The Young Musicians Program provides an opportunity for advanced high school instrumentalists to perform on a Regional Concert professionally produced by CMS at home-region venues and at the Young Musicians Concert at Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall. High school student chamber music ensembles are invited to submit applications through their school music department to be considered for participation. Selected ensembles will receive professional coaching by Chamber Music Society artists.
Instrumental, vocal, or mixed ensembles with only one performer per part may apply. A school may submit no more than three ensembles for consideration. To best support chamber music instruction in school music programs, the Young Musicians Program is only for ensembles meeting the following guidelines:
- All students in the ensemble must attend the same high school at the time of application as well as at the time of performance.
- All students in the ensemble must actively participate in their school music program (eg. orchestra, band, chamber music club).
- The application must be submitted by the school music teacher on behalf of their students. The school music teacher must agree to serve as the sole point-of-contact between CMS and the student ensemble.
- The program is open to students in public or private schools, but not pre-professional or community music schools.
Ensembles must select a single movement, or single movement work, from the chamber music repertoire. No arrangements or instrument substitutions will be accepted without prior approval by the CMS Education and Community Engagement Department. Original student compositions are also acceptable. The difficulty of the music chosen should reflect the ability of the players.
Duos and Sonatas (piano with one instrument) should feature equally challenging parts. Please note these ensembles are judged to a higher standard than larger ensembles that are more inclusive of students from the school music program.
Ensembles with percussion must be able to provide and transport their own percussion instrument(s) and equipment if selected.
The Handel/Halvorsen Duo and any work for two pianos will not be accepted.
Young Musicians Westchester-Hudson Valley-Connecticut Regional Concert
Open to all high schools and homeschool consortiums in Connecticut and New York State north of New York City
Young Musicians Long Island Regional Concert
Open to all high schools and homeschool consortiums in Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County)
Young Musicians New York City Regional Concert
Open to all high schools and homeschool consortiums in New York City
Young Musicians New Jersey Regional Concert
Open to all high schools and homeschool consortiums in New Jersey
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