Friends of Chamber Music YMC competition

Young Musicians Competition Now Open

December 1, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the Friends of Chamber Music’s 62nd Annual Young Musicians competition is under way!

Last year’s competition, held at Koerner Hall in Kits Point, was a grand success. Concert pianist and former head of the piano division at UBC, Jane Coop, awarded $5,000 in prizes to the winning groups. One of the FCM directors, Malcolm Hayes, also donated $500 each to one junior and one senior group in The Audience Prize category. Several of the finalists from the 61st YMC have gone on to tremendous acclaim: violinist Jonathan Chan has played around the world and is a three-time Sylva Gelber Foundation Award winner for the most gifted musician under 30 in Canada. Junior Division violinist Dunhyun Kim was part of the 2015 TD National Tour headed by famed Maestro Michael Francis.

Now it’s your year to shine! Teachers, prepare your students: the Junior category is open to players up to age 18, and the Senior category for players up to age 26. Applications are due Monday, February 1, 2016. All applicants MUST be available for ALL audition dates; please double check your calendars before submitting.

Entry rules and requirements are as follows:

  1. Competition ensembles must have three or more performers.
  2. Instruments may be strings, winds, brass or piano in any combination.
  3. Selections are to be from the classical instrumental music repertoire.
  4. Playing time will be limited to approximately 10 minutes, both at the preliminary auditions and the concert.
  5. Competitors may not participate in more than two groups.
  6. Preliminary auditions will be held in Vancouver on Saturday, February 13, 2016 for the Senior Division; Sunday, February 14, 2016 for the Junior Division. For ensembles from outside the Lower Mainland, videotapes or DVDs may be considered for the preliminary auditions.
  7. Entry forms must be completed and received by Monday, February 1, 2016.
  8. The competition concert is held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at Koerner Recital Hall of the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Apply Now! For inquiries, please call Pat Laimon at 604-266-2724.

Good luck to everyone! We can’t wait to see the fresh wave of Young Musicians ready to make their mark in chamber music.