Welcome to the 9th Annual SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition!


March 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Sundin Hall, Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 6, 2020: Online applications open on Accept'd
  • Monday, February 10, 2020: Application absolute deadline. All materials and competition fee must be received by this date to be eligible
  • Week of February 24, 2020: Ensembles notified of selection or non-selection as finalists
  • March 15, 2020: Sundin Hall, Hamline University Finals Recital: 
    • 2:00 pm: Rehearsal for Finals
    • 4:00 pm: Performances and Awards

Attention, musicians! 

Applications for the 2020 SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition are NOW OPEN.

Follow these three steps to apply to the YCMC:

  1. Read the competition guidelines

  2. Download and fill out the application and repertoire information forms before beginning your application online.

  3. Send forms and a video recording of your group’s performance to getacceptd.com/spco no later than Monday, February 10. 

This year, the video round judging will be handled online only, so for the first time, we have reached beyond the Twin Cities for judges. Our three video round judges have extensive experience in both music performance and teaching: Violinist Min-Jeong Koh is an associate professor of music at the University of Oklahoma School of Music; cellist Laura Thielke is the director of chamber music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts; and Immanuel Davis has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001.

We’re looking forward to hearing ensembles from Minnesota and neighboring states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). 

On your mark … get set … and get going on your application!  

You can now view all of the photos from the 2019 Competition Finals here. Many thanks to our wonderful photographer, Joan Gacki. And the videos are now available for viewing. Just click on YouTube at the bottom of this page.

Watch Performances of 2019 Winners by Clicking on You Tube Below