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For 34 years The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s (CMS) annual Young Musicians Concerts have provided a unique and thrilling opportunity for advanced high school instrumentalists whom CMS selects through a highly competitive audition process, to perform in a professionally produced concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, home of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Now, in an expansion of the program, CMS is proud to announce that, as the first step in a regional and ultimately national expansion of the program, for the first time it will present a regional level concert competition for similarly selected Long Island high school students. 

The selected ensembles win individual coaching sessions with world-renowned CMS musicians, and the opportunity to perform in the public Long Island Young Musicians concert which the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post is graciously hosting on Tuesday, January 31, at 1100 AM in the Hillwood Recital Hall.  In addition, select ensembles from the Long Island competition will be invited to perform at the New York City Young Musicians Concert at Alice Tully Hall on April 27 at 11:00 AM. 

The winners of this inaugural competition are from Jericho High School, William A. Shine - Great Neck South High School, Herricks High School, Manhasset High School, North Shore High School, and Syosset High School.

 The members of Manhasset's String Quartet are:

Rachel Chang

Serene Lee

Alexandra Hong

Ryan Chung


This expansion affords the opportunity for many more outstanding young musicians to be presented in a concert professionally produced by CMS in their home region. Suzanne Davidson, Executive Director, explained:

Teachers have told us repeatedly that so many of their students who win the competition to perform in the CMS Young Musicians Concert write their college essays about the experience -- the many years of practice, of collaborating and rehearsing with their friends, the excitement of winning the competition and the illumination that comes from the coachings with great CMS artists, all of this preparation culminating in the joy of performing on the stage of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  This is a defining experience in their lives, having a deep impact in shaping who they are as they graduate from high school.  Education is central to CMS’s mission.  As a result, in the strategic plan which CMS recently adopted heading towards its 50th Anniversary Season in 2020, the board made expansion of the Young Musicians Concert program, geographically and in the number of students whom the program will touch, one of its top priorities.

Future plans include adding regional concerts for schools in New Jersey, New York City, Hudson Valley (including Westchester County), and Connecticut, followed by partnering with schools around the country.  The Chamber Music Society’s Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han, conveyed their enthusiasm:

On behalf of CMS, we wish to express our most heartfelt enthusiasm and support for this expansion of one of CMS’s most important programs. The artistic imprimatur of CMS today is stronger than ever, and to be able to offer deserving young musicians, as well as engaged audiences, a chance to connect with our organization is well worth the efforts of our organization and our partners combined. And surpassing all of our work in significance is both the dedication of our students, and the commitment of their parents, teachers and families, who, in our opinion, are investing not only in happier and more productive children, but in a more civilized society as well. 

CMS Director of Education Derek Balcom will preside over the Long Island CMS Young Musicians Concert, which will be performed for an audience consisting of students, educators, family members of performers, and community music enthusiasts.  The general public is welcome.  Free tickets may be reserved by calling 212.875.5793 or emailing

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