Applications open for University of Michigan chamber music competition, with $100,000 prize

Posted on: November 3, 2016

The University of Michigan’s M-Prize chamber arts competition is now accepting applications for the 2017 competition, with a deadline of Feb. 1, 2017. The event—with a grand prize of $100,000—takes place May 1-4, 2017, at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor. M-Prize also awards an additional $109,000 divided among the winning small ensembles in junior and senior divisions in three categories: Strings, Winds, and Open (comprising any instrumentation or genre). Created by School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Dean Aaron Dworkin, the competition’s goal is to “evolve the breadth and depth of the chamber arts landscape and associated professional opportunities for exceptional ensembles.” The M-Prize winners also receive performance and residency opportunities with presenters including the University Musical Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Interlochen Presents, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois, and Rockefeller University. In addition, the winning ensemble returns to SMTD for a residency to work with students. The Grand Prize Gala Concert in May, in which the top ensembles in the three senior categories compete, will be livestreamed by Detroit Public Television and made available to PBS stations. For more, visit

Posted November 3, 2016