The 2013 Chicago Brass Festival


YouTube Chamber Ensemble Competition
Rules and Application





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Student Category 

Contestants must be 18 or under as of 5/3/2013.


Performer Category

Contestants must be 18 or over as of 5/3/2013.



Material for Video


Student Entry - Submission should be no less than 7 and no more than 10 minutes in length.

Performer Entry - Submission should be no less than 14 and no more than 17 minutes in length.


What to play is entirely up to you.  You may play a multi-movement work, several short pieces, or even select various movements from different pieces.  Select music of contrasting styles to best show off the full range of your group’s abilities. The competition is not limited to classical brass chamber music.

Technical Specifications of the Video


You may record your ensemble wherever you wish – on stage or in your living room, but do so using only one stationary camera. All members of the group must be present in the video at all times.  Try to fill as much of the frame with your group as possible.  As this is a competition based primarily on the sound of your group, using a high quality external microphone is strongly recommended. 


Pans, zooms, cuts, fades, and multiple cameras are not allowed and will result in disqualification. 


Individual movements must be played in entirety, but you may cut between movements of a larger piece.


All entries submitted should be of the highest quality - 720p or 1080p preferably. 




How to enter the YouTube Competition


1.       Create a YouTube Account


2.       Create a high quality video (see exact technical details below)


3.       Upload the video to your YouTube Profile


4.      From your YouTube inbox compose a message to: cbfcompetition       


              In the subject line indicate to which division you are applying, Student or Performer        

            Include your ensemble name and contact information in the body of the message 

            Lastly, attach the link to your video   



5.       Complete the application form below by scrolling down. (Must be received by May 3, 2013)    



                                                            or download here and mail:     





6.    Send the entry fee below. The fee is $25 per ensemble member (example: five players = $125 entry fee)

We can accept the full payment by PayPal on our site below.


Checks or money orders can be made payable to Northeastern Illinois University and must accompany the application form. This fee is non-refundable.



Absolutely no entries will be considered for groups that we have not received their application form, fee, and video link by May 3, 2013.


     All applications and entry fees must be sent together to:


     CBF Chamber Ensemble Competition

     C/o Dr. Travis Heath
     NEIU Dept of Music

     5500 N. St. Louis Ave

     Chicago, IL. 60625-4699





10 finalists from each category will be selected and notified by May 17, 2013. Finalists will be judged by a renowned panel of musicians. Winners will be announced on May 24, 2013.



Student Category – One Winner of $1,000
Performer Category – One Winner of $2,500



Winners will be invited to perform at the Chicago Brass Festival in Chicago on March 13-14, 2014. However, at this time additional funds for travel to and from the Festival are not available.


Taxes are the responsibilities of the winners. 




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