Entering The Competition

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Fischoff Competition! The Fischoff attracts the finest and most talented young musicians from around the globe. We welcome your ensemble's entry. The 2016 Fischoff Competition is scheduled for May 6 - 8 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA.  All entries must be received in Fischoff's offices by 5:00 p.m. EST March 1, 2016.

Rulebook and Entry Form©

The 2016 Fischoff Competition Rulebooks and Entry Form© will be available for download in the fall of 2015.

To request a sample of last year's rulebook, please email Miki Strabley at miki@fischoff.org

Previous Repertoire & 2014 Program Book

You may find it helpful to download and review repertoire of prior Competition ensembles. Also, you can download the 2014 Competition Program Book

Prizes & Tours

Ensembles will compete for cash prizes totaling $34,500. 

Grand Prize

$7,500 cash prize, plus a Grand Prize Winner's Tour of the Midwestern United States (October 2014) and select appearances at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy (Summer, 2016). Senior Division ensembles must be available to participate in the Winner's Tour to be eligible for the Grand Prize.

Senior String Division

Gold Medal and $3,500 cash prize
Silver Medal and $3,000 cash prize
Bronze Medal and $2,000 cash prize

Senior Wind Division

Gold Medal and $3,500 cash prize
Silver Medal and $3,000 cash prize
Bronze Medal and $2,000 cash prize

The Fischoff Double Gold Tour

In addition to the Grand Prize Winner's Midwest Tour, Fischoff will present a tour of the Midwest featuring the corresponding Senior Division Gold Medalist. This tour will include an additional cash prize of $3,500 and will take place in September 2015.

Florence V. Carroll Junior Division

1st Place Prize and Gold Medal - $2,300 plus an opportunity to perform on From the Top, a weekly, hour-long radio showcase of America's top young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley and distributed by National Public Radio to nearly 250 stations nationwide
2nd Place Prize and Silver Medal - $1,800
3rd Place Prize and Bronze Medal - $1,300
American Brass Quintet Wind Prize - $500
Geoffroy Prize (Local Award) - $600

DVD Recording Information & Suggestions©

DVD IS THE ONLY FORMAT ACCEPTED FOR SCREENING. Recording a high quality audio signal to video is not much different than recording a high quality “audio-only” signal. The better the microphone(s) and acoustics, the better your chances are for good results.

The main difference is that rather than inputting the audio signal into a tape cassette deck, DAT deck , CD-recorder or other device, the audio signal needs to be fed into the external microphone jack that exists on most video camcorders.

The instruction manual of most video camcorders will tell you how to replace the sound from the camera's built-in microphone with that from an external audio source. In general, it is done with a stereo mini-plug. If an inexpensive stereo microphone is being used, it is likely to have a stereo mini-plug already in place. If a more elaborate set-up is being used (such as higher quality microphones fed into a sound board) then adapters will very likely be needed to feed the two outputs (left and right) from the sound board into a stereo mini-plug. These adapters are readily available at many stores that sell audio equipment, e.g. Radio Shack, Best Buy and Guitar Center .

It is strongly suggested that a test be conducted before the actual making of the DVD to be sure you are successful at replacing the sound from the built-in microphone and that you are satisfied with the balance, blend and clarity of the audio portion of the DVD.

In general:

  • Choose a room with warm but not overly wet acoustics.
  • Try placing the microphone(s) on a stand about 6-8 feet in front of the group and 8-10 feet above the floor.
  • Aim the microphone(s) toward the ensemble. If two microphones are being used (left and right channels), have them 1-2 feet apart.
  • Carefully check that the signal is strong enough, but not so strong that the signal will distort in the loud passages.
  • Once each movement is recorded, the video can be duplicated to DVD.

Travel & Accommodations

Competing ensembles are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.  Discounted room rates will be available at the official host hotel, the Inn at Saint Mary's.  Additional travel information is available on the Attending the Competition page.

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.


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