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.

No. As long as you have two contrasting movements or pieces, they can be any length, up to 20 minutes in total.​

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

​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 more than one group. Every chamber group will have to submit an application fee, but those individuals who enter with more than one group will only be charged for the first group they enter with. 




​No. Professional musicians may not be part of the competition performance in any way (other than listening from the audience!).

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)

The following events are free and all are invited to attend: Panel Discussion with guest artist judges, Competition, Chamber Masterclasses: woodwind, brass and string masterclasses with guest artist judges, Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet and Junior Division Masterclass with Escher Quartet.

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