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Fischoff Chamber Music Academy

The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association is committed to inspiring the next generation of chamber musicians through our annual Fischoff Competition and community outreach programs. Established in 1999, the Fischoff Chamber Music Academy, formerly known as the Fischoff Mentoring Project, is helping to create a chamber music community among local area high school musicians who are dedicated to digging deeper into the challenging repertoire of chamber music.

Each year, string, piano, woodwind, brass, and mixed ensembles of three to six musicians in Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan are selected to participate. This program provides merit-based scholarships covering 100% of the tuition costs thanks to the generous support of community organizations and donors.

Now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Academy program

You can apply as an individual or as a pre-formed ensemble!

2022-2023 Ensembles

  • Coach: Geena Kam, piano

    • Annabelle Huebner, flute (Northpoint Elementary, Granger)
    • Abigail Kang, violin (Northpoint Elementary, Granger)
    • Xiaohe Wang, piano (Northpoint Elementary, Granger)
    • *Special guest musician: Declan LaReau Schmiedeler, classical guitar (St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend)

2022-2023 Schedule


Academy Performance at Art Beat, South Bend Saturday, August 20 @ 12:00 pm

2022-2023 Academy Kickoff Meeting at St. Joe County Main Library, South Bend Saturday, August 27 @ 3:00 pm

Masterclass with Terra String Quartet, Penote Performer's Hall at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame Saturday, October 29 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop with Windsync: Side by Side playing, Choir Room, Moreau Center for the Arts, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame Monday, November 14 @ 5:30 pm

Outreach Holiday Concert, Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame Saturday, December 10 @ 1:30 pm


Masterclass with violinist Patrick Yim, University of Notre Dame Saturday, January 21 @ 4:30 pm

Outreach Concert, La Casa de Amistad, South Bend Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:00 pm

50th Annual Fischoff Competition *Chamber Music Academy students are required to volunteer a minimum 2 hours at the competition Friday - Sunday, May 12 - 14

Annual Spring Concert, LaBar Recital Hall, University of Notre Dame Sunday, June 4 @ 4:00 pm

2022-2023 Underwriters

1st Source Bank
ACMP Associate Chamber Music Player
ATC Trailers
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Camden Appliances
Cari & Barry Shein
Cressy & Everett Real Estate
Deborah Hershey-Miller & Jeff Miller
Gail English & Nels Leininger
Frederick S. Upton Foundation
Harriet Hamer & Abe Bergen

Indiana Arts Commission
Jeny & John Sejdinaj
Maggie McShane & John De Souza
Marijke Niles
Miller Poultry
Old National Bank
Patricia Geoffroy
Pat & Bob Kill
PNC Financial Services Group
Sherri & Dean Goodwin

South Bend Area Music Teacher Association, Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund
Shirk’s Piano Gallery
Tessa Bysong & Derek Lindblom
Teachers Credit Union Foundation
Teresa Roberts
The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s ArtsEverywhere Initiative
The Estate of Shirley & Jack Appleton
University of Notre Dame

Activities are made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

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