The Macauley Chamber Music Competition

The Competition

The Macauley Chamber Music Competition is sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Louisville to encourage an interest in chamber music among young musicians in the Kentuckiana area. This competition will help to develop the ensemble skills of young artists and to cultivate a lifelong love of chamber music.


The competition contains two divisions: college and high school. The competition is open to students in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of three to six performers and should receive regular coaching from a qualified musician.


Each ensemble must perform a movement from two contrasting works, preferably from different musical periods. Arrangements are generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the competition committee.


The competition will be judged by three professional musicians. Each ensemble will receive evaluation sheets.

Prizes and Awards

Each member of every entering ensemble will receive a complimentary ticket to a concert in the series sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Louisville in Comstock Concert Hall at the University of Louisville School of Music.

The following cash prizes will be awarded:

College Division

First Prize: $500 
Second Prize: $350

High School Division

First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $250

Optional Third Prizes may be awarded according to the discretion of the judges. All prize winners will be invited to perform on the Lunchtime Classics Concert Series at the performance studio of WUOL-FM in Louisville on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00 noon. This concert, performed and recorded before a studio audience, will be broadcast live on WUOL on April 1 and will be re-broadcast at a later date.. Other groups may be selected to perform based on musical merit.


Competition: Saturday, March 28, 2015 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Comstock Concert Hall, University of Louisville School of Music

WUOL Broadcast: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:00 P.M.
WUOL-FM Studios, 619 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Application forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, March 10, 2015.


2015 Macauley Application Form  High School Division

2015 Macauley Application Form College Division


Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $20 is required from each ensemble.

For Further Information, write or call:
Dr. Stephen Mattingly, University of Louisville School of Music, Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-5607 * Email