- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is about to launch a new competition to identify and showcase the highest caliber of chamber music ensembles.

The Ann Arbor school launches M-Prize on Tuesday at its School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000.

The competition includes two divisions - Junior, for ages up to 18, and Senior, between 19 and 35 - and three categories: strings, woodwinds and open instrumentation.

Twenty-nine groups representing three countries and 17 states have been selected to participate in the semifinal and final rounds. M-Prize received 172 applications from 13 countries.

Competition founder Aaron Dworkin calls it a “game-changer” for chamber music that should draw new audiences.

Tickets are free and required for Thursday’s Grand Prize Gala Concert.




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