A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall
The eighth annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music in Chicago.
The Barnett competition is open to musicians aged 18 and under with two divisions:
- Strings and Piano
- Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice
Contestants will be competing for $11,000 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 the competition).
The Barnett Chamber Music Competition is free and open to the public.
Barnett awards a monetary prize to the top ensemble of competition, as well as to the 1st and 2nd place winners within each division. Monetary amounts are to be determined, and this page will be updated when more information is available.
+The Barnett Chamber Competition Grand Award: $5,250 ($3K + includes $2,250 Division prize)
+Strings and Piano Division Winner: $2,250
+Strings and Piano 2nd Place: $1,000
+Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice Division Winner: $2,250
+Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice 2nd Place: $1,000
+Merit School of Music Ensemble Award: $1,500
- Ensembles may consist of 3 to 6 musicians.
- Competitors must be 18 or younger on March 29, 2019.
- 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.
- Ensemble division placements are made by Barnett Chamber Music Competition staff.
- Ensembles must prepare a program of no less than 10 minutes and no more than 15 minutes.
- Repertoire must contain a minimum of two contrasting movements from at least two separate chamber works.
- Individual movements and/or stand-alone pieces must be performed in their entirety, although repeats may be omitted.
- Repertoire must feature all members of the ensemble in each piece.
- Once program information is submitted, no changes will be allowed to repertoire, performance order, or personnel.
Submit your application by completing this form. Applications must be received no later than March 11, 2020. There is an entry fee of $100 per ensemble.
- Ensembles must check in at least 60 minutes prior to their performance time.
- Two original scores of each published work must be provided at check-in.
- Each ensemble will be assigned a 30-minute warm-up prior to their performance time.
- A piano will be available in the warm-up room for any ensemble with a pianist.
- Performance order will alternate by division and will be chosen by lot.
- Ensembles will be heard by a three-member jury.
- Ensembles are allotted a total of 20 minutes on stage, which includes set-up, performance, breaks between pieces, and tear-down. Any performance which exceeds this time limit, or which does not meet the above repertoire requirements, will be subject to disqualification at the discretion of the judges.
- Winners will be announced during a short ceremony in Gottlieb Hall. Winners need not be present at this ceremony, but competitors are strongly encouraged to stay and listen to as many performances as possible. Winning ensemble information will also be posted on the Merit School of Music website at www.meritmusic.org after the ceremony.
For questions regarding the competition, contact Timothy Riordan.