The Astoria International Chamber Music Competition (AICMC) will take place June 16-19 in The Liberty Theatre.

AICMC is open to all artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old in the following classical music categories:

  • Instrumental / Woodwinds Duo with Piano
  • Piano/String Trios
  • Piano/String Quartets
  • Piano Quintets
  • Mixed ensembles up to Quintet

The competition will consist of 3 (three) rounds:

  • Preliminary video recording selection.
  • Live, unedited video recording with good sound quality of the ensemble will qualify as preliminary round submission.
  • Duration: 15-20 minutes 
  • Repertoire: 2 or more compositions of different styles. (i.e. lyrical and virtuosic)

After the preliminary selection, 10 ensembles will advance to the Semi-Final Round.

All Jury’s decisions are final and can not be appealed.

The Semi-Final Round will be held on June 17th, 2022 at the Liberty Theatre in Astoria, Oregon.

  • Duration: 30-40 minutes per ensemble.
  • Repertoire: Ensembles are asked to prepare a 30-40 min program of their choice but need to include 3 different time periods (i.e. Classical, romantic, contemporary).  The performance of individual movements is permitted. 
  • Contestants must provide at least 3 copies of clean scores to the Jury Members. 
  • The Semi-Final Round will be open to the public.

After Semi-Final Round, 3 ensembles will advance to the Final Round.

The Final Round will be held on June 19th, 2022 at the Liberty Theatre in Astoria, Oregon.

  • Duration: 60-70 minutes per ensemble.
  • Repertoire: Ensembles are asked to prepare 60-70 min program of their choice. 
  • Contestants are strongly encouraged to choose a program that highlights their artistic strengths. Creative programming is also strongly encouraged. 
  • Short personal statements about Final Round programming, even though not required, will be appreciated. We want to know you better!
  • Contestants must provide at least 3 clean copies of the scores to the Jury Members.
  • Final Round will be open to the public.

First Prize: William and Deborah Armington Prize – $4,000.  The winning ensemble will be invited to participate in the following year of AICMC 
Second Prize – $3,000
Third Prize – $2,000

  • Audience Favorite Ensemble Award will be selected by audience members by voting during the Final Round – $500
  • Prizes will be presented as a check to designated member(s) of the ensemble.  Please provide W9 forms when necessary.
  • The Jury reserves the right not to award prizes. 
  • All Jury decisions are final and can not be appealed. 

All contestants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meal arrangements.

  • AICMC in partnership with local hotels may be able to provide discounted rates, please inquire.
  • During your stay, we strongly encourage the contestants to explore local attractions as much as they can. You will truly enjoy the town of Astoria. Always feel free to ask us for recommendations. 


  • Application Fee is: $30.00 / PER ENSEMBLE MEMBER
  • Applicants may apply online via the button below.  Once submitted, our office will contact you with a payment link.
  • Applications with unpaid application fees will not be accepted.

Application Deadline is May 1st, 2022

Preliminary Round Video Recordings must be submitted electronically. 

  • LINKS to the recordings (YouTube or other) may be submitted with the online application.  
  • If you encounter a problem, you may also send your links to
  • Please take the time to test the links and make sure they work. 
  • If a problem occurs, you will be asked to resend/re-upload the video. We appreciate your understanding. 

Ensembles that will advance to the Semi-Final Round will be notified by email no later than May 20th, 2022. Contestants must acknowledge that they received the notification within 2 days.   

To ensure the fair order of performances, the Draw procedure will be held publicly and as follows:

  • Date: June 16th, 2022 During the performance in the Liberty Theatre. 
  • Semi-Finalists will be listed in alphabetical order using ensemble names. If no ensemble name is provided, the LAST name of the first contestant listed on the application form will be used.
  • The names will be placed in the container and 1 (one) entry will be drawn. 
  • The ensemble drawn will be the first to perform with the ensembles followed by alphabetical order will perform accordingly. 
  • This order will remain the same for the final round.

Rehearsal slots in the hall will be provided to each ensemble according to the performance order. Note that we are unable to accommodate individual requests, so the performance order will be used. Plan your travels accordingly.  

  • The rehearsal time on stage will be limited to 20 minutes. The time limit will be strictly enforced to ensure fair stage time distribution. 
  • No rehearsal time will be allowed on the day of the performance.  
  • For pianists, the “warm-up” instrument will be provided 30 minutes before the scheduled rehearsal. 
  • The backstage space is limited. The Green Room will be provided to each ensemble 30 minutes prior to the performance. Plan accordingly. 

Final Round rehearsals will take place on June 18th, 2022 

  • Each ensemble that advances to the Final Round will have 1.5 hr of the stage rehearsal time.
  • The rehearsal schedule will match the performance order. 

The awards announcement will be held after the jury deliberations which will follow the conclusion of the Final Round performances on June 19th, 2022. The awards will be presented on stage during the announcement. 


  • Sergey Antonov, Cellist, Hermitage Piano Trio
  • Ilya Kazantsev, Pianist, Hermitage Piano Trio
  • Mark Berger, Violist, Lydian String Quartet, Brandeis University
  • Bernadine Blaha, Pianist, Thornton School of Music
  • Solomiya Ivakhiv, Violinist, University of Connecticut & Longy School of Music of Bard College
  • Asiya Korepanova, Pianist, Soloist & Composer
  • Jennifer Crockett, Clarinetist, Executive Director of The Liberty Theatre