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Emerging Ensemble Division

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New Orleans Friends of Music
Emerging Ensemble Division

The New Orleans Friends of Music Emerging Ensemble Division inspires and motivates through goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities. The division encourages Emerging Ensembles to serve as leaders and mentors, inspiring younger ensembles through confidence, camaraderie and ambition. Ensembles receive guidance and perspective on professionalism, specific feedback addressing technique and interpretation, and industry specific tools to reach their goals. Professional musicians embarking on a chamber music career from across the country come together in New Orleans, raising the level of musicianship, motivating each other and immersing themselves in New Orleans’ thriving chamber music scene and community.



All Emerging Ensemble Division groups are required to submit a video recording for NCF’s 2021 festival. Because of this year’s virtual format, we will no longer require Preliminary Round Recordings.


  • 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 all 40 years of age or younger by February 5, 2021.
  • Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers.
  • The Emerging Ensemble Division is open to any ensemble currently residing in the United States.



Preliminary Round recordings must be submitted with the ensemble’s registration. 

  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    SUPER early-bird registration deadline
    $45 per person
  • Friday, February 5, 2021

    Early-bird registration deadline
    $60 per person
  • Friday, February 19, 2021

    LAST CALL registration deadline
    $80 per person

Participation in the Judges’ Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary round results. 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 a full registration fee for each ensemble they register with. Participants may enter in up to three ensembles. 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 nolachamberfest@lyricabaroque.com:

  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 nolachamberfest@lyricabaroque.com with any questions regarding repertoire requirements, or submission of materials.

PRIZES (per ensemble)

  • $1,250 cash 1st prize
  • $500 cash 2nd 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.
  • 1st prize will perform 15-20 minutes of music on a side by side house concert (either Dec. 6, 2021 with Nick Cannellakis and Michael Brown or Jan. 10, 2022 with Junction Piano Trio) on the Friends of Music series.
  • 1st prize will perform on the University of New Orleans’s Musical Excursions series during the 2021-2022 season.

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. Space may be limited depending on the number of applicants. More information, including masterclass schedules, will be sent via email.

All festival and prize related travel costs are the responsibility of the competing ensemble. For out-of-town ensembles, please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding accommodations and/or travel. See our Resources Page or contact Jaren Atherholt (jaren@lyricabaroque.com) for ideas and more information.


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.