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 43rd Annual Fischoff Competition is scheduled for May 6 - 8, 2016  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©

Download the 2016 Junior and Senior rulebooks here & here. NOTE: The Entry Form, along with instructions on recording & submitting videos, will be available in late  November/early December. Please check back for this important information.



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 2016) and select appearances at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy (Summer, 2017). 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 2016.

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




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