Young Musicians Program

Grades 9-12

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 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.

For repertoire ideas, please refer to the Young Musicians Concert Repertoire Guide.

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.

Click here to learn more about the Young Musicians Innovation Challenge 2022.

CMS Offers Five Young Musicians Concerts:

Watch Past Young Musicians Concerts

The 2020 Young Musicians Concerts can be viewed below:
Westchester, Hudson Valley, Connecticut Regional February 2, 2020
Long Island Regional February 11, 2020
New York City Regional March 3, 2020
New Jersey Regional March 12, 2020

The 2019 Young Musicians Concerts can be viewed below:
Westchester, Hudson Valley, Connecticut Regional February 7, 2019
New York City Regional February 15, 2019
New Jersey Regional March 19, 2019
Alice Tully Hall May 2, 2019

The 2018 Young Musicians Concerts can be viewed below:
Long Island Regional
New Jersey Regional
Alice Tully Hall

Performances from previous years can be found on our YouTube channel.