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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.

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Six groups entered the 2023 SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition. We were impressed by the competitors' high level of performance, and we commend the coaches for their excellent work. We also thank the two professional musicians who judged the competition: violist Jessica Tumajyan and trumpet player John Raschella. 

Ensembles submitted videos for the competition again this year, but we hope to return to live performances with an audience in 2024

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The Sapphire Trio, winner of the 2023 Best Ensemble Award, was invited to perform at the beginning of our April 1 SFCM subscription concert just ahead of the Nakamatsu, Frautschi, Manasse Trio.  Joseph Werner of The Hochstein School coached the group.

Symphoria violinist Laura Smith coached the string quartet that won the Best Syracuse-Area Ensemble Award. 



These are the winners and competitors from the SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition held virtually in March. 

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

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