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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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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.

Competition rules

We returned to live competition in 2024, after three years of pandemic-caused virtual contests. The event was held at Park Central Church in downtown Syracuse on February 10, 2024. Two string quartets, a string quintet, a cello quartet, and a brass quintet participated. The students are from the Syracuse and Rochester areas.

The Amicus String Quintet from Rochester won the Best Ensemble Award. The Wolfgang String Quartet, winners of the Best Syracuse-Area Ensemble Award, performed before the SFCM April 6, 2024 WindSync concert to an appreciative audience.

Many thanks to our two judges: Jessica Tumajyan (director of both the orchestra at Christian Brothers Academy and the Syracuse Youth Symphony Orchestra) and James Tapia (director of the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra)


Winners and competitors from the SFCM Youth Chamber Music Competition held in February 2024. 

2024 winner: Best Ensemble

The Amicus Quintet

Coach: Jeanelle and James Thompson

The Hochstein School (Rochester)

Timothy Seo, violin

Ben Rosenhack, violin

Joanna Frank, cello

Abigail Feng, cello

Elliot Tyler, viola


Schubert: String Quintet in C Major:

Allegro ma non troppo

2024 winner: Best Syracuse-Area Ensemble 

The Wolfgang String Quartet

Coach: Laura Smith

The Syracuse Orchestra (violin)

Eric Lee, violin

Daniel Yang, violin

Christian Lee, cello

Kyumin Shim, viola

Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18, no. 4

Allegro ma non tanto; Menuetto

Performing at the beginning of an SFCM concert


Cello Quartet

Coach: Daniel Blumenthal

Jamesville-Dewitt High School

       Abigail Feng, cello

       Daniel Luo, cello

       Brian Tollar, cello

       Demosthenes Mantalios, cello

Joshua Missal: Invocation and Dances for Four Cellos

Brass Quintet

Coach: Bernabe Jorge

The Hochstein School, Rochester

       William Spear, trumpet

       Corban Vogler, trumpet

       Zachery Canning, trombone

       Olivia Finkbeiner, horn

       Liam Yusko, tuba

J.S.Bach: Contrapunctus I

Eric Ewazen: Western Fanfare

String Quartet

Coach: Timothy Peters

The Hochstein School, Rochester

       Alyssa Yang, violin

       Noah Busch, violin

       Karthik Jaligama, viola

       Allison Glaza, cello

Borodin: String Quartet no. 2: Allegro moderato

Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18, no. 4: Allegro ma non tanto


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