- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A $100,000 grand prize is up for grabs in a new University of Michigan competition to identify and showcase the highest-caliber of chamber music ensembles, the school announced Wednesday.

M-Prize will be based at the Ann Arbor university’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and will take place every May starting in 2016. The competition will include two age divisions: Junior, for ages 18 and under, and Senior, with an average age of 19-35.

“The vast possibilities inherent in chamber music empower it with the unique ability to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary exploration and, ultimately, transformational artistic experiences,” Aaron Dworkin, dean on the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, said in a statement.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the competition is open to ensembles of between three and eight members and will include categories for strings and winds, as well as an “open” category for ensembles that can include mixed instrumentation, technology, voice and improvisation.

“M-Prize will showcase how artists at the top of their field are forging their own careers, a necessity in the modern age of performing arts,” Dworkin said. “At the same time, it will encourage young artists to explore the limitless possibilities of the genre.”

The M-Prize grand prize winner will be selected from one of three Senior Division Ensemble Finalists during a concert May 20 at Hill Auditorium. The concert will be broadcast on Detroit Public Television and made available to PBS stations throughout the U.S.

The grand prize winner also will participate in the University Musical Society’s chamber music concert series the following season.

The application deadline is March 1.





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