Attending the Competition

Welcome!   The 2015 Fischoff Competition is scheduled for May 8 - 10 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA. 


** Subject to change. Final schedule to be posted here by April, 2015 **

Friday, May 8 - FREE
Winds 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Juniors 9:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Strings 11:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Juniors 1:50 - 6:45 p.m.
Winds 2:40 - 5:10 p.m.
Strings 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

For a more detailed schedule for Friday, click here

Saturday, May 9 - FREE
Winds 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Strings 11:15 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Juniors 2:20 - 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, May 10 - Finals FREE
Senior Finals 11:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Junior Finals 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Awards and Grand Prize Concert 3:30 p.m. Tickets required, call 574 631 2800

Directions & Parking Information

All Fischoff Competition rounds take place in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, just north of South Bend, Indiana, USA. For detailed directions, click here.





Friday, Saturday and Sunday Competition rounds are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the Sunday afternoon Awards and Gold Medalist Concert, and are available from the DeBartolo Box Office (phone 574-631-2800).

What to Expect at the Competition

Expect to hear extraordinary music performed by young people who will knock your socks off!  This unique weekend features remarkable young musicians from around the world in three divisions: Juniors, Senior Strings and Senior Winds. Ensembles may include brass quintets, string quartets, woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, string sextets, percussion ensembles, wind trios and an eclectic mix of winds and strings.

Attending the Performances

The Competition weekend features Quarterfinal Rounds on Friday, Semifinal Rounds on Saturday and Final Rounds on Sunday. Each round consists of 20 minutes (Seniors) or 15 minutes (Juniors) of music per ensemble.  Each round of the Competition is free and open to the public.  Audiences have 81 brilliant performances to select from throughout the weekend. Come for one performance or all 81!

Before you enjoy these breathtaking performances, please remember to turn off all cell phones and pagers.

When entering a venue, please follow the directions of DeBartolo ushers. If a performance has already begun, ushers will ask you to wait in the lobby until you can enter between movements. If ushers are not present, television monitors in the lobby will help you know when to enter the hall without disrupting the performance.

Audiences are encouraged to show their appreciation at the conclusion of the performance. Ensembles will stand and bow when they conclude, or a juror may indicate the conclusion of the performance by clapping (see below).

Audience attire generally ranges from informal to business casual during Competition rounds, and business casual to business attire for the Finals and Award Presentation on Sunday.  

Families are most welcome and encouraged to attend the Competition; however, in fairness to the competitors and jurors, we do ask that children sit quietly throughout each performance.

Competition Format

Ensembles submit their repertoire prior to the Competition. From this submitted repertoire, the jurors select the particular program for each round of the Competition.  If an ensemble’s performance exceeds 20 minutes (Seniors) or 15 minutes (Juniors), the jurors will stop the performance by clapping. Audiences are encouraged to clap and show support at the conclusion of the performance.


While attending the Competition, you may choose to dine on campus, or explore South Bend area restaurant options.


For the 4th year in a row, the official host hotel for the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is the Inn at Saint Mary's.  The Inn will offer Fischoff guests rehearsal space, shuttle service and more; click here to view a full list of amenities. Rooms are offered to Fischoff guests at $99 per night.

Reservations can be made 2 ways:

  1. Go directly to the reservation page. Click the "edit dates" button to select your check in & check out dates.
  2. Call Inn at Saint Mary's directly at 1-800-947-8627. Be sure to mention you are with the "Fischoff Block" to receive discounted room rates. 

A variety of additional accommodation options are also available throughout the South Bend area.

Additional Information

  • Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter. You can request specific Competition news be sent directly to you, as soon as it's available.


For the Fischoff Competition to be a success, the Competition depends upon the help of approximately 100 dedicated community volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of shifts. Each shift is approximately 3 hours long and most don't require any musical ability or musical knowledge. All shifts take place at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

2015 Sponsors

The Fischoff Competition is made possible through the generous support of:

  • College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame
  • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
  • Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust
  • Indiana Arts Commission 
  • Inn at Saint Mary's *
  • South Bend/Mishawaka Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • University of Notre Dame
  • This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

* Denotes in-kind support


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