The Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program
Michael Repper, Founder and Director
The Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program is an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring young musicians to become immersed in the field of chamber music, and to have the opportunity to be mentored by professional musicians. Three winners are selected as fellows each year, and these fellows are paired with a member of the Monument Piano Trio for a series of coaching sessions to take place during the winter of the year. The culmination of the program is a public concert during the CMSMD season, where each Fellow performs a solo piece and then join to perform a chamber music work (chosen in collaboration between the fellows, mentors, and private teachers of winning students).
The Fellowship concert takes place in Lutherville, Maryland and is professionally recorded. At the time of this concert each Fellow is presented with a $1000 award to further his/her musical studies. The 2016-2017 Fellows will also perform at various other venues throughout the region, in an effort to build performance experience and exposure.
September 5 - Application Period Opens
October 21 - Application Period Closes
October 31 - Winners Announced
November 15 - Program Repertoire Finalized
December to March - Mentorship Period
April 30th, 2017
Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
The 2016-2017 Fellowship is open to pianists, cellists, and violinists between 13-18 who will not matriculate into a college or university before August 2017. Applicants must be residents of Maryland, Northern Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Applicants do NOT need to already be a member of a chamber music group.
Applications will require two short video samples -- excerpt from a sonata, concerto, or large concert work (solo or accompanied), as well as a solo piece of a contrasting style -- three short answer responses, a résumé/bio, a recent photograph, and a $10 Application Fee.
Meet the Mentors
Dariusz Skoraczewski, Principal Cello
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Kaya Bryla-Weiss, Violinist
The LUNAR Enesmble
Michael Sheppard, Piano
Peabody Institute and Baltimore School of the Arts
The 2015-2016 Fellows
Luka Stefanovic was in his sophomore year at Baltimore School for the Arts. Luka started his musical life by attending early childhood classes at the Peabody Preparatory. He started cello at age four with Dr. Daniel Levitov and has been training with him ever since.
Chamber music has also been a big part of Luka’s career. He has played in various chamber music ensembles at Peabody, participated in Peabody’s Summer Chamber Week in 2010 and 2013 and was also a member of the cello ensemble from 2010 to 2012.
Coming from a musical family, Grace Carney has been constantly surrounded by music. Outside of traditional classical playing, one of Grace’s favorite things to do is busk on the streets featuring her own improvisation as well as collaborating with other Baltimore young artists. Grace has also opened for several local art galleries including the Blue Space Art Gallery.
As a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Grace had a huge variety of musical experience including leading the Imagined Worlds project, a contempory dance and visual performance. Ms. Carney is hoping to continue her violin performance on a conservatory level in the fall of 2016.
Seth Schultheis was 16 years old at the time of his appearance at Music in the Great Hall. He lives in Baltimore, MD where he attends Baltimore School for the Arts High School. He is also currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he is the recipient of the Constance Keene Precollege Piano Scholarship. He is a student of Professor Phillip Kawin.
Previously he studied in Columbia, MD with Mr. Douglas Guiles. He has participated in numerous Master’s Classes. He has also given many recitals in Maryland, New York, and Oregon and recently in England. Seth Schultheis has also attended the International Academy of Music in Italy and the Summit Music Festival in New York.
We would like to thank the 48 individuals who have made this program possible by backing us through our recent Kickstarter campaign. Without your help the Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program would not exist.