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The Community Division inspires and motivates through supportive, goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities for community musicians, offering ensembles guidance and perspective on practicing, rehearsing, and performing as a chamber ensemble while encouraging artists to express their own unique voices through music and collaboration.



All Community Division ensembles are required to submit a video recording for NCF’s 2021 festival.


  • Community Ensembles include groups whose members are adults not enrolled in a university music program.
  • Musicians who currently reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas are eligible to apply. 
  • 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 at

*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.)



Video recordings must be submitted with the ensemble’s registration.

  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    SUPER early-bird registration deadline
    $35 per person
  • Friday, February 5, 2021
    Early-bird registration deadline
    $50 per person
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    LAST CALL registration deadline
    $65 per person

Participation in the Judges’ Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles. Space may be limited depending on the number of applicants. More information, including masterclass schedules, will be sent via email.

Each individual musician is required to submit a registration and pay only one full registration fee. If a participant is entering in multiple ensembles (up to 3), they should submit an additional $10 fee for each additional group. There will be an opportunity to identify the participant’s additional ensembles on their 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 assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.

A non-refundable registration fee for each participant must be included with the registration form. To register and pay online, click the register button and fill out the online registration form via Active.





Upon submitting your group’s registration, please have one member of your group email the following two items to

  1. Link(s) to a private YouTube video of your performance. If possible, please provide a separate link for each piece.
  2. A digital copy or scanned score of your competition repertoire in PDF form. If no full score is available, please send copies of each part.

For information and tips on recording your video, please visit our Resources page. You can also email with any questions regarding repertoire requirements, or submission of materials.

PRIZES (per ensemble)

Cash prizes will be mailed to winning ensembles.

  • $500 cash 1st prize 
  • $250 cash 2nd prize 
  • $100 cash 3rd prize.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Interface Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet on Sunday, March 21, 2021
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase. The Winners Showcase has been postponed to a later date.

Included with your registration fee:

  • Free access to the virtual Catalyst Quartet performance on UNO’s Musical Excursions series. 
  • Free access to the virtual Aizuri Quartet performance on the Friends of Music series.
  • Detailed comment sheets from each of the Guest Artist Judges.
  • A digital video of  your performance via email.
  • Perform in the Judges’ Masterclasses on Saturday, March 20, 2021, led by our Guest Artist Judges. Participation in the Judges’ Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary recorded round results, but is dependent upon time constraints. Masterclass schedules will be sent via email.


Dr. Robert Young
Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Kathleen Winkler
Professor of Violin, Rice University

Marina Lomazov
Professor of Piano, Eastman School of Music



  • Results will be announced March 15, 2021 via email, social media and the NCF website.
  • Comment sheets will be provided within six weeks of the festival.




*Now that NCF 2021 is virtual, ensembles are expected to participate in as many festival events as possible.