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Competition Performance on Saturday, April 13, 2024, 1-7 pm


Lerman Gold Prize $10,000

Silver Prize $5,000

Honorarium for remaining finalists $1,000 each ensemble

Audience Choice Prize $1,000


September 1, 2023: Applications Open

November 30, 2023: Applications Close

January 10, 2024: Finalists Announced

April 12-14, 2024: Competition Weekend

Chesapeake Music is gearing up for our 2024 Biennial Chamber Music Competition, and will begin seeking applications on September 1st, 2023. In preparation for this notable and popular event. Our staff, volunteers and Artistic Advisors will focus on building an engaging, musically diverse and competitive applicant pool in the coming months. Below you will find other Competition updates, links and insights.

Upcoming Events Featuring Past Competition Prize Winners
We are fortunate to have prior Competition prize winners returning to Chesapeake Music to perform at upcoming Interlude Concerts! Our audiences will have the opportunity to applaud the Abeo Quartet (2022 Silver Prize Winner) at the Ebenezer Theater in Easton in October of 2023, and ensemble132 (formerly Trio St. Bernard, 2018 Co-Gold Prize Winner) in March of 2024 at the same elegant venue. Keep tabs on the Chesapeake Music Homepage for details and ticketing information, as both promise to be exciting programs.

Where Are They Now?
The Competition’s finalists from years past continue to win further prizes and play starring roles in the classical music world. Just this month, violinist Njioma Grevious of Abeo Quarter won the prestigious Sphinx Award. Both Abeo Quartet and Dior Quartet (2021 Silver Prize Winner) are current finalists for Concert Artist Guild Awards. In addition, the Merz Piano Trio (2018 Co-Gold Prize Winner) will be making their Carnegie Hall debut this spring!

Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Tribute Booklet
Chesapeake Music celebrated twenty years and ten Chamber Music Competitions last fall, at a concert with the 2012 Gold Prize Winners, the Calidore String Quartet. We collected memories from key founders and a number of winning ensembles, and shared them during that concert, assembled into a lovely booklet. If you haven’t yet seen this tribute, you may access it through the link below.

How to Apply for the 2024 Competition
Finally, for interested applicants and music educators, you will also find a link to details on the application process and rules for submission. We look forward to sharing future musical journeys with our patrons and members of our audience at performances throughout the upcoming year, and especially, to meeting our new Competition Ensemble Applicants!

Anne Moran and Nancy Larson
Co-Chairs, Competition Committee
Chesapeake Music

Booklet Cover

Click here to view the Anniversary booklet.