Artistic Director

Linda Burman-Hall

General Manager

John Seales

Board of Directors


Donald Wilson

Vice President

Brian Johnston


Jill Perry


Rowan O’Neal

Penny Hanna


Dorothy Manzo

Todd Mitchell

Vlada Moran

Grijda Spiri

P.O. Box 482

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Phone: 831-457-9693



November 2021

Dear Music Community:

In spring 2022, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival offers its 20th annual Youth Chamber Music Competition for high school age musicians in chamber ensembles. Following auditions on March 19, the awards ceremony takes place at the Emerging Artists Showcase, Sunday, May 22, at Holy Cross Church. 

Benefits: Monetary awards of $500, $300, and $200 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ensembles respectively, to be divided equally among ensemble members. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ensembles, and honorable mentions at our discretion will perform at our Emerging Artists Showcase, May 22, 2020 at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. Attendance and performance at the Showcase is required in order to receive prize money. Additionally, ensembles performing Baroque era music may be invited to perform in concert IV or V of our regular festival season.

  • Deadline: Audition appointments can be scheduled by completing the google form at by March 12, 2022. You will then receive confirmation of your audition appointment by email. (For your convenience, the form is linked in the email to which this letter was attached.) 
  • Auditions: The competition will be held on March 19, 2022, at the UCSC Music Building, Room 131, between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, under the supervision of our artistic director, Dr. Linda Burman-Hall. While we take into account schedule preferences for auditions, groups are recommended to be available at any time during the planned judging block. 
  • Repertoire: All classical music is accepted without bias in terms of scoring. However, only Baroque and early classical music will be considered for inclusion in concerts IV or V of our regular season. 
  • Eligibility: The competition is open to musicians 18 years of age or younger on the date of the competition residing in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Monterey, Santa Clara, or San Benito counties.

By entering the competition, ensemble members affirm their ability to attend the Emerging Artists Showcase on Sunday, May 22. Admission is free for family members and the public, although a $10 donation is appreciated. 

For additional information about our organization, email, or call (831) 457-9693.

Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your talented young musicians and their parents. Please feel free to forward this notice to other interested teachers.

On behalf of the SCBF Board of Directors,

John Seales, General Manager