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The Young Musicians Innovation Challenge gives high school musicians the unique opportunity to compete for the chance to launch innovative chamber music projects with mentorship and financial support from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Proposals are adjudicated on creativity, viability, sustainability, and ways in which projects address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Student teams in the tri-state area are invited to apply with their school music departments or afterschool program director using instructions below.

Submission deadline: Fri, Nov 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Past winning projects (see below) have included a podcast featuring interviews with chamber musicians and ensembles from diverse backgrounds; an app which educates listeners about the cultural heritage of chamber music composers and allows chamber musicians to share recordings with each other; and an in-person and digital concert series focusing on chamber works of underrepresented composers. 

2023 Challenge


Youth Chamber Initiative
Team Members: Alana Chiang, Lindsey Lee
School: Juilliard Pre-College

The Virtual Chamber Gallery
Team Members: Jack Brenner, Talia Elyaho, Taj Malhatro, Kajal Ramphul, Maverick Williams
School: John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School

Honorable Mention

Melodies Across
Team Members: Emma Hong, Emma Kuo
School: Juilliard Music Advancement Program

Teaching Music Improvisation Through Drama and Peer Leadership
Team Members: Shenqui Cui, Ethan Dayani, Zach Musheyev, Mizuki Natsu
School: John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School

2022 Challenge


Team Members: Jillian Chang, Joy Yang
School: William A. Shine Great Neck South High School

Visioned by Sound
Team Members: Evan Lee, Karl Li, Emily-Jane Luo, Andre Tsou, Jeremy Ng, Eliana Weinsaft
Program: Scarsdale High School

Honorable Mention

Team Members: Brayden Chien, Sebastian Lennox, Drew Kim
School: William A. Shine Great Neck South High School

Harlem Harmony: Promoting Music Education for All
Team Members: Olivia Oh, Rebecca Cho
Program: The Julliard School Preparatory Division

2021 Challenge


Establishing a Chamber Music Educational Association
Team Members: Sahar Tartak, Sara Rafaeli, Ashley Schlusselberg, Maverick Williams, Christopher Yang
School: John L. Miller Great Neck North High School

Musical Diversity: Promoting the Chamber Music of Historically Underrepresented Composers and Their Cultural Heritage
Team Members: David Vallejo, Giah Bush, Isabella Ortiz, Ricardo Mendez
Program: Miami Music Project

Lobby Music Project
Team Members: Nina Phillips, Scott Levy, Kevin Khadavi, Stephany Barbu, Jason Mei
School: John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School

The Whole Note Podcast: Voices of Chamber
Team Members: Amy Baskurt, Heather Wang
Program: Juilliard Pre-College, The Juilliard School

Chamber Connect
Team Members: Rosanna Gao, Arianna Alvarez, Nancy Schoen, Eli Newman, Yonatan Eilon
School: William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School
With: David Ren (New Hyde Park Memorial High School)

Honorable Mention

Global Cultural Representation Initiative
Team Members: Kevin Zhu, Xiaozhou Xu
Program: Juilliard Pre-College, The Juilliard School

Project Connect
Team Members: Eugene Yoo, Cynthia Tan, Sophia Brodsky
School: Stuyvesant High School

Additional Information

Dates for programs are subject to change. 

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