Competition Information

Eligibility for Competition:

  • Chamber groups can be comprised of 3 to 8 musicians.
  • Any student who resides in the state of Georgia is eligible to compete
  • 2 divisions: Middle School and High School
    • In the Middle School Division the majority of the group’s musicians are in middle school in 2019/20
    • In the High School Division the majority of musicians in the group needs to be in high school in 2019/20
    • If a group is split evenly between middle and high school students, the group shall enter the high school division.
  • No musician may compete in more than ONE group.
  • Groups can include any instrumentation as long as the majority are string instruments.
    • Piano and harp are considered string instruments for the purposes of this Competition.
  • Groups must have a minimum of 4 coaching sessions from a professionally trained musician. The coach must sign the entry form.


Repertoire Requirements:

  • One or two movements of a single piece, not to exceed a total of 15 minutes in length.
  • Arrangements of music may be allowed in the Middle School division, but only with specific permission from Franklin Pond.  There are no arrangements permitted in the High School division.
  • Original compositions are allowed.
  • Scores must be provided to Franklin Pond of all music played.
  • Questions about the repertoire can be directed to Ginny Fairchild at


Preliminary Round Entry Process:

  • The online entry form is due before 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
  • A PaylPal prompt for the entry fee ($25 per musician) will pop up on your screen after the entry form is submitted.
  • The following information will be required:
    • Name of the chamber group entering.  Do not name the group after a school or community organization (for example, Coffeetown High School Quartet or Coffeetown Youth Orchestra Horn Trio).
    • Names, ages, schools, and contact information for each group member, as well as contact info for the group’s point person (could be a group member, teacher, or parent)
    • YouTube recording link (see below for recording parameters and please read carefully)
    • A precise title of the piece and full name of composer
    • A digital copy of the score.  Please upload only the score movement(s) pertinent to your performance.  These scores will be given to the judges during the Competition and need to be legible.
    • An optional photograph of your group to be used for promotional material.
  • Notification of acceptance to the final round will be on or before May 1st.
  • If you encounter any issues with your online entry please contact Ginny Fairchild at


Preliminary Round Recording Parameters:

  • Recording must be submitted no later than April 15, 2020.
  • Recording must not exceed 15 minutes in length
  • HIGH quality recording is critical for the judging process.
  • At the very beginning of the recording please state:
    • Title of piece
    • Composer
    • Name of movement
    • Total playing time in minutes
  • Recording must be all one live complete take–absolutely no editing allowed.
  • Picture must remain stationary at all times, without panning, zooming, or use of multiple cameras.
  • All ensemble members must be visible on screen at all times, and the entire ensemble should fill the screen as much as possible.
  • All recordings must be uploaded to YouTube and marked as “Unlisted” (not public or private).  “Unlisted” means that only people who know the link to the video can view it. An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube’s public spaces.



  • High School Grand Prize: $1000
  • High School 2nd Place: $500
  • Middle School Grand Prize: $800
  • Middle School 2nd Place: $400
  • School Prize (awarded to a group whose members all attend the same school: $1000
  • Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges



Carlos Izcaray Elizabeth Pridgen Richard Roberts
Carlos Izcaray
Music Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
& American Youth Symphony
Elizabeth Pridgen
Artistic Director, Atlanta Chamber Players
Richard Roberts
Assistant Professor of violin, McGill University


  • 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 via PayPal 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

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