical and musical preparation, as well as proper mental understanding of its purpose and usefulness, competitions can be a valuable tool for assessment and progress on an instrument.

Here are the top regional and national events that we support and send competitors to, in order to engage with their peers.

Founded in 2006, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition is a national event featuring the top high school string quartets in the country. The SPSQC's primary mission is to celebrate excellence in string quartet playing, foster an increased appreciation for the chamber music art form, and enhance the music culture in this country. 

Junior Division Finals: April 22, 2023

Senior Division Finals: April 29, 2023

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The Midwest Young Artists  Discover National Chamber Music Competition is held 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).

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Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, USA, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today.  


Launched in 2010, the annual nationwide Coltman Chamber Music Competition provides performance experience and expert commentary to advanced applicants. Winners of the competition are offered a cash prize in addition to multiple performance opportunities including a live-broadcast on KMFA 89.5.

The 10th Annual Coltman Competition will be held on March 4 & 5, 2023 at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

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