top of page


SFCM sponsors an annual Youth Chamber Music Competition. Its primary purpose is to encourage students in the Central

New York area, grades 7-12, to discover the joy of preparing and performing chamber music under the guidance of a coach.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter


SFCM’s annual Youth Chamber Music Competition takes place each spring. Participants must be in grades 7-12 and enrolled in a New York school district within 90 miles of Syracuse or home-schooled in one of those districts. This area includes Ithaca, Utica, Watertown, and Rochester. Each participating ensemble must have a coach.

At the competition, groups perform for about 15 minutes before two judges and receive written evaluations. Students in one or two of the ensembles are selected to receive prize money. One group may be invited to perform at the beginning of an SFCM subscription concert before the featured professional ensemble. There is no entry fee for the competition.

Complete rules

We are returning to live competition in 2024, after several years of pandemic-caused virtual contests. The event will be held at Park Central Church at the corner of South Townsend and East Fayette Streets in downtown Syracuse from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, February 10, 2024. Two string quartets, a string quintet, a cello quartet, and a brass quintet will participate. The students are from the Syracuse and Rochester areas.

The public is invited to join us for this free event. Free parking will be available on the street and in two nearby lots. Come and hear what the future sounds like!


Winners and competitors from the SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition held virtually in March 2023. 

2023 winner: Best Ensemble

The Sapphire Trio

Coach: Joseph Werner

The Hochstein School (Rochester)

Luke Pisani, violin

Elizabeth Norris, cello

Margaret Bauman, piano


Dvořák: Trio in E Minor, "Dumky," movements 1 & 2

2023 winner: Best Syracuse-Area Ensemble 
Coach: Laura Smith


Mia Sakonju, violin

Nagi Aitbayeva, violin

Kari Maxian, viola

Abigail Feng, cello

Schubert: Quartet no. 1, op. 29, "Rosamund" movement 1

Haydn: Quartet no. 17, op. 76-1, movement. 1



Coach: Peter Guarino

Fayetteville-Manlius High School

       Gene Balian, violin

       Clare Liu, violin

       Elizabeth Hsu, viola

       Alex Wu, cello

       Max Clark, bass

Dvořák: Quintet in G Major, op. 77, movement 1

Coach: Joseph Werner

The Hochstein School

       Benjamin Rosenhack, violin

       Alina Ying, cello

       Matthew Barry, piano

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no. 2, op. 66, movement 1

Coach: Bernabe Jorge

The Hochstein School

       William Spear, trumpet

       Tamsin Spiller, trumpet

       Zachery Canning, trombone

       Lilah Costanzo, horn

       Quinn Considine, tuba

John Cheetham: Scherzo

Victor Ewald: Brass Quintet no. 1 in B-flat Minor

Coach: Miya Saito-Beckman

The Hochstein School

       Julian Chumacero, violin

       Timothy Seo, violin

       Abigail Tyler, viola

       Joanna Frank, cello

       Caitlin Ott, cello

Boccherini: String Quintet op. 11, no. 5

                      movements 1 & 2

bottom of page