The first annual Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition will take place on Saturday, April 5 beginning at 10 a.m. in Stamps Auditorium at the Walgreen Drama Center. The competition performances are free and open to the public, and will be followed by an awards ceremony on the Stamps stage at 3:30 p.m. In this inaugural year of the competition, eight different ensembles, representing a variety of instruments, will perform, including a piano quintet, a brass quintet, string quartets, and mixed ensembles.
The competition was created in an ongoing effort to encourage the excellence of chamber music performance at SMTD, and to provide performance opportunities for various ensembles. It is named in honor of its benefactors and evolved from the Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Endowed Enrichment Fund, established in 2004 and endowed in 2006, to support program and/or scholarship needs in chamber music.
The competition is open to ensembles comprising three to six players in any combination of instruments and /or voice. All members of each ensemble must be enrolled in a chamber music ensemble course at the time of the competition (winter term). First ($2,500) and second ($1,000) prizewinners will be named, and all participating ensembles will be considered for invitations to perform in venues on and off campus.