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Early-bird registration ends Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST.

Registration ends Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST.


Community Ensembles will participate in our Community Ensembles Showcase Performance on March 27, 2022 and should register here. For more information visit our Community Ensembles page.



  • Our competition will be entirely online this year – be sure to plan ahead to create your recording! Visit our resources page for more.
  • Our College Division is now open nationally!
  • We’ve moved to the registration platform Acceptd. Participants should now register as an ensemble and will be able to submit their recordings, scores, group headshot, and group bio all at once. Email us with any questions! 
  • Ensembles are now defined as 2 – 6 performers. 
  • Ensembles are required to prepare at least one work by an underrepresented composer. Be sure to check the repertoire requirements for your ensemble’s division. Visit our resources page for research guidance and tools. 
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY-BIRD RATES! Be sure to check your ensemble’s division page for more information. 

NOLA Chamber Fest provides an outstanding platform for my students of varying ages to grow such skills as independence, deep listening, collaboration, and disciplined preparation. The chance to work in masterclass with world-renowned musicians is also invaluable. I’m very grateful this festival exists in New Orleans, and I see the potential for NCF to serve as a model and leader for fostering youth chamber music across the country.

Conservatory Symphonic Band Director, Lusher Charter School

I want to send a big thank you to NOLA Chamber Fest staff! The kids had terrific coaching sessions, and we are so thankful for these opportunities! for my son’s group, it was the perfect ‘first’ master class! we all appreciate the work you do for the music students in our community! Thank you, thank you!!

2020 Parent

Guest Artist Judges

Catalyst Quartet


Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 6 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 NCF Director Benjamin Atherholt at 

*A full time professional musician is considered someone who earns the majority of their income as a performing musician or music teacher. This does not apply to the Emerging Ensemble Division.


Ensembles should receive a minimum of three coachings from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition, however we strongly encourage weekly coachings. Please email us if you have any questions or need help finding a coach. 


Division determination is made based on the oldest age of any member in an 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, the quartet should enter in the Graduate Division. Check our division pages for more specific information.

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




Dear NCF 2022 Participants,

We appreciate all of the hard work that went into preparing your repertoire, and the energy you each put into your performances. The judges were impressed by your innovative programming and high level of music making. Congratulations to each and every one of you! At this time it is our pleasure to announce the NCF 2022 Division Winners:

Junior Division
1st Prize, Gold Medal
Tritone Strings
Lorena King, violin
Audrey Freeland, violin
Gerrit King, cello
Grant Bedillion, coach

2nd Prize, Silver Medal
Plessy Honor Quartet
Diego Torres-Copeland, violin
Terrell Hill, violin
Lukas Carter-Kiel, cello
Max Merz, bass
Kate Withrow, coach

Barbara Philleo High School Division
1st Prize
Grace and Sebastien
Grace Fortune, violin
Sebastien Barrau, piano
Dr. Hristo Birbochukov & Dr. Zorica Dimova, coaches

2nd Prize
Iris Quartet
Chloe Caldwell, violin
Lexi Jones, violin
Nia Morgan, viola
Param Mehta, cello
Lee Taylor, coach

Jonathan McCall College Division
1st Prize
Roadmap Quartet
Zachary Tucker, soprano saxophone
Connor Cyrus, alto saxophone
Sheridan Mackey, tenor saxophone
Jackson Fussell, baritone saxophone
Johnny Salinas, coach

2nd Prize
Bad Luck Brass
Anthony Daggett, trumpet
Ethan Chilton. trumpet
Alexander Bonner, horn
Peyton Johnson, trombone
Parrish Gienger, tuba
Seth Orgel, coach

3rd Prize
Highland Brass Trio
Brandon Wood, trumpet
Colin Mills, horn
Elijah Boudreaux, trombone
Seth Orgel, coach

Drs. Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Graduate Division
1st Prize
Sound Session
Matthew Fox, soprano saxophone
Jacob Nance, alto saxophone
Jeffrey Allardyce, tenor saxophone
Tyler Young, baritone saxophone
Joseph Lulloff, coach

2nd Prize
Aurochs Quartet
Chance Stine, soprano saxophone
Olivia Phaneuf, alto saxophone
Marina Sakellakis, tenor saxophone
Joel Ferst, baritone saxophone
Dr. Stephen Page, coach

3rd Prize
Kodan Quintet
Hunter O’Brien, flute
Ian Daugherty, oboe
Keeheon Nam, clarinet
Liana Hoffman, horn
Corbin Krebs, bassoon
Robert Atherholt, coach

New Orleans Friends of Music Emerging Ensemble Division
1st Prize
Tallā Rouge
Aria Cheregosha, viola
Lauren Spaulding, viola

2nd Prize
Trio BR-46
Bingqing Xia, violin
Madeline Dykhouse, cello
Ericka Kudry, piano

Honorable Mention
NOLA Winds
Carey McGovern, flute
Susan Lacey, oboe
Nathan Hedberg, clarinet
Lauren Bravo, horn
Bryan Ingrassia, bassoon

Congratulations to everyone for making this our most exciting NOLA Chamber Fest yet! We would like to thank our collaborators, the New Orleans Friends of Music and the University of New Orleans, for helping us to present NCF year after year. A very special thank you to our judges for their insightful feedback and a huge shout out to the wonderful coaches and educators who helped prepare this year’s participants! We wish you all the very best as you continue on your musical journeys!

The NOLA Chamber Fest Team

A Statement About COVID-19

Lyrica Baroque is proud and eager to present NOLA Chamber Fest 2021 with the New Orleans Friends of Music and the University of New Orleans. We have an exciting festival planned with many wonderful opportunities. After much discussion with our collaborators, team members, and guest artists, we have decided to present NCF 2021 100% virtually! Advanced preparation went into this year’s festival so that we could pivot quickly and efficiently to an online platform if needed. Everyone working to present NCF is excited by the possibilities technology offers so that we can continue to create, be inspired, and stay safe.

The biggest change is that all ensembles interested in participating will now need to submit a video recording including Junior, High School and Community ensembles. But don’t worry! We have wonderful resources available to help you every step of the way. Learning to use technology is part of our continually evolving industry and we are excited to help you embark down this path! Be sure to watch our Recording Resources video and read through our Resources PDF Guide available on our website.

Preparation and rehearsal is important for NOLA Chamber Fest, but only as long as you are following safety protocols and guidelines. NOLA Chamber Fest is a wonderful opportunity to stay motivated and continue practicing, learning and collaborating with your colleagues. If you have questions or concerns about masks, the airborne spread of the virus, risks for wind playing vs. string playing, or any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

Guest Artist Judges

Galit Kaunitz

Tucker Fuller

Cara McCool Woolf

Robert Young

Kathleen Winkler

Marina Lomazov