Barnett Chamber Music Competition

A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition

SUNDAY, April 8, 2018
Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall

The sixth annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music in Chicago.

The Barnett competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger with two divisions:

Strings and Piano
Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice

Contestants will be competing for $7,500 in cash prizes. There are prizes for winners in each of the two divisions, as well as an award for the overall winner. There is also a special award for the top finishing group from Merit School of Music.  The Grand Award winner will have the opportunity to perform on 98.7 WFMT (date to be determined after competition).

The Barnett Chamber Music Competition is free and open to the public.

Before applying, read the competition rules here.



+ Applications must be received no later than March 12, 2018 at 11:59

+ Participation can only be guaranteed to the first 20 applicants

+ Entry fee = $100 per ensemble

+ Applications can be completed online, click here



The Barnett Chamber Competition Grand Award = $3,000 (includes $1,250 Division prize)

The Grand Award Winner will have the opportunity to perform on 98.7 WFMT (date to be determined after competition)

Strings & Piano Division:

1st Place = $1,250

2nd Place = $750

3rd Place = $500

Winds, Brass, Percussion, & Voice Division:

1st Place = $1,250

2nd Place = $750

3rd Place = $500


Merit School of Music Ensemble Award = $750



+ Ensembles may consist of 3 to 6 musicians.

+ Competitors must be 18 or younger on April 8, 2018.

+ A maximum of one pianist is allowed per ensemble.

+ No individual may compete in more than one ensemble.

+ Ensemble members can perform on various instruments within the same ensemble.

+ All performances must be acoustic; no microphones or electric amplification will be allowed.

+ Final ensemble division placements are made by Barnett Chamber Music Competition staff.



+ Yuan-Qing Yu, violin

+ Timothy McAllister, saxophone

+ Marta Aznavoorian, piano

+ Tage Larsen, trumpet



For questions regarding the competition, contact Timothy Riordan.