Photo by Eric Bronson/Michigan Photography.
Aaron Dworkin, dean of the University of Michigan School of Music,
Theatre & Dance (center), with UM students showcasing the variety
of musicianship included in the strings, winds and open divisions of the
new M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.
From left: Andrew Peck, Nicole Patrick, Heather Kendrick, Anna Thompson,
Dworkin, Belinda Rosen, Max Karmazyn, Stephen Grady and Catherine
The University of Michigan is to launch a new competition this week to identify and showcase the highest caliber of chamber music ensembles.
The Ann Arbor school, which announced the program
last October, 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, for ages 19-35 — 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. *** - Crain's Detroit Business contributed to this report. Comment by email: awesome:)... it is going to be quite a week:)! Aaron [Aaron P. Dworkin]