Chamber Music Festival

MASTA 2021 Virtual Chamber Music Festival

Director: Dr. Michael Hopkins –

This year we will be holding a virtual chamber music festival so students can receive coaching from expert chamber music performers, and attend a musicianship enrichment class. 

As part of the virtual festival, students in grades 9-12 may elect to participate in a competition. The winning ensemble will receive a prize of $200. The winning ensemble will participate in the 2021 Virtual Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and a video of the winning ensemble’s performance will be featured on the MASTA website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

Festival registration fee per student: $25. Competition entry fee $60 per ensemble. Registration deadline is Feb. 1. 

  1. Click here to complete this Google Form –
  2. Download this payment form and mail with your payment to the address on the form.
  3. You will receive an email with instructions for submitting a videorecording of your chamber group performing a movement of a chamber piece by March 1.
  4. A coach will review the recording and schedule an online coaching with your group sometime in March.
  5. All students who register for the festival will also get to attend an enrichment session which will be scheduled in March.
  6. If your group wants to enter the competition, submit a second video recording after your coaching session. Recordings need to be submitted by April 15. 
  7. A panel of judges will evaluate all competition submissions and choose a winning ensemble by May 1.


Festival Only 

    • Students must be in grades 7-12 and recommended by their teacher/coach.
    • Students must be Michigan residents
    • Ensembles must have at least 3 players
    • The majority must be strings—violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and/or guitar. 
  • Examples of ensembles include string trios, quartets, quintets, piano trios etc.

Festival and Competition

    • Students must be in grades 9-12.
    • Students must be Michigan residents.
    • Students must participate in festival in order to compete. 
    • Ensembles must have at least 3 players
    • Music must be from standard chamber literature. 
    • Performance cannot be conducted.
  • Only one player per part.

Students may participate in multiple ensembles if they wish, but must submit separate registrations for each ensemble.

*Ideally the recording is made with everyone performing in the same room, but due to the pandemic situation the video could be created using one of the many online tools available.