Coltman Chamber Music Competition

The national Coltman Chamber Music Competition, launched in 2010, offers advanced applicants performance experience and expert commentary. Winners of the competition receive a cash prize and multiple performance opportunities, including a live broadcast on KMFA 89.5.

Welcome to the 11th Annual Coltman Competition!

KMFA 89.5’s “Listen Local” series features performances of the 2023 Junior and Senior Division winning ensembles. LISTEN HERE

Named after Austin Chamber Music Center founder, Felicity Coltman, the Coltman Chamber Music Competition provides performance experience and expert commentary to advanced chamber ensembles along with cash prizes and performance opportunities.

The 11th Annual Coltman Competition will be held in person on March 2 & 3, 2024 at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Competition staff reserve the right to cancel or amend any or all of the 2024 competition. The competition will be following all City of Austin, CDC, and/or venue COVID-19 guidelines.

Important Dates

Friday, December 1, 2023 Online application opens
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 Submission deadline for all application materials for both the Junior and Senior Division Categories at 11:59 PM (CST).
No application refunds will be given once a submission has been made.
Week of January 29, 2024 Applicants notified of pre-screening audition results
Saturday, March 2, 2024 Live semi-final rounds
Sunday, March 3, 2024 Live final rounds

Competition Location

University of Texas at Austin
Butler School of Music
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712

Contact Information

2024 Eligibility Requirements & Regulations

Senior Division
2024 Senior Division Categories Eligibility and Regulations.pdf
Ensemble members as a whole must be an average age of 18 to 30 on 3/2/24

Junior Division
2024 Junior Division Categories Eligibility and Regulations.pdf
Ensemble members as a whole must be an average age of 18 or under on 3/2/24 — However, if any member(s) of the ensemble are in college then the ensemble should submit a Senior Division application

Frequently Asked Questions

Coltman FAQs After looking through the Eligibility Requirements and Regulations, if your ensemble has a question, please visit the Coltman FAQs page before emailing competition staff.

Ensemble Prizes

Ensemble Prizes Winning ensembles will receive cash prizes, performance opportunities, and prestigious recognition.

Start an Ensemble Application

Online Application Ensembles can start an online application beginning Friday, December 1!

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

Sponsorships  Multiple sponsorship levels available

Advertising  Place an ad in the competition program


In order for the competition to run smoothly, volunteers are needed on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re interested in volunteering opportunities, please contact us at for more information.

Some of the duties will include: Contestant check-in at the registration desk, monitoring warm-up rooms, assisting judges, escorting contestants to and from performance areas, helping with awards ceremony, greeting and welcoming contestants as they enter the competition spaces, set up and tear down, etc.

Attending the Competition

Hear extraordinary music performed by musicians who will knock your socks off! Saturday will feature remarkable musicians from around the country in the live semi-final rounds. Ensembles may include woodwind quintets, string quartets, piano trios, and other ensembles mixed with winds, strings, brass, and piano. The final rounds will take place on Sunday. The competition takes place in the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music and admission is free!

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