Young Musicians Program

Grades 9-12

The Young Musicians Concerts provide an opportunity for advanced high school instrumentalists to perform on a concert professionally produced by CMS at professional home-region venues and 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 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.

The Handel/Halvorsen Duo will not be accepted for 2019. We receive multiple applications of this piece each season, resulting in the exclusion of many talented players since we can only program this one time on the concert.

In 2019, CMS Offers Five Young Musicians Concerts:

Watch past Young Musicians Concerts

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.