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The 2018 SPCO Chamber Music Competition for pre-college students living in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North or South Dakota and playing in ensembles of 3-8 musicians, is now in its seventh year. Sponsored by the Friends of the SPCO, it will be held in Sundin Hall on the Hamline University Campus, 1531 Hewitt Ave. St. Paul, MN. There are three rounds to this competition: Video, Round, Semifinal Round and Finals/Winners Recital. 

For the Video round all entering groups submit videos of their performances and receive written feedback from select judges.  Judges may choose up to sixteen ensembles in the Classical category to advance to the Semifinal round. A winning group will be chosen from those entered in the Creative (non-classical) category.

The Semifinal round  will be held on Saturday, March 10 and is open to levels Levels A and B (designed for younger students) in the Classical category. Judges will  choose a minimum of four Level A ensembles to advance to the Finals. A winning group will be chosen from Level B.

The Finals/Winners Recital on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.will feature the finalists from Level A. They will be competing for First and Second place and the overall Grand prize, which includes a performance at the Ordway Center preceding the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert on Saturday, May 19. This Final round and recital also will showcase the winning ensembles from the Level B and Creative categories. The event includes an awards ceremony and a reception, and it is open to the public.

The contestants who participate in this competition often say how much fun they have when performing in small groups with their peers. It is our hope that this competition will encourage their enthusiasm for chamber music and lead them to a lifetime of playing and enjoyment.