Entries are now coming in. The last date for entering the competition is Tuesday, January 22. All entries must be received at getacceptd.com/spco by that date in order to be considered for the Finals on Saturday, February 23.

Judges for the competition will be:  Mina Fisher, cellist and recently retired director of the Bakken Trio; Russell Peterson, classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer; Korey Konkol, violist performer and professor at the University of Minnesota; Daria Adams, violinist with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and director of Music in the Vineyards  chamber music festival in Napa Valley, California; and Jeffrey Stirling, Music Director of the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the First Unitarian Society Orchestra  and the Northeast Orchestra.

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    The Final Round on Saturday, February 23, 2019 will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Sundin Hall, Hamline University. 

    The winning ensemble will perform on Saturday, May 18 at the Ordway preceding the  SPCO concert.

    Please read and use the Updated Guidelines for the 2019 competition.


  • Trio in Mantova

    In early June Trio Luminoso, winners of Level B in this year’s competition, traveled with their parents and their coach, Thomas Rosenberg, to Mantua, Italy to participate in the Mantova Chamber Music Festival. On June 1, the fourteen-year olds performed before students from four schools in the famed Teatro Bibiena, where Mozart also performed at the age of fourteen. They attended a master class presented by pianist Alfred Brendel, and later performed in recital along with five other young ensemb...  Read More...

  • Photos from Mantova

    Setting up in Teatro Bibiena 

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