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Founded by pianist/composer/teacher Valerica Maican, the TME Young Artists Up Beat Competition will showcase the finest young musicians through the performance of chamber music. The competition provides the winning performers the opportunity to work with a professional chamber ensemble and perform music novel to their experience. Working side-by-side with professionals, winners will demonstrate their talent, commitment, expertise and ability to work cooperatively.

Eligibility & Application

The Competition is open to all performers through age 18 regardless of nationality, student status or instrument/voice. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 1, 2011.

The entry form can be found on this page. Please include a check for the entry fee ($40) and application form. The fee may also be paid using PayPal through our email: Please state the contestant's name and "Young Artists Competition" in the comment field on the PayPal payment page.

Proof of Age

Winning performers should be prepared to submit a photocopy of a birth certificate, passport or other official document.


First Prize: Cash award of $500 for the First Prize, $300 for Second Prize and $100 for Third Prize. Each winner will be presented in performance on one piece with member(s) of the Third Millennium Ensemble.

Repertoire Requirements

Two pieces or movements should be performed. For compositions that have accompaniment, accompanists must be provided by the student. Selections need not be memorized. One piece may include a work (or movement) from the standard repertoire (of any period) for your voice or instrument, and the second should be a contemporary piece. The selected pieces should not change between the preliminary and final rounds.

A "contemporary" piece will be defined as using contemporary idioms, employing such characteristic devices as non-traditional or atonality, polyrhythms, mixed or unusual meters, non-traditional notation, etc.

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On request, further information about composer contacts and publishers will be made available, and questions about the contemporary repertoire requirement should be directed to TME's email contact.

Preliminary and Final Rounds

Contestants will perform live on the preliminary and final rounds at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fairfax, Virginia in suburban Washington, DC. The preliminary round will take place on Saturday, April 16 between 9 AM and 2 PM, and the final round will take place on Sunday, April 17 between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Both rounds will consist of a live performance of the two required pieces.

At least one original score of each work to be performed must be available to judges for both rounds of the competition. Both rounds will take place in front of a live audience and a panel of professional musicians. Due to time constraints, judges reserve the right to hear only portions of the prepared pieces. All decisions by the judges are final. Video taping is limited to the filming of family members only.

Winners will be announced on TME's website by April 30. The winners agree to make themselves available for a minimum of three rehearsals to be arranged in mutually agreement with the ensemble. Rehearsals will take place in suburban Washington, DC, and the performance with the winners will be scheduled during TME's 2011-2012 season.

Application forms and entry fees may be mailed to the ensemble address below. For questions about repertoire please make initial inquiries by email-


Third Millennium Ensemble

Attn: Barbara Brown
512 Gilmoure Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone: 202-316-1646
Fax: 301-345-9312