Frequently Asked Questions

​Check out our Resources page for a list of concert series and festivals in the region.

​Yes! You're welcome to bring your own equipment as long as you can provide someone to operate it. Have them arrive in the hall early enough to be ready when your group walks onstage, but they may not record any other groups unless they have their permission to do so. Finding electrical outlets can be time-consuming and unreliable, so please use battery operated equipment if possible.

​Yes, as long as you can provide a copy of the score or individual parts for the judges.

Each division states a specified minimum time of required repertoire ranging from 7 to 25 minutes of music depending on which division you are entering. Be sure to check our division specific pages and links for repertoire requirements for more information.

Ask your private teacher or chamber music coach for advice, or check out these websites below:

This online chamber music database has customizable search options like nationality and gender of the composer, ensemble type, key signature, and dates of composition. The listing for each work includes helpful tools like links to scores and recordings and a glossary of terms.

This website gives you free access to thousands of pieces of music in the public domain (not under copyright). The site is fully searchable, and you can also browse by category including an instrumentation category.

This website has a wonderful feature that allows you to search for pieces of music by plugging in the specific instrumentation (for ensembles including at least one double reed instrument).

Educational Music Service
This is a fantastic resource for all of your sheet music needs, including chamber music.  Their staff is extremely helpful, especially at finding obscure pieces.

Yes. All participating ensembles are expected to have regular coachings with a professional musician prior to the competition. If you are having trouble finding a coach, contact Community Director Gabrielle Fischler at or NCF Director Sacha Peiser at

​Yes! You would only be excluded from participating if the majority of your income is earned as a performing musician.

Yes, there are no restrictions on previous winners.

​Yes you can participate in up to three ensembles. Each individual musician is required to submit a registration and pay a full registration fee. If a participant is entering in multiple ensembles, they should either submit an additional $10 fee for each additional group, or another full registration fee depending on the division. Check our specific division pages for fee requirements. 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.

No. Professional musicians may not be part of the competition performance in any way (other than listening from the audience!). This includes staff accompanists and/or staff collaborative pianists.

For purposes of this competition, “contrasting works” entails contrasting time periods or tempos, such as Adagio and Allegro or Classical and Romantic. Contrasting works should be chosen from one or more of the time periods listed below. (These dates are general guidelines.)

  • 1770 and earlier (Baroque or earlier)
  • 1770-1825 (Classical)
  • 1825-1900 (Romantic)
  • 1900-1950 (Modern)
  • 1950-Present (Contemporary)
  • Friday, March 19th, 6:30 PM
    Panel Discussion with Guest Artist Judges

  • Saturday, March 20th, 9:00 AM
    NOLA Chamber Fest Competition
  • Saturday, March 20th, 7:00 PM
    Judges’ Masterclasses: Wind/Brass, String, and Piano/Mixed Ensembles Masterclasses led by Guest Artist Judges
  • Sunday, March 21st, 1:00 PM
    Interface Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet
  • Sunday, March 21st, 4:00 PM
    Junior Division Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet
  • Monday, March 22nd, 6:00 PM
    Awards Ceremony and Winners Showcase Performance

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