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26th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition- VIRTUAL

March 5 - March 7

Founded in 1995, the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Annual High School Chamber Music Competition is widely regarded as one of the premier competitions of its kind in the Midwest, drawing participants from the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, and a variety of public and private schools throughout the region. Competition winners have gone on to prestigious careers in music with some holding positions in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to the prestige of being named Rembrandt Young Artists, winning groups receive cash prizes, master class instruction from Rembrandt musicians, and additional performance opportunities. 2021 competition winners will participate in the RYA Outreach Program, Power of Music, with special performances at Evanston Township High School if safe to do so.

This year, the competition will be held virtually on YouTube the weekend of March 5-7, 2021. The event is free to view. Rembrandt musicians and specially invited guest judges will evaluate participating groups and provide valuable written feedback following the competition. Competition winners will be featured in our Rembrandt Young Artist virtual program this spring and may be provided with additional performance opportunities in the fall of 2021 if safe to do so.

We strongly encourage you to use our online form to apply this year rather than completing the printed form by hand.

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Watch a performance by the Aurora Quartet, last year’s winning ensemble.