GDYO Chamber Ensemble Showcase

The Showcase is currently on Hiatus


The competition will be held in front of a live audience and the winners will be announced at the end of the performance.  Afterwards the ensembles will have a chance to meet with the judges and receive feedback on their performance at a post-concert reception. 
Attending this concert is free and open to the public.


  1. Musicians can be a member of any GDYO ensemble but must be in grades 9 – 12
  2. Musicians from outside the program are welcome to be a member of your ensemble, but 50% of the ensemble must be made up of GDYO members. These musicians must be also in grade 9-12.
  3. $40 entrance fee per ensemble. Fee is due with the application. Fee is non-refundable.
  4. Ensembles may be any size from duo to larger.
  5. Eligible instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, and piano. [No concertos or piano 4 hands]
  6. Work must be no longer than 10 minutes (5-7 is preferred)
  7. Ensembles are responsible for selecting and providing their own music.  Must own at least one original copy. Work selected must be originally written for instrumentation performing it. No arrangements or transcriptions allowed that are outside the traditional repertoire.
    All music selections are subject to approval.
  8.  Work must be performed on the instruments it is written for.
  9. Previous grand prize winning groups may participate again, but they must select a new work.
  10. Only 10 ensembles total may compete. The first 10 completed entries turned in will be the ensembles selected to compete.


  • Top ensemble will be the official GDYO Chamber Ensemble and will be the featured ensemble at a pre-concert performance of a Chamber Music International concert (depending on winning ensembles availability)
  • CMI Concert Saturday, May 23 at the Moody Performance Hall
  • Top three ensembles may be invited to perform at outside events

Please call the GDYO office, 214-528-7747, or email: if you have questions.

Chamber Music FAQ

Is there a cost?

$40 per ensemble.

Who can participate?

Any member of a GDYO ensemble that is in 9th – 12 grade or any 9 – 12 grade student outside the program, as long as the ensemble is made up of 50% or more GDYO members.

What is a GDYO member?

If you are in a GDYO ensemble, you are a GDYO member.

I am in the GDYO, but the other members of my ensemble are in the Philharmonic, can we still enter?

Yes. Anyone in any GDYO ensemble is eligible, as long as they are in 9th – 12th grade.

I am in a trio and two of the other members are not in a GDYO ensemble.

No. That would be 33% GDYO then and therefore not eligible.

One of our members is in Sinfonietta, but she is in 8th grade. Can we enter?

No, your ensemble is not eligible. Students must be in grades 9-12.

Can I have a student accompanist and play a concerto?

No. We already have a concerto competition. This is different.

What music is acceptable?

Anything that is an original chamber composition. No arrangements that are outside the standard repertoire. We want to hear you play Mozart, not an arrangement of Mozart. All selections are subject to approval, so if you are not sure please ask.

No really, what is chamber music?

For the purposes of this competition, it is any small ensemble from duo to larger that performs music without a conductor. A quartet is usually the standard example of this, but we allow duos, trios, etc.