Competition Information




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All Divisions

  • Chamber groups can be comprised of 3 to 8 musicians.
  • 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).
  • No musician can compete in more than ONE group.

 High School Division

  • Any current resident of the state of Georgia is eligible
  • The majority of the group’s musicians must 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.

 Middle School Division

  • Any current resident of the state of Georgia is eligible
  • The majority of the group’s musicians must be in middle school in 2019-20
  • If a group is split evenly between middle and high school students, the group shall enter the High School Division.


  • Group must be comprised of at least one Franklin Pond Chamber Music alumn.
  • A majority of the group members must be in their undergraduate studies; the other members can be college-age or younger.
  • To find a list of Franklin Pond alumni, visit our alumni page



  • 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



  • Any group in violation of social distancing rules will be eliminated from the Competition
  • Musicians records their individual parts, then combine all parts into a video collage
    • To maintain fairness, group members within the same family must still record individually
  • The introduction of the video must include:
    • The name of the chamber group.  Do not name your group after a school or community organization (for example: Coffeetown High School Quartet or Coffeetown Youth Orchestra Horn Trio)
    • Name, movement, and composer of the piece being performed.
  • Creative video editing is encouraged, but each individual musical part must be one live, uninterrupted complete take—no splicing, multiple angles, or cutaways once the music begins.
  • During the musical performance each instrument should be on screen at all times.
  • 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.
  • Questions can be directed to Ginny Fairchild at



  1. All musicians will need two recording/playback devices and headphones for this process
  2. Player A video records the whole piece
  3. Player B watches and listens to Player A’s recording with headphones on one device while video recording their own part.
  4. Videos A and B are combined and sent to Player C for recording
  5. Repeat for each instrument.
  6. Using video editing software of your choice, sync all your videos and add required introduction information



  • The more you move and cue in your own recording the better your group members will be able to follow you when they record.
  • Get creative! The performing itself must be in one take per person, but other than that the sky is the limit. Humor and theater is encouraged!
  • Be conscious of everything that is visible on camera. Consider this a movie you are making, with everything on the screen being intentional.
  • Plot out what your video collage will look like before recording so that each player knows where on the screen their video will appear. This allows for a little “musical theater”.  For example, Flute on the top left of the screen can look over at the Violin on the top right of the screen as they “pass the melody” between them. Or 1st violin can set up their part then “hand the music out” to the other players.
  • Decide along with your group members what angle(s) to use to shoot your video.

Social distancing, though necessary right now, is terribly limiting. I know we’d all prefer to be together in one room playing chamber music, sharing a collective and spontaneous energy, feeling the live sound waves reverberate in our ears. But instead, let’s direct our energies to the challenge of learning how to play together—apart! Students, you will have to listen and watch your chamber group members even more intently than when you are together. The video collage format will hone your chamber music skills in new ways, helping you all to be better musicians.

Sample Video
This is a video collage with minimal video production. We strongly encourage students to get as creative as possible with their presentations!


    • High School Grand Prize: $1000
    • Middle School Grand Prize: $800
    • Alumni Grand Prize: $600
    • Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges


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Please direct all questions and correspondence to Competition Manager Ginny Fairchild at