Young Musicians Innovation Challenge

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is excited to launch the first-ever Young Musicians Innovation Challenge open to high school students in the tri-state area or the cities of Miami, FL or Philadelphia, PA! This new competition challenges teams of 2-5 high school-age students to launch innovative projects which would benefit the chamber music world. Projects may focus on areas like performance, pedagogy, access, social impact. Proposals are being adjudicated on creativity, viability, sustainability, and ways in which projects address diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teams selected from the Preliminary Round will receive two coaching sessions from Members of the Board and Global Council of CMS in preparation for the Final Round.

Up to 5 teams will be selected at the Final Round to receive a scholarship of $1000 paid to their school or program to implement their proposed project by the end of the 2020-21 school year.



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

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