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SHAR Quartet Competition


Competition Details:

SHAR Music is proud to announce its sixth annual SHAR String Quartet Competition. All high school students in the state of Michigan and Toledo, OH area are eligible to compete. For the preliminary competition, participants will enter via online video submission of their performance. Finalists will be selected from the preliminary round to compete in the live final round on March 15, 2015 at the SHAR Violin Shop in Ann Arbor, MI.

Each high school or youth symphony music director is invited to nominate quartets from his or her program.

Please note:

  • Multiple quartets from one school are welcome to enter. However, no individual may perform in two competing groups.
  • Only members listed in the application may perform in the competition. No substitute players allowed.


    There are two levels for the competition:

  • Division One: Class A schools and Youth Symphonies
  • Division Two: Class B schools

    Competition Rounds

    Preliminary Round (video recorded)

  • Entries must be submitted online by February 15, 2015 to qualify for the competition.
  • Three laureate finalists will be selected from each division.
  • Laureate finalists will be notified by February 23, 2015.

    Final Round (live)

  • The final round will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the SHAR Violin Shop in Ann Arbor.
  • Division B competition begins at 4:40pm and Division A competition begins at 5:30pm.
  • There will be a fiddling jam session for all participants before the announcement of the winners. The session will be led by professional fiddlers. No experience necessary, all are welcome to join the fun!
  • Announcement of the winners and distribution of prizes will take place at 6:30pm.


    The Grand Prize for each division includes:

  • 4 PRESTO Impulse carbon fiber bows (one for each member!)
  • SHAR gift certificate
  • Featured recording of the winning performance on sharmusic.com

    Application Instructions:

  • Complete the application form below.
  • Mail a non-refundable application fee of $40 per group, which can be paid by check or money order to:

    SHAR Quartet Competition
    SHAR Products Company
    2465 S. Industrial Hwy.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  • Check or money order to be made out to Shar Products Company. Please write “Quartet Competition” on the memo line.
  • The application form and fee are due January 15, 2015.
  • Submit your preliminary round video recording entry by February 15, 2015. Please use youtube.com to upload your recordings and email the link (password protected if desired) to quartetcompetition@sharmusic.com. The recording may be iPhone quality.

    For more information on the competition email quartetcompetition@sharmusic.com or call 734-786-6618.


    Competitors may choose a piece from the suggested repertoire list. Other selection must be approved in advance by the competition committee. Suggested repertoire list:

  • Joseph Haydn: Any string quartet after Op.50 (incl.)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Any string quartet after No.14, K.387 (incl.)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Any string quartet
  • Franz Schubert: Any string quartet after No.4 (incl.)
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Any string quartet
  • Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet Op. 34 in d minor; Op. 96 in F Major; Op.105 in A flat Major or Op. 106 in G Major
  • Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
  • Alexander Glazunov: Five Novellettes, Op. 15, pick two
  • Luigi Boccherini: String Quartet Op.33 No.6

    Last Year’s Winners:

    Traverse City Symphony Orchestra Civic Honors Quartet


    String Quartet Application Form