About CMS

Audition Information

The application period for the CMS Two Ensembles 2016-2019 residency is now open. Applications will be accepted for piano trios, string quartets, and woodwind quintets. No other ensemble types will be considered, without exception.

Applying ensembles must provide evidence of an active career or serious commitment to pursuing one. Prior performance experience is necessary, and a broad range of repertoire is desirable. Ensembles should not be contemplating personnel changes within the period of CMS period of residency; CMS reserves the right to terminate residencies in the case of personnel changes. While no age limit exists, CMS is looking for young ensembles that are ready to perform at the highest level in all CMS activity.  Ensembles need not be based in New York.

Completed applications must be submitted by September 1, 2014. Live auditions for invited ensembles will take place at Lincoln Center on January 7, 2015.

For complete application requirements, please download the application instructions.

To access the online application form, please click herePlease note: The online form does not allow for progress to be saved, and cannot be edited once submitted. Review the guidelines outlined in the application instructions PDF carefully, and have all information on hand prior to beginning your application.

The next audition period for CMS Two Individual Artists for the 2018-2021 residency will be in January 2017, and the following round of CMS Two Ensemble auditions January 2018.

Application Frequently Asked Questions

I may not complete the application on time. May I have an extension?
Applications are due by the end of the day on September 1. However, because the CMS offices are closed over the Labor Day weekend, we will keep the application open until 8:00am on September 2.

Any submissions past 8:00am on September 2 will need to be discussed on a case by case basis by contacting dbalcom@chambermusicsociety.org, and may be rejected.

Is there an age limit for CMS Two applicants?
There is no set age limit for CMS Two. The program is for “outstanding young musicians in the early stages of major careers.” The jury will evaluate the current stage of career for each applicant, along with the potential for further growth.

Do you accept ensembles that are not listed in the instructions?
No. We accept only piano trio, string quartet, and woodwind quintets only.

The CMS Two program is designed to fully involve selected artists in all aspects of the Chamber Music Society. As of now, there are not enough opportunities to program other ensembles over the three years of the CMS Two residency to justify their inclusion in the CMS Two program.

I applied for CMS Two in the past. Do I need to resubmit an application?
Yes, all materials must be uploaded to the online portal for review by our jury.

I didn’t receive a confirmation email after completing the application. Was my application submitted successfully?
Once you have reached the “Thank you for submitting your application” page on the CMS website, your application has been received. The CMS staff will review each application for completeness, and respond with a confirmation that all materials are in order by end of day on September 3.

My file size is too large to upload. What do I do?
All media files must be 1GB or less to be uploaded to our online form. If your file is larger, you will either need to break it into multiple files (by movement for a larger work is most helpful), or compress your video into a smaller file. There are many online resources on how to do this, for example: http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Video-Size

My file type was not accepted. What do I do?
We accept many file types, but not all. For the ensemble profile and resumes, we accept pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, html, and zip files. For the media files, we accept aiff, avi, m4a, mp3, mp4, mov, wav, and wma files. If your file is another type, you will need to convert it to one of the accepted file types.

I am having a technical difficulty with the online application not covered in the FAQ. What do I do?
Please detail your technical issue in the email you send to dbalcom@chambermusicsociety.org. Rest assured your application will not be disqualified for a technical issue that pushes final submission past the September 1 due date.