2016 Timeline

March 11, 2016

  •  RECEIPT of Application, Program, Bio, Video recording and entrance fee of $200 per duo is required by:(if applying by mail, please make sure all materials arrive by post on or before the March 1 deadline.) Judging of videos needs to begin immediately; late applications will not be accepted. Contestants are permitted and encouraged to apply early.


March 15, 2016

  • Notification of semifinalists by email


June 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2016

  • Semifinals at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
  • Please note: depending on the number of applicants, the competition may add or subtract one or more days from this schedule. In the event of a lack of qualified participants, the competition reserves the right to cancel the event.


June 11, 2016

  • Competition banquet: Nichols Concert Hall lobby immediately following announcement of finalists and honorable mention awards.