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Entering the Competition

The Fischoff attracts the finest and most talented young musicians from around the globe. We welcome your ensemble’s entry! The 51st Annual Fischoff Competition took place from May 9 – 11, 2025 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA.

The 2025 rulebook will be available in October & applications will be open by December 15th. The entry deadline for the 2025 Fischoff Competition is Wednesday, February 19, 2025 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Senior Division

The 2024 Rulebook is available.
Applications are now closed.

Junior Division

The 2024 Rulebook is available.
Applications are now closed.


Senior Division

Florence V. Carroll Junior Division


Emilia Romagna Festival

The Fischoff grants the Grand Prize winner a trip to the Emilia Romagna Festival one year following their win. The Emilia Romagna Festival arranges approximately four to six concerts each summer, hosted in hill-top villages and small towns throughout the Emilia Romagna region. The Festival provides each ensemble with housing, transportation, and performance opportunities in historic villas, castles, village chapels, city churches, and even an ancient farm courtyard.

The Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins Video Recording Prize at Guarneri Hall, Chicago

The Senior Strings Gold Medalist will be awarded a video recording prize at Guarneri Hall, Chicago sponsored by Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins.

The Fischoff Double Gold Tours

The Fischoff awards tours for both Gold Medal ensembles in the Senior Division Winds and Senior Division Strings the fall following the competition. The ensembles will present concerts and educational programs to more than 4,000 children, youth, and adults throughout the Midwest. Visit the Double Gold Tour page to read about previous tours.

From the Top

The Junior Division Gold Medal Winners will perform live on NPR’s From the Top, which showcases America’s most outstanding young classical musicians.