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U-M chamber music competition to offer $100K top prize

By Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer 12:07 a.m. EDT October 14, 2015


First it was the Sphinx Competition. Now it’s the M-Prize.

Aaron Dworkin, the newly appointed dean of the School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan is spearheading the creation of an annual $200,000 chamber music competition for students and young professional ensembles with a whopping $100,000 grand prize. Starting in May 2016, the M-Prize, as the competition will be called, will be the most lucrative chamber music competition in the field. .

Prizes will be awarded in junior and senior divisions in three categories devoted to traditional string and wind ensembles, and, in an unusual twist, an “open” category to accommodate groups of mixed instrumentation or those employing technology, voice  or improvisation. Groups are limited to those between three and eight members. The inaugural competition will conclude with a finals concert on May 20, 2016, in Ann Arbor.



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