Barnett Chamber Music Competition

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

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall

The seventh annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019, 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 $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 the competition).

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


+ Second Place Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice Division: Precipice Saxophone Quartet, Merit School of Music

+ Second Place Strings and Piano Division: Trio Tempest, Music Institute of Chicago

+ First Place Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice Division & Merit School of Music Ensemble Award Winner: The Bone Rangers, Merit School of Music

+ First Place Strings and Piano Division & The Barnett Chamber Music Competition Grand Award Winner: Xena String Quartet, Music Institute of Chicago Academy


For questions regarding the competition, contact Timothy Riordan.