SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 18-19, 2017

The 2017 competition will be held the weekend of March 18-19, 2017 in Sundin Hall on the campus of Hamline University in Saint Paul.

NEW THIS YEAR: there will be two categories - Winds and Strings. First and second place winners will be named in both categories, with one Grand Prize for the outstanding string OR wind group. We have added a $300 prize to be awarded to a percussion ensemble that makes the finals. Also, It is no longer a requirement that an ensemble have a coach. Check out the new Guidelines.


Check out all semifinal and final photos here!

Listen to the amazing 2016 finalists' performances on YouTube and Soundcloud!

The SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition is sponsored by the Friends of the SPCO. 

In partnership with:



The competition is  providing two resource personnel for students and teachers who may be looking for repertoire to perform in the competition..

For woodwind repertoire, John Anderson, clarinetist, has agreed to serve as a resource for contestants who do not have a coach or whose band or orchestra director may not be a specialist in winds. He taught for many years at the University of Minnesota, and he and his wife, an oboist, manage an online wind instrument/music business, Jeanne-inc. Email John and he will be happy to make repertoire suggestions for woodwind quintets, trios, saxophone ensembles, etc. at various levels of difficulty.

Our string resource is Conor O’Brien, violinist, Artistic Director of the Loring String Quartet, member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, adjunct teacher at Gustavus Adolphus College. He has a special interest in chamber music, which was a focus in his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. He can be reached via email.


Like Us on Facebook!