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This competition began in 2012. It is open to pre-college musicians. age 19 and under performing in non-conducted string and wind ensembles of 3-8 musicians playing classical chamber music repertoire. Students must be residents of Minnesota or neighboring states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. 

There is a Senior Division and and Junior Division. There is also a non-classical category called CREATIVE. There must be at least three applications submitted per year for this category to be offered. 

There are two rounds: Video round and Final round. Cash prizes totaling nearly $4,000 will be awarded. The top group will perform at the Ordway in the spring, preceding a concert by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and will be honored at a reception following the concert.

All applications may be submitted to getacceptd.com/spco beginning on January 6, 2020. Absolute deadline is February 10, 2020.