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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SFCM’s annual Youth Chamber Music Competition took place in April. 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
includes Ithaca, Utica, Watertown, and Rochester.

There was no in-person competition this year. Competitors submitted recordings for judging.

Complete rules

Each participating ensemble of 3-8 musicians 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, and 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.



These are the winners and competitors from the Youth Chamber Music Competition held virtually in April 2021. Our hearty thanks to this year's judges, Symphoria members Sonya Stith Williams, violin, and Julie Bridge, horn.

2021 winner: Best Ensemble

Coach: Aika Ito 

Hochstein School (Rochester)

Luke Pisani, violin

Yuki Wada, violin

Dmitri Bushunow, viola

Amy Feng, cello


Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, op. 10, movement 1

Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 98, op. 110, movement 2

Coach: Carlos Mendez, Jr.

Fayetteville-Manlius High School

Charles Loh, violin

Caroline Yee, violin

Emma Kronenberg, viola

Andy Sun, cello


Smetana: String Quartet no. 1 in E Minor, mvt 1

Coach: Spencer Phillips

Symphoria Youth Orchestra

Evie Clark, violin

Nagi Aitbayeva, violin

Natalie Roswick, viola

Aalia Rice, double bass

Mozart: Divertimento in F Major, K. 138, mvt 1

Coach: Spencer Phillips

Symphoria Youth Orchestra

Natalie Roswick, violin

Clare Liu, violin

Kari Maxian, viola

Alex Wu, cello

Josh Pickup, double bass

Onslow: String Quintet in G Minor, op. 18, mvt 1

Coach: Noemi Miloradovic

Symphoria Youth Orchestra

Leon Zong, violin

Kasis Kimi, violin

Natalie Roswick, viola

Kathleen Glass, cello

Mozart: String Quartet no. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458, mvt 1

Coach: Roberta Zalkind

Hochstein School (Rochester)

Alwen Lee, violin

Micah Kim, violin

K. Joshua Jin, viola

Elizabeth Norris, cello

Dvořák: String Quartet in F Major, op. 96, mvt 1

Coach: Jennifer Greene

Fayetteville-Manlius High School

Rebecca Ziobro, trumpet

Ethan Batick, trumpet

Sara Kronenberg, horn

Gerard McCrohan, trombone

Sam Rabin, tuba

Webber: Phantom of the Opera Overture, arr. Gale

Mancini: The Pink Panther, arr. Lanfri

Participating Ensembles

2021winner: Best Syracuse-Area Ensemble 
Coach: Noemi Miloradović

Symphoria Youth Orchestra 

Charles Loh, violin

Olivia Wallberger, violin

Karina Balian, viola

Andrej Dovčiak, cello

Grieg: String Quartet no. 1 in G Minor, movement 1