$100K prize planned for chamber music ensemble competition

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The University of Michigan is offering a $100,000 grand prize as part of a new competition to identify and showcase the highest-caliber of chamber music ensembles.

The Ann Arbor school is announcing Wednesday that M-Prize will be based at university’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and will take place annually each May starting in 2016.

The competition will include two age divisions: Junior, for ages 18 and under, and Senior, with an average age of 19-35.

It’s open to ensembles of between three and eight members and will include categories for strings and winds as well as an “open” category for ensembles that can include mixed instrumentation, technology, voice and improvisation. The application deadline is March 1.

Applications and event details will be posted online.

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