DIVISIONS

DIVISIONS

GENERAL COMPETITION INFO

PREPARATION

Ensembles should receive a minimum of three coachings from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition, however we strongly encourage weekly coachings. Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers, none of whom may be full time professional musicians.* Please email us if you have any questions or need help finding a coach.

*A full time professional musician is considered someone who earns the majority of their income as a performing musician or music teacher. This does not apply to the Emerging Ensemble Division.

DIVISION DETERMINATION

We have recently updated our Divisions. Check our division pages for more specific information. Please reach out if your group has a unique circumstance regarding ages, grades or with any other questions about division determination. We will be happy to find a solution together!

Ensembles entering in Junior, High School, and Performing Artists divisions may not have a faculty or staff member as part of their ensemble.

COMPETITION RESULTS

Results will be announced March 19, 2023 via email, social media, and the NCF website.

Comment sheets will be provided within six weeks of the festival.

Visit the registration page & sign up today!

JUNIOR

The Junior Division inspires and motivates through goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities for students in elementary and middle school, offering young musicians gentle, supportive guidance and perspective on playing their instruments individually and with others. Participants are introduced to the world of chamber music, attend concerts featuring professional ensembles, and are encouraged to seek out instruction and guidance from local music educators as they continue on this rewarding path.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Junior Division ensembles consist of students who are in 4th-8th grades during the 2022-2023 academic school year.
  • Division determination is based on the highest grade level in the ensemble. For example, if three members of a quartet are in 4th-8th grade and the fourth member is in high school, your ensemble should enter in the High School Division.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers.
  • Musicians who currently reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida are eligible to apply.

DEADLINES + FEES

Sunday, January 29, 2023 early bird registration ends at 11:59 PM $60 per ensemble.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 registration ends at 11:59 PM $120 per ensemble.

All registration fees are nonrefundable. Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Click the link below to view our PDF of all repertoire requirements for your division!

PRIZES

Per Ensemble
Medals and Winners Certificate for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.

INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION FEE

  • Free admission to Opening Night with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to Power Hour with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to the Winners Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet.
  • Participation in the Junior Division Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet.
  • Free admission to Festival Finale with Aizuri Quartet. plus one voucher for a parent or friend.

BARBARA PHILLEO

HIGH SCHOOL

The Barbara Philleo High School Division inspires and motivates through goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities for high school students, offering young musicians guidance and perspective on performing with others, introducing them to the world of chamber music, providing opportunities to hear concerts by professional ensembles, and encouraging them to continue to express their own unique voices through music and collaboration.

ELIGIBILITY

  • High School Division ensembles consist of students who are in 9th-12th grade during the 2022-2023 academic school year. If you have any questions about your ensemble’s eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact Programming Director Benjamin Atherholt at ben@lyricabaroque.com.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers.
  • The High School Division is open to any ensemble whose members reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida are eligible to apply.

DEADLINES + FEES

Sunday, January 29, 2023 early bird registration ends at 11:59 PM $60 per ensemble.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 registration ends at 11:59 PM $120 per ensemble.

All registration fees are nonrefundable. Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Click the link below to view our PDF of all repertoire requirements for your division!

PRIZES

per ensemble
  • 1st Prize – $500 cash & Winners Masterclass Performance The winning ensemble will be able to participate remotely or in person for this hybrid masterclass.
  • 2nd prize – $400 cash & Winners Masterclass Performance The winning ensemble will be able to participate remotely or in person for this hybrid masterclass.
  • 3rd prize – $300 cash.
  • 2 Honorable Mention Awards $150 cash each

INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION FEE

  • Free admission to Opening Night with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to Power Hour with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to the Winners Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet.
  • Free admission to Festival Finale with Aizuri Quartet.

Drs. Ranney & Emel Songu Mize and Jonathan McCall

PERFORMING ARTISTS

The Performing Artists Division inspires, motivates and educates through goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities, offering motivated ensembles technical and interpretive guidance, perspectives on professionalism, and the necessary steps to reach their goals. This division encourages ensembles to serve as leaders, inspiring younger groups through confidence, camaraderie and ambition. Students from across the country motivate each other and immerse themselves in New Orleans’ thriving chamber music community.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Performing Artists ensembles consist of students who are enrolled in an undergraduate, associates or master’s degree program during the 2022-2023 academic school year.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers. The Performing Artists Division is open to any ensemble enrolled in a United States music program during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Ensembles entering in the Performing Artists Division may not have a faculty or staff member as part of their ensemble.

DEADLINES + FEES

Sunday, January 29, 2023 early bird registration ends at 11:59 PM $60 per ensemble.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 registration ends at 11:59 PM $120 per ensemble.

All registration fees are nonrefundable. Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Click the link below to view our PDF of all repertoire requirements for your division!

PRIZES

per ensemble

  • 1st Prize – $2,000 cash & Winners Masterclass Performance The winning ensemble will be able to participate remotely or in person for this hybrid masterclass.
  • 2nd prize – $1,500 cash & Winners Masterclass Performance The winning ensemble will be able to participate remotely or in person for this hybrid masterclass.
  • 3rd prize – $1,000 cash
  • Honorable Mention – $500 cash

INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION FEE

  • Free admission to Opening Night with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to Power Hour with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to the Winners Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet.
  • Free admission to Festival Finale with Aizuri Quartet.

New Orleans Friends of Music

EMERGING ENSEMBLE

The Emerging Ensemble Division inspires and motivates through goal-oriented competition and performance opportunities, exposure and networking. This division encourages Emerging Ensembles to serve as leaders, inspiring younger ensembles through confidence, camaraderie and ambition. Ensembles receive specific feedback addressing technique and interpretation, and industry specific tools to reach their goals, and perspectives on professionalism. Young professional musicians embarking on a chamber music career from across the country meet other motivated ensembles, learn new skills for advancing their careers and immerse themselves in New Orleans’ thriving chamber music community.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Emerging Ensemble Division includes groups whose members are enrolled in a post master’s degree program (i.e. artist diploma, performing artist certificate or doctorate), and/or post-graduates not currently enrolled in a university or conservatory program, actively pursuing and/or maintaining a career in music, and are all 40 years of age or younger by February 26, 2023.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers.
  • The Emerging Ensemble Division is open to any ensemble currently residing in the United States.

DEADLINES + FEES

Sunday, January 29, 2023 early bird registration ends at 11:59 PM $60 per ensemble.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 registration ends at 11:59 PM $120 per ensemble.

All registration fees are nonrefundable. Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Click the link below to view our PDF of all repertoire requirements for your division!

PRIZES

Per Ensemble

  • qst Prize – $3,500 cash Presented in concert in New Orleans before Dec. 31, 2025.
  • 2nd prize – $1,500 cash.

INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION FEE

  • Free admission to Opening Night with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to Power Hour with Akropolis Reed Quintet.
  • Free access to the Winners Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet.
  • Free admission to Festival Finale with Aizuri Quartet.

Roadmap Quartet
1st Prize 

Zachary Tucker, soprano saxophone
Connor Cyrus, alto saxophone
Sheridan Mackey, tenor saxophone
Jackson Fussell, baritone saxophone
Johnny Salinas, coach