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The Jonathan McCall College Division inspires, motivates, and educates college ensembles through goal-oriented performances and learning opportunities with top-tier musicians. This division offers young musicians guidance and perspective on professionalism and the necessary steps to reach their goals. Students from across the country come together, motivating each other, and immersing themselves in New Orleans’ thriving chamber music community.




  • College Division ensembles include groups whose members are enrolled in an undergraduate or associates program.
  • Division determination is based on the highest grade level in the ensemble. For example, if three members of a quartet are enrolled in an undergraduate program and the fourth member is enrolled in a graduate program, your ensemble should enter in the Graduate Division.
  • The College Division is open to any ensemble enrolled in a United States music program during the 2021-2022 academic year.  
  • Ensembles entering in the College Division may not have a faculty or staff member as part of their ensemble.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 performers. If you have any questions about your ensemble’s eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact NCF Director Benjamin Atherholt at 



Friday, December 3, 2021 early bird registration ends at 11:59 PM
$125 per ensemble

Friday, February 25, 2022 registration ends at 11:59 PM
$250 per ensemble

All registration fees are nonrefundable. 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.



PRIZES (per ensemble)

  • 1st prize
    • $800 cash 
    • Winners Masterclass Performance Sunday, March 27, 2022. The winning ensemble will be able to participate remotely or in person for this hybrid masterclass.
  • 2nd prize $700 cash  
  • 3rd prize $600 cash 
  • Honorable Mention $400 cash 



  • Free access to the online International Masterclass with Catalyst Quartet on March 25, 2022.
  • Free access to the Opening Performance on March 25, 2022.
  • Free access to the Winners Masterclass with Musicians from Marlboro on March 27, 2022.
  • Free access to the Festival Finale performance of Musicians from Marlboro on March 28, 2022.



  • Results will be announced March 18, 2022 via email, social media, and the NCF website. 
  • Comment sheets will be provided within six weeks of the festival.