Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

Linda Burman-Hall, Artistic Director

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Youth Chamber Music Competition

Since 2003 the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival has offered an annual Youth Chamber Music Competition to encourage young music students to participate in chamber music ensembles. To participate, a competition entry form must be submitted on behalf of each group (available below). First, second, and third place winning ensembles receive $500, $300, and $200 respectively. Groups are encouraged to compete with Baroque repertoire, any classical music is welcome. Ensembles receive written feedback from a panel of esteemed judges.

Entering the Competition
Please download our Invite letter and PDF form to enter. The PDF is fillable on your computer. Please save it after you fill it out, and send it to Or you can print and send a physical copy to P.O. Box 482, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Competition Announcement Invitation PDF
Competition Entry Form PDF

This competition has been generously supported by
the David E. Kaun Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

Annual Timeline:
(Please check for specific dates on the current Competition Announcement Invitation and Competition Entry Form or contact us).
Competition Q & A:

Who is eligible to participate?
The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival challenges and encourages high school age artists that will become the next generation of professional concert artists. All applicants must be in high school or of high school age, meaning 18 or younger if not actually currently in high school. Students not yet in high school are also welcome to enter.

Does the repertoire have to be Baroque or early music?
No. While we encourage students to explore this repertoire, the competition is judged solely on musical merits. Ideally your selection should exhibit the best of your group's playing as an ensemble!

Are there any specific requirements for playing multiple movements in varied tempi, styles, etc?
The performance limit is 10 minutes. Most groups prepare one selection or movement. We simply encourage groups to present 10 minutes of their best repertoire.

What counts as a chamber group?
At least 2 musicians, and up to 8 are accommodated on our entry form. Please contact us to compete with more than 8.

Are singers admitted to the competition?
Singers are welcome to enter the competition as part of a chamber ensemble.

May a student participate in the competition as part of more than one ensemble?
Yes! Individual students may participate in up to two different ensembles in a given competition year.

Is there a fee for participating?
There is no fee for participating. However donations are always appreciated!

How can a student find a chamber group to play in?
Ask your music teachers for possible match ups with other students. The Music Teachers' Association of California is a great resource. Forming a chamber ensemble requires a little bit of extra commitment, but it is all the more rewarding.

What level of musicianship is expected?
Most competing students play at an advanced level. However, the objective of the competition is to encourage music students to pursue chamber music. We invite your participation, even if your group is not certain about winning!

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival ● 831-457-9693 ● E-mail ● P.O. Box 482 ● Santa Cruz, CA 95061