Juror Insights

One of Fischoff’s greatest traditions is connecting young competition ensembles with our distinguished jurors, who are comprised of today’s leading chamber musicians, mentors and teachers.  In order to share the amazing wisdom of our 2020 competition jurors, Fischoff has gathered some Juror Insights to share with you: masterclasses, teaching techniques and thoughts on collaborating as a chamber ensemble. 


Join Wind Division Juror Jeff Nelsen for his talk on Fearless Performances in Music and in Life followed by a Q&A. (Video of the Zoom session is now available online)

           When:  Friday, May, 2020 at 11:00am (Eastern Standard Time)

           Where: Via Zoom

           Register: RSVP on this form to attend our Fischoff Zoom Session and you will receive the meeting link via email.

      * You may also want to check out Jeff Nelsen’s TedxBloomington Talk on Fearless Performance



Watch Wind Division Juror Nancy Stagnitta on flute techniques

          Posture, Breathing, and Response

          Double Tonguing

          Soft Articulation in the Third Octave    


Watch Wind Division Juror Debra Richtmeyer's Interview on Saxophone Studio Online! with Dr. Nathan Nabb.  Prof. Richtmeyer shares about her pedagogy and strategies for students to improve their playing.

           Saxophone Studio Online! with Debra Richtmeyer



Watch String Division Juror Ani Kavafian's masterclass at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center featuring the Zora String Quartet (2015 Fischoff Grand Prize Winner) while they were the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute.

           Masterclass with Ani Kavafian


Watch String Division Juror Norman Fisher's CelloChat livestreamed on March 21, 2020.  He shares insights into bow speed, portato bowing, tremolo techniques and more! 

           CelloChat with Norman Fisher



Read String Division Juror Daniel Avshalomov's series of essays on Ensemble Skills.  Originally written for his students at Manhattan School of Music, Prof. Ashalomov intended them to spur on Socratic discussions, and he invites you to do the same here!  Each essay has a link that will take you to Google Form where you can leave answers and/or comments.

         1.  Introduction, Seating, & Tuning

         2.  Tempo and Character Choices

         3.  Cues, Signals, & Page-turns

         4.  Dynamics and Balance

         5.  Stylistic Integrity