Featured Guest Artists

Juilliard String Quartet

Areta Zhulla, violin
Ronald Copes, violin
Roger Tapping, viola
Astrid Schween, cello

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by the Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

The 2018-19 season includes concerts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, London, Oslo, Athens, Vancouver, Toronto and New York, with many return engagements all over the USA. The season has also introduced a newly commissioned String Quartet by the wonderful young composer, Lembit Beecher, and the quartet has enjoyed piano quintet collaborations with the celebrated Marc-André Hamelin.

Having recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, the Juilliard String Quartet marked the 2017-18 season with return appearances in Seattle, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Memphis, Raleigh, Houston, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. It continued its acclaimed annual performances in Detroit and Philadelphia, along with numerous concerts at home in New York City, including appearances at Lincoln Center and Town Hall. Adding to its celebrated discography, the JSQ released a new album featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky’s Fragments (2016), together with Beethoven Quartet Op. 95 and Bartók Quartet No. 1, which is available on the SONY label. Highlights of concert programming throughout the 2017-18 season included other visionary works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák, as well as James MacMillan’s haunting and evocative Quartet No. 2, Why Is This Night Different? (1998).

For more info visit juilliardstringquartet.org.

Escher String Quartet

Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Pierre LaPointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleischer, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Paul Watkins and David Shifrin, as well as jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Kurt Elling, legendary Latin artist Paquito D’Rivera and Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The Escher Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, performing at venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Kings Place, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Les Grand Interprètes series in Geneva. With a strong collaborative approach, the group has appeared at festivals such as Heidelberg Spring Festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses, Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and Perth International Arts Festival in Australia.

The current season sees another extensive European tour, including debuts at Musik und Kunstfreunde Heidelberg, de Singel Antwerp, Budapest’s kamara.hu festival and Bath Mozarfest. Alongside its growing success in Europe, the Escher Quartet continues to flourish in its home country, performing at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chamber Music San Francisco, and the Ravinia, Caramoor and Music@Menlo festivals.

Currently String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Tuesday Musical in Akron, Ohio, the quartet fervently supports the education of young musicians and has given masterclasses at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music in London and Campos do Jordão Music Festival in Brazil.

In Autumn 2016, the quartet released the third and final volume of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets on the BIS label. The set has been received with the highest critical acclaim; Volume II was listed in the Top 10 CDs of 2016 by the Guardian and hailed for its “sheer finesse” by Gramophone, whilst Volume III was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award. The quartet has also recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets in two volumes, released on the Naxos label in 2013 and 2014 respectively, to accolades including five stars in the Guardian with “Classical CD of the Year”, a Recommendation in The Strad, “Recording of the Month” on MusicWeb International and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

For more info visit escherquartet.com.


Schedule of Events

Deadlines

Junior Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $25 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early bird registration
    $35 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $50 per person 

High School Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $25 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $35 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $50 per person 

College Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to five ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Graduate Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to five ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Community Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person 

Emerging Ensemble Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $50 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $75 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $100 per person
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to three ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Juilliard String Quartet Performance

Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30 PM
University of New Orleans
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70148
More information: new.uno.edu/sota-performances/music

Panel Discussion 

Panel Discussion and Social Hour with our guest artist judges. Lite bites and refreshments will be served. Topics will include the art of collaboration, career development and the chamber music industry. Q+A will also be included.

Friday, April 3rd, 6:30- 8:00 PM
University of New Orleans
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70148

Competition

Saturday, April 4th, 9:00 AM
University of New Orleans
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70148

Chamber Masterclasses

Woodwind, brass and string chamber masterclasses with our guest artist judges.

Saturday, April 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
University of New Orleans
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70148

Interface Masterclass

An interactive masterclass for winning ensembles with Escher Quartet.

Sunday, April 5th, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Tulane University
Rogers Memorial Chapel
Newcomb Circle
New Orleans, LA 70118

Junior Division Masterclass

Sunday, April 5th, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tulane University
Rogers Memorial Chapel
Newcomb Circle
New Orleans, LA 70118

Winners Showcase Performance

Monday, April 6th, 6:00 PM
Tulane University
Dixon Hall
Newcomb Circle
New Orleans, LA 70118
 

Escher Quartet Performance

Monday, April 6th, 7:30 PM
Tulane University
Dixon Hall
Newcomb Circle
New Orleans, LA 70118
More information:  www.friendsofmusic.org

2020 NOLA Chamber Fest Judges

Junior + High School Division Judges

Cathy Lynn Richardson, Instructor of Viola, Violin and String Methods, Austin College
Dr. Charles Taylor, School of the Arts Director, University of New Orleans

College, Graduate, Community, Emerging Ensemble Division Judges

Leone Buyse, Professor of Flute Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Randy C. Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Horn, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Peter Stumpf, Professor of Cello, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Meet Our Judges
(click image for bio)

Cathy Richardson

Dr. Charles Taylor

Randy C. Gardner

Leone Buyse

Peter Stumpf


2020 Festival Information

NOLA Chamber Fest was established to promote chamber music in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Our mission is to inspire and motivate classical musicians through the experience of true collaboration and artistic independence that only chamber music can offer.

NOLA Chamber Fest is a five-day festival, with additional events and opportunities throughout the year. Please plan to attend as many events as possible. For out-of-town ensembles, please contact us if you need help or assistance with accommodations and/or travel.

COMPETITION INFORMATION

ELIGIBILITY

The competition contains six divisions:

  • Junior includes groups whose members are current 4th through 8th grade students.
  • High School includes groups whose members are current high school students, or a combination of middle and high school students.
  • College includes groups whose members are enrolled in an undergraduate program, or a combination of college and high school students.
  • Graduate includes groups whose members are enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. master’s degree, artist diploma, doctorate), or a combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Community includes groups whose members are adults not enrolled in a university music program.
  • Emerging Ensemble includes groups whose members are post graduates, not currently enrolled in a university or conservatory program, actively pursuing and/or maintaining a career in music, and are 40 years of age or younger by Feb. 21, 2020.

Only musicians who currently reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas are eligible to apply.

Ensemble Size

Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers, none of whom may be full-time professional musicians.* If you have any questions about your ensemble’s eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

*Musicians would only be excluded from participating if the majority of their income is earned as a performing musician. This does not apply to the Emerging Ensemble division.

Competition Preparation

Ensembles should receive a minimum of three coachings from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition, however we strongly encourage weekly coachings.

Division Determination

Division determination is made based on the age of the majority of players in each ensemble. For example, if one member of a quartet is enrolled in a graduate program and the other three are no longer enrolled in a degree program, they should enter in the Emerging Ensemble division. If the ensemble ages are equally split, they must enroll in the older age division (i.e. a quartet made up of two high school students and two college students would enroll in the College Division). 

Ensembles entering in Junior, High School, College, Graduate and Community divisions may not have a faculty or staff member as part of their ensemble.

Deadlines

Junior Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $25 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early bird registration
    $35 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $50 per person 

High School Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $25 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $35 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $50 per person 

College Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to five ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Graduate Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to five ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Community Division

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $30 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $45 per person 
  • March 6, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $60 per person 

Emerging Ensemble Division 

Participants must submit a preliminary round recording with their application. 

  • October 4th, 2019
    SUPER early-bird registration
    $50 per person 
  • January 31, 2020
    Early-bird registration
    $75 per person 
  • February 21, 2020
    Last call registration DUE
    $100 per person
  • March 6, 2020
    Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to three ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live audition on April 4, 2020. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round. Participation in the guest artist judges masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

PRELIMINARY ROUND RECORDING REQUIREMENTS

Ensembles competing in College, Graduate and Emerging Ensemble divisions are required to submit a preliminary round recording. (See repertoire requirements for each division above.) The preliminary recorded round will be blind, adjudicated by guest artist judges. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live competition round. 

To submit your ensemble’s recording:

  1. Upload an audio file in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC, M4A
  2. Email link to nolachamberfest@lyricabaroque.com with your ensemble’s name in the subject.

FEES

A non-refundable registration fee for each participant must be included with the registration form. If sending your registering fee by mail, checks should be made payable to Lyrica Baroque.

Each ensemble should submit one registration form. Each individual musician is required to pay only one registration fee, even if entering in multiple ensembles. If a participant has submitted their registration fee with another ensemble, please make a note on the additional ensemble’s registration form.

Each registration fee covers 1/3 of the cost of programming for each participant. The other 2/3 of the fees are waived to make our festival more affordable. These heavy subsidies are made possible through generous donations. Donations of all sizes are welcome. If you are unable to make a donation, please consider volunteering. Encourage family, friends and employers to show their support by attending concerts and events, and/or making a donation. Donations can be made by check, cash or online with a credit/debit card. 




Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to accommodate any concerns regarding financial and scheduling needs.

To register and pay online, please fill out the online registration form. All registrations must be completed online, however payments can also be made via check. To mail your registration fee please make checks payable to Lyrica Baroque and mail to:

NOLA Chamber Fest
℅ Lyrica Baroque
P.O. Box 750524
New Orleans, LA 70175

DVDs

Ensembles performing on April 4, 2020 will receive video footage of their performance via email no later than six weeks after the competition. DVD’s are also available for an additional fee of $20 per DVD. DVDs can be purchased the day of the live competition.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographer Aaron Sarles will be shooting throughout the festival. Some photos will be posted on social media and the Lyrica Baroque website. For guaranteed access to photographs of your ensemble, Digital Photo Packages are available for $60 per ensemble.

Digital Photo Package Includes:

3 live performance group shots
1 group shot (taken after your performance)
3 individual headshots (additional $10 per person)

Digital Photo Package fee(s) can be submitted along with the registration fee and can also be purchased after the preliminary recorded round results are posted March 6th, but must be paid for before March 31, 2020.

JUDGES

Recorded Preliminary Round Judges

Leone Buyse
Professor of Flute
Shepherd School of Music
Rice University

Randy Gardner
Professor Emeritus of Horn
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Peter Stumpf
Professor of Cello
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

 

Junior and High School Division Judges

Cathy Richardson
Instructor of Violin, Viola and String Methods
Austin College

Dr. Charles Taylor
Director, School of the Arts
University of New Orleans

 

College, Graduate, Community and Emerging Ensemble Division Judges

Leone Buyse
Professor of Flute
Shepherd School of Music
Rice University

Randy Gardner
Professor Emeritus of Horn
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Peter Stumpf
Professor of Cello
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

RESULTS

Results of the preliminary recording round will be announced no later than March 6, 2020 via email. 

Results of the live competition will be announced via email no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Ensembles performing in the Interface Masterclass and Winners Showcase will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

Comment sheets and video footage will be provided within six weeks of the festival.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

All Participants

  • Each NOLA Chamber Fest participant will receive a ticket to the Juilliard String Quartet performance on UNO’s Musical Excursions Series and the Escher Quartet performance on the Friends of Music series.
  • Each participating ensemble will receive detailed comment sheets from the judges.
  • Each ensemble competing on April 4, 2020 will receive a digital video of their performance via email (DVDs are available for an additional fee – see above).
  • Registered ensembles in all divisions will perform in the Chamber Masterclasses on April 4, 2020 led by guest artist judges. Participation in the Chamber Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Chamber Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Junior Division

  • Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will participate in the Junior Division Masterclass with Escher Quartet on April 5, 2020.
  • 1st prize may be asked to perform in the Winners Showcase on April 6, 2020, and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

High School Division

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase. 

College

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase.

Graduate

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase.
  • 1st prize will perform a full program for a GroupMuse (https://www.groupmuse.com/) performance in New Orleans, to be scheduled in 2020. 

Community

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase.

Emerging Ensemble

  • $1,000 cash award for the 1st prize winning ensemble.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet.
  • 1st prize will perform 15-20 minutes of music on a shared house concert with artists from the Friends of Music series.
  • 1st prize will perform on the University of New Orleans’s Musical Excursions series during the 2020/21 season.

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION 

NOLA Chamber Fest is a five-day festival, with additional events and opportunities throughout the year. Please plan to attend as many events as possible. For out-of-town ensembles, please contact us if you need help or assistance with accommodations and/or travel.

FESTIVAL DATES

For competition deadlines please see above.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 PM Juilliard Quartet Performance
More Information

Friday, April 3, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Social Hour with guest artist judges. Lite bites and refreshments will be served. Topics will include the art of collaboration, career development and the chamber music industry. Q+A will also be included.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 AM Competition for all divisions. (A specific schedule will be provided no later than two weeks prior to the competition.)
7:00 – 9:00 PM Chamber Masterclasses: woodwind, brass and string masterclasses with guest artist judges. Participation in Krewe Collaborations is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.

Sunday April 5, 2020
1:00 – 3:30 PM Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet
4:00 – 5:30 PM Junior Division Masterclass with Escher Quartet

Monday, April 6, 2020
6:00 PM Winners Showcase Performance
7:30 PM Escher Quartet Performance
More Information 

EVENTS FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Panel Discussion with guest artist judges
Competition
Chamber Masterclasses: woodwind, brass and string masterclasses with guest artist judges.
Interface Masterclass with Escher Quartet
Junior Division Masterclass with Escher Quartet

GUEST ARTIST PERFORMANCE CONCERT TICKETS

All participants will receive complimentary tickets to this year’s guest artist performances on UNO’s Musical Excursions and Friends of Music series. Friends and family members of NOLA Chamber Fest participants can purchase tickets online or at the door the day of the event. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Juilliard String Quartet Performance
$15 adults
$10 UNO alumni
Free for all students 

Monday, April 6, 2020 – Escher Quartet Performance
$15 Friends + Family discounted ticket price
Free for all students and NOLA Chamber Fest participants

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

If you or your ensemble is traveling to New Orleans from out of town, the following hotels have offered discounted rates to NCF participants. Interested participants should contact us before contacting either hotel in order to learn how to acquire the discount codes. You will need to have the discount code in hand when you call the hotel to make the reservation. Please contact Jaren Atherholt at jaren@lyricabaroque.com with any questions.

ALDER HOTEL 
4545 Magnolia St. 
New Orleans, LA 70115 
888.626.5861 
 
Reservation Information
    15% off standard rates if booked before January 3rd. 
    Credit card required for all reservations – contact Jaren Atherholt for discount code jaren@lyricabaroque.com
 
Cancellations
A non-refundable initial deposit of $200 will be charged at the time of booking. Remaining balance for all nights of stay will be charged 30 days prior to arrival. All deposits are non-refundable if reservation is cancelled. Cancellations must be made by phone (888) 626-5861. Cancellation number must be secured from agent.
 
PARK VIEW HISTORIC HOTEL
7004 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
504.861.7564 
 
Reservations
    $159 rate on Thursday and Sunday
    NOLA Chamber Fest weekend 20% off normal rate
    Includes breakfast, snacks, drinks
    Limited rooms available – best to book as early as possible.
    First night deposit will be charged at the time of booking. Guests will have 14 days after booking or cancel the reservation.
    Email Jaren Atherholt to get more information about how to acquire the discount code – jaren@lyricabaroque.com.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Chamber Nights @ UNO 

Monday evenings, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
We are thrilled to offer Chamber Nights @ UNO this year in collaboration with the University of New Orleans and New Orleans Civic Symphony.
Save the dates!

Sept. 16
Oct. 21
Jan. 27
March 16
May 18

For Individual Musicians

  • Have you been wanting to play in an ensemble but cannot find the other musicians to complete a group? 
  • Would you like to get together with other musicians and play chamber music in a friendly, supportive, educational environment? 
  • Are you looking to meet more like-minded musicians?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are a student, amateur, or professional pianist, harpist, singer, woodwind, brass, or string player you are invited to the first of many Chamber Nights @ UNO! On Monday, September 16th, musicians of all levels will meet for 2 hours (7:30 – 9:30 PM) in the Performing Arts Building on the UNO campus for our first session of chamber music reading fun! Ensembles will be formed based on instrumentation, so please register using this link http://bit.ly/2KXlNs1. Repertoire to be read will be announced no later than Sept. 9, 2019 via email and social media. 

For Already Formed Chamber Groups

  • Are you a member of a chamber ensemble?
  • Are you looking for a coach?
  • Are you looking for more performance opportunities?
  • Are you looking to meet more like-minded musicians?
  • Is your chamber ensemble planning to register for NOLA Chamber Fest 2020 and feel your ensemble would benefit from coaching and/or performance opportunities? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are also invited to the first of many Chamber Nights @ UNO! Registered ensembles will receive a coaching from UNO applied music faculty and the chance to perform for each other in a friendly, supportive and educational environment. Please register your ensemble here http://bit.ly/2JAjoAC.

For questions about Chamber Nights @ UNO contact Pamela Taylor at UNOChamberNights@gmail.com.

Sponsored by

University of New Orleans School of the Arts, Lyrica Baroque, and the New Orleans Civic Symphony

Chamber Music Coachings with Manhattan Chamber Players 

NOLA Chamber Fest participants will receive a complimentary 30-minute coaching from members of Manhattan Chamber Players as part of the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, if you register for NOLA Chamber Fest by the SUPER early-bird deadline (Oct. 4, 2019). Exact coaching times will be assigned through signing up HERE.

Saturday, October 12

10:00 – 11:00 AM  string ensembles
11:00 – 12:00 PM mixed ensembles with piano
12:00 – 1:00 PM wind (brass or woodwind) ensembles

Tuesday, October 15 

10:00 -12:00 PM all ensembles  

Register for NOLA Chamber Fest

  • Ensemble Registration

  • NameInstrumentE-mail AddressSchool, if applicableYear in School, if applicableMailing Address 
  • NameRelation to ApplicantEmail AddressPhone Number 
  • Ensemble Coach NameCoach's Email AddressCoach's Phone Number
  • Please tell us more about how you found us. Which school or teacher? Where did you see our flyer?
  • Repertoire

    Please refer to the repertoire requirements for your division (above).
  • Composer (please include dates)Title of Work(s) (include movement numbers and titles if applicable) 
  • Please refer to repertoire requirements for timing parameters.
  • For College, Graduate, and Young Artist Division only - File Size: max file size is 30mb File Format: Upload an audio file in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC, M4A. File Name: Please specify your division in the the name of the file but do not include your name or the name of your ensemble.
    Accepted file types: mp3, aac, m4a.
  • Repertoire Requirements for each division are listed above.
  • Please upload a pdf copy of the score to each piece you will be performing here. If a copy of the score is not available, please upload a copy of each part.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • If your group has any special needs or requests for the day of the competition, please describe below. The competition will begin at 9 am and could last until 6 pm. We will do our best to honor scheduling requests, and preference will be given to the groups who submit their forms earliest.
  • Please note, group rates are available at the Alder Hotel Uptown (www.alderhotel.com) for ensembles traveling from out of town. Contact us for further details at your earliest convenience. Rooms fill quickly and are provided on a first come first serve basis.
  • Registration Fees

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Competition Results

Please check back at the completion of the competition on April 4, 2020 for results!

Rules & Information for Participation

NOLA Chamber Fest was established to promote chamber music in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Our mission is to inspire and motivate classical musicians through the experience of true collaboration and artistic independence that only chamber music can offer.

 

DATES

February 4, 2019

Early-bird registration for all divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.

Early-bird pre-screening recording submission deadline for College, Graduate, and Young Artist divisions. Recording and application must be submitted together.

 

February 11, 2019

Registrations and pre-screening recording submission for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

February 25, 2019

Registrations for Junior, High School and Community divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

College, Graduate and Young Artist division pre-screening results announced via email.

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

7:30 PM Juilliard Quartet Performance

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Time TBD – Panel Discussion with guest artist judges. Topics will include career development and the chamber music industry. Q+A will also be included.

 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

9:00 AM Competition for all divisions. (A specific schedule will be provided no later than two weeks prior to the competition.)

Time TBD – Woodwind, Brass and String masterclass for Community, High School, College and Graduate divisions.

 

Sunday April 5, 2020

1:00 PM Interactive Winners Masterclass with Escher Quartet

4:00 PM Junior Division Masterclass

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

6:00 PM Winners Showcase Performance

7:30 PM Escher Quartet Performance

NOLA Chamber Fest is a five-day festival, with additional events and opportunities throughout the year. Please plan to attend as many events as possible. For out of town ensembles, please contact us if you need help with accommodations and/or travel.

COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY

The competition contains six divisions:

  • Junior includes groups whose members are current 4th through 8th grade students.
  • High School includes groups whose members are current high school students, or a combination of middle and high school students.
  • College includes groups whose members are enrolled in an undergraduate program, or a combination of college and high school students.
  • Graduate includes groups whose members are enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. master’s degree, artist diploma, doctorate), or a combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Community includes groups whose members are adults not enrolled in a university music program.
  • Young Artist includes groups whose members are post graduates, not currently enrolled in a university or conservatory program, and are 35 years of age or younger by Feb. 11, 2020.

Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers, none of whom may be full-time professional musicians*. Ensembles should receive regular coachings from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition.

Category determination is made based on the age of the majority of players in each ensemble. For example, if one member of a quartet is enrolled in a graduate program and the other three have graduated, they should enter in the Young Artist division. If the ensemble ages are equally split, they should enroll in the older age division (i.e. a quartet made up of two high school students and two college students would enroll in the college division).

*Musicians would only be excluded from participating if the majority of their income is earned as a performing musician. This does not apply to the Graduate and Young Artist Divisions.

Only musicians who currently reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas are eligible to apply in the Junior, High School, College, Graduate and Community Divisions. The Young Artist Division is open to any chamber ensemble in the United States.

 

PRE-SCREENING SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Ensembles competing in College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions are required to submit a pre-screening recording. (See repertoire requirements for each division below.) Pre-screened recordings will be blind and judged by two judges. Up to five ensembles from each division may be advanced to the live competition on April 4, 2020 in New Orleans.

To submit your ensemble’s recording:

  1. Upload an audio file in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC,  M4A
  2. Email link to nolachamberfest@lyricabaroque.com with your ensemble’s name in the subject.

 

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

 

JUDGES

The pre-screening round and competition will be judged by three guest artist judges. The pre-screening round will be judged by a panel of two judges. These same two judges will also judge the live competition on March 30, 2019 for the Junior Division. A panel of three different judges will judge the live competition for the High School, College, Graduate, and Community Divisions. The Graduate and Young Artist divisions will be judged by this same panel of three in addition to one guest judge.

 

RESULTS

Results of the pre-screening round will be announced no later than February 25, 2019 by email. Results of the live audition on March 30, 2019 will be announced by email after the completion of the competition. Comment sheets and video footage will be provided within four weeks of the festival.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

All Participants

  • Each NOLA Chamber Fest participant will receive a ticket to the Juilliard String Quartet performance on UNO’s Musical Excursions Series and the Escher Quartet performance on the Friends of Music series.
  • Each participating ensemble will receive detailed comment sheets from the judges.
  • Each ensemble competing on April 4, 2020 will receive a video of their performance.
  • Each ensemble competing on April 4, 2020 will receive an action and posed photograph of their ensemble.
  • Each ensemble in the High School, College, Graduate and Community Divisions competing on April 4, 2020 will participate in a masterclass with the guest artist judges.

Junior Division

  • Medals
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in the Junior Division will participate in the Junior Division Masterclass with this year’s guest artists.
  • 1st prize may be asked to perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

 

High School Division

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Escher masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

 

College

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Escher masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

 

Graduate

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Escher masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.
  • 1st prize will perform a full program for a GroupMuse performance in New Orleans, to be scheduled in 2020.

 

Community

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Escher masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than April 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

 

Young Artist

  • $1,000 cash award for the 1st prize winning ensemble.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Escher masterclass.
  • 1st prize will receive a 60 minute coaching from Friends of Music artists in 2021.
  • 1st prize will perform 15-20 minutes of music on a shared house concert with artists from the Friends of Music series.
  • 1st prize will perform on the University of New Orleans’s Musical Excursions series during the 2020/21 season.

 

DEADLINES

February 4, 2019

Early-bird registration deadline for all divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.

Early-bird pre-screening recording and registration deadline for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions. Registration fee $25 per person. Recording and application must be submitted together.

 

February 11, 2019

Registrations and pre-screening recording submissions for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

February 25, 2019

Registrations for Junior, High School and Community divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

All applications must be received via online registration or postmarked no later than the dates above.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

A non-refundable registration fee for each participant must be included with the registration form. If registering by mail, checks should be made payable to Lyrica Baroque.

Each ensemble should submit one registration form. Each individual is required to pay only one registration fee, even if entering in multiple ensembles. If a participant has submitted their registration fee with another ensemble, please make a note on the additional ensemble’s  registration form.

Each registration fee covers 1/3 of the cost of programming for each participant. The other 2/3 of the fees are waived to make our festival more affordable. These heavy subsidies are made possible through generous donations. Donations of all sizes are welcome. If you are unable to make a donation, please consider volunteering. Please encourage family, friends and employers to show their support by attending concerts and events, and/or making a donation. Donations can be made by check, cash or online with a credit/debit card. To make a donation, please use the “Donate” button on the upper right corner of this screen, or click Support > Donate on navigation bar.

Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to accommodate any concerns regarding financial and scheduling needs.

 

Fill out the online registration form at www.lyricabaroque.com/nolachamberfest or mail completed printable registration form and check/cash to:

NOLA Chamber Fest

℅ Lyrica Baroque

P.O. Box 750524

New Orleans, LA 70175

 

Ensembles performing on April 4, 2020 will receive video footage of their performance via email no later than a month after the competition. DVD’s will also be available for an additional fee of $18 per DVD. The DVD fee must be submitted along with the registration fee.

All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to this year’s guest artist performances on UNO’s Musical Excursions series and the Friends of Music series. Friends and family members of NOLA Chamber Fest participants can purchase tickets for the Juilliard Quartet performance on April 2nd for $15 adults, $10 UNO alumni, and free for ALL students at the door the day of the event. Friends and family members of NCF participants can purchase tickets to the Winners Showcase and Escher Quartet performance  on April 6th for $15 at www.friendsofmusic.org or at the door on the day of the event.