Chamber Music Festival

MASTA 26th Annual

Chamber Music Festival and Competition

February 27, 2017
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance

1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Festival Director: Dr. Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, University of Michigan

Guest Artists: Pressenda String Quartet
Kathryn Votapek, violin
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Caroline Coade, viola
Tobias Werner, cello



Registration – 9:30am
Sessions – 10:00am-2:35pm with a break for lunch
Competition – 3:30pm
Each Ensemble will participate in four session, including:

  • Individual Coaching
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Pressenda String Quartet Performance

Festival Eligibility

Students must be in grades 7 to 12 and be recommended by their teacher/coach to participate in the festival. Eligible ensembles consist of 3 or more players; the majority must be strings-violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and/or guitar. Players should be one on a part. Examples of ensembles include string trios, quartets, quintets, trios, piano trios, clarinet quintets, etc.

Competition Guidelines

Students must be in grades 9 to 12 and be legal residents of Michigan to participate in the competition. Students must participate in festival in order to compete. Music must be from standard chamber literature. Performance cannot be conducted. Only one player per part. The winning ensemble will receive a prize of $200 and must be available to represent MASTA at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is the only interdisciplinary festival of its kind in the United States.

Music Preparation

Ensembles should come to the festival with 5 – 10 minutes of music prepared for the coaching sessions. Competition groups should prepare one movement 5-10 minutes in length from the standard chamber music repertoire for coaching sessions and performance. Repeats may be omitted if necessary to keep the performance under 10 minutes. Non-competition groups may prepare either one movement, or two shorter pieces.


Festival only: $35 per student – includes four instructional sessions and snack.
Festival and competition: $40 per student – includes four instructional sessions, snack, performance in competition recital, and notes from judges on performance.

Please submit one registration form per ensemble.
Please add $10 to the total fee if your teacher/coach is not a member of MASTA.
Registration form must be postmarked by January 27, 2017.

Click here to download the registration form

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your registration.
Detailed information on will be sent by e-mail one week before the festival.

Please include e-mail addresses on the registration form for all who wish to receive email correspondence (teacher, students, and parents).


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