Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is the largest and oldest continuous chamber music competition in the United States.
In 1973, Joseph E. Fischoff and fellow members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society sought to establish a competition for the expressed purpose of encouraging young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. What began as a small, mainly regional, event subsequently grew to international significance. While the first competition consisted of six ensembles, today it averages around 125 ensembles, representing 22 nationalities , and divided into two categories, string and wind.
Fischoff is the only national chamber music competition with both senior divisions (ages 18–35) and a junior division (age 18 and younger). Since its founding, more than 6,600 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education. The Fischoff attracts the finest and most talented young musicians from around the globe & winning a prize at the Fischoff is a coveted honor.
The annual competition currently takes place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, specifically at the venues of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The 45th Annual Fischoff Competition will be held May 11-13, 2018. The Fischoff competition continues to place an emphasis on music education, with jurors delivering written comments and personal critiques to competitors. Master classes are also offered to junior division (age 18 & younger) quarterfinalist ensembles. A total of $34,000 in prize money is awarded and the winners of the Senior Division Gold Medals also participate in the Double Gold Tour.
Beyond the Competition
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association partners with competition alumni to bring free music programs to children through a program known as the Fischoff Arts-in-Education Residency. According to the Fischoff website, these programs have served more than 58,000 community children since 1995 and reach more than 6,000 underserved and at-risk young people every year. Through this program, high-quality artists perform for and interact with children who otherwise often have limited experience and/or access to live classical music performance. The programs are taken directly to audiences in familiar environments – in schools, libraries and community centers. Additionally, Fischoff offers programs to support and encourage area high school-aged musicians.
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