Announcing the 40th Annual Fischoff Competition

It's almost here! The 2013 Fischoff Competition is scheduled for May 10 - 12 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA. Join us!

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Friday, May 10 - FREE
Winds 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Juniors 9:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Strings 11:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Juniors 1:50 - 6:45 p.m.
Winds 2:40 - 5:10 p.m.
Strings 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

(If you're interested in hearing a particular type of ensemble, click here)

Saturday, May 11 - FREE
Winds 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Strings 11:15 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Juniors 2:20 - 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, May 12 - Finals FREE
Senior Finals 11:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Junior Finals 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Awards and Grand Prize Concert 3:30 p.m. Tickets required, call 574 631 2800

Directions & Parking Information

All Fischoff Competition rounds take place in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, just north of South Bend, Indiana, USA. For detailed directions, click here.



Friday, Saturday and Sunday Competition rounds are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the Sunday afternoon Awards and Gold Medalist Concert, and are available from the DeBartolo Ticket Office (phone 574-631-2800).


What to Expect at the Competition

Expect to hear extraordinary music performed by young people who will knock your socks off!  This unique weekend features remarkable young musicians from around the world in three divisions: Juniors, Senior Strings and Senior Winds. Ensembles may include brass quintets, string quartets, woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, string sextets, percussion ensembles, wind trios and an eclectic mix of winds and strings.

Attending the Performances

The Competition weekend features Quarterfinal Rounds on Friday, Semifinal Rounds on Saturday and Final Rounds on Sunday. Each round consists of 20 minutes (Seniors) or 15 minutes (Juniors) of music per ensemble.  Each round of the Competition is free and open to the public.  Audiences have 81 brilliant performances to select from throughout the weekend. Come for one performance or all 81!

Before you enjoy these breathtaking performances, please remember to turn off all cell phones and pagers.

When entering a venue, please follow the directions of DeBartolo ushers. If a performance has already begun, ushers will ask you to wait in the lobby until you can enter between movements. If ushers are not present, television monitors in the lobby will help you know when to enter the hall without disrupting the performance.

Audiences are encouraged to show their appreciation at the conclusion of the performance. Ensembles will stand and bow when they conclude, or a juror may indicate the conclusion of the performance by clapping (see below).

Audience attire generally ranges from informal to business casual during Competition rounds, and business casual to business attire for the Finals and Award Presentation on Sunday.  

Families are most welcome and encouraged to attend the Competition; however, in fairness to the competitors and jurors, we do ask that children sit quietly throughout each performance.

Competition Format

Ensembles submit their repertoire prior to the Competition. From this submitted repertoire, the jurors select the particular program for each round of the Competition.  If an ensemble’s performance exceeds 20 minutes (Seniors) or 15 minutes (Juniors), the jurors will stop the performance by clapping. Audiences are encouraged to clap and show support at the conclusion of the performance.



While attending the Competition, you may choose to dine on campus, or explore South Bend area restaurant options.


2013 Sponsors

The Fischoff Competition is made possible through the generous support of:

*Denotes in-kind support