Rules and Regulations


Each participating chamber music ensemble is required to submit an application in both electronic and paper form by November 10, 2016.

To submit electronically please fill out the application form and e-mail it to elbmusic@gmail.com. All ensembles must include an unedited DVD of audition material in the mailing of their paper form application. The DVD, application fee and the copy of the application shoud be mailed to:

Chamber Music Foundation of New England
106 Kenrick Street
Boston, MA 02135

Categories and age groups


ICMEC is open to student and professional ensembles of all ages and nationalities. The following ensemble categories will compete within their respective age groups:

Sonata Duo
Piano Duo (four hand, two piano)
Piano Ensemble (Trio, Quartet or Quintet)
Ensemble with Winds
Jazz & Folk Ensemble
String Ensembles
Vocal Chamber Groups

Age Groups:

Group I Age 13 and Under
Group II Age 14 to 18
Group III Age 19 to 25
Group IV Age 26 and older

Amateur Group*

*Amateur category: ensembles average age of 19 and older consistent of students whose major is other then music or individuals whose primary occupation is not music. These groups will be judged separately from the above categories.

ICMEC Awards and Award Ceremony


2016 Gold Medal Winning Ensemble will receive a cash award of $2,000 and will be invited to perform in 2017-2018 Concert Series in New England.

2016 Silver Medal Winning Ensemble will receive a cash award of $1,000 and will be invited to perform in 2017-2018 Concert Series in New England.

2016 Bronze Medal Winning Ensemble will receive a cash award of $500. This prize is named in memory of the late Harriet Ruth Stormier Carey, M.D.

2016 Special Amateur Prize of $500 will be awarded for the best ensemble in that category

The Award Ceremony will follow the 2016 ICMEC final competition round at Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory in Boston. The ICMEC final round participants will receive 2016 ICMEC Laureate Certificates. The 2016 ICMEC gold, silver and bronze medal recipients will receive medals and cash prizes.

Selection processs


Preliminary Round:

Each competing chamber ensemble must submit an unedited good sound quality DVD of their audition piece together with an application form and entrance fee of $80 per person by November 10, 2016

Second Round:

Ensembles that pass the preliminary DVD round will be invited to participate in a second round live audition in Boston, MA on December 3, 2016. Participants will compete in their age groups and categories. The best performing ensembles regardless of their age category will receive a 2016 ICMEC Laureate Certificate and will participate in the final round of 2016 ICMEC competition.

Final Round:

The 2016 ICMEC final round will be held at Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on December 4th at 7:00 p.m.The finalists will compete for the 2016 ICMEC Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and the best Amateur Ensemble award. This round is open to public and entrance is free of charge.

The decisions of the judges are final.



The repertoire for the DVD recording must be a composition of one or several movements or a group of compositions not exceeding 30 minutes. It is advisable to present repertoire, which will showcase different styles.

The repertoire for the second round of the ICMEC can be different from the DVD repertoire but has to be the same as the Final Round and cannot exceed 20 minutes.

FAQ about the repertoire


Are transcriptions allowed?
Yes, they are, unless it is a concerto for solo instrument and orchestra. Concerto transcriptions ARE NOT allowed.

Can we play different short pieces?
Yes, you can, however the time allowed is 30 minutes for the DVD and 20 minutes for live audition.

Are excerpts from a single movement allowed?
No, only whole movements are allowed.

Will my DVD and a fee will be returned to me?
No, the DVD and a fee are non returnable and non refundable.