Fischoff's mentoring program is designed to encourage and support motivated high school musicians.  Students throughout Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan may apply for free professional ensemble mentoring/coaching to continue their pursuit of music education.

The Mentoring Project provides an opportunity for regional high school chamber ensembles to receive coaching by professional area musicians at no charge. Each year, 4-7 ensembles from Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan participate in coaching sessions and a public recital, as well as perform for service organizations and community events. Some participants are encouraged to enter the Fischoff Competition with their coach's recommendation.

If your ensemble would like to participate in Fischoff's Mentoring Project, please review the project guidelines and download the application.

2014 - 2015 Ensembles include:

Crimson Quartet

Abigail Greaser (violin), Grace Roth (violin), Rachel Horning (viola), Chris Ubaldo (cello)

Coach: Josh Aerie

Musae Quartet

Fangbo Yuan (violin), Courtney Rooker (violin), Trevor Greissinger (viola), Ellen Schrock (cello)

Coach: Patty Kates

Trio Erlian

Erik Rumsa (violin), Lindsay Marohn (cello), Annie Klusesndorf (viola)

Coach: Luke Cook

O My Trio

Jewon Oh (violin), Hannah McGinness (cello), Christopher Yun (piano)

Coach: Jameson Cooper

The Recently Brewed Java Quartet

Lucy Jiang (violin), Ella Simon (violin), Melissa Sanecki (viola), Sam Sanecki (cello)

Coach: Nora Frisk

Front Street Quartet

Caroline Peterson (violin), Ylana Padgett (violin), Deepu Sengupta (viola), Isaiah Brock (cello)

Coach: Jacob Murphy

The Outliers

Travon Madison (violin), Alice Kwak (violin), Cayleen Balbo (viola), Julia Kwak (cello), Nathaniel Fuerst (bass)

Coach: Zofia Glashauser



2014 - 2015 News:

Congratulations to the 2015 Geoffroy Prize Winner, Front Street Quartet!

The Kenneth Geoffroy Memorial Prize is awarded to a local Junior Division ensemble to encourage the participation of local chamber music ensembles in the Fischoff Competition. A special $600 cash prize is awarded to the highest ranking junior ensemble from the Michiana region (50 mile radius of South Bend). Any local group wishing to compete for the Geoffroy Award must participate in the DVD screening of the Competition. To find out more information, click here.



Oh My Trio performed at South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Christmas party at Palais Royal on December 9, 2014.



2013 - 2014 Ensembles included:
  • Apollo Trio
  • Baker Street Quartet
  • Crimson Quartet
  • E=MC2
  • Kadence Quartet
  • Pietre Quattro
  • The Recently Brewed Java Quartet
  • Ninety-six Strings
  • Efflorescense
  • Gioco Quintetto


The 2014-15 Mentoring Project is generously underwritten by:

  • The Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund
  • Teachers Credit Union Foundation
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
  • This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative
  • Fischoff Education Circle


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