2018 Chamber Music Competition

The mission of the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition is to grow the cultural profile of Atlanta to cultivate and enhance interest in chamber music in the state of Georgia.

Through coaching and preparing for the competition, groups of young musicians in grades 6 through 12 will gain a strong sense of accomplishment, enhance their solo and orchestra playing, and develop a love of chamber music that will last a lifetime.

Important Dates
April 1, 2018 Entry form and video due
May 1, 2018 Notification of accepted groups, competition details sent
May 26 & 27, 2018 Competition and concert held at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia


  • Groups* can be comprised of 3 to 8 musicians.
  • The competition is open to all students in the state of Georgia.
  • Each group will compete in either the middle school or the high school division.
  • An individual musician can only compete in one group.
  • Groups CAN include non-string instruments as long as the majority of instruments is strings.
  • Piano and harp are considered string instruments.
  • Groups must have a minimum of 4 coaching sessions from a qualified musician. The coach must sign the entry form.

Middle School: the majority of musicians in the group needs to be in middle school in 2017/18
High School: the majority of musicians in the group needs to be in high school in 2017/18

If a group is split evenly between middle and high school students, the group must enter in the high school division.

*If students or teachers need help organizing a group, please contact us. We will gather the names of interested students who need a group and suggest possible contacts.


  • One movement of a piece from the standard chamber music repertoire, not to exceed 15 minutes in length. If there are questions about the repertoire, please contact us at competition@franklinpond.org.
  • Arrangements of music may be allowed in the Middle School division with permission from Franklin Pond.


  • To enter:
    • Send the entry form and entry fees online or by mail.
    • Applicants will be prompted to pay the entry fee online after the entry form is submitted.
    • Upload a maximum 10-minute video of the piece you have chosen for the competition before 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 1st.
    • An uploaded copy of the score will be required along with the video submission.
  • Notification of acceptance to the next round will be on or before May 1st.
  • Both the Preliminary and Final rounds will take place in Spivey Hall on the competition weekend.
  • Video Parameters
    • Videos must be submitted by April 1, 2018
    • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, with the link included with the application
    • Your recording should be approximately 10 minutes in length
    • HIGH quality video: Quality is critical for the judging process
    • One complete take with no editing or cuts
    • Video must show all members all the time
    • Picture must remain stationary without panning, fade-in/out, close-up techniques, or use of multiple cameras
    • Ensemble should fill the screen as much as possible
  • At the beginning of your video, please state:
    • Title of piece
    • Composer
    • Name of movement
    • Total playing time for each work in minutes/seconds


  • Middle School Grand Prize: $800
  • High School Grand Prize: $1,000
  • If a winning group (in each division) is all from one school, it will be awarded a prize of $250 to be divided this way:
    • $100 to student group
    • $100 to the school
    • $50 to the school director

Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges
Other performing opportunities may be available – TBA

The winning High School group will also have the opportunity to play alongside Franklin Pond faculty in a special education concert at Spivey in the fall of 2018.


Matt Albert
Chair of Chamber Music at University of Michigan’s School of Music,
Theatre & Dance, University of Michigan
Eric Byers
Cellist, Calder Quartet


  • A non-refundable entry fee of $25 per person should be sent with the entry form. This can be done online or by mail.
  • Applicants will be prompted to pay the entry fee online after the entry form is submitted.
  • Any travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the entrants.


    An adult must be present with each group at all times.

Please direct all questions and correspondence to Competition Manager Ginny Fairchild at competition@franklinpond.org.

Spivey Hall
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd
Morrow, GA 30260

Spivey Hall combines extraordinary acoustics and elegant design to create one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation.

Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton State University, is a 400-seat, acoustically-superior performing arts venue that has presented the best in jazz and classical music to the metro Atlanta area since 1991. Its celebrated concert series receives regular national and international attention as one of America’s finest, and the Hall’s acoustics and design are routinely lauded by patrons, pundits and performers. Thanks to frequent appearances on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” as heard on public radio stations across the country, the hall has earned a national reputation while also reaching an international audience through exposure in such publications as BBC Music magazine and International Arts Manager. The Hall also routinely receives superb accolades from the noted artists it annually presents.

“Spivey is the best of the newer small halls in America,” says concert pianist Steven Blier, while jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis believes “Spivey Hall is the most fantastic little performance hall I have played – ever!”