Where does the competition take place?
The competition takes place at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. The Austin Chamber Music Center, non-profit that runs the competition, rents rooms/spaces for the competition days only. Rooms on campus, outside of first come, first served practice rooms, are NOT available before Friday’s check-in or after the competition has ended on Saturday. If you need to reach someone before check-in contact ACMC competition staff, not the University.
Who should the coach/sponsor be for my ensemble?
Your ensemble’s coach/sponsor should be an adult that supports your ensemble. This person could be a chamber music coach, ensemble parent, private lesson instructor, college professor, etc. Please talk to this person before you put them down as your ensemble’s coach/sponsor as they will be emailed competition information. No member of the ensemble submitting an application may function as a coach/sponsor.
What does ‘contrasting selections’ mean when it comes to repertoire?
Since the competition is open to all instrumental combinations the goal is to choose repertoire that shows off your ensembles capabilities musically, technically, and stylistically. It’s preferred that ensembles pick two repertoire selections (movements of two different pieces) from two different music genres; however, this is not a requirement. Ensembles are required to choose two contrasting selections (movements) from two different composers.
1770 and earlier (Baroque and earlier)
What if my ensemble has a pianist and needs a page-turner?
Out of Austin ensembles:
Page-turners will be provided for ensembles that are coming from out of Austin at no cost to those ensembles in need for the semi-final and final rounds; however, it’s highly recommended that ensembles provide their own page-turner so the pianist is comfortable for their performance. If it’s not possible for your ensemble to provide a page-turner, please note that the competition assigned page-turner will have no rehearsal time with the ensemble before competing.
Austin based ensembles:
All Austin based ensembles will be required to provide their own page turners for the semi-final round. If possible, we ask ensembles to have a page turner on-call for the final round of the competition if invited; however, ACMC will provide a page turner for the final round if needed.
Will I receive a confirmation after I submit my ensemble’s application?
Yes. After you submit the online application, you will receive an email confirmation notifying you that your application has been successfully submitted. Competition staff will email your coach/sponsor if there are questions regarding your application materials. Your coach/sponsor will be emailed by competition staff the week of February 19 to let you know if your ensemble has been invited to the semi-final round.
If invited to the live rounds, what will my ensemble perform and how much of each selection (movement) do we perform?
Collegiate & Junior Division Semi-Final Round
- Ensembles will perform 5 minutes of BOTH submitted repertoire selections (movements) – what your ensemble will submit in the online application. Playing time for the semi-final round is a maximum of 10 minutes total. Ensembles will start at the beginning of each selection (movement) and should know the 5-minute mark of where to stop. Judges or room monitor will stop ensembles at the 5 minute mark. If your ensemble’s first selection (movement) under 5 minutes you will perform all of it and more of the second selection (movement).
- If your ensemble’s first selection (movement) is under 5 minutes you will perform all of it and more of the second selection (movement). If both selections (movements) are under, or equal to, 10 minutes total then your ensemble will perform both movements in their entirety for the semi-final round.
Collegiate Division Final Round
- Ensembles will perform BOTH submitted repertoire selections (both movements) in their entirety for the final round. A maximum of 25 minutes playing time.
Junior Division Final Round
- Ensembles will perform BOTH submitted repertoire selections (both movements) in their entirety for the final round. A maximum of 15 minutes playing time.
What is appropriate dress attire for the live semi-final and final rounds?
Ladies – concert black (not required); nice slacks or knee to floor length skirt and dress shirt; knee to floor length dresses; dress shoes that are easy to walk in
Gentleman – concert black (not required); nice slacks and dress shirt; dress shoes
How can I volunteer for the competition and what are the requirements?
Anyone that has a positive and hard working attitude can volunteer for the competition! You do not need to necessarily be a musician to volunteer, though if you are a musician please tell us so we can place you accordingly. When inquiring to volunteer tell us about yourself (your background, what you may be interested in helping with, physical limitations, etc.). There are multiple volunteer time shifts that you can sign up for. Once you commit to a shift competition staff will put you in an appropriate volunteer station. More information will be emailed as the competition gets closer. If you’d like to enquire about volunteering please contact Aurel Garza-Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can attend the competition?
Anyone can attend the live semi-final and final rounds on Saturday. All live rounds are open to the public and admission is free.
When will my ensemble get our competition schedule?
A competition staff will be emailing all ensembles their competition schedule (warm-up time and competition time) for Saturday, March 24 a few days prior to the competition date. This information will be emailed to only the coach/sponsor of the ensemble. The coach/sponsor will be responsible for getting this information to the rest of the ensemble members.
Does my ensemble check-in on Friday or Saturday?
If at all possible, we’d like ensembles to check in on Friday between 5:30-8:00pm so we know you’re in Austin and ready to go. Competition staff will be available to answer any questions you may have and you’ll have an opportunity to get familiar with the Butler School of Music. After checking in, ensembles may rehearse in the Butler School of Music, if desired, during the allotted time frame. Large rehearsal classrooms are NOT available Friday outside the hours of 5:30-8:00pm or on Saturday unless assigned by competition staff. Fifth (5th) floor practice rooms are open on a first come, first served basis from 8am to 9pm on both Friday and Saturday.
If your ensemble does not check in on Friday evening, you will check in on Saturday 20-30 minutes prior to your scheduled warm-up time. Saturday large classroom warm-up times are determined in advance by competition staff and are not negotiable. Ensembles may come at any point on Saturday (or Friday) and use a practice room on the 5th floor on a first come, first served basis.
What is the time commitment on Saturday?
The semi-final round for both the Junior and Collegiate Divisions begin at 9:30am (subject to change). If your ensemble is assigned to audition at 10:00am, your ensemble needs to be checked in, ready to go, by 9am. Your ensemble will be assigned a 30 warm-up time slot approximately 45 minutes before your audition time. If your ensemble is not present for your assigned warm-up slot, it is then forfeited.
If your ensemble does not advance to the live final round, your ensemble is technically done; however, there will be other activities/presentations by either competition judges or guests artists and the final rounds that your ensemble is encouraged to stay for. Ensembles invited to the final round will need to be available until the awards ceremony at 6:30pm.
Ensembles that are invited to the live semi-final round will be given a general schedule approximately one month before the competition. Finalized schedules will emailed to ensembles a few days before the competition.
Can we change our ensemble’s audition time?
Competition staff will assign all audition times. Ensembles will not be allowed to reschedule their audition or warm-up time. Ensembles should keep their schedules open all day on Saturday, competition day. Ensembles, however, may come at any point on Friday or Saturday and use a practice room on the 5th floor on a first come, first served basis.
Is video or photography for semi-final and final rounds allowed?
No photography is allowed during the live semi-final and final rounds in the performance spaces (Recital Studio and Bates Recital Hall).
Videography is permitted during both rounds, but only from the back of the hall. If this becomes distracting, competition staff will escort you out of the hall.
Will our ensemble be allowed to tune on stage?
Seeing as ensembles have ample time to tune/warm-up before their performance, tuning is allowed backstage only. The exception is ensembles with piano, which will be allowed to take a QUICK tuning note on stage if needed.
Do you have any suggestions for travel, lodging, or ways to get around Austin?
At this time the Coltman Competition does not provide or offer any discounts on travel/lodging for competitors; however, we can offer a few suggestions. Ensembles are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements and expenses.
Hotel options near the University of Texas:
- AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center – 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 787015
- Days Inn – 3105 North I-35, Austin, TX 78722
- Rodeway Inn – 2900 North I-35, Austin, TX 7805
- Double Tree – 1617 North I-35, Austin, TX 78702
- Hampton Inn & Suites – 1701 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 3600 Presidential Blvd., Austin, TX 78719
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has several car rental options including: Enterprise, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, and more.
If your ensemble does not have access to a car, there are several ways to get around town.
- The Capitol Metro System is the bus/rail public transport system in Austin. One-way fare & day passes can be purchased on the bus/train, online, or through their mobile app. Visit www.capmetro.org for schedules and additional information.
- Austin has several ride-share options, including Uber, Lyft, Fasten, and Ride Austin, among others.
- Austin also has traditional cabs.
- Many hotels have shuttle options, so make sure to ask what’s available when making your reservations.
University of Texas and the Butler School of Music:
CLICK HERE to learn more about UT’s Butler School of Music, directions, parking, etc.