CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION

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Ken Riehman of Exit 9 Percussion Group, Gold Winner in 2004. Exit 9 has returned twice to perform street concerts inaugurating June Festivals, and members have performed with the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO COMPETE

“We had a wonderful experience! The Competition was well organized and it is a warm, encouraging environment in which to compete!”
“I think the experience of competing, and having the judges’ feedback helped to propel us as a group and set even higher goals for ourselves.”
Melissa Whlte, violin, Harlem Quartet

“The staff at the Competition was very kind and helpful. Many presenters attended the Competition and some approached us to play concerts which was very helpful to us. It gave us the opportunity to play for presenters and the judges, who are well known mentors and performers in the field.”
“We are releasing our first CD in September… and since the competition have graduated from the Yale School of Music and are the quartet-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.”
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello, Jasper String Quartet

“Being in Easton for the competition was a wonderful experience: we were put up in a beautiful host family home where we could rehearse freely, be inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings, and enjoy excellent Maryland seafood.”
“The entire experience was so fantastic, right down to the live audience, getting to hear the other performers, and the prestigious judges.”
“Other Competitions we participated in at or around the same time as the Chesapeake were usually not as fun, as difficult, or as rewarding: the prizes for the Chesapeake are the biggest we’ve seen in this country. The big thing is getting to perform most of your music. At many competitions, you rehearse an hour or more of repertoire and might only get to perform 15-20 minutes. The opportunity to perform a full-on show for a live audience in Easton is the best part of this particular Competition.”
“As a result of the competition, we were featured several times in Chamber Music America magazine, we were asked to do several concerts around the East Coast, and we were invited to be in residence at two summer music festivals, one of them in Vail, Colorado. The importance of being in this competition is tremendous, as is the potential for career growth after the fact.”
“Being a CCM finalist has helped my career in many ways, not the least of which are the connections and great people I got to know as a result of participating in the CCM. For example, several people associated with the CCM have been critically important in helping launch one of my new chamber music projects, REED 5.”
Doug O’Connor, saxophone, Red Line Saxophone Quartet

“Being a CCM finalist has helped our career, in that it was our first competition as an ensemble, and it helped us to grow as a trio. It has been a great stepping stone, and we also got to come back to Easton and perform at the museum which was wonderful, and have kept our ties with our wonderful hosts there.”
“We have participated in several competitions since Chesapeake, including the Arriaga Competition, Plowman Competition, Fischoff Competition, International Osaka Competition, and International Melbourne Chamber Music Competition. In particular, the International Melbourne Competition, like Chesapeake, was very organized, and also gave us the opportunity to perform in the city. Staying with host families in Easton made the experience more personal, and it was great to play in the hall there. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming in Osaka as well, similar to our experience in Easton. All in all, we have very fond memories of Easton and our experience there.”
Sami Merdinian, violin, Sima Trio