Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents first annual youth competition on April 11

Cleveland Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present Northeast Ohio's first annual Youth Chamber Music Competition concert on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m., at the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Road, just east of Richmond Road).

The concert is free, and offers the public an opportunity to hear chamber music performed by some of the best young artists from across Cuyahoga County, as five ensembles from four local high schools compete for cash prizes in a “battle of the bands.”

The participating schools—Cleveland School of the Arts, St. Joseph Academy, Beachwood High School, and Lyndhurst/South Euclid’s Charles F. Brush High School—are well known for their commitment to music and the arts. Charles F. Brush High School and Beachwood High School are both listed in “The Top 100 in Music Education” by the American Music Conference.

“We are delighted that longtime board member Dr. Melvin Arnoff is leading our effort to create the region's first Youth Chamber Music Competition,” said Richard Fried, CCMS president. “Mel is an accomplished pianist, composer and professor of education, who teaches piano and is totally committed to the future of chamber music.”

Working with a committee of CCMS board members, Arnoff has put together an exciting competition that he hopes will grow each year. “It is important to expose parents, as well as children, to chamber music,” he said with enthusiasm. “This music is as important now as it has ever been. It’s still fashionable and it’s still cool.”

The Youth Chamber Music Competition is the newest offering from Cleveland Chamber Music Society, which has been a fixture on the local music scene for 65 years, presenting seven concerts by world-famous international artists annually, and producing free concerts by exceptional young local musicians.

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Jeffrey Bowen

Jeffrey Bowen is a nonprofit management consultant and educator. His writing has appeared in many publications, including Art Crimes, Call & Post, City News, Cool Cleveland, EarthWatch, EcoWatch, Elephant Journal, Girl Scout News, Green City-Blue Lake, Live Cleveland, Neighborhood News, Nonprofit Notes, Sun News, various poetry collections and multiple Habitat for Humanity publications.

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