Notre Dame, IN - January 11, 2022 - To amplify and celebrate historically underrepresented voices within the chamber music world, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association is delighted to announce the Fischoff Lift Every Voice Prize to be presented during the 49th Annual Fischoff Competition in South Bend, May 20-22, 2022.

Fischoff Executive Director, Kara Kane, commented that, “The Fischoff board and staff are committed to making room on our mainstage for amazing performances of works by historically underrepresented composers. Fischoff is excited to introduce this new prize to encourage senior division ensembles to delve into these incredible works and to help expand the chamber music canon. With our national and international presence in the chamber music world, Fischoff has a remarkable opportunity to help elevate new and underrepresented voices.”

The 2022 Fischoff Lift Every Voice Prize for Senior Division Competition ensembles will be awarded for the best performance of a work by a historically underrepresented composer within the chamber music world. This inaugural prize will focus on performances of works by Black and/or Hispanic/Latino/a composers. Future years will look to highlight additional underrepresented groups.

All video submissions by quarterfinalist ensembles will be broadcast on the Violin Channel on Friday, May 20. The winning and runner up ensembles will participate in an in-person soiree in South Bend that same evening. The Lift Every Voice Prize winner will also perform on the Gold Medal Concert on Sunday, May 22 and receive a $1,500 award, generously underwritten by Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr. and Melanie Smith-Guillaume. Dr. Guillaume is a Fischoff Board member and the Chair of Fischoff's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Esteemed jurors for this prize include Michael Cameron, Julio Elizalde and Jeff Scott. Application deadline for the 49th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is March 2, 2022.
About Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the United States, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. Since its founding, more than 7,600 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.

This unique arts organization has secured its place as the nation’s premier educational chamber music competition because of the caliber of its jurors, performance venues and well-known alumni. It is also known for extensive outreach programming during the competition and throughout the year. The Fischoff uniquely partners with competition alumni to bring free, innovative music programs directly to children of all ages in their own schools and community centers. Since 1995, these programs have served more than 91,000 community children, reaching more than 4,000 underserved and at-risk youth annually.

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Contact: Kara Kane, Executive Director